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Saturday 23 May 2009

365 Cards Day 84

Woohoo, this is my final card for this weeks 365 Cards challenges. I have managed to keep up with all the challenges this week on the day they have been posted. I probably won't be able to do tomorrows though as we have a family birthday barbeque and I will be ferrying family from one side of the city ot the other and back and then Paul and I are seeing Jean Michel Jarre in concert - really looking forward to that.

Anyhoo, this card is for day 84's challenge at 365 Cards and we had to stick to a particular recipe.

1 3x3 card
1 flower
1 brad
1 piece of ribbon
1 stamped sentiment

Now I have to be honest, I know I have seen quite a lot of 3"x3"  cards on USA blogs and had never REALLY took into consideration just how small they are, it makes it quite awkward and you have to re-think what you are going to do a bit. The flower I was going to use orginally was actually bigger than the card so I had to go back to the drawing board.

As we couldn't use patterned paper I thought texture was the way to go so started off with one of my favorite ribbons which I bought from Ebay a couple of years ago. It has a lovely lace edge which is actually stitched on. I bought loads of it on a roll and it only cost a few pounds, brilliant bargain. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for the card blank and added a little white Brilliance ink to the dots to mirror the ribbon colouring. There is also a little black ink around the edges as it looked a bit too bright. The flower is from my prize from Cuttlebug Challenge designer Karen Maldanado and the brad is a Dovecraft one, I luvs spots me :)

I used a Papermania rubber stamp that came with this month's Docrafts Creativity magazine. I only wanted a tiny sentiment so stamped onto a scrap of card and mounted on 3D foam. I didn't dare stamp onto the card itself as I was convinced I would ruin it.

I'm quite glad I made this card as it came together really quickly once I decided what to do. I'm not sure if I would make many of this size though, I like 4" square but I think the 3" may be just a  bit too small. Due to the bulky items it would have to be posted with a large letter stamp and if I'm going to pay that much to post it I would rather send a larger card I think. 


Karen Lee said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!!!

hugs, Karen Lee

Maz said...

Beautiful, love the colour combo

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Mandy. I had some of that very ribbon but in blue and white lol. Didn't even think to use it.

Sherry Eckblad said...

Mandy - Fantastic card and I love those swiss dots.

Vicky said...

This is just lovely!! Great job Mandy!

Barb said...

This is just beautiful! Love the texture and the floral is yummy!

BTW... Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog :)

Vickilyn said...

Very cute!! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Mandy your card is `beautiful`
I love that flower it`s soo pretty..TFS:) x
Love your Blog...fab creations..TFS:) x

Kristen H said...

I love this card. I must get those Swiss Dots. I only have the 1 inch border. I love your take on this challenge.

Rose said...

awesome card for the challenge :D

~amy~ said...

super sweet card!!! love it!

Valerie said...

Absolutley love it!

Chrissie said...

Fabulous card Mandy... I opted for texture too and I agree about the size for all the reason you quote.
great job!

LISA said...

another beautiful card xxx

Sarn said...

Gorgeous x