Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fairy Wishes & Birthday Kisses

Time has rolled around again for another Southern Girls Challenge. Time is just flying by this year and we have just had a Design Team call for the next term. We have a fantastic lineup of talent joining us this next term, and I'm so happy that Lou and the crew have invited me to do a second term at Southern Girls. It's such a cool crew with a fabulous design team and it's about to get really interesting with a huge range of crafty talent joining us. I'm really having fun on this Design Team so it's lovely to be staying on. Now let me take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to all the new crew!

Our latest Southern Girls Challenge is a 'Texture Challenge'. So we want to see anything on your card that adds dimension, adds texture and interest. So bring out your embossing folders, your glitter glues and glossy accents, and those chunky embellishments! We are sponsored by the sweet All Dressed Up Stamps range for this challenge and were given a couple of images to play with that are really fun. I chose the sweet fairy as I had a wee birthday girlie in mind for this make. She's going to love this sweet character. 

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The sweet fairy I've used is called 'Fairy Magic' and is such a cute image. The sentiment comes right alongside the image, but you could fussy cut this to add it elsewhere in the design. I had real trouble with the light on my photoshoot for this card. It was a grey day and the sparkle just wouldn't show in her wings. It also doesn't show up the colour of her hair very well, which is actually candy floss pink! So you'll just have to 'imagine' the right colour. Here are some of the details close up.

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I used an embossing folder to make the Happy Birthday sentiment from a strip of paper matching the main background. Then I rounded the corners. The clouds were also made from an embossing folder and then fussy cut around a few of the shapes to make a smaller cluster. I was really happy with the 'textured' effect that these two embossing folders gave this card. The flowers also add texture. These are from Wild Orchid Crafts, my favourite place to buy my mulberry paper flowers from. They are white Tulips, white Cosmo Daisy and pink edged Hellebore. The lovely velvet ribbon was a gift from one of my sisters and the white cotton lace is from the Warehouse here in New Zealand.

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Here's the wee cutie closer up, so you can see the shading I've done on the dress and the butterflies (though not as visible as I'd hoped). You can also see the generous helping of Stardust Stickles I added to her wings, though it really is sparklier in reality! You can also tell her hair is pink here, though it's actually candy pink, not the muted pink that it looks like here. Really must sort out a better setup for taking my pics. Winter natural light, just isn't cutting it! Any advice out there?

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A slightly different angle above, better shows off the sparkly wings and you can see some of the Waterfall Stickles that I used on the butterflies too.

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The pretty designer paper I've used is the Aquarelle page from the Prima Fairy Belle range by Jody Lee Designs. I cut this paper along with all the other mats, with my Go Create Frilly #10 die and my eBosser. I'm so happy I bought my eBosser before leaving the UK. It's a brilliant die-cutting tool. I still love my Big shot for smaller die cutting jobs, but the eBosser is the bomb for all the large dies and large embossing folders too.

Thanks for popping in on my blog today. Come back in a couple of days, as I've finally worked out how to do the 'sticky post' thingy and I've just hit 50 followers, so I'll be offering a little candy. That's all I'm saying, you'll have to pop back to see. Do stop into the Southern Girls Challenge blog and check out the gorgeous work the rest of the team have done, even some of our new crew joined in, so there's quite a feast for the eyes over there. Why don't you come on over and enter with your own 'textured creation' we'd love to see what your interpretation of the brief is. See you soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Girls Challenge: #24 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge: #53 ~ Birthday Party!
Crafting From The Heart: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #269 ~ Flower Power
Crafty Calendar Challenge: August ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenges: #172 ~ Animal Friends (Beautiful Butterflies)
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge: #178 ~ Favourite Colour Combination. (I love using tones of the same colour in my makes. It could be tones of any colour, but today it's greeny blues.)
Inky Chicks Challenge: #35 ~ Photo Inspiration. (Used the colours of the eye as the main colours in my creation and the skin colours in the designer papers.)
Sunday Sketch & Stamp: #214 ~ Louise's Sketch. (I've turned the sketch 90 degrees and then flipped the sentiment, so it runs horizontal rather than vertical, otherwise all the elements are there, plus a few clouds!)

19 comments:

debby4000 said...

Adorable and so gorgeous too.
luv
Debby

Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh my gosh, your little angel girl is so cute and I just love your 3D clouds! Beautiful background papers and the lace is such a lovely touch!! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania! :)

Pamellia GDT

L.B. said...

Love the fun shades of blue and this cute fairy.

Anna-Karin said...

Cute fairy. Love the shape of your card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations.
Hugs Anna-Karin

Dawn Turley said...

Hi Wends - one awesome card. Just love this little fairy. Her wings looks so delightful.

Planetsusie said...

This image is so sweet Wendy and those clouds are beautiful. I lurve the shade of teal blue that you have chosen as well - it really makes your card stand out.

Thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month, lots of luck to you.

Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

N Zver said...

What a cute card .Love the flower fairies. And your colouring is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Love to Create. Neva

MagsB said...

Oh Wends, this is just adorable! Such a cute image, and your card shape is so pretty, too!

love Mags B x

Elise said...

Oh wow Wendy! This is simply GORGEOUS! I love these colors and your colouring! And all the embossing .. it looks so beautiful!!!!!!

Wishing you a gorgeous weekend!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Erin Bentley said...

Hi, A lovely card, love the image and the pretty colours. Thank you for joining Crafty Girls this fortnight. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
Hugs Erin DT and Co Owner x

Lin said...

Gorgeous card Wends, love the rich teal and that so pretty paper. I can see you too are a fan of Go Kreate dies!

Thanks for the lovely comment over at my blog on the wedding card. The circle dies, are the first love of Grand Circles from Spellbinders, not the Grand Stately ones, but the first lot they released. The very centre circle is a Marianne die called Tiny's Hearts.

Lin

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Totally adorable image, the card is gorgeous!


Warm hugs
Maarit

Paper Panda said...

Really sweet card, and such pretty colours. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
Mandy x (PPCC DT)

kenli said...

This is soooo cute!! I love your image and beautiful coloring! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Carda Mania challendges :)

Elaine said...

And it's a stunning card Wendy.
I love these images and I love these colours too! Perfect embellies that compliment the image all goes to make a totally gorgeous card.

I struggle to take a decent photo at the best of times but when the nights draw in it becomes even more difficult! It's still dark when I leave in a morning to go to work and it's dark by the time I get home again. I bought a light tent but that didn't make any noticeable difference!

Big hugs to you
Love Elaine xx

Esther said...

Darling card!!
Love your colors and your pretty embellishments :)
Thanks for joining Die Cuttin' Divas this week!!

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.
Mags
x

Lisa :) said...

This is just so gorgeous. I love a shaped card, first of all. But the layers, details, your coloring, the whole thing came together beautifully. Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Creations. Hope to see you back soon! --Lisa, DT

Ginny said...

love everything about this, esp how you fussycut the clouds :)

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