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.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Another card for Anthony

Good morning everyone,
I must start todays post with the biggest thank you for all the wonderful comments yesterday.  I am so pleased you liked my card, especially as I struggled so much with getting it right for my son.

Today I have another card I created for Anthony, but this was from my daughter to her brother.  I wanted to do something slightly different and in colours that I don't regularly use, but when I explain how I got my inspiration for this one I think you will be a little tickled.  You see I was in the attic with my daughter last week, still clearing and rearranging, when Sian passed me a roll of wallpaper that was left from decorating my bedroom.  I was about to put it in the waste pile when she said to me that she thought it would make nice backing paper for my cards.  I put it to one side and thought no more about it as we were so busy.   The next day I decided to cut up some of the wallpaper and see how it felt for cardmaking.......  well, it had such a lovely texture I decided to give it a go and when I looked at the, now dirty wrapper (the attic is so dusty) I suddenly realised that kraft card would coordinate perfectly.  So that is how I came upon the blue and kraft colour scheme;  blue textured wallpaper covered in dust!   LOL!!!!!!
But it works, don't you think?



I used the beautiful Fleur de Lis rectangles from Spellbinders for my central matt with an X-Cut Large Ornate Frame for the verse.   The verse was printed onto white card and then coloured with Adirondack Halzelnut ink and Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. 


I added some hazelnut spotty ribbon over a 1inch wide satin ribbon and also two tabs of the spotty ribbon to the top of the card.  I wanted to create the effect of the topper matts being suspended.
I finished the border off with the Spellbinders Damask Accents and then completed the outside with some antique brass brads and two waste pieces from the Fleur de Lis matt to accent the top corners.



I decorated the inside to coordinate, using a plain white matt stamped with just Happy Birthday.   I wanted this one to look like it was tucked into the border instead of being suspended.

So there you have it, my wallpaper card.  I am so pleased how this turned out and I can't wait to use that paper again, it is fabulous.  I would recommend using good quality wallpaper remnants to everyone, it saves on waste (who wants to waste money after all) and it provides a marvelous source of backing paper that is so easy to use..... oh and it embosses beautifully too (I've tried that too).
I do hope you all have a good weekend and manage to do a little crafting. 
Take care of yourselves, I'm hoping to make a Christmas card or two today (here's hoping). 
Regards Linda xx

10 comments:

  1. Hi Linda
    another super design of a card. Now isn't this funny how we all think in similar ways. Because I was tiding my craft room the other day, no I tell a lie, I was searching for something and I came across a small gold piece of wallpaper that a friend gave me ages ago for my card making. I looked at it and thought I must use that on a card soon. Not made it yet, but watch my space. lol.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  2. Fabulous card Linda. I love the almost subdued effects of that dusky blue and Kraft card. It really does go to show that we should never throw anything away -but then we'd probably all have to move house to accommodate the stock! LOL! Have a good day! love from Christine xx

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  3. Well!! what can I say, from dusty attic to fantastic card.
    Clever you, that is one stunning card, I love everything about it.
    The different contrasts are great, the paper and the Kraft card go so well together.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xx

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  4. Hello Linda. This is wonderful, such a great idea to use that wallpaper.
    The colours and textures work so well together.

    hugs Sue

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  5. Well what a great find Linda and another stunning card and that wallpaper was worth holding on to. The blue is just perfect with the kraft card and I love how you have suspended the topper, very effective. Love everything about it!
    A lovely sunny day here in Somerset after the nights rain so hope the sun is shining on you too. Have a lovely weekend, love Christine H xx

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  6. You did make me laugh Linda - but that wallpaper is just right for this card, especially with the Kraft. What a great idea and I just love the way you have put those colours together - just gorgeous.

    Totally love this card.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

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  7. Lol Linda, glad you saved the wallpaper, it's just right! Fab card and I really love the colours, especially the ribbon, even the name 'hazelnut' sounds delightful! Absolutely lovely, Carole Z X

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  8. Hey sweetie, this is gorgeously designed, I love your creation, huggles Pops x x x

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  9. Wallpaper ...well I never!
    We do find inspiration in the most unexpected places don't we, this has turned out really well x

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  10. this is amazingly beautiful, Linda! Have no words for it, I just scroll up a bit and realx while looking at this wonderful creation of yours!
    Huggles, Alessandra

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