Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Totally out of my comfort zone with this one!!

Hi all

I have made this card for a challenge over at Daring Cardmakers. Their theme is carrying on the theme of birthstones, as February's is Amethyst. Totally love this colour! This is the first time I have joined in a challenge over at Daring Cardmakers but wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone and make something that is not my usual style. Actually it was reading Cheryl's blog this morning that reminded me of a card I had seen in Craft Stamper last year sometime and I have always wanted to make something along the same lines!!

Incidentally Daring Cardmakers have the added bonus linked to this weeks challenge in that Craft Obsessions have donated a wonderful Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch and Stamp set as a prize, how cute is that punch.... it has been on my wish list for ages!!! I have bought lovely crafty goodies from Craft Obsessions in the past and I can highly recommend their service as they get your stuff out to you nice and fast - if you're anything like me there's nothing worse than waiting for your new stash to arrive, I turn into craftzilla LOL!!!

I have used an iridescent card which I have had in my stash for ages but never had a project to use it with!
The backing paper I did myself by randomly stamping a butterfly (Basic Grey flutter) stamp in Versamark then embossing with clear powder. I then used the felt pads with the Tim Holtz applicator tool to apply Brilliance ink in Crimson, pearl lavender and pearlescent orchid and built up the layers until I was happy with the colour. I then stamped the sentiment and layered it on nesty petite scallop. The larger butterfly I stamped onto some newspaper which I had stuck to some cardstock. The medallion is another Basic Grey stamp and on top of this I blinged it up with Basic Grey "Bling it" rhinestones. The leaves are the larger butterflies wings stamped onto green bazzil (actually from Craft Obsessions) then I cut them out and curled them a little. The border is more Bazzill which I stamped with large brackets and then cut round them.

I *think* I like this card it just is so different from my usual style (whatever that is). Think I will carry on being more adventurous and you never know I may just venture into doing that long thought about scrap layout haha.... watch this space.

Anyway, just on the off chance you are still on the same bus as me I apologise this has turned into a mammoth post ;-)

Oh and I almost forgot, yes I am waffling now I am also entering this into Priscilla Styles Midnight Madness challenge 40 as I followed their sketch for the layout!!


  1. Thank you for joining us at Midnight Madness, great take on the sketch, and I too love those butterflies on your background paper you stamped, very nice and I didn't know or have forgotten that Feb. is Amethyst - always loved that color. I'm on your bus, LOL. Hugs,

    Jane MMSC DT

  2. gorgeous card,love the colours and yes go for it with scrapping it is only a bigger card with pics lol

  3. Gorgeous card, thanks for joining in with the daring cardmakers. :)


  4. Oh WOW Sarah - this is gorgeous!!!!
    lol, I'm a total Craftzilla too, glad it's not just me :D
    Hugs x

    Ooooh and thanks for the PFP heads-up!

  5. I really love purple and lilacs, so this card is really up my street.
    its beautiful
    Lisa ;)

  6. Lovely card - beautiful colours! x

  7. Hello Sarah, A BIG Welcome to Midnight Madness Sketch! We're so glad you found us. Your card is very stylish and classy. I think the background where you stamp the versamark butterflies adds to the butterfly you cut out. Thanks so much for taking time to play this week, and hope to see more from you, xox ~Jeni & MMSC DesignTeam

  8. Thank you for your kind comment too Sarah. I wish you a good week too. Plenty of crafting and fmaily time
    Lisa ;)

  9. Sarah I am so glad you joined as at Midnight Madness. We welcome you and extend the hand of friendship to you....someone save me a seat on the bus!!! LOL You are too funny!!! I love this card. What a charming and stylish creation with lots of wonderful elements. That leaf border caught my eye...first thing. The butterfly background is astonishingly beautiful and, well, a girl can never have too much bling, so marvelous flower. Thank you for playing along with us at Midnight Madness this week.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  10. Hi Sarah, thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Midnight Madness. :) I really love all the details of your card. From stamping the background yourself (which I keep wanting to do too), to adding the wonderful border punch into the swirly border details. Wonderful all the way around. :)
    Michelle MMDT

  11. Hi Sarah! Love this card - your colours are gorgeous and the butterfly DP is perfect - well done with that! Love the sentiment, and the large butterfly lookds like it could fly off the page! Gorgeous!

  12. What a totally gorgeous card Sarah, loving all the delicate details and the beautiful bling on it. The words are beautiful too, that will sure make someone feel super special when they recieve it. I definately think you should have a go at scrapping too. Warmest wishes Anita..xx

  13. Well done for braving your first dare Sarah!
    Your card is a work of art and there’s so many different processes going on there.
    Simple beautiful!

    Thanks for joining the Daring Cardmakers this week and good luck in the draw.

  14. This is such a beautiful card Sarah and thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers for the first time! Good luck with the draw.

    Lynda xxx

    PS your kitties look adorable.

  15. Hello Sarah,I love your color and the whole thank came out wonderful. That rhinestone flower is the awesome!!I would like to send you a BIG WARM WELCOME to our challenges. We are thrilled you joined in the fun this week. Thank you for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenge. Oh no, Valentines Day must coming…wait for it… I “LOVE” that you are around to share with us and your work fills my heart with joy. Be sure to check the sneak peek tomorrow and have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of love and of course crafting ;)
    Sending LOVE your way <3 <3 <3
    MMSC Hostess

  16. Hi Sarah
    Fabulous card, love that butterfly and jewelled flower.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments. We're definitely on the same wavelength with this challenge lol! :)xx


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