A couple of weeks ago Geraldine and Jo over at Crafty Blogger's Network put a call out asking if anyone would like to do a guest spot on their challenge blog and I was asked if I would do the first guest spot. Of course I said yes! Their plan is for a guest blogger each month, crafters like you and me.
I have been crafting nearly all my life like most of you. I have knitted, crocheted, embroidered, cross stitched which led me into paper crafting. I don't have one particular style of crafting as I very much enjoy mixing different techniques. The first time I saw my cards on Create and Craft was for My Craft Studio, for one of their Parchment CD's which was for Pick of the Week. I can't explain how I felt when I saw my cards. I was grinning like a cheshire cat! I designed for them for a few years which of course was CD crafting and I wanted learn more techniques in the world of crafting.
I met Kay Rutter when she did a workshop near my home in Warrington and we became very friendly which resulted in me helping her at shows in the North and I do the NEC too. I design for Hougie Crafts, Kraftyhands, Jem's Designs, HobbyFun, Oyster Stamps, Ali-Craft which are UK based and I design also for 2 blogs Scrapbook Stamp Society which is American and Cards Galore based here in the UK.
I started my blog last year on 24 February and my style of cards has changed again. I love to do CD work but if I was told to make a card now I would immediately go for my stamps and inkpads to make a card. Since starting my blog I have "met and chatted" to many crafters and made lots of new friends from all over the world. I am so surprised how quickly my followers have grown too.
I suppose I have an eclectic style of crafting. 'I love paint fusion and love to use this in my cards too. This leads me on nicely to show you my card which I have made for the challenge this time is "Anything Goes"
Recipe and Method
1. Card base is 7 x 7 Gold pearlescent card from AnnaMarie Designs.
2. The first layer is a piece of green and gold card from Hunkydory. I have wrapped a piece of lace which has green velvet ribbon down the centre onto the card and adhered this to the base card.
3. The topper is a piece of mount board which has been painted with purple paint, PVA glue and then a top coat of Magnolia Matt Emulsion. I heated this up to get the crackle effect. I have used Pebeo acrylic paints to paint the bouquet and added some lavender to the bouquet. To finish off I embossed the edges with Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder and added a bow to the bouquet.
4. The sentiment is from Kraftyhands Sentiment Die cuts.
5. The ribbon topper is made by looping cream ribbon around the circle and attaching to the card and then using a button from my stash and added flat pearl gems around the circle.
6. Using cream vellum I have punched out 2 butterflies using Martha Stewart Punch.
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