Friday, March 09, 2018

Getting To Know You

Happy Friday!
It's a lovely day here today - feels as though Spring really is just around the corner at last.
I've had a lovely crafting week this week and managed to get a few things ticked off my to-do list. Today it's Daring Cardmakers Day and Dawn really let us have some fun with her challenge!

Here's what Dawn says:  
Getting To Know You
I want to get to know you as a crafter.  What are your favourite techniques and where do you like to craft?
I love to make shaker cards.  I think they are so much fun and I get to add another of my favourite crafting elements, glitter and sequins.  I also love to craft in front on the TV on the living room rug in the evenings when the children have gone to bed.
You can check out the design teams favourite techniques by clicking HERE

Hubby and I share the study, a large part of which is my craft area.  I'm also lucky enough to have two desks, one for crafting the other for my pc.
I do all my crafting in this room, I don't craft in front of the tv and I don't tend to take stuff with me when we go away.  I like everything to be at hand!
For my card I chose a few of my favourite things, some old, some new.
I'm a relatively new convert to stencils and already have 2 folders full of them, plus a few in a box waiting for me to buy another folder.  
I started my card by using a mask to create the peachy-pink panel across the card, then used my absolute favourite stencil and various different inks over most of the card.  There's pink, peach, fawn and several blues in there and I moved the stencil a couple of times to make it less uniform.
I admit to owning a lot of dies.  I've been hooked on die-cutting ever since I acquired my very first die cutter - do you remember the old QuicKutz thing with the handles you squeezed to cut the dies?  It was hard work, but I loved making those little shapes!  It didn't take long to progress to ever bigger machines and of course much bigger dies too.
I just can't resist flower die sets!  I love the way you can shape the petals and use the same die sets for several different flower shapes.  I decided to make some shabby chic flowers for this card - I damped the various sizes of petals with water, scrunched them up and left them to dry. once dry, open them carefully and fix them together to make lovely crumply flowers.  I added a little bit of Glamour Dust glitter to some of the petals and a sparkly gem in the centres
I'd already cut the three heart shapes for a project that didn't work out as planned, so decided to use them on this one as a background element for the matching flowers.  One of my other go-to 'filler' techniques is to use swirls, leaves and flourishes behind my flowers.  So I had to put some of those in too.
Finally, I used this fab swirly, loopy "with love" die cut sentiment to finish off my card.
Materials and Tools
The papers are all from a very old K&Co mini pad 
Stencil is "Mini Spinning Tops" (The Crafters Workshop)
Dies are all from Spellbinders

Happy Grams #4 Collection by Tammy Tutterow Shapeabilities

 Shapeabilities Etched Dies
 Sentiments 3  
Die D-Lites Etched Dies

That's all from me today, I hope you will join in with us this week - it would be so lovely to hear about your crafting habits and favourite techniques!
Happy Crafting


Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a gorgeous card I love the design and the flowers are beautiful. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

Sylvia Ames said...

Great card using some of your favourite things. Fabulouse background for the lovely flowers.

My first die cutter was the QuicKuts too, hard work when die cutting for large quantities of wedding invitations which I used to make back then.

Sylv xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is a very beautiful card Kathy

gr karin

Angelnorth said...

The odds down the getting shop wouldn’t have favoured the gambler, would they - die cut layered flowers and leafy flourishes were always going to figure on you creation for this challenge weren’t they?! Looks fab Kathy, love the slight offset on the stencilled background!

Cathy Clowes said...

Beautiful card Kathy, lovely colours and flowers. I love the background, you always use stencils so well. Cathy x

Katie Lamb said...

This is gorgeous

Dawn said...

So beautiful. I love all the pretty colours and the stunning flowers. said...

Great colors and die cuts

Shabneez said...

If your name hadn't been on this I think I would have guessed it was your creation Kathy. The background and flowers give it away! Wonderful creation. Shabneez x

Jan Ltc said...

This is fabulous xx Jan

Tracy Welham said...

Gorgeous card Kathy. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Laine said...

Such sweet colour and detail Kathy!

Lorre-Anne Archibald said...

Stunning card... Love it x

Svenja said...

Lovely, lovely card, Kathy, and indeed a classic! I'll always admire the way you handle your flowers and flourishes. And did I mention that I do like that stencil?