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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Paper Crafting Journey Challenge

Well, my first designs for Paper Crafting Journey, as a member of their Design Team!
Firstly it was a shock to be invited to join the Team, and started the Leanne Chivers Happy Dance 24 hr marathon! So a Big HELLO to everyone popping over to have a look at me for the first time!

So what have I got for you to look at?
The First Challenge is to create a Floral Card, and I was offered some digital stamp images from Nicecrane Designs to work with, the problem for me was choosing a design to use!

Hmmn.......what to do, what to do? Okay I wanted something a bit different, as a starter. So heres my first image..........
Spring is sort of here, or it may vanish again, so I wanted something Fresh, to start with. I have some Wild Primroses in my garden, the Yellow version is the natural colour of the Primrose, but if it has been cultivated, then the colour of the Flower tends to change. Its also among the first plants to Flower in my Garden, so for me, it represents the beginning of spring, ideal as my starting point.......
I printed the image out, and coloured it in, (sitting in the Car dealership, while they repaired my electric windows AT 8.30 ON A SATURDAY MORNING!!! Don't they realise that Saturday is my only lie-in day of the week?) using Promarkers. I used Lemon and Primrose for the Flowers, Forest Green for the leaves, and Lime Green for the dress. Flesh tones were created using Almond, and Sun-kissed Pink, and her hair was coloured using Henna.
Then I sat down, and with a knife, carefully released her from her plain white background. So what to do with her next?
I have a large Collection of digital images for crafting with, and one of the many is My Craft Studio Floriography CDs, So I chose an Acetate wrap design from CD 2 and a patterned background, to match the colours I had chosen. The acetate Wrap prints out in Black only, and if you dont leave it to dry, then you can sprinkle Embossing powders over the print just as you would an ordinary stamped image, so I quickly dumped some Melt Dust (as it only takes a bit of heat for it to turn) Pearl Green over the back, tapped it off and embossed it, being careful not to stay in one place too long, as printable Acetate is not heat resistant, but if your careful, you can emboss it (Much easier with some thing like Melt Dust). I turned to my Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Inks, and used Sunrise Yellow and Lime Burst to colour the leaves and Flowers, on the printed side, and the embossed lines hold the ink in place while it dries.
Then it was a simple matter to score the acetate with a very fine embossing tool, and fold and stick it around the backing paper, and mount it onto some light green card stock, then onto a slightly darker shade of green base card.
That done all it required was for me to stick some DST on the Back of my Primrose Child, and add her to the front, so she can dance through the Flowers.

Apparently, this next image is wearing an Orchid, says Middlest (Horticulture/Game keeping student) and Hubby, I wouldn't know personally as I have never seen an Orchid, and am not likely to either, as Hubby doesn't buy me Flowers, he plays me Rock Music, thinking he's being Romantic..............hmmn, don't think so dear!!

So if the colour is wrong dont blame me!!
I printed this one out at nearly A5 size, and coloured her with promarkers: Forest Green, Cerise, Amethyst, Henna, Primrose, Lime Green, Almond, and Sun-kissed Pink.
As she was so large the Challenge then became how to get her onto something I could show you!
So out came the Spellbinders Edgebilities Classic Scallop Dies, and it took some time and a bit of Planning to get everything Lined up!! Next I used some Cerise organza/satin Ribbon and wound it though the holes, so it curled around creating a totally different look, to just threading it through, and created a Large multiple Bow for the Bottom Corner.
But it was still lacking.....I found some Glitter card, in a deep pink, and used the Spellbinders again to create a couple of corners using Parisian Accents, and started hunting for Flowers, and Floral Background papers in my Stash, a good way to use stash up, (which is one of my goals for this year, another one is to stop buying stash, but I don't think that's likely to happen do you?) and found some unknown paper to back her onto, I got it as a job lot of sheets and have no idea who its by! Then I rooted out my Paper Flower Die Cut sheets from My Craft Studio, and spent hours, fiddling with the Fuchsias, and creating roses (well not really as they are simple to do!).
Ok so that bit was done, Now I had to make her into an Easel card, so I used a bit that I had cut form the backing paper, added 2 strips of the Fuchsia Ribbon, and mounted it on some Hunky Dory Pearl Foiled pink floral card.
I added a stopper of the same card across the top of the paper. Next it was a simple matter to mount the Roses and Leaves, normally I would glitter, but I think she is busy enough, with the Pearl Foil, Ribbon, Glittered corners, and flowers, so I have stopped there. This will be suitable as a birthday or Mothers day card, and I haven't decided which yet, so as is my practice, I will leave it in my Stash until such time as its needed by some one with an occasion in mind.

Please stop by the PaperCrafting Journey blog, and check out the other designs by the Team, and entrants for the Floral Challenge, there are 2 prizes on offer one by Sketching Stamper  of 4 Stamp Sheets and one by Nicecrane Designs of a $15 store credit.
If you dont normally have a go, take a chance, and dip you toes in the Challenge world, you never know, you might like it!


Thanks for popping by, xx

I have entered the following Challenges with these cards:

Polly Craft Monday Challenge: Bingo

Party Time Tuesday  PTT#51-Birthday Cards: Here

Crazy Challenges Tic Tac Toe:  Here



Linda said...

Oh my goodness Lou these are absolutely STUNNING. I love them so very much!!!!! Congratulations on your new DT position.

Linda xxxx

Angel-23 said...

These are beautiful Louise love the images.
Hugs Rachael xx

Judie aka Craftymess said...

well i have to say i love them both !! xx

alethea said...

HI Lou and welcome to the PCJ DT!! I'm finally getting around to saying hi. Love your cards you have created!! They are gorgeous!!! HUgsxx

PCJ said...

OMG Lou, I had no idea the work you put into making the "paper" for that first card. Stunning! Love that you took your image to colour in while you waited for your car to be sorted! lol

Lisa xox

Clarky J said...

Gorgeous cards x just what we like to see on these cold mornings - some gorgeous flowers to brighten the days xx

Splashbunny said...

Wow! you've been a very busy and very creative little crafter!! Your cards are just stunning. I've got to admire you colouring at 8am on a saturday and not at home!!
HOpe you get a lay in this weekend hun.

Holly Young said...

what a beautiful, darling card! Thanks for stopping by my blog,,,I've so enjoyed yours as well!

thanks for partying with us this week at PTT!


Krafty Hugzz Kenzi x said...

Wow hun, so love those cards, ur colouring looks brill, and them flowers you will so have teach me how you do them
luv n hugz
Kenzi xx

Christy Beans said...

Oooooooh, such cool ideas you have my new teamie! Embossed acetate with layers and that threaded ribbon? Fabulous! =) Crafty love, Christy

Joey said...

Lou these are two beautiful cards,thanks for joining us at pollycraft. Joey x

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh is your work fabulous! i'm coming back for sure! i just love how you took the Lou P and made it loopy! genius! and you're NOT "loopy" at all!

hugs :)