Saturday, 22 February 2014

... And a Step to the Side!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
  So pleased to have you visit, and I hope you are having a lovely day.  
We've got some beautiful weather here in Adelaide today.  After a couple of very overcast days, the sun is showing it's face again.  It is very pleasant outside.  
So, what an I doing here, inside then???  Well, I wanted to show you my latest card. 
 This time, as you probably guessed from the Title, it is a Side Step card.
 The papers used are from Pion Design.  I so love the subtle patterns on these papers, they are gorgeous!  The top layer was curled at opposite corners and I coloured the back a little for contrast but, as I wanted to keep the monochromatic colour scheme, I just distressed the edges but didn't ink them.   
 Placed some gauze down first and then adhered my flower cluster on top.  The little velvet flowers are available from Meg's Garden, the small rose from Kaisercraft but the rose bud, the white flower and the tiny pale yellow ones are from my stash.  The stamens are also available at Meg's Garden.  You can find the store HERE.
 The two flower clusters are a mirror image of each other.
 The bit of texture was added using The Crafter's Workshop's 'Mini Ferns' Stencil and home made texture paste.  I originally coloured it the same as the back of the curled paper, but it didn't stand out as well, so I simply painted over it with gesso, although I did leave some of the colour on the paper.  I do sort of like that shadow effect.  The chipboard border is from Little Birdie and I simply painted it with white acrylic paint.
 The stenciling on the side panel is the same as on the front of the card except that I didn't colour it this time.  The tiny gems were added randomly around the card for a little bit of bling.
 The center strip is simply some gauze attached to a strip of the paper which was then tied with a twine bow and wrapped around the top layer.
 View of the card taken from each side to show how the Side Step looks. 
... And there you go ... all done!!   
I expect a lot of you probably like the clean and simple approach to card making, but I love distressing the edges and manipulating the paper to look like it's been used and abused.  It just adds so much interest to it ... well it does in my opinion anyway.   Don't get me wrong, I have seen a lot of totally gorgeous cards where the paper was lovely and flat and new looking but I for one simply love it when it's a bit messy and grungy, even on light coloured 'pretty' cards like this one.  I actually feel I haven't crumpled this one up enough, but I do love the way it turned out so it will have to do and, regardless of how you prefer your cards, I hope you like it too.  

Thank you so much for visiting  and I do hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Please take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

12 comments:

  1. totally exquisite, loving the softness and romantic feel to this beautiful creation xoxo

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  2. Oh Margaret...I absolutely adore this card!!! You will know that I LOVE those curled corners...how gorgeous are they!!! And the little bit of texture paste added...just enough for this card...And as you say this is not distressed enough to your taste...I foresee another card on the horizon soon!!!!

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  3. This is so beautiful, Marg! I love the natural tones against the white, as well as your textured stenciling - there's just something about white on white that I love (even though I've never done it myself!). The added little bits of bling are the perfect touch as well as the way the paper is rolled down on the main section of the card. Amazing work, as always! x

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  4. Margaret every time I look at one of your creations I just shake my head in wonder. They are always stunning, unique works of art!

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  5. Georgeus card marga!!! really I love all your cards..... :)

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  6. Stunning card Margaret, LOVE those wonderful subtle colours and all the layers with those curled edges looks fantastic! Great flower cluster and other embellies too! You are the queen of stunning cards, truly!!

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  7. Another gorgeous card, soft colors and pretty embellies.. always love your cards.. and I love the distressed edges too.. gives the paper more character... a bit cooler here today, a relief from the heat we had last week!

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  8. Super beautiful and elegant! Gorgeous Margaret!

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  9. so pretty!! it's stunning!

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  10. Wow Marge!! This card is simply stunning!! Love the white on white with touches of natural colors and the step design is amazing!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  11. Oh this is elegant and gorgeous and I love it... the white on white with little touches of colour... yum.

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  12. Absolutely pretty Marg!! You are very versatile but also with a signature style!! Great job!!!

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