Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thinking of You.

Well that is my 1st New Year's resolution accomplished! I was determined not to blog until I had sorted out my craft stash and space and had a new home for everything and everything in its place. (I may well be going nuts in a few days time though when I can't remember or find where the new home is for the item I need a.s.a.p.)!!
Another resolution I made  is to try new card shapes and techniques out and this is the first card shape here a 'Side Stepper'. My good blogging buddy Debbie of Love Paper Crafting
used this card shape on her blog and when I commented that I had only ever done centre step cards before she very kindly popped two of the ready made shapes in the post to me so that I could use and also see how to make my own version. This card  along with a matching tag was made for a swap and is now safe to show as the recipient has received.

Stripe backing card is actually the base from a custard tart box!
Topper is by Hunkydory 'Flutterbye Wishes' Aqua Spray.
Large butterfly is Memory Box's Isabella98507/Pippi 98508.
Small butterfly  punch from Tonic Studios.
Sentiment is a stamp by Hero Arts.

Side view of card.

Matching tag.
Bakers twine from stash along with the pre shaped  oval for the sentiment.
Entering into the following Challenges:
The Crafter's Cafe #45: Anything goes.
Penny's Paper - Crafty #159: Anything goes.
4 Krafty Girlz Challenges #9: Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #52: Anything goes.
Card Makin Mamas #78: Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #9: Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #107: Use your snippets up (pieces of card from The Doc's custard tart box).
Challenges 4 Everybody #37: Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #74: Anything goes Feminine.
Crafty Boots: Anything goes.
The Paper Nest Dolls: Anything goes.
Victorine Stamps #75: 3 layers. 
Cards  Galore: Anything goes.
Seemacrafts: Anything goes.
Oozak #29: Anything goes/blue tones.


Createology said...

Congratulations on achieving a New Year resolution already. Organizing your craft space and stash is a very good goal. Your side-step card is beautiful. What a great beginning to 2014. Happy New Year and Creative Blessings Dear...

Anonymous said...

What a pretty set Mrs A-love the shades of blue.
I can soooo relate to you not finding anything after a major de- clutter,I know exactly where everything is when I am in a muddle-and when it's too tidy it drives me mad hunting high and low trying to remember where I put it!
Hugs,Nessa xxxx

Jo said...

Beautiful card and tag Mrs A :)
love the colour palette and dimension.
And who'd have thought that custard tarts would be packaged especially for us crafters eh? ;)
Jo xx

Sarn said...

Well I just love shaped cards so this works for me. Love everything about it. Congrats of keeping up with your NY resolutions. x

Catherine said...

This is beautiful Sweetie ! Love the soft colours on both of your creations ! I have put another piece of music from Saint-Preux on my blog ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Di said...

Two fabulous makes Mrs A - LOVE the shaped card, so much beautiful detail and the matching tag is gorgeous too. Is there e anyfink you won't use? :)

Well done on the tidying spree - I've been doing that here and it's so much easier to work without being squashed up just onto the glass cutting mat! Ha, but like you I bet I'll forget where I put some of the schtuff, sigh.

Hugs, Di xx

Karen Petitt said...

A truly beautiful card! I love all those shades of blue and yours work seemlessly together - stunning!
I love the use of the paper from a pack of custard tarts, lol, last night I grabbed the corrugated paper from the box of fruit gellies - I did the same last year and made the most awesome background using H2O's xx

Brenda in IN said...

You did a great job on your card. Love it and the tag is so pretty. I can never find things if I reorganize. Happy that you are getting your resolutions taken care of.

tilly said...

wow, a stunning card and tag, love all the elements you have pulled together lol

Unknown said...

Wow what a stunning card - so very, very pretty.

Well done on sorting out your stash and craft area.

Sue said...

Such a beautifully designed card and I love the matching tag too. The colours and details are gorgeous.
Thank you so much for your very kind comment on my card today. I hope you manage to get the flower die, I know Tracy at Dies to Die for gets stock updates regularly so don't give up!
hugs Sue xx

Sandra H said...

Well many congratulations Mrs A on your 1st Stepper card which is absolutely stunning l only hope we are going to see more!! it's absolutely beautiful and the tag lovely butterflies and the colours are one of my favourite and well done too on tidying your craft room if your anything like me after my move l couldn't and still can't find many things l need to use more labels take care xx

fiona mctiernan walker said...

A beautiful stepper card thankyou for sharing it with us this week at artistic inspirations.
Good luck
Fiona dt. x

Pia S said...

Well on you keeping to your New Year's resolutions! What a beautiful card, love the shape and the elegant floral style. Lovely matching tag too!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Gorgeous card and tag combo, great shaped card and great design.

Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


crafty-stamper said...

a beautiful tag and card love the shades of blue and the gorgeou decoupaged images-thanks for joining us at CraftyGirls
Carol DT x

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Hi, Mrs. A: Love your easel card and all your flowers are beautiful. Thanks for entering our Challenge #52 – “Anything Goes” at Simply Create Too. Why not visit us again this coming Friday for our new challenge too??

Simply Create Too Design Team Member

Sally H said...

Wonderful shaped card, Mrs A! Love the delicate colours too - very spring like! congratulations on achieving your new years resolution. Fancy coming round to organise mine next? I only seem to tidy when I lose something :o/

Di said...

Hi MRs A!

Yes, the navy paper is the stuff we got at Newbury - love it too!!!


Greta said...

Wow--this is absolutely incredible, Mrs. A! Drop-dead gorgeous! I should have made that resolution, too--gotta take time to organize my craft stuff or I soon won't have any space to work!

Mary said...

Love your card. Lots of pretties....very nice! I had to giggle, I've been cleaning and organizing too. Giving tons of things away. I wish my granddaughter lived near us. I did make a card last night, I hope to post it tomorrow. Happy New Year and doesn't it feel good to be organized? How ever long will it last?

Busy Little Chicken said...

Very unusual! Love the colours and shape :) I've only just got back to blogging, since Christmas...needed the break!! :)

Unknown said...

gorgeous stepper card and matching tag, thank you for joining in on Seemacrafts first challenge for 2014

Sue said...

What a gorgeous card Mrs A!! and go you for keeping your New Years resolution lol mine was to lose some pounds and so far I'm keeping to it but I'm dyinggggggggggg for some choccy lol huggles Sue xxx

MaryH said...

Well, I'm awed by your cleaning stash goal, and impressed that you kept it. Totally got you on the not remembering the special place you have stored it, as I do that all the time (not being organized you understand, just picking it, thinking, laying it down in the mess, then not being able to find it 5 minutes later!) Good for you! Now, I'm also impressed with this side step. I don't do 'folds' and it's something I'd like to learn (if it's not too much frustrating work!). Very kind of your friend to send you some samples for templates. You've done a beautiful card with your signature style of pretty flowers. Really like all the trims & baubles you added. TFS & setting me such a great example. I should follow it. (being quite lazy - I prob'ly won't though. Will I get black marks in the Playground for that fault?! Hugs

Unknown said...

Wow! Kudos on organizing your stash! I love that you recycled some pretty paper and made a lovely cardThank you for joining us at the Cards Galore Encore AnythingGoesChallenge#1

Sue said...

Hi Mrs A!!! the dies I've used on my card today are from X Cut I got them at the Range :) huggles Sue xxx

Unknown said...

Super creations here, very impressive..xxx

Irene said...

Such a gorgeous and brilliant stepper card and tag. Wow I love the soft gentle colours and embellishments.

Hettie said...

Awwww! Super gorgeous card there Mrs A. Now you have tidied your room, fancy coming round and sorting the coup out? I do hope you enjoyed your fresh pineapple this morning after you couldn't get it down your beak fast enough!

Simplyfriends said...

Lovely easel card pretty colours to ...thanks for joining seemacraft blog challenge
Jakki (craftyjak)

Sherry said...

That card is beautiful Mrs A - love the shape.

Well done you for sorting out your craft area - it'll be worth all the hard work and tears - unless, as you say you can't find things. That's exactly what I do - put something away so safe I can't find it again!

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

I still have not made any real inroads into my room, so you are doing so well to get yours done so quickly. I know just what you mean about the standard of letters. My mother used to teach business studies, which included writing proper letters. It was always drummed into me that you check everything carefully before sending it. I often feel like sending the letters back, marked in red pen and given a score out of 10. Would they understand? Probably not but it would make me feel better. Lovely card, by the way. See you back in the playground this weekend. xx Maggie

Desire Fourie said...

So beautiful and it smacks of spring.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Well done on finishing your tidying :-) Found your hot cross bunnies yet? This is a great side stepper, nice to see you doing pretty blue. I think I need that butterfly xx

Lynn said...

This is gorgeous Mrs. A. I have still not quite got the hang of the side stepper card. Must try harder! Aren't you good sorting out your stash Well done for keeping a New Years resolution. Lynn x

Unknown said...

Fabulous card & tag beautifully designed & such pretty colours xxx

MagsB said...

Many congratulations on achieving your first N Y Revolution! I'm told that a tidy craft room is a wondrous thing - alas, my craft hovel only glimpses tidiness!!

Your stepper card is just beautiful, I love all the decoupage layers! I look forward to seeing more lovely stepper cards from you :)

I also want to thank you for your kind comment about my daughter's recovery from cancer. X

love Mags B xx

scrappymo! said...

This is such a gorgeous card. Love the beautiful stepper design, love the pretty papers...even the Upcyled bit! Brilliant!

~Etoile~ said...

Ohhhhh wow I love that, Gorgeous card! Nice tag too with the butterfly
Thanks for joining us at PND US Challenge xx

Paper Nest Dolls DT member

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your stair step card is gorgeous! Beautiful colors and so many layers and detail. I like how your card can have so many things that stick up over the card (on the stairs) and still fit in an envelope. Gorgeous matching tag as well! Congrats on meeting your New Year goals. I hope things aren't forever lost in your newly organized space!

cm said...

Oh my goodness, Mrs. A, a most STUNNING and GORGEOUS card+tag combination! Wow!! The garden of flowers are beautiful and the butterflies...swoon! I'm in awe of your creativity with a 'first' trial at using a different shape (what a fabulous resolution, by the way!). You've missed the 'amateur' stage and have parachuted straight to 'pro.' Impressive!! Hugs~c

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a beautiful card! I can't believe that striped paper is a custard box, how pretty! Love the step card style and love how you have embellished yours.

Alyx said...

Beautiful project.

Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

Unknown said...

wow this is awesome! I can't wait to try one! This is so pretty! Thanks for playing at Challenges 4 Everybody. We hope to see you next time. Good luck.

pauline said...

Love the Stepper card and tag ,Thank you for Joining us on Seemacrafts first challenge for 2014 ,love Pauline DT member xx

Merry said...

Congrats on your tidy up...a big task in any craft room. Such a lovely card...you are so good with your recycling.

Karen Willis said...

Beautiful card, very pretty. Thank you for joining us over at Seemacrafts. Karen DT member

Grenouille Greetings said...

Beautifully done!!! Hugs, Lesley