Southern Girls ~ Nature

Hey there my lovely blog buddies, it's time for a new 'Team Lou' challenge at Southern Girls and our theme this fortnight is 'Nature'. We're being sponsored by two awesome sponsors this challenge, Polkadoodles and Crafts & Me. Check out these fabulous sponsors, you won't be disappointed.

I chose to work with a gorgeous image from Polkadoodles called Octavia Moonfly Wistful. I think it's perfect for our 'Nature' theme. I love this image, there's just something rather enchanting about it. I coloured it up with my Promarkers and then set about trying to find papers to work with it. Always a mistake, I should have chosen the papers first and then coloured her! But I don't think the match worked out too badly. I'm sending this to a lovely pal for her 'big' birthday which is coming up very soon, so I used some of my 'stroke only' Maja Design papers. I used front and back of the 8th of April paper from the Vintage Spring Basics and the paper I used to mat the image is the reverse of the 10th of April paper from the same set.

I fussy cut the image after adding some blue around it, which on second thoughts might have looked better left white, but I wanted to hint at some blue sky behind her. I added a little doily as it looked too bare without anything there. I couldn't find my cream doilies, which might have toned slightly better, but I think I got away with it, just.

I used the soft colours from the gorgeous Maja Papers to determine the embellishments and went for a soft lilac and cream theme. I've used a lush guipure lace, some thin satin ribbon which I tied a double bow with and stitched a gorgeous wooden heart from Live & Love Crafts onto. The sentiment is an older one from Lili of the Valley if I recall correctly. I inked it in Memento Elderberry, so it has a purple hue rather than black ink. I used the same ink to run around the edge of the circle. I used a punch to create the little butterflies. 3 in a dark purple shade, topped with 3 slightly lighter ones and finished with tiny mauve pearls from MeiFlower. The scalloped edge I created from scraps I had on my diecutting table and I used a Magnolia Tilda's Lace die for this. 

I had intended to add some flowers too, but when I had added the wee butterflies, I couldn't see where else to add the flowers, and I didn't want to loose all the details, because I've even hand stitched the edges of this card! I've been loving the stitching on Kat's cards from Paper Firefly, you can check out a gorgeous make she did also using a stunning Polkadoodles image here. I was using my gorgeous Maja papers, so I thought I'd go the extra mile and hand stitch all the papers. I'm so pleased with how this came out! The final touch was to add the darker pearls in the bottom corners. I did add one each to the two top corners, but it didn't look right, so I took them off.

Well that's it for today. Do go check out my amazing teamies and their fabulous creations on the challenge blog. I hope you'll come and join us too for our 'Nature' challenge this fortnight at Southern Girls, with two awesome prizes up for grabs, it's worth entering. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Creative Inspirations: #247 ~ Nature
Dream Valley: #127 ~ All About Birthdays
Polkadoodles Crafting: #10 ~ Spring Colours
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #97 ~ So Fairy Cute
Allsorts Challenge: #354 ~ Spring Is In The Air
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #78 ~ Make It Girlie
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #29 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions: March ~ Let's Hear It For The Girl!
Card Mania Challenges: #78 ~ Polka Dots or Stripes (Striped Paper)
Clear It Out Challenge: Patterned Paper Over 1 Year Old (I've had these Maja Papers Forever!)

Soapbox Rant...
I could have cried last night when I happened upon yet another Pinterest link (when following a tutorial thread) and landed on a page full of Krista Smiths images, which had obviously had all the copyright marks taken out, so they were left blotchy and patchy. Who would want to use an image like that? It makes me so mad. Why do people think it's okay to rob our lovely artists of their revenue? Without them, we colourists wouldn't have half as much fun! I'm proud to be part of the Southern Girls DT. We've made a stand last year not to support derivative artists and all our sponsors are true artists, with their own distinct styles. I think it's important to ensure when buying stamps that we're supporting genuine artists. If a stamp reminds you overly of another artist, it's likely it's a derivative work. True artists have their own unique style, their own look and feel. These are the artists I want to support and encourage all to do the same. Rant over, thanks x


coldwaters2 said…
Hi Wends this is so beautiful you have coloured that image to perfection, the colours, embellishments and card design are stupendous
lorraine x
Judith said…
So pretty Wends - I love the gorgeous lilac shades and the cute image hugs Judith x
Sarah said…
A beautiful card Wendy and your friend is sure to love it. I applaud your rant, I can't agree with you more xx
What a wonderful card Wendy - love your colours!!
I totally agree with your rant. I think Ivsaw one of those images the other day on Pintrest and I ignored it.
brenda said…
A super sweet image and really pretty colours, many thanks for joining in our Spring is in the Air theme at Allsorts challenge.

B x
KraftyKoolKat said…
Really pretty and cute. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
Cathy DT Member
Donna Mosley said…
Beautiful card Wendy, love the adorable image and all the gorgeous details.

Donna x
A fabulous creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations this fortnight! xxx
Karen Oliver said…
Gorgeous Wends and how clever is your hand stitching love everything about this card. She's such a whimsical image coloured to perfection. Your rant is so justified.... how dare they. Xo
Karen said…
Oh Wends, you do know how to make my heart sing! :o) This card is beyond lovely and will be a highlight of the birthday girl's special day. The stamp is so beautiful and I love how you set her atop a sweet doily. (I think all neutrals pair well together!) Your papers are gorgeous... we like a LOT of the same things! I've been hoarding this Maja sheet because I'm afraid to use it up. You have inspired me to finally break into it very soon! Your accents are always lovely throughout... the delicate bow and sweet button, plus the always dreamy butterflies. Butterflies make everything even lovelier, don't they? :o) This is perfectly delightful, my sweet friend. What a joy to visit you and see what your crafty heart has been up to. Have a blessed and beautiful weekend ahead. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen said…
After that novel, I *still* forgot to mention something... my heart breaks every time I see stolen images on Pinterest, too. :( I see so many of Krista's and even Magnolia who doesn't even make digis. It's so hard to deal with, isn't it? It crushes the spirit. I'm grateful for people like you. <3

Hugs and blessings,
aussie aNNie said…
Gorgeous. The image, colours, lace, colouring and your stitching...STUNNING..XX
Leanne said…
Great job, love the colors and the image is awesome, great job, nice touch with the heart and the bow! Thanks for entering our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.
Leanne DT/LPCF
Mummylade said…
wonderful image. Thank you for playing along with us at Allsorts with your creation.
Wishcraft said…
Oh so pretty Wends... those papers are gorgeous! I totally agree with your rant, and have refused to use certain sponsor images on past DTs. Hugs, Lisa x
Rae Ann said…
I always color first and then look for papers. One of these days I will learn my lesson. Sometimes it takes forever to find the right one! These papers are perfect for this image and all of your embellies are perfect.

Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.
Helen said…
This is so pretty. Love the embellishments and your stitched edge looks fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

Hugs Helen P (DT) xx
Aunty Sue said…
such a lovely card and one of my fave images from polkadoodles
Jeni Mc said…
Beautiful card ,love the colours you have used and it is a cute image ,
Chris said…
Wow Wends, this is a complete stunner! Gorgeous image LOVE the colouring and palette, the papers are really beautiful, perfect background for your lovely design. Great choice of delicate embellies and lavish lace!
Katrina Bufton said…
A beautiful card, I love the delicate colours and that lace is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us in our Spring Colours challenge at Polkadoodles,
Katrina x
Evie said…
Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania challenge. Hope to see you again next time.

Evie - DT member
creationsnz said…
this is so pretty and magical
Beautiful card !
Thanks for joining us at SPARKLES MONTHLY Challenges and good luck !
Maryvonne , DT Member
Wendy said…
Absolutely gorgeous Wends, love it!....Thanks for playing along with us at The Cutie Pie :)
hugs Wendy xx

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