Sunday 15 November 2015


My turn for the mid month post at Stamping Sensations where all the DT have to make something in a colour that they're not comfortable with. 
There's not many colours I don't like - sometimes what I call the harsh colours (yellows/oranges) I think are hard to work with but the one that tops the list for me is not one of the harsh ones but one I call NONDESCRIPT! Put simply the colour is Kraft! 

Don't know what it is about this buff coloured card but I find it really difficult to use.  I have tried many times to make Cards with it - some have turned out OK, (and just OK) - others have just ended up in the bin! 
It always seems drab and dreary and reminds me of boring cardboard boxes and packages!

So tasked with the mid month challenge I jumped in and got out the Kraft card. This is the third attempt! (others are in the Kraft cemetery).
I also tried to keep with this months challenge theme which is 'Festive Florals and Foliage'.

Overall I am happy with this as I think the contrast colour 'lifts' the dreariness- I used Weathered White white embossing powder for all the stamping  and 2 stamps (the script one and the border one) which have not seen the light of day for eons.
The poinsettias are the same as I used on this months DT card, (here)  again stamped, embossed in white and then fussy cut.
I used watercolour pastels to colour the flower and leaves.
A little bit of string (there's those boring cardboard boxes again....!!) and a couple of sparkly bits for the centres of the flowers.
There's still time for you to join us for our Festive Floral challenge - just remember the focal point of your project has to be a stamp! 
Am submitting this into -
Crafts Galore Encore - use a Stamp
1 Crazy Stamper - Winter/Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - 'T' - Tis the Season
CSAYL - Anything Goes
PB and More - Anything Christmas

Hope everyone has/had a great weekend. x


Sarn said...

VIVIENNE! Wash your mouth out at once . . . "NONDESCRIPT" . . . don't you really mean "NICE AND NEUTRAL" for Kraft?????
I like the colour you've teamed it with, but it goes so well with MOST colours . . . really it does!
I think this card is gorgeous, and just to prove it, I'd be happy to put in pride of place on my mantlepiece! Hint, hint!

Hugs, darn Sarn xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Awesome card Viv, lovely colours too./x
 { aNNie}

Canonbury creations said...

Your post made me laugh Viv! Love your card though, the Aqua colour is perfect with the kraft card. Wonderful combo of stamps, I thought it was just one stamp!

Meggymay said...

This looks fantastic Viv, the details and colours go beautifully together .
Yvonne xx

Kathleen said...

Oh I am so with yo on this one, when I was a DT on LCI, now gone, one challenge was to use kraft card, so I had to buy a pack of 25, this was 2 years ago and I still have 24 left.
BUT you have certainly made a fantastic card and your contrasting colours are gorgeous.

Kath x

Jackie said...

Much as I love Karft card, I never manage to show it of well but I have a try occasionally LOL.
You have come up trumps with this gorgeous card, wonderful design amd beautiful colour :o)
Jackie xx

Linby said...

You always come up with different colour schemes that I would not dream of and this one is absolutely fantastic, I love it.
Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
Lynn x

Carole said...

Lovely card Viv and I like your choice of colours.I know what you mean about Kraft a bit the same...think it's this rustic idea when we like crisp and clean! are you a convert now?

Pat said...

Lovely card, beautiful colours, thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenge.

Pat xx

Jacee said...

This is so gorgeous Viv, I love this! great design, adore the colour and the flowers looks fabulous
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pia S said...

Personally I love using kraft, I'm making sure I've always got some in my stash and stock up on it well in time. The reason I love it so is that I find it works so well with any color. And look at the effect you've achieved here with the sentiment and border stamp! It's gorgeous!!

brenda said...

A lovely creation for our Christmas theme Viv and I don;t detect any Kraft problems and think it works beautifully with the aqua colour, many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

B x

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card Viv! I love the color combo and your beautiful poinsettia's! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
Tammy x

MaryH said...

I think it's a very lovely color combination, but guess we all have colors we're not as fond of as others. The subtle shade of the kraft looks fab with the soft aqua, though, and adding in the distressed look of the white embossing on the script worked well. The soft sheen on the outer frame looked like frosty ice crystals, especially with the flourish pattern running through the design. The poinsettias were beautiful too. I think this one is just great!!!

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us @ CSAYL. Sue x

Cheri Burry said...

You should use Kraft paper more often! Your card is stunning and the pale aqua is perfect with the kraft. I love this card! Thanks for playing along with us over at One Crazy Stamper!

Pat said...

This is beautiful Viv and the combination of the kraft with that pretty blue and with the sparkly white embossing is a definite winner!! I love the organic touch with the string too. x

Jo said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Use a stamped or digital image on your project Challenge. We hope you can join us again next month. Jo x

Shirley said...

A beautiful Christmas card Viv. It has a lovely frosty look to it and the flowers are gorgeous.
Thank you for entering our challenge this month at Penny Black and More and good luck in our prize draw.