Friday, June 01, 2018


Happy Friday
Here we are on the first day of June - boy, do those months slip away - and on the brink of another weekend.  Friday always means Daring Cardmakers Day and the first Friday of each month is always an Elemental Inspiration Challenge.  This time it's Svenja's turn to inspire us and she's put together a gorgeous mood board using her own photos and I love it - so Summery and Beachy!

 All you need to do is select a minimum of 3 'elements' from the mood-board to inspire your card, you can see what the Design Team made by clicking HERE

Those who know my love of beach huts will probably be surprised that there isn't one on my card even though there are some in the photo!  It was the middle picture, with the frame on a beach which grabbed my attention first.  Certainly the beach huts couldn't be ignored, so I've used the gorgeous  blue and white stripes from those, and then oh look! there's a big pink flower -  and that obviously was  element no. 3  

For the background I masked off the stripes with with washi tape using the grid on my craft mat as a guide.  The blue ink is a Versacraft cube
Once dry I die cut a square aperture, then behind it used paper from a Studio Light paper pad.  I 'fussy-cut' extra elements from the same sheet of paper to add more detail within the aperture.
Using a couple of square dies I cut the dark blue frame, and glued in place, with some strips of chipboard between the layers 
Instead of leaving the frame plain and to keep the beachy theme, I made some driftwood branches.  They are die cut from Kraft card, then inked up with various brown, grey, white and silver inks to get a driftwood look.

Next came the flower - made from paper inked with Raspberry Distress Oxide and water sprayed before cutting with a brand new, just arrived this week die set - the latest in the Cinch and Go series
The petals are heart shaped - the little heart 'hanger' was made using hearts cut from a flat petal shape!
While they were still just on the damp side of dry I used reverse tweezers to shape the petals, then left them to dry completely before creating the flower. The yellow centre is just a rolled narrow strip of card which was first fringed very finely with scissors.
The bunting is made with scraps of card, cut into strips and then into small triangles and glued behind a length of blue and white stripes Baker's Twine
The Cinch and Go Flowers III and the Cherry Blossom set used for the driftwood branches are both by Spellbinders
Shapeabilities Etched Dies

Shapeabilities Etched Dies
I really had a lot of fun making this card.  I think it may well end up in some sort of frame rather than being used as a card.  My lovely friend Dawn gave me some instructions on making a box frame from card so I think maybe this is a good excuse to finally have a go at making one.
Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you like what you saw here 
Have a great weekend


KarinsArtScrap said...

beautifulllllllllll Kathy

gr karin

Katie Lamb said...

Beautiful card

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning card it is just so pretty. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Shabneez said...

Beautiful card Kathy - I was surprised to see the absence of beach huts! Shabneez x said...

This card is really beautiful

Laine said...

So pretty with a lovely summery feel Kathy!

Tracy Welham said...

Great card, what a clever use of the branch dies. Creative Blessings, Tracy x