28.6.16

Garden Center Step Card

 Center Step Card
        Hi friends though I  love making fancy fold cards this is my first attempt at a center step card  and though technically the card was easy  [I followed Joann's tutorial ], my mojo was at a low and boy did I struggle to embellish it ...my mind visualised something but my hands created something entirely different...if you know what I mean!
          And on more than one instance I was tempted to dump it all in the  dustbin!
 Center Step Card
         Made the central panel with a crackle stamp , sprays , Distress Inks  and stencilling with inka gold. The sparkling golden leaves were heat embossed using the Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set and the flower was made using Heartfelt creations stamps and dies.
 Center Step Card
The little bird and nest were made using lightweight air drying clay and molds
 Center Step Card
          The heart is from the  Winnie and Walter True stamp set- it was heat embossed in white and colored with Distress Inks.I smeared Inka Gold on the heart  and on random areas on the crackle background to give a golden sparkle.
         The two butterflies on the top sparkle as they were stamped on an  "Alcohol inks swirled" metallic card stock
 Center Step Card
          While I was making this card, my in house critique , my 10 yr old daughter ,told me bluntly that the side panels and the centre looked rather disconnected!Well I had to agree with her and I added pink ribbon roses and a twirling pink pearl string  across the central panel and side panels to try and bring about a coherence though am not sure how much I have succeeded!
What do you think my friends?
 Center Step Card

Supplies : Dies :  PoppyStamps swirly curl border , Poppy Stamps Weeping Willow Branches  ,Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Persian Accents , Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings die, Sizzix Hero Arts Die- Stamp Set 657773
Stamps : Winnie and Walter True , Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set ,Sizzix Hero Arts Die- Stamp Set 657773 , Crafty Individuals 213,Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Stamp 
Misc Products : Whipped Spackle, Inka Gold, Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks  
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86 comments:

  1. So pretty Sonia and perfect for my heme choice this week, thank you so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda...I chose the colors especially for the All sorts Challenge

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  2. Oh Sonia..this is just gorgeous and many a time I have stood over my rubbish bin too..it is beautifully embellished and I love the wee bird and nest with the eggs..fabulous.

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Hehe I can just imagine you standing over the bin!!

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  3. So glad it did not end up in the dustbin. This is bee-utifully embellished. Have a Bee-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank you so much Melissa...I just managed to salvage it!

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  4. I think this card is very dainty and pretty! The pastel colors really make it pop! Your in-house critic is very sophisticated saying it looked disconnected - at ten years of age, lol! Sometimes, those closest to us are the worse for opinions. But looks like you took her advice and made adjustments since it now looks beautiful! Your critic is a keeper!

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    1. Hehe Gail ...she was quite specific in her criticism and I was amazed myself that she could tell me exactly what was wrong with it!! I had actually made the central part first and then made the side panels and the styles were different and yes it clashed!!

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  5. I am so glad that you didn't put this in the dustbin, it is a beautiful creation, some gorgeous dies and a great take on out colour theme.
    Thank you for joining our Colour challenge this week at Allsorts.

    Kath

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    1. Thank you so much Kathleen...I made it especially for the All sorts Challenge

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  6. This is so very pretty. You are master of creating beautiful cards :)

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    1. Oh Thank you so much Ann though somehow this one is not one of my favorites...it just doesnt look right!

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  7. Wow Sonia - another fabulous make from you. So much pretty detail - I think you satisfied your in-house critic :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Hehe Di ...I am not too sure!!

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  8. I'm so glad you didn't dump this in the dustbin...it's absolutely stunning!! Wow!! You embellished it perfectly!! I love the center step design!! The colors are gorgeous!! This is spectacular, Sonia!! I love, love it my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa you are always such an encouraging pal

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  9. Lovely die cuts, and beautiful project!

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  10. Beautiful card Sonia!! Love how you've embellished the panels!! Totally worth the time and effort!! I start to think of making a center step card, then when think of how to embellish it, I drop the whole plan :) Maybe I should try it once again!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Yes Berina...I jumped in without realising the side panels would be tough...they are just 1 inch wide and a bit awkward to embellish!

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  11. Aww this is gorgeous. You use all the elements to the fullest.

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  12. So summery and fresh, love the center step design with such cute embellishments and dies! Absolutely cheerful!

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  13. This is so pretty and full of beautiful colors and details!! :)
    Suchi xx

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  14. This is beautiful - such lovely delicate colours. I know what you mean about head and hands not thinking the same, so many times I finish a card and it's nothing like the one I had planned!
    Kath x

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  15. a virtual garden dear, your diecut combo is always beautiful

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    1. Oh Yes Shylaa...I am a die cutting girl...I struggle with stamps but love to use dies

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  16. This is gorgeous. So many beautiful elements to admire. Love the dies, the inking the embellishments...love it all!

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  17. I think it absolutely beautiful and wonderfully coherent! The twinkling gold , lovely fret work die cuts and added embellishments work so perfectly together. I love the little bird and nest but I must admit that they do look made of chocolate which is just another reason to love your card :D

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    1. Hehe Debra ...love your comment about my chocolate bird nest...I just stole my daughter's air dry clay to make it!!Hehe

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  18. Brilliantly made creation. loving this spring and refreshing card..such a fabulous design...xx {aNNie}
    Thanks also Doc for entering into our challenge at Allsorts using the mood board colours to perfection.xxx

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    1. You are soooo kind Annie...not the best of my creations but I did try to keep the palette true to the All sorts Challenge

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  19. Simply superb. When I looked at the card- the huge pink flower caught my eye. Next was the bird and the nest with eggs- so cute, I always like cute little things.

    I feel the side panels frame the center part and look very beautiful. Even if you have not added the pearls, it would be gorgeous all the same. In fact the pearls are not much noticeable.

    I don't know this is my personal opinion and I am not much of an expert on this craft.

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    1. Hehe Ms Sharma...I value your opinion very very much and you dont have to be an expert...I too felt I should have left out the pearls...they do clash with the rest of the card..!

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  20. Fancy fold cards !! Tricky to embellish.This is your first centerstep card ? Surprised! they are really easy to create but what to put on side panels takes away most of the fun.Prisha is developing into a keen Crafter :)btw I loved the pretty embellished center step card :)

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    1. Yes Pooja I was so happy the folds and cuts were easy but was rather stumped about embellishing the narrow side panels!

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  21. This is so pretty. I love the pastels and all your details. The little bird nest - unexpected and so sweet. I have a 10 year old grandson who critiques me. lol

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  22. Absolutely stunning card! I love everything about it!

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  23. Breathtaking!! Love the colors and all of the embellishments!!

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  24. Stunning, so elegant, love it, hugs, Lori m

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  25. Oh, I think this is beautiful! I love your crackled background and all your die cuts so perfectly arranged! That pink flower is just beautiful with the touches of gold! Love this feminine card! Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my silly Crazy Cats tag! Hugs!

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  26. This is so pretty Sonia. Love all the fabulous detail and embellishments xx

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  27. This is sooooooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors, the flowers and the pearls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. I absolutely LOVE your card! The colors, distressing and stenciling with the gold is outstanding! The flowers and details are amazing! Beautifully done!
    Have a super day!
    Sherrie K

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  29. Beautiful card. I love the crackle finish. hugs, Teresa

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  30. Fantastic central step card, your first trydoesn't seem the first, it's amazing!! Love how the crackle background matches with the sweet diecuts borders and the fabulous heart!!

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  31. Just beautiful and love the crackle finish. Hugs

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  32. WOW Sonia, this card is gorgeous!!! So happy it didn't end up in the dustbin!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  33. WOW - stunning card - love the background and fabulous dies! TFS

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  34. Absolutely stunning!!

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  35. Got to love an in house critic! It all came together beautifully. Cara x

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    1. Hehe Thank you Cara...today I thought I would make another center step and seeing the blank card stock itself my daughter said categorically this style does not look good at all!! Hehe

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  36. Oh Wow! this is totally awesome! LOVE the pretty colours and the wonderful intricate dies…. everything has come together perfectly here… gosh it may have come out different than you first planned, but I'm sure glad you finished it… it's totally stunning!!!
    Big hugs Sue B xx

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  37. This is absolutely gorgeous and I am so grateful it didn't end up in the bin. This came out so beautifully, Sonia. It may look different than envisioned, but the result is stunning. This is the most unique center step card I've seen, which is not surprising since I'm on your inspiring blog. :o) You have a gift and it always sparkles brilliantly. Thank you for inspiring us! And thank you for sticking with me during this tough stretch where I am unable to comment as often as I'd like. Please know I do see and enjoy your heartfelt creations. :o) Have a wonderful day, friend!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Oh Karen your words are always so uplifting....Thank you so much for being my friend!

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  38. Wonderful card! You have embellished it beautifully with so many amazing elements! Love the design & pattern. When I try to incorporate so many embellishments i usually end up to a mess & overfilled thing, but you have done it perfectly. So bright & cheerful :) :)

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    1. Oh Priyanka what a sweet way of encouraging me!! And I confess I do tend to stack on the embellies!!

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  39. Wat super mooi is dit kaartje ! Zo veel prachtige details op te bewonderen, het vogeltje is ook schattig !
    Groetjes, Odette.

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  40. Beautiful stepper card Sonia! love your pretty colours and die cuts you have used.
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
    Pam x

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  41. This is so lovely! All the white die cuts add a doily feel that is delicate and feminine. You've added some really pretty trims and embellishments too. Hugs!

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  42. WOW!! This is Stunning Sonia..Loz

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  43. Very pretty, love all your attention to detail.

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  44. Beautiful card with lovely details !

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  45. Oh my gosh Sonia, it's like a little piece of heaven floated down into a garden and this is the result! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! hugs :)

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  46. Love, love, love! Such a beautifully and delicate piece of art I am in love with this one. I wish my mojo did this well and this beautifully. Dr Sonia you ought to check out the challenge at http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.co.uk/ as I think this meets their current challenge of pastels and pearls Karen xx

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  47. Nearly threw it in the bin?????? what a delight we would be missing, this is so very beautiful, with your dies and colours and moulds, flowers, ribbons. LOVE it, glad not to have missed it
    Faith
    x

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  48. This is gorgeous! So many wonderful details! One of my favourite colour combos too!

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  49. Wow!! This is beautiful!!! It's good you didn't toss it!!!

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  50. I can't remember ever seeing anything that hinted at your lack of MoJo! This is amazingly detailed with so many intricate embellishments, such pretty garden colors, and I think you've got the panels of the step card connected perfectly. It's lush & lovely and beautiful! TFS & Hugs

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  51. Lovely. .I love the air dry clay bird n nest.. :)

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  52. It's awesome. I love your little critic. Star mum's star daughter.

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  53. Gorgeous :) lovely layering, soft colors & delicate diecuts :) stuning ma'am :))

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  54. Brilliant colours and design.xx {aNNie}

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  55. Creativity at its best :)

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  56. You are the master!!! This is gorgeous! You make me see the dies in a new way - the layers and layers and pretty embellishments are always eye candy!

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  57. Stunning Project Doc Sonia
    I especially love that bird and the egg so sweet
    and the frame die is adorable on this card
    and the flower made by ribbon I have that too and never used it
    fantastic project Doc

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  58. Gorgeous card Sonia!
    Just perfect for Allsorts this week, thank you;-))m

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  59. Definitely a garden card, such pretty colours your have used and lovely lacey frame.

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  60. OMG! Another absolutely GORGEOUS design! LOVE this Dr. Sonia! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CREATE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

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  61. What an amazingly detailed and pretty card! Thank you so very much for joining in again in on our Rerun challenge. :-)

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