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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Entering some challenges

Hi folks, well the good weather disappeared quickly, didn't it? One day of sunshine, and we are back to rain again. Oh well, it's good for the water shortage, I suppose.

I'm still trying to sort all of my craft stash out, and I'm at the stage where my craft room is tidy, but I still have lots left that needs somewhere to go. I am trying to be ruthless, and am having a really good clear out, but it's very hard! I am selling some of my stuff on Ebay, I'm putting some aside for a table top sale, but the real rubbish is simply going in the bin.

Anyway, I decided to take a break this morning, and do some crafting for a change. I saw a great inspirational photo on a challenge blog the other day, and the brief fits another couple of challenges as well, so that's a bonus. I've based my project on this photo:

which is over at for your inspiration blog my design teamie Miranda made a gorgeous card using these colours, and it caught my eye. You can get to her blog using the link in my sidebar.

I made a background using Pan Pastels, so that I could enter my project into the Pan Pastel  weekly challenge 'Springtime' as well. The colours remind me of crocuses, with the purples, yellows and oranges in there. I'm also entering my project into the Snazzys Design Team Challenge which is to use 'Spring Colours'.

I have stamped over the top of the background using a great Chaspel Road stamp which is made up of lots of different flower names. I love this stamp, and can see myself using this a lot. I used Perfect Medium, and then used a combination of different colours of Pan Pastels to cover it. I also stamped a Wendy Vecchi flower spray on the opposite side in the same way, and used a dark magenta Pan Pastel to cover the Perfect Medium.

I made several grungepaper flowers, and coloured them with Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks. I also cut out two grungepaper butterflies. I wanted to use the same colours, creating a graduated effect across the butterflies. I used Distress Markers in Mustard Seed and Wild Honey, and then used Seedless Preserves Distress Ink around the edge with a blending tool. I was really happy that the two mediums worked together so well.



Oh well, that's the end of my crafty break for now. I'd better get back to the sorting out. Tomorrow, I have a project posting on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog and I'll be posting some details about it here as well,so pop back to take a look if you are interested. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

24 comments:

craftimamma said...

Aaargh, you have my most covetted stamp of the moment, lol! Love it Buddy! Isn't that photo gorgeous and so is your card. Loving the colours and those 'roses' are to die for.

Thanks for joining us on the Snazzy DT Blog Challenge and good luck with the other challenges too.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I fell in love with that photo, and just had to join in with this challenge. Your card is stunning Judith, I love the grunge roses, and those butterflies are gorgeous. I really like the pan pastels colours you used, (still not used mine yet that I bought at Ally Pally).

Sue x

Aquarius said...

So glad you managed to take time out from your tidying to create this beautiful card. The colours are stunning as are the stamps and techniques you've used. Hope you don't throw away anything you find you need later - always seems to happen to me. I've been creating and now my workspace has all but disappeared so I need to have a (little) tidy up!!!!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Judith, what fabulous inking and gorgeous hand-made flowers - love the way you interpreted the inspiration picture. Thank you for joining us at FYI - hope to see you next time!
Sylvia x

Sara Mac said...

Beautiful card! You've put so much work into this creation. Your flowers are stunning. I'm so glad you joined us at FYI.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, I love all the elements & colors. I also fell in love with this inspiration photo and created two enteries for the challenge. Have a great day, Shirley x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, I love all the elements & colors. I also fell in love with this inspiration photo and created two enteries for the challenge. Have a great day, Shirley x

Astrid Maclean said...

What a beautiful card and those colours are so striking! Love the butterflies also.

Thank you for entering it to the Snazzys Spring Colours challenge!

Gillian .... said...

One of my new fav stamps is the WV flower, love the colours and design to your card, thanks for joining in our Snazzy DT challenge.

Miranda said...

Hi Judith, you've made a gorgeous creation for the FIY challenge, lovely colouring with the PP's! I was also very inspired by this photo, warm greet Mirandax

Elaine said...

So nice to see you making time for some challenge entries. Love this card, vibrant colours and a great design. Love it! Elaine x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really gorgeous, I love the colours and those flowers are stunning. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Fantastic and very beautiful Judith.
Lovely greet
Marja

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful card Judith love the colours and your butterflies and flowers are wonderful. Suexxx

Paula (PEP) said...

Isn't it just crocus coloured! So useful hearing about how the Pan Pastels behave - I improvised using chalks but must admit I love the technique & how the pattern just appears - isn't it effective? I was thinking of you when I did my interpretation of Debbie's card but didn't think it fair to submit for Forgotten Friday - anyhow I've not forgotten about getting to enter that - one day!
Love those roses & that background stamp is such a useful one.
Sounds like a mammoth task is nearly done.
Paula (PEP)

Claire said...

I thought I'd commented on this one Judith but i'm back for a DT visit and its well worth a second look:-)
Gorgeous card with that beautiful background and such fab flowers and butterflies. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK this week
Claire xx

dstandard said...

WOW this is just totally gorgeous! Thanks for playing this week at FYI!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What wonderful flowers! Thanks for joining in FYI!

Michelle said...

Judith, this is absolutely beautiful! I love your flowers! Thanks for joining us at FYI! I hope we see you again soon. :-)

Karen (carefree creations) said...

So pretty! I love the glow in the center. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

Rita said...

Fabulous card. I love the colours and those beautiful butterflies and flowers. Hugs Rita xx

Minxy said...

Your card is just stunning, I love the chapel road background and your colour choice :)
Thanks for playing along with the snazzy challenge x

shamraiz said...

Striking use of the patterned paper & I love that butterfly. The browns complement the colours of the paper & the sense of someone looking out of a window into a garden scene is strikingly portrayed.
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Laura Mackie said...

just Beautiful Judith, hope your keeping well, and that craft room is still nice and tidy lol xxx

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