I had great fun trying to follow the Whiff of Joy Challenge this week & that is exactly what it was, a challenge! This one sure took me out of my comfort zone and I am not entirely happy with the result. The card just feels too busy. I generally keep my backgounds plain & add patterns in small areas. This one is much bigger & bolder. Having said that, I think I learnt a lot making this card & would certainly use the sketch again, with a smaller stamp! The papers are Basic Grey - Hang 10 & I made the star with a Dimension Fourth Stamp which I then stuck on double sided sticky paper, (which was a nightmare to cut out! - has anyone got any tips?) & glittered round the edge. I embossed the brown paper with my cuttlebug & swept a gold ink pad over to highlight the design.
Another reason my card is a bit busy, was I went to the Stitch & Creative Craft show yesterday in Manchester. I felt obliged to use as much of my new stash on the card as I could cram on! I've taken a picture of my purchases below. Needless to say I intended to stick to my budget, but unfortunately some of the stalls took credit cards! :) So my good intentions went right out the window. Much to my excitement, Imagination Crafts were there with Sugar Nellies & Magnolias. (Now I can do Magnolia challenges as well!). Lucky I went on the last day though, as I suspect they had sold out of a lot, otherwise I think I would be remortgaging!! I also got some sweet elephants stamps from Little Claire Designs & more from Dimension Fourth. Unfortunately my photo does not do justice to my haul!!