Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Flight of Desperation

Ok, may’be not that bad. But I honestly nearly chucked the towel in with this weeks challenge set by Makeesha. I got 50% of the way through with my first card idea and then went urgh – THIS IS NOT WORKING!!! It was nearly 9:30 pm (close to my bedtime). But a cup of hot milo made by my hubby restored some energy, enough anyway to still have a go. So after that preamble here is the inspiration pic.

And here is my card.

I found a piece of Urban Garden DSP that I felt had echoes of the inspiration pic, in colour, and the long vertical flower stalks reminded me of the stripes on the bedspread. I just needed to add some colour – the turquoise from the bedspread. So I grabbed my Pocket Silhouettes and stamped it twice on the DSP, I lengthened the stems on one with my Turquoise marker and a ruler. I layered this altered DSP over a matte of Tempting Turquoise and then over a card base of Basic Gray. Given the flowers on the DSP I decided to girly it up a bit more and so I also scalloped the bottom of the Turquoise layer. To finish the card front I added some narrow Turquoise ribbon threaded with a pewter ribbon slide, a little Turquoise butterfly to fly over the flowers trailing “friendship”. The body of the butterfly was anchored with a glue dot so its wings could lift above the card. To stamp the friendship trail, I used my Basic Gray marker and inked up part of the friendship stamp from Think Happy Thoughts and used my stamp-ma-jig to stamp it twice, once inverted. Finally to balance out the white in the butterfly I added a little layer of white behind the holey scalloped border.

In the end a result that wasn’t too bad for “late” night stamping dramas.

Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Pocket Silhouettes, Think Happy Thoughts
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray
Accessories: Urban Garden DSP, Fiskars Threading Water border punch, narrow Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Pewter hodgepodge ribbon slide, Corner rounder punch, Stamp-ma-jig, Glue Dot, SNAIL adhesive.


  1. Your persistance paid off. I think this is a beautiful card. I'll have to remember Milo is the key in the future.

  2. Kim I LOVE LOVE this!!! Your perseverance totally paid off as this is one of my favorite 'Kim' cards to date! The colours work amazingly together. Thank God for Milo huh?!! Hugs from a very rainy England! Kate x

  3. This card is super cute . . . your title had me chuckling . . . guess I've been there, too! TFS!

  4. Not bad, are you kidding me... this is awesome! That piece of DSP was just perfect for this challenge. I'm glad I made my card before I checked out the other entries because I'm sure I would have ended up copying your card otherwise! I wish my 'bad' cards ended up looking like this!

  5. Very clever indeed. Love it. great challenge entry.



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