Sunday 25 August 2013

Sunday Snippets

Happy Sunday Everyone,

It's a lovely sunny morning here in Ayr ... that will be because it isn't a Bank Holiday weekend in Scotland! If it was it would be tipping it down which, I believe, it is doing in the south of England. For everyone down there I hope the rain isn't ruining your holiday completely.

A bit of a different snippets post today. Just because it's Sunday and because I challenged myself to do this little exercise, and because I remembered to take the photos!

The challenge was, one, to make a one card, a baby card, using some of that massive pile of stash on my desk and, two, to immediately make another from the leftovers. Here's a shot of all the materials and equipment used.
And here's the first card ... made for this month's UKPC swap. The remit was for a baby card so I decided to stick to a fairly neutral colour choice, yellow. Admittedly a fairly vibrant shade of yellow but, frankly, I don't do yellow. It's just not my colour, not lemon, primrose, sunshine ... whatever shade it is, it's not for me ... so any papers and card that are included in any pack tends to get shoved to the bottom of the stack and forgotten. Anyway, I digress, I decided on yellow and white for this card.
I began by stamping two different sized flower heads (from Dawn Bibby's Flowers and Leaf stamp set) in shades of Frost White (Colorbox), Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw (Tim Holtz DIs) on the yellow card which was then cut to fit the white square card base I'd chosen.

The rocking horse (Hobbycraft) was stamped on to the smaller of two white pearlescent nesties (a gift from my crafting friend Cass, who, incidentally, has been creating stunning encaustic art work recently) and for the yellow layer I did my usual trick of tracing round the smaller of the two nesties and then cutting it out leaving a small margin all the way round.  A large faux pearl (Habico) in each corner finishes the front off.
Strips of the stamped card decorate the inside and back.
For the second card I've embossed the front of a standard A6 white card base (Cuttlebug's Kassie's Brocade) - a tricky process but a pretty result so worth the extra fiddling about :) A strip of leftover card has been matted on to a snippet of brown card and adhered to the left side of the front. The greeting was stamped on to yellow card, punched out with the smaller of the SU oval punches and then matted on to brown card - using the larger scalloped oval punch. For the floral embellishment the two sizes of flowers were stamped in Dried Marigold on to the last of the yellow card, cut out, edges inked with more of the DI, and layered together with glue gel. The flower on the greeting is made from two of the small sized flowers glued together. All the flowers have been finished off with one of the smaller pearls in the centre.

Finally, I even managed to squeeze two flowers from the remaining snippets to decorate the inside and back.

That done, I'm popping over to Di's at Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground - Week 87 to submit the snippet card and to see what all the other snippeteers have been up too. 

And, as it's Rudolph Day, I'll be back later with my offering for this month.

In the meantime, I hope you are all have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.


ria gall said...

Hi Elizabeth
wow those are two very lovely cards, the yellow do not look too much I think because the white is grounding it.
I love what you have done with the second one from your bits left over really pretty

Krisha said...

Cute baby card but I really like your "left-over snippets" card. I also find yellow to be a harder color for me to work with, unless it is just for an accent color.

Jackie said...

Two fantastic cards Elizabeth, nice, bright and sunny.
I work Bank Holidays so not bothered about the weather :o)
Jackie xx

Sandra H said...

Beautiful cards Elizabeth and what a gorgeou die you used for the 1st card and image also the colours lovely one of my favourites when l was younger although l still like the colour l now have many favourites 2nd card equally as lovely lovely embossed backing xx

Di said...

Oh these are just beautiful Elizabeth! Like you, I shy away from yellow (yet it was my 'House' colour at boarding school - perhaps that's why?!!) but you met it face to face and surely made it work wonderfully. Love the baby card (my guess is that's one of Hobbycraft's own wee stamps, aren't they fabby) and I adore the second card with the flowers too. The backgrounds you did are gorgeous!

Hugs, Di xx

Mrs A. said...

Two totally diverse cards. both stunning. That yellow colour is divine especially with the brown edging. hugs Mrs A.

Cathy said...

These are both so pretty Elizabeth, I love how you stamped flowers on the yellow and the white goes beautifully with it, Cathy x

Sarn said...

WOW Elizabeth these are two stunners. Love them both equally.

Congrats on challenging yourself and getting great results.

Sarn xxx

roffeycreations said...

Two Beeyoutiful cards - love the colours - will be casing the rocking horse - perfect baby card - hugs Mxx

beverly said... your card, but where did you get the flower die...I mean the name of the Co.

jimlynn said...

BOTH of these are fantastic! I love that first one with the CAS look and cute little hobby horse. The second is also sensational! Those flowers are just so perfect and pretty.