Friday, 5 August 2011

CASE It At Polka Doodles

Good morning everyone and happy Friday. Don't know about you but we have sunshine after all that rain yesterday so I'm hoping it will decide to stay nice for the weekend.
Before I go on to this weeks challenge over at Polka Doodles, there are a couple of things.
Firstly, I'd like to say hello and thank you to some new followers - Babs, Daniele, Diane, Nikky and Dot - lovely to see you all.
Secondly, we have 3 new DT members over at Polka Doodles and I'd like to say well done ladies and welcome to the team:

Now for the challenge which has been set this week by Lou and she's asked us to CASE a member of the Design Team and of course tell us who it is. I decided to CASE a gorgeous card Lou did a few weeks ago as it's full of the lovely texture that I like so much and the soft colours are beautiful. It also features a butterfly which I as you know, I love too.
Here's my card first:

And here is Lou's:

As you can see, I've rearranged mine a little as the butterfly I wanted to use is quite a bit larger. I used 2 Cuttlebug embossing folders to create my background panels. The green leafy one was embossed on green parchment card then sponged with Shabby Shutters Distress ink and then swiped over the raised areas.
The second one is diamonds embossed on more green parchment card and then swiped with a blue ink pad on the raised areas. I stamped the butterfly from the Gracie Fairy Flutterby set with brown ink and then coloured the image with blue and green Promarkers, cut it out and added pearls.
I assembled the card with a brown kraft background panel, a strip of striped paper trimmed with a Martha Stewart border punch and a scalloped dotty border. Both of these are from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD.
I added a layered flower with punched rose leaves (Papermania) and a greeting from the Sensational Sentiments stamp set cut out with a Nestabilities die on a scalloped mat.

Tip - If like me you're slightly shocked by the price of kraft card, you might like to know that the brown kraft card on my creation is actually from a set of natural brown file dividers that I found in my local stationers for an incredible £1.49!  All you have to do is trim off the alphabet panel and the side with the holes in comes in really handy for a little ribbon or raffia threading  for decoration. Sneak peak of one of my Christmas cards here to illustrate this:

A little edit from me here as a couple of peops have mentioned recycling which I obviously do as much as I can, but the reason that I bought the file dividers was that all the thinner packaging such as cereal boxes that I get has a grey reverse which I do paint and ink to make backgrounds. All those that are brown are generally much thicker and not what I always want to put on a card.
I'll get off my soapbox now!

I'm entering my butterfly card in the following challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes in August
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Things With Wings
Cards and More - Dots and Pearls
Top Tip Tuesday - Blue, Green and Brown

Thanks for looking and hoping you have a lovely weekend,
Fliss xx


craftattack said...

Lovely cards, both are beautiful in their own way. I use the insides of cardboard cereal boxes instead of craft card, it costs nothing and saves waste! Hugs, Valerie

Cheryl said...

oh these are gorgeous cards hun,hugs cherylx

Daniele said...

what pretty cards, love the subtle colours.
I save most packaging these days to cut down on costs

Lisa M said...

Fliss, (that's a really cool name :D)
Your cased card is amazing!! I love how you've changed it up.
Thanks so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "COLOR" challenge. It's been a joy admiring your talent.
Good luck to you and happy stamping...
Lisa xx
P.S.. You have TIP in your post, would you like that to be entered into the TOP TIPPER at TTT? If so, you'll need to have (TIP) by your name on the entry so you can be eligible for the TOP TIPPER prize. If you leave a message on the post at the admins can change that for you. :D Just didn't want you to miss out.
Lisa xx

Lisa M said...

Hi Fliss,
Thanks so much for doing that. Admin can fix that right up for you. :)
Good luck xx

Annette said...

Really pretty card Felicity, and a cute butterfly. Great job. Thanks for joining our colour challenge at Top Tip Tuesday this week. Annette xx

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards, love all the detail and your Tip is to good to be missed! I will add it for you this time!! next time if you want to be entered please just add (TIP) next to your name when you link!! its worth a try hu! :0)

Thanks for playing along this week with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Colour Challenge
hugs Samantha

Elaine Stark said...

That's a great tip. Love your cards, butterflies are always so elegant. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Lorraine said...

Lovely, lovely. Your colours are so pretty. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

Netty said...

Terrific set of cards and thank you for the tip Fliss. Annette x

Caroljenks said...

Gorgeous cards - I love your 'Kraft' - I use the back of those 'do not bend' A4 envelopes for my kraft! Thanks for sharing your tip :)

Thanks for playing along with us over at Top Tip Tuesday for our Brown, Blue & Green Challenge this week.

Carol x

gina g said...

Gorgeous creations i love the butterflies. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me this week. luv gina xx

Stine said...

Wow what a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at cards and more.
Hugs stine

Claire Phillips said...

I love your Case it card Fliss - just wonderful soft colour - beautiful! Cheers Claire x

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, what beautiful cards, Fliss!! And so totally professional!

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend~

katesacraftybugger said...

Gorgeous cards Fliss, thanks for playing along with us at I ♥ promarkers again this week -Kate x

bettand said...

Such a gorgeous card. Love the colours, the design with branches and butterfly and that fab tip of yours. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday this week and good luck. Hope to see you back on tuesday for a new challene. Bettina

Stempelhexe said...

oh these are gorgeous cards, tank you for playing with CUM.


Doris P. said...

WOW! Wonderful cards! Thanks for joining us at CuM!
Hugs Doris

mgoll88 said...

wonderful Cards...
Thanks for playing with us at Cards und More