Saturday, January 22, 2011

A New Inspiration Challenge!

Hello Maggie lovers :o)

**I would like to give my congratulations to Diana Crick and her husband, on their brand new Grandson who was born on Friday!!! A new brother for their sweet granddaughter :o) How wonderful to have one of each!**

It is Inspiration week at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog!

Our wonderful Design Team Member, Cabio has given us our challenge this month.
Here is the picture:
What do you think? Different?
You must go and see the work the Design Team has done at the Challenge Blog!

I see many things in the picture. A calm and restful place. The beautiful window, of course. The soft yellow and bright white. The very bright touches of orange and magenta. Also a touch of gold and wood.
It was hard to decide just which way to go with this inspiration.
In the end I choose to go with the colour of wood and the two bright colours, with a touch of white.
For my project this time I have made a Birthday gift for my very good friend, Laura. Sure hope she likes it.
I started with a piece of design paper that I have had for many years that had a soft muted brown to it. I then distressed it in different ways.
I am going to tease you this time like I have seen others do, by showing you little 'bits' of pictures LOL!

Here we go...........

As you can see I distressed the soft brown paper with ink from Tim Holtz in 'Walnut Stain' and then tore the paper in 3 places. I wet my paper and curled the edges of the torn parts, used my heat gun to dry it and then put the same ink on those parts. I took another old piece of coloured card stock in the magenta colour and put it behind the first brown piece and with my bright orange embroidery floss I 'sewed' the seams together.
I stamped the top left and bottom right corner with a swirl design in the same 'Walnut Stain ink' and put half pearls in 3 sizes over the design. I especially like the look of the top left corner :o)
I used 'Tulip Tilda' from The Fairytale Collection #232 from Diana's Store. She is ready and waiting for you there :o)
I coloured her in the same colours that I picked from Cabio's photo. Copics will be listed at the end of the post.
Tilda is stamped on Cryogen White paper the edges of which have been inked with Tim Holtz 'Vintage Photo'.
Still digging through my stash of old design paper I found this bright orange with white polka dots and made my flowers out of it and some more of the distressed brown. I punched the flowers out with my 'retro' punches. I used buttons from my stash for the centres and also added a precious hand made butterfly button I have saved for a very long time, on the upper right side.
My papers were all very thin so I used Score Tape from Diana's store and taped the whole thing down to a heavy piece of card stock for stability.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Here is the whole thing before I framed it:

AND here it is framed and all ready to go to Laura:
I am sorry I wasn't able to get a picture without the light reflecting on it :o(
* HINT - I used very thick 3 dimensional tape attached to the glass to have room for my flowers to keep their shape and all of the buttons and pearls.* It is hidden by the white frame.
Hope you enjoyed my project :o)
Love, Candy

Skin: E000, E00, E21 Cheeks: R20
Hair: E50, E51, E53
Blouse and socks: YR04, YR14, YR16, E99
Dress: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17
Tulip: R30, R32, R35
Stem: G21, G24, YG67
Shoes: E11, E13, E15
Tilda is shaded with Y11
Ground is E41, E42


cabio's craft corner said...

What a delightful gift for your friend Candy. She will be thrilled getting it for sure. Lovely coloring you picked on from the photo and I see a beautiful colored Tilda :o)

Regina said...

Cindy!!! It´s amazing!! I love distressing and you did it wonderfully!! ( I´m not sure if there´s this word in english!! LOL) O seu cartão ficou simplesmente lindo, as cores estão maravilhosas e os distress UAU!!! amei!!
Have a marvellous week!
Love and hugs


Sandy said...

Oh my dear friend this is wonderful - first I absolutely adore creativity, seeing something new and different sparks my imagination. The corners are wonderful and yes the left hand corner is to die for. Candy you just don't know how much I love home made flowers - they have a personality all their own. Your Tilda is colored beautifully and I love those colors. Laura will love this present. And yes my dear, you are a tease - love the artsy fartsy way you photographed your work you clever girl!
Love you,

Eulanda said...

Ooooooh this is a FABULOUS creation!! Those swirls with pearls (hee hee that rhymes) are gorgeous! Oh and great job on the teasing. It worked really well. LOL!! Ok I'm in for this one!! I studied the picture first before looking at other's so I kind of know what I want to do. Off to write it down. AND Diana just shipped an order to me. I'm hoping to have that by Friday. Then I can play with some new stamps! Yippeee! Gorgeous project Candy!

Sharon Caudle said...

Hi Ms Candy!!! I love your card! The beautiful flourishes in the corner lend such elegance, and Tilda is beautiful and colored so well! Fabulous take on the inspiration photo my friend!
big hugs!

LindaC said...

What a great gift! I love how you tore the paper, added the 'pop' of color underneath, and then sewed with the bright thread. This will be a cherished gift for a long time. LC

Anonymous said...

What a sweet gift for your friend! Love the stamped swirl with the added pearls - so pretty! And how fun the stitching looks around your "ripped" paper. I love that idea! Lovely coloring on this sweet Tilda, Candy! Love this! hugs, Angela

Sam B said...

Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you! I love finding new blogs; I figure anyone who follows Becca's blog is a kindred spirit, and lo and behold - the name of your blog tells me you ARE indeed -I love chocolate too, and your card is really lovely!!

Judy K. said...

What a beautiful card! I can tell you went that extra mile, sooo many adorable elements to look at. Love your coloring. You have a very lucky friend!!!
Judy K.

Debby said...

“Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you”

Candy, I really love the "sewing" you did on this card. It is very nice. I might have to try this technique. Your coloring is wonderful

Cami said...

Very pretty BD card for your friend and a great take on this inspiration pic, Candy! Your friend will love this! Hugs, Cami

Rene said...

Oh soooo pretty! Candy you are an artist! :D

Suzanne J Dean said...

So elegant & unique Candy! Love the beautiful details you've added for pops of color with that cutie-patootie Tilda! Beautiful take on the photo!


Barb Hardeman said...

Candy, this is magnificent! The flourishes with the pearls are so fabulous! The distressing with the hand sewing is out of this world and the colors you chose for Tilda are scrumptious! Your tease was fun! I loved looking closely at each detail of your card and then finally the finished product! I have a hunch that your friend will be thrilled to bits to receive this awesome piece of art to hang on her wall!
Blessings XOXO

Chris said...

Candy, very nice job. I am impressed with your distressing. Haven't really done much of that myself.

Marlene said...

Wow- what a fabby card!!! I love the distressing!

Ok, listen up lady. I just looked at your profile, and there is no way you're 61!!! Get outta town!

Marlene said...

Oops...I mean 60!!! There's no way you're 60!!! (Did I say 61? My bad.)

paola said...

a beautiful gift for anybody, sure your friend is gonna love it, i like the clean design of this adorable project and you've done a great job on the coloring, well done

Glenda-Canada said...

“Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you!!

You too, are an inspiration and truly posses an amazing talent!
Warm Regards
Glenda Kerr from Canada

H said...

What a goreous gift for your friend.Coloring of Tilda is beautiful.Candy you are amazing,teasing us.And what a great idea with the stitching,and the corners is to die for,lol,I love it.Thanks for sharing this with us.
Hugs harma

Alex said...

Hi Candy,
Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you!
Love your Tilda, she is so cute and the swirls are lovely! I LOVE the top left corner with the beautiful pearls on it!
Lots of love,

Barbara (Jamie) Gudermuth said...

Candy, I just love this project. I'm new to this craft and am learning so much from you. Your coloring is wonderful....actually every single thing is wonderful!


Silvie Z said...

wowzers Candy! This is awesome! Your Tilda is such a cutie and the whole layout is wonderful! Love how you tore the paper - very original! Beautiful creation!

orangedaisy said...

what a great gift, sure your friend will love it
love the 'stitched' tears, great idea
it has a lovely vintage feel to it, fab

Sylvia said...

This is so beautiful. Your friend will love this. The swirls are beautiful and you did a awesome job with Tilda.
Hugs Sylvia

Iulia said...

Hehe! It's really funny to post bits of your project first. At the third one I was beginning to lose hope:))
Love the florishes in the corner and those delightful flowers.
Great idea with that mounting foam under the frame too!
Gorgeous colors and coloring as usual!
Yes, your friend will definitely adore your project! It's perfect!
hugs, iulia

Anonymous said...

“Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you”

Love the flourishes and the pearls!

Anne (UK)

Diana Crick said...

Wow this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the orange stitching, very clever and effective. Beautiful swirls accent Tilda beautifully. FABULOUS gift!!!
hugs, Diana

Cindy Lou said...

Such a nice gift! Love all the details, Magnolia is one of my favs and you have done such a nice job with it! Also, “Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you. If you have been to Becca's lately you know what that means, visit and share share a comment from the heart. Thanks for sharing your inspiring heart!

Christina C. said...

What a lovely project indeed!! How very clever, Cindy...beautifully done!

DWD said...

Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you. I also scrolled back thru your blog and fell in love with the Kenny K stamp on the card you posted on Nov 28th. Funny thing about it is, that is my DH birthday. I think that stamp is right up his alley too. LOL

Norma said...

Candy, what a unique project you did. I'm sure your friend is going to love this. I just love flourishes and swirls and yours are simply gorgeous--very elegant looking. And the added pearls just made them more so. Wonderful distressing work. Fabulous colouring of Tilda--she looks good in those colours. Terrific job you've done!


Lisette Morris said...

What a great project and challenge! Beautiful!

cdjcape521 said...

Hi Candy! I love the name of your blog, LOL! I am commenting because Becca "AmazingPaperGrace" has suggested her followers share the comment wealth! Have a great day, and I will be signing up, love your work!

Trisha said...

Becca @ is sharing the comment wealth and I picked U. How wonderful it must be to live inside your head, what creative talent you have! Thanks for sharing with us.

Rosalie said...

Hi Candy,
Thanks for your comments in my blog. I will be your follower. I know I'll learn a lot with you. Your cards are great.

Vicki said...

Candy! OMG my first visit to your blog and what a beautiful creation that greets me! I love how you stitched that paper...such a beautiful gift for you friend....and a great great take on the photo! I want to thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words on my blog! I will be back to see you often!


Pat said...

Hi Candy...absolutely beautiful, babe!! The sewn elements are such fun! And your coloring of this darlin' little Tilda is just stunning sweetie!! Your friend is going to cherish this fab gift...because it's gorgeous and because you made it!! Pat Frank