Sunday, 21 December 2014

Cleaning My Desk

This morning when I woke up, I knew that I wanted to make a few cards but I didn't have a specific plan. I browsed the challenge blogs for a while and headed down to my craft room - I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I started out with my usual form of procrastination - cleaning my desk. I have to say that it has been a while since I have done this - I have a really big desk so the mess doesn't usually get in the way. One of things that I cleaned up was a die-cut from a Kelly Purkey die that I had done from black cardstock a couple of months ago but never used, and it immediately mede me think of the current photo challenge at Inkspirational:

What a gorgeous photo! Perfect for a New Years' card - using that die-cut! Here is my card:

I started by coating the black die-cut with some black Wink of Stella (it doesn't show up in the picture); I then die-cut the Kelly Purkey die again from from some silver metallic cardstock which I used to inlay the little dots into the black die-cut (I now have a silver die-cut on my desk - so much for the clean up ;) ). I heat embossed the fireworks bursts using the Simon Says Stamp (July 2013) kit stamp. I created a custom embossing powder by combining two different purple Zing powders with a little bit of microfine glitter. Once embossed, I used Distress Inks on the background to create the night sky  - Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Chipped Saphire and Black soot. I finished off by adding a few Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins. I'm super happy with how this card turned out - I couldn't photograph it to do it justice. I will link it to the Inkspirational Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


  1. wow Jill this is amazing, mixing the embossing powder was an inspired idea and the night sky you have created really looks so similar to the photo. Great to see you at Ink x

  2. I love the big, bold, 'name in lights' sentiment - looks great with the fireworks. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

  3. Your card looks fantastic - I love the big fun sentiment and your background is fabulous! xx

  4. This is awesome! I love what you did with the big die cut sentiment and your background is gorgeous! Great interpretation of the photo. Thanks for playing along with us over at Inkspirational! :-)

  5. Such a delightful, sparkly take on the inspiration photo! The Merry and Bright sentiment is so eye-catching! Thank you for sharing this gem in the Inkspirational gallery!