Monday, 3 March 2014

Remember to Explore - card using patterned paper

Evening Everyone

I trust this finds you all well and happily crafting the evening away :)

I don't think it is any secret that I like patterned paper. In fact I have amassed a huge collection over the last few years - to the point of being ridiculous! Which is why I was delighted to see that Hazel - of Crafty Hazelnut fame - has started a new monthly challenge, Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - just the thing to force encourage me to use up that stash. The challenge is easy - anything goes as long as you cover your card blank with patterned paper or card ... I think I can do that :)

So here's my first entry.
For this card, I've covered the front of a square Kraft card with one patterned paper and decorated it with clocks and compass images fussy cut from another sheet from Docrafts Papermania Chronology 8x8 pack. All the paper edges were sponged with Ranger's Black Soot distress ink.

Next, I stamped the Remember to Explore sentiment (using Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad) from the Life's An Adventure set from Get Stamping in the bottom right corner.

To make the topper, a scrap of white card has been stamped with Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps Chronology - Looking Glasses - with the same ink pad as used for the sentiment. This was then matted on to a layer of buff cardstock (Papermilldirect), and then some brown string (Docrafts Papermania again) was wrapped around it several times and knotted before being attached to the card front with glue gel.

Gold card candi completes the front embellishments.
I used the leftover scraps of patterned paper to decorate the inside and back.

So that's two sheets down ... just a few hundred to go then! I suspect I'm going to be working my way through all my lovely stash for some time to come. Happily, Hazel's challenge will encourage me to keep it up and who knows, I might be able to start treating myself to new papers in 2015 :)

If, like me, you have an abundance of patterned paper do consider participating in Hazel's challenge too.

I'm also submitting the card to Pixies Crafty Workshop - Week 114 - that's two days on the run - the white card used for the topper came out of the snippet box.

Off to watch the next exciting episode of DCI Banks - I love a good police drama, and Stephen Tompkinson has long been one of my favourite actors.

Hope you are having a great evening too, whatever you're doing.


Sandra H said...

Elizabeth your card is gorgeous and wow that patterned paper is stunning x

Rita said...

Fabulous card Elizabeth. Good Luck with the challenges. Hugs Rita xxx

Hazel said...

I'm glad I'm 'encouraging' you to use your patterned papers, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for March with your lovely card - hope to see you again soon. x

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic card Elizabeth. I do love the papers. Hope you are settling into your new home.

Diane said...

Fabulous card Elizabeth, makes a fun steampunk design.

Hugs diane

scrappymo! said...

Looks great. I loved to read about your steps used to create your card.
Lots of fussy cutting and inking really paid off!

Jackie said...

Fabulous card and papers :o)
Jackie xx

Di said...

Great card Elizabeth! And how you also do the insides of your cards adds such a fabulous finishing touch.

Funny, yellow isnt a colour I'm wild about either, I was almost stumped for the LIM challenge this week!



Nan G said...

Love your card! I'll have to forward this challenge on to a friend who has scads of patterned paper. I gave all of mine away (almost :) during my craft room purge. Thanks for popping by froggy designs. Hugs

Sarn said...

Fantastic covered card Elizabeth! Really nice design and I like the little touch of twine (poetic eh?).

Hugs, Sarn xxx