Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Multi-challenge result

Greetings to all my visitors from a chilly Antipodean Island - we have had a frost this morning with a cloudy day to follow, so I cannot really see it warming very much.

I spent Sunday afternoon in the studio making some cards to 'have on hand', and unfortunately, some of these need to be sympathy ones. [One of the joys of getting older :-) ]

I started with the challenge from Card Patterns which is a sketch challenge. As I had in mind a sympathy card I decided to go for muted colours, and initially started with a blue base, but after selecting the papers, I changed to a grey base to give the papers some more definition.

The photograph does not show the true colours, the stripped pattern has a more creamy coloured base, but the camera seems to have pulled the pink tones out.

I wanted to use the stamp from the Heartfelt Sympathy set by Our Daily Bread Designs for the centre piece, and chose the cream card not only because it 'fitted' the card, but also I had started to make paper flowers to use on the card,( which I later abandoned as they seemed too bulky), and the cream matched them.

I also had in mind the challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs to use multiple items on the card, based on an acronym of the word flowers, and some of the items needed to be used included lace, flowers, embossing, stitching and an ODBD stamp or something oval eg pearls.....

The stitching was done by piercing the card and then hand stitching using some metallic machine embroidery thread after sticking the lace on using double sided tape - a very easy way to gather lace I must admit.

The flowers were some of a set that I bought ages ago from a local store called the Warehouse (equivalent to Michaels) - they are a pressed fabric of some sort and have quite a bit of dimension, but no clearly defined centre so I added the pale blue half pearls.

After I had finished this card I discovered it could also be entered into a couple of other challenges!!  I was also very happy with the card in itself, and was even happier that DH liked it too - he very rarely comments a lot on my work, but was really positive about this card.

I was really excited to see the challenge over at Stamping Sisters In Christ - it is based  on Psalm 119 vs 105, 
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

I love the Word of God and know that I would be lost without it, in all senses of the word, and it truly is a light in my life.

Challenges that I am entering this in are:
Practical Scrappers Flower challenge

Thank you for visiting and walking through this card making journey with me.  May your day be blessed and full of joy.


Sabrina Jackson said...

WOW, Maxine, this is so pretty!!!I love the you've stitched that lace around the circle...looks like a flower....gorgeous!! Thanks for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Light Challenge over at ODBD!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

dstandard said...

Lovely card! Thanks for playing at Card Patterns!

Lovely Linda said...

Hi Maxine - create to see you have been in your Craft Room - this is a lovely card, it is always hard to make sympathy cards - I have a few to make myself!! I love the promise of that scripture and the gorgeous flowers - fabulous! Well done on all of the challenges my friend!! Thansk for playing along with the Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week - we always love to see you!! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Grace said...

Hi Maxine! Wow gf, this is beautiful!!! I love the patchwork background!!! You can't go wrong with a quilt card! Love the hand sewing! Wow! You are more patient than I!!! Pretty flowers, pretty lace... pretty everything!!! Thanks so much for playing along with Stampin Sisters in Christ and Our Daily Bread designs!!!

Wendy @ E-1-A said...

Lovely xx

JoAnn said...

I just ran upon your blog and I'm so glad I did. It has been a blessing and an inspiration. I love to see someone that gives the Lord praise for all that we do. I'm going to be a follower so I'll be seeing you more in the future.
God Bless, JoAnn

coldwaters2 said...

Gorgeous card Maxine love the serenity of the colours the flowers are beautiful and I love that verse how true, how wonderful I love it all.
Lorraine x

papertrails leaver said...

such a lovely card and your ability to meet so many challenges!

peggysue said...

What a lovely card! It is nice to be able to spend time in the craft room, but I've had to make some sympathy cards lately as well, it does make me sad. Great verse though and such a nice layout. Thanks for participating this week in the Stampin' Sister in Christ challenge!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Maxine! How pretty!! I just love the lace and colors. The sentiment really pops!! Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!

Becky said...

Maxine this is so pretty and love the scripture.

Corinna said...

This is lovely. I like your lace and quote but I really love the flowers you used.

Practical Scrappers DT