Before I was interrupted…

Here is the card I was going to post yesterday, before the cat intervened. It is the simplest of designs in the most neutral palette. I toyed with adding something else, but decided against it. I know the card is beyond bare, but I figure that in its current form it could be used for many occasions, some happy, some not so. Additional colour, ribbon, pearls, whatever, would define its purpose a bit more. Someone has asked me for a few cards that could be used for illness, sympathy or just for a bit of support in tough times and I thought this might work. I hasten to add this person had no immediate need for any of these or I would not be mentioning it in a post. The sadness or misfortune of other people is not my blogging material.

barest tree

It literally is a single die cut, stuck to a base of the same off-white card. It feels a bit cheeky, really.

Unusually, this time my inspiration was…me! This one below was my first ever card that got re-pinned on Pinterest quite a few times, giving me a bit of a confidence boost to pin more of my own stuff. I think it was because it was (a) Anna Griffin (always popular) and (b) completely achievable for anyone with opposable thumbs!

AG holly die by paperfluff

Supplies: Whimsical Tree die by Spellbinders; holly die from Anna Griffin (it came in a set so I don’t think it had a name of its own); linen effect card from Create and Craft.


Back in the game?

In. Not ‘on’.

Yesterday I posted a request for suggestions of what to do with some stamped backgrounds I had wrestled with most of the day. I couldn’t even call them work in progress, because no progress had been made. Here they are again:

rose background

Some lovely bloggers were kind enough to reply (go check their comments on Bad Ink Day and their blogs too). A common theme emerged, along the lines I had a vague picture of in my head when I started out, but had been totally unable to accomplish.

Everyone suggested ribbon or a bow, and using a base card in a colour similar to the shade of ink. Then I took further suggestions of embellishments, Anna Griffin style and making it either a wedding or sympathy card. I also liked the idea to cut it into three panels, but after a bit of head scratching and pondering over how to make each panel interesting and keep the pattern in sequence I decided to embrace this in spirit rather than literally.

Here’s the end result:

Ribbon – check. Toning background – check. Embellishments – check. Anna Griffin – check. Sympathy sentiment – check. Cut into three, not exactly, but it is divided/sectioned so ‘nearly check’.

The rose stamp is from The Ton. The embossed sentiment is made with Anna Griffin Interchangeable/Mix and Match Sentiments. Thanks guys! Might play this game again!

P.S.- the Spun Sugar pink one turned a patchy yellow overnight. Still suffering the after effects of the Wild Honey ink I guess. I have officially given up on that one…

Hydrangeas revisted

Full-on, blowsy flowers, that’s what hydrangeas are. I have previously blogged a card using the Tattered Lace Charisma Hydrangeas which was in, to me, the more traditional colours, but I love the punchy pinks here too. I teamed it with a sentiment from the Anna Griffin Interchangeable (UK version) or Mix and Match (USA/North America version) embossing range. Two continents divided by a common language, right?! United by the love of Anna Griffin though, I think. Next to Mount Cardstock (see previous post) is Metaphorical Mount Griffin. It’s not really stacked in a mountain shape so anything would spoil, but the potential for a mountain is there…! I need to use it up, and I will try, I promise….

Charisma hydrangea 3

The base card needed a little something so I just randomly embossed large-ish spots over it with an embossing tool. And do you know what? I think I need to work on my random-ness!!! How ridiculous it that?!