Friday, July 29, 2016

Back to the Comfort Zone

I spent yesterday making a card for OH as it's our Anniversary weekend.  He works from home on Fridays so I wanted to get it done before today.  I am notoriously bad for being a Last Minute Minnie, so actually getting it finished with a couple of days to spare is amazingly good going for me!

As I write, the sun is shining here - but if I'd started this half an hour ago it would have been raining.  I won't be risking hanging the washing out on the line today then!
I'll show you the card I made yesterday next week sometime, but today it's another Friday, and another Daring Cardmakers Challenge Day, so I'm sharing this one, for Lythan's Challenge - and after the stresses of putting pen to paper last week, it's much more of a comfortable card from me this time!  

                 Crochet Away
I (Lythan) have been involved in (also very far behind) in what is called a CAL - crochet a-long, attempting to make a blanket
I suspect mine won't look quite as good as this but I have enjoyed learning lots of new crochet techniques with all the different patterned squares. So I would like you to be inspired by crochet - maybe by the square patterns, or using some wool on your card or even a bit of crochet.

When I was at college I made a blanket with crocheted squares which I joined together then went around and around with more crochet until it was big enough for my bed. I did it mainly because my student house was so cold that working on it meant my legs at least stayed warm!  I don't think I've done any crocheting since, but I'm sure I do actually have a crochet hook that came free in a magazine. Fortunately, I found this lovely little crocheted flower before I needed to think a bit harder!
Papers are from a couple of download sets from Pininkie, resized and printed on to white Bazzill 
I mucked up and double printed on one of them so it's a bit darker and the pattern isn't right, but I decided to use it anyway to make the flower - and the small 'label' die cut behind the sentiment
The flower itself is created using the large Camellia quilling die (Crafters Companion) - I rarely get a nice even result using quilling dies as they are meant, so usually end up cutting one of the petal strips up to add the petals individually. 
I used the Crafters Companion stamen die for the flower centre, which gave a flat surface for adding the crocheted flower later 
A fairly large ball tool was used to get more shape into the petals.
A pretty brad was poked through the crochet flower and a couple of small punched circles, then glued to the coiled stamen of the large flower
I cut the backing piece for the sentiment using the small sized die from Creative Dies.  Using my Silhouette Cameo I made a perfectly shaped and sized oval to fit it then used a homemade decal sticker sentiment 
These colours are so pretty together - I downloaded the papers a few weeks ago but hadn't got round to using them for anything, they were perfect for this one though. There were two sets with the same colours, so obviously I bought both!


Anyway, that's all for this time, thank you so much for popping by - I hope you'' leave a message 



Angela Dodson said...

oh lovely card, very striking, and love the colours, mint and coral are fab together x

Shabneez said...

Loving the colour combination - Happy Anniversary Weekend to you and your OH! Xxx

Brawny said...

Gorgeous card x

Katie Lamb said...

Beautiful card and love the fresh colours

Janet Packer said...

I love the papers that you chose for this fabulous card.

Laine said...

Stunning Kathy. Wonderful colour and detail. Happy Anniversary.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning card. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Tracy Welham said...

Super card, lovely colours, the crochet flower is a great addition. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

KarinsArtScrap said...

Kathy it's a beautiful card
Gr Karin

Karen Gist said...

Gorgeous card Kathy xxx

Cathy Clowes said...

Beautiful card Kathy. You are right- the colours are fabulous together. I love the crocheted flower. Cathy x

Lythan said...

that is a great card and i love the crochet flower in the middle. Have fun celebrating your anniversary :)