Friday 4 September 2009

Two Birds, One Stone...


Happy Friday! I'm sure some of you are thinking TGI Friday but I'll be much more excited next Friday when I'll have been back at work a week and will definitely be grateful for a couple of days off!

I'm still managing to craft amongst the chaos of moving, though I really need to start having a proper sort out with my goodies. I've found some things in the depths of my stash that made me blush with embarrassment! I mean seriously, when did I ever need so many eyelets or skeleton leaves!? LOL!

Chris is becoming my best customer for my creations by far - I swear it's the only reason he allows me to go rooting through boxes for crafty bits creating yet more chaos! He's requested (with a reasonable deadline for once!) yet another two cards for his family. Firstly for his Aunt's 60th and secondly for his brother, Phil's birthday (yup, cue yet ANOTHER masculine card! I'll be the queen of 'em soon!)

I needed a kick to get my mojo into gear and really wanted to play along with the current Raspberry Suites Color Challenge as the colours seemed a really interesting mix:
These colours scream autumn to me, but seeing as I have no autumn themed stamps I had to think of something different!

Now the title of this post is due to the fact that I combined this challenge with the recent (and very nearly ending) Get Sketchy Sketch:

Finally, here's the card:
I didn't wanna stick a HUGE 60 on his Aunty's card. Although my Mum was excited about turning 60 (I can travel the country for FREE on my bus pass, Aimes!) I'm not convinced everyone else shares the same enthusiasm!

I have to confess I'm still not overly pleased with this card...I just wish I'd made that flourish more subtle (maybe stamped on scrap first and then the card) and the sentiment bolder. Well, it's staying as it is because I made the schoolgal error of stamping all the above on when the card had been stuck together - D'oh! You know what it's like when you sit staring at a card thinking, Hmmm...something's missing...and you try to fix it but fear you've only made it worse LOL!

Card Recipe

All PTI Goodies
Remember, Fancy Flourishes, Damask Designs
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate
Card: Kraft, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise (Bitty Dot Basics)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Oval Nestabilities, Dark Chocolate Twill Ribbon, Martha Stewart Border Punch, White Gel Pen

For my second card I actually decided to stick with the colour combo of the RSCC and took some design tips on board from my current Papertrey Ink Newsletter (you can sign up to receive it here! I'd recommend it as it contains some AMAZING ideas! If you want a copy of the recent one with the design tips just let me know!) Though I'm going to share that with you later as my camera batteries have died! I took the pics for this post with Chris' super duper camera - it has more buttons than I have pairs of shoes! I just wanted to take a simple pic but it just won't let me - technology eh?!

Hope y'all have a super weekend! Mine involves meeting up with my girly colleagues for a catch up gossip before work, visiting my nieces and nephews, more building of flat pack furniture, a visit to Chris' family for his brother's birthday and in between this, preparing for my first day back at school - eeek!

Thanks sooooooooo much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!


Ann said...

I think it's fabulous, girl! Have fun getting ready for school...I'm heading off to Lake Michigan for our three-day weekend here in the states. See ya next week! :D

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful... just perfect!

Thanks for playing with us at GETSKETCHY!

Melissa said...

I love the bold flourish! What a great card. Have a fabulous weekend!

Scrapping Julie said...

holy wow! BE-U-TI-FUL

Maureen said...

love the flourish and the scalloped patterned paper!! Great use of the colours this week :)

~amy~ said...

I love how it turned out! Great job combining challenges...thanks for playing with us over at Get Sketchy!

Julie said...

Hi Ames,
I really would worry, the card is gorgeous - It looks fantastic.
Thanks for the link to sign up for the Papertrey news letter - I've just popped over and done that.
I hope the first week back at school goes ok for you - It'll be next Friday before you know it.
Take Care and enjoy your weekend.
Ju xx

Angèle said...

Perfect elegance! Great job!
Thanks for playing with GS!

Emma said...

Hi Aimes,

I don't know what you're on about -you always rock Dawn's challenge and this is no exception. I have no doubt that one day soon I'm gonna see your creation on one of those gorgeous little squares of hers.

I know it can be daunting first day back - but once you're back in the swing there is still fun to be had :D

Have a fab birthday weekend,

Emma x

Shemaine Smith said...

Ohh Amy, great colors! Thanks for playing along at GS!

memory-scrap said...

Hi Aimes, great card and how clever to combine the challenges! How thoughtful of Chris to give you a bit of time on these this time ....!!!! Still haven't grabbed mmy awards yet, althoug I do want them, not sure if anyone will want to read 7 interesting facts about me (I should get my other half to write them shouldn't i?! Actually not a good idea, that would be more like 7 things I would never want anybody to know about me!!. Have a great weeken, Love Janexx Will post the award thing next week when I have thought of some facts!! x

Dora said...

Beautiful take on the sketch!
thnx for playing.

Liz said...

I think you did a great job on it! I really like that sketch.

Courtney Baker said...

Very cute. I love the flower!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh wow, I love the card, so pretty. Fab style. Kim

Stephanie said...

Don't be so hard on yourself - this card is stunning & the flourish looks amazing!

Enjoy your gossip session - there's nothing better (especially if you throw chocolate into the mix!)

Enjoy your weekend & catch up soon

Luv ya lots
Steph xxx

p.s. there was nothing in the PTI mountain I didn't already have *blush*
p.p.s Dean said he would never have noticed the £6k on my credit card bill *double blush*

AuroraDawn said...

Beautiful card Aimes, I'm going to have a go at those colours this weekend they are gorgous together.

Thanks for the newsletter link, I don't know how I missed that! if I could have a copy of the last month or so I'd appreciate it ...

Alison said...

Oh yes, I make that mistake quite often, too! I'll just add something... and then I regret it! But stlil a v nice card!
And I chuckled at the skeleton leaves/eyelets comment - add those to my list of poor choices of stash, too.

And nice to hear that Chris gave you a bit of time to make those cards, LOL.
Don't forget to send me your new address, now!

Dana said...

First of all, I can't believe you are even creating anything what with trying to move! Amazing! Secondly, I totally love your card. The PP and the flower you colored are perfect. I do actually see where a lighter version of the swirl would have looked good too, but all in all, I think you rocked this challenge. Can't wait to see the other card too!

Tina Spohn said...

That´s such an elegant and bright card, love it.

Hugs, Tina

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