Thursday, 18 August 2011

Taking Two Challenges, New To Me

When it comes to crafting, I seem to make a lot more cards these days. I've discovered that it's a perfect way to unwind at night. I can completely submerse myself in it, knowing that there is nothing else I should be doing (housework, work, socialising etc. has all been done during the daytime).

So it was that I sat in my craft room and made a card with a handmade flower, using inspiration from two challenges which I haven't played before. The design comes from Card Patterns Sketch & the colours and prompts (this week, Wings & Bling) comes from The Friday Mash Up.

What's more, there wasn't an explosion of debris left behind on my desk once I made it. Ordinarily, there isn't space on my table top after I've made something but this time, I kept the clutter to a minimum. It's a one-off believe me. When I next have the urge to be creative, I can guarantee there'll be mess. Px


Patterned Paper: Journey (Authentique)

Cardstock: Purple, Smoky Pink

Dies: Butterflies Two (Spellbinders)

Punch: Birch Leaf Punch (McGill), Dotted Scallop Edger (EK Tools)

Other: Lace, Filigree Corner (Funkie Junkie), Button, Fabric strip, Pearls (Prima)


cockney blonde said...

Very elegant Paul. Is the flower one of your handmade ones?

Paul Browning said...

Yes indeed - an easy frayed fabric flower - takes a mere few minutes to make from scraps. Px

Holly said...

Welcome to the Friday Mashup Paul. I love that flower you made it's gorgeous. Great take on the two challenges you balanced everything well. Your little butterfly with pearls is too cute. I'm the same way when I stamp, my desk starts out clean and when I'm done looks like a hurricane blew in. Thanks for joining us this week at The Friday Mashup!

Susheel said...

I am totally in love with your simplicity of creativeness. Keep it up Paul!


alexa said...

And the unclutteredness of your desk is reflected in this lovely cool but rich card - that flower has a really sumptuous feel.

Lisa said...

Wow, what a stunning card! Love the colors and paper you used and that flower is just awesome!

I'm so glad you found us at The Friday Mashup and played along!

Kasey said...

Hi Paul, great to see you playing along with the challenge this week at the Friday Mashup. Love the elegant vintage style of your card. Hope to see you playing along again soon.

Kasey ~ in Oz

Monique said...

Great card Paul, I love it, congrats on being a Glamette! I hope you keep playing at The Friday Mashup

Kim P said...

Paul, this card is lovely. I love the flower ...and I am so glad you found the Friday Mashup! Hope you join us this week too!

Neet said...

Beautiful Paul, and I love the colour combination of brown and blue.

Sarina said...

Great card, Paul.I really like the flower!!

Andrea Ewen said...

Your card is gorgeous Paul, and that flower is incredible! The deep maroon color, velvet texture and that vintage center charm is looks absolutely regal on your card. The bit of lace it lays upon is the perfect contrast! The color combination is wonderfully complimentary...the blues really make the flower stand out. I have a feeling that we're going to be delighted with a few more handmade flowers coming from your way....I can't wait!

JoZart said...

Thanks for your lovely comments Paul. I'm quite touched by what you said.
Re the mini quiz... trust you to think of food.... cheese ... nah! no way! I'm going to add a closer pic just for those visually challenged crafters who cannot even spot the penguin!!
Your card is stunning and very into your current classy style. You certainly have an eye for balance and colour.
Lv Jo x