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

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Year a New Colour Challenge

Happy New Year!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the very best of things in 2011 :o)

We have a new Challenge at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog this week. Orange and Green. Please take a trip to the blog to see all of the cards the great girls on the Design Team have made. They are all so pretty :o)
Here is our picture for inspiration:
My card is for my Daughter-in-Law, whose Birthday is January 6th!! Obviously she is getting a 'late' card this year as per usual. I feel terrible that I do this to her every year and wish I would stop it.
I just never seem to get my January Birthday cards done in December as I should. I have 5 Birthdays in January and the first two are always late!!
I have used 'Tilda in a hurry' #3000 from Diana's Bon Voyage Collection. ( You can order your stamps etc. by clicking Diana's store in the top right corner of my blog )
My papers are from 'My Minds Eye' - Alphabet Soup Collection.
Here is Rhonda's card I hope you like it:
A little closer of Tilda in her Eyelet Nestie:
As you can see I have used orange rhinestones for the buttons on her blouse and tiny pearls for the necklace that is spilling out of her suitcase. I have put Crystal Lacquer on her shoes. I also put the same rhinestones all around the Nestie.
I used gold sticker letters and wrote 'late for your birthday' and tiny little sticker flowers in blue. Tilda has been coloured with Copics and cut out and attached with 3 D stickers to the Nestie.
I wanted to sew on this card as I have seen so many of you do. So I sewed mine by hand with variegated pearl cotton - size 12. Each piece inside and outside has been stiched.
On the inside of the card I made a pocket and used the Doohickey 'Vintage Tag' ( from Diana's store ) to attach my gift to. Both of the orange elements on the inside have been distressed with 'Tim Holtz' Vintage Photo ink.
For the inside right of the card I used the same Nestie Die in the orange this time. I used the same sheer green ribbon as on the tag and put it through the top two openings and tied a bow. I also added more of the blue sticker flowers :o)
I took a close up of the stitching for you to see it better, don't know if you can or not?
I hope you will try your hand at this Challenge. Diana will have a $25.00 Gift Certificate for the winner!!
Copics used:
Flesh - E000, E00, E21
Blush - R20
Hair - YR04, YR18, E13, E19
Hat, Shoes, Suitcase - YG93, YG95, YG67
Clothes in the suitcase - R85, R83, R81, Y11, Y13, Y15, BG11, BG23, BG32
Blouse - YR00, YR02
Skirt and Socks - E41, E42, E44
Latches on Suitcase - C1, C3, C5 plus Atyou Spica, silver
Leather strap on Suitcase - E11, E15

Thanks for visiting - see you next time - Love Candy