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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Citrus chipboards

Hello everyone

How are you doing? Hope you're geared up for a good weekend? Ours will be pretty busy, no doubt, running hither and thither getting things done which don't get done when hubby is away due to the fact that I don't drive - arthritis in 2nd and 3rd vertebrae (born with it I believe) means they're completely fused together affecting blood and oxygen supply to the brain and I can't turn my head around enough for all those tricky bits and pieces, and unfortunately I never mastered using mirrors instead. And public transport is rubbish around here (and expensive!). So, the weekend is the out and about time for us and therefore little else gets done!

Anyway, I have a card to share with you. Now, several years ago I bought some chipboards, when I bought my first ever card making materials. They're by DCWV and are called Citrus. There are papers to go with them, which I also have in my stash and dip into from time to time. The thing is, I had two or three goes using these chipboards way back when, but was never happy with what I made. It just didn't gel, if you know what I mean. So I abandoned them and they've been sitting in a drawer ever since. Here's a picture of them - no doubt you've come across them at some time in the past.

So, I thought I'd have one last attempt at using them. I used a square card blank and covered it with part of a sheet of double-sided 12-inch paper - another one with no name on it so no idea who produced it - leaving a narrow border all round. The design is really bright and zingy and busy. Next I used some of the same paper, but the other side, for a fairly wide border section in the bottom portion of the card, and fixed some bakers twine around and tied in a bow to one side. I took one of the chipboards with the word "sweet" on it and placed it on this section. The thing about these chipboards is they're quite thick, and all double layered, and each layer is fixed with a foam pad, so that gives them even more dimension. In other words, they're quite chunky! So, then I picked three of the flower chipboards and positioned them. You might be able to see that they're also quite glittery. Finally I used three of the chipboards which are actually little sentiment tabs and positioned them like bunting, and added a clear sparkling gem to each as they seemed a little bare. I toyed with the idea of stamping letters on to them, but couldn't think of a word that would fit with the theme that was three letters! If you can think of any please do leave a comment with your suggestions. Last, but by no means least, I used some Stickles to add some tiny sparkly highlights on the paper.

It's a very busy card, but it's very bright and I quite like it, especially as these last few days the sunshine has been somewhat lacking - even though we're well into May!

Well, that's all from me for today.

Take care and see you soon.

Love from me xx