Monday, 3 October 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 53 - Anything Goes

The Crafty Cardmakers Challenge Blog has been quiet for a while. Over the summer, various bereavements, illnesses and family commitments reduced the team to almost no one, so we decided to take a break. But, now we're back, and our new challenge is everyone's favourite - anything goes!

Last weekend, I visited the BSSBS show at Alexandra Palace. I haven't been there before, but I'm pretty sure I'll be going again! (Although I should probably start saving up now!) So, I've been playing with my new toys - including a Speedball Brayer and various stamps. I've had a couple of brayers for a while - the Woodware ones with the metal handles, but I find that the roller comes away from the handle if you put any pressure at all on those - so I've never had much success with them.

For the background, I used a Versacolor ink pad with various shades of blue. (It's a pigment pad rather than a dye one, but it seemed to work fairly well.) Then I stamped the main image (from Lavinia Stamps) in Versacolor in Graphite. The foreground grasses are also from Lavinia Stamps while the branches and leaves are from Clarity. Both of those are stamped in Distress Ink.

Of course, having had my play and created whatever I felt like, I found I had no paper to match. At least, not in the right size. Most of my paper is 150mm square, so finding something big enough for a 5 by 7 card was a challenge. I fell back on my favourite for such occasions - Coredinations card. The one I used is from the Chocolate Box collection, and I embossed it in my Wizard with a Papermania folder, then sanded it.

I hope you can join us this week, and help us to celebrate the fact that Crafty Cardmakers is back!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Four Crafty Chicks where anything goes,
For Your Inspiration where there's a lovely photo-inspiration
Fussy and Fancy Friday where they want us to try a new technique (brayering - still new to me!)
Crafts 4 Eternity where anything goes,
Creatalicious Challenges where anything goes,
Card and Scrap where the theme is embossing/distressing.


Jack said...

This is just fabulous. What great stamps - hmmm, I may have to go shopping. xx

Tamie said...

Stunning card! I love the effect of your card. Thanks for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

J said...

Very impressive! I was very tempted by the Lavinia Stamps at Doncaster, but had unfortunately run out of both cash (and self imposed limit on the credit card) by the time I got to their stand.

pinky said...

Lovely work. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Lin said...

Josephine this is gorgeous. Nothing beats having a play with new stash and you certainly created something beautiful out of your's.

Lin xx

dstandard said...

WOW gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at FYI!

Sally said...

Hi Josephine, a beautiful creation, I love the colours you've chosen. I look forward to working with you on CCM.
Sally x

Lori said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at 4 Crafty Chicks.

coldwaters2 said...

This is gorgeous Josephine, that image has such a mystical look to it.
Lorraine x

michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Michelle said...

Josephine, this is lovely! I love the effect you've created with the frame of grasses and trees. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

Scrapcat 1 said...

I love the effects you have created I wish I could do this kind of work you do so well.

{ Beth } fairestskye said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for looking my card over. I had fun making it and hopefully sometime I will be able to win a challenge. heh heh


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