Friday, July 20, 2018

In the Summertime....

I am so behind with blogging!  I've sat down here most days this week with the best of intentions about getting up to date with it all.  And then I get diverted and, oh well, I fail!
So I think I need to do some nice, quick posts to get myself caught up and back into the swing,
So as it's already nearly 5pm on this Friday afternoon. I should at least try to post my card for The Daring Cardmakers quickly, so it's on the right day, if a bit late!

It's Miri's turn today:
This week after lots of sunshine and hot weather I’m in a very summery mood. So let’s enjoy all the positive aspects of summer. And one of them is definitely being outdoors (at least for me).
Go outside - it's summer !
Let's celebrate spending time outside in the sunshine! What can you do outside in the summer? Show us on your cards: Swimming, having a BBQ, walking around in flipflops or barefoot, reading a book on a deck chair, eating ice-cream, lying in the park, having a picnic etc.
I thought it was a good  opportunity to get my 4 seasons die sets out especially as I've not used the summer set yet.
I started by making a stencil for the circular 'frame' by die-cutting a large circle from card. This was taped in place and various blue and green inks applied with some scraps of old wet-wipes to create the background.
I cut the basic bare tree die in brown card, then the Summer Canopy in green card.  I glued the tree to the top of the green and adhered to the card off-centre.
A piece of white Bazzill card was coloured with several shades of green ink to create a more 'textural' piece. The Summer Canopy for the top layer was cut from this, then I stencilled through the die with various darker shades. Small pieces of chipboard were glued to the reverse and then this canopy piece was adhered over the first to give dimension.  I left a gap to slide the tree-swing into place.
The swing and chair are also part of the Summer Canopy set. The chair was cut twice, with bits of chipboard between the layers. The top ends of the 'ropes' were also glued on to small pieces of chipboard so that the swing actually hangs loose from the tree branch
To finish I hand-cut a little glass of juice with a straw and a cushion for the chair, and added a die cut .Enjoy' sentiment cut from black card 

Four Seasons die sets are by Spellbinders:

That's it - I said I'd be quick, didn't I?
Hopefully I can be just as quick next time too"
Thank you for visiting today, don't forget to check out all the other cards from the team - they are fab!


Sylvia said...

Fabulous card, the chair under the tree looks so inviting.

Sylv xx

Kate M said...

Love this summer scene you have created, great card! xx

Angelnorth said...

Love the little glass of juice as a finishing touch, looks fab! Great effect with the various shades of green too, looks like a lovely shady place to sit and read!

Lorre-Anne Archibald said...

Beautiful summery card Kathy x

Miri said...

ahhhh ... that looks like a perfect summer day. A comfy chair in the shade of a tree, a cold drink - and maybe a book ;-).
Great card and it's good that you were challenged to use your lovely summer dies!

Shabneez said...

An idyllic summer scene Kathy - just where I need to be. In the shade! Shabneez x

Svenja said...

You just gotta have to love swings, don't you? Lovely, lovely card, Kathy!