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Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Well, I've got a couple of cards for you today and very different they are. The first one is my DT card for I ♥ PROMARKERS. The theme this week for challenge #30, as chosen by me, is Myth and Magic. Lots of scope here...dragons, fairies, mermaids...etc. We are sponsored this week by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN who is offering a £10 gift voucher to the winner to spend in her online store.

I have had my dragon image for a long time now so I'm sorry, I can't tell you where I got it from as I can't remember. The papers are Papermania 'Hampstead'. This is the first time I've actually found them suitable for a card, lol. I used walnut stain distress ink to ink all the edges (after giving them a good distressing with a sanding block) and did the same to the Sizzix 'Tim Holtz' hinge dies to try and make them look a little rusty. The swirl at the bottom is a nestability shape and the trellis is a Martha Stewart punch. I am also very fond of this fold and use it quite a lot now.

I'm also entering this at:
CHRISTMAS STAMPING - Anything but Christmas.
GINGERSNAP CREATIONS - Ancient Ages (I think this card has a distinct medieval look to it).
CRAFTY EMMA'S - Anything Goes.

So, do you ever go back to basics? I am finding at the moment that crafting seems to have gone full circle and things that were popular at the beginning of the craze are now popular again. I am seeing more heat embossing, dry embossing, die cuts and other things. I am currently involved in a ZENTANGLE swap. Google it to find out what it's all about, but let me tell you that I, and I suspect many of you, were doing it as a child and possibly still do it without knowing that it's now got a fancy new name. Basically, it's doodling, lol but doodling with rules. Go search and you'll find some fabulous examples.

My second card resurrects another basic which also seems to be all the rage again now and it's paper piecing. Now, this is the first time I have ever done it as I didn't like it before, but using DP's for clothes and things seems to make such a difference and so I've used it on this card and I must admit, I quite like it, lol.

I think you'll agree...two VERY different cards from me this week.

My image is 'Charley' stamp from Cuddly Buddly and the papers are MME which was a freebie pad in a mag a few weeks ago. Her dress and hat are pieced and the rest of Charley and her flowers are coloured with my Promarkers. Labels eight nestability, Martha Stewart heart punch, Prima flowers and a bit of lace finish it off.

I'm going to enter this at:
FAB 'N FUNKY - Material World.

The lovely DAWN has given me this super blog award.

Thanks so much, hun. It's much appreciated.
Now, I have to nominate 7 people to pass this to, so I'll be back soon with their names and blogs. :o)

Well, I've written a bit of a tome this week, pmsl so I'll shut up now.


aqualeiga said...

Both are stunning cards Lorraine, and a perfect example of your versatility. I too am loving the staggered fold style of card.....have yet to make one, but watch this space!!

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Lorraine these are two stunning cards that first one with the dragon is awesome the scrolls, papers and image are just fantastic, i love the second one as well, I love that image I have it but don't use it half as much as I should.Great cards.
Lorraine x

Sue said...

Hi Lorraine
two gorgeous cards, luv the design of your top card, fabulous,thank you for joining us on our first challenge at CES, hope to see you next week, sue,x

Dawn said...

2 lovely cards to share with us today!!! They are fab! I also love your pussy cat & play with him everytime I stop by your blog! Wherever did you get him???

Tina said...

Oh. My. Word. That top one is stupendous!!! Like them both, actually, but the top one just 'has it' going on :)

Karen Howard said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! What lovely details and a great image! Hugs, Karen

P.S. Do you love challenges?

Gingersnap Stampers said...

Your dragon is wonderful! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Ancient Ages Challenge!

Maria Matter said...

Wowza, Lorraine, this is gorgeous!!! I'm so glad you shared it with us @ Creative Belli!

PetraB said...

Two very different but really lovely cards.

Thebug415 said...

Oh what an interesting fold for a card. I love it! Thanks for pulling out an old stamp for us at the Creative Belli Challenge

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous card, love the pretty papers and the lace trim is lovely. Thanks for joining us at Fab and Funky this week x

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Love the colours and tones you have used on your card. Thank you for playing along at Gingersnaps.

Betty Wright said...

Lorraine, this is gorgeous! Beautiful card fold and the detailing is amazing! Beautifully done!

Emma said...

Such beautiful card, the style of the first one is gorgeous and the second is so adorable.
Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges, hope to see you again this week.
Hugs Emma x

Distressed Miss said...

Hi hun, wow 2 gorgeous cards. Love them both but I am particularly drawn to the stunning dragon card. Beautiful work darling.

Michele said...

that ancient ages piece is tres cool!

My name is Wynneth said...

Just been over and bought your staggered card template :O)

My name is Wynneth said...

Just been over and bought your staggered card template :O)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love your gorgeous image on the first card- love the distressing on the DSP and love the swirls- you did a wonderful card- I would love to see your Zentangle too- I have never tried it, but love the way they look! TFS

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Wonderful card - so many great details and an especially interesting fold! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Belli Challenge!

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Wonderful card - so many great details and an especially interesting fold! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Belli Challenge!

Chrissy D said...

Ohhh this is such a COOL card with a great fold. Would love to know what it is called! Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge!

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