Thursday, 22 May 2014

Southern Hippie

I have had the best of times and the worst of times with this creation. I can't even begin to tell you how many different layouts, card shapes and papers/card stock I went through to bring this lil' lady to light. (Pause to wipe brow!) But I think what I settled on let's her have her lil' moment in the light very nicely. But for all the hassles I had settling on the right layout for this card, the image itself was a dream to colour (using my Promarkers of course) and I was chuffed with the finish. This cutie is Eleanor Hippie Chick from Lacy Sunshine stamps. They are our lovely sponsors over on the Southern Girls Challenge Blog this time and we were given quite a number of cuties to play with for this challenge. Go take a peep at the rest of the design team's creations, there are some really fabulous ones.

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I couldn't get the lighting right when taking my photos this time, so the above pic was the best to show the 'shimmer' in the layout. The pale and dark green papers are both 'shimmer' papers and her glasses were coloured with a jelly roll shimmer ink pen in pink. I used a gold pen for the two peace signs, her pendant and on her trousers. So I should have had the 'shimmer' nailed. Why is that a biggy? Well because it's our challenge theme! Bring on your shiny, shimmery, glitzy papers, finishes and embellies and come join in the fun.

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I loved the multicolour paper I used in this layout, which had so many perfect emblems and words on it for this card. I really struggled to know how to use it at first. When it was in it's square shape (it's 6x6 size), there was so much going on, it was a bit much really. So it occurred to me to go from the original 6x6 card I'd started making and move to a long card, which my new MFT fishtail banner stax would work really well with.

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I wanted to have a little more of the fishtail showing at the bottom and the top, so brought them inline with the light green mat, so that I could cut them in the centre to extend up and down slightly. I wanted the words 'love you' to show above the mat. The image and three layers of Mats were cut with a lil' Inker's stitched square die. It's a pretty CAS design otherwise. I played around with so many different layouts, but this was the one that worked for me. It's a little quirky and different. What do you think?

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I have to hunt down the brand of this funky designer paper, but will update that tomorrow. I need my bed now, it's after the pumpkin hour!

Thanks for popping into visit today. Love it when you do! Leave me a note and I'll catch up with you soon. Pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge for our latest adventures and come join us with your shimmery makes. See y'all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

*Update: I've chased the sun around today and finally managed to get a bit of shine to show on the glasses and papers, so here are a couple of extra pics that better show the 'Shimmer'. I also updated the last photo above with a shimmery replacement.

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Challenge Entries:
Inky Chicks: #29 ~ CAS
Divas By Design: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Ohhh So Cute!
Card Mania Challenges: #47 ~ CAS 
A Little Bit Crafty: May ~ Flower Power
I Love Promarkers: #220 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #57 ~ Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox: #70 ~ Let's Hear It For The Girls
Passion For Promarkers: #248 ~ Anniversary - Use Diecuts
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge: #71 ~ Two or More Diecuts *
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Botanical (daisies in hair and on jeans)

*Update: I won a Mystery Stamp in the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge. Woohoo!

19 comments:

Marie said...

A very lovely and sweet looking card. Lovely colouring and design as well. It's really adorable. Thanks for playing with us over at PFP this week.
Love n hugs
Marie

Loopylou. said...

I absolutely love those dies wendy, the stitched boxes are delicious!
thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the pfp challenge blog
hugs Lou xx

Chris said...

It may have been a struggle but it was worth it in the end! A fabulous result, Wendy!
Chris
x

Wendy said...

Love this Wends, it's absolutely fabulous.
Hugs Wendy xx

Jane said...

Just gorgeous, thank you for playing along with our 5th Birthday 'die cuts' mega challenge at Passion for Promarkers & very good luck. Jane x

Wishcraft said...

Great layout and colours, a fabulous card hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a beautiful creation! Love the cute image and your great coloring. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning, a gorgeous creation today :0) Hugs Pops x x x

Louise F said...

Awesome card Hun :) You certainly did that image proud, she looks fabulous. It is so frustrating when a card isn't coming together properly but it is all worth it when they end up as great as this one :)

Dawn Turley said...

Just awesome Wendy. Really love how you have coloured her and the design is stunning with the retro colours in your background.

Lisa aka Myran said...

Really cute card Wendy and great coloring!
Thanks for sharing with us at Papertake Weekly :)

Dora said...

Awww this is cute, love the image and beautiful colors. Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week and good luck xx

melsanford said...

Fab card! I love the layout - well worth all the effort :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Anna said...

Great card!! Thanks for joining us this week at PFP and good luck :)
Hugs
Anna

mixamatoasties said...

Cool man......

xx

Elise said...

This is so STUNNING Wendy! She looks so beautifully coloured .. I love her!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Sharon said...

This is fabulous Wendy. I love the adorable image and the many layers are gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
Hugs Sharon. x

MagsB said...

I know just what you mean, hun, sometimes I take twice as long working out the layout and choosing the papers as I do putting the card together lol! But your creation is just gorgeous, well worth all the time and effort!

love Mags B xx

MagsB said...

Hi again, hun! I'm here with my DT hat on for The Squirrel and the Fox! Once again, this is such a fabulous card, so bright and cheerful! Thanks for joining in at the Squirrel and the Fox!

love Mags B xx

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