Tuesday 29 March 2011

'Sweet' (love spring)

Hi all, I'm slightly nervous as this is my very first post & my first attempt at entering into a blog challenge...I've been researching the whole blog thing for some time now & found loads that I'm gonna enter on a regular basis...


...My inspiration for this make was firstly the Whif of Joy 100th challenge from which I chose my fave WOJ stamp, then cause of the hearts on the image I kinda thought I 'heart' & decided on spring florals, next I decieded on my fave shabby chique style with my fave colour scheme at the mo - pink & blue...


...Papers are Vintage Rose paperpack from Craftwork cards. Gorgeous corner dies & swirls are Marriane design cut in kraft-cardstock, the swirls have sworofski crystals on the end...


The image has been coloured with Distress inks; Skin - Tattered Rose; cheeks - fired brick; Hair - Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap with hint of Walnut Satin; Top & wing & hearts- Spun Sugar with hint of Worn Lipstick; Jeans & headband - Tumbled Glass. The wing & hearts have also been highlighted with white flock.


...All the flowers are a new purchase (they litererally arrived today!) from Wild Orchid Crafts & I just LOVE them! The hearts have been die-cut with an old Sizzix die I actually got free with my Big Shot, but I think they really go with this image & use them a lot with it. The pink ones are covered in flock, the blue in Mica mists then Glossy Accents & the kraft with Crackle Paint...


...The metal fastenings are a great little product from We Are Memory Keepers from there Hardware tin. The swirls have Swarofski Aurora AB crystals on the ends. I've also used ribbon & Jute & a jumbo pin from my local Country Baskets & net that I have rolls & rolls of from my previous life as a dancer! (for the tutus!)...Oh & the sentiments are computer generated from Nitwits cupcake fqb.

I am entering into the following challenges;


  1. Hi Debs

    A stunning and gorgeous card,thankyou for joining us on this week's challenge at Delightful Challenges,

    Hugs Dianne xx

  2. a really beautiful card thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

  3. Stunning card Debs. Love that sweet image and the soft pretty colours you've used. Thanks for joining us at TG this week and hope to see you again.

    Kat x

  4. Stunning card gorgeous flowers that you have arranged perfectly
    Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes

  5. Your card is so pretty! Thanks so much for entering the House of Gilli Challenge. :)

  6. Beautiful card! Love the layers that you used!

  7. Wow, wow, wow!! What a totaly gorgeous card! I love the coloring on the stamp! How do you color with distressing ink?? It is so beautiful and I didn't know you could do that!

  8. Oh my...this is STUNNING!! I love all the layers and embellies!!! Thanks for playing at CES xx

  9. Hi Brenda
    I know I e-mailed you a reply which I hope has reached you, but as I'm a bit new to this I thought I'd post one here too just incase, also thought others may find it helpful.
    For painting with Distress inks you firstly need some materials - these are the details of what I use personally ;
    * Tim Holtz Distress Inks
    * Koi Water brush (i prefer small)
    * Windsor & Newton watercolour paper (cotman 140bls/ 300gsm)
    * Teflon coated craft mat

    Stamp your Distress inks onto the mat, then after filling the brush with water - dip the tip into the ink to 'pick up' colour. Begin working round the edges of the area, working the colour in towards the center. To achieve shading leave darker round the edges & lighter in center. You can apply a second coat once dry & layer different colours on top of each other.

    This is obviously just the very basics, it takes lots of practise so be patient - some of my first attempts were atroucious! When you get the hang of it you can start thinking about shadows & source of light, but at first just get used to handling the brush & how the ink works on the paper.
    Hope that helps - theres loads of tutorials on You-tube which is probably the best bet to check out before starting. All materials you need can be found on e-bay too.
    Good luck to anyone trying it out - be sure to let me know hpw you get on!
    Bye for now - Happy Crafting!

  10. WOW! It took me 10 minutes to discover all the wonderful details you have in this card! This is STUNNING! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week!

  11. So very pretty and wow, so many flowers. Thanks for taking part in the CES Challenge!


Thanks for your thoughts, they are truly appreciated!



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