Saturday 18 May 2013

Using designer paper

This week Simon Says Stamp and Show wants us to use a little paper, so what was the first thing I headed for today on my first day back from holiday? Yep a small paper pack and some fun time creating and making again.

I used 2 sheets from a 6 x 6 MME paper pad called The Station to make a card for my dear hubbie who organised our fabulous vacation in California.

Suplies used -
Stamps - Tim Holtz Simple Sayings, flourish, Tiny Things
Dies - Tim Holtz Pediments
Embossing folder - Tim Holtz Dot Matrix
Distress Markers, Ranger Archival inks, Distress Inks, Distress Crackle Paint, Chitchat Stickers, white acrylic paint.

I folded the DP in half to create the card and because it's double sided it has a lovely patterned inside to it, plus I added two strips to decorate and provide a place for writing the message.

I chose another piece to cut a pediment which was run through the EF and inked with walnut stain and fired brick and rock candy crackle paint swiped over it with a piece cut from an old credit card. 

I also crackled the sentiment, bird image and edges of the card (after I had stamped the flourish all round it).

I stamped the little birds onto heavy weight cartridge paper and watercoloured them using DMs.
The film strip was added to a scrap of TH paper and I also found a scrap old Basic Grey DP which I used for the collage strips.

It's lovely being in the work room again, I did miss it, but of course there were lots of compensations while I was away and I will show you some photos later in the week.

I hope all is well with you my blogging friends and readers and thanks to the new followers who have joined me recently, it is lovely to have so much encouragement and support along the way, I hope you find some inspiration and a reason to come calling again.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Other challenges to have fun with -
Cards Galore - A Tim Holtz homage



Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! How lovely that you did a Thank You card for Ken! So you have caught up with the washing then!! Glad you are home safe,

Lucy x

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card! Valerie

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Welcome back Brenda. Gorgeous card, I really live the pediment at the top and the texture. The crackle is a lovely touch and I love the birds. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda...glad to see you have come back refreshed and full of ideas!!! This is a great card with heaps of texture - and I looove those cute birds.
Dot x

Gram's Treasures said...

Glad you made it home safe and sound, and in a crafty mood to boot! Cute card and great design!
Joyce xx

Monique said...

Such a lovely card. The birds are so cute. Love the texture you've got going on.

Kathyk said...

GR8 project from you Brenda - so glad to hear you had a great time in California - find many craft stores? (other than Michaels)


Kathyk said...

Sorry - forgot to say WELCOME BACK


DesignerDiva said...

Gorgeous as ever Brenda, you stuff is so creative now, bet hubby loves this and wow California lucky girl! Hope you did some craft shopping while you were there!
Hugs Laurie x

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda
Thought it was a Tag first up so it was a surprise to see it opened up!
You may have used Pp but you have some wonderful texture on this piece I just love it.

Lori Saul said...

What a gorgeous card- so beautifully detailed and imaginative. How fun to find your lovely blog!


Foxglove Hollow

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful card Brenda, sure your DH will love it too! Love all the texture and details you added too. ~Diane

Juls said...

Oooooh I have that paper pack .... You have made me want to create!!! Stunning card, love every detail!! Hugs Juls xxx

Zoechaos said...

Great card, very TH inspired and strongly masculine but with all your trade mark touches. Welcome home XOXO Zoe

Redanne said...

Such a beautiful card Brenda, I love that pediment and the birds are so lovely. I don't use patterned paper often enough but it works so well - love this. Hugs, Anne x

Rossella said...

Hi Brenda,
Welcome back,
What a beautiful card and lovely thought behind it,
Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous project!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show :) - Ashli

Unknown said...

Beautiful Bren, a great card and beautiful images and colours. Such a romantic, great sentiments. Fab idea of using the pediment on a card too! Chris xxx

Candy C said...

Brenda...beautiful card! As per your's full of great design, texture and balance. The front of your card, with the sweet colored bird stamp,is so pretty. Love the textured pediment top and the film strip ribbon. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Terry said...

And didn't you come back in full swing and style? What a gorgeous creation, Brenda! Love that birdie image and all the pretty papers! I hear the Sun is shinning today, so enjoy! Hugs!

Netty said...

wow am loving this fab card of yours Brenda. Hugs Annette x

2amscrapper said...

Great use of paper!

Words and Pictures said...

A really enchanting card... you're clearly right back into the swing of your fabulous creative roll, Brenda!
Alison xx

craftytrog said...

Welcome back to Blighty Brenda!
Thanks for sharing this fabulous card with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
Alison xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What a cool card...I love the topper!!! The papers are wonderful as well, and I love the reds! The birds and love theme are great! Thank you so much for sharing your love of paper with us here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Karin said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful detailed!
Groetjes karin

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful take on this challenge.

Candy C said...

Hi again. I wanted to thank you so very much for your kind comments you left on my blog this morning. I so love your work and your style. It thrills me to no end that you like my work. I seriously mean that. I can't wait to see what you might be hatching in that creative brain of yours that this card may have inspired. :) <3 Candy

Gio said...

It's very lovely, Brenda.
And it has all that textured details that you don't expect!

Unknown said...

Hallo Brenda,

Wundervoll schön.

Liebe Grüße Petra

Angela said...

This is delicious! Love all the work and techniques you've applied. Love it!!

Thanks for sharing with us in the Cards Galoer Tim Holtz Homage challenge.

Angela (DT)

2amscrapper said...

I love all the details--fabulous creation!

Jenny Marples said...

Great way of using these rather lush papers Brenda. You clearly felt refreshed and inspired after your trip to come up with this great project. Love the embossing and crackling. Hugs, Jenny x

Deborah said...

Absolutely wonderful!