Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Thank you so much !!!

Good morning one and all. Hope you are all fit and well. 
Thank you for your asking after my sniffles. I'm much better, thank you, but have a silly, dry, tickley cough which is driving me and Mr Duck round the twist. 
Also, thank you to Heather, my PR Manager, for her lovely post yesterday and my blog shout out. I have been running with a Field of Dreams philosophy........"build it and they will come" (which will mean diddley to anyone who hasn't seen the film and you will probably think I've had too much cough mixture!!!)
I had a lovely birthday all things considered (bloomin weather.... Grrr) so thank you so much !!!

So, on to today's offering. I made this card on the same day as the medallions card. Amongst other crafty things, I had several sets of dies for my birthday courtesy of Mr Duck and Spellbinders Botanical Swirls and Accents and A2 Bracket Borders One were amongst them. 
I should mention at this point, most of the card I use is from Papermill Direct who are a papermill making their own card and paper in the Lake District. From what I understand, they used to have shops but now only do mail order. The card comes very well packed in lovely boxes so the mail order doesn't worry me. Excellent quality and you can pick and mix from different colours.
Now then, I was being a tight wad and instead of cutting a 6x6 base card, I actually folded an A4 piece of cream card in half, then squared it off so its slightly less than 6x6.
I then cut a piece of burgundy card as a slightly smaller mat, which I was going to just top with the corners etc but I had a lightbulb moment and thought I could edge the mat with one of my Bracket Borders.
This is where a bit of jiggery pokery came in trying to line each corner up. Top right was spot on but the others are slightly out so don't look.............I said don't look !!! Awww, you looked didn't you?
I cut two of the corners, the embossed piece and its middle from the Spellbinders Botanical Swirls and Accents set out of the spare cream card. I also inked through the dies with Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. I offset the middle die cut and stamped it with this sentiment as I thought it matched the piece nicely. Its just stamped with the Aged Mahogany without embossing.
I joined the two corners in the middle with double sided tape and I used red liner tape around the edges (I have some 3mm) which just fit spot on. This was stuck to the burgundy mat, which I then stuck to the base card.
I then added the embossed die cut on foam pads then the sentiment on a double layer of foam pads and it was done.
Hope you all like it but all comments, good or bad, are very welcome. Close up below.

Ang x

The good corner !!!
Ps.....I will be posting two of my favourite cards at the beginning of June  but I have to wait until birthdays have passed until I can. Hope that you can pop by again to have a look.......First one on 1st June and next on 3rd June. x


  1. what a wonderful idea with bracket borders, have this one coming in snail mail (which is very slow her) can't wait to get it now. Love the red(ish) and white so striking!
    Take care, John x

  2. Good Morning Ang, beautiful card, I love how you have used the borders, also like the colours you have used.
    I have those brackets, have not opened the packet yet...........naughty, naughty.
    I used to buy all my card from these people when they had shops.
    They used to do deals with free P&P have not had that for a while.
    Meeting Hazel later, this morning. Plenty chatting in preparation for going away.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xxxx

  3. Hi Ang

    What a beautifully designed and executed card. Your construction is very nice indeed and a good use of the dies! I love that burgundy colour so rich and opulent.

    I understand totally about your quote it could have come from Lao Tzu himself. One of my favourite quotes is 'When the student is ready a teacher will appear.' Hows true that is!

    You are welcome to any help I can give any time and thank you you for your kind comments on my blog.

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  4. What a luvly card and I luv the colours - I have the Botanical swirls and accents but unfortunately not the brackets but I luv what you have done to the centre of the card and I may just have to put the brackets on my wish list xx GailT xx

  5. Just one word...STUNNING

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx