Friday, 26 August 2011

Feeling Krafty

Another Friday has rolled around, and this week is my first dare (how fun!) for Daring Cardmakers. And I'm challenging you to get... Feeling Krafty

Which means I'd like you to use 'natural' items on your projects, ie. wood, leaves, kraft card, balsa wood, cork, burlap, rope, natural twine etc. The choice is endless, you just need a bit of imagination!
There is a catch though - you must use 3 natural items not just a bit of kraft card!

The natural elements I've used are: twigs, canvas, wood paper, wooden button, wooden skewers and wood print paper. Phew!

I love this birds image from Etsy, which I've used as an iron-on transfer by printing the image onto special transfer paper an then (yes, you've guessed it) ironing it onto a square of canvas. It's a really cool way of using digi images. This has been layered onto Crate Paper wood print card, some distressed peach damask card and wood paper.

I've backed this with a digi frame and added some paper strips for colour and a Tim Holtz ticket greeting. The little green 'sticks' embellishment was made with wooden skewers (!) which were painted with Crackle Paint and finished with a crackled wooden button, which I painted with a layer of green and then a layer of pink on top and picked bits of the crackle off when it was dry to get a shabby two tone effect.

The flowers have been hand made by folding flat blooms into quarters and sticking together. This is the first time I have done this, and I was really pleased with the outcome. I may find / post a tutorial, they are so fun to make! I have accented the flowers and bird canvas with some twigs for a realistic look.

 The card has been finished with crinkled and tea-stained seam binding and a yummy Websters crystal button.

The Shabby Tearoom 'Sweet Days Of Summer' - Pink, peach, green, neutrals and handmade flowers
Ribbon Girl - Ribbon Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown - Texture and Dimension

Wood print paper, from 'Restoration' collection by Crate Paper
Peach Damask, Pink Petticoat
Wood Paper
Birds On Wire image from Etsy
Digi frame, Echo Park 'Be Mine' elements from Jessica Sprague
Seam binding
Tim Holtz 'Love Ticket' and Crackle Paint in 'Shabby Shutters' and 'Tattered Rose'
Webster's 'Sparklers'
Handmade flowers


  1. What a beautiful creation:-))
    Love the colours and your design.

    Have a nice day:-))

  2. Amazingly beautiful card! Thank for a really fun challenge this week :D

    jo x

  3. Oh, Fran ... just beautiful!! Such creative talent -- gorgeous card!! Thanks for sharing your work with us weekly in the Tea Room :)

  4. Love the canvas incorporated and the birds are precious. Beautiful card.

  5. Just stunning, this is gorgeous! So many natural elements!

  6. Fran I absolutely love the fabulous creation!! Every element is just wonderful!! So glad that you joined us at TT this week :)

  7. This is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at the Ribbon Girl this month, we hope to see you again soon

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  9. Wow such a beautiful card and I love the way you created those flowers. xx

  10. Well, this is just fabulous! I love the frame, the bird image, and those awesome flowers. Being a bird lover, this jumped right out at me. So glad you joined us at Tuesday Throwdown this week.

  11. Fran, this is absolutely stunning !! love it..

  12. This card is stunning! I love every bit of it! Thanks for sharing this with the Shabby Tea Room!

  13. WOW, this is stunning! I love that you used a twig for the birds to "sit" on! Awesome dimension and texture! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!


  14. A great challenge and your card is absolutely amazing. I love the way you've transferred the image onto canvas and all the shabby distressed details are just wonderful - I love it!! Sx

  15. Beautiful card Fran. Love the flowers - I've been experimenting with ways to make better use of my huge stash of flat flowers too - I'll have to try your idea out now