Saturday, 12 July 2008

It's All About Changing Your Mind Half Way Through.....!

During a trip to the New Forest the other day, we found a great little papercraft place in Lyndhurst called Emerald Crafts. They had lots of lovely stuff in there but I made a total beeline for the little room full of 12x12 papers and card. It was full of lovely Bazzill and loads of gorgeous papers. What made it even better was that everything in there was 3 for 2! Unfortunately, I am seriously poor this month after having to tax my car (paying £101 for 6 months tax has put a hideous dent in my crafting budget!) so I knew I couldn't go mad! But, I still managed to get 3 sheets of Bazzill Bling, 2 Basic Gray papers and 1 Making Memories for £2! Well done me!

After stroking my lovely papers for far too long (come on, admit it, I'm not the only one!), I plucked up the courage to actually spoil their perfectness and actually use them! The result was the card below......

I rounded the edges of a shocking pink card blank and mounted Basic Gray 'Fashionable' paper from the Sultry range on the bottom two thirds. I then ran a strip of Bazzill Bling (Bank Roll I think) through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. The join was then hidden with a piece of ribbon. Partygirlabella was coloured with watercolour pencils and then given a bit of shimmer with a clear Gelly Roll pen and my water brush. She was matted onto card and a large rectangular Nestie. I cut out the very top balloons so that they would overlap the edge of the frame. I finished the card with a computer generated sentiment and some adhesive clear gems.

Now, whilst I really like how this card turned out, it is totally different from the initial idea I had in my mind! The image was going to be in a circle which sat jauntily off the page and there was going to be a circular sentiment set amongst flowers and.... well, you get the idea! I think I might still attempt that layout but not with this stamp - its a little too big and off centered.

Right, better dash. Gotta go do my usual Saturday morning gym session. Ali gets back from training at 9.30 and I doubt he will be too impressed to find me sat in my pyjama's in front of the PC 'getting distracted' as he calls it!

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13 comments:

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Gorgeous bright card Stacey, I love your new papers and also the cute party girl bella, Have a great weekend, Hugs, Nikki x

Bev said...

It's fabulous Stacey - well done you for cutting your gorgeous papers. I break out in a sweat when I have to cut mine up lol (that must be why I buy at least two of every sheet !!)

Sonja said...

What a great card. Colors and layout are wonderful. I just love it.

Percy said...

I love the colors too, and the bella...need to get more of those! Beautiful work!

Terrie B x said...

Yes! Stacey we all do it your right!!!Stroking our papers..it`s beyond me how exited we get over new papers!!!!!lol....
Well you certainly got a Bargain and your card is gorgeous:)
Have a great Weekend:)x

Julie said...

Great papers Stacey and you have done a Fab job with them Love the sound of the layout you had in mind, you must give it a go! x

Vicki said...

I'm a Bazzil Bling addict! :D Very nice card, love your coloring!

Jill said...

wow Stacey another stunner. I love the colours they work together perfectly. I Love your layout and your colouring in is to die for it's a fab card Jill x

kerry said...

Gorgeous card Stacey! I love the colours & a fab lo. Your colouring is fantastic too!
Yes! I'll put my hands up....I too like to look at my papers & not cut.
Kerry xxx

Beth said...

This is gorgeous, I love those colours together! I may have to check this shop out, there's a serious lack of good craft shops near me!

Jenn said...

Lovely card Stacey! I just love those bright colors and Partygirlabella is one of my faves!!! Hope you're having a great weekend!!! :D

Michelle said...

Love your bella! This is a great card and very trendy for such a trendy gal!

Sammee said...

Fab card, love the image and layout. I discovered Emerald Crafts by chance last month when we went to the New Forest for the weekend. Picked up a few bargains myself, especially the 3 for 2 offer!