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Monday, 9 February 2009

...PTI challenge card - Friend




Do you ever find that the less time you have to do something, the more complicated it gets? That's what happened yesterday - I had this idea for a card with a big button, and so I made it. I was in a rush 'cos I'd been out all day and had loads to do.

When I finished the card I thought it was lovely but maybe, just maybe, was there just a bit too much going on?

I'm much happier with today's version - I hope no-one minds that I used yesterday's sketch and the same button idea for today's challenge on Nichole's blog!! S'pose it's a bit like cheating but I reckon I can get away with it because it is a brand new card...pssstt! don't tell on me!

Anyhow, used various circle and dot stamps from PTI sets (Polka dot basics, and the new Stationary set) to make a background of button shapes in Versamark on Ocean Tides card. Stitched around it, tied bow etc. Used the 'friends' word stamp from First Fruits (rubbed ink of the 's' before stamping).

Scalloped edge courtesy of Ek success corner rounder, minus guard.

Layered a circular frame on top of the plain circle and punched 4 holes to make the ginormous button - Clear embossed as yesterday's was, and Threaded it with card strips a la Alli Miles.

Scor-pal'ed a couple of oversized stitches down the card behind the button and done.

I have to tell you tho' I'm absolutely hating the new Kraft cardstock that I got from my local office supply - it is a far cooler and greyer shade than my previous batch, ugh! And it photographs awfully. Must find replacement.

Hope it tickles.

20 comments:

  1. I'm sure nobody, even Nichole, will mind!! How could they, this is so cool. While i like your button yesterday, this one looks even better with the extra ridge. and I love your background paper too!! You never stop amazing me Claire :D

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  2. I absolutely agree with what Donelda said! Both of your cards are adorable. Dana

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  3. this is just so adorable and creative. i love it!

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  4. This whole concept is super cool, I love how you made the buttons and stamped the buttons. The colors are pretty too.

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  5. Love the blues on this Claire! and that super button (have I seen that before?!?!? Ha!) Your bg button stamping is so creative - wonderful card!

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  6. Wow Claire your work is stunning.

    I can't believe how much you've done in just one week and it's ALL fabulous!

    I can see I'm going to have to visit more frequently to keep up.

    Elaine

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  7. Hello, I Love the big button, fab card.

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  8. How clever to make your own giant buttons and background stamp buttons. And you picked the perfect color.

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  9. Love this beautiful card Claire! Great job!

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  10. Claire---LOVE the idea to make buttons with all those different shapes! What a great idea! Thanks for the great inspiration---I think I'll make a button card really soon! Great job---same sketch or not!!

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  11. Love your card - that BIG button is awesome!

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  12. I won't tell Claire. ;o) This card is adorable though.

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  13. This is such a cute little card..that button is darling and I love how you used your scor-pal for the stitches..great idea!!

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  14. What a great button!! Love the shiny texture on it!! :)

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  15. Excellent card, I love the button.

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  16. They're both awesome cards, Claire; I expect no less from you, you know and you never disappoint! Often after I've posted my cards I'll think of a detail, embellishment or change I wish I'd made. I just think it shows we're our own best critic and we can keep those ideas for a later creation!

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  17. My dear Claire - I was just blown away by your use of the polka dot set as buttons. I was sitting here trying to figure out what set had buttons, and then I read further and found you used the polka dot set - Wow! I'm impressed. I love the color too as I am a blue kind of person. I have been following your blog for a few months now and am inspired by your beautiful designs. Thanks so much for sharing with us. From the other side of the pond in mid-Michigan, USA - Elizabeth S.

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  18. Love your button card and the threaded button you made.

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