Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Timeless Tuesday #245 - Guest Designer

Good morning, I am thrilled to be joining all of the talented and lovely women at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge as Guest Designer for the month of November. Thank you Allison for this fun opportunity, let's get started!

 This week's challenge, FTTC245, is to create a card or project using the negative space of a die cut shape.

There are a lot of different directions that you could go with this challenge.  I created this card for a very special person that is facing some difficult challenges in her life right now.

I started out by stamping images from the beautiful stamp set 'Bees & Blooms' onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured in the flowers and bees with Copic markers and then filled in the white space around them with copic B95.

You are probably wondering why I stamped and coloured such a large piece of cardstock considering how much of it I finally ended up using. My original idea was to use this piece as my top layer and use a white negative space for my sentiment. Well, as often happens when I am creating, my card started out as a germ of an idea and ended up in a different direction from where I started out. The bonus, I had plenty of the coloured image left to add a piece to the inside of my card and I still have a strip left that will be perfect to create another quick card in the future.

For my negative space, I laid a square die onto the left side of my card front and with a pencil lightly marked where I wanted my open spaces to be. I made the cuts using the pencil marks as my guide and then gently erased the marks when I was done. I then added the sentiment, sparkles and wrapped the cord and heart charm just above it.

I cut a strip from my coloured piece to fit behind the open space and added some black seed beads to the flower centers before adhering it to my card base and then popping the card front over top with 3D foam.

Be sure to check out what the Design Team has come up with for this week's challenge and leave them some blog love while you are there:
Supplies: Bees & Blooms (Flourishes), White cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black, blue ink, Copic Collections (see below) plus G17 & B95, black hemp, blue sparkles, heart charm, black seed beads, A2 Matting Basics A & Classic Squares Small (Spellbinders)



  1. I love this CAS look of this! You did a fantastic job showcasing this set. I understand about starting an idea and then it ended up going in another direction... :) All the time in my craft room! Welcome to the FTT... I look forward to seeing your other fabulous designs!

  2. Love the clean, crisp look and feel of this beauty! So happy to have you with us this month...can't wait to see what else you do! :)

  3. Oh Connie! It's STUNNING! I so can not pull of CAS style cards and yours is a winner. I love the colouring of your window squares - so beautifully done! Thanks for agreeing to join us this month! We're all looking forward to your creations for November!

  4. Beautiful colors, they really POP! I am sure it perk your friend right up! TFS!!!

  5. This is just gorgeous Connie! I’m so delighted your a guest designer! You’re work always shines. I love how you’ve used this set and the beautiful richnessto the blue behind the blooms. Fantastic!

  6. Wow - the coloring is gorgeous on this - I thought you had used a piece of patterned paper! love the cut out framing!

  7. WOW,Connie! Beautiful job with the negative space. Your bees pop off the blue background. :)

  8. Oh my, this is beautiful, Connie! I LOVE the rich colors you used on the images, and that pretty charm looks amazing, hanging "casually" over the sentiment on the white field. I've been looking forward to you joining us this month, and I'm even more wowed than I could have imagined! :)


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