Friday, 8 February 2013

A Card in the Hand..

..is worth two (or three or four) on the drawing board. It's been a busy week round here; and, while it's nice to be planning a project in my head as I tackle something else, it's even better to finally get a chance to sit down and stick.

stamped background card by Sian From High in the Sky

Funny, I'm finding that my cards for the 52 Card Challenge at Kool Kitty Musings are making me s l o w  d o w n. Kind of contemplative card making. Maybe because I know that, no matter how long a card takes, it's never going to be as long as a layout? Or perhaps because I'm not thinking about the story I need to tell? I like it. Expectation management, I guess.

This week's challenge? Breathe new life into old stash. So I picked up a Prima stamp (from a Quirky Kit) which has been staring at me, daring me to use it for months. I had spotted an interesting card on the October Afternoon blog: one with a stark, neutral background and brightly coloured embellishments and I took inspiration from that to stamp some Jenni Bowlin grey "weathervane" ink onto white cardstock over and over again to make a canvas. My sewing machine is still threaded with last week's yellow, so I added a bit of stitching and a few drops of OA Sprinkler ink...

..and then I made another one. This might be a Valentine card. Maybe. 

stamped background card by Sian From High in the Sky

And after that, I looked at the pretty cardstock label packaged with the stamp and thought - I'm going to use that somewhere. Maybe next time?

29 comments:

alexa said...

Lovely to see your creative cards and the way you've done the backgrounds. Meditative sounds good this time of year! Like the yellow stitching and that you just went with what you have in the machine :).

Angelfish said...

I like the contrast of the bright thread and embellishments against that stormy rain spattered background.

Julie Kirk said...

Such lovely cards Sian. Part of why I turn to cardmaking is it's - like you say - less attached to 'story telling'. And as much as I love telling tales ... sometimes I like to just indulge my love of colour and form and cutting up paper. Without thinking any deeper.

Your enjoyment of your cardmaking time is certainly shining through in them!



laurie said...

i love the background on your cards! very unique and attractive. and it sounds like card-making is not only relaxing for you, but productive as well!

Sandra said...

The backgrounds are amazing, striking

Cheri said...

These look like they were fun to make!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Pretty! And I also love the settings for the photographs. Way cool.
I smiled at the Fun Times #264. Must be a great year if you´re already up to that number. ;)

scrappyjacky said...

Great backgrounds,Sian....and it could definately be a Valentine card.

Barbara Eads said...

Your cards are gorgeous---as usual!!

Elizabeth said...

I love how you did the backgrounds. Guess I'm going to have to start using some stamps on my cards--only because they look so gosh darn good on yours!

Chipper said...

I love the backgrounds you created. I really must make some cards to have on hand!

Jimjams said...

Lovely cards - beautifully staged too! Glad you are enjoying the change!

debs14 said...

Great cards, I wonder who's getting the last one?

Sandie said...

Love everything about your cards Sian - I like the fact cards are shared and can be personal. Because they are quicker than scrapbook pages I can also be more experimental and not so precious. You are making me want to go and play!

Sheena said...

Loving the cards Sian x

Gail said...

They're looking great Sian. Hmmm, I really must get my stamps out again.

Jennifer Shaw said...

Beautiful cards! The background and stitching are great! Maybe one if these days I will learn to embrace card making. You make it look easy! :)

Melissa said...

Great cards! I'm hoping for a little time in my craft room this weekend.

Beverly said...

Great cards, Sian, I especially love the first one. I think it is the clean look and brightness of the embellishments on the softer muted "messiness" of the splattered background.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

These cards are so pretty, Sian! Carrie and I are hosting a Valentine crop tomorrow afternoon and I plan to make a few Valentine cards myself. Love your creations!

Alison said...

Lovely cards,Sian...I am really hoping to get some time to play this weekend!
Alison xx

Amy said...

Your style translates from layout to card seamlessly Sian - they're lovely!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love to see how your card making has evolved - it was only a few years ago when you had never made a card!
Your first one for today is my favorite.
Rinda

Nathalie said...

Lovely cards and like Maria, the first one is my fave~ probably has to do with that gorgeous polka dot button and the red accents.

Miriam said...

I love the backgrounds you have used here Sian & the white doily on the second card is gorgeous.

Ginger said...

I'm behind in my 52 Card Challenge but hope to catch up this week :) Your cards are always a joy to see, they are so inspirational!

Jo said...

They are great cards. I keep saying I'm going to make some cards and then I forget! :)

Lisa said...

You make the best staging for your photos.

Jennifer Grace said...

Love your fun backgrounds on these! x

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