Thursday, 25 September 2014

Southern Girls - Shabby Chic

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!!! Running in red faced with my latest Southern Girls Challenge DT card. We have a fabulous challenge for you this time. We want to see all your Girly Shabby Chic gorgeousness. Now this is NOT my forte, but I put on my big girl pants, pulled out my Wild Orchid Craft flowers, my Tim Holtz distressing tool, my doilies, ribbons and pearls and my acrylic pearl paint (this girly doesn't own gesso!) and started chanting 'I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!' Okay, so truth be told, I CAN'T, and this is as close to shabby chic as this girly can muster, so blur your vision a little and go with it! LOL.

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I started off with a vision to make a square card and then discovered our Playcentre needed a card for one of our lovely educators who was leaving us at the end of this term - that means tomorrow! So I added my square design to a rectangular card base so there would be more space for people to write their farewells. It wasn't my initial intention, but actually I love it! Bringing in the Kraft card element, made me opt for the Kraft coloured gingham bow, to tie the colour into the card. I added a gorgeous Clay Heart from Live & Love Crafts, which in the absence of gesso, I added a bit of pearl coloured acrylic paint to. I think it's an okay substitute, what do you think?

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This challenge, we are spoilt to have two wonderful sponsors, who have given us some truly gorgeous images to work with. My image is from the fabulous Emerald Faerie Garden and she's called Bindie. So cute and such a lovely image to work with. I took a shot of the image before I added in the cute wee mushroom as it slightly overshadows the cutie patootie ladybugs, so a quick shot before adding that into the blooms and before attaching the ribbon, gave a better view of the image itself.

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I messed up the shadow under the fairy and the ladybugs, using too 'yellow' a green for this, when I'd used a 'blue' green for the rest of the grass. Note to self, stick with grey for shadows from now on! I coloured this wee cutie in haste, and didn't have time to do a 'cloudy' sky with inks, so I coloured the sky a solid light blue and added some die cut clouds instead, trimming one of them to look like it was coming from behind Bindie's wing. I used Waterfall Stickles on Bindie's wings and Crystal Stickles on the dragonfly's. I also added a touch of Christmas Red Stickles to Bindie's shoes. The image and mat were cut using MFT Stitched Circle Stax and I backed them with a paper doily.

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I really love the look of the flowers I used for this card. They are a mix of Gypsophila, Chrysanthemums, 20mm Red Open Roses, and Cherry Blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts. They're my favourite range of paper flowers to use as they really finish a card so perfectly. Live & Love Crafts are now stocking some Wild Orchid Crafts blooms, so the Chrysanthemum was from a recent order with them. I pinched out the centre of the Chrysanthemum, so that I could use the pretty red gem cabochon as the centre on this occasion and added a cute red toadstool which I picked up one Christmas in Sweden from a supermarket! I love the look of red toadstools, a passion which started when I was very small and was allowed to have a toadstool sticker on my primary school desk, from the Disney movie Bambi. So it was fun to sneak one into this make.

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A peek under the bow, would reveal this pretty border die which is a Magnolia Doohickey called Heart Flower Lace. I was so gutted to have it completely covered by all the embellishments I used. I love to let the pretty papers and dies have their space to feature, so I usually favour a slightly more pared back approach in my crafting. I love the gorgeous Scandinavian inspired Papermania Home for Christmas designer paper I used for this card, it lends that home-made, hand-stitched kinda feel, which was exactly what I was after for this card. I really like those little cross-stitch hearts.

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Talk about making up for lost time, that's an epic post to get through, sorry it was so long, I obviously needed to 'chat' tonight, LOL. Thanks for hanging out and do pop in again soon. I'll have another card ready to share very soon. In the meantime, head on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog and have some fun with us in our 'Girly Shabby Chic' challenge. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: Distress It
Divas By Design: Pretty In Glitter
Papertake Weekly: Oh How Cute!
A Creative Romance: Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #340 ~ Dies & Punches
Passion for Promarkers: #266 ~ Autumn Colours
Crafty Little Fairies: September ~ Sparkle & Bling
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stencils & Stamps
Deep Ocean Challenge: #87 ~ At Least One Flower
As You Like It: Favourite Digi Stamp & Why? (I love digi stamps for their convenience and have a number of favourite designers, Sugar Nellie, Saturated Canary, Mo's Digital Pencil, but these stamps from the Emerald Faerie Garden are some of my earliest and favourites. Here's a link to a really old card I made using one of their images. Still just as gorgeous today as when I first discovered them.)


Woop woop! I got Top 3 in the 'As You Like It' Favourite Digi Stamp Challenge.

16 comments:

coops said...

so gorgeous wendy.stunning image and i love your design and lush bow ;D

xx coops xx

Dena said...

My goodness Wendy, this is FABULOUS!!!! I think you did a wonderful job with the challenge!! Really pretty embellishments and such nice, soft coloring of the image!!! Perfect in every way!!
hee hee you little chatter bug!
Hugs, Dena

Sarah Nancarrow said...

Oh my word this is gorgeous! The frame around that totally cute fairy is like a window onto a secret little world, and the addition of those beautiful flowers and adorable mushroom are perfect!!

Sue said...

This is gorgeous. I love the sweet image, beautiful colours and such pretty detailing too.
hugs Sue xx

Elise said...

Oh my gosh Wendy! This is just GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love how you put everything together and your floral arrangement is just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

What an absolutely wonderful combination of elements here! I would've never thought to combine gingham and a fairy, but you nailed it! It was so fun to soak in each and every detail of this card. I really like the color palette and how the fairy really pops with her beautiful bits of blue. I love how her shimmer looks against the more rustic, natural elements. I also wouldn't have even noticed your "shadow mistakes" had you not mentioned them. I thought it was an awesome idea to experiment with other shadow shades! This whole card is fresh and unique and filled with great dimension and texture. Even though you hadn't planned on making it into a rectangular shape, I really like how the border turned out around your square. I'm sure the educator who received this was blown away by it! Great work and I'm so glad you shared your skills with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card, just love that cute little mushroom! Hugs, Lisa x

Lotta said...

So sweet stamp, what a darling fairy, and lovely layout of your project. Thank you for joining Passion for ProMarkers. Hugs Lotta DT xx

Margreet said...

Gorgeous card with a lovely colored image...your heart is wonderful...thanks for sharing it with us at Divas by Design!
xxx Margreet

Liz McGuire, said...

Very pretty card, love the attention to detail,

Liz x
PS, just had a nosey and all your previous creations are stunning too!

Andie's Space said...

Hi Wendy,
This is so cute. What an adorable image. Love those gorgeous embellies & the fab bow. Thanks for joining us at Passion for Promarkers this week.
Hugs,
Andie xx

Elaine said...

It's a totally gorgeous card Wendy.
I really struggle with shabby chic style, I love it but can't get it right, and I also don't own any gesso...I don't like messy stuff!
I love the gingham bow, the kraft and red colour combo, and the flowers and cute little toadstool compliment the fairy image perfectly.
It's a proper little stunner ♥

Big hugs to you
Love Elaine xxx

Jules said...

Hi Wendz

Thank you for visiting my blog as it now means I have found you!!!

Loving your cards .. .. especially this one with all the scrummy hearts and that fabulous bow.

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Wendy, the image is adorable and I love how you've arranged the pretty embellies.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Ginny said...

gorgeous, as always :)

Mojca said...

Oh this looks really cute! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Hugs! Mojca

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