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Friday, 10 May 2013


Hello - would you like to know my news?

A few weeks ago I was approached by Shirley Foster of Shernocky Crafts asking if I would like to be part of a new Design Team she was organising.  Well......it would be rude to say no, so here I am with my first post.
                                       Shernocky Crafts

My first project is using the lovely Graphic 45 Bird Song papers, and I decided to make an easel card.

I fussy cut around one of the images so that the butterfly looked as if it was flying away, before  matting and layering with black card and another of the gorgeous papers.  I kept the design quite simple as I didn't want to detract from the lovely  image and papers.
I have had some Mizuhiki cord for a long time and had only used it once, so out came the instructions and I made the Abalone Shell knot, this does look more complicated than it is.

For the inside I fussy cut part of the border from an image sheet (joining under the scroll as these papers are 8" x 8").  The sentiment was stamped and layered using a Nestabilities Label die,( I'm not sure of the make of the stamp, sorry)  I added a little coin charm to match the one on the front of the card.

If you live in the area, do please call into the shop as they have a beautiful selection of goodies and they also run craft workshops.  An online service is in the process of being set up, more news of that later.

I am entering this at 
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Something Old/Something new (old embellishment/new papers)
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenge - Easel Cards

I hope you all have a great weekend, and hopefully the weather wont be as bad as they are forecasting, but if it is..........well you can always stay in and craft!

Enjoy whatever you do,

Avril xx


Shirley said...

Stunning card, Avril!

Amanda said...

Great card, great use of graphic 45 papers.
Amanda x

Meggymay said...

Congratulations Avril on your news of a new DT post.
Your card is beautiful, love the Graphics 45 papers.
Yvonne x

Lisa Jane said...

ooh i love anything oriental.. and those papers are gorgeous . so rich.
Never tried one of those knots ..must add it to my list.
Am coming to Nissan next week.
Lisa x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Avril...congrats your your DT post! Very well deserved. I love the pop of the blue in this easel card, and the richness is so oriental. You have nailed it perfectly.
Dot x

Linda said...

Hi Avril, Congratulations on your new DT post.
Love your easel card, all that fussy cutting, someone's got patience :)
Have a lovely weekend whatever the weather. Linda xx

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Avril: Thank you for entering Simply Create Too's Challenge #37 - "Anything Goes". Your easel card is so pretty--love your colors.

Hope to see your creations in all our upcoming challenges too.

Simply Create Too Design Team Member

butterfly said...

Congratulations, Avril - how exciting! And what a great first make, showing those papers off to perfection.
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous entrance for the new design team Avril. You have shown these papers off to perfection.
Hugs Brenda xox

Netty said...

congratulations Avril and love your stunning oriental card, so fab. Hugs ~Annette x

Christine L said...

Congrats on your fab news Avril.. so well deserved!

Your card is stunning... I love the oriental feel... the papers you've chosen are perfect... and that knot... well.. how fab!!

Big hugs
Christine x

Janette said...

Congrats Avril, enjoy...
Your card is gorgeous, what lush colours and beautiful image...xx

Pia S said...

Congrats on your DT position! I must say you've made a great first card for this challenge blog! Oriental all the way, from image to papers and sentiment!

Wendy L said...

Lovely card, great detail, perfect for our challenge at Lady Annes this month, xxxx

Sandy said...

Well this lady certainly knew what she was doing to get you to design for her -You do make gorgeous cards and this is no exception! The paper is out of this world pretty. Beautifully created and done Mrs. B!

Planetsusie said...

This really is beautiful Avril - I have these papers but haven't been 'able' to use them yet!!! LOL! I just stroke them a lot. I love the colours and the embellishments that you have used here.

Thank you so much for joining us at Lady Anne's Challenges this month, I do hope you join us again soon.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

DT member Lady Anne's Challenge
Lady Anne's Challenges - Stamp Anything Goes

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A great oriëntal card Avril, such great use of all the different materials...you've made a great easel card!

kind regards, Alie :-)

Anonymous said...

WOW!! I love how you've used the papers - so much detail! I love everything Graphic 45 but I'm a bit scared of it - if you know what I mean!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new DT -very well deserved!!

Wendy said...

Beautiful card...Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

Paper Profusion said...

Congratulations Avril - they are lucky to have you. Stunning card - you've used these fab papers to perfection. I have never heard of that cord but it looks wonderful in your knot. Nicola x

Gay Peplow said...

WOW fabulous card Avril, I love your oriental cards! Congrats on your new DT position, you've rocked it already! Well done.
Thanks for your comment about blogging and commenting, I was a little stressed about the whole business!! LOL Gay x

Lisa Grace said...

Fab card! Thank you for joining in at Lady Anne's Challenges.
Lisa Grace xx

Lady Anne's Challenge
Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge
Lady Anne's: NanaVic's Challenge

julie_woolston said...

Thank you for joining us at Lady Anne's Challenge, what a beautiful card and colours.

Hugs Julie xxx

Buttons said...

Huge well deserved congratulations Avril. What a beautiful card. Hugs, Jenny x

Shirley Chillman said...

Congrats Avril and you new DT position very well deserved. Such a magical looking début creation, gorgeous.

Hugs Shirley x x

Julia S-W said...

A beautiful card Avril! I love what you've done with these rich sumptuous papers, everything is so perfectly co-ordinated....
Enjoy your week.

NanaConnie said...

Congrats on the new DT post, Avril. :-D I love this card! Those papers are spectacular for setting the oriental mood of it. I'm so glad you joined in our challenge at Simply Create Two this week. Hope to see you again soon.
NanaConnie DT

May said...

Gorgeous card, Love Graphic 45 papers...Stunning inside & out... Congraulations on your new DT Post... Hugs May x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Congrats :) A wonderful first piece - looking forward for the next ones.

Gale said...

Congrats Avril on your new DT post. Your card is stunning. Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT

Alexa said...

Congratulations Avril on your new DT post - well deserved! Love your first piece - gorgeous! The abalone knot is very impressive! x

Christine Kiehl said...

Beautiful! I hope you win at least one of those challenges you enter this in! I think it's a shoe in!

Sheila said...

Fantastic x

Angel-23 said...

Wow this is beautiful Avril, congratulations on DT looking forward to seeing your creations and being a fellow DT.
Hugs Rachael :) xx