Today, myself and Mr Beez have been enjoying the warmth and sunshine with a visit to the continental market that is visiting Sheffield this holiday weekend. I’ve been enjoying an authentic croquet monsieur, made by a very authentic and charming Frenchman. We took a little stroll through the Winter Gardens and then over to the Crucible to take in the atmosphere surrounding the snooker World Championships. All that walking allowed me to pick up a cone of churros and chocolate sauce from the market before returning to the car. Hence the reason my post is so late today.
Before we left I did whip a card that I am going to share over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous where the theme for Challenge #6 is to use this sketch:
There is also a twist – you have to use something old and combine it with something new. Now when I need to work quickly I usually go to my default setting – that is to use a bee or a butterfly. Today, I chose …
…butterfly. There is a certain irony about this card as, with the exception of the organza rose trim, everything else came from Stampin’ Up! I didn’t do this consciously, it just happened, the ironical bit is that earlier this week I decided to end my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator status. If you’re wondering about the old and new – the pearls and papers are from my old stash, the seam binding is new (it’s very difficult to dye seam binding an ivory colour) and I used a new large circle die.
I’ve distressed the edges of all the designer papers and layered them on to some black card. On the base layer, I’ve curled the corner over so you can see the reverse. In that corner I’ve added some pearls and some roses from my organza rose trim. These were all roses that I “lost” whilst making other projects. As I am very untidy when I craft things sometimes (well, quite often actually!) go missing in action, only turning up when I tidy away at the end of the day. I lost about six roses in this way. These smaller roses are simply the large ones that I have cut down a little.
The central panel has been stamped and I’ve punched out an additional butterfly to layer on top of the original image to give it dimension.
Some more organza roses, full size this time, and some punched branches decorate the corner.
As I mentioned before, the circle was punched out and I added some more pearls. I’ve added a double layer of seam binding and given the top layer a twist.
Our visit to the market today was slightly tactical as today was the day our two football teams were playing each other and there is always a bit of friendly rivalry between us on these occasions. We decided it might be better to have a distraction. Earlier this season my team, West Ham, beat Mr Beez’, Tottenham Hotspur, with an emphatic 3-0. Today, if we lost, there was a slight, although unlikely chance, we might have been relegated. With my team going through yet another losing streak the prospects were not good. However, I can tell you it all ended well – unless you happen to Mr Beez of course! Croques, Churros AND a win – isn’t life great?!
Thanks for buzzing by.