Friday, April 24, 2009

Can't think

of a catchy title to this post. Decided I ought to write it rather than spend time thinking of something.

I have a lot to fit in today. partly because tomorrow I am going to be taught at Imagine That - so exciting. Leandra from Paperartsy is doing a class all about grungy, painty, stampy things and I am sooooo looking forward to it. Phil and Carys are doing a chicken rescue. they have to get up at 4:30!

SO today I have to do most of my service prep and get ideas for the sermon slot flowing. Next week I ahve to write my MA essay and my tum is already doing butterflies at the thought. I didn't do that well with my first essay and my confidence took a real knock. Still for me the point of the course is the course not the result and at least it has made me realise that MA is the highest I can go!

It was my turn to set the dare at Daring Cardmakers this week. Have you ever looked at your stash and said "I can't beleive I have so many of "x" and never use it" that is me and big paper flowers. I love them. I buy them. And now I have to dust them... So to help me work through the bloom stash (yes, it is a selfish dare I am going to get as much inspiration from everyone as I can) I came up with this one

I have loads of enormous paper flowers that I have bought and never used. So I want to see some really big embellishments on your cards. Bonus points for outsize blooms!

it doesn't have to have a big flower on - just something BIG!
And here is my contribution
I'm still recycling unused Christmas cards - I must have made 20 too many! Its a good challenge though as I have to cover all but a little bit of the front because I drew a border around the cards. the papers are all American Crafts Metropolitan. I love the colours they put on the back - always so vivid and it means your plain bits match perfectly. Sadly that means the red bloom didn't quite as well but there we are. Blooms are from all sorts of places - some are paper, some are fabric, topped off with a pin from Scrapitude and a button from Imagine That.
My last bit of Crafty Templates white crochet lace (sob!) and my favourite Amercian Crafts thick ricrac are inderneath. The sentiment is a Clare Curd one stamped with white chalk ink and with a few adhesive pearls added. Bit of white pen and that's it.
Here is a close up of all the layers!

Now, don't tell my family but when I should have been putting washing away and doing more yesterday - I made a layout instead.
I've had these pics ready to go for ages. They are of Hywel on prize giving night in his new suit.
I used
  • those same American Crafts papers (have enough for one or two more cards, trying to finish them up now!)
  • Hambly overlay
  • Basic Grey Offbeat chipboard
  • a stamped image I was sent in the Funky Hand swap - I think from Maj, given an extra layer of distress ink
  • a lime green wire thing given to me by Sue H
  • a metal tag with Adorn it letters on. Expect to see more of these appearing soon. I ahve LOADS to use and they are just taking up space at home
  • a metal arrow. no idea where from
  • Bazzill brads
  • buttons from Button Mountain (or so it seems. I ahve buttons all over the place but together they would make a mountain I just know it)
  • I also used Nesties dies and Sizzix playground letters which I double cut to make them look thicker
Here is a close up of the journalling. Forgot to do at anything other than a funky angle, sorry.

Now must start thinking... a lot. Have remembered I also have a Church Magazine letter to write.
Will intersperse all of that with seeing what super supersizing goes on this week!


Jozza said...

Ooh Lythan! Your big layered flower is so gorgeous and oh so effective. Love the card and it was a fabby dare :o)

I am very jealous of your class with Leandra and your layout is fab (I won't tell on you lol) xxx

Kathy said...

Fabulous card Lythan - those papers are so perfect as a background for that sumptuous flower

Love that LO too

Have a wonderful time at the workshop tomorrow - sounds brilliant fun.
Good luck with that essay

CLARE said...

wow thats a lot of big blooms on one card, love it. Great papers too. have a good time at your workshop

Anonymous said...

WOW, you've got HUGE blooms! A gorgeous card - love your layout to, very stylish. :)

Have a great day tomorrow. :)


Rika said...

Fantastic card Lythan!

Canne said...

Gorgeous LO as always. Love the big bloomer too.

Tip Top said...

Hehehe! Fab dare!!!

Carol said...

The card is gorgeous and i do have some large blooms...somewhere! I hope i can find them so i can play along with the challenge :)

carol x

Jules said...

Hi Lythan - what a fantastic card.

I love that supersized flower. Such gorgeous colours.

Love Jules xx