Something New & Completely Different

I’m so happy it’s weekend; at last time for some relaxation and card making! It’s been a really busy week at work, so I haven’t had time or energy to make any cards after work. A couple of evenings I did a bit of work at home, and the other evenings I was just too exhausted to do anything but pretty much just to eat and then go to bed…
Anyway; this is my first Easter card this year. Last week I ordered the new “Easter Anya” stamp, but as it will probably take some time until it arrives from the US, I decided to use the lovely “Lolli Anya” stamp instead. This card is made with a couple of different challenges in mind; first one being “Anyone for Anya“, where this week’s theme is “Something Completely Different”. Hmmm…me making something different? As much as I admire Trishutter, Side Step and Circle shaped Cards…I’ve never tried making one myself. Yes; I’ m boring, I make square cards. Period. Hardly ever do I venture away from the standard format 15,2 x 15,2 cm…I was clueless  and thought to myself  “what the h*** – I’ll just pass on this one”, but then I came across “Our Creative Blog“, where the theme was “Try a NEW Technique”. Here’s what they had to say:

“We all stay in our comfort zone way too much, but it really is fun to try something new. Our challenge to you this week is to try out something that you have never done before. Surely there is a technique that has caught your eye and you’ve been wanting to try for yourself ~ Now is the time!”

Alright, alright you win. I shall try something new, something different. However; I wasn’t quite ready to take the gigantic step to a Trishutter Card, and kept on surfing blog land for inspiration. When I saw the theme at the Stamptacular Sunday blog “Going in Circles”, then it all became clear to me;  I finally knew what to make!  Some time ago I saw a really cool shaped card, created by the Do Crafts member DizzyDi. I hope she doesn’t mind me borrowing her idea.

”Lolli Anya”, The Greeting Farm

Anya is colored with Copics, I paper pieced her dress and her hair accessories. The circles were cut out with my nesties (couldn’t imagine life without them!). As the circles did not match up exactly, I had to place some sort of deco in-between them, and since I didn’t have any flower that fit,  I decided to make one myself.

A couple of weeks ago I watched a great video tutorial by the very talented Julie on how to make paper flowers, using a quilling tool to create the inside petals. It’s going to take a lot of time and practice until I get even close to the exquisite paper flowers Julie makes, but I gave it my best my shot, and in the end I managed two new techniques in one card! Trishutter next stop? 😉

Anyone for Anya – “Something Completely Different”
Our Creative Corner – “Try a NEW Technique”
Polka Doodles – Challenge Week #8 “Create a shaped card”
Raise the Bar – Challenge #7 “Three’s Company!”
(My card has got three circles)
Sophisticat – Challenge #23 “Embossing” (the yellow circle was embossed with the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder  “Spots & Dots”)

Card Ingredients

Stamp: ”Lolli Anya”, The Greeting Farm
Papers:  Dream Street Papers
Sentiment: Computer Generated. Font: Scriptina
Embellishments: Home Made Paper Flower, Ribbon (HobbyCraft)

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