Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Don't Be Square!

Wednesday means it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges. This week's theme? NO SQUARES. Seems to me that's open to a wide variety of interpretations! I decided that for me, it meant a shaped card. I don't do a lot of shaped cards; I like the shape to be integral to the overall theme of the design. I hopped over to Pinterest and searched "shaped cards" for a little inspiration. And that's where I rediscovered that Paper Crafts magazine had featured a spool card template several months back. That led to this: 

If you look very closely, you can see where I scored the (not quite square! In case that counts) white linen-textured cardstock to give it a thread-like look. The two pins I think are saved from one-time corsages. 
While I was avoiding squares, I also made a quick tag, this time with nary a square in sight:

You can only imagine how happy I was the day I found this copper cardstock that is an exact match to my copper pearl embossing powder. The stamped layer is diecut; then I traced the outside of the die for the base layer. All I felt it needed was some watercolouring. I was going to punch a hole and add ribbon, but then I thought what a lovely addition this would be to some thank you flowers, and left it the way it is.
Both these projects have embossing, so I'm adding them to the current challenge at Playing in Paradise
Now it's your turn! Don't be square; link up with our challenge

Supplies: (spool) white linen-texture &  Stampin' Up kraft & real red cardstock, Memory Box brioche patterned paper, The Girls' Paperie Paper Girl stamps, Versamark & Stampin' Up crumb cake inks, silver embossing powder, Spellbinders potpourri die, corsage pins, silver elastic cord, pop dot tape; (thank you tag) white & Recollections copper cardstock, Hero Arts Art of the Card Le Journal stamp, Versamark, copper pearl embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, Hero Arts scallop frame die

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Jessi Fogan said...

Oh em gee :) That copper is a totally perfect match! Love that card with just the right amount of colouring. The spool card made me gasp, though! I love the heart 'buttons' and that gorgeous embossed dress form!

Lisa Arana said...

Fabulous job on the challenge! No squares??? Hmmm, that would scare me, but your shaped cards are amazing.

Anonymous said...

I think your spool of thread card is brilliant; I love all the little sewing details you managed to include.

(the winter storm is almost upon us!)

Jen W. said...

That spool card is awesome! Love the tape measure in the background and the scored thread. And your copper tag is fabulous - a perfect match! Love the watercolouring too.

Emily Leiphart said...

Both of these are intricate and gorgeous! I'm especially loving the spool-shaped card.