Thursday, March 8, 2018

Smile Swap


This card was made for a local (New Zealand) swap group, where the challenge was to make your own background.  I can share it now as I know it has arrived at its destination.

I started with a background I had already made some months previously, and then botched.  It had been sprayed with Lindy's Hydrangea Blue and Tattered Angels Chalkboard grape, (that I can remember, there are some other sprays there I cannot recall!))  and then had some gold embossing added.

I removed the area that I had initially botched, added a blue stitched die cut to frame the sunflower that I placed on the purple layer of the card.

The sunflower is a digi, but I cannot find where from.  If anybody recognises it, please let me know so I can acknowledge the artist. It was coloured with Polychromos and then had WoS added, not that it is showing in the photos.

I find it difficult to add a greeting on a swap card, so I chose to use this die cut in gold to tie in with the gold embossing.  The die is one I was given out of it's wrapper, so I do not know the brand.  I use washi tape to line the letters up, and then remove it when all is adhered.

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aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card and I love the Hydrangea blue. Fabulous result Maxine. hugs.xx 💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

Dawn T said...

Your background is superb Maxine.... very impressive. I'm still working on this month's challenge.... it will get to you by the end of the month, I promise!!!!

Loll said...

The colours and texture of your background are GORGEOUS! Fantastic card Maxine! xx

Monica said...

Maxine, this card is superb. It has such nice colours and the touch of gold looks awesome. The sentiment matches the colours perfectly.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW! I'm admiring all the texture and shine on this gorgeous card, Maxine!

Mac Mable said...

Great save and what an artsy and unique background on your gorgeous card x

Creativele said...

your background is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week.
We look forward to seeing you again next time.
Good luck!
creativEle DT

SewPaperPaint said...

What a cool background and beautiful card Maxine. I love the glittery sentiment with it. Thanks so much for your well wishes and back at ya with your arm. Healing thoughts and prayers, Autumn

Chris said...

Fabulous card, love the gorgeous background! Thanks for sharing at Creative Moments.

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Maxine, the background is really lovely. xx

Gerrina said...

Love the texture and the grungy look of your background!! Hugs, Gerrina

sharon said...

Fabulous background Maxine, I am sure that your friend in NZ was delighted with her card.
Have a wonderful week.
sharon :)

Unknown said...

Great background and card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Creations. Ciao, Lisa

mamapez5 said...

A nice inky background. I love the shiny sprays but I get frustrated when my spray bottles get blocked. Sometimes a good soak in warm water fixes them, but not always. I don't recognise the sunflower but it is a good one. One of my favourite flowers and they lend themselves well to crafting. Kate x

MaryH said...

Beautiful background, and I love the save! It was perfect for this sunflower circle image, and adding the gold sentiment was just extra icing. Isn't it fun to play with these products, and revisit a background you didn't think worked at first? TFS & Hugs

HJ said...

What a great "save" of your beautiful background that you found a way to use it. I haven't tried the sprays yet, but maybe will have time over the summer to get into them. They really make pretty backgrounds. TFS

Pamellia said...

Beautiful card Maxine. I love that splattery background, so pretty. The gold glittery sentiment is really elegant and the flower image is wonderful! A fabulous design. hugs :)

Sylvia said...

Love the stunning background,Maxime.You've made a very pretty card with it.Enjoy your weekend.


AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at ATSM, good luck!!! Amy DT

Creaine said...

Nice work! Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts.
Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Anja v K@@rten said...

Fabulous card Maxine and a wonderful backgroud!
Creatieve groetjes, Anja

Billie A said...

Great background and goes great with your words and image. Thanks for sharing over at Inspiration Destination.
Billie A
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Margaret said...

Beautiful background. I love those rich looking colors. Great way to fix a mistake.

Fran said...

Awesome, awesome background Maxine. The colors of te background and papers look so good with the sunflower.
Hugs, Fran

Mia said...

What a beautiful card, Maxine. I love the background and the beautiful sunflower (but unfortunately I cannot recognize it). Kisses, my friend.

froebelsternchen said...

The colours and textures are GORGEOUS! Fantastic card Maxine!

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card with that great background!

Kate 'Rijacki' Ledum said...

Beautiful card. I love your background. I'm so glad you found a way to rescue it so wonderfully.

Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Rijacki's Workshop
Through The Craft Room Door

creationsnz said...

Not botched at all, just perfect for this card giving a great effect. CarolG

OlgaB said...

Lovely background technique.
Thank you for joining Creative Moments! Hope to see you again.
Hugs from Africa!

stampingbowd said...

Wow! Your background is amazing! The sunflower is so pretty! Beautiful card!

Jo Ann said...

Wonderful creation! So blessed you joined our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday and hope you join us again in our current Challenge. Leaving you with the inspiration of God's Word in Psalm 31:24 which says, "Be strong and take heart, all you hope in the Lord." So sorry for my late comment, just been so busy!


Monika Reeck said...

awesome BG
love SMILE in gold and glittery
sweet flower too
beautifully made Maxine