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Friday, 4 June 2010

Crafty Ann's GDT card - National Flag

 I was so happy when Ann asked me to be the Guest Designer for June over at Crafty Ann's Challenge blog as I love working with Ann's images and papers - they are gorgeous and so reasonable in price too ( pop over to Crafty Ann's Digi Shop and have a look. I've got to admit this weeks challenge did make me scratch my head a little at first,  we are challenging you to use the colours of your national flag in celebration of the world cup which is starting on June 11th (you can add skin colours/gold/silver/leaves etc though). Anyway I got my thinking head on and came up with this using red and white the colours of the English flag which is St. George's Cross. I've also used the design of the flag as the basic layout for my card.

I've made an 8x8 white base card and used a 7.5" square of red card behind 4 mats of white card which I put through my cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder. The next bit was the fun bit. I printed off a couple of sheets of  Crafty Ann's Abstract 2 Brights Collection in red (I love this pattern, so vibrant!!) and then put it back through the printer and printed Crafty Ann's Long Petal Flower over the top of both sheets.
I then cut the petal layers and leaves out and curled them round my pokey tool to give them a bit of dimension. I gave the petal layers a good blast of cosmic shimmer mist in Lava Red for a little extra bling and left them to dry. Once they were dry I layered them up and added gold microbeads to the centres of the flowers. Next came the leaves, as I'd printed them out on the red abstract BP, I had a heap of lovely red leaves. As I'm a bit of a meany I didn't want to waste them so I turned them over and coloured the backs with promarkers and then embossed the veins with my little ball tool to give the leaves a bit of texture.
All that was left to do was arrange the flowers on a circle of red card and pop the leaves in around the edge. I've really loved using these flowers, I've used them as the focal point on this card but they'd make beautiful embellishments for any card. Ann was one step ahead of me too, anyone who visited Ann's blog last week will have noticed that she now has a range of these fabby flowers precoloured!!

Thanks for having a peep at my card, I do hope you'll join us over at Crafty Ann's Challenge. After all the world cup is something to celebrate for us crafters - while our menfolk are glued to the tv we can craft in peace lol
Claire xx 


  1. When you sent your sample for this challenge to me Claire, I was just completely blown away! You say in your post that I beat you to it by producing the pre-coloured sheets - not a bit, the pre-coloured sheets are for when we're in a hurry or simply don't want to do the colouring for ourselves. The digi stamps were produced first and always with the ability to print onto patterned paper in mind. What you've created here is something unique and the person who receives this is to be envied - thank you so much for agreeing to be GD this month.
    Ann x
    p.s - you've just given me an idea.........

  2. This is gorgeous love the

  3. Beautiful card the flowers at the centre stunning love how you set them off against a simple background.

  4. Great use of the flowers Claire. Love the way you've made them into a spray and the design is very elegant.
    Beryl xx

  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Claire
    I love the design and the arrangement of flowers looks wonderful


  6. I fell in love with this when I saw it on the DT blog Claire that flower look so soft and real i just want to stroke it which is near the same as I said before I just adore this card so much.
    Lorraine x

  7. This card really stands out! It is stunning.

    Janet xx

  8. Hello Claire

    I just had to comment on your stunning, gorgeous and elegant card. It's absoloutely gorgeous.

    Congratulations on your DT spot.


  9. Stunning card Claire, its very elegant and sophisticated.

    Keryn x

  10. Love this card Claire. It's gorgeous! - I've sketched it out in my notebook. It is so so pretty!

  11. Fantastic card Claire and congrats on being a GDT member. Cathy xxxx

  12. Fantastic card Claire and congrats on being picked as a GDT memeber. Cathy xxxx


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