Thursday, 6 November 2014

Southern Girls - Boys, Boys, Boys

It's that time again for a new Southern Girls Challenge and it's our 99th challenge! It's Team Lou's turn to showcase some really fun and fabulous images from two of our wonderful sponsors for this challenge. Make it Crafty and Emerald Faerie Garden. Both our sponsors have the most fantastic stamps, you're going to love them! 



We have a third sponsor for this challenge too, the wonderful Iva Nova Chest. I can vouch for their gorgeous prizes first hand, as I won one, from a Southern Girls Challenge before I joined the Southern Girls DT. So I know the winner is going to love the little parcel that arrives in the post from them!


I was given a stamp from Make it Crafty to use for this challenge and as I happened to have another couple from them in my stash already, I decided to go for the trifecta and combine three images to make a fun Christmas morning theme. Yep, I can't help myself, I'm all about the Christmas makes at this time of year! I used Little Christmas Tree, Elf with Gift and Playful Elf Sitting to create my little Christmas scene.

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Now it is a 'boys' challenge this time around, but I made the card for my daughter Georgie, to give to my son Zac for Christmas. I know she'll want to make her own card for him, but when I saw these images, I knew it would make a really cute card and theme done this way. So yes, it's a boys card, but it does have pink! Everybody repeat after me... "real men wear pink". Hehe, not in this household, but fortunately Zac is only four, so he still thinks 'all the colours are beautiful' and won't mind a bit the pink and brown colour scheme. In fact when he saw the finished card, he asked, "is it for me?", bless.

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The paper I've used as the 'wallpaper' in the image is from a lovely digital Christmas paper set by Mindy Baxter called Christmas Cookies. I went through quite a few different papers before settling on this sweet one. The darker ones didn't work as they swamped the images, so this lighter paper made a really lovely backdrop to my scene. I didn't want to use any other designer papers, as I felt this would detract or take away from the scene, so I opted for white and kraft as the backdrop. I used a pretty Memory Box edge die called Frostyville snow border for a little interest on the left of the image and a simple wrap of pretty pink crushed silk ribbon to finish that area off. The right hand corner was a bit bare without anything, so I added a Quickutz photo corner with a pink pearl.

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I edged the image with tea dye distress ink then used a pale pink mat and then a kraft card mat to mount the image. I mounted the image onto foam pads for a little extra dimension. The three images were merged in word with the digital paper as a backdrop. I then coloured the images with my Promarkers, added Glossy Accents to the baubles and star, then glued 5 little snowflakes which were cut from the Memory Box die onto the tree and added some Diamond Stickles to finish them. I also added Glossy Accents to all the little bells in the image and to the girls belt buckle. I used Stickles Ice Glitter on the tree to emulate the sparkly tinsel my mama used to wrap round our tree when I was little. My final extra texture treatment was some Liquid Applique to the girls hat trim, which puffed up really nicely and you might just catch a glimpse of the dimension in one of the photos that caught it in the right light.

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The sentiment I've used is from Stampendous and is a really fun one which I utterly fell for after seeing my blog buddy Nic use it a couple of times. Not the first time seeing her gorgeous cards has sent me shopping and I'm sure it won't be the last either!

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Right, that's more than enough chit chat from me today. Come on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog and check out my madly talented teamies and while you're there, join in the challenge! Have an awesome week, I'm off to start the panic clean before our dinner guests arrive. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Creative Romance: Pink
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #41 ~ Three Stamps On A Card
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss: #260 ~ Non Traditional Christmas Colours
The Ribbon Girl: November Card Challenge ~ Christmas Card
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #77 ~ Two or More Stamps (I've used three)
Passion For Promarkers: #272 ~ Beatles Song ~ Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Good ol' Days ~ Ice Stickles = tinsel from childhood
Live & Love Crafts: #29 ~ Favourite Christmas Colour Combo (I really love pink and Kraft, I tried this combo last year, which you can see here and loved it, so here's my pink/kraft for this year.)

17 comments:

Wedgie said...

Gorgeous card Wendy - love the tinsel!
Thought I'd pop by and say hi - I look forward to seeing more of your lovely cards!

Wedgie xxx

Chris said...

A lovely combination of images to create your little scene. I love the subtle palette too, a fabulous card.
Chris x

Nikki said...

Gorgeous card. Great images and I love the tinsel... Gorgeous snowflake die too. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.

Nikki

Dawn Turley said...

fabulous card Wendy. You make beautiful cards.

Blankina said...

Pretty male Christmas card..lovely die cut too.
Glad you could join our Anything Goes challenge at Loves Rubberstamps, looking forward to see more of your work here :),
Hugs Blankina

Blankina said...

Pretty male Christmas card..lovely die cut too.
Glad you could join our Anything Goes challenge at Loves Rubberstamps, looking forward to see more of your work here :),
Hugs Blankina

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

What a pretty card - and fun! Love the sparkle!

Your grandson is going to be excited to receive this card!

I also want to welcome you to the Sweet Stampin Design Team. It will be great working/creating alongside you!

mixamatoasties said...

Gorgeous card Wends. Love the sentiment. I've used that one before ;)

Susan x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such a gorgeous card, love it!

Hugs
Maarit

Michelle said...

Beautifully done! I love the little white accent touches. Thank you for sharing your card with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle
http://www.michellezerull.blogspot.com

Elise said...

Oh my gosh Wendy! This is GORGEOUS! And I soooo love that cute sentiment! heheheheheh! Beautiful color mixtures and I love that snowy die on the side! Soooo STUNNING!

Thank you so much for all the SWEET comments you left on my blog .. awwwww!!!!! That was so special for me!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Suzanne C said...

Cute images they reminded me of the Frozen princesses! Love the kraft and pink combination! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog!

Sandra Mathis said...

Hi Wendy,
Lovely Christmas card and a great combo (last year's card is lovely as well and with one of my favourite SC Christmas images). Thanks for playing with us at LLC so I got a chance to stop by and say hi. Hope all is well.

Hugz, Sandy
Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

coops said...

so stunning wendy.really fab image and sentiment and i love your snowflake border and gorgeous colours ;D

xx coops xx

NGCARDS said...

This is a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at PTW! xxx

Andie's Space said...

HI Wendy,
Another cute card. Love the fun image & the wonderful die. Fab sentiment too. Thanks for joining us at Passion For Promarkers this week.
Hugs,
Andie xx

Sarah Nancarrow said...

Love love love that die cut edge!!! Your images make me feel festive and I want to sit under that beautiful tree!

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