Fab 'n' Funky ~ In The Garden

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies. After my disgraceful late post for the last Fab 'n' Funky challenge I thought I'd better get in early this week, so here I am scheduling this post well before it's due, so blogger don't let me down! We are having an awesome Easter break right now. My kiddos finished their first school term on Thursday last and now we have two blissful weeks off. I'm hoping to take them up North to our family bach, but we are forecast a cyclone! So we'll have to see what happens with that. It's hit the middle of our North Island quite badly, but seems to have missed Auckland at this stage. The footage is alarming and funny at the same time, with some typical blasé Kiwi attitudes of getting out the surfboards to make the most of the swells! Not so fun for the families who have had to evacuate their homes to drier ground though. My thoughts and well wishes are with them all.

But you came to look at the pretties, so let me get to that! Our fabulous sponsor is Lemon Shortbread this week and wow do they have some enchanting images or what?! I love this sweet image which is actually their promo image at the moment. I think it's so sweet and fits with the garden theme of our current challenge really well. You can find this sweet image along with the other fabulous garden images my teamies are using over on their Etsy Store. The image I used is called Daisy Ribbon Lucille.

Isn't she a sweetheart?! I love the gorgeous yesteryear design, the hat tip to the 1960's glamourous backcombed 'beehive' hairstyles. I remember a beautiful picture of my mummy's twin sister sporting a rather glamourous hairstyle quite similar to this back in the day. It's not apparent in the above picture, but I've added some Wink of Stella on the daisies petals for a bit of glitter and shine and some liquid pearl accents on her lovely string of pearls necklace.

I often colour first and panic afterwards that I'll not find papers to match, so I was happily surprised to find a gorgeous and rather perfect plaid paper in my digital papers collection from The Digital Press designer Anita Designs. Her collection called The Best of Times, has a lovely selection of papers and this plaid paper had such soft pretty colours in the perfect combo of shades to work with the image I'd just coloured with my Promarkers. 

I had my birthday recently and my hubby and son organised a rather gorgeous treat for me. They decided these fabulous Go Kreate frames might get damaged if they weren't wrapped in something a little sturdier, so my little guy chose this sweet story from his bedtime stories collection to wrap mummy's present in! Totally melted my heart, bless him! Needless to say, I was pretty stoked with my gorgeous new dies too! I love these dies and have been wanting this #7 shape for quite a while, so it was a super lovely birthday treat to be given these. This card is my first creation using these lovely new dies.

The pretty glittery butterflies I've used on this creation were also a birthday present, bought through a wonderful Etsy artisan called Angelica. Her store 'Little Scrap Shop' is full of the most enchanting and beautiful embellishments for papercrafting. I love the little silver spoons! I paired the sweet butterflies with a Joycrafts butterfly border and added the full butterfly on top of the border ones, so you see the full wing span. The littlest one I picked up pre-loved from a crafty pal recently. I was so pleased with that, as I had been trying to hunt down this smaller butterfly for some time now. The larger one you'll recognise as the same one I had as a candy recently. My favourite butterfly shape, it's so pretty. I've embellished the paper butterflies to match the black and blue ones from the Etsy artisan. So a bit of ink to their antennae and some lovely 'Flourish With A Bling' pearls and they worked far better together. I love that their pearls come in packs with lots of different sizes in a range of beautiful colours. I used some pretty cream cotton lace and a darker teal ribbon to finish the card. All the paper edges and the paper butterflies were edged with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in a lovely pale blue shade called Worn Jeans. 

Well that was rather more wordy than I meant to be! I hope you'll come on over to Fab 'n' Funky and check out what my awesome teamies have been up to. Our lovely blog mama Judith is our hostess this week. Pop in to her blog and check out all the awesomeness happening there. She's had a number of her beautiful creations for Crafter's Companion featured on Hochanda TV recently. So her blog is full of inspiration. She chose the theme 'In The Garden' for our current challenge. We'd love to see how you interpret this. I'll be back again very soon with my next crafty adventure. My blog's like a London bus right now! LOL. Hugs to you all and I'll see you soon, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Use Any Image
Lemon Shortbread: #39 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #192 ~ Ribbon or Lace
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #56 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #339 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me: April Challenge ~ Things With Wings
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #273 ~ One For The Girls
Card Mania Challenges: #91 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers
Creatalicious Challenges: #113 ~ Anything Goes with option of Birthday (my sisters birthday card)


Nannieflash said…
Fabulous image and a I love your card design. Thanks for joining us at PG, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx
Chris said…
Such a pretty image Wends, perfect choice for this challenge...and you've coloured her beautifully! Lovely colours, papers and design...your new dies are fabulous, such a nice shape! Those butterflies are gorgeous!
Enjoy the break with your family! Hope the weather doesn't cause any more problems!
Pat said…
Beautiful card Wends, lovely image. Hope you are having a good time with the family on your break and that you are hopefully missing the bad weather.

Pat xx
Pat K said…
WOW...so gorgeous Wends. Beautifully coloured with wonderful detail and great shape. Enjoy the break and stay safe. hugs, Pat K x
I love Go kReate dies and have this one. Such a sweet image nd the butterflies are beautoful.
Alison said…
Gorgeous image, Wends, and she looks great in your new frame. I love the way her hair colour is echoed in the paper and the butterflies are the perfect finishing touch. Hope your weather calms down - take care and stay safe.
Hugs, Alison xx
Wendy said…
Oh Wends, love everything about your card , it's absolutely gorgeous so beautifully coloured...enjoy your family time.
Wendy xxx
Sarah said…
This is really gorgeous Wends, love the image, the pretty papers, fab shape and your perfect finishing touches. Stay safe xx
Elizabeth Hart said…
This is such a sweet and charming card - love those extraordinary butterflies. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)
AO Creations said…
Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious, good luck!!! Amy DT
Megan J said…
Hi Wendy, a beautiful card love all your butterfly embellishments, they are stunning! Glad to know I'm not the only one who colours first and then has to find some papers to co-ordinate. Thank you for joining in at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges. Good luck in the Prize draw and have a wonderful week … Megan DT Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Fikreta said…
so nice card!
Christine L said…
Absolutely gorgeous Wendy... stunning colouring of that girlie (especially her hair!), and a lovely design too.. I love that the flowers come outside of the oval. The butterflies are the perfect finishing touch!

Christine x
Donna said…
Such a gorgeous card with pretty colours and detail.
Thanks for joining us for The Ribbon Girl April Anything Goes - Any Image challenge and I hope to see you next time.
Good luck!
Hugs, Donna xx
Hi Wends....Gorgeous card....love the beautiful image and the butterflies....Joolsx
Victoria Rowson said…
Lovely card design and great colouring on this card. Thank you so much for sharing with Lemon Shortbread Blog Challenge.
CraftyGirl said…
I am very glad you joined us this week at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. I hope you had a fantastic time!!! See you back very soon to play in another amazing challenge. :)


Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team Member
scrapfantazje said…
Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge:)
Melanie said…
A wonderful card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional birthday” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy the past couple of weeks…
Deanne Saunders said…
Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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