Sunday, 13 March 2011

Make your own fun

Sometimes when things are getting you down it pays to make your own fun.  Making your own backgrounds definitely constitutes my idea of fun as it gives me the chance to not only be creative but usually to get my hands messy!  And boy do I get them messy!  The DPs for this card were created using Tim Holtz' Adirondack Colour Wash sprays in stream and raisin colours over an embossed in lilac over some Inkadinkado stamps.  Lovely strong colours but about as messy as it gets.  My hands have been looking either bruised or gangrenous in lovely shades of red, blue and green.  But they're addictive and I can see I am going to end up buying some more soon.  The ones I have came at the bargain price of £2 each from my local art shop who have a sale table where they will sell on stuff other crafters have finished with and I have picked up all sorts of bargains there - these were an especially good bargain as they were brand new, unused and 2 of them even had the seal still intact!  My daughter nearly disowned me as I did a little happy dance when I found them!  The spotlight over at Crafty Cardmakers this week is on making your own design papers, so if you fancy making some of your own, have a go and come over and join in!

I have used ching-chou kuik's Black Rose Fairy coloured with promarkers for the main image which I trimmed with my trusty deckled rectangle nestie.  Behind the main image there is a piece of paper which was made using the same colours, but then dry embossed and rubbed over with embossing ink then sprinkled with moonglow powders to give it a little sheen, then trimmed with my largest nestie to created a border effect behind the main image. The prima flower came from a pack at QVC outlet (half of them were missing so I bartered and got them cheeeeap) and the ribbons are from Hobbycraft in the sale.  Got a big roll of it and I love the colour so expect to see it in use quite a bit!

I hope this fits the following challenges:

Lawnscaping - Use stamp in unconventional way
Crafty Purple Frog - Things with wings
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch, spring, try something new
Jac-Inks - Technique Challenge - Masking


  1. Awww, this is so pretty! Gorgeous colours :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  2. Aww wow!
    This is just stunning! I love the fab colours and the image is perfect for it!
    Good for you, bartering to getthem cheaper hee!
    Hugs M xxx

  3. This is gorgeous. Your BP is really pretty and goes so well with the image. Love that huge flower too.

    Lin xx

  4. Fabulous card and I really love this background. xx

  5. Beautiful! Love the background. It's fascinating to see how many different methods people are coming up with for making their own papers.

  6. just love this your dp is wonderful love the colours you have chosen just gorgeous
    gill xxx

  7. Fabulous card of course I luuuurrrvvve the image, love your backing as well.
    Thank you for joining us gals over at CPF Challenges, good luck.

    Hugs Vicky xx

  8. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Lawnscaping this week!!!

  9. Such a lovely card with a great colour scheme,glad you chose to share your flowery creation with us at Southern Girls! Have a great week,Julie.x

  10. Such pretty colors you usde on this! TFS =)

  11. love this, the background is brill

    Judie xx

  12. your post made me laugh love the paper you have made and the image

  13. This is so good, Sarah, very creative how you made your background. CoB

  14. Amazing ribbon, and I love the background you've created! Fabulous card :) xoxo

  15. Wonderful creativity shown in your card, and the colours and patterns create such interest. There are so many little surprises every time I look at this card. Thanks so much for joining the jac-inks Challenge # 4 and I do apologize for the late comment - I've been away and computer access was limited.