Friday, March 06, 2009

I luvs our new camera I does

As it does all sorts of funky things which means that even in manual I can show details of my cards that I couldn't before. Its not going to change my life but it is fun!
It also allows Phil to take amazing photos like these

I'm going to show my close up love using my Daring Cardmakers today
Jane chose the theme of
It's a patchy one!
Yes, that's right - I want you to be inspired by patchwork and make a patchwork looking card. Great chance to use up scraps of off cuts - or buy some new papers if needs be! Any theme as long as it is patchwork inspired.

As all the stuff was still out on my desk, I decided to use those Crate Prudence Papers again. My intention was to make a little patchwork for a small area of my card but got a bit carried away!
I did manage not to use a white square card this week. Yes, I branched out and used a cream square card... The first layer was paper pierced. It is funny that I started wanting to do more of this just as Papercrafts Mag landed on my doorstep with loads of fab piercing ideas. I found my proper piercer too which helps! The next layer was done with the Cropodile. NOt helped by the measuring bit slipping which meant I had to do some doctoring. You can probably see it close up!

I then cut a square of card using a Nestie and with a green square punch cut the little squares out. They were all inked and stuck down then I added faux stitching. A Nestie scallop went underneath and then I added the obligatory butterfly. (One day I will manage a card without a butterfly!) This is a cuttlebug one, embossed with the dots and a few gems added. The sentiment is a Clare Curd Signature range stamp. You get loads of different size sentiments for £5.99 which is not bad in my book. I DID buy them myself, I'm not just promoting Docrafts here I promise.

And here are those promised arty close ups
the layers!
the butterfly!
ok so I could have got more of the butterfly in focus but I still really like this shot. Not as impressive as the Egret in flight though...

I'm away overnight at a conference where I am leading worship. It dawned on me yesterday that I will have a lot of free time which I need to do some MA work. Yes, I shall be immersing myself in the Spirituality of Alcaholics Anonymous. ENjoy whatever you are doing!


Ruby said...

Ooh Lythan, your card is stunning!!! I love the way you have done the faux stitching, I had to zoom in to see it because it looked so real! I love too the way each of the squares are inked, and the colour's you've used. It's just all gorgeous!!!!

Kathy said...

oooooh this is just gorgeous, I love all the layers, and the way you've used so many tools and techniques - you must have had such fun making this. How come I've looked at those papers and thought "naahhh" - and then I come here and see how fab you make them look and now I'm reaching for my cc, yet again? The Arch-Enabler strikes again, methinks

Hazel said...

Hope the conference goes well - and the MA work. Love the close ups - and the patchwork card is great (wouldn't have known there was any Cropadile slipping) - and Phil's photos are ace! x

Tip Top said...

Hehehehe! Loving the new arty photos! Lovely card too and great colours

Julie M said...

Oh Lythan, this is beeeoootiful!! I love the colours of Crate Prudence, right up my street. And the detail you've gone into - wonderful, obsessive compulsive (also right up my street!!!).

Julie x

Anice said...

I agree with Kathy, how are you always able to make everything look so fab? It's not fair (stamps foot) I can't think of stuff like this for myself I have to be inspired by (or read copy!)you!!
Wonderful work as ever. Have a great weekend.
Anice xx

Carol Ann said...

lovely card I love all the layers. The photo's are brilliant I think I need to save up for a better camera x

Powerful Search Engine said...

Great details Lythan I love your texture you have given the card with all the technique you have put in. Enjoy your conference! Pascale :)

Dolly Mixtures said...

Great card. Love the dusky petrol blue colours and am amazed at the detail. Lovely.

Vicky said...

Inspirational card - love all the techniques and the colours you've used. Can't wait for my crop a dile to arrive now!

Carol said...

Love the look of this Lythan, the patchwork effect is great and the butterfly is gorgeous!! :)

Carol x

Jo said...

fab photos and super fab card - the faux stitching looks brill (as does the rest!)

tiggertastic said...

amazing card, i love the colour of the patchwork and the butterfly is such a lovely touch

Sarah x

manuela said...

eine wunderschöne karte!!!

Gillian said...

Love this card Lythan, great way to use up scraps which I hate to throw away. Beautiful colours too. Congrats by the way, saw you featured in a magazine.

Gill x

Anonymous said...

Stunning card Lythan - so much detail. :) I love your photos too! :)