Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A birthday card

I have got a couple of the Tim Holtz framework dies but never had a chance to play with them.  Then I saw the combined challenge between Runway Inspired Challenge and CAS(E) this sketch! challenge and I thought it was the perfect time to use the framework dies!

Frankly, I wished I had bought the lattice framework die - the diamonds would be perfect!  I have the courtyard, honeycomb and the trellis framework dies but not the lattice and I eliminated the honeycomb and the trellis for this card and settled on the courtyard framework die.

My first use of the framework die:

Now let's see the combined challenge from Runway Inspired Challenge and CAS(E) this sketch!:

There you have it.  I think you will understand how bad I wanted the lattice framework die - the diamond cutouts could mimic the patterns on the shorts so well!  The courtyard framework die isn't too bad, it still has some diamond-like openings.

I first cut some gray cardstock with the framework die, then I ran it again on white cardstock covered with tissue tape.  Did you see those filled squares on her pants?  That's what I was trying to imitate.

I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper and colored them with distress markers - Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Dried Marigold, Broken China and Salty Ocean.  For the leaves, they are plain old watercolor paper stained with my go-to leaf colors - Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn.

I am so happy to have come across this challenge, otherwise the framework die will have to wait much longer before it is broken open!

I am also linking up my card to the following:
Sweet Stampin - no designer paper
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Creative Finger - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love how you turned the sketch! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) this Sketch!

  2. Hi Joyce, I love this card so much and that die is fabulous, bet you will use it so much now...
    Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  3. Wow, that's a brilliant card for our no NP challenge!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  4. Really lovely, great background. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

  5. Lovely card, thanks so much for entering the Craftitude Challenge - Good Luck!
    Hugs Donna DT xx

  6. Oh, those flowers are gorgeous!
    Thank you for playing with us this week at Sweet Stampin'.
    Pia xx

  7. Great card.

    Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin' this week.


  8. Oh, this is fabulous! Gorgeous take on the inspiration photo and sketch!

  9. What an beautiful take on the challenge. :) Thanks for joining the RIC!

  10. I agree that the lattice die would be perfect..but you sure did do great without it! I love the monochromatic background and the pop of color from the flowers! Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway!

  11. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Craftitude and at Creative Fingers