Saturday, August 01, 2015

Di's Digis Monochromatic Challenge and /or Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper; take your pick or do 'em both

Well time has flown AGAIN, and not in a good way AGAIN... but so I don't get a reputation for being a misery guts I'll leave it at that... until the end of the post at least, lol.  It does mean that I haven't had a lot of Crafting Time, so today's card is doing "double duty" as my DT card for the challenges starting today at Di's Digis Challenge - where the theme is Monochromatic - and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Patterned Paper challenge
I wonder if you can guess what colour I chose for my Monochromatic card, lol.  I used papers from Kaisercraft's Lullaby collection, the white detail on the background paper is flocked - it feels really nice.  I used one of the "sets" of stripes from the other patterned paper to paper piece the shelf, I added some shading "under" and on the ends of the shelf to emphasize the 3D effect
The cuter than cute image is called Animal Shelf and it's available here
for only $2.50.  I coloured, as usual, with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, adding some Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloon and some Sakura Glaze pen to the noses.  I inked around the image panel with Kaisercraft Orchid ink. 
I used Papertake Weekly's Sketch #64 - I love symmetry :-) The lace is from my stash, as are the tiny buttons and pearls.  The Baby Girl dies cuts are Spellbinders, as is the "Congratulations" on the inside of the card.  I added a layer of Icicle Stickles to the die cuts... I was going to heat emboss them with Bridal Tinsel EP, but did that to one of the "spare" die cuts I'd made and they were a different shade of pink... so in the interests of matching... they got the Stickles treattment.
That's it for today's card.  Really simple, best approach with a monochromatic card IMO, otherwise you spend (substitute "I spend") ages trying to match all the embellies.
Hope you get a chance to enter both Di's challenge and Hazel's... both have great prizes on offer - a nice paper pack from Hazel and Di has TWO sponsors; Crafters Companion UK and SVG Attic...also don't forget if you use one of Di's images - one of her digis or a Candibean stamp - you go into an extra draw with an additional prize of two digis.  That cant' be bad can it?
Pop over to  Di's Digis Challenge and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Patterned Paper challenge and check out the rest of the DT's work... I'm sure you'll find it very inspiring :-) 
I'll be entering my card in the following challenges: 

The Crazy Challenge Monochromatic
Crafty Creations Use Four of Something (four critters, four buttons)
Gem of a Challenge Animals or Birds
Crazy 4 Challenges Include a Critter
As You Like It Fur or Feathers (Fur… I love colourful birds, but fur is FURRY :-)
Papertake Weekly Take Your Pick (Sketch, Product Lace
Paper Creator Crafts Dies or Punches
Hanna and Friends Lace and Pearls (four little pearls inside)
Cutie Pie Challenge Cute as a Button (four tiny ones)
OSAAT Anything Goes with Children
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Well I've managed to get this post out, bit later in the day than anticipated as we've been babysitting the kids again while their poor parents try and reassemble their house.  They moved back in on Monday after staying the weekend with us (their nine weeks having turned to 14 weeks meant their "holiday house" was no longer available)  but it's a long way from finished: The carpets got wrecked during removal, half have been replaced the rest come on the 12th August, the blinds also got wrecked during storage so they're being replaced not sure when, the main bathroom floor = wrecked during the plaster replacement fiasco, that's getting redone "whenever", the walls in the bathroom have to be redone, the spa same, the bench in the ensuite same.... on and on it goes. Stressful doesn't START to describe it.  and 104 boxes to be sorted, they were stored by the removal company but some got damp, some got dusty (how you can manage both I've no idea!) so a lot of washing of linen's been going on there and here.
My chest infection (while not unusual, I'm asthmatic and do get one most winters, though not at all for the last couple of years) just won't go.  It's been draining.  I changed from Windows to Mac for my business, had the hard drive fail (after I'd uploaded and sorted all my data, of course) downloaded Office 2016 for Mac onto the new hard drive - disastrous at this stage, no functionality and crashing constantly, then couldn't get the old version back - I spent over 50 hours THIS WEEK, trying to resolve (mainly email) issues, finally got the clunky-by-comparison-to-Windows-but-OH-so-much-better-than-the-new-version of Office back on my machine, and access to all my contacts back.  Let me tell you, when I just signed in to my laptop and they're pushing hard for me to take up Windows 10, I couldn't hit the "not now" button hard or fast enough
Everyone send a wish that things get boring for Donna, ta
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


Sue said...

Your card is gorgeous Donna, such a sweet image, stunning colouring and I love your pretty design.
Oh dear, it sounds like things are hectic for you and your family at the moment. I hope life calms down for you soon and you start to feel better too, I know how draining chest infections are.
Take care, Sue xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous card Ginny x

debby4000 said...

Fabulous, sweet card.

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing with us at Cutie Pie's. Sue x

Jacee said...

Gorgeous card Donna, love the background, so pretty and of course the darling little image,
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Tamie said...

Oh my gosh this is phenomenal! I love, love, love the colors you used and the layers are so perfect. A master piece for a baby card. Thank you for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes Challenge

Tamie DT

Sarah said...

Such a cute buttony creation!! thanks for playing at The Cutie Pies and Good Luck!! :0)

Cvetelina Borisova said...

Such a cute card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.

Debbie Adams said...

What a super sweet baby girl card. I love everything about it. :D The lace is just gorgeous!! And the coloring of your image is so pretty. Thank you for joining the One Stitch At A Time Challenge AG w/Children. :D
Deborah DT

Anonymous said...

This is adorable. Great image, and I love all of the pink layers. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this past week. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the new challenge.
FP3 {My Blog}

Melissa Bove said...

Adorable card! Love that sweet image!! Wonderful coloring!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Unknown said...

how cute is it :) I love your embossing, thanks for joining Craft Your Passion challenge this week, hope to see you again! :)

Kasia, Craft Your Passion DT

Lori Turner said... adorable!! Thanks for joining us at As You Like It for our "fur or feathers" challenge!

michele said...

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

Bellibone said...

So beautiful!! I love all the details you put into it and your coloring is lovely! Thank you so much for taking part in our Art by MiRan Challenge ♥

ArtByMiran Challenge Blog DT

Zw@@n said...

Beautiful card, Donna. Great take on the sketch and that image is very cute. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

Kelly Schelske said...

Beautiful card Donna! Monochromatic was a hard one for me, but you did amazing!

cotnob said...

A fabulous card, such an adorable image.
Thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.