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19 July 2010

Cairns Layout and Card

Phew - I can't believe it! I finished another Apron Strings challenge. The "My Croppy Summer Assignment #11" was to use a sketch from Nuts About Sketches, AND then create a card from the scraps BUT besides the paper, incorporate an element from the layout onto the card. I found this one quite challenging since I don't really like making cards, and I couldn't find any pictures to use that were in a portrait orientation. So, I turned the sketch 90 degrees and did it that way instead. So, this is what I came up with.

Here's the sketch.

I took a while finding paper that I liked in my stash but finally settled on this striped paper from TLC, and some craft cardstock. The other paper and cardstock are all scraps. I found this fibre in my stash, and for the stitching I used some metallic thread I won from my LSS a while back. I pierced the holes for the stitching using a Mijemoo stitching guide first. After I stitched the pattern I decided to add the seed beads so went over it all again, adding a bead onto each stitch. The title was made with some Kaisercraft Felt alpha stickers for the main title, and a Dymo label made with my Caption Maker for the subtitle.

So, what about the card you ask? Here it is.

I did cut another piece of cardstock for the base, but then used an off cut of the striped paper from the layout. I decided to incorporate the stitching, beads and Dymo label from the layout onto the card. I did use a different flourish than on the layout, and I used sequins and beads, but only on the ends of each stitching line. I also changed the colour of the Dymo tape from black to light blue. It's quite simple, but I like how this card turned out, and I have a birthday coming up soon that I need a card for too!

Well, today may bring my period of prolific scrapbooking (for me at least) to an end as the kids are back at school tomorrow, and I need to go back to work. There is always less time when I'm working, but I do need to fit in my Project 12 layout which is due by the 20th, so I'll be working on that tomorrow night, and probably Tuesday afternoon as well! I have the photos printed already, and the sketch, so I just need to pick the papers and embellishments and put it all together! If I don't get it finished before the deadline, it is unlikely that I'll finish it at all. While I don't enter these challenges for the prizes, the deadlines are always very handy. I seem to work best under pressure. It was the same at school, and I often produce my best work when I have little time to complete something. Anyway, I guess only time will tell.

So, till next time - happy days!


1 comment:

Lori said...

I really like the detail in the beads, fiber and stitching. Gorgeous. I'm sorry you're heading back to work, as I've really enjoyed your work, so I hope to see it when you can play along.