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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Blooming corners again

I really love this Blooming Corner kit from Clarity, and keep finding new uses for it.  I needed a wedding card to send to America, so it had to be thin, but still be stylish.  I found the photo on the groom's Facebook site and used Roxio Photosuite to cut the circle out and fade the edges.  After printing it on to Clarity card, I stamped the images around it.  Promarkers, several layers of them to get the density of colour, gave me the shades I wanted.  Once it was cut to size, I brayered the edge in yellow to shade it in.

Matting and layering was done using purple sparkly card and pearlescent white.  I chose not to put a sentiment on the front so that it could be framed afterwards if desired.  All the writing goes on the insert, together with a border of stamped flowers and a brayered edge.

I hope this card does justice to Barbara Gray's stamps.

You may have noticed that I have not been blogging much lately.  I still love you all, but I feel it is unfair for you to take the time to leave me lovely comments when I have not even managed to answer some of yours from two or three weeks ago.  Once I have dealt with my backlog of cards, potting up plants, planting out and generally dealing with life, not to mention rotten and unreliable internet access I will be back.  I have still been looking at some of your lovely work and desks.  Having just looked at my filthy, glittery, mica covered keyboard, I see another urgent job to do.  See you all soon.


Jacqui's little piece of England said...

I love these stamps also, must say you have done a really good job on this card.

jacqui x

Bernie said...

Maggie this is just gorgeous! Fabulous coloring. Brilliant idea using that lovely photo.
Don't feel bad about not visiting. I'm sure everyone understands we all have times when blogging just has to take a back seat to life in general. Be Well Take it easy.

Chris said...

Hi Maggie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Linda said...

Good afternoon Maggie, lovely to know you are well and rather busy.

WOW what a stunning wedding card! I love what you have created and the colours are stunning on the corners too.

Big Hugs and have a fabulous weekend.

Linda xxx

Emma said...

This is such a beautiful card and I'm sure the happy couple will treasure it forever...a very clever idea and wonderfully executed, you should be very proud of this piece of artwork!!
Hope you are well...
Love Emma xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

hi there Maggie great card thanks for sharing it - just a query - I googled the Roxio Photosuite and could not really see what was going on some sites said it was a free download and others said you had to buy it - is it a free one at all and if so what is a safe link please??... back to your card it is really gorgeous thanks so much for sharing, Shaz in oz.x

Guilly said...

Hi Maggie, I've only just found your blog and what a treat! This wedding card is gorgeous. I love the way you manipulated the photo and the colours are just scrummy. You most certainly have done justice to these wonderful stamps.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, I just popped over to see if all was well with you and am relieved to see that you're not ill, just really busy. I think we all find the need to take time out occasionally, just to catch up with all the outstanding stuff that seems to accumulate. Your card is simply beautiful and I'm sure Barbara would be chuffed with the colouring you've done on that frame. Take care and have a great weekend. Elizabeth xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Thanks for popping back with answer and trust you are continuing to enjoy some summer weather over there! love Shaz in oz.x

Samantha Elliott said...

Gorgeous card Maggie. Popped over as I haven't heard from you for some time. Hope you are ok.