Wednesday, 23 August 2017

(Poppystamps) Scribble Flower Circle, Hope, Polka Dots

This is a simple offering of a 'very difficult to take a decent photo of' type of card...  but I'm not apologising as I love the effect!

But be honest...  can you tell that this is a card made entirely out of discarded bits and pieces from old projects?   I decided it was time to 'tackle that mountain' and put at least some of them to use!


I've added two close up shots...


And my first go at a photo breakdown of how this card was made...

Spraying this Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle'- Iridescent' gives a lovely mottled effect.  And if it's a 'less than pristine' piece of card it helps disguise those tiny scratches and fingermarks.  
That's a win in my book!

Here's a photo breakdown of the supplies I used. 
That scrap of wood effect card was embossed  (Crafter's Companion - Woodgrain Embossing Folder), then treated to a gilding wax polish before layering on that scrap of leftover spotty, dotty paper.  
The piece in the middle?  Left over from my Deer Frame project.  But I knew which inks I had used so they are included in this photo.
Plus a tiny scrap of spottiness in the corner - just because I can!
I did smoosh on some green inks to help give a more distressed look - and yes, I did succumb to using my distress tool just a little bit on that wood effect piece of card as well as the tiny piece in the corner.

Next I added the word HOPE from these two 'My Favourite Things' dies (Die-namics 'Happy Greetings' set.
Each letter was layered up four times for lots of dimension.

Then add one very lovely 'Poppystamps - Scribble Flower Circle'.
Notice how I haven't removed all of those tiny bits and pieces that you're supposed to poke out?
My circle die cut is from the 'Altenew - Woodgrain Bark' set of papers that they sell.  Mine were a blog win prize that I only had to pay the p&p for - which made them an affordable option.  But if I didn't have these papers and wanted to replicate this card any woodgrain embossing folder would do.
Then I simply added two tiny sequins...

The final step was the addition of these two butterflies.
The tiny one's cut from white card (Memory Box - Peaceful Butterfly Wings) and the larger has been cut from vellum using the 'Memory Box - Blissful Butterfly Border' die.
The only glue holding the vellum butterfly in place is a small smidge directly underneath that brown flower from the Poppystamps die.  Doing it this way gives just a tiny hint of added dimension as well as being a way to hide the glue on the vellum from view.

So what do you think?

Do you prefer my photo style explanation over the write up?

If you have the time, I would love to know.

This card doesn't actually use any Poppystamps border dies (and yes, I do have a lovely set of them), but I still think it fits the theme of this months challenge.
Homemade, scrappy borders can be just as effective if you pair them up with a beautiful die.

Well, that's what I think anyway!


Challenges I'm Entering...

PSC #35

Only Cards Challenge

Challenge #79  -  Anything Goes using Dies

#317  -  Wood Is Good


Thanks for stopping by today...

Donna. x


  1. I am always intrigued how cards etc are made so I enjoy the 'how to' explanations. Striking looking card with a great layout and great use of bits and pieces x

  2. Thanks for the details ... this is awesome! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything using Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

    1. Thank you, Darlene.
      Love my playtime's in my craft room!

  3. Wow Donna! I adore this, clever you for tackling that 'mountain'! A very elegant result, as always. Now, I actually love seeing the photos along with the write-up but am really aware of just how long that takes you to do. I admire you for taking the time and trouble. Yes' It means you have to keep stopping and thinking carefully as you go about photos. So it's a route I very rarely use and , it's my preference but to be honest am more worried that it's a lot more work for you!

    So glad you got a heat pad and that you're happy with it! For now mine is put away but once the temperatures drop it'll be back (ha, ha) in use 'toot sweet'!


    Di xx

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Di.
      Think I'll be doing this more as it's less to write up.
      Splints on and off all day whilst on the keyboard... and every night when needed!
      Oh well, could be worse!

  4. Beautiful make Donna, what a lovely layout and dies used.
    I much prefer photo shots! rather than reading how too`s. reading takes to long! when I visit blogs at night..
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog my friend.
    Hugs Pam x

    1. Thank you, Pam.
      More work to set up and plan photo 'stops', but far easier on the write up side for me!
      Think I like this format!
      Take care...
      Donna. X

  5. A fabulous work of art Donna my friend! Love all that wonderful shimmer and shine! And the step-by-step pictures are great, but your written explanations are always very clear too, so I have no preference either way, you are always so articulate! Have a lovely day! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. Hello lovely :)
      I think I've finally just about caught up with everyone... but it's so easy to fall behind again! Need to combine computer breaks into my crafting I think!
      Thanks for stopping by... I'll be thinking of you enjoying yourself whilst you are away. x

  6. Donna this is so lovely... So beautiful! Thank you for playing along with us at Dies R Us challenges and hope to see you in the next one! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    Jo- DRU DT
    ♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  7. Super card Donna, Thank you for sharing over at That's Crafty and joining the *Only Cards* Blog Challenge. Best Wishes Tracey.

  8. Beautifully created details and card, sweet Donna! As you already know I think you are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us in the Poppystamps Challenge !

    1. Thank you, Marybeth.
      ... for every kind word. Xxx

  9. This is beautiful Donna! I love the sparkle and shine and your clean modern design!

    1. Thank you, Jeanne.

  10. Hi Donna! WOW! That's one beauty you created. the sheen is icing on a beautiful card. Thank you for adding your lovely card to the Challenge lineup at Poppystamps.