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Sunday 5 May 2013

Dream Valley 56 No Squares Allowed

Our challenge at Dream Valley this fortnight is ‘no squares allowed’ and we are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons with a £10 voucher.

DV 56 No Squares

I had in mind to make a suncatcher, but do you ever get one of those disastrous days when no matter what you attempt to do it goes wrong? Well I had one of those. I wasted two sheets of heat resistant acetate at the cutting stage, as I hadn’t realised that the first one was not fully cut through and tore it, and the second one it slipped before I put it through my HappyCut, which I didn’t discover until it came out the other end. Then I had a really successful one, except I stamped and embossed in gold and it didn’t show up!!! Waste of acetate there then. So I tried it in other colours and accidentally used my heatgun and dried the ink before I remember to put the embossing powder on! At that point I decided to turn it into a round card instead and set about cutting out a circle of white card. The first one I stuck the die in place with tape and when I tried to remove it, it tore a layer off of the card. The next one was perfect, but the tack on my tack ‘n’ peel had lost it’s umph and the stamp, fully inked, fell off the block right into the middle of the card!

At this point I was ready to throw the lot out of the window. Instead I went and washed my block with the tack’n’peel on it and cleaned up the stamps, had a cuppa and a nap and when I got up I tried again.

Finally success! I did also manage to salvage a small bit of the heat resistant acetate and stamped two butterflies and a few dragonflies, although the dragonflies didn’t look right on the design so I have put them aside for something else. I shall no doubt put them somewhere safe so that when I want them I have no idea where they are! I coloured the backs of the butterflies with promarkers in Island Lagoon and Marine.

Light is pretty awful here so you can’t see, but everything was heat embossed. I used detail clear powder over the coloured inks.

My stamps, by the way, are from Elusive Images, which is now called Chocolate Baroque, and the sentiment is from Inkylicious, and the card shape was cut with a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circle Die.

Anyhow, if I haven’t bored you so far, I am entering this into the following:-

Charisma Cardz - #17 Shaped Cards

Country View Crafts - #3 How Does Your Garden Grow

Di’s Digi Designs - Anything But Square

Natalie and Amy’s Challenge - #9 Things With Wings

No Matter Which Challenge - #9 Things With Wings

One Stitch At A Time - #162 Anything Goes

Scribbles Designs - #4 Shaped or Easel Cards

Stamping Sensations - May Embossing and Texture

The Artistic Stamper - May Words

Totally Papercrafts - #165 Don’t Be Square

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


  1. This is so beautiful!! Love those butterflies! Love those stamps too! Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at One Stitch At A Time!!! Good Luck! I hope I see you again for our next challenge :)

    - Susan, DT @ OSAAT
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Sentimental Susan}

  2. Very pretty! So delicate!

    Thanks for joining us at Scribbles Designs Challenge...

    Sandy S

  3. Gorgeous realization. Wonderful graphic effect. Magnificent butterflies. Great job !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and good luck !

    Hugs from France.

  4. so adorable, Fabulous card, thanx for joining us at NMWC and good luck, hugs, Marion

  5. This is really stunning sweetie. You may have had your problems(don't we all)but it has turned out fantastically. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Totally Papercrafts.

    Cathy DT

  6. Gorgeous card Lin love the design and detail.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  7. Beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  8. Beautiful card, great colours & I love the sentiment!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  9. A totally delightful card Lin and so beautifully put together.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  10. I really admire your effort. I myself gave up on acetate almost before I even started. *lol*
    Your card is gorgeous and the butterflies are stunning.
    Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week. :)

  11. what a great shaped card
    thanks for joining us at Charisma this week

  12. Absolutely stunning, Lin! Just goes to show sometimes disasters lead to something special.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

  13. Gorgeous stamping and lovely die cutting

    Thanks for stopping by my Blog

    Crafty Hugs


  14. Well I am so glad you persevered to get this lovely card finished. Thank you for sharing your work with us at Country View Challenges.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

  15. What a lovely card - perfect for Any Shape But Square challenge at Di's Digi Designs
    Thanks for joining in, good luck and hope to see you at the new challenge starting today too, Donna ♥

  16. Gorgeous!

    Thank you for entering our challenge over at OSAAT
    Good luck in the draw! – Hope to see you again next week!

    Eva`s Scraproom
    DT Member at OSAAT Challenge blog

  17. Lovely creation, lovely colours, the butterflies are great and lovely design too. Thanks for joining Stamping sensations. Good Luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  18. Lovely card! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge :)


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