Friday, July 25, 2014

I'm still a bit elusive

as you may have gathered. For someone who loves nothing more than staying at home I am really gadding about during my Sabbatical. The Epic Journey is done and now I can also tick off the Family Holiday (2 weeks near Grange over Sands/ the Lake District and mostly beautiful weather). I've just about finished the unpacking/washing from that and am now getting ready for 4 days in Amsterdam with Carys. Already getting nervous as I am the "responsible adult" (well strictly speaking so is she as she is now 18 which is the whole reason for the jaunt) so this will in effect be a mini Epic Journey as well.
Gah. Love travelling. Hate the way that my nerves get frazzled.
THEN, when I return I am home for 3 days (1 of which will be taken up with going to Dorset somewhere to sing Evensong with a Choir I have just joined which meets a few times a year to do that. Lovely) (Although my high Anglican service of worship skills are a little rusty) and then I am off on retreat for 6 days.
A very internet free summer - which I suspect I need as I am far too addicted (something else to reflect on)

There is some crafting going on - I have kept up very well with my arty reflective journal - until this week so this afternoon's plan is to get messy with ink and stencils 

I have surprised myself with how much I have written every day. But it becomes a bit more demanding if you miss a few days out :)
I have also tried doing some sketching/watercolour drawing. Let's just say there is a long way to go...

I have made some reflective scrapbook pages which I shall share in another post.
What I haven't done much of is cardmaking.
But I sat down to have fun this week for Daring Cardmakers in honour of the wonderful Kathy Black.
It was my turn to choose the Dare this week and I decided to copy the idea of Case Study, an awesome challenge blog that I follow but have never joined in with! So I asked everyone to study Kathy's style and make a card that references that. A bit different to Case Study where they look at the same person for 4 weeks and have a different card each week as inspiration.

Kathy has been part of Daring Cardmakers from the beginning and is the driving force behind us now. She is a lovely person  - generous with her time and creativity and I am very glad to have her in my life. She is also supremely talented - as all of you who follow DCM or Funky Hand or her blog will already know. She takes time and effort to produce masterpieces that look effortless :)

I had fun looking back through her blog and noting key elements that I wanted to include.
1: She said her favourite colour is turquoise
2: hand made flowers
3: inking
4: the latest Sketch file sketch. Kathy provides these sketches monthly. Again I follow but don't participate (oh the shame). They are really versatile and I always enjoy seeing what Kathy and her team produce.
5: Some swirly bits and pieces

Putting that all together this is what I came up with
There are some differences - this is probably too bright for Kathy - I think she tends more to the cream/off white. And I used a stamped and embossed greeting rather than a computer generated one. My flowers are more simple than hers - I don't have the skills and/or tools for anything more! I used a mix of Heidi Swapp and Amy Tan papers alongside a little ricrac Paper Frill from Doodlebug that I have had for YEARS. I also went retro with the flower centres - brads! The swirls are Cheery Lynn and MFT. The leaf is Dienamic (I think). The tag die is brand new from Docrafts and so is the stamp - from Clearly Besotted. I have this fab heavy duty vellum from Craft Creations that doesn't warp or crack when you heat emboss on it. They call it tracing paper I've been using the 180 gsm  - might try the 140 as it is a bit cheaper but I do love the effect of this one. I wanted to use vellum so the other details of the card could be seen. The background card is white cardstock embossed with a large Crafters Companion embossing folder and coloured with a dye watercolour paint.

Finally I added some sparkly gems.

It took me AGES to make this card. Kathy manages to put lots on a card and make it look interesting. I'm not sure I have really grasped that yet :) Do have a look at the other cards in Kathy's style this week and why not try making one of your own too?

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