Sunday, April 26, 2015

Abandoned Coral Card

Happy day to you all! I don't usually make cards (even for Christmas) but I was in a weird mood today and decided to do one. This is my second braided spine card and it was a lot more easy compared to the first. Lol!

I used regular white card stock and then applied Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio. These colors work so well together! I added the patterned green paper after tattering the edges and using brown chalk ink around the edges. 

I wanted to use stitching around the card and since I don't have a sewing machine, or a stamp, I hand stitched that sucker! It took a bit of time but the results are okay by me. And I only poked myself 4 times. :)

I then added a cute little flower. The rose in the middle was "painted" with Cracked Pistachio and the greenery die cut was also painted with the same color. I used a rub on for the butterfly and just fussy cut it. The metal tag was in my stash, not sure from where it came though? 
I used a stencil and some coffee Archival ink to add a bit of interest to the upper right corner. 
I then added my sentiment using embossing powder and viola! Card done. 


Thank you for stopping by and having a look see. Carpe Diem and Happy weekend! 

This card will be shared with the following wonderful challenges:

Mixed Media World #2 Use Bright Colours HERE-This is Bright for me as I usually shy away from pinks, greens, purples.

Creative Moments Challenge #66-Anything Goes Spring or Easter HERE Spring is in the air with my card

Krafts 4 Eternity #223-Anything Goes HERE

Card Mania #67 Flowers HERE


24 comments:

  1. WOW!!! What a gorgeous card Niki!!! I hate sewing, probably cause I poke myself all the time while doing it...good job on that stitching!!! Love the colors of your card and the design is so elegant! Love it!!!

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    1. I am with you on the sewing bit! I am thinking of getting a small sewing machine but I don't want to spend over $10 on it.

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  2. Fantastic card Niki, love your brights too! I have a cheap sewing machine that i use just for crafting/sewing on card as i love the texture it can add. How very brave of you to hand stitch, that's dedication for you!!! Great flower and the spine is amazing:-) xxx

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    1. I am looking into the cheap sewing machine because I didn't enjoy the hand sewing. Lol!

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  3. Braided spine? Something I've not heard before... you know you'll have to do a step by step for this :) I love the effect of the spine and I don't know why you shy away from pinks, purples and greens, your card is beautiful. Hope you do more like this my friend, hugs, Georgie xx

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    1. Oh it is easy to do (after the first one) and really adds to the card itself. With encouragement like this from you, I may try some more cards! Thanks Gee! Hugz to you muffin!

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  4. Wow - you would never guess you don't do cards alot. This is beautiful. And a braided spine? Dear me... how in the world did you manage that? It's just really gorgeous Niki. j.

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    1. Haha! Thanks Joi! A braided spine is easy to do with some good scissors! I would really like to try the folded book techniques! That looks interesting. Hugz!

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  5. Lovely creation! Braided spine is very original1
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.
    Ileanaxx

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    1. Thank you Ileana! It was fun to cut and fold. :)

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  6. Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges! Wish you good luck!

    Hugs,
    Rossi (DT)

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by Rossi! Just found Card Mania and will definitely play again.

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  7. Wow, Niki! I'm happy you stepped out of your comfort zone, and made a card, 'cause this one sure is gorgeous! The braided spine is something totally unique, and I love your creativity using the hand stitching! Awesome color combination! Happy, happy Birthday, Punkin! Do something amazing! Huge hugs!

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    1. Lol! Thanks dearie Sara! You are a doll and so sweet. I just realized that my stitching does not look anything like what a sewing machine does. Oops. Oh well at least I tried. And thank you for the birthday shout out! Hugz to you muffin!

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  8. Gorgeous Doc!! Love your wonderful flourish background and I can't believe you spent time doing hand stitching, wow!! The braid down the side is just spectacular!! What an amazing creation my friend!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, hugs :)

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    1. I can't believe I did either Bubbles, but it had to be done as I wanted the texture. Lol! Maybe a stitch stamp will be in my stash next time. :)

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  9. Thank you for playing along with us at Card Mania Challenges.
    Good luck!
    Marzena DT

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  10. Looks like your muse has found her way home Niki, what a wonderful card! I've never seen a braided spine card before, it is just lovely. Your hand stitching was the perfect touch, glad you didn't poke yourself too much!

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    1. My muse is just plodding along right now, probably drunk on moonshine. :) Hopefully she fully returns soon. Lol! And my fingers are free of band aids. Haha!

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  11. This is really beautiful and thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week for our challenge
    x catherine

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    1. Oh thank you Catherine! Just found your blog and am glad I did. :)

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  12. Oh wow! You can tell a lot of effort went into this card and it certainly paid off! It's wonderful! Thank you for joining our challenge at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

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    1. Oh thank you kindly Ingrid! It was an interesting project and one I will be repeating with the braided spine. :)

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