Thursday, 4 February 2016

Craft Rocket Challenges

Hello Everyone
How's it going in your world. MIL is fine, if only she knew how much of a panic she got me in! She did admit that she overdid it a bit. She hasn't been out walking (far) for ages. She's usually picked up and driven to places. To try and get a bus and shop was like doing a marathon for her. I'm trying to encourage her to go for a walk but to build up gradually. The weather isn't helping. She'd get blown over in this wind. 
Today's design for Craft Rocket Challenges. The theme is Valentine/Love. it would be lovely to see you join in.
This is my card for my husband Sssh! don't tell him. I wanted to try different techniques, Every card I make for him - birthday, anniversary valentines etc are always experiments to see if they work for using for future projects. It became harder than I thought it'd be. I rarely use dies for backgrounds and thought I'd give it a go. It became tricky in that, this die is on the diagonal and I suddenly found I was running out of room to make the die fit across the page the higher up the card I place the die. The die comes in three parts. I used the intricate patterned piece which cuts the pattern leaving it "in the card" spacing them apart by 1/8" apart. I used a Perfect Layers ruler to do this. Once cut, I wasn't going to put frames around it, but it looked "unfinished without them. Will I make it again? Not sure as it took me so long to create the die cut background. The coloured background is a piece of card coloured in Serif to create an Ombre effect. The font is a freebie 

5x7 card blank
white card stock
Lidll card stock - dark red
Sue Wilson Diagonals - Love Hearts
Spellbinders - D-Lites - Vines of Passion
Spellbinders Matting Basics - Rectangles - various sizes


  1. I think this Valentine for your hubby is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love and want that SW die, but after reading your post I am not longer sure! I think your husband will be blown away by this beautiful and romantic card!

  2. Hi Karen this is a gorgeous Valentine's day card, your husband is going to love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. This is gorgeous. Your Hubby will love it. I love the panel you have used. Great Card. Lisa x

  4. Lovely card Karen, love that vine of passion die, very pretty, xxx

  5. Hello Karen,
    It might have taken you a while to make this, but it's gorgeous.
    Maureen xx

  6. Karen I love how you've created the background just perfect for the occasion.

    Hugs Erika. X

  7. Hi Karen
    It may have been time consuming but so worth it and hubby will be thrilled when he opens it.
    I've got as far as cutting 2 hearts out for Mr D so I'd better get my finger out lol!
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x