Tuesday, 1 July 2014

anything goes

Oh Wow can you believe it's July already? Have you had your holidays yet or are you still looking forward to them?

 So have you had a look at all the fantastic entries we had for the Claritystamp Challenge 16 last month?  Masculine - we are all agreed men cards are a pain right?  but I will tell you what you lot are up for a challenge and you met it more than admirably - fantastic entries from everyone.

This month's theme is anything goes - easy peasy right? but no I really struggled to come up with an idea this month - I am blaming the weather  but my mojo seems to have gone awol and where I normally have loads of ideas of things I want to do my mind is currently a blank which is not good.  

Anyway I had to make a card for my crafty Sister in Law whose birthday was on Sunday so I have killed two birds with one stone and come up with this! 
I also wanted to used the abstract squares stencil (new addition - these stencils are even more addictive than the stamps - I have loads and still got a long wish list that is ever growing!


I wanted to layer up some of the squares so I made two backgrounds using red pepper, butterscotch and pesto, they are not exactly the same but as my mother used to say - a man on a galloping horse will never notice lol

I stamped the design onto one of the backgrounds using geranium archival.

 I looked at the squares and decided which ones to cut up to layer up from the second background.  I also wanted the stamping to match - could I find my acetate - could I heck as like - I could find some strong stuff but that was too expensive to just chuck in the bin after - so I raided the kitchen drawer and used some greaseproof paper - at least I could see through it!

I stuck down the greaseproof over the top of my image so that it wouldn't move and then with a tiny bit of tape gun on the back of my squares I lay them in place - now I could match up the stamp underneath without spoiling my original!


I then removed all the masking and attached in place with foam pads and stamped Happy Birthday.  I felt it just needed a few flowers - so I got some sweet lilac flowers that were white and inked them up with red pepper and my stencil brushes.

So that's it, Margaret loved it.  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone gets up to this month - Oh my word with the theme of anything goes - anything could happen lol. So come on give it a go  I love seeing what you all produce


Hellen said...

fab card Linda and great technique for the overlaying, will have to try that one ! x

Lynne said...

Beautiful card Linda. I love the colours you've used and how how you've raised up some sections. I'm not surprised your SIL loved it. x

Jo Rice said...

Morning Linda, what a beautiful card , I love the way that the Stencil is the perfect background for the stamps. This is a definite card to keep and treasure....have a great day hugs. X

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Linda, I am off on my holidays in September, Turkey 9 weeks and counting. This is gorgeous and loving the background.
Linda xxx

Janet Pring said...

Lovely card, Linda, I like the raised bits x

Yvonne said...

Oh my word I absolutely love this - mojo in full attendance on this one!!!
By the way your blog's looking very posh xxxx

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,fab design and colours.xxx

Theresa Pace said...

judging by this i wouldn't have known that your mojo had gone awol! love the tones used here as well xx

Jane said...

Love this Linda!!! Clever how you did the raised squares! Thanks for sharing! Xx