This was so fun!

Hi Everyone, 

 It's time for an end of the term blog hop over at House of Cards and we have a super fun challenge AND tons of great prize opportunities for those of you who join in the fun! You should have arrived here from Vanessa's blog.  If you haven't, please start all the way back at the House of Cards hop post and follow the list found in the body of the hop post!

This is my first DT Blog Hop.  I am very happy to say that I am staying on with HOC for the next six months.  It has been so much fun and really pushed me out of my comfort zone a couple of times.

Here is the beautiful inspiration photo for the hop.
 I really love this image and was inspired to make two completely different cards.  
Both of which are a little over the top for me, but I love both of them.

We have some great sponsors and they not only provided us all with inspiration; images, digital paper and stamps, they also provided us with some fantastic prizes
Please link over to the HOC post for more details on the sponsors and prizes.

For my first card I chose to use some  Eclectic Anthology (sponsor) digital papers.
 I saw the wire basket and immediately saw weaving. 
 I cut my digital papers into strips and wove them. 
 I really like the way it looked but wasn't exactly sure how to fit it onto the card.
I stamped SU's new background, Hardwood, and die cut into a frame.  
The leaves and sentiment are from Avery Elle's Modern Leaves set.
I even did a little stiching for my flower stem.  The flower center is an old brad I had in my stash.

I really wanted to get some numbers on the card so I added the embossed number strip, on the right, at the last minute.

My second card got a little more elaborate.  

I used  STAMPlorations (sponsor) gorgeous Trendy Feathers set.
I really wanted more white on this card.  I realized that besides a little green and yellow, the inspiration photo was really about texture.  There are a lot of different textures going on.  
I love texture and really had fun putting this card together.

These feathers are stunning.
 The window frame is die cut and then I clear embossed it with the SU Hardwood stamp.  The view out the window is an SU embossong folder.  
I, very lightly, rubbed a little grey ink along some of the cloud edges.
 I had to think about the basket for a bit.  
I remembered that I had some lightweight metal in my stash and went looking for it.  
Luckily, as messy as my scrap space gets, I can usually find what I am looking for, which is kind of astonishing for me.
 I hand cut the little basket.  Glued the little pearl strip to the top for even more texture.  I wanted to add a little bit of the yellow/green to the right side of the basket.  I made a little handle, ran a piece of white satin ribbon over my ink pad, and voila! matching ribbon.

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Rudlis.  If you get lost along the way, you can always head back to the original blog hop post--and don't forget to link up a project at the House of Cards blog after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!

Well, this has got to be my longest post in a while, thanks for hanging in! 



Katy said…
I love these cards! The window and feathers are awesome! :)
Anonymous said…
So many fun techniques on these and I love all the texture you incorporated! The metal basket is perfect! -DT sister
Donna Nuce said…
Amazing techniques on both cards! Love the woven background on the first one. Have a great day Ang!
Mynn xx said…
EEK! These are AMAZING, Ang! LOVE that basket!!! I'm so happy to be hopping with you! HUGS and enjoy the rest of your week! Mynn xx
Cornelia W said…
LOVE, LOVE those cards - especially the basket - sooo creative!
Rahmat Gouse said…
Love the subtle colors on your cards!
Jinny Newlin said…
Way to go, Ang! Such great cards! They're ever so full of texture! I'm totally in love with your "baskets"!
Judy V said…
Love, love, love the texture on these cards! They are great! I especially like your little wire basket on the second one!
Tammy said…
WOW Ang, both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the weaving on your first card and that daisy! Fabulous texture on your second card too!
Hugs, Tammy
Lisa said…
These are wonderful, love the flower on your first card!
Annette Allen said…
wow your cards are gorgeous.. great designing..
Jackie Durrant said…
I love your interpretations of the starting picture
Love your take on the challenge!
Love your take on the challenge
Ruth M said…
WOW Ang, both your cards are so amazing, you really incorporated the elements from the photo perfectly, outstanding work! Great job on adding texture - I adore the leaves on the first card and the paper weaving is a fab touch!
Ruth x
Ela 17 said…
Beautiful chit, I salute.
Pat Couder said…
Loads of work and effort in these cards! Has really paid off....they are amazing!
Anita said…
Oh my I love the paper weaving and that basket is to die for. Hugs.
Gracie CH said…
Lovely projects! What a wonderful hop, Great sponsors and perfect challenge. Thanks for a chance to win!

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Vannessa said…
Both of these are fabulous and just begged to be stroked with all that fabulous texture!

Hugs, Vannessa x
Kylie said…
WOW!! Just stunning. Both cards are just amazing!! xx
Maria said…
Wow! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving all the interest and texture...well done!
Daen'Ys said…
I absolutely love both of your cards Ang, and I am thrilled, how clever you have incorporated in the first card almost all the details of the inspiration photo!!! Brilliant!!
Thanks for your nice comment.
I wish you a beautiful day.
Rosi x DT-sister
Great cards, Ang! Love how you incorporated the wire basket details into your cards.

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maria f. said…
So many details to take in on your creations. Love the brad center of the daisy and how you incorporated wire on the second card.
Samra Leshinski said…
Simply stunning work!!!
Taunya Butler said…
Way to go - Way cool card with lots of awesome, well-done details!!
Robyn Oliver said…
Hi Ang....really nice cards I noticed the 'white', the window and the numbers and how to incorporate them in my card which is evolving in my head from all the inspiring cards as I blog hop. Lots of lovely details on the daisy card. Cheers
Melin said…
Beautiful cards! So glad I found you from the house of cards site. I love your weaving on the one card and your wired basket on the other. Superb! I am your newest follower and will look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations :-)
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Monika Reeck said…
I love your weaving too its really a great idea it we have no basket from metal annnddd I love yous steam stitching for your great looking fresh flower and the brad is really perfect touch annnddd I was thinking to put number too on my card I did similar like you put 1..2..3 embossed paper as background of my card..
The second card is really clever I love all the basket the feathers and the cloud behind the window...really catching eyes both of your love love them, hugs, Monika
wow, those are both amazing creations, very neat and great technique!!!
MRS DUCK said…
Hi Ang
I'm trying to work my way around the entire DT in between work and all sorts, so sorry for the delay.
Beautiful interpretation of the photo, just super.
Have a great weekend.
The other Ang x
cohenna said…
Beautiful card. Fantastic window :)
Merethe Arstein said…
This is a great Blog Hop Challenge. TY :)
Kanan Pandya said…
Hi Ang, love both your cards. That white die-cut flower look so pretty against that wove digi paper and the basket with feathers is super pretty too. Great details and colors. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving sweet comment. :-)