Monday, 3 May 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Guest Design Team Card

I've had an interesting two weeks to say the least! It all started with an email from the lovely Vix over at Crafty Cardmakers who offered me a GDT slot. I was thrilled and immediately said "yep!" My challenge was to make something using distressing techniques - at which point I though "yay - fab challenge!" However, in the cold light of day I thought OMG what have I done - loads of people are going to see my creation and I've only made a few cards - eeeeekkk!!!

As far as challenges go, I can definately say this was my hardest! Not only did I have to contend with issues of self doubt, but fate and finance stepped in my path! I was printing the image out on my printer when it decided to die, no amount of tapping, prodding, shaking or shouting revived it, so I had to purchase a new one. I knew where I wanted to go with this card, but lack of planning and finance meant that I didn't have the equipment to produce the pieces required, so I've improvised! The flowers, butterflies and leaves have all been hand cut and/or drawn as I don't possess multi-sized flower punches or a butterfly/leaf punch. I'd almost finished the card when I had my final crisis namely a Perfect Pearls explosion! The label which should've been on the lid was on the base, consequently, I opened it upside down and it went everywhere. The stuff is a nightmare to remove, so anyone for a pair of gold lame style jeans??

So, finally onto the card!

Side View

I decided upon an easel card as my base, mainly because I love easel cards, but also because this card was going to be embellishment heavy, so I wanted a sturdy base. Once I'd made the base card, I rounded the corners and then distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Distressing Tool. I then applied ink to the card with the TH Blender Tool and Distressing Inks. The background paper has had the same treatment.

The image has been resized and recoloured and then triple heat embossed with Heat It Up clear embossing powder. Once embossed, the image was placed in the freezer for ten minutes and then bent and stretched to give a patina effect. I know it would've been easier to use UTEE, but it would meant buying it online and taking a chance that it would arrive on time.

The frame was cut using Large Oval Nestabilities, then triple heat embossed with Heat It Up gold powder.

The embellishments have all been made by me. Oh and there's no sentiment on this card at the moment because I haven't fully decided what I'm going to do with it. Not sure wether to use a quotation or simply add happy birthday! Either way I will be using Letraset Safamat to create a rub on. I did think about photo - shopping a sentiment, just for the photo, but decided that would be cheating.


White card from The Papermill
Paper - K&Co Green Ivy Flat Paper
Image - from here 
Frame  - Heat It Up Gold Embossing Powder
Headpins - made using this tutorial
Flowers based upon this tutorial. I didn't have any flower punches and my Nesties were too big, so I found a flower digi stamp manipulated it to the sizes I required, printed out a sheet of flowers and then cut out multiple copies. The edges have been dusted with Gold Perfect Pearls.
Leaves - template drawn using a punched shape from a card sent by a friend and cut from white cardstock, coloured with Promarkers, then coated in Distress Stickles.
Butterflies - template drawn by hand and then painted with pearlescent paints
Lace and Ribbon from stash
Xyron Sticker Maker Machine - I used this to secure the lace to the card.
Stitching - Gold gel pen
Flatback Pearls - from stash

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Simple Doodles - Not a spring chicken anymore

Crafts & Me - Sparkle

Cute Card Thursdays - Make your own

Dutch Dare - Repeat something (BP, butterflies and flowers)

Creative Inspirations - Easel card

Pixie Dust Studio - Picture for inspiration

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Make your own flowers

Charisma Cardz Challenges - Girly card with flowers

 Digi Doodles - Anything goes

Dare you to digi stamp - Flowers (used a digi stamp for the template)

Daring Cardmakers - Easel Card

Stamp Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Easel Card

The Crazy Challenge - Bling Bling

Incy Wincy Designs - Anything goes 


  1. Love the vintage look you have created with this easel card really gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us at the Digi Doodle shop challenge this week hugs Pascale

  2. wow love this find vintage hard but this is amazing. Thanks for joining us at creative inspirations

  3. Love how you have made this card vintage but still fresh looking (if you know what I mean) and not grungy!

    Thanks for joining us over at Incy Wincy this week

    Sarah x

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  5. woow love your vintage look on your card ...very your creation...thanks for joining us at DDSB challenge...hugs, Monika

  6. Congratulations Claire on the GDT slot. Your card is amazing! Your hand cut items have been done to perfection, I love the colours you have used, I love everything about this card and whoever receives it will be one very, very lucky girl!

  7. Ooh Claire . I love it !! Congratulations on your guest DT post.

    Choccy x

  8. Your card is gorgeous! I'm glad it's not just me that has 'adventures' when making cards. Well done on your GDT slot. x

  9. Gorgeous card I love your flowers. Well done on your GDT spot.

  10. I love how elegant this card is. Great work on the easel card.
    Thanks for taking the time to join us at Incy Wincy Designs this week. Hope to see you in our next challenge that starts Monday.

    (Whistling Crafter)
    See The Charity We run
    Aspire To Thrive Children's Charities Inc.

    Thanks for looking.

  11. Oh my! What a breath taking card! I would snatch this up in a second if I seen it in a store. Totally wow!! Thank you so much for entering this in our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


  12. OMG what fabulous card .... Thanks for joining us a Digi Doodle Shop's Best this week.


  13. Wow, this is really stunning! Love the easel layout and the image and flowers are gorgeous!

  14. Wow! This is gorgeous. You did a fabulous job with your distressing and the vintage look. Thanks for playing with us at SSDS. Hugs, Kim

  15. Stunning card.. you have gone to a lot of trouble to make that.. it's fab!!.. Christine x

  16. Gorgeous!!! I love the colours and the beautiful image. Thanks for joining Charisma this week. Good Luck.
    xx Vee

  17. what a gorgeous card, I love the vintage effect :) xx

  18. very nostalgic a really lovely card, well done ;)

  19. Lovely card and I love your flowers, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

  20. Oh my gosh!!! What a wonderful creation!!! Thanks so very much for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best and good luck!

  21. Lovely card. Well done on GDT spot

  22. Beautiful card and just perfect for our flower challenge this week! Thanks for joining in the fun at DU2DS :) Donna x

  23. Oh wow wow wow this is amazing! I love it xxx

  24. very pretty, love all of the details!!! thanks so much for playing along with both the crazy challenge and SD challenge

  25. stunning vintage card!! thanks for playing with us on SD this week :)

  26. Cute card! Thanks for joining us at DDSB! :)


  27. Wonderful card! Thanks for joining us at SSDS.

  28. Very pretty1 Thanks for playing The Crazy Challenge.

  29. Very retro, very prety and my gosh, those flowers are stunning! Thank you for joining us at "Crazy challenge"!
    hugs Nana

  30. Well after what you went through to get this card finished I truly think it was all well worth absolutely it hun

    Thank you for joining us over at 'The Crazy Challenge' this week!!

    hugs shell xx

  31. Wonderful card! Thanks for joining in with the Simple Doodles challenge! Hope you can join us next time.

  32. This is so gorgeous you know I really don't think it needs a sentiment - that way the recipient could have it displayed all the time as a piece of art. It's so gorgeous - worth all the expense and effort for sure!

    I bet those trousers are very fetching on ;)

  33. What a gorgeous card. It's beautiful. Can we see a pic of your jeans ;) So glad I'm not the only one to have that kinda fun. Jaqui x

  34. That is ONE stunning card!


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