Sunday, 4 October 2015

Ombre feathers and why I need a bigger desk


I'm baaack! Ok, so maybe you didn't even notice I haven't been around in ages. I have an excuse... First it was work, and this weekend was the Culinary Consultant's birthday, so we spent some quality time with our favourite peeps, not leaving any time for the craft room. Me, the Culinary Consultant, my Sis and his Sis spent Saturday in Thetford forest climbing up trees, doing a bit of tight-rope walking from tree to tree and riding zip lines. It was really scary as some of it was really high up, but we had a blast. I have to admit I chickened out from doing one of the really big Tarzan swings where you just jump off a platform high up a tree, and then swing at full speed into a net. The Culinary Consultant and his Sis took it all in a stride and did great! 

Today, after Sis drove off home (and our guest room is once again empty, sad face...) I spent some time in the craft room, creating a huge bunch of stuff that went straight into the bin. Apparently my crafting muscles have atrophied. I pretty much pulled out every stamp set and die I owned. They are all spread across my crafting desk, you can see what it looks like... Every single thing I made was horrible. So I took a break, read a few chapters, had some cake and ended up having a bit of a nap as well (our sofa is way too comfortable). 



After my nap I decided to try again. I pushed all the crap on my desk to the side to make a teeny tiny little space in the middle of the desk. Stuff started falling off the edge of the desk... Hence the need for a bigger desk. And I guess the earlier messing around counted as warm-up, and I was finally able to create a card that wasn't too horrible.

My card was inspired by the colour combo over at Colour Me...! and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I was also inspired by the ombre challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. Not one, not two but three different ombre elements! The background, the feathers and the sentiment. I was also inspired by the tic-tac-toe board over at CAS-ual Fridays. My choice is diagonally Stitching, Spritzing and Embossing. Stitching is the faux stitching around the panel, there is some spritzing in the background I did by flicking a watercolour brush, and embossing is the white heat embossing on the feathers.  For the background, I was also inspired by The Friday Mashup, where one of the themes is to create a background filled with colour. 



Card: Daler&Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper, Stampin' Up Sahara Sand card
Inks: Stampin' Up Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron
Stamps: Stampin' Up Four Feathers
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies, Scripty Hugs die, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Beautiful feathers! And on a pretty background! Thank you for flexing those creative muscles and sharing your work with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.~Michelle

P.S. Once upon a time, I thought that I needed a bigger desk too. Now I just have a bigger mess. :)

Jinny Newlin said...

What a great mix of challenges! Those feathers are gorgeous, and I love the ombre look! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Colour Me...!

Jen Brum said...

Beautiful card! I love the watercolour background and those lovely feathers. Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Lisa said...

Lovely watercoloring for your background. Thanks for sharing with us at The Friday Mashup.

Linda Callahan said...

Love those soft pink feathers against that water colored background! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

Claire said...

Certainly not a horrible card, despite all the false starts! So annoying when that happens isn't it? This is beautiful - gorgeous soft colours and I love how you kept the sentiment soft with the powder blue. Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

Team Clark said...

Such a gorgeous card, the colors on those features are just beautiful!

Shona Chambers said...

I hope you write bigger desk on your Xmas list this year!!! So glad you found a space to make this beautiful card. I love the colours you used and the background you created is stunning, love the natural colour. So very happy you joined us at CAS-ual Fridays!!!

Angie Tieman said...

Wow! This is beautiful watercoloring, so soft and pretty! But I'm blown away with your zipping among the trees story, wow!! And I had to laugh at your desk picture and story...I'm pretty sure identical story and picture have been on my blog before! haha! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Shelly said...

This is beautiful!! Love the colors! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!