Monday, 28 January 2013

Octagonal aperture

Hi there,

Well it's 1.15am and I'm still in my craft room.

Last night when my son came in from the gym, he said he could smell gas at the bottom of the drive. We rang British Gas and they sent someone out who bored holes in my garden and up the drive. He said that the leak was at the bottom of the drive and someone would come out early in the week.

This morning when my hubby took the dog for a walk, he could smell gas further up the street, next door but one to be exact, so we rang British Gas again. Someone else came out and he said the leak was across the road and someone would be out within the hour to investigate further. So at 3.30pm this afternoon, two men in a van came and started digging on the pavement across the road. It is now 1.25am and they are still at it. I bet the neighbours just love us!! There's a generator making a noise and they are drilling, so I can't see the point in going to bed as we sleep in the front room.

So I thought I would share with you a DT card I made using 'A Touch of Elegance' from Cupcakecrafting. This was an idea I had, but as usual, when I made my idea into a card, it wasn't as good as I expected, but I'm going to show it anyway. I have seen them done in a sort of square before but felt that this image lent itself to an octagon shape.

I used an 8x8 card blank as my base card. I printed off a backing paper onto another piece of A4 card and printed a coordinating paper on the reverse. I drew round the largest topper to make a template and then drew around this onto my card. I found the centre point and then cut diagonally from opposite corners through the centre point (if that makes sense) and then curled each section back - 8 in total. In order to hold these pieces down, I used coordinating brads as I felt they may spring off if I used 3d foam pads as I have seen used before.

The topper was a pyrimage, so I layered this up and then positioned it on my card and within the aperture on the backing paper after placing a coordinating mat on the base card. I fixed the topper to the copper coloured card mat and then fixed the backing paper with aperture over this. In the bottom right hand corner, I fixed some flowers which are also on the cd and placed a gem in the centre of each to add interest. In the top left hand corner, I put a sentiment which I made on the computer using the sentiment boxes on the Cd and took this into Craft Artist to  print it onto a similar backing paper which I had made paler.

To finish the card off, I added an insert in the middle which also came from the Cd and are text editable. This was done in a similar way to the sentiment, by taking it into Craft Artist and printing onto a paler backing paper to make it more interesting than just a plain white insert. 
Thank you for popping over. Everything has gone quiet now over the road, so I may just go up to bed and see if I can get some sleep.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Scrappy Frogs - Try something new - (new thing is octagonal aperture) -
Totally Gorjuss - No. 168 - Flowers -
Make it Monday - No. 125 - Anything Goes -
 Craft Bloggers Network - Flowers -
Happy crafting.
Wendy xx


Michelle said...

Well firstly your neighbours should appreciate that you called the Gas Men in!! You just never know, Gas frightens me to death.

I know exactly what you mean about having an idea in your head and then when you put it to paper (so to speak) it wasn't what you had in your mind!! But it looks fabulous.

Congratulations on winning Emma's Blog of the week:)
Michelle x

Gwyneth said...

Hey! If they are digging then they smelt gas as well, so it's a really good thing you reported it. Who knows, your neighbours may have also reported it as well and be cowering behind their doors at the moment wondering what the rest of you neighbours think of them causing all the commotion.

I love the effet you've created with your card, so be proud - not critical.

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous card Wendy, loving the design and the image. Congratulations for winning the blog of the week.

Linda xxx

Avril Ann said...

Wendy this is just gorgeous, love how you have done the aperture, great card hun xxxx

caroline spice said...

This is lovely . I love the way you have created the frame around the image xx

Wendy H said...

Thank you Emma for your kind comments. The neighbours haven't said anything about the gas men. The couple who live in the bungalow opposite us where the gas men have been digging have gone away for the weekend. At least they've just dug on the pavement and not on the drive and garden. They are always in their garden and doing bits and bobs to their home. I hope it doesn't come as too much of a shock to them.
Wendy xx

Wendy H said...

Thank you Gwyneth, I will. Wendy xx

Wendy H said...

Thank you ladies. Wendy xx

Andree said...

Sometimes we are too critical of own work but this is a wonderful card Wendy. The pinwheel aperture looks fabulous.
I hope the leaky gas problem has been resolved now and you can get some sleep tonight x

Wendy H said...

Thank you Andree. It has and we're off to bed soon. Wendy xx

emma goddard said...

Stunning card Wendy, love how you have done this xx

Wendy H said...

Thank you, Emma. Xx

Jan Ltc said...

Fabulous card xx Jan

Wendy H said...

Thank you Jan. Xx

pauline said...

love the card xxx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really gorgeous design, I love the peeled back paper and the flowers are so pretty
Lindsay xx

Sylvia Anderson said...

This is fantastic.... well done x

jane stillman said...

A fabulous card and love how you have folded the aperture back

Lexie said...

Glad you've not been blown up Wendy! Lol. Doesn't matter how much inconvenience...gas leaks are pretty dodgy, aren't they?

Fab the way the image has 'burst' through the card.

Wendy H said...

Thank you ladies. xx

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Awesome card Wendy! Saw this on MIM. I would like to try that; but not sure I understand how you did it. Do you know if there is a tutorial with step by step and pictures? LOL. I do better with those. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a wonderful compliment. Thanks for sharing your blog with me. I joined your site and hope you will join mine too. Hugs, Gloria

donemark crafts said...

wow this is just fab love the layout.
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