Saturday, 7 October 2017

Burned Out Card - Joy of Sets W Challenge

I think we all can feel a little burned out at this time of year. Summer's over, the weather's getting cold, damp and dark, the garden furniture is packed away and everyone's back to school, work, uni or whatever and Christmas looms with all that planning and prep to start thinking of.  So I made this card which could be sent to someone who is just struggling a bit with life or who is unwell and it was made using the Watts of Occasions stamp set from Stampin' Up!

It is another entry of mine to the Joy of Sets Challenge Blog which is W themed this time around and which I've already entered twice but both of my entries were illegal. Whoops! I'm joking and being melodramatic and tongue in cheek of course, they weren't illegal they featured W's a plenty but not a stamp set with the letter W so whilst they are there to look at they can't be included in the judging because they do not meet the criteria.

I didn't think I had a W stamp set and then realised on closer inspection and in spite of my amazing filing system that I actually had a couple and this is one of them. It's a cute little set and suitable for a variety of occasions as the name suggests. It's all light bulb themed so is quite quirky and fun. I loved it when I saw it in the catalogue but haven't really used it much since I got it and so this was a great opportunity to do so.

I made it quite simply as an 8 x 6 inch Old Olive card base folded and scored at 4 inches on the long side. I added a silver foil mat which was a quarter inch smaller than the base so measured 3.75 x 5.75 inches, then I added a retired DSP from what used to be colour themed stacks again making it a quarter inch smaller all around so it measured 3.5 x 5.5 inches. I then added a layer of Whisper White to give a nice sharp clean contrast this measured 3.25 x 5.25 inches.


I used the largest and second largest Stitched Shapes Framelits to stamp and mount the little light bulb image. I used Old Olive cardstock and Whisper White again here, stamping in Old Olive and adding a little Old Olive ribbon bow. I fastened this to the card using a mini stampin dimensional (so useful for tiny things like this) and the rest of the image stack was layered with regular dimensionals.



For the sentiment I used the "Sorry You're Feeling Burned Out" stamp from the Watts of Occasions set again stamping in Old Olive ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I layered this up with rectangles which I cut by hand gradually increasing in size and fastened them together and to the card using dimensionals to give real depth.

I really wish I'd used a cirlcle of foil behind the old olive stitched shape, I think in hindsight it would have worked well. Other than that I'm quite happy with it.

Please do go and check out the other entries to the challenge by clicking on the Challenge Blog link above. There are some very talented ladies creating on there and there's always room for more. It's a hugely supportive and genuinely friendly group of people who love papercrafting led by the lovely Fiona Whitehead who is always grateful for support in her ventures. Check out her You Tube channel and blog

Have a great weekend.

Andrea x

9 comments:

  1. So pleased you found a suitable stamp set, I adore this card. I've just got up for a few minutes to come online as am feeling completely wiped out from a cold passed on by a student and this really cheered me up!!

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    1. Awww that's so good to hear...not about the cold. The trouble with teaching we ought to be issued with masks for the first half term of the year

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  2. Gorgeous colour combination & great stamp set x

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    1. Thanks Jane it's a quirky one I might have a little play with it, I bought it and kind of forgot about it but might do myself a little challenge and try to use it in three projects or something.

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  3. I'm glad I realised too :)

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  4. Haha - you're funny - what a great card too - glad you're now legal! xx

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    1. Thank goodness I made it, I felt like a sneaky little toddler trying to get my hand in the biscuit barrel haha. I get points for determination surely?? :D

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  5. Love your legal card (and the others) Andrea. Didn't get this stamp but it looks great fun.x

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    1. I saw it in the main catalogue and thought it looked really quirky and good for lots of occasions. Even a Christmas one which I might use later, I'm in a super crafty mood.

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