Friday, 5 June 2015

CTC#33 Anything Goes - "What Catches Your Eye?"

Hello again, we have all been busy poring over the new catalogue and this weeks challenge was to make something inspired by any item which jumped out at you from the catalogue.
Well that sounds easy.....

Welcome, you will have come form Kathryn's beautiful blog and I hope you get inspired as you travel around the blog hop.

There were quite a few things that inspired me but I am going to go with a beautiful card which has all the hallmarks of my favourite style - layering! I am pretty sure the Awesomely Artistic will be one of the first stamp sets I purchase  as it has so many lovely elements.

This is my inspiration photo from page 125

 In the meantime I have used Everything Eleanor and Summer Silhouettes,  two of my all-time favourites as well as Bordering Blooms and  Happy Birthday Everyone which is one of the new hostess sets. I did a second card using in an old retired favourite set called Organic Grace as it has the dragonfly and similar images to Artistically Awesome.

 The emboss resist technique never fails to be fun way to make cards and the colours in the inspiration picture remind me of opals- which is very appropriate since this birthday card is for my Mum and Opal is her favourite stone.

The first card I used Clear embossing powder, but the second card which I prefer used White embossing powder. The watercolouring always looks best on the the Shimmer White Paper and I used Cucmber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo  and some Delightful Dijon for sponging.

the sentiment is heat embossed in Black onto a strip of Vellum. I did try staion on Acetate but couldn't get it quite dark enough.
I love the new floral embellishments and was happy to find that the retired Summer Starfruit blossoms also coordinate with the colours.
So here they are together, what do you think -  white or clear?

And of course the inside and a coordinating envelope, How great is that Envelope Paper?

Enjoy your tour of our 'What caught your eye' blog hop as you visit the next blog here, with the wonderful Alison.

thanks for looking, 



  1. What a lovely card, love the layering and the vintage look.

  2. Your cards as always are just gorgeous Elizabeth. I love the colours you have chosen. Delightful Dijon is totally growing on me!

    1. Thanks Tricia, yes it's better than I was expecting since I never really like hello honey or summer Starfruit, but this is richer and quite lovely.

  3. I think I like the white embossing Elizabeth, although both cards are totally gorgeous

    1. Hey Julia, thanks for your comments- I agree white all the way!

  4. Oh my word, Liz, this is simply stunning. Such detail!

    1. Thanks Bronwyn, I know you are a detail girl too! Can't wait to play with the new set. come on postie...

  5. This is SO beautiful!! Yes, it does look very opal....I love everything about it....all the little details...the heart, the pearl, the rhinestone, the resin flower. SO lovely!!

  6. Hi Alison. sometimes I don't know when to stop (You know how it is...) but I feel I got the balance right on these two.Thanks so much for your lovely comments


thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it, Liz