Friday, 29 May 2009


After a week away from home, and keen to get back to cardmaking, I was eagerly awaiting my order from Craftwork Cards. I had sent for some of their new 8" x 8" blanks. I wanted some square cards that were a bit bigger than my usual ones, so I thought I'd give these a try. I didn't bother to visualise 8" x 8" beforehand, so I was a bit taken aback when they arrived to realise just how BIG they actually are! They are HUGE! I usually work with much smaller canvases. Miniatures fascinate me. ATCs, Inchies & the like are my thing. The fact that my workspace is small might have something to do with it.

Okay, I thought. Here's a challenge then. How to fill such a big space (having first cleared some room on my desk!), and then, since I'm not used to working on such a scale, how to fill it with something that looks in proportion. I had also ordered a Craftwork Cards Goody Bag, the Chocolate one of course. Had to have it. I was delighted with the contents. Great value, apart from anything else, but all sorts of papers, flowers, ribbons, card candy and bits and pieces, all yummy, along with some good quality square blanks, somewhat smaller than the 8 by 8s! I hadn't tried their goody bags before, but can see myself ordering more. Check them out on their website. I'm not usually a cut-and-stick person, preferring ink, stamps and paint, but these goodies were so pretty they were irresistible.

Anyway, after taking inspiration from the Craftwork Cards galleries, which are very much worth a look, here are my first two attempts with the BIG cards. Everything from Craftwork Cards except for the background flourish stamp on the first card, which is by Stampington, along with the printed picture by Crafty Individuals. The ribbon on the second card was a bit I've had in my drawer for years and which was just the right colour. I knew it would come in useful one day! The background is Cuttlebug embossed and I stamped the flowers on Nestabilities Labels 2 frames.

After that I went back to Lilliput Land and made this one, a mere 5" x 5"!

It's difficult to get a sense of scale from the photos, but the fact that the flowers are the same size in each might help. Clicking on the pictures to open up the larger image will show the detail better.


Sally H said...

Wow! they are big, but beautiful too! Is that a flower punch? I have a smaller version, but could use a bigger one.You'll have to let me know where you got it

Lynne K said...

No, the flowers are die cuts, part of the Goody Bags, but you can also buy them separately in lots of different colours.. A punch like that would be useful though! (Or similar Nesties!)

lisa said...

Gosh you are brave trying such big cards, Lynne but they are beautiful, Well Done.
I love the pink and chocolate, that combination works so well and all the cuttlebugging, right up my street.
Can't wait to see what else you do with them!
Have a great weekend.


Debbie Dolphin said...

ibet you got quite a shock when you saw them!!!lol i find atc size quite scary i dont know why!!!ha
well done your card is lovely

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