Friday, August 03, 2012

NOT Twenty One Again!

Yup, another Birthday card... but this one is NOT for a Twenty First... it's for my Mum, and seems as you asked it's her 82nd!  Her birthday is not until next week, but she and my Dad left for a holiday (yes, Penang again!) this evening and won't be back for two weeks; As her gift I gave her some Malaysian Ringitt to spend while away, so this card doubles as a gift holder.
My mum loves easel cards (so do I, so that's handy!) and she also loves these sketch style of images; this one is called simply Poppies and is from Delicious Doodles - digi of course!  I used Copics to colour the image but I did add some Prismacolor shadows and a few "veins" with pearl gel pens, it looks really effective IRL.  Bizzy Becs still have their Flower Power challenge running and Divas by Design has Flowers, so I'm entering those.   Crafts 4 Eternity has Brilliant Birthdays so I'm entering there. 
I used Mpress Victorian Frames dies to cut the image and sentiment panels, I cut the mats for them using the next size up and there really is too great a difference between them to leave plain, so I embossed them with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, then embossed them in the frame die again which gave the nice finished edge and flattened the dots a bit to make it more subtle, I'm happy with the result.  I rubbed some Liquid Pearls on the mats to to soften the effect.
I've used the sketch from Stamping With The Dragon again, I know I used it for my last card, but I really did find it to be a very versatile sketch, and I think this card looks quite different from the last despite being to the same sketch.
I've used papers from Prima, Faerie Florals... I used my Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder to add some texture to the panel behind the image, I can't believe how different it made the paper look, before I embossed it that panel just blended into the background, definitely be using THAT technique again!  The Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is to use three or more papers, so I'm in, Sassy Cheryls Tuesday Challenge is to use Pretty Papers, these really ARE pretty, so I'm entering there and I'll be entering the Sassy Cheryl Show Me Thursday challenge too, why not? :-) 
I made the pocket for the money and a tag (cut with the same die as the image, using some of the buff coloured card that is the base layer, it has embossed dots on it to, but they were flat enough to still be able to write on) by just not gluing the top edge of the lower panel... it works as a prop for the easel too. 
The butterfly is cut from scrap dp, and Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly die, the corner embellie is another Memory Box die, Macarena Corner,  I added some Liquid Pearls to those too.  The "body" of the butterfly is a strip of rhinestones that I got, believe it or not, in Penang when we were there in March, the pearls are from my stash (Totally Gorjuss has Pearls as their challenge) as is the lovely translucent ribbon with the gold swirls on.  I mounted the ribbon on a panel of card cut with a Spellbinders Classic Border die.  
The acrylic dragonfly is also from my stash, as is the lace edging so I'll be entering Lisa's Waste Not Wednesdays challenge. Everything is popped up on foam dots (I'm going to have to do my 50km trip to the scrapbook shop that stocks my faves, as I'm running out already!) so I'm entering the Paper Play Challenges Layer It Up challenge  - no challenge for me really, I LOVE layers :-)
I love all ice cream, though it's not particularly the season for it here right now, lol, I'm entering the My Mums Craft Shop Favourite Ice Cream Flavour challenge with Tutti Frutti being the colours of my card.  Bearly Mine Challenges and Deep Ocean Challenge  have Anything Goes themes, so I'm entering there too.
That's it for today, I hope you like my card, my Mum did... and that's the main thing (mind you she is a "good" Mum, and likes everything I do, what a sweetie)  I'll be back in a few days with my next offering. Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

21 comments:

Wishcraft said...

This is lovely Donna, such a gorgeous card! Lovely image and love all your pretty details. Thanks for joining in with my WNW challenge hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Mynnette said...

This is AMAZING! LOVE the pearls and the lace and swirls...your image is fabulous! Just stunning! :)

Tracey T said...

What a stunner! No wonder your mum loved it. The colouring on the poppy is just amazing, Donna and the whole thing is perfectly put together. Hugs, Tracey x

Vicky said...

Soooo gorgeous Donna....I love all the beautiful elements too hun :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Céline said...

so stunning card and amazing coloring
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
hugs
céline

sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is stunning Donna. I adore the poppies and you have coloured them soooo beautifully. The colours, layout and detailing are just perfect.

Hugs Sue

Marleen Gallagher said...

Wow this is really stunning. thanks for joining us at Stamping with the Dragon xxx

Donna Mosley said...

A gorgeous card Donna, love the stunning image and beautiful design.

Donna x

michele said...

Gorgeous card Donna! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Pat K said...

Gorgeous card Donna. Your colouring is fabulous...I thought it was a picture at first. It's wonderful your Mum & Dad still travel...Penang sounds so exotic.
hugs, Pat K.x

Elizabeth Hart said...

THis is such a "wow" easel card. Love the soft colors - so beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Caz said...

Such a pretty card Donna. Lovely image, fab layout and love the gorgeous papers.
Hugs
Caz x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just stunning, your colouring is WOW!! Just love it!

Thank you for sharing with us at Divas this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

gina g said...

Gorgeous card i love the beautiful poppy image. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this week. Have a lovely weekend. luv gina xx

Samantha said...

fabulous card and lovely with the placement of pearls, Great to see you at Totally Gorjuss this week, hugs Samantha :0)

Tracy S said...

Happy Birthday to your mum and what a beautiful card you made her. Wonderful job on the coloring of the poppies. Just exquisite!

Gaynor said...

Lovely card, love your LO and the image, thanks for joining our challenge at MMCS, hope to see you again, Gaynor xx

Teresa said...

Wow Donna this is a beauty! xxx

Sassy Cheryl said...

Donna. . . .this is stunning! Super vintage and gorgeous.
Thanks for playing along in the Sassy Cheryl's Fancy Papers Challenge this week.

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful....Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

Shirley said...

This is so stunningly beautiful, from your beautifully colored flowers, to that exquisite paper. I know your Mum loved it. Glad you posted it on the SMT so I could see it. I'm with you, I love the sketch.