Monday 29 April 2013

April Showers

Todays challenge at Crafty Cardmakers has been set by Tracey, who has chosen the theme 'April Showers bring May Flowers' and her criteria is 'cards that include an image of something rain related and are embellished with at least 2 flowers'.
(Remember in order to qualify for one of the prizes from our two sponsors this time -  (a $10 gift voucher to spend at Di's Digi Downloads and a £10 voucher from The Stampman (and Lady of course!)) 
So here's my DT card - have you ever come up with something that you think is a good idea? And then when you come to try and execute your idea you wish you hadn't bothered??? Well this was one light bulb moment that maybe I should have turned off as soon as the light came on!

I fiddled about with it for ages until the finished article looked half way presentable! And then trying to photograph it was a nightmare as the light was terrible!

The shape is a template from Whimsy Stamps and this is why I had so much trouble - not the template itself but as I don't have a cutting machine I had to cut it by hand - and I am really bad at following lines!! Consequently it's a bit hit and miss if two sides actually turn out looking anything like each other!!!!

But it's not too bad now..... I don't think!!

I used 300gsm card for the actual template then covered with papers are by K and Co. The handle is simply colored with a promarker and finished with two eyelets.
Once all layers were assembled, I covered the inside with plain cream paper and stamped a few flourishes using Shabby Shutters DI to leave a suitable surface for writing a greeting.

Tracey wanted at least 2 flowers so I attached these tiny pink flowers to the points of the brolly and added a die cut flourish, some pink ribbon and a couple of suitable blinged Victorian Velvet Distress inked butterflies.

The sentiment was a freebie from BrossArt, printed onto cream card and cut out with a nestie. I attached it using a tiny peg.

Using the heavyweight cardstock as a base meant that the card stands up without any props (thankfully!!!).

Well there it is, hope it has inspired you to come over to CCM  and have a go this week!
I am currently in the process of moving house! Will try and catch up with you all as often as I can over the next few weeks -  Hugz from me. x

Challenges - 
Cheerful Stamp Pad - April Showers
Cute Card Thursday - Can't stop the Rain
Word Play Saturday - Weather
Kraftyhands - April Showers


Unknown said...

Gosh Viv it was well worth all the hard work it looks stunning. I love the soft and gentle colours you have used xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

OMG Viv this is awesome!!! wow, wow, wow you clever girl you
jacqui x

PetraB said...

This is so pretty and works perfectly with the weather outside! You could also enter it for the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge, it would fit perfectly.


Wow Viv - this is fabulous - you've done a great job with those scissors! Love your choice of colours too.
Hugs, Sylvia x

Barbara Godden said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Fabulous card and to answer your question Yes I found a tutorial for a "different" card fold. One day I might attempt it again. Your cutting looks perfect to me. love the sentiment Awesome job!!! Thanks for joining us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad for the April showers/May flowers challenge.

Unknown said...

what a great card!its lovely!x

Stamps and Paper said...

Viv this is stunning and just love your gorgeous colours


Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Wow Viv this is stunning! Fabulous attention to detail and so pretty! Hope the house move is going well! Hugs Susan x

Sue said...

WOW!! This is wonderful Viv. Such a fabulous design and I love the pretty papers with such gorgeous detailing too.
Sue xx

Unknown said...

Such a stunning beautiful coloured, loving this one.xx

Josephine said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Viv. Can't see that you had any problems with the cutting at all - it looks just right!

Netty said...

wow all the hard work certainly paid off, x

Cards By MI said...

This is such a wonderful card. I love everything about it. Been looking at it alot over the team blog. ;)
Love n hugs
Marie /the CCM teamie

Wendy said...

WOW! Love this Viv, it's absolutely gorgeous.
Wendy xx

An Occasional Genius said...

Viv, this is amazing!! I shouldn't be here really but catching sight of this fabulous creations I had to digress from my creating duties ;-) xx

Julie Reed said...

Gorgeous Viv, I totally love it.
Jules x

Suze Bain said...

This is a stunner Viv, so original, worth all the faffing about! All the best for tomorrow, wishing you many happy times in your new home. Xx

Jules said...

Hi Viv

Gosh .. .. what a lot of hard work for you .. .. but the finished result is stunning!

Love your paper choices and pretty little flowers.

I hope the move goes well and you have lots of happy times in your new home.

Love Jules xx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous shape, I wondered how you made this one when I first saw it.
Love the details and the little message under the peg.
Yvonne x
p.s. thanks for joining us over at the Cheerful Stamp Pad as well.

McCrafty's Cards said...

It is fabulous Viv,wonderful design I like the papers the ribbon and the flowers. Good Luck with the move I hope everything goes well.
Kevin xx

Jackie said...

Fiddling with it for ages paid off big time, it's gorgeous :o)
Jackie xx

Sarn said...

Totally amazing project Viv. Glad you persevered.

Sarn xxx

coops said...

wow this is so stunning viv.fabulous shape and details and i love the pretty colours :D
good luck with the house move.

xx coops xx

Carol Willis said...

I really love this Viv. What a fab idea. Love the pretty papers too. Good luck with the house move, hope everything goes well. You'll have to email me your new address so I can send you a card.
Big hugs
Caz xx

Krisha said...

Stunning card! I can't believe you hand cut it! Love all the details and colors. Thanks for playing along with the Cheerful Stamp Pad. This fits the "April Showers Bring May Flowers" challenge to a "T"

Wendy H said...

This is a beautiful project, Viv. Well worth all the hard work. Thank you for joining us over on the Kraftyhands Challenge this month. Hope to see you again soon. Wendy xx

My name is Cindy said...

Saw this earlier today when checking out the challenge and didn't twig it was you!! It's lovely, a really unusual project. Cindy xx

Maureen said...

It's really lovely Viv!!!

Julie Reed said...

Viv, this is beautiful and congratulations on your challenge win.

Jules x

Beccy said...

Absolutely beautiful Viv! Great colour combination and really cute shape. I love it!

Vanja said...

Oh, this is wonderful! :)


Viv said...

It looks fabulous Viv, love the colour combo and all the pretty details too :) viv xx

June Nelson said...

Oh this has to be my fav of the week its beautiful, I loveeee it xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx