Sunday, 16 January 2011

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 45

The theme at One Stitch at a Time this week is 'New' or 'New Beginnings', and this week I was given the choice of the whole Stitchy Bear shop. (Can you imagine how long that choice took me?) But with that theme, one image soon became the obvious choice - Snowdrop Heart by Hope Jacare. Well, nothing says 'new beginnings' to me more than snowdrops - a promise of spring when it still seems some way off.

And I decided to make more than just a card! I got some printable Shrink Plastic from Crafty Computer Paper just before Christmas, and I set up a file to print various sizes of the image. Then, I coloured each image with Promakers and a little added Sakura Stardust pen. The Promarkers were quite hard to use on the plastic because it has such low absorbancy, and it was almost impossible to get an even result, so I decided to make the most of that, adding a stippled effect on top of the base layer of colour. Then, cut out, punched and shrank the various bits and made up a key ring and a bracelet.

The card image was printed on white card, and again coloured with Promarkers. The backing paper was made using a small copy of the image which I coloured digitally and then tiled. The card was finished with some ribbon and a couple of butterflies.

The thing I love about digital stamps is the way you can resize so easily. To make the things above with a rubber stamp I would've needed four different sizes of stamp, or would have needed to scan and resize the image - something which would probably infringe the copyright of the image.

Hope you can join us this week. We're sponsored by Joanna Sheen!

And, don't forget, if you add our Birthday Bash logo to your sidebar and enter the challenge, you'll be eligible for a draw to win some free images! See OSAAT for more details.

I'd like to enter these into the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday Challenge whose theme is 'New Things'. (The shrink plastic and digi-stamp are new to me.)
Crafty Creations whose theme is 'New Beginnings' (new life at the end of winter!)
Stampavie and More whose theme is 'Sparkling' (glitter pen used on leaves and around heart.)
Creative Cottage whose theme is 'All Things New' (Printable Shrink Plastic and stamp)
Top Tip Tuesday where the theme is 'Anything Goes'
Kaboodle Doodles where they want us to 'Do it with Digis' (image and paper both digis.)
Karber who want digis with pearls. (Bracelet has both!)
Papercrafting Journey  whose theme is 'Let's Get Digital'
Stamp Something who have an 'Anything Goes' theme this week
Fairytale Challenge who want flowers
The Saturday Challenge whose theme is 'With Love' and what says love better than a heart and flowers!
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays whose theme is 'Anything Goes'
Challenge Up Your Life where the theme is 'Clean and Simple' (entering the card)
Really Reasonable Ribbon who want hearts and ribbon (the card)
Two Sisters who want flowers


sallysbitz2 said...

This is just fantastic.
This would make a perfect unique gift x

hugs sally x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

This is gorgeous!! love it hunnie!
hugs shell xx

PCJ said...

Lovely! Love the delicate colours and the image

Thanks for joining us at PCJ Challenges this time and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Lisa x

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning, I love it all. Hazelxox

Claire Phillips said...

Lovely card Josephine....this image is precious to me as I created it for my best friends Wedding stationery! It was lovely to see your fab projects! Cheers Claire x

Nannieflash said...

Oh Josephine this is gorgeous, love the papers and the colour choice its my favourite, and your bracelet and necklace are stunning. With love and hugs Shirleyxxx

Jayne said...

This is awesome Josephine, you certainly got creative with that digi! So pretty, great job.

Bianca said...

What a lovely giftset! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Deb said...

Gorgeous creation Josephine, Love the papers and colors

lindyloo said...

Hello Josephine what a stylish card this is and I love the colours thanks for joining us at the creative cottage linda x

Annette22 said...

your card is great I even can smell the spring with your card

thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale

xxx Annette

Curly said...

Fabulous card, card image and colour combo,
thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter: 117: With Love,
Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Marjo said...

Hi Josephine,

Absolutely GORGALICIOUS creations! I love the way it all turned out. Here's my

Hugs, Marjo

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Beautiful "With Love" projects

Thanks for joining us on Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge :)

Hugs Jane x

Dawnll said...

What a fun and beautiful project.Glad you shared with us.
Thank you for joining us this week at

Donna Mosley said...

Hi Josephine, love this very pretty set. Beautiful image and fab colours.

Donna x

Bonnie Garby said...

Great projects! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

Amanda said...

This is so lovely - I love the jewellery pieces. Snowdrops are just perfect for the "new" challenge too.


Berry said...

What great work Josephine such a stunning gift and card, this is brilliant work Hugs Rebekah xx

Mary said...

What a gorgeous set!! Your card is gorgeous and I love the idea you had to make a keychain and bracelet to match. Great idea!! Thanks for playing along this week at 2 Sisters.

Lisa Lepine said...

Great job, love the colors!!
Thanks for joining us at CUYL.
~Lisa a.k.a. ScripperScrapper

BrossArtAddiction said...

Wow all of them are so beautiful and turned out lovely! Adorable key chain! :D


Lin said...

Wowsers Josephine this is just gorgeous. Love the little keyring and bracelet and what a perfect little valentine's gift.

Lin xx

Anne H. said...

Your card and bracelet is wonderful!
An adorable image, lovely details and beautiful colors.
Thanks for joining us this week at Stampavie and More.

Laney said...

Gorgeous Josephine!!

Cheryl said...

What fabulous projects! They are gorgeous!


Fabulous project Josephine - love the key fob and the bracelet. A lot of thought and effort has gone into this and it really shows. Love the way you've created the tiled background paper for Claires fab. image. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Unknown said...

Fabulous card my dear!!!!

Linda said...

Wow Great card! I love the extra bling. Thanks for joining us at SSDS.
There is a blog hop at my blog on Thursday with prizes. Stop by if you can.

Connie M. said...

Oh this is just so pretty! I love those added butterflies! Thanks so much for playing in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge!!

Connie M.

Anonymous said...

i now iw seen this card somewhere else, cause i remeber it, its so beautiful. love the snowdrops so much. the lilac color is fantastic. psst...i have 1 year blogeversary on my blog, if you wanna join.hugs!

darling Ho said...

Wow! It's a pretty card!
Thanks for joining us at FTC, hope to see you again.:)
~hug~darling Ho~

Love crafts forever said...

This is gorgeous!! I love every little thing about it.
Hugs Nat.

PokSa said...

Such a sweet card. I love it.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
Hugs Sandra

Kim B said...

That is fantastic and I love the keyring and bracelet. Such a pretty image too. ~~Kim


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