Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Relax

No it's not a a FGTH song for those of us that remember the 80's, but I must admit that song did jump into my head whilst making this card.

So on to today's creation, well it started out with no real plan as is often the case, but i quite like where it ended up.  I was drawn to the Shell icon motif which was actually part of a 'cut it free for a week' set on the Cricut website recently and I wanted to make it into a card.  Shells made me think of soft sand, cool breezes and just whiling away the day relaxing.  So I decided to use one of the special offer cards at Papermill -  'Light Ivory Smooth' which is 270gsm in a lovely pale colour and perfect for cutting with my little Cricut Mini.  (as always materials list and challenges entered are at the bottom of the post)

I cut the shell shape and the scalloped 'sand' base from this card and used it to come up with an Easel Card style. The great thing about Papermill is that there is a lovely range of colours to choose from and they always work so well together.  I chose 'Daffodil Yellow' card and added clear micro glass beads to it and this helped created a sand-like feel and texture to the card.  'Buff' card was also used to contrast the 'light ivory' for the shell shape.  I added some 'frosted lace' stickles to highlight the shell.  The blue sky was provided by it's namesake papermill card in 'Sky Blue' it would have been so impolite of me not to use it :D
 I die cut letters to spell out 'R E L A X' from 'teal' card using the 'Summer Block' alphabet, i really like the style of that font and accented each letter with 3 dots of liquid pearls in 'white opal'.   I felt something was lacking a little from the overall look and realised it needed something in the distance to add some perspective, So I die cut a little palm tree added it to the card and scattered a few faux half pearls on the 'sand' around the shell, and it looked finished.
I think perhaps my brain is subconsciously advising me to relax.  I have a few appointments and health stuff to deal with and so my urge to relax is coming out into my crafting I think. About the only way I'm liable to take any notice :D


Materials Used:

Light Ivory Smooth 'Offer' Card, 

Daffodil Yellow, Sky Blue, Buff, Teal, Mocha Brown and Forest Green papermill card.
Clear Micro Glass Beads for the sand, 

Stickles in 'frosted lace', 
Liquid Pearls in 'White Opal', 
Faux half pearls,
Cricut Mini, Big Shot, Summer Block alphabet dies, palm tree die from  

Challenges Entered: 
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - #217 'Anything Goes'
http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/fccb-challenge-217-anything-goes.html

 Laineys Crafty Space - Just For Fun Blogspot - Anything Goes Challenge #1
 http://laineyscraftyspace-justforfun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/anything-goes-challenge-1.html