Good evening all,
I am feeling very proud of myself as I blog tonight after defeating my toddler in the 'big boy bed' battle. We decided to change from a cot to a bed last weekend and it did not go well!! He was able to get into his wardrobe and pull everything out, he could switch the light on and off and he repeatedly came out of his bedroom…..we eventually cracked at 9.30pm and turned his bed around so he was wedged against the wall and could not get out…..tonight though, we decided to go for it properly. He was returned to his room at least 60 times over an hour and a half period, but he then said 'night night Mummy' and fell asleep…..phew!! They do say it gets easier from now on!!!!! Here is hoping.
While my husband puts child number 2 to bed (who has had to have a late night in order to give peace and quiet for the extended toddler bed time), I have the chance for some quick blogging to share a card I made earlier…..
My lovely husband came home with a wee impromptu gift the other night - some gorgeous designer paper and some lovely buttons!! So much better than a bunch of flowers (although they might be nice too!!!). One of the designer papers was an Art Deco pack by Docrafts - Roaring Twenties it is called. I have been desperate to use it ever since.
I began looking at how maybe a couple of the papers would work together, but it was actually really tricky as each of the patterns are quite bold in themselves and don't actually work that well together. I knew the fore, that they would have to just be accents as apposed to centre pieces on a card. Much of the papers work around a black, silver and turquoise colour scheme and I knew that I just had to match them with a butterfly in the same colours. I absolutely adore Visible Image's butterfly stamp and it works so well in lots of different colour schemes. I decided to emboss it in silver EP and colour the butterfly black and turquoise. I used a black felt pen and then a turquoise watercolour paint (my new favourite medium) which worked fantastically.
I decided to use my favourite layout just now which is two tags….I decided to have one in black to create quite a bold statement and then I watercoloured another tag in the same turquoise as I had used for the butterfly. I then stamped a script image by Waltzing Mouse in black over the water coloured tag. Now, I don't actually have any tag dies yet (shocking I know!!!) so I used my WRMK art deco corner chomper instead.
I added a strip of art deco DP to each tag and then assembled the card using a white base, a black layer and then a layer of a white/silver art deco paper that I found did actually match quite well!!
I used the 'Just for You' sentiment from Uniko Studio on the black tag, embossed again in silver EP.
Once assembled, and the butterfly added, I decided to add a bit ribbon at the top of the tags and then a bit of bling by way of a few crystals and a pearl at the tag top.
I am really happy with the end result. I hadn't really set out to make this for a particular challenge, but as it turns out, it fits in perfectly with a couple…..don't you just love when that happens??!! I will be entering Seize the Sketch and The Card Concept where I think I fit in to the clean & layering category??!!
So here is my Art Deco card….
I am super pleased with this card and will be giving it to my Gran who is butterfly obsessed for her birthday. Despite this being a very feminine card, I would really like to dedicate this card to my Papa who passed away last weekend. He was very artistic and it is actually his watercolour painting equipment that I am now the proud owner of.
I hope you like this card and as always, any comments are always so very much appreciated.
Card - White and black from Papermill Direct, Watercolour paper from stash & DP by Docrafts (Roaring Twenties)
Ink - Papermania Tinsel silver EP, Black versa mark, watercolour paints
Stamps - Butterfly by Visible Image, Sentiment by Uniko Studio - Gift for you set, Waltzing Mouse - Text it
Embellishment - pearl from stash, crystals (Anita's)