Crafty Cardmakers challenge 191 – Here comes Summer


June is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Here Comes Summer, appropriately themed given our hostess’ name!

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s Summer themed.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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I made my card this time for a friend who was having a bit of a rough time.  I loved this image from the Hunkydory USB key,  and the sentiment – things often are better after a tough beginning!

My base card was my favourite 6 x 6 inch portrait.  Onto this I layered some orange paper from  my stash, and then added the images I printed from the cd.  In order to make them “pop” I used some Lynda Chapman black card to edge them – I always thought black might overpower a card, but used this way it definitely doesn’t!

The embellishments were printed from the USB too, and the pearls were from my stash.

I know some people think using computer images is cheating in crafting – and yes, stamping the image and colouring it yourself would be more in keeping with the term craft and I do love to do that.  But when you need to make a card quickly, this type of cardmaking is a gift.  I’m pretty disorganised, so I tend to use computer generated images a lot, but it still takes thought and time to actually make the card, which can be made as plain or elaborate as you like!  I use photographs to personalise cards sometimes too… and on those occasions, you really have to have the whole topper a printed image or it doesn’t really work.