Thursday, 27 August 2015

Something Red Floral Challenge

My name is Debs and I adore bold, bright colours I cannot lie! The card above was created for the latest Floral Challenge run by one of the members of the docrafts forum, the design spec given by the lady hosting the current challenge was "The colour red must appear somewhere on the medium of choice, and I would like to see ribbon of some sort." Being the floral challenge, a flower of some description has to be included, which is a given.

When I a signed up to enter on the 15th August I had loads of time, same for all the other challenges, however I've been back off my holidays now for 5 days and last night was the first time I've done any crafting since the 19th August, that's over a week! Considering the number of ideas I have, fun challenges to make cards for and the fact that I have a card to create for the members design team for Quick Cards Made Easy that's daft. Part of my reason I not been crafting is I've been stressing about going to see a specialist dentist re having a front crowned tooth removed and a dental implant done, that is a good reason. What isn't a good reason and I'm rather angry with myself about, like an idiot I installed Fallout Shelter on my tablet and lost days to that, including the last few days of my holiday, gah!

I'd had the idea for this card when I was in France, the idea was a gift of friendship, which is why the design looks a bit like a gift wrapped present ;) Only in France I didn't have access to all my embellishments and I couldn't find a red flower big enough or had a backing paper that 'worked' for me. I was running out of time. so I was relieved when I got back off my holiday to discover that there was a 'Build-A-Flower' die set free with issue 140 of Simply Cards & Papercraft, which I thought I could use it to make a flower! But my stupid brain then decided to have a 3 day leave of absence in game land. As the challenge ends on the 28th August and everyone bar me had uploaded their entries, I decided I better get my skates on.

So last night I quickly made this card, and I love the end result, big, bold, bright and beautiful, just like the friend who will be receiving it :) The flower petals were die cut using 160 gsm red paper that has a slight texture to it, I found it in France with several other colours in the pack. I then used some Barn Door Distress Ink around the edges of the petals, I created lines down the length of the centre petals and smaller lines on the edges of the larger petals with a red promarker to add some detail.

The backing paper was a free download available via this link from the same magazine and is available in 2 other colour ways besides the red and orange one I used, I matted it on to the same colour red paper I used for the flower and added a couple of red sticky gems for good measure ;)I attached a couple of pieces of red organza ribbon to the card and then place the flower on the top.  I'm not sure how other people build up this separate petal flowers, but I cut a circle of card and used it as a base, sticking the first petal down with a 'Quickie Glue' pen and working my way around. The sentiment is from the 'Crafters Companion Wildflower A6 Stamp Set and just seemed apt for the card, I used a sheet of the paper from my pack in golden yellow for stamping the sentiment and cutting the stamen of the flower, trying to pick up colours from the backing paper. I stamped the sentiment using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, et voila, one card completed for the challenge.

After the dentist appointment this afternoon, and the news that having my tooth fixed and have a decent smile again, and more importantly being able to eat things other than pasta, rice, porridge and scrambled eggs, was going to cost over £3,500 I was feeling a bit down in the mouth, literally :( It's my front tooth and as I give public talks for work and have trade fairs etc to do next year, no tooth would make me massively concious which would make giving talks awkward to say the least, and a false tooth is not a route I want to go down.

We'd already decided that I would be getting it done so we've been saving but still I had hoped it wouldn't cost so much. By way of a distraction I went to the Range, home of crafting bargains and good stash, which is handily 5 minutes drive away from the new dentist, lets put a positive spin on this shall we? I didn't spend much, as I mainly went in for a couple of storage boxes to put my acrylic paints and distress inks in to make it easier to move them about. Also picked up a pack of the new Dovecraft Glad Tidings 6" x 6" papers, a reel of red velvet ribbon and a set of the small x-cut new mini button dies to use on works in progress. So now I've written this, I'm off to unpack the stash I brought back from France along with the stuff I took with me and then to get crafting, and as a bank holiday weekend is on the horizon I think lots of crafting will be taking place here over the next few days, if I can just stay off Fallout Shelter! #addicted

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Thanks for your comments on my cards and posts, they are very much appreciated, I'll get back to you as soon as I can if a reply is required. Hugs - Debs x