Tuesday 3 February 2015

Hearts and Butterflies With Love

Hi there.  Here we are at the start of another month and a month closer to the start of Spring.  I know I shouldn't wish my time away but this time of year seems to make my card making grind to a near halt and I seem to spend more time thinking and looking than actually doing, and when I do 'do' nothing seems to go smoothly.   I am not totally pleased with the finished result but at least it's a card.  Right, that's enough of that moaning and groaning, so here it is.

I based the card on this week's Freshly Made Sketch but unfortunately I have missed the deadline for entries, but anyway this is the sketch.
For the background I used three different Jennifer Ellory patterned papers from a freebie pad which came with a magazine a while ago.

For the topper I used a snippet of cream card and cut a circle using a set of Xcut Circle Dies into which I embedded the red and blue hearts.  The red heart was embossed with a Craft Concepts Embossing Folder More Dots, and the blue heart with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder D'Vine Swirl.  To embed the hearts I cut and embossed them first using  a set of heart dies from Nellie Snellen the smallest of the straight edged hearts in the set.  I then used the die to cut the first heart shape in the cream circle.   I put the first heart into place and put the heart die onto the first heart and then cut again which took a piece out of the first heart and cut the shape into the cream circle at the same time.  I placed the blue heart into the space and glued it all together with the paper doily behind.

To finish I added the sentiment which was part of Sue Wilson's Framed Noel die.  There are four different words round the frame, and I had experimentally cut them out when having a play before Christmas and they had been sitting on my table ever since.   I thought the 'love' was perfect for the card so I also used a little butterfly, which I cut out of one of the patterned papers, to embellish the sentiment, and an extra butterfly of my own design, embossed with the More Dots EF.  I used some  Pearl PVA to embellish them and also used some on the blue heart and in two of the corners of the square white card.  This last idea was initiated by the fact that I managed to get some of the Pearl PVA on to the bottom left had corner of the card so I thought this might cover it sufficiently.  I didn't get the dots terribly straight, and I managed to smudge one of the dots at the top too so left a mark there as well,  but it did sort of work.  I told you it hasn't been going well lately 

Thank you for looking today.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Butterfly Challenge - No. 23 Butterflies + V is for Valentine.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 162 where we use up our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - H is for ....  in this case 'hearts'.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



Mrs A. said...

That is so ingenious how you have placed the hearts inside the circle. I love the effect.
Love those papers too. Thankyou for fluttering by my #23 butterfly challenge. hugs Mrs A.

Di said...

Well, if this is what you make when your mojo has gone walkabout - please carry on! Super card Pat - and I was so intrigued to know how you did those inlaid hearts so beautifully - thanks for explaining!


Di xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very pretty design Pat, I like your take of the sketch, your papers and doily look fantastic together. Cheers, Shirleyxx

Liz said...

A really pretty card. I love how you've incorporated the embossed hearts into the circle. Very clever! Thanks for the instructions on how you did it. xx

Jacee said...

Fabulous design Pat, love the different papers, look great together, lovely work!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Jean said...

A very pretty card Pat, I love the way you embedded the hearts into the circle die. Lovelt embossing as well.
Jean x

cheiron said...

SO sweet! Love what you've done with those hearts. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

MaryH said...

It's a beautiful card! Not sure what you vexed about on it, but I love the way you've got the lacy doily as a mat with the buttercream circle and those glowing & embossed hearts inlaid, The banners & the embossed butterfly added so much extra detail. I hear you about the 'seeing & thinking' part...but your 'do" this time is very pretty. TFS & Hugs

Sarn said...

Fabulous! Thanks for sharing how you made it. xxx

May said...

I really like the colors and oh those patterns of hearts you put! Perfectly created - thank you for sharing with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a sweet card!!! I love it!!! Great details, I love the way you placed the hearts on there place!!!


Darnell said...

I think you are too hard on yourself, Pat! You've made a delightful snippet Valentine card and I appreciate the inspiration for a pretty way to use my patterned paper!! Spring is coming!! Hugs, Darnell