Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Off the Scrap Desk

This weeks challenge at tickled Pink is one to get you thinking! It is called 'Off the scrap desk' and the challenge is to embellish your card with items that are not intended for card making.
I must say that I found this one really tough, as there is not much that I have NOT stuck on my cards at one time or another. Eventually I turned to the outdoors, as I often do if I'm stuck for ideas. Always in nature there is inspiration of one type or another, you just have to open your eyes and look around!

This is what I took back inside with me, an empty drink tin, from the back of our son's truck, a handful of acorn ends and tiny cones.

 ...and I also picked up a hunk of chicken coup wire, don't ask me why. I just thought it looked useful!

After a whole day of fiddling around I finally come up with this....

 I made the leaves by cutting out shapes from the tin can and carefully rolling the sharp edges under. I coloured the tin (and the chicken mesh) with Alcohol Inks. The little acorn ends made perfect little flowers, I just glued a small beads in each one.

 From 'off of my card making desk' I also used string, corrugated card,and craft wire, but these are items that I have used before. Check out the stamps on my card, I just had to use more that one! The sentiments, little boarder, swirl, and heart are all part of a set, called Pink Valentine Sentiments, from Tickled Pink Stamps. These stamps are awesome to use, and they leave a lovely fine imprint (just check out the word 'love' on the little hearts) There are no high pieces of rubber to leave messy smudges on your work either. Check them out!

Molly Mittens is a rubber stamp as well, and also from tickled Pink stamps, like the sentiments, the rubber is cut nice and deep so you get a lovely clean, crisp and fine impression every time you stamp.
I'm not sure that my colouring has done Molly justice, but I will keep tiring to improve. practice makes perfect, well, that's what my Nana use to tell me anyway. Sure hope she was right!

Now I'm going to have to put aside card making for a week or two as I received my NZ Paper Chase brief today, and I am also supposed to be illustrating a book for a friend.

Don't forget to take a peek HERE to check out more 'takes' on this challenge, and join in if you can!


sarham said...

your work is always gorgeous!I love how you´ve made the leaves!! and the wire is a great idea :) I´ll be in a hospital right now if I hade try to cut tins and wires:D

Trace said...

Stunning Sonya, absolutely stunning.

Brenda said...

Oh My This is Brilliant Sonya I absolutely love it.. Unbelievable what you can do with bits of old rubbish...

Katie said...

This is awesome Sonya! I love the idea of using the can for those leaves...you're always so creative!

Regan said...

Wow! This is amazing! You were so spontaneous and creative in selecting and using your items from "off the scrap desk"! Just a gorgeous creation all around! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, this card is amazing. Love the wire, wish I had some too. And the flowers made of the acorn is so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration.

Axel....{Carol} said...

You amaze me all the time,this is just fantastic

Lyn S said...

You are just so clever Sonya! Great work!

Ingrid said...

Your cards always have so many suprising elements, this one is no exception. Great work!
Thanks for showing your card at the Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge this week :-)
Hugs Ingrid

Kellie said...

WOW and I mean WOW girl you have really gone all out and I love it! Thank you for joining Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges this week.


Zarah said...

Gooooodness... WOW!!

Thanks for joining us at Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges this week! :D

Today for Tomorrow said...

A gorgeous card Sonya and so very clever. You are very inspirational. TFS

Tettiz said...

Ooooh! That is sooo inventive of you - I'd never have thought of using a can to make leaves... Wow!

Thanks for joining the challenge at Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge this week!

/ Jeanette

Better Scrapbooking Ltd said...

Oh my goodness what an amazing card, and even using an old drink can. I am blown away. What a cool idea. Just shows you what you can do.

Jane said...

Sonya your amazing love the card its beautifull your so inventive the things you come up with are just soooooo cool .......

My Scrap Diary said...

Hi Sonya!
Im popping over from the TPS FB Group. Became a friend here :)I want to give my stamping loving gals some bloogy support. Maybe you can pop over to mine as well and be a friend too.
Jess M :)
Ps. Super cure card!!!

LouDotMac said...

No way!! How'd I miss this?! Totally stunning! I'm amazed at what you've done with the bits and bobs!!

xo Lou.

Scrapbooking Fonts said...

Seriously, that gives me some excellent choices for my own projects! Thank you for writing about this, and even more articles ahead, I hope!

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