Saturday, 21 May 2011

Ruffle-icious !

Last night I made a card that I was so happy with that I just couldn't wait to jump out of bed to photograph it and get it posted so that I could show you all !

None of my friends share my hobby and that is why you, my crafty friends, are so important to me. Your comments give me encouragment and I take so much joy from them - thanks for being such a great bunch.

Ok I'll stop now ! Onto my card - I returned to my current love the pink paislee butterfly garden paper line.
I cannot put these away into the craft drawers and everyday I feel them pulling me towards my craft table {commonly known as the dining table !!} - I hope you are not getting bored of seeing them ! There is one paper in there which is so lovely that I haven't yet thought of a project worthy of it so that one is being saved for absolute genius - needless to say you might have to wait a while {or a lifetime !} to see that one !

Now tho I love this paper stack it is only a 6 x 6 so I always have problems when it comes to making my fav' size card which is 5" x 7".

So this is how I got round it. I cut a peice of scrap paper the size that I wanted my finished patterned panel to be then decided where I was going to put a border/ribbon. Then I cut the paper where it wouldn't be seen (underneath the border/ribbon) then stuck the peices onto the backing guide (scrap piece) lining up the corners so that I knew it would look like continuous strips once the border/ribbon was added.

Now my gap was too big for the seam binding that I originally wanted to use - but talk about a happy accident because I had to improvise and that is when my ruffle was born ! And just let me tell you that I adore that little ruffle !

I love adding stitching but since I don't have a sewing machine found it a bit daunting until I purchased a sew easy tool - let me tell you that before I found that, especially with a zig zag stitch, it was difficult to get my stitches to look uniform - problem solved with my new tool I would reccomend it to anyone {and no I am not on the payroll !}.

I also added an embossed panel which is embossed with my sizzix texture plates and sanded then inked to show the pattern a little more.

Those beautiful flowers (and butterfly) were found hidden in a drawer full of decoupage sheets. I used to decoupage alot when I first started making cards but not so much anymore but I just couldn't put these back into the drawer so they made there way onto my messy mat to await a worthy project - voila !

Better stop rambling on now this is turning out to be a marathon post !

I would like to add my card to the following challenges;

Joyful stamper inspire me Friday - Thanks I just love looking at all the projects it's a great source of inspiration x
Crafts & me - Anything goes with kraft
Crafty creations challenge - Flowers, patterned paper and ribbon
Creative belli - Something begining with S - stitching
Flutterby Wednesday's - Open (didn't use the optional sketch but wanted to share my butterfly with you !)
Paper pretties - Flowers
Pixie dust studio pixie challenge - Vintage

I would like to sincerely thank you all for visiting my blog x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo


happyglitzygirl said...

Love the card Suzie, I am most impressed. Well done, blessings Hilde

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Suzie! No wonder you're so proud of it! :) Also love how you got around the size difference and the happy accident which occured as a result!

Lisa x

Berry said...

This is lovely Suzie the ruffled ribbon is so pretty! My fave size card is 6x6 I'm afraid and can't seem to drag myslef out of that rut lol Hugs Rebekah xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is just beautiful- I love the ruffled ribbon- the papers are really pretty. Thanks for joining the Belli Blog 'S' Challenge.

Karen W said...

Beautiful card, I love all the patterns on this and thank you for joining us at Creative Belli

Stella said...

I never get tired of your posts. Your stories are fun to read and your creations are always gorgeous. But my oh my girl look what you create!!!!!!!!!! This card is one of your best cards ever; I already put this handmade jewel into my favorites folder.
I just bought that Pink Paislee pad and I know what you mean. I'm in love too:)
This card is a masterpiece; fille to the brim with beauty; I can look at this card for hours :) FABULOUS!!!!
Love and hugs,

inga said...

Another truly beautiful card by you. I am so happy to be one of your crafty friends.Always look forward to seeing your great and creative ideas.

Antoinette said...

Hello Suzie! Love this card, it is gorgeous with a shabby chic feel! Just visiting to say HI and to follow you. Looking forward to working with you on the Easy Craft Projects DT! :) Hugs Antoinette xXx

Kristie W. said...

This is beautiful!! Love what you did with the seam binding! Thanks for playing along with us at Flutter By Wednesdays!