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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Design Team Call at Crafty Cardmakers

There has been so much trauma in my life lately (with a chance that there could be more to come), that I had decided I couldn't possibly put myself forward for the Design Team at Crafty Cardmakers as it wouldn't be fair on either me or them if I suddenly had to drop out.  However, thinking it over, it may just be the distraction that I am looking for, if I am fortunate enough to be chosen.  If I'm not, then I may embark on a new crafty journey. I took a class today on making sugar flowers which I enjoyed enormously, despite the awful heat making all the sugar paste dry out too quickly, and I did manage to produce something which didn't resemble the dog's dinner!

Anyway, back to the DT call.  I don't really have a 'style' of card making (at least I don't think so), but I do enjoy trying new things.  My cards range from the quite elaborate and highly embellished to the very clean and simple look.

The first part of my showcase is a new card I made for a colleague at work whose wife has recently had a baby boy.  The image is a digistamp from Pink Petticoat which I coloured with Promarkers, and the papers and embellishments were from my stash.

My second card has been stamped using a Kanban clear stamp which I watercoloured using pencils mounted onto background paper from my stash and a few simple gems added to the sentiment.  It was actually sent to a friend of mine over at Craft Telly Forum as a birthday swap card.

My next card is one that I am personally very proud of.  I used the delightful Noel stamp from the lovely Barbara Gray's Clarity Stamp range.  The backing paper is from a Polka Doodles CD and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The next card is again a digistamp coloured with Promarkers which I made recently for another birthday swap card at Craft Telly Forum.  The colours are quite different from my usual choices and I actually rather like them.

Next I want to show you a card I made totally from a Polka Doodles CD apart from the rose, which I created myself.  I adore making my own flowers and was particularly thrilled with the way this one turned out.

Finally I would like to show you my interpretation of a clean and simple card.  This is a type of card that I do find quite difficult to create.  I think it's instinctive for me to cover every bit of white space over with something (stamping, paper, glitter etc.) but you simply cannot do that and achieve the CAS look.  Anyway, this is another card I made for yet another birthday swap at Craft Telly Forum (we've had a lot of birthdays recently LOL) and I hope it shows how elegant and nice a CAS card can look.

Well, that's me done.  I'd like to thank Lin, at Crafty Cardmakers for the chance to join their Design Team, the other entrants for being brave and showing off their beautiful work and Blogger for behaving itself during this very long post!

Good luck to everyone who has entered.  Each and every one of you deserves to be a member of the Design Team.

Thank you all for looking.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Beth. xxx

14 lovely comments:

Hayley said...

Hi Beth, your cards are gorgeous! The CAS look is so hard to achieve but yours looks stunning. Good luck with the DT call!
Hayley x

Lin said...

Fabulous creations Beth, thanks for entering the call and good luck.

Lin xx

Soo said...

Wow! Lovely - what great versatility these show (and talent of course!) Good luck!

MissPetiteCrapule said...

I love your cards too! I am going for the card maker of the year competition in one of the many magazines I get and can't keep track of. Well, you've got to try haven't you? I think it's great work and you may get great rewards!! Keep up the amazing work.

Anonymous said...

Hi Beth, beautiful cards, good luck with the DT call xx

Papercraft By Carole said...

Gorgeous cards Beth - lots and lots of luck. Cxx

Marjorie's Owl said...

Your cards are gorgeous Beth, the Noel one is stunning! Lots of good luck, Susan xx

Joanne Brown said...

Gorgeous Cards Beth good luck with the DT call

Ephemera said...

Gorgeous cards and such a lovely variety, good luck for the DT call at Crafty Card makers. X

Marjorie's Owl said...

Congratulations Beth!
Susan xxx

Papercraft By Carole said...

Congratulations Beth!!!! Cxxx

Susie Little said...

Well done to you too, What fun we are going to have!!xx

Lin said...

Just wanted to welcome you to the team Beth! I am sure I shall enjoy working with you.

Lin xx

Kim x said...

Lovely cards Beth, welcome to the team from one newbie to another :)
hugs Kimx

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