Monday, 21 November 2011

Sweet Blossom


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This image is a very early attempt of mine to colour with my new Promarker alcohol ink pens. Which is very evident from the messy edges and hesitant colouring. But this delicious Sylvia Zet stamp was the perfect stamp to try my new pens out on. I can't begin to tell you how much joy I had colouring this little sweety pie in. My daughter Georgie also wanted to have a go, so we had a little Mummy and Georgie time and this was the result...


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The card backing paper is a lovely one from a 2010 Kate Knight collection, that came with one of my favourite craft magazines - Cardmaking & Papercraft. Another generous giveaway from the good folks there. The design of the paper was so lovely, I wanted to cover it as little as possible, hence the very sparce design. The lace is a sweet one I picked up from my favourite embellishments store - Wild Orchid Crafts. I wove through the eyelets a narrow purple satin ribbon I had kicking around in my stash to tie in the colour scheme. The sentiment is a digital stamp from the 'DigiStamp Boutique'. I hand shredded the edge of the backing circle for the sentiment to give it a bit of movement and interest. I haven't seen this done before, it just occurred to me it could be fun in the absence of the scalloped die I had wanted to use. I am really pleased with the result and think it looks really run with the flower shape in the backing paper. Thanks for visiting my blog today xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Birthday Wish

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Another Lili of the Valley diecut. This time a wistful fairy, that I used for a lovely friends birthday card. I wanted to give the card an airy floaty feeling, as it was such an ethereal image, so I used a very soft backdrop of muted pink torn tissue paper, which I then matted with the stronger green and yellow colours picked out from the image. I used an X-cut corner rounder to soften the edges of the image and the mats. I glittered the fairy's wings to add to the ethereal feel using glitter magic. I really love this very fine glitter it's sparkle is fabulous. It was my first attempt at using mulberry paper flowers, so the layouts will improve with more practice I hope. I thought the colours worked well with the image though, so was pleased with that. The sentiment is Lili of the Valley simply matted with a nestabilities scalloped circle. A final touch of Emerald green gems to the bottom left and top right corners just finished this simple card. I hope you've enjoyed having a look and thanks for visiting my blog today. :)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sylvia's Fairy

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Can I just say for the record, I am a HUGE 'Sylvia Zet' fan! I just love her beautiful dreamy, romantic images. I absolutely love her style. Each stamp has it's special magic. Her designs have a little 'je ne sais quoi', a touch of magic and I find them utterly enchanting. To work with them is pure joy. So today, I found myself lost in another world happily colouring this beautiful 'Silver Fairy' image, bringing the wings to life with a little sparkle thanks to my 'Glitter Magic'. I was so happy with the Promarker colour I used on the dress and the perfect match I found in the mauve mat paper. Now, if you look a little closer at the colouring, you'll realise this is very early days for me with my Promarkers. There's a bit of colour bleed here and there, but considering I'm a complete novice, I'm very happy with the finish.

I have wanted to use this lovely felt ribbon far more often than I've had occasion to do, I find it so intricate, it's difficult to place well. But I just love it on this card. I loved it so much on this card I initially used some of the off-cut flowers to finish the card, then decided a sentiment might work best, so changed to that. I used a 'white wording' rub-on, as I didn't want to have a strong black sentiment take away from the dreamy tone of the card. The words don't show up so well in the photograph, but did actually work well in reality. The mauve and background stripe paper is from a Stamps and Memories set - 'Baby Baby'. The pretty border on the mauve paper I made using a Martha Stewart border punch called 'Floral Lace'. I kept the embellishments to a minimum as I wanted the image to be the focal point, and allow it 'breathing space' to really shine. So let me know what you think, I'd love to hear x

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Here's a closer look at the lovely fairy x
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