02 April 2009

IMAGINE ....
Once again I am trying to get some of my future Dutch Dare design team challenges done and dusted. I made this card for the Mother's Day card challenge in May. I have used my deckle scissors again for the edging around the main image. This colour combo is also one of my favourite ... love how well the pink and mustard colours gel so nicely.
It probably does not look like it, but this card nearly took me the whole of yesterday to create. I tried a brand new technique which I spotted in a card making book (see pic with tools below) I received from my dear friend Belinda. It is called the Iris fold technique or Eastern Flowers technique. The card making fundi's out there will probably know this technique which can be seen here inside the oval shape. It was time consuming, but actually quite therapeutic cutting, folding and layering the different folded patterned papers over a template which I copied from the book. So be prepared for perhaps some future card designs over here containing this newly found technique.
Me and hubby had another yoga session yesterday and actually enjoyed it much more than the previous class which had loads of head stands. I am much more sore and stiff this time, especially the underside of my upper arms. I could not stop giggling in the class, after hubby muttered something in the line of that he never has to stretch again in his lifetime after the specific stretch we did which was more or less lying on your back folding your knees into your chest and underneath the armpits i.e. its like lying with your fanny in the air. Off to another class tomorrow afternoon.
Its another public holiday here in South Africa tomorrow (27 April), so I will probably just hover around my studio.
Thanks again for taking the time to pop in here and for all your much appreciated comments.
Hugs from Desíre

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful card Desire. I love the depth and dimension you've managed to get into this. Beautiful papers. Thanks for joining the One Stop Craft Challenge.
    Sharon xx

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  2. oh this is gorgeous Desire...loving the colour combo and yes it's a fab technique which I haven't done for a while...did giggle at you and hubby at the yoga class...all manner of strange positions I bet...Hugs Kath xxxxx

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  3. wow chickie ~ that card is gorgeous! and ya did fabulous on the iris folding ~ i SO love how you decorate the inside of your cards..so beautifully done

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  4. Nice card once again Desire... you are sooooooooo clever. I did iris folding years ago but haven't ever made anything with it... keep getting patterns for it though... you never know you might just inspire me again!

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  5. Very impressive Desire! I have never attempted this technique, but I like the way you incorporated it into your card - very fresh.

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  6. Oh this is stunning Desire!!!
    hugs
    kim x

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  7. The card is stunning!
    I love Iris folding cards (which reminds me to upload some of them to my blog...) altough they are a LOT of work.

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  8. Ek verstom my oor al die idees en pragtige goed wat jy maak.

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  9. Ek het uitgesien om te sien wat jy vir moedersdag gaan maak, maar die kaartjie het my verwagtinge oortref. Mens kan sien dit het baie ure geneem. Wonder as mens dit moes koop hoeveel dit sou kos dink jy?

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  10. Oh wow hun this is stunning what a fabulous card, I love to see Iris folding but have never seen it used so beautifully
    Hugs Jacqui x

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  11. Stunning card Desire, well done!!
    love
    k
    xx

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  12. What a stunning card Desire, it may be time consuming but was definately worth all the effort, Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us again this week. Donna x

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  13. Oh you are so right my friend, this colour combo is truly stunning! Love the iris folding too - not done that for ages!! The inside is so fabulously decorated too x

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  14. Haha re the stretch - don't think I could do that in public! I sure can believe that beautiful card took you nearly all day! I did the iris fold technique in one of my first scrapbooking clases in 2003 & nearly cried!

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  15. Lovely card - certainly worth all the effort with the folding.
    Ha ha ha ha regarding the yoga stretch, I would have been hysterical at a comment like that!!!!!!

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  16. Oh this is wonderful desire, it is so long since I have done any iris folding and I love the flowers inside the card, they finish it off perfectly. have a wonderful day

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  17. What a stunning card Desire!!!Great job! ~Olena~

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  18. Another Beauty Desire, I do love this technique it reminds me of a kaleidascope! I did chuckle with your yoga class, I can't imagine my hubby going along!! football and films for him!! and not in the lotus position!! good luck with the next one! Happy Crafting Sue xx

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  19. Desiree Your card is beautiful..I love that Iris folding...something I`v never tried yet!!!TFS
    Have a lovely weekend:)♥

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  20. This card really is gorgeous! I love the folding technique, and the pot with flowers returning on the inside! And the color.. And everything :)
    X, Ava

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  21. Wonderful card, I love the colours and the iris folding. Thanks for joining in with our One Stop Craft Challenge.
    Shelley xx

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  22. Hello!!!!! Yor blog is interesting!!! Irina from Odinzovo.

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  23. Fantastic card Desire! Love the colors and the paper-folding. I just realized that you are from SA. I have a friend in England who's from there and often visits and she asked us to go along with her one day. Sounds exciting. Hopefully one day we can go. :o)

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  24. That card is gorgeous. My hubby wouldn't even do Pilates when I suggested it!

    Cazzy x

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  25. lovely card! Its very cute and i absolutely love the colour choices!

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  26. I love your iris folding technique - you give it such a modern twist!

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  27. wow..all of these Iris fold cards are beautiful! The most gorgeous ones I have EVER seen! hands down the best!

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  28. Anonymous7:03 AM

    You did a beautiful job with your Iris Fold card. I like the colors you used, too.

    Swedie

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  29. Again..wow ! So beautiful !

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