Monday, 13 December 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 36

For this challenge, we are very proud to have a number of prizes up for grabs.

£10 voucher from Joanna Sheen

£10 voucher from The Stampman

$10 voucher for Stitchy Bear Stamps

Pack of 5 promarkers from Letraset

£10 voucher for Crafts & Me

£10 worth of stamps of your choice from Stamping all day

How's that for a line up? Not surprisingly, we want you to do something a little bit different this time. Not only are we challenging you to show us what you're doing now, but we also want you to show us one of your first efforts!

For this challenge, I got to work with one of Stitchy's images - called Flutterby. I teamed it with some paper which also came from the Stitchy Bear shop, but which was designed by Panda Bear Designs.
I coloured three copies of the humming bird with Promarkers, shading between a blue/green shade through to magenta. I made the flowers using layers of tissue paper coloured with Promarkers to the same shades as the bird, and cut with a Marianne Creatables die in my Wizard, layering them with a brad.
(A close up so you can see the layering)
I finished the card with some layered flowers and a label from my collection.
And now I've shown you something recent, I'm supposed to show you something older.
I started making cards back when I did a lot of cross stitch and Hardanger, so an obvious way into 'paper' cards was stitching, and I did quite a few. Like a lot of cards I did then, this is a 'single technique' card - apart from adding a peel off greeting and dragonfly, it's just the stitched image. There's no layering - something I rarely do without these days. The other big difference is the size and shape. A6 used to be my preferred card size, but these days I prefer a square format, and I love the (almost) six inch square cards that are available.

So, if you find you've got some time over the festive season, show us your 'first' and 'last'!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: Creative Card Crew where 'anything goes',
Passion for Promarkers where anything goes (providing you use Promarkers/Aquamarkers)
Cute Card Thursday where the theme is 'floral frenzy'
Digi Doodles where the theme is 'animals/insects'
Southern Girls where the theme is 'heating up' the picture definitely depicts something warmer than the UK at the moment!
Little Red Wagon where they want die cuts (Mariane Creatables die used to cut flower layers)

Stamp Something where it's 'December Digi Day'
Digis with Attitude where anything goes provided there's a digi stamp
Sew Many Cards where they're looking for flowers and a digi stamp.



A stunning card Josephine - the colouring on the layered Hummingbird is gorgeous - love the deep pink with the shades of green.
Thanks for popping by - I am really looking forward to working with you and the girls at OSAAT!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Made by Mandy said...

I love your hummingbird card, there is so much detail in that image and it looks fab layered. Perfect match to the backing paper and your flower die is a really nice shape. I have not used Promarkers on Tissue paper. I thought they may saturate the paper too much so you have given me the confidence to have a go.

Your 1st card is lovely. There is so much hard work and time goes into stitched cards it is definitely a labour of love compared to a lot of the card making we do these days isn't it?

Have a fabulous Christmas Josephine

Lots of love

Mandy xxx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Josephine what gorgeous colouring on your bird its fabulous and your cards are both stunning. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful humming bird the colours are stunning ! Thanks for joining us at PfP. Sue C x

Karen said...

Oooh, very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Josephine, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is fab. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge over at PFP. Hugs, Denise x

Mel said...

Hey Josephine
Wow wow, your card is just amazing! That layering is fab! The pink is so vibrant, I love it!!
Your first card is fab pet, stitch cards are always so brill and full of the "love" you put into them!
Hugs Melly xxx

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Josephine that first card is absolutely stunning, wow what beautiful colours, image and flowers, also love that second card I admire Cross Stitcher's so much I tried it a couple of times and failed I am in awe of you.
Lorraine x

Lin said...

Josephine there you are stitching on cards, my first love, with your first card. Your humming bird card is stunning. I love the colours and everything about it.

If I don't get back before have a great Christmas teamie!!



Anonymous said...

What a beautiful stitched 'first' card. Such a lot of work goes into those. As for the hummingbird card, it's just gorgeous. Your colouring is stunning. xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


Julie said...

Your hummingbird is so pretty and those flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

Caryn said...

Stunning creation. The colouring is fab.
Thanks so much for joining in at Passion for ProMarkers and good luck in the challenge.

Caryn xxx

ps, isn't it interesting how we grow in this hobby - LOVE the past and present pictures!

skylife said...

Really elegant! Love the flowers!
Thanks for joining us at DDSB

Anonymous said...

Pretty card.The background is just perfect.Love the delicate looking flowers.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
Lisa x

Tracy said...

Love the use of color on this card! Beautiful! Your flowers came out wonderfully. Very pretty. :) Thanks so much for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

Gro said...

Love your card. Gorgeous coloured.
Thanks for joining PFP's mega Christmas challenge :o)

Tammylee said...

This card is so cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Digi's With Attitude! Hope to see you again!

Also, just to let you know that I have Candy on my blog!


Michele Roos said...

Such wonderful cards. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining in with our Mega Christmas Challenge over at PFP. Hugs Michele x

Julie said...

Beautiful! Your rainbow bird is stunning! Thanks for joining in our Mega challenge at PFP, Juliexx

Audrey Ernst (hippieaud) said...

Look at that - just gorgeous! I love how you colored the hummingbird and those flowers are beautiful! Also like the stamped flower. Thanks so much for playing at SEW MANY CHALLENGES this week.:)

coops said...

beautiful card,the bird is stunning and fab colours.
thanks for playing in our mega christmas challenge at PFP :D

xx coops xx

paper fun said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the hummingbird.

Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


Janice said...

Great cards - especially the hummingbird. Nice to see people develop as you say. Funny I used to think peel off's were the best things out when I started, now I never look at them! Jx


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