Tuesday, October 08, 2013

That's better! Well, better-ish

My woe is me over the card I made for the last Daring Cardmaker challenge turned into a "I can do better than that!"
So I dusted myself off, gave myself a talking to and had a bright idea.
Here it is...
you don't have to use patterned paper to make your rainbow. In fact - you don't have to use patterned paper at all.
What. A. Concept.

But it worked. Just.
Firstly I cut lots of strips of water colour paper using one of the Docrafts border punches. (BTW how do you say Docrafts? I know I should pronounce it like "I Do Crafts" but it is always "Dough Crafts" in my head). I then got out some watercolour paints and set to work. A wooden star covered in stickles and some silver stickles baubles and I was set.
I decided that the balance was wrong - there was too much space at the top. So I decided to cut it down.
Forgetting that it was a top folded card.
So it now looks like this

For my second try at a birthday card I decided to swipe the watercolour paints on a small piece of watercolour card stock. I had in the back of my mind the CASE This Sketch of the week so added sentiment and image. I them remembered that the Daring Cardmakers image had dots on it so added a dotty background using PTI stamps, white embossing powder, black pen and more watercolour.
Ta da!
Oh and the little punched border that I needed to add in (nearly forgot that bit too)
Then I looked at the sketch and realised that I had gone slightly wrong
so made this as well
Papers are Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6x6 pad. Dies by Dienamics and Clearly Besotted; stamp by WMS; enamel dots by MME. There is also some vellum behind the dot panel as someone keeps forgetting that this die cuts the panel out completely and it then needs to be stuck back together again.

All this was done on Saturday which was a mostly day off as I had to work my day off on Monday. I also made a card for my Uncle David and Auntie Clare as it was their ruby wedding celebrations on Sunday. We now live near enough to be able to celebrate with them on Sunday which was lovely. There were loads of photos of me as their bridesmaid about the place
 Here is the card I made for them
(lots of old stuff on here, plus a Cameo cut background and heart shapes and some wood veneer people)
and here is me way back then with my bro in his cool velvet suit


Miri said...

Wow!!! These cards are great, Lythan. I especially love your idea with the rainbow coloured Christmas tree.
It's amzing how discontent can push us to try harder, isn't it?
(the same was true for my Christmas card ... and now I love it so much more than the birthday card =))

Kathy said...

I love all these cards. You do make me giggle with your tales of woe - especially this time with you cutting the folded end off your gorgeous tree card - I've lost count of the times I've made a card I was pleased with....only to realise that I've had the card folded the wrong way....or put the whole thing on upside down. It's good to know I'm not alone

Leigh Penner said...

What fabulous cards!
Thank so much for playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch!

Loly Borda said...

All are fabulous! My favourite is the rainbow color tree, so unique, I love it. TFS

Betty said...

All your cards are beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us in the CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and hope to see you again.

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

ha ha, love that photo! Gosh you have been busy, and I love all your cards. I did chuckle about cutting the top off - just the sort of thing I'd do (in fact I've spent this morning trying to fix a card after I got paint all over the inside)

Svenja said...

I love this picture of you and your brother. Don't you think that you look just like Luke Skywalker and Princess Leya? Well, it was the time... *ggg*