Thursday, 14 November 2013

Dreaming of Wales

I just heard this morning that my lovely Welsh pal received her birthday parcel and card, so I can now post this. I used my newest dies for this make, a lovely 'Go Kreate' die. I've loved this shaped die ever since I saw craft guru Bev Rochester use it and finally got around to buying it last month. So I wanted to try using it for my lovely Welsh pals birthday card, as I wanted something a bit different and special for her.

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I used the die to cut the three shaped layers you can see on the card, edging each layer with Tea Dye Distress Ink from the Tim Holtz range by Ranger. I cut a pretty border trim using my Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Edges 2 and layered that with lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and a coordinating ribbon I had in my stash. The pretty spray of flowers is from Prima Flowers and the large flower is a Hellebore from my most recent purchase from Wild Orchid Crafts. I was so pleased that they would post to New Zealand and because the flowers are so light, the postage was really reasonable!

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I wanted to add a little more interest on the card, but didn't want to detract from the pretty paper shape, so added a hidden tag trimmed with a pink organza ribbon, a heart shaped brad and a sweet butterfly charm I got a long time ago, I think from MeiFlower. The tag itself was cut using a Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag die, then sponge inked and the sentiment added in Memento Desert Sand ink. The sentiment is one from my large collection of unmounted grey rubber sentiments, that I picked up at the Ally Pally Craft Fair in London over the last couple of years. I so wish I could remember the name of the company that I purchased them from, as they really deserve the credit for each post I've used these on. They had huge baskets and tubs of these grey rubber stamps, many only 50p a stamp. I picked up so many fabulous sentiment stamps from them over the last couple of years. So if anyone knows what the companies name is, please let me know, so I can give them the credit for these fab stamps.

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The sweet image I've used on this card, I found some time back on a Spanish designers site - Garabatos de Papel and this lovely image was offered then as a freebie. It is called Sweet Dreams and I just loved it straight away. I have a thing about mushrooms, I love the imagery and I'm sure it has something to do with the sweet Bambi stickers I had when I was a little girl, not long back from France, where I spent my early childhood years. I had a cute red and white mushroom sticker along with a Thumper sticker, which I had been allowed to embellish my school desk with. So I used to stare at that sweet image each school day for that whole year. It was a comforting image for me in a big time of change and I do have a real love for images and embellishments using mushrooms now. So when I saw the gorgeous CC Designs mushroom die it just kinda fell into my cart. I've used that at the base of the image coloured in pinks and browns, to work in with my colouring on the main image. I have of course used my Promarkers for all these inkings. I added some white pen spots on the large mushrooms too. The fairy wings and dragonflies were glittered up using Stickles Crystal glitter glue. I sponged the edges of the image in Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

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The final thing to mention are the papers. I just love these and they worked together really well. The larger spotty paper, is from the Craftwork Cards Sugar & Spice collection. I chose this to work in with the spotty mushrooms but besides this, I just really love spots and polka dots, must be the 'mushroom thing'! The smaller designer paper (which I tried not to cover too much!) is from my favourite designer papers - Maja Design. I LOVE these papers from the Swedish paper designers. They are utterly divine across their whole range. I'm so reluctant to use them as I really just want to keep them to look at and stroke, LOL. But a special pal, deserves special paper! So I found this utterly gorgeous design, which worked in with my colour scheme so brilliantly. It's from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and is called '1911'. The Vintage Summer Basics is one of my absolute favourite paper pads. You can buy the collection in 12x12 size, but I have the 6x6 paper pad (okay, I have a few 12x12 pages too, LOL). If you want to get your hands on some of these utterly divine papers, look no further than Live and Love Crafts in the UK. Sandy will post worldwide and I still get my papers from there now I'm in New Zealand.


Wey-hey, you made it to the end of my mammoth post, well done you! Sorry it was so wordy, but there were some pretty embellies that really deserved to be mentioned and yes, I do get a little carried away with the waffle. But that's all for today folks. Y'all come back now y'hear. Hugs, Wends x

Here's my song inspiration for this card: Jewel - The Shape of You. (Shape inspired card)
(For my beautiful friend, who's far too far away from me now.)




Challenge Entries
Whimsy Stamps: #65 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #295 ~ So Angelic
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Got Ink?
Songbird Challenge: #28 ~ Your Favourite Song
Sister Act Card Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge: #25 ~ Things With Wings
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog: #248 ~ Dies & Punches
Fab 'n' Funky Challege Blog: #193 ~ It's Our Birthday - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies: Top of the Pops - Inspired by a Song. Jewel - Sweet Dreams.
As You Like It Challenge: #15 ~ What's Your Favourite - Spots or Stripes (Tell Us Why)

15 comments:

Sue said...

This is stunning Wendy. I love the sweet image, pretty colours and such beautiful detailing you have added too.
I bet your card was thrilled to receive such a special card
hugs Sue xx

Trisha Stanley said...

Oh my goodness, what a sweet card! That image is precious! I'm sure your friend is so excited! The shape is wonderful, and I really like the butterfly charm you've used.
Thanks for sharing your project at Sister Act this week!
Hugs-
Trisha-DT

Tracey Fehr said...

This is really beautiful! I love the soft colors and you've made wonderful use of many lovely dies. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Creations this week!
Tracey F., DT Crafty Creations Challenges

Donna Mosley said...

Wow this is so pretty Wendy. Love the adorable image and gorgeous details. Fab shape too.

Donna x

coops said...

so stunning wendy.really love your pretty details and colouring and the image is gorgeous ;D

xx coops xx

Pat said...

Super card with a great image, thanks for joining in our Birthday Challenge at Fab'n'Funky, good luck.

Pat xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Wendy, love the sweet image and all the pretty details.
Hugs
Wendy xx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

WOW! I fell in love with this card the second I saw it! That is one lucky friend of yours who got this little gem! The image was so sweet and the color palette you chose was simply beautiful. Your coloring is superb and I also loved the bit of glitz you added to her wings. The flowers and ribbon add just the right bit of dimension and everything about this card blends together so well. You've got a great eye for combining colors and elements. I thought it was clever to make the card itself in the shape that you did, too. Very inspiring! In addition to your art, I also really liked not only your tender write-up, but I thoroughly enjoyed the song, too, and love it when music is tied to our creative processes. This was a wonderful post and I'm so glad you shared it with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

Teresa said...

Stunning card Wendy, a real beauty!
Have a fabulous weekend, hugs Teresa xx

Wishcraft said...

Super sweet image and I love the shape too, such a pretty card! Thanks for joining in at Crafty Little Fairies hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Elise said...

OoOh this is just absolutely STUNNING! Love the shape and the colors .. beauuutiful!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh what a sweet image and a fabulous design. Love this.

Wattage said...

Gorgeous card! I'm loving that mushroom die - thanks for joining the challenge at Songbird, Lisa (DT) x

Samantha said...

Super cute card love the little butterfly charm too! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
hugs Samantha :0)

Sanja Grdinić said...

This is so sweet - love the card shape and that sweet image! :)
Have a great day...

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