Saturday, 28 July 2012

Hi, guys, I'm back!

Well, I have just spent an amazing week at New Wine, a Christian Conference held at Shepton Mallet in Somerset. The weather was glorious, though just 3 days before we got there the campsite was inundated! In fact, I came back with a tan!

Now that I'm home I see I have some new followers - Welcome! I hope you enjoy this madcap corner of blogland! Let me put the kettle on.

One of the lovely ladies I travelled with is moving tomorrow, which obviously calls for a card. I will get to the one I made today anon, because I want to show you a card I don't like!

You see, I saw on Kim Reygate's Blog that the challenge at Our Creative Corner is to show one of your cards that you don't like and give it a 'makeover.' That actually inspired me to have a go at some self-improvement!

 This was going to be sent to my sister when she moved earlier this year. Now, the photo isn't so bad, but irl the colours just shriek at each other! The colouring of the image is blotchy, too, and the layout is unbalanced, there's too much space on the right. I only like the ribbon and the flower and the stamp!

So here is the new version:

I've kept the flower and ribbon ideas, and the paper is very bright and sunny but a better size of design for a smallish card, toned down with greeny-blue mats. I prefer this one!

I used a Polkadoodles stamp that came free with 'Papercraft Essentials' magazine some time last year of this neat little house with hearts and a wiggly chimney stack, coloured with Speccies. The berries on the topiary have been stickled. I used a Nestie (Lacey Square) to cut it out and frame it at the same time.

The papers are also from a magazine last year, they are by Kate Knight, I do like her designs! The 6 little stars and the pearl brad are by Papermania and I've had them forever. The blossoms from stash have been sprayed with Old Lace Glimmer Mist.

Whaddaya think, chums?

I'm entering Our Creative Corner Challenge oops, no I'm not, I've missed the boat! Curses! Foiled again!

and also Sweet Sketch Wednesday whose awesome sketch I used.

Gosh, this is a lengthy post! Thanks for sticking with me, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Spectrum Noirs: PP6, 5, 4; CG5, 4; TN7, 6, 3, 2, 1; GT3, 2, 1


Sue said...

I'm really pleased that you had a good week Mags and that the weather was kind to you.
Both of your cards are lovely but I have to agree that the second one is loads better!! You have coloured the image beautifully and I love the bright colours and the layout.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend
Hugs Sue

Lynne in NI said...

Great job Mags, love your new card - gorgeous choice of DPs too. Glad to hear your conference went well, great you got a tan, I think I have rust! :)

Heide said...

What fun papers, lovely cards. Thanks for joining us at SSW.
Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

coops said...

so gorgeous mags.fab image and i love the bold colours :D

xx coops xx

Simple and Sweet said...

Beautiful job on both cards! The colors are just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this week!
Erika SSW DT

mulberry station said...

it is always so good to get away and relax for a few days. I am glad you were able to do that. Your cards are gorgeous and I really love the bright fun papers you have used on your card. They are really fun. Thanks so much for joining us.
Nancy SSW-DT

coldwaters2 said...

Two fabulous cards Mags I do love these images they are such fun and quirky, the papers you have used with them are just perfect.
Lorraine x

Sharon Basel said...

Terrific cards Mags! I love the fun, bright and happy papers on each of them. That freebie image is delightful too. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!
Sharon, SSW-DT

Linda Anderson said...

Two lovely cards, for sure!! Love your images and mix of papers, something I love to do too! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


Jeannie said...

These are both really adorable and I really like the fun and fresh papers and colors! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Peace & Luv,

Kathie said...

Oh Mags I love your card especially your card for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. This is such a cute image and such pretty girlie colours. It such a fun card. Great card and thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
Kathie SSW-DT

Arlana 11426 said...

Such a cute house card. Love your fun colors and sweet papers. Have a sweet day!!! Arlana@SSW!!!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Glad you had a fab week hun!
Card are gorgeous, fab colours & papers!
Hugs Shell xx

Annmaree of Oz said...

oh I love these wonderful bright colours, my favourites!