What would Doris say?

Another one of those days when you want to achieve so much and it all goes horribly wrong. The bin is now full of Altenew aberrations, Craftwork Cards catastrophes and I just hope nobody heard all the expletives. Still, determined to produce SOMETHING I carried on. Really, on a day where you have found yourself telling the cat not to chew on the Eiffel Tower (so that is also now residing, damply, in the bin) you know that you should have retired gracefully. There is no chance of winning the battle, because it is already over and the victors are in the bar, slapping each other on the back and drinking from the trophy, whilst you lick your paper cuts and secretly hope they get hiccups.

Casting around for something, anything, I came across yet another paper pad I have bought and never used. It’s called Sweet Paris and, unsurprisingly, is all Frenchy-looking, with a few florals thrown in. I don’t now have time to give it a great deal of thought, so I just have to dive on in and see what happens. I chose the paper with the Eiffel Tower as the main image. I could have die cut another but didn’t want to find the cat munching on it for dessert…

Sweet Paris card

I almost stopped at just the background paper and panel, but wasn’t sure if that was because I was embracing minimalism or losing the will to continue. Caffeine ensued, followed by lace, pearls and little flags of other papers from the pad. Sometimes this is a good way to introduce a bit of extra colour. I think now I wish I had not added the lace.

The crown is Glamour Dusted (every crown should be!) but you can only tell in the zoom shot:

Sweet Paris card detail

And what would Doris say? Que Sera Sera, of course. Sometimes only the wisdom of Doris (Day) will do.

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Correspondence (of) Course

Craftwork Cards again, this time the Correspondence range. Soft, vintage colours, postal images, a definite French feel and right up my street, banging on the door and demanding to be given a good home. Who was I to argue? This is such a simple card to make – one sheet of backing paper, most of a page of hearts and pennants (there are still some left). Ink the edges a bit, and curl and gently crease some of the shapes a little for extra dimension. Add pearls, a smudge of glitter to the butterfly’s wings and a couple of baker’s twine bows. I am almost 100% happy with it, I just wish the bows had been a little bit softer and that I had left the tails a little longer. There’s always something, isn’t there?

CWC correspondence card - flags

No long list of supplies – the only thing I didn’t mention was that the ink used was Tim Holtz Old Paper!

 

2 bees it is!

This title will only make sense if you read yesterday’s post…

So I have my second bee card. Yesterday my poor wee brain couldn’t work out how to accomplish the finish at the bottom of the bee paper. I still struggled a bit today, and I’m sure there must bee (sorry!) an easier way of doing it. I wanted all my bees wandering off in different directions, so I decided the order and orientation for the hexagons, sticking all but the first one either up to or over the edge of the paper (so sometimes only gluing the top half of the shape); then positioning the first hexie in the line (no glue), cutting away the background paper enough to make sure it didn’t show and then sticking the hexagon in place. Clear? No, I expect not, because this is a lousy explanation and as I said, I probably made this three times harder than it should have been. Sometimes the light-bulb moment never happens and hard slog is the only way through.

Still, once this was done the rest was easy. A bit of spotty embossing at the bottom of the card – I considered the honeycomb pattern again but thought this time it was too busy for my bees (sorry, sorry)…I cut a second bee out – just the body and wings. Life is too short to spend time fussy cutting bees knees (sorry, sorry, sorry). Glamour Dust his wings, a bit of baker’s twine, a greeting and bulldog clip for what I hope is added rustic charm. Who knew you could buy rustic charm in the supermarket stationery aisle?!

bee 2 card

And because his lovely glittery wings don’t show up too well (it is dark as November here today)….

bee 2 detail

Bee paper and sentiment from Craftwork Cards Potting Shed 2; hexagon dies were free with the Crafter’s Companion magazine; base card is Hunkydory Adorable Scorable; bulldog clip from Sainsbury’s