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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Time To Play at The Cafe



Busy, busy, busy week with non-craft related, work styled schedules and deadlines. However, I have managed to fit in one card so that I don't lose my mojo. I am in awe of bloggers who can post three, four times a week, some of them daily. I'd need a PA before I could manage that.

Anyway, no sketch this week, so I hoofed it, design-wise. I did join in a colour challenge care of The Play Date Cafe. Dark Blue & Turquoise snuggle up together on the colour wheel like buxom buddies and are joined by a fudgey neutral who can be paired off with almost anyone and look handsome.

You can't see it in the card, but I used distress crackle paint on the chipboard frame which offers up a wonderfully subtle texture. The main focal flower is made using one of Spellbinders newest dies, Spiral Blossom One. And the papers are from My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found range. The smaller flowers are rolled up roses made from a scalloped circle punch out.

Right, back to work, I've put it off long enough. See if I can get my head around creating a Damask design on Illustrator without developing a headache or throwing the computer out of the window lol. Px

23 comments:

cockney blonde said...

Blimey Paul, you're quick off the mark with this one, lol. Love it, now back to work, x

Andrea Ewen said...

Look at you! I see that your mojo has gotten a hold of you despite other commitments! (Sometimes it's fun to play hooky.) This card is a vintage delight! I love the effect of the crackled paint, almost like a well-worn, well-loved piece of furniture! It's a beautiful backdrop for the sweet flowers, in their lovely display of muted color. The bow is simply elegant, especially with the gem center. This card is the perfect mix of elegant/shabby...cheers to you...not many people can pull that off...well. :)
**Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on my blog...I really appreciate the time you take to visit, and to leave such kind words. YOU are a gem!

Kristi S said...

Beautiful card Paul! I just saw your card over at the Play Date Cafe and have become your newest follower!

Jean M. said...

WOW, what a beautiful card...love it:)

Debgem said...

This is just gorgeous - so many lovely details. The flowers are truly beautiful and I love the buttons too! Hope the work went well :)

kjjc said...

lovely Paul. The way every element seems to nest in with each other is typical of your style and flair.

Tracey said...

GORGEOUS Paul!! SO many pretty details so adore!!! THanks for making time for us at The Play Date Cafe ;)

Faye said...

Beautiful work, Paul. I didn't know what to call the colors either. I think fudgy sounds as good as mustard. I visited your Flickr photos and they are lovely as well.

Tante K├Ąthe said...

Love all your details, especially the lovely flowers!

Majo

JoZart said...

Your card is so cosy and delicious as your eloquent words depict perfectly. Beautiful is not enough to describe it.
Love Jo x

Pelle said...

wow so "simple" and yet so huge. I totaly loved this one and found my self just staring at it for several minutes... Good job!!

alexa said...

I just love your description of this very pretty card - sounds good enough to eat!

Julie Ranae said...

Hey there my friend...this is so beautiful. No sketch necessary when it comes from your hands.
I love seeing your name pop on in The Cafe...you know there is always a cuppa waiting for you there x

Mynnette said...

This is so gorgeous!!!

massofhair said...

Wonderful design as always, i visit but don't often comment... your flowers are fab and great to see your newest Nestie as i haven't seen this one yet.
Your cards are always full of inspiration:-)

olive said...

regarding flower, you might be interested in Fanciful paper flowers by Sandra Evertson. Great ideas. love xxx

Tracy said...

Stunning card :)

Ruby said...

Gorgeous card Paul! In fact it's one of my new favourites of yours, just so beautiful and elegant. I love the way you've done the frame. I've just bought some crackle, but haven't used it yet, does it take long to dry?

Sleepy Stamper said...

Wow I love this card! The flowers look amazing and I so wish I could see the crackle paint:(

Karen said...

Beautiful card Paul. Love all the details and colour. xx

Joann Kelly said...

Wow, Beautiful Paul

Michele Gross said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Shelly said...

Love the button detail on this card :o)

Shelly X