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Wednesday, 1 June 2022

June Guest Designer at the NBUS Challenge

Hi there everyone.  I was so thrilled when Darnell asked me to be this month's Guest Designer for the NBUS Challenge, and most of us already know that it stands for 'Never Before Used Schtuff' as coined by the lovely Darnell, and I know that we all have lots of crafty goodies just waiting to be used, or sitting in a drawer or cupboard in need of some love, and this challenge gives us the perfect opportunity to do just that.  

I decided to make a card using an old Sheena Douglass Iris stamp from her A Little Bit Floral range which doesn't seem to be available now.  It came as part of one of a few sets of different flower stamps which I bought together and I only recently discovered that this one has never been inked..how rude..lol!   I also used the largest of a set of three dies from Poppystamps Scalloped Stitch Frames (2478) bought recently, and getting it's first outing, and also a Lavinia stencil called Laurel.  I coloured with Distress Inks - Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Twisted Citron.

I used a piece of white card and stamped the Iris using the Seedless Preserves and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, then coloured with the Distress Inks using a waterbrush with the colours mentioned above, and fussy cut.  I then found another piece of white card  and cut the largest frame.  The die cuts the scalloped and the stitched straight edge frames together in each size, but you can use them separately.. I put the two of them together for a wider frame.  I then worked out where I would place the frame on the 7" x 5" white card and pencilled lightly in places around the inner frame.  I then used the Shaded Lilac and Twisted Citron through the Lavinia Laurel stencil, with the Shaded Lilac at the bottom, changing to the Twisted Citron just over halfway up, and taking the ink a little beyond the marks I made.  

I finished by adding the double frame, and to add some dimension I used silicone glue to stick the Iris onto it, and as it was a little large I cut a piece off the stem level with the edge of the straight edge stitched rectangle.  I decided to leave the sentiment for now as although it may well end up being a birthday card it could be for any of several occasions.  

The challenge runs for the whole month so plenty of opportunity to join in the fun, and I look forward to seeing you there.  Thank you for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon.






19 comments:

Aquarius said...

Congratulations on being a guest designer and this is a beautiful iris stamp. Loving the frame dies as well, just sets it off nicely.

Ros Crawford said...

Forgive my abscence but what a joy to see this beautiful card today... The iris is stunning! Gorgeous card Pat

Darnell said...

Thank you for being my Guest Designer this month at NBUS, Pat! It's a pleasure to have you and I must say, I'm gobsmacked by your gorgeous iris card! I love that subtle stencil background and need to remember how effective that is behind a beautifully framed and colored floral image. Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs, Darnell

HilaryJane said...

Congratulations on your guest designer spot at NBUS and thank you for letting me know that I have been showcased this month. that's so nice, the first time for me I think. Irises are one of my favourite flowers and your Iris stamp is fabulous, you have coloured it and framed it perfectly. Love the soft stencilled background too xx

stampinwithanita said...

What a beautiful card - I enlarged it and it is so well done! Congratulations on being the Guest Designer - your work is beautiful!

Mac Mable said...

The framing looks so pretty and what a stunning Iris. Love the soft stencilling on the background too Pat x.

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations on your guest spot Pat, and this card does your proud, it's gorgeous. I love the floral image and so beautifully coloured and your background is so subtle, just beautiful. I love how you've framed the image too, Kate x

Aimeslee Winans said...

Well-deserved guest designing spot, Pat! Love the stamp you chose to use and color. And framed so nicely too. Kudos! I also wanted to let you know I used the royal coach in the Creative Stamping magazine issue 108 to make a home deco piece honoring the Jubille, so do please come look, on my first June 1 post! We drank a toast to Her Majesty, too, xoxo

Loll said...

Congrats on being Guest Designer at NBUS, Pat! LOVE your gorgeous Iris. So beautiful with the soft stenciled background and your beautiful framing. Always great when we can use some of our negleted stamping supplies ... and you did great with using three on this one card. xx

Marjan said...

How nice to be their guestdesigner! You colored this lovely bloom very well and the stitch frame really sets it of beauytifully! I also like that you let the stem come out a little. The background is gorgeous!

Leslie Miller said...

It's good to see you as guest designer at NBUS, Pat! Your card is soooo beautiful! I need to visit more as you really do some lovely stamping. Thank you for the inspiration!

Brenda in IN said...

Wow Pat, this is so pretty. The Iris looks so authentic and that stenciled background is gorgeous. The framing looks awesome.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I love everything about this card Pat and the die cut frame around it looks beautiful. It's a lovely stamp and I'm pleased that it's finally been inked up. I'm ashamed to day that I could probably spend the rest of my life using the stamps that I've never used! Oh well, that sounds like a challenge! Enjoy the rest of your day x

Liz said...

Congratulations on your GD spot, Pat. Your card is stunning and I love the colours. xx

Kathyk said...

A beautiful make, so elegant too

Kathyk

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congratulations on guesting at the NBUS challenge, Pat!
Your iris card is gorgeous! Your coloring is so beautiful and delicate. The soft stenciling in complementary colors in the background, and the pretty double frame really show off the beauty of the flower!
Hideko xx

VineArtist said...

Pat your cad is lovely and your design showcases your focal point the iris you have colored beautifully. Your colors inspires me to work in purples and lavenders which I haven't never done very much! thanks for being such an encourager to me by leaving such kind remarks on my blog!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Sorry to be late in popping over, Pat - I thought sure I'd commented already...Anyway, congrats on being NBUS Guest Designer - just love your gorgeous iris and the soft stenciling behind!!

Jeanne H said...

Congrats on your guest spot with Darnell. Glad to have found your blog as your iris card is wonderful. Lucky you having that stamp!