Thursday, 5 January 2017

Engagement Card, Photography Enthusiast, Congratulations

I haven't posted for a while, have I?
There is a reason why, and for those of you that have been on my Facebook page today you may have already seen and clicked on the link...  so you will know.

But for those of you that may not use Facebook, you can click 'here' if you want.
At least then you'll understand why I disappear from time to time...


I wasn't planning on making anything for a few days yet, but on Tuesday of this week at around midday my husband messaged me to ask if I had an engagement card to hand for one of his work colleagues.

I did not, but being a 'crafter' meant that the need to make one couldn't be dismissed - even if time constraints meant it would be dark in a matter of four hours max.

And I can't craft in the dark.

Believe me, I've tried...

Even with decent 'daylight' bulbs and lamps I can't get past the fact that I'm not seeing colours in their 'true' form.

So this was a quick 'make' for me that took about three hours - 
at least half an hour of which was used just on trying to get this card blank 'square'.
I still haven't figured out why I can't manage this feat which is why I'm not even attempting to cut and score my cards from scratch as yet - except for the odd exception when I have no choice, of course!

Here's the card...

It's not my best work, but it's ok...  especially as the main recipient was for a man and a suck at making cards for men!
(Should I 'say' that out loud?  Oh well, I just did)!

At least it's not overtly girly!

As this photograph was taken in the dark (it went straight off to work with my husband the following morning), the colours may look a little 'off', but I've messed around with the White Balance (thankfully my editing app now supports this), so hopefully you will see that you are looking at a white, black, red and grey colour combination.

Supplies Used:

Simon Says Stamp! 'Sketch Heart'
Marianne Designs 'Filmstrip'
Memory Box 'Heart Delights'

Embossing Folder:
Sizzix Texture Fades 'Notebook'

Tim Holtz Distress 'Black Soot'
Ranger 'Perfect Medium'
Memento/Tsukineko 'Tuxedo Black'

Embossing Powder:
WOW 'clear'

Tonic/Holtz 'Paper Distresser'
Stamp from stash
Padded fabric heart from stash

Challenges I'm Entering...

Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge
A card made entirely from scraps/snippets

Simon Says/Wednesday
'Something New'
(Hopefully an engagement counts)!

Now that November and December are finally over with (I completely ignored Christmas just to be able to cope with it - but I did at least make a batch of last minute Christmas cards that hopefully made their way to those of you whose address I have),  I'm hoping to get back into the swing of craft making.
I haven't wasted my time away from Blogland, though...
Sometimes tidying and sorting is just as therapeutic as 'making'.

Thanks for stopping by...

Donna. x


  1. Wow Donna this looks amazing! Barbxx

    1. Thank you, Barb.
      You are the last person I need to catch up with. It's always the way! Hopefully by the end of today I'll be completely back on track.
      Hope you enjoyed Christmas...
      Donna. x

  2. Hi Donna! I haven't been on FB much at all so I will check later.But I do love this card and is an awesome guy card, I think you did a great job, love the outline dies! Hugs to you !

    1. Thank you, Marybeth.
      I did include a link on the blog but I guess you missed it... but your mind's on other things, I know...
      So sorry to hear your sad news, my lovely blog friend.
      Take care of yourself. x

  3. Well I, for one, LOVE this card. I think it's a perfect engagement congrats card for a bloke!

    Off to read the link you gave.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. You are always very kind, Sarn... and I truly appreciate it.
      Hugs back 'atya'. x

  4. As one of your newest fans, I second the motion for MORE!!! You've done gorgeous things with scraps, Donna! I don't think you suck at cards for me at all!! xx

    1. Bless you tenfold, my lovely new friend...
      And thank you. X

  5. Wow this is a fabulous masculine card. Lots to look at, love the colour combination and the layout is perfect x Sometimes tidying and sorting is just as therapeutic as 'making'. I agree with your sentiment....Sometimes tidying and sorting is just as therapeutic as 'making'....Sometimes it's just got to be done and that's what I am doing right now x

    1. I'm not there yet in terms of being completely tidy and sorted, but it's a huge improvement on the way it used to be. I'm thinking I should designate a day a week solely to keep on top of things craft-wise. I just need to decide what would be a good day!!!

    2. Took time out the tidying to read your blog...Love and hugs x Organizing and cleaning can wait x

    3. Those are my thoughts when it comes to housework. X

  6. Brilliant Engagement card Donna, you did wonderful work in a short time.
    Sending hugs Pam xxx

  7. I love your card, full of interest and fab colour scheme. Words fail me on what I have just been reading, sending lots of love and cyber hugs xxx

  8. I love it! A fabulous make Donna! I know what you mean about being creative with our 'stuff' too! lol I had to put the house back together after painting! I couldn't bring myself to hang the stuff back on the walls! So I had to find places to hide everything I couldn't leave out Christmas eve day with all the adults and kids here. Whew. Challenging! I don't know how it got to be Jan. 5 already but I don't feel like it should be 2017 yet. lol Glad it worked out that you got to share your card here too!

    1. Thank you, Pam.
      The trouble with hiding things away?
      You've got to remember where you hid them! X

  9. Oh what a super card Donna! Love all the elements and the colours are just perfect as well.

    I'm so with you about not being able to craft in the dark.


    Di xx

    1. Thanks, Di.
      Started packing yet?

  10. A fantastic card, I love it even if you don't think it's your best work.

    Sue xx

    1. Thank you, Sue.
      Hope you're having a good weekend. X

  11. Love all those hearts, Donna! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!