Saturday, March 31, 2018

Confessions of an Untidy Crafter

Welcome

Yes, I am an untidy crafter - I really do know where most things are on my desk, and I do put away after myself, but somehow no matter how I try, I end up with a 50cm x 50cm (18" x 18") or less,  space to work in!!


This card started with the platinum embossed and painted (with mica based paints) floral stamp on a snippet of black card.


I paired it with the deep red card for the card base, and added a layer behind it from another snippet of the same card.


The blue sprayed card was another snippet sitting in my 'promise box' (I promise I will use it one day) , and I ran the edge of it over a blue ink pad to define the edges and embossed the sentiment on that panel.  Unfortunately the camera did not pick up the sparkle in the spray.


The background layer was embossed in a S/B em-bossing folder, Lovely Lattice
After laying everything out on the embossed layer I jiggled it all around,  added the faux stitching, and was still not happy - then I spied the ribbon, and it was completed in very short time after that. 

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The poppy stamp is at least 10 years old!



28 comments:

Dawn Turley said...

beautifully done.... I too, am an untidy crafter but like you know exactly (well most of the time) where things are. Tomorrow's task is to tidy up and put away from stamps - maybe if I don't get side tracked!

aussie aNNie said...

Maxine this is beautiful. I fortunately am a tidy crafter, but I have a room and space to myself so not everyone one has that.xxx💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card,Maxime.Love the flower stamp and the embossing on the background.Wishing you a Happy Easter.

Gr,Sylvia.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine, the splatters are gorgeous as is your card. And just so you know... tidy might be a wee bit over-rated when it comes to creative spaces. ;)

Gerrina said...

You sure know how to combine beautiful panals with backgrounds! A beautiful card! Enjoy Easter!

froebelsternchen said...

That's normal creativ acting - every stamper ends up with just a minimal of space to work in the end of a project! - That's just creativity and ideas laying around "not a mess"! A beautiful card dear Maxine!
Happy Easter!

Hugs, Susi

stampingbowd said...

I am very messy too! I am always using just the tiniest bit of space because I have papers and stuff everywhere! Your flowers are beautifully embossed in gold! Wonderful card with the splatters and ribbon!

MariLynn said...

What a beautiful card love how the poppies look. I'll share a photo if my craft area sometime

Mac Mable said...

Gorgeous colours and love the way you coloured the flowers with the mica paints, looks so pretty x

Jan Clothier said...

Hello again, fellow Kiwi! The poppies are so very vibrant and the faux stitching you added is lovely. Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber Challenge this week. And yes, while mid-create it's amazing how the room shrinks to that 50x50 area on the desk!

mamapez5 said...

I'm not a tidy crafter either Maxine. You have managed to use up some handy snippets this time. The mica pens work so well on dark card don't they? That is a very pretty embossing folder you have used on the background layer. Kate x

Mia said...

Usually I am a tidy crafter, Maxine, but not always! Your card is gorgeous, my friend. Happy Easter!

HJ said...

I think you have a lot of company with many of us being untidy crafters. Oh well...it goes with the territory, I think. Love your beautiful card. Thanks for showing the pictures of all the elements. They really show how the ribbon pulled everything together and made it pop. Love your creativity. Enjoy your day!

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card! I would be very embarrassed to show my crafting area right now. I'm NEVER a tidy crafter!

Lovely Linda said...

Love this Maxine - it is amazing what can be ressurected from the deak of a crafter! LOL! Well done! I hope you had a wonderful Easter my friend! xo

Julie Reed said...

Lovely mix of techniques, thanks for sharing with us at DIGI CHOOSDAY this week.
Julie DT x

MaryH said...

Gosh, I think this must be one of your best cards, and made out of bits & pieces! Sometimes those turn out to be much more lovely than one you've used 'all new' stuff on. Love the mica, platinum embossing on the dark background. Stands out beautifully. The blue spatters were a lovely backdrop, as was the white embossed piece. The red mat made the red flowers glow. Very arty, and very pretty. Glad you were able to use up some UFO's! TFS & Have a good week.

brenda said...

Just popped over to thank you for your visits and apologise for being such a bad blogger, due to go into hospital next week when I hope they can sort this kidney once and for all and then I can get back to proper blog activity.

B x

Fran said...

Lovely card Maxine. And I love the mix media on all the layers.
Hugs, Fran

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love the two types of embossing here - very pretty. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dear Maxine, love the tittle! I too am an untidy crafter, I kniw where 95% of my stash is 95% of time!! Mm wonder about that missing 5%??? In the “Iwonder where it is corner?”, I think!
Love the promise box, and you’ve made a lovely card,with its contribution 😁
Thanks for sharing and for popping over too!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Hehe, guilty as charged! But we're in good company, apparently Einstein was notoriously messy!! I don't seem to be able to craft until I've pulled out a whole bunch of 'stuff' and surrounded myself with it. I do my best work on a postage stamp size area of clear table!! LOL. Love your creation hun and the fab pulling together of elements from your 'promise box'. That's so cool, so going to create one of those! Hope you've had a happy Easter hun. I always send a thought your way at these times, as I know there will have been a hubby shaped hole in this celebration. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card & I love all the splatters.
I am a messy crafter too. I know where everything is but to someone else, it looks confusing and a mess. Having said that... I've never found one of my Misti magnets which has disappeared.

Jana Forrest said...

Such a pretty card, Maxine. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

ps..I have the opposite problem. I can not stand anything out of place. So if I create a mess, I spend days making sure all equipment is back in it''s spot!

Neva Cole said...

I too keep a promise box, well mine is actually a little shelf on my desk that helps me create cards, just like yours here! Very pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber for AG!

katieo said...

I am untidy too. I call it organized chaos. Usually I end up crafting on the couch because my desk and work table are so cluttered. I love the embossing and the splattered background perfect for the pretty floral panel. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Flower Challenge

Monika Reeck said...

Hehe funny Promise Box
I have it too
but it is full with new stamp set Maxine
that I bought and never been used and I promised will use it soon hehehe
lovely Emboss folder you have and sweet card on this colors
hugs
Monika

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful card- I do think the blue ribbon ties it all together : ) I bet the sparkle IRL is amazing as well. Love your desk description- my desk is the same way, I usually end up stamping just in the center small space of my desk!