Thursday, 19 July 2018

Allsorts Challenge - Weeks 476/477 - Flowers all over

The current challenge over at Allsorts (one of my very favourite challenges) is 'Flowers all over' - and it's running for two weeks this time round.

I had a NBUS stamp bought some while ago - and this was the perfect opportunity:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- very slightly smaller snippet of mid-olive green card to form a frame for the image

- piece of white card stock onto which I stamped the image using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a Taylored Expressions stamp called 'Bloomin' Background'. I used the Misti but in truth the panel stamped beautifully first time - possibly as it's red rubber mounted onto clingy foam, and I used a fresh ink pad as well

- then stamped the sentiment, using the same black ink and a stamp from the Penny Black 'Special Thoughts' set. The beauty of this image panel is that it comes with the plain oval, edged with a stitched effect - all ready for your own sentiment

- and now it was time to sit and do some colouring. I used Pro markers and followed the colours shown on the stamp packet image for this first play

- time to assemble the card - which involved a bit of careful trimming. The image panel is actually 5.75" x 4.5", so you can just trim it down on all sides to suit your needs

- then glued the green panel onto the card front, followed by the image panel (which I'd backed with fun foam for some dimension)

- final touch, three self-adhesive red pearls - which I darkened to match using the same deep red pen as I used when colouring the image

One card, all ready for the challenge. I just love this stamp! And I think the sentiment is so appropriate for the lovely Brenda who tirelessly runs more than just the Allsorts challenge - along with her talented DT of course.

I took the photo of the card lying on the desk (the card, not me!) but even so, the narrow green 'frame' layer still sort of disappears at the bottom - trust me, it's even, all the way round!

I'll be honest and say that right now crafting is a bit of a struggle for me - my heart just isn't in it like it used to be. Hopefully that will change toot sweet and I'll be firing on all cylinders again. The Playground is safe, as well as top priority, and if I manage to do more than that then it's a bonus right now.

Maybe I need to just stamp out a few images and spend time colouring them :) OR, do a bit more of something different, using my own duplicate of the next Playground prize - taps nose and winks knowingly. Come back on Sunday and all will be revealed, snigger.

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26 comments:

Ellibelle said...

So beautiful. Loving all the colors and blossoms allover, perfect for our Allsorts theme this week. Thank you so much for playing along!

brenda said...

Morning Mis Di,

I know just where you are coming from when you refer to the desire to craft right now, I've been putting it down to the weather as lovely as it is, it's just too hot to craft. I found the only way to deal with current TV work is as the crack of dawn, trouble with that is I'm toally 'cream crackered' by 8pm.

Anyhow, enough of my gabble and onto your card wich really is so pretty and summery with all the pretty blooms and it's perfect for our 'Flowers all Over' at Allsorts challeng, many thanks for joining us.

B x

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous card, so sweet and summery.Love the stamp you use and your pretty colouring!
Hugs

Kath said...

A fabulous card and such a lovely flower stamp. I'm also struggling a bit with crafting but hopefully now we're back from holiday my mojo will return too!
Kath x

Lia said...

You made a fab card with this NBUS stamp. I think, you'll use it more often now!
Lia xx

Sarn said...

What a gorgeous card, and beautifully coloured too.

Hope you get craft mojo back soon.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a very pretty floral card, love the bright colours you have coloured them.
I've only been keeping up with my DT work although I've coloured several images and been having a good tidy up, just need some mojo to get actual cards made.
Have a wonderful weekend... Megan

Lynne said...

This is so pretty and I love that stamp! I'm struggling to craft at the moment too. I blame it on the time of year or the weather or something! x

Aquarius said...

This is certainly 'flowers all over' and so prettily coloured. I'm sure your disenchantment with card making is just a 'blip' and that you will be making loads of cards before too long. I feel like that sometimes but then realise that I have so much 'stuff' that I have to keep going!! Looking forward to Sunday's playground visit.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A beautiful card Di. I'm sure your feeling towards crafting are only temporary Di, probably to do with your cold. hope you are feeling better than last week.

Sue xx

AlisonC said...

This is a beautiful summery card, such a lovely stamp. I hope your inclination returns but it sounds as though you already have an idea. Let's hope it flies. X

Mrs A. said...

Feel pretty much the same too. A lot of other things going on which is blighting me being in the craft room. This stamped card is so pretty. Must say that even though I have graph'it pens and Copics my go to pens are always my promarkers. Hugs Mrs A.

Cath Wilson said...

A beautiful card, Pixie and a lovely stamp, beautifully coloured. The pearls are a perfect touch :-)

I think we all have times when we don't find crafting easy - I certainly do. There are days when I sit there and haven't a clue what to do and even when I try, I hate the result! There's a time and a season for everything! Hope you get your mojo back very soon :-) It HAS been rather hot for playing and making mess...

Cath x

Cath x

Em Louise Fairley said...

So sweet, Di xoxo

Carole said...

Love your card Di...and I empathise so well with how you feel. I put it down to the hot weather and the need to make the most of our summer...we may never get another!!...lol

Sue - said...

I think we must all have the summertime blues! I haven’t got much crafting mojo either, and the hot weather isn’t helping. Your card though is lovely, and the stamp must make it easy to make a card. I’m thinking one layer here! Might need to do some retail therapy as well.xx

ionabunny said...

Very pretty. Maybe you need a new place to play?? The Lost Coast Designs challenge is No Body Here, no people allowed but don't forget to stamp, so your flowers are perfect if you fancy joining some fun across the pond. Hugz https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2018/07/challenge-57-no-body-here.html

Pat said...

This is really pretty Di and love the colour and the oval sentiment mat and the green background mat is all it needs. I am feeling a bit the same and my mojo has dipped a bit. I find it especially hard after having been away to get going again, and the heat makes it even more difficult. x

Liz said...

What a fabulous stamp, Di, your card is stunning! xx

Kathleen said...

One of my favourite images and great choice of colours and as you say a perfect sentiment.
Thank you for joining our 'Flowers all over' challenge at Allsorts.

Kath x

Brenda said...

What a beautiful card Di! I love that stamp too, so pretty and you have colored it so well. I am loving the sentiment too, so perfect. I hear you on the struggles, I am still struggling myself. Mine being more from Dwayne's passing and a not organized craft room yet! I know I should be farther along since Dwayne's passing but I'm just not. He used to come back to my room and sit down and chat a few minutes with me when he came in. So that makes it hard too. We all struggle at one point or another with our hobby. Anyway I hope your mojo returns soon my friend! Hugs, Brenda

Sandra H said...

This is gorgeous Di l love that stamp and l am sure l have it or one very much like it, love the colours and the sentiment is perfect with the added pearls hope you have a lovely weekend x

Karenladd said...

This card couldn't be more perfect for a Flowers All Over challenge Di!! It's so fresh and pretty..and I love that you stamped the entire background. I've often gone through periods where I just couldn't seem to get that creative spark, and my usual joy of crafting kind of waned. However, I often find that if I just stop worrying about it, and do other things for awhile, it comes back. Right now I'm concentrating on unmounting many of my old wood mounted stamps, and organizing my craft room. Also pulled out my sewing machine and a huge pile of mending that is at least 3 years old (eek!). Switching gears has actually helped me return to stamping with renewed energy. Summer is also a very busy time with family and some traveling, so that saps the energy as well. From the sound of it, you have been very busy, so it's no wonder your crafty mojo is on vacation. In the meantime, I hope that you don't stress too much about not having the motivation to craft...and just it flow as it may. Hugs!

Di said...

Absolutely right Karen! Your words sum it up so well, thanks. X

Fikreta said...

Lovely card!
hugs

Craftychris said...

Ooh this is soooooo gorgeous! Fab colouring on those cool flowers, I can see why you love that stamp. Aw I hope your motivation comes flooding back soon - don't push yourself, crafting has to be fun my friend! This heat doesn't help any either. Take care - hugs xxxxxxxxxxxx