I intended posting this card yesterday, the day it was made, for Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 108 but the day just ran away from me and it seemed it was time for bed all too soon!
To make the front, the patterned paper, Roses in Harmony, Hot of The Press - free with a Scrapbook Magazine some time ago, was cut to measure slightly smaller than the front of the Kraft card base to create a border. Then a die (a C-Art Us set) was used to cut the oval shape from the paper, after which the edges were inked with Rangers DI, Brushed Corduroy and then glued to the front of the card.
To make the topper, a scrap of smooth white card was stamped with Verve's Smallest Things stamp in VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink and this time cut with a smaller oval, A mat was created by tracing round the same smaller oval die from brown card. Foam pads were added to the back of the stamped topper and adhered to the brown mat, then glued to the oval on the front of the card.
To create the floral embellishments, a rummage in stash unearthed some old Prima flowers in appropriate shades. The tips were inked with Rangers DI Picked Raspberry, then they were layered and clipped together with glittery green brads (Docrafts) before arranging them around the topper. I used glue gel for this as it made it easier to arrange the rose buds, pink heather spray and cream stamens (most of these from The Works).
I used the oval that was cut from the patterned paper and a leftover strip cut in half to decorate the inside and back.
For those who know me it will come as no surprise to learn that this year my main crafting goal is to buy no new patterned paper and embellishments. I know, I say it every year! But all too often I succumb to temptation and add yet more gorgeous goodies to the mountain of stash.
This year, no more! I have a ton of gorgeous and oh so stroke-able paper, boxes of fabulous embellishments, enough embossing folders, dies, paints, inks, etc., etc., etc., to keep me crafting for several years, never mind 2014.
To be absolutely straight I should state now that I did have a wee spending spree just before Christmas ... well, The Boss did the spending as she treated me to some goodies that were on sale :) And I did receive a gift of a craft voucher from the EM too ... that was exchanged on Saturday just gone for a considered purchase of some die sets and a new corner punch - the one I have had since 1996 has finally given up and died on me - all intended to help me keep to my target of using only what I have already.
So watch this space! See if I can keep to my goal ... I promise to be totally honest and confess if ever I lapse. But I won't ... put simply, the craft budget is needed elsewhere. It's earmarked for our new garden. It's been sorely neglected over the last few years and I guess it is going to take a lot of time, effort and pocket money to whip it back into shape.
Before I go, I'd like to welcome my newest follower, Melody - nice to have you along and I hope you continue to visit whenever you can.
Happy Crafting everyone,