Friday, 1 May 2015

House of Cards May Challenge. . . . . . . Bokeh!!!

Good morning everyone, me again, just as you thought it was safe to come down for a paddle.

Thank you for the comments on my funky frame. Its the closest I get to mixed media lol!!!

Today is the start of another challenge at House of Cards and this month its BOKEH.

I hope that you will pop over and have a look at my team mates creations and it would be great if you have a go as this was good fun to do.

Now, I don't know what bokeh actually means. For all I know, I could be saying something very rude in Turkish. . . . . . Patricia will advise if that's the case as she is our resident expert on Turkish swear words (and a few Scottish ones no doubt lol!!!). 

The general technique seems to involve a sort of faded blurry blobby blending of inks (very technical me!) and originally came from a photographic effect. 

I was a bit daunted by it at first but when I got going, I absolutely loved doing it. Its a bit messy but such good fun (yes Pamellia, I had fun getting messy, whooda thought lol!!!). 
I did mine with a stencil I made from die cutting circles from acetate but there are different tutorials on line.
I'm happy to do some simple destructions if anyone is interested.

White card
Purple card
Peacock Feathers DI
Dusty Concord DI
Mustard Seed DI
Dovecraft white pigment ink
Inkylicious sentiment stamp
Black Archival ink
X Cut Circle dies

So give it a go folks. . . . . . . . . lets all do the Okey Bokeh!!!  (sorry, had to shoehorn that joke in somewhere but no knees bent or arm stretched rarara-ing as I'll probably pull a muscle lol!!!)

There was no brekkie with Nesta yesterday as my alarm (ie a phone call from Mr D) did not materialise and I was an hour late waking up.
When I rolled over and saw the time, I attempted, in my half asleep state of shock, to leap from the bed in my usual gazelle like manner but one of my feet was wrapped in the duvet and I twisted my ankle and nearly collided head first with the window!!!
So, I sounded like a semi comatose gibbering idiot on the phone to Nesta (no change there, I hear you cry) who luckily, was just about to set off to the cafe.
We are going to an NGS open gardens event on Monday so have decided to have brekkie before that instead (and Mr D has kindly offered to pay after his oversight. . . . . yes, he did pay with his ears too when I rang him after Nesta lol!!!)

Well orf to the shop for 1pm (later start on Fridays) so enjoy the rest of your day and have a good weekend.

Be good.

Ang x


  1. Your Bokeh looks amazing!! It absolutely gorgeous, those colours really make the effect stand out.

  2. Wow And, you did an amazing job with the Bokeh!! Your colours are so dreamy! This would be an amazing desktop wallpaper, the kind you get hypnotized by when you're supposed to be working!! tee hee. Hope your ankle is ok. Have a great weekend. hugs :)

  3. Hi Mrs Duck. I love your colors, is my colors. And your sentiment is so true, really like this. Fun to see what you other girls have made.

    Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT

    I think you have forgotten to label this with the Hoc as I ended up at last month card when I pushed your name on the challenge :)

  4. Never heard of Bokeh but I love the idea and may have a go on serif (will check rules and regs first) Your card is very dreamy and in beautifully dreamy colours- love it Worked now finished for the next 3 days yay! Off to a 60th birthday party tonight to boogie - not Salsa this time but to my first true love Motown and Soul

  5. PS of my very few DI's I have these three colours! I'd like destructions please to inspire me

  6. Afternoon Ang, I really like this card that you have done. The colours are fab and looks great as it is although I could see this working well as a backing paper. You should know by now not to rely on husband's to do important tasks !!!! I'm going to the glitter pot tomorrow to see John next door doing demos which I'm looking forward to. Have a good day. Janice xxx

  7. Well, Ang, if it is faded blurry blobby they want you have certainly succeeded here. Wonderful selection of colour as well. So sorry you have had another mishap but I'm sure you and Nesta will have a lovely day out on Monday. Love from Jackie xx

  8. This is absolutely beautiful!! Love the colors!!

  9. Hi Ang,

    Stunning creation, BOKEH is aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Lol I can just see your expression now after reading that!!! Anyway beautiful colours you have used and so glad you had fun making it, it does give some joy getting messy at times lol!

    Oh I do hope your ankle is better and that Mr D earache is better!!!

    Have a great day/evening/weekend

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  10. Hi Ang,
    Just beautiful, though had done with one of those new sponge things from C/E, clever to make a mask.

  11. Your Bokeh is amazing, love those colours. I have had a little go with this in the past and although like you say it is very messy i did enjoy doing it. Gail xx

  12. Hi Ang love your okeh bokeh lol amazing colours..your post did make me chuckle but so glad you didn't do anything REALLY serious to yourself..actually it sounds like something I would do!! have a fab weekend huggles Sue xxx

  13. Lovely card, great effect.


  14. Woow Ang
    you choose blue purple and green under your bokeh effect
    and it looks lovely
    I love the way you put so many circle for your bokeh BG
    nice sentiment too
    see you soon on my Blog teamie..
    HOC DT Teamie

  15. WOW!!! Ang this is fabulous, love the colours and the circles. great design, and inspiration, hugs Kate x

  16. Whatever the card is called, I like the effect you achieved!

  17. I did wonder if you were swearing at us..... lol! Great effect and very pretty colours too. Hope you enjoy breakfast when you eventually get it - it should taste better if Lee is paying!!! Hugs Christine x

  18. Hello Ang, I think your card is lovely, the colour combo is fab. I have promised myself that I am going to try this technique/effect this weekend. Great sentiment too. Hope the ankle is ok. Take care and have a great weekend. Bx

  19. Hi ang, lovely card and colours wouldn't mind a instruction if possible? Enjoy the bank holiday .Jane B.

  20. Hi Ang. The card is lovely, you have got the Bokeh effect off to a tee. Lovely colours too : )
    Sorry to hear you had a rude awakening yesterday, lucky you didn't do some serious damage to yourself, just to Mr D's ears! Have a good weekend and have a lovely day on Monday with Nesta. Your breakfast will taste even better as Mr D is paying for it : ) Take care x

  21. So gorgeous card , a love the color.

  22. Hi Ang,
    Now I'm definitely going to have a doing this. It's fabulous (a bit like you!!).
    How did you stop the colours going "muddy".
    Maureen xx

  23. It's me again, I've just read your blog on the card - I was too excited to read it before I posted my comment!!! Yes please, I'd like some destructions. And, talking about destructions, I hope the duvet, the window and your ankle are fully recovered after failing to get a "wake-up" call from Mr D.
    Maureen xx

  24. Hi Ang,
    beautiful card.
    Love all the inking work done on this.
    I bet your hands were a nice colour afterwards.
    So glad you didn't hurt yourself too much with your gazelle like leap out of bed.
    That window thingy sounds a little bit too close for comfort.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  25. Wonderful card.
    I enjoyed your comments. Sorry to read the duvet caught you. I hope all is well.
    New York

  26. Ang, I LOVE this beautiful card! Your colors are amazing and I adore the sentiment, too! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  27. This is one of the loveliest backgrounds I have seen using this technique! I would so like to see how you accomplished this beautiful design. Please?

  28. Lovely job, Ang, wishing you lots of luck. Linda.

  29. Wow, this is a stunning card! Love how you create your surface and the pretty lightness in the colors!
    Hugs, Rosi - HOC DT

  30. Love this card and the colours and the techniques (never heard of Bokeh) ! but if this is how it should look I will defo be having a go xxThank you for your kind thoughts on my post xx enjoy what is left of the BH xx GailT xx

  31. Hi Ang! Wow so glad you didn't hurtle through the window with your surprise awakening! I love the colors you chose for your Bokeh! I reminds me of the Spring flowers. So let's do the Okey-Bokeh and turn ourselves around! LOL! Have a great day!

  32. Love this CAS bokeh card!

  33. This is a lovely card. I have never heard of Bokeh!!! but something new on the block to try out.

    hugs sally x

  34. Never heard of Bokeh but you have made a fantastic job of doing it! Fabulous choice of colours, a really gorgeous card. Michelle x

  35. Yay! Happy happy colors! I love how this turned out!

    HOC DT Teamie

  36. Fabulous bokeh background and like that you let it shine by just using a sentiment! Donna HOC DT

  37. Lovely card Ang, great colour combo.
    Lorry :o) xx

  38. So pretty!! I love your background! :) Big Hugs-Katy HOC Teammate

  39. Beautiful colors on this card. It really makes the bokeh technique pop. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

  40. Your bokeh is just fabulous!!!! Like those background colors!

  41. Your bokeh is just fabulous!!!! Like those background colors!