Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Soft Shades

Hello :)

Another lovely day here - I'm enjoying seeing the sunshine - but the pollen and hayfever symptoms,  not so much!  You can't have it all, I suppose (but why not?)
My project for the Sketch File this time is a card - I thought the LO lent itself to a bit of selective die-cutting to create a stand out section, so then it was just a case of choosing which die to use.

Using my eBosser makes it a bit trickier to do a partial cut - as it's electric you can't just stop turning the handle and wind backwards when you reach the point where you want to stop cutting.  Instead, I draw pencil lines on both sides of my card to indicate where the fold line will be, position the die where I want it, and  use low-tack tape to make sure it doesn't move.  Next I line up the edge of top plate with the pencil line so that the part I don't want to cut remains uncovered. Now the sandwich can be fed through the machine - only the part of the project which is covered with the top plate will be cut.
The Sketch
August 2016

Papers: 'Old Blue Damask' and 'Old Blue Patterns' Digital Downloads 
by Grepic on Etsy
Die set by Creative Expressions
Blossom punch for flower
To make the flower's centre, very thin wire is threaded along centre line of a length of wide organza ribbon, then pulled up tightly and threaded through the paper petals

I made a sentiment tag and tucked it under the flower, then tied a bow in cream satin ribbon around the lower section of the card and added some flat backed blue-grey pearls

Being in the grip of Olympic Fever - in this house, anyway, I thought I'd add a few on-theme photos from past visits to Greece.
The archway in the first is the one competitors would have used to enter the athletics arena in Olympia, with the second photo showing the 'tunnel' leading to the arena

This photo shows the stadium of the first Modern Olympiad, which was held in 1896.  This photo was taken in 2002 and at the 2004 Athens Olympics the old stadium was used for some events - I think the archery was held there, and the Marathon ended there and I believe a couple of the athletics field events were actually held in the ancient arena at Olympia, both of which must have 
been quite a special thrill with all that history to think on!

 OK, well that's enough waffling for today, thank you for coming by, it would be great if you'd leave a message before you go


Laine said...

Beautiful design, colour and detail Kathy.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy your card is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the photos I remember going there years ago. Have a great evening. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Linda Simpson said...

A beautiful card Kathy, love the design. Great photographs too.
Linda xxx

Cathy Clowes said...

Beautiful card Kathy. I love the colours and fabulous design. Great tip for using an electric machine- I have a CutnBoss. Cathy x

KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautiful card Kathy
Gr Karin

Dawn Lancaster said...

Gorgeous makes since my last visit Kathy!
Just popped in to say hi whilst we are in the midst of of our stay-cation,
visiting the Edinburgh Fringe! It's great to be a tourist but to be able to sleep in your own comfy bed too! Lol
Hope you're well!
Dawn xx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Beautiful paper and dies cuts. Love your photos, I was just in Turkey last week!