Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Liking what I do!!

Well here I am again
Welcome everyone, thank you for finding time to pop by and say Hello, it really means the world to me. I know how hard it is to get around all our favourite blogs, so I really do appreciate your visit.

Ok, so here is my card for today, it is a bit late but as they say, 'Better late than never'.


Today I have used nothing but card, dies and stamps (oh and a bit of bling).  No fancy papers, ribbon or bows. No image and no colouring.  I wanted the focus to be more on the sentiment than anything else for this card,  as it is such a lovely and truthful piece of prose.

I received the new Sue Wilson 'Vintage Lace' dies the day before yesterday but I was too poorly to play with them, woe was me!! Of course as soon as I found a little bit of life in me yesterday, I had to get them out to play.  I have only used the border die for now, but I had so much fun playing, cutting and glueing it that I just had to find a place for it on my card.
For those of you who have the new dies also, or those who have seen it on TV you will notice that my border looks alot wider; you're not seeing things, it is.  I cut out two borders and then trimmed one of them down to remove the black heavy border at the bottom.  You have to be careful where to cut, but once you know where to cut it is so easy and it allows you to 'grow' your border into a really deep fancy lace and I love it!!   Isn't it lovely?
For anyone interested, I will do some tips with pictures for this later, once I have had a rest and my grandson has gone home to his mum and dad (health allowing of course).  With this method of cutting and glueing you can continue to 'grow' the lace indefinitely and it could end up as a very pretty lacy background. I have even managed to layer it so that you can shape it too.  More on that in the tutorial.  
I think Spellbinders could do with thinking about this, then their dies can be even more useful.  If the border dies were made to link easier or shaped to be glued in rows (as I have done) they really could provide a fantastic die to be used in more than just one way.  Perhaps I should email Sue or Christine Emberson and see what they think.

I managed to decorate the inside of the card today and the very pretty border I used here is the waste piece from the Vintage Lace border.  I think it is perfect to go with any of  the scalloped circle dies as it echos the shape beautifully.


Here you can see both the front and inside together.  I am really pleased with how this one turned out and haven't stopped smiling since I completed it; so nice after a grumpy day yesterday with my throat.  My glands are still swollen and my ear aches a bit but it isn't quite as bad as it was yesterday.  Thank you for all the well wishes.

 Ok that's it for now, I do hope you like todays card as much as I do.  I will do my best to get the Tutorial up as soon as possible.
The sun is shining nicely here in Wales, I hope it is the same where you are and you have a wonderful day.  Take care of yourselves and I'll catch you all later.
Regards Linda xx

My recipe
White 300gsm & Black 250gsm card  - Kanban via Create and Craft
Whirlpool cardstock   -  Bazzil at Aldridge Crafts
Picot Edge Circle Die,  Plain Circle Die,  Foliage, Sue Wilson Vintage Lace Accents,  
Scalloped Circle Die,  Insects & Fanciful Flight Dies  -  All Spellbinders 
Dragonfly Stamp  -  Anna Griffin
Wording stampCreative Expressions at Sam Poole Creative Studio
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink  - Tim Holtz/Ranger
Clear Rhinestone bling - Bobity Boo Gemcrafts (cheap place for Rhinestones and Pearls)
Brad and metal embellishment are from my stash

12 comments:

  1. A very elegant card Linda, I really like they way the lace border works. Anne

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  2. Oh Linda, this is absolutely stunning! When I get my dies I MUST have a go at this one if you don't mind its beautiful! Looking at the lace border with the jewel on the end I can see fuchsia's trailing down.

    So pleased you are feeling better hope the sore throat and ear ache fade quickly. May the sun continue to shine on you.
    Hugs Christine H xx

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  3. Gorgeous card Linda! That border die, and the way you have used it, is beautiful. This set is on my wish list - but it could grow into a very long list. It's impossible to buy everything you like or you would soon be bankrupt! But this set is truly terrific so ................
    love from Christine xx

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  4. Hi Linda, so glad you are feeling better. This is a lovely card; I am still waiting for my new dies to arrive, hopefully they will come today. I shall try cutting the border, now that I am all through with my reorganisation. Take care, best wishes, Lesley xx

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  5. Hi Linda. Well what can I say - Your card is simply stunning!! Such a wonderful design and the colours are fabulous. the sentiment is so beautiful that it deserves to be the focal point.
    Take care and enjoy the sun while it lasts....
    Hugs Sue

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  6. Hi Linda,
    wonderful card sooooooo pretty. It just so happens that my sister has just sent me a necklace she made me for my granddaughter's wedding and the colours are very similar. I cried when I opened the box at all the work she had done on it. Will send you a picture of it. So glad your feeling better. Have a wonderful crafty afternoon everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  7. I love the way the frame sits on the Whirlpool cardstock. I need to have a go with my scalloped die inside the picot edge dies. This really is a very good look!! I do like the border across the card as well - good idea how to make it wider - you should definitely e-mail Sue or Christine. I am glad you like your creation - 'cos I think we do as well!

    Hugs Sue P xxx

    PS Am wearing a top in the same colour - must be catching. Hope you keep feeling better with the sore throat and dodgy ear.

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  8. Hi sweetie this is stunning, hugs pops x x x

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  9. Hi Linda! Gorgeous card...love the colours! I'm still waiting for my dies to arrive :) Carole Z x

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  10. Hi Linda,
    Wow,that was a good 'play' session - you really figured out how to get the most of that border die very quickly! Your card is lovely. I'm sure Sue or Christine would be interested to hear of your idea.
    x

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  11. Your card is stunning Linda! I love the colours and the quote! I love black on a card and I love the new Spellbinders dies!

    Sarah x

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  12. What's an elegant card:) I like the colours combination!
    Hugs,
    Sonia

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