Monday 9 September 2013

The Blues?

Played about a bit with some offcuts, a few pieces of linen textured card and some dies.
Result was a batch of CAS cards which always go down well as ' buy and keep them 'cos you'll never know when I'll need one'!
Sharing on this post two cards very similar and some inky fingers.... actually I managed to keep myself very clean for a change as normally once the inks are out I have a mad desire to go all grungy and start slapping paint and ink on canvas but the mojo wouldn't switch on to anything fussy and fancy for some unknown reason - perhaps it's pre holiday blues!!

 I like this blossom die a lot and have used it on several cards. This is the first time though that I tried shading properly with Distress Inks.
I used Chipped Sapphire, Broken China and Tumbled Glass and sponged across a piece of  textured card.

Cut out the die twice and cut out some small squares.

Overlapped all the squares, and then put the dies on sticking them at the bottom only so they kind of 'waft about'!

Added a teeny piece of hand dyed ragged seam binding tied into a knot and 3 pearls on the bottom square and then layered it all up onto the card with 3d foam pads.
I left it sentiment free - might add one but can't make my mind up!

Second card was made using up the left over bits from the first!

Just cut out the die blossom from a piece of white card and then layered it onto the inked up left over before mounting it onto a white card .

Simple sentiment inked in Chipped Sapphire and a couple more blue pearls!

Challenges -
Pixie's Playground - Snippets
Sweet Stamping - Got the Blues
Bloggers - To Die For
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoes - Something Blue
Crazy 4 Challenges - Flowers & Pearls

Will see if these get taken - quite enjoyed doing them so if they get re-housed by one of my ladies then I know that I can use all my bits up!

Quite a nice day here so far - much cooler but dry and there's even some blue sky in between the large white clouds!
Have a great day whatever you're doing and thanks for sticking with me to the bottom of this rambling post!! x


Jan Ltc said...

I love them Viv xx Jan

Doreen said...

Two gorgeous

Carol Willis said...

Love both of these Viv, simple and elegant cards.
caz x

Stamps and Paper said...

Two fabulous cards VIv and love how you've also used the negative to make your 2nd the blue tones


Unknown said...

Beautiful design..xx

Sue said...

Such beautifully designed cards. I love the MB die and gorgeous shades of blue
Sue xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Two stunning cards Viv! Susan x

Meggymay said...

So elegant, both are beautiful cards.

Beckie said...

Great cards. Love the blues.

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Kathleen said...

Absolutely stunning, love the soft blue, two very classy cards.

Kath x

Mrs A. said...

Both very pretty in their own right. I love thee colour. hugs Mrs A.

coops said...

both so stunning viv.the blue is beautiful :D

xx coops xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Two beautiful CAS cards Viv.
Kevin xx

Di said...

Two really elegant cards Viv - love the blue and white - plus that die is fabulous. Clever girl to also use the negative for the second card. They're sure to be snapped up in a trice!

Hugs, Di xx

Jackie said...

Two wonderful cards Viv, love the colour :o)
Jackie xx

Bridie said...

Oh you've really shown this die at it's best

Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

Happy Crafting!

Hugs Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

♥Gemma♥ said...

Oh these are stunning Viv and love the colours too...
hugs and xxx

Mau xx said...

Both Brilliant cards Viv, I enjoy using the negatives from my dies.
Hugs Mau xx

Jackie said...

What a gorgeous card :)
Jackie xx

Kim said...

Both are beautiful, very elegant. Nice way to use the left overs, love that idea. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Gail said...

Absolutely gorgeous..both of them. Outstanding diecut and love how you inked the images. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Sweet Stampin' challenge! --Gail

scrappymo! said...

Two wonderful cards...such pretty blues.
I think my favourite is the second that reverse diecut.

Sarn said...

Wahooo . . .you have made two BEAUTIFUL cards here Viv. LOVE them both. Love the variable colour shading and SUCH a pretty die.

Sarn xxx

Sandra said...

Very clever. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards with us at Sweet Stampin'

Linby said...

so beautiful and a great idea to use the positive and negative pieces.

Liz said...

Oh I love these. You really deserved to be showcased at the Playground!!

Cathy said...

Stunning cards Viv, love the die (haven't seen that one before) and the colours are gorgeous. Cathy x

MaryH said...

This lovely die made 2 absolutely beautiful cards. Really liked the way you did the squares in the layout, and your negative diecut was just as lovely. Clean & yet still so very elegant. Thanks for providing some great inspiration with this die. Gonna have to cut my c/s larger when I'm doing a die, so I can utilize what I've been wasting! TFS

debs29blue said...

Wow! Beautiful cards! Debs x

Laura said...

Love both of these blue and white cards. Love your layouts and the beautiful shading you did with the blues! Way cool idea to use the piece where you removed the flower and have the pretty blue underneath showing through! THanks for the great inspiration! hugs, Laura