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Saturday, November 03, 2007

DCM- Hand-cut & 4x4 Friday- Faux Postage

DCM challenge this Friday, Handcut something. Well most of my cards are as I have few dies for my Bigshot. This wss made last night but too dark for a photograph. I set myself a personal chalenge of using up some of this paper & trying to combine the patterns without it looking gaudy. I think it stayed subtle. Blogger was playing up today & I had two challenges to upload. They are both in the same post to save time. I stamped the trees in purple & pink to blend with the papers, handcut wavy sections of a different paper to act as hilly backgrounds then stamped the snowmen onto more patterned paper & cut around them. They are mounted on foam pads.

4x4 Friday challenge this week is Faux Postage. I stamped a 4x4in piece of white card randomly with various script & post related stamps from my travel collections. Then I blended several shades of blue inks all over the card. Adding a touch of silver to give some depth. Then, as I am still really not well, I dipped into my bit box for some stamped images to colour. I picked these two floral ones, both are Crafty Individual stamps, no.113 & no.115. They both have postal marks in the design so I thought they were fitting for this piece. I really do love palying with my inked backgrounds!!

I had a rotten day yesterday & was awake at 2am in the morning totally unable to breathe. How I got through to 4pm I just don't know. My immune system is low & this is about the 4th cold virus I have caught. I can't fight them but the blood tests are all okay, so its not that Im lacking in anything. I am told I just need to rest & if things are no better by mid week then I might have to go down the antibiotic route, which I hate!! I collapsed into bed at 8pm last night & for the first time in 4 weeks, I didn't wake up until 7am! A miracle! thanks for all the well wishes, it means a lot. I am getting there. I don't have to be back at work again until Wednesday, so I have lots of time & am doing jobs that can be done sat down!! The recylce paper bin doesn't know what has hit it after I have cleared out over 10 years of craft magazines, keeping only the pages of interest...very cleansing feeling. Right, I have a layout to complete for AAE.

24 comments:

All Pink girl said...

2 fab cards ,love the lilac one with the cute snowman best ,
sorry to hear you are still under the weather ,get some stronge vitamins lol,boost you up ,take care Dawnx

Marjolein said...

Oh wow Paula, that snowman card... it is too cute, love love love the pink/purple you've used!!
And the other card is wonderful, you are really great in card making girl!

Can't wait to see your AAE challenge.... aren't they awesome! I sure hope you don't have to go on antibiotics.. that's not nice, hope you can battle this cold by yourself!
hugs!!

Frog said...

This is gorgeous Paula, i love the cute snowmen.

Andrea x

Glitter Monkey said...

Really lovely cards. Love the lilac and pink for Christmas!! Well done on clearing out and sorting your craft mags - it's on my list but I never get round to it. Keep well. LOL Lynn xx

stamp and scrape said...

Beautiful 4x4. Lovely colours. You're as hooked on CI stamps as I am. Don't you just wish they'd give them names rather than numbers!
Paula, I'm so concerned about you - just make sure you get lots of rest and let those antibionics (as they're known by in our house) do their stuff.

Sandy said...

Wow Paula great Cards. Fabulous cut and colors.

Andrea said...

2 great cards Paula, I love the pinks and purples you have used on the snowmen card, fab colours for Xmas.
Your 4x4 card is brilliant, love the floral stamps you have coloured them perfectly

Andrea said...

Forgot to say I hope you'll be feeling better soon. Enjoy your days off

Jane's Crafty Creations said...

Wow a cute snow family ... really lovely.

Deb said...

2 gorgeous cards, sorry to hear you are unwell again, you need to take care of yourself and try not to push yourself. Plenty of vit. C!

Lythan said...

really lovely cards Paula - and the layout above is superb too. Please take great care of yourself!

Simple Journeys said...

Nice 4 x 4. Nice blog in general! Thanks for visiting mine! :)

Silvia said...

Great card, love them both. The winter-scene (I'll hope, that winter isn't coming too early) and the 4x4.

stampingbalou said...

Wow, great colours and such a nice arrangement...

Nanie said...

The first card is so sweet ! You did an awsome job with it !

The second one is great too !

Kathy said...

fab cards Paula, love that lilac

Anna said...

I love those cute snowmen. A really cute card Paula.

I hope you get better soon.

Christine said...

Beautiful!!!

Tania said...

Love them! Beautiful colors. Cute snowmans!

Rein said...

These are both beautiful!

Susan (Sue H) said...

I can only think of three things to say about this card.

Cute, cute, cute!

michelle said...

I hope you are feeling better and getting lots and lots of rest, lady!

ink'n'rubba said...

Two beautiful cards, the snowman are so cute. And I love the coloured flower images on your 4x4. Do take care and I hope you are feeling better very soon.

Rhi said...

Such a pretty delicate lilac card. I have those papers sitting from last year *blush*. You make them look fresh and new!

Love the postcard style one too, great stamping and your fab vintage style, gorgeous.