Greetings from a rainy, snowy, sleety Kent! I hope everyone reading this is warm & well. Sorry I didn’t post the last two days. On Tuesday, I was uploading my photos & they got deleted somehow – I was NOT a happy bunny! – & yesterday I spent almost five hours at the hospital & was too tired when I got home to do anything except collapse on the couch.
Today’s card covers two challenges at DC. The LO is forum member Loretta’s weekly sketch challenge, hopefully you can see the LO, & the colour is for the weekly ABC challenge, which this week is ‘P’ for purple & anything else we could think of related to card making. This card marks my first attempt at paper-piecing, which was not altogether successful.
- Papers – Papermania & Papermill matted & layered on to
- Anita’s Patterned Vellum
- Flowers – Papermania & Prima
- Circular sentiment stamp – Cuddly Buddly
- Pearlescent Orchid – Brilliance ink
- Purple embossing powder – Debbie Moore
- Purple brads & adhesive gems – Papermania
- Striped brad – K & Co.
- Ribbons & butterfly – from my stash
- Whispers pens
- Purple crystal lacquer – on the flower petals only.
After photographing this week’s cards approximately 20 times I gave up & scanned them. No matter what I do I cannot get a clear image. I’m beginning to wonder if the camera is the problem. It wasn’t very expensive & as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. It’s also costing me a small fortune in batteries, so I’m thinking about getting a new one. Will do some research next week.
There was a thread on the DC forum this week, which made me laugh. Someone had overheard a customer in her local craft shop say that it only took her ten minutes to make a card & the DC’er was wondering if this was the same for the rest of us? The general consensus was – ‘ten minutes?? You must be joking!!’ Today, for example, was the ‘normal’ situation for me. I spent about fifteen minutes deciding on which Tilda I was going to use. Then another fifteen – twenty minutes thinking about colours. Probably about thirty minutes doing the colouring, then I spent about forty minutes choosing the papers & moving them around in various combinations & LOs. Then I had to decide; to bling or not to bling? One ribbon? A bow? Okay, no bows. Flowers? Ummm, no. Right, the sentiment – circular? No, it doesn’t suit the LO. Look at the LO again, (had decided on a challenge LO), there’s no obvious place for a sentiment. Okay, leave it for now, I can add one later. Only then, did I start to put the various pieces together – THAT took about ten minutes! So, adding all that together, it probably took about three hours on one card, which for me is actually pretty good. 🙂 On a rare occasion, if the creative juices (!) flow & I don’t let myself be distracted by t’internet I can be faster & I might even get two cards made in one day. But that’s my limit, I’m afraid.
After giving you that insight into my card making day 🙂 I will end here & go blog-visiting. To everyone who left comments on my Tilda Valentine’s card – thank you so much, it means a great deal to me.
Take care, love & light.