Thursday, 3 March 2011

CAS meets Shabby Chic...

Hello everybody!!  :)

Back again so soon, I hear you ask!?! lol Well, yes- I’ve managed to make a card to enter into this week’s Less Is More challenge…  four weeks in a row, must be some kind of record for me!!  :) I’m having a good week this week, creatively at least- lots of ideas and finally a little bit of energy to try some of them out…  shame about the stupid hand pain but I decided last night that actual crafting would probably aggravate it less than trying not to craft and hurting my hand by checking out everybody else’s blogs online!!lol

So, this week’s LIM challenge is a Recipe of ‘Three Squares’ and this is the card I made:

I had the colour scheme in my head and also knew I wanted to use my new MS Butterfly punch and have an ongoing mission to uncover and put to use some of the mountains of old stash I’ve got hidden away... this time it’s the lovely blue card blank. I’m sure you all be nodding along when I say I get so carried away with my new bits and bobs that I’ve forgotten so much of what came before- and after almost seven obsessive crafting years, there’s a lot of it!!lol 

I started by covering some squares of kraft card with Distress Crackle Paint in the gorgeous Weathered Wood (another *fairly* new acquisition  :) ) and then waited a loooong time for it to dry before taking to it with my heat tool as I just couldn’t wait any longer!! ;D It’s only the second time I’ve tried Crackle Paint but I wanted big cracks to show the card through, unlike last time, so I applied it pretty thickly- it would probably have dried on its own eventually but using the heat tool was actually really fun as I got great cracks before my eyes!! :) I also spritzed some parcel paper with Perfect Pearls Shimmer Mist to punch the butterflies from :) Then it was on with cutting, punching, inking and sticking as normal... and when I call this card CAS rest assured that the simple part only applies to the layout- I don’t know if maybe I didn’t feel as okay as I thought I did or what, but boy did it seem like hard work getting all the bits of paper the right size and the punched borders matching!! :S And as for what angles the butterflies should be at... well, don’t even ask how long I faffed around and I’m still not really happy!! If anyone can put a finger on the problem for next time, I’d be grateful for your thoughts!?! :)

The full list of ‘ingredients’ was:

  •          Dusky Blue A6 card blank from Lakeland years ago, when they still did craft stuff (another ongoing mission this year is to try not to always use square base cards (something I do unthinkingly since starting blogging!!) and the two combine nicely as so many of my old card blanks are rectangles of varying proportions!!)
  •         Blue paper from a matching envelope to the blank for layering
  •         Parcel paper for all the brown paper layers and butterflies
  •         Perfect Pearls Shimmer Spray in Pearl on the butterflies
  •         Scraps of a kraft card blank for the blue squares
  •         Distress Crackle Paint in Weathered Wood
  •         Heat Tool
  •     Antique Linen DI on edges of the painted squares, blue paper and butterflies for a bit of depth
  •         Greeting from Woodware Clear Magic Jane’s Script set, stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia
  •         Mink Flat-backed Pearls

And a couple of close-ups to show the shimmer and lovely cracks!! :)

I would usually consider Shabby-chic as something I love but just don’t do well so it wasn’t my idea when starting out on this card but I think, between the Crackle Paint, dusky blue tone and brown kraft, this has that kind of feel to it...?! Maybe there’s some hope yet!!lol

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: Less Is More – Recipe- Three Squares :) ; Cupcake Crafts – Anything But Square :) ; Paperplay – Shabby Chic/Vintage :) ; Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes :) ;
Dream Valley – Anything Goes :)

I’m still really enjoying the inspiration of the Less Is More challenges and am pleased that I seem to have broken through the one-layer thing I’ve had going on the last few weeks... I just hope this will count as CAS still as I did take a lot of inspiration from the fab DT card Chrissie made?! Thanks again to anyone who stops by and leaves comments- they’re all much appreciated!! :) I’m off to bed when I’ve linked this up- I hope everyone has a great weekend!! :)



Chrissie said...

That certainly is a great crackle effect Rachel and I don't blame you using the heat tool, I'm impatient too.
You have achieved a gorgeous look to this card... worthy of all that faffing about!
Well done too on not missing a week so far... we're delighted that you are enjoying the challenges and the community at "Less is More"... just what we wanted!
So see you next week!
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

Hi again Rachel
SUper card and lovely muted tones I love the pearls on the centre butterfly
A wonderful submission...thank you!
SEe you next week
"LEss is More"

Delphine said...

Fantastic card, Rachel! I absolutely love the colour scheme and perfect layout! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Suze Bain said...

Lovely card Rachel, love the crackle paint, love the borders, fab!

Caroline Hallett said...

this is a really pretty effective card, love it

Kathyk said...

Ooh it's just lovely - loving the crackle accents


Laura said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours you chose and it's always nice to see others combining shabby chic and CAS, I do it too!

Kristel said...

That is a gorgeous card Rachel! Looks fabulous!
Hugs Kristel

Carole of Brum said...

A fantastic card, Rachel, and the crackle effect is very creative, I wouldnt have thought of doing that. I had to smile at all the faffing you did about how to arrange the butterflies....I do that faffing over where to place a sentiment. Actually I do it over just about every stage of cardmaking, lol. Re- the butterflies, all facing the same way can look nice, but random angles can also give a great effect...I think it depends how much symmetry and order you need on any one day, lol. I take photos of all the different options and then sit and decide. CoB

coops said...

stunning cas card rachel.i love the fantastic crackled squares and fab butterflies :D

xx coops xx

Carole of Brum said...

Rachel, I forgot to say thanks for joining in with us at Dream Valley Challenges this week. I keep doing that, forgetting that I work there now, ha ha ha. CoB

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Rachel, what a beautiful and elegant card. I love the colour scheme and the punched butterflies. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Rosietoes said...

Beautiful card. Love all the texture you have managed to create and the unusual colour combo is just fab.

Edna x

Thank you for your lovely comments on my cards today. :)

Faith A said...


Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Hi Rachel

Thanks for leaving me a lovely message on my blog. You are a sweetie! Just come for a visit at your place now. Gonna have a nose after I've left this message. Hope your hand gets better.
Hugs, Sandra

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

oops - forgot to say GREAT CARD!
Hugs, Sandra

Shelly said...

Fabulously elegant card, adorable border and butterflies! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake! Shelly x

sparklingblackrose said...

Gorgeous honey :-) Elaine-xxx-

Melly said...

Aww Super card!
love those butterflies and that gorjuss gold/rusty colour!
Thanks for playing along with Dream Valley Challenges 1st Challenge!
Hugs Melly xxx

Ps I have Candy!!

Alicia said...

Ooh, I love your shabby chic/vintage card! Thanks for joining in at Paper Play this week!
Alicia xx

Jen said...

HI Rachel

Thanks for the lovely comments on my posts... I love this cards simple vintage look and it has butterflies on it so that always does it for me... Going to have a little hop around the rest of your posts... added myself as a follower too

Jen x


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