Saturday, 10 August 2013

Country View Crafts 'Quotations and Sayings' Guest Designer spot

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Country View Craft blog's Top 3 winners in their June 'Die cuts' challenge.
This month their challenge is 'Quotations and Sayings', and I have been invited to be a guest designer for this challenge.
I chose to make an Accordion Album card, using Karen Burniston's 'Accordion Flip 3-D Album' die, and the accompanying 'Frame & Label, Bracket' die, which cuts perfect sized paper frames to fit on the card base, and the inner layers for the panels.
For my quote, I chose one from Tim Holtz's 'Way with Words' stamp set. I like the quote - it has felt very fitting this past year with some of the challenges our family has faced!
I used papers from Tim Holtz's Craft Resist 12x12 pad, and from Cosmo Cricket's 'Pretty Floral' 6x6 pad, and inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, using his Ink Blending Tool.
The larger vellum butterfly on the first panel was cut with Memory Box's 'Darla' Butterfly, and the smaller one is a Stampin' Up punch. The adhesive paper lace, metal frame and pearls are from my stash - can't remember which makes.
The second panel has flowers cut with Tim Holtz's 'Tattered Flower Garland' die, and swirls cut from his 'Festive Greenery' die.
For the third panel, I embossed the stamped quote with clear embossing powder, and added a little bird brad from my stash, which I painted with metallic Distress paint, to match the colour of the metal frame.
The last panel has Memory Box's 'Vintage Bird Cage', more flowers from the 'Tattered Flower Garland' die, and some hand cut vellum and paper bunting.

The product links below are for American shops, but for UK people, Country View Crafts is great for the dies and rubber stamps etc. I've used them a lot, and they have free P&P and really fast delivery times.

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  1. Helen, your card is absolutely stunning, using my favourite die at the moment - love that sentiment and the butterfly, flowers and bunting are gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  2. This is a fabulous project Helen and inspirational use of the die. Jennie x

  3. Beautiful - as always - with my fav. dies!
    Thanks for sharing Helen, you are a real artist!
    Love from Scotland, Nessie

  4. Just saw this at CVC and wanted to pop over and say how lovely it is!
    Alison x

  5. Just got this die. I love what you have created. Thanks for sharing.....

  6. OOOOOOOH - this is just beautiful! I LOVE your colour combo, the flowers, the butterfly - everything. Wow!
    Cheers, Karen