Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dance Like No One is Watching

Well hello! I have had so much going on - appointments at the hospital mainly in preparation for my Total Hip Replacement next Friday.   I decided this evening to drag one of my cards out of my drafts... this was the card I gave our Daughter-in-law for her birthday (last December!! 
The gorgeous image is Abi Ballerina from All Dressed Up, there are two versions I think, a freebie with Abi's eyes open and this one with her eyes closed - I can't see any other differences. The All Dressed Up challenge wants to see our Favourite Colour, Turquoise is my DIL's favourite colour, and I'm surprised how much I use it... I do like most colours, but the combinations in this paper from Kaisercraft's Chapter One just "work" extra well for me :-) so I'm entering the challenge.  The floral paper has gloss accents, it really is lush IRL, Clear It Out has a Birthday Theme and wants to see some Glossy Accents, definitely in there, Pile It On has Shiny so in there too.  Papertake Weekly have Oh So Cute, I'm in!  Without Words has a Celebration theme, while this card is not exactly CAS, there are NO embellishments... not so much as a pearl, so I'm hoping it's in the spirit of the challenge and I'm trying it out there.
The Creative Colors Challenge this time is to use at least three of the colours in the inspiration pic, and Polka Dots... I have the three shades of turquoise so I'm in, Whimsy Inspirations Challenge is Monochrome, so (apart from the skin tones, which I think are allowed) I'm in there too.There's a new Sketch challenge on the block... Die Sketchanten or the Sketch Aunt's (cute name!) I think this fits their sketch pretty well (flipped) so I'm entering there in their very first challenge; even though this card was made before the date it hasn't been "blogged" until today so I think it should be okay.
I coloured the image with Copics, and Prismacolor pencils, adding loads of Stickles to the tutu, Crafty Little Fairies have Sparkle and Bling so I'm entering there.  I used Nestabilities Scalloped Circles to cut the Kraft mat for the image panel, which was cut with a Standard Circle Nestie; My Mums Craft Shop has Punches or Dies and Cuttlebug Mania has Anything Die Cut, so I'm entering there.  The sentiment is from Craftworks cards.
The card was also a gift card holder... the card we bought for her from one of her favourite shops came in it's own box, so I made a gusseted pocket on the inside front to hold it - and made sure I had a gusset in the fold of the card to accommodate it when shut.  
I followed the same sketch for the inside proper, adding a Marianne Design die cut flourish as an embellishment to the jotting panel.  This card is "me on a plate"; I like to make my hand coloured image the focus, tend to use patterned paper in rich or strong tones and add very little in the way of embellishments - even though I've got a scrap room full of them, lol, so I absolutely am entering Crafts 4 Eternity's "My Style" challenge :-)) Allsorts Challenges theme this time around is Movie Titles, my movie title is simply Ballerina (which was a fascinating film about the Kirov ballet) so I'm in there and  I'll be entering Through the Craftroom DoorCrafty Girls Challenge and Inky Chicks Anything Goes challenges too.
That's it for today's card.  I'm trying hard to get some DT cards up for the next few weeks.  I anticipate being in hospital for four or five days, though I have been quoted anywhere from four to eight... I sincerely hope it's not eight as I have cajoled my hubby into not working for a week with the idea that he be home with me when I most need help and he being home while I'm in hospital is a bit pointless  I am an absolute wreck about this operation, almost sick with nerves.  
By all accounts the first two weeks are the hardest, with pain and disability being at their worst and the narcotics wreaking havoc with your system.  I sincerely hope it's all worth it, I have already "stressed off" two kilos.  The recovery seems very arduous, my surgeon wants me to observe "hip precautions" for twelve weeks - which is twice what my original surgeon wanted.  These include sleeping on my back, which I can't do so God knows how I'll cope, not bending more than 90 degrees, so no bending to get things from low shelves, no stretching up, no crossing the midline, no sitting on soft or low (substitute "comfortable"!) seats, etc etc etc  I've been practicing using my "reacher" but it's incredible the impact these restrictions have.  I should be able to use my laptop (some of the forums I've read say they were up to that by the third week, I'm hoping for sooner of course!) The one thing you are allowed, in fact encouraged to do is WALK, so that'll be me.... wistfully WALKING around my craft room looking at all the things I can't reach, lol.
Well now I've shared (perhaps over-shared) I'll say good night, I'll be back on the weekend with a DT card for Di's Digis.... not that I've made it yet!  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


Kuni said...

Hello Donna,
what a wonderful card, i love the papers and the colours and the image is so very sweet.
Thanks for joining us at the Sketchtanten and i hope to see you again.


Jacee said...

How fabulous Donna, such pretty colours and the inside is great, love it!
Hugs Jacee
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Helene E said...

Thank you so much for your interpretation of our film theme challenge at Allsorts this week!

Pat K said...

Beautiful bday card the turquoise for this cutie.

So sorry you're having a difficult time...I hope all goes well for you hun. Twelve weeks seems like an eternity. Here's hoping it goes by quickly and you'll be running after those adorable twins before you know it. Sending hugs, Pat K x

Claudia Rogier said...


Wauw, your card is stunning. Really love it. Thanks for joining us at Creative colors challenge and good luck.

DT Creative Colors Challenge

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Donna. The image is so sweet and I love the layout and pretty papers. Fab fab fab!
Lorraine x

Tereese S said...

Pretty card! I love the papers and colors. Good luck on the Creative Color Challenge. :D Tereese (DT)

Anonymous said...

Ohhh wow wow wow this ist adorable. So wonderful coloring and you create the Sketch perfectly.
Thank you so much to join the Sketchtanten
Hugs Vanessa

Kimbo said...

Oh my, this is so pretty and a beautiful gift

Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

michele said...

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

Lynn's Place said...

Thanks for joining us @ CIO challenge blog..your take on the challenge is wonderful....stop by and play with us again <((><

susiestacey said...

Stunning card and such a sweet adorable image.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Film Title' challenge and good luck x Susan x

NGCARDS said...

This is a great creation hun, lovely colours :) Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

Twingomaus said...

A very cute Card. Thanks for joining at the Sketchtanten.
Greetings Andrea

Lisa Mensing said...

Such a pretty card! Coloring is beautiful with the touch of Stickles. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out. Hope to see you again.

sandra bauer said...

Hello Donna , your card looks so nice, i love the colors you used and the stamp is colored so wonderful, thank you for joinig at the Sketchtanten
have a nice day Sandra

Sternenglanz said...

Your Card is fantastic!
Thank you for joing at the Sketchtanten.

x Sternenglanz

Tanvi Shah said...

A cute card & the image is so adorable. Thank you for playing at CCC# 19. Good Luck.

rebekah weckerly said...

Lovely coloring and design! Great card!

Craftyanny said...

Great colouring and your use of stickles is just the perfect addition to her dress.
Thanks for playing along with
All Dressed Up
Anne x

Jennifer said...

Beautiful card, the colours.

Thank you for entering our challenge at Crafty Little Fairies, and good luck in the draw. We would also love you to join us again in future challenges.

Jennifer. x
PS good luck with the op.

Cara Malmrose said...

Gorgeous card - love the colors and the papers you used! Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door. Please come play along with us again! (Hugs) Cara

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card and I love the colour scheme you've used. That glittery dress is so pretty!
Thanks for joining us at All Dressed Up
and I hope you will be back again.

Zetti said...

Fab card!

Thanks for joining us at the Sketchtanten.

Andrea :-)

Charlene said...

Wow wonderful card, I love the image you used. The layout of your card is great.Thank you for sharing your creation with us at the Whimsy monochromatic challenge this month.