Friday, 1 November 2013

Compliments of the Season - Times Two

Evening Everyone,

I hope you've had a good day wherever you are, if not then I can only hope tomorrow is better for you.

I've been out and about today ... lots of errands to do ... and it's been cold, blustery and showery! Just the kind of weather, you'd think, to keep the little neighbour-hood tricker/treaters tucked up warm and cosy at home. You'd think! But no, the little darlings arrived, as they have done every year since we arrived six years ago. They were all dressed up and looked fabulous. Sad to think that we won't be here to see them next year, sigh!

On a more cheerful note, one of those errands we did today was to do some measuring in our new home and just check out the garden. It's an old garden, the house was built in the 1950s, so there are quite a few well-established plants, including two cherry trees on either side of the front gate ... I can't wait to see them in blossom :)

I have a duo of cards to share with you today.
Still working my way through the pile of patterned papers, either bought a year or more ago or that came free with magazines, that I want to use up before I buy any more ... it's a sizeable pile! The paper used here is from the Scrapbook Max! Winter Frost collection that came free with an issue of Scrapbook Magazine. It's been trimmed to size, spritzed (not visible in the photos) with a brown marker (Sharpie) and then edged with the brown too  ... this is a neat trick that keeps the layers down making the card less bulky.

The 'kraft' layer is in fact cut from a manila folder ... found in a box of stationery leftover from my freelancing days, and forgotten - and probably would have stayed forgotten if we weren't moving house ... and it was the perfect shade too.

The topper, from Cardmakers Delight, and the 'kraft' mat were also edged with the brown marker and then it was blinged up with Platinum Stickles.

The embellishments, the lace and pearls, are from stash.

Inside and back are decorated with off-cuts from the paper.

It's not like me to make two identical cards, I much prefer to create one design and then move on, but the patterned paper is A4 size (8.27" x 11.69", about US Letter size) and, at this time, it seemed more practical to use up as much of it as possible rather than add the leftovers to the snippet pile. I may even do the same again ... it didn't take much longer to make the two as it would one :)

It's been a long day for me, time for bed.

Take care and happy crafting,

8 comments:

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah love these two Elizabeth well done!! off to peep down below ! Shaz in oz.x

scrappymo! said...

These are both gorgeous!
I love the idea of reducing layers with a marker outline...will give that a go.
I have markered the edges when i fussy cut as I like the look of it...will try your tip on my next card as I am busy making my cards for posting to England. I need to keep the depth slim to fit the standard postage.

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Elizabeth, love the colour theme used on these beautiful cards. It is funny the goodies you find when you have a rout around. Hope youe energy levels are up today.

Wilma x x x

Rita said...

Beautiful cards Elizabeth. Hoping to arrange a meeting soon as we need to catch up. Hugs Rita xxx

Krisha said...

Stunning Elizabeth!

Sue said...

Lovely cards Elizabeth, I miss my cherry blossom trees we had three in our garden before we moved to our bungalow and I loved watching them bloom. Lots of huggles Sue xxx

Jackie said...

Beautiful stylish card Elizabeth :o)
Jackie xx

Sandra H said...

Elizabeth your cards are stunning so elegant too x