Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Challenges

After vowing only this morning that I really had done with Christmas cards and was making no more, here I am back with another.......mind you it's a bit unconventional, but my daughter will adore it and that's just where it will be going.

The theme for this weeks ABC challenge is "I for Indigo" and as I don't work with blue a great deal it's made me step outside my comfort zone a bit which is never a bad thing. I have coupled it with Everybody Art Challenges theme of "Christmas" and Creative Card Crews "Favourite Things"........everyone who know me knows I adore butterflies. Not sure if the finished card is a bit overkill, but my hubby's (who is my main critic) comment was "not in the current run of pile it on crafting". Hmmmmm !

I created a background with Brilliance inks, sky, silver and Mediterranean blue, dabbing them onto a silicone sheet, spritzing with water then whooshing a piece of card around to get a good covering which when dry gives a lovely glistening background to work on. I stamped my image, Penny Black 3896K with versafine blue and embossed with detail clear, then painted the poinsettias with the same brilliance inks. The lovely sentiment is Hero Arts C2604.

The card itself which is pearlescent silver is randomly stamped with Penny Black 3999H using the same blue versafine and embossing with iridescent powder. A piece of pale blue vellum has been laid diagonally across the card because I felt the snowflakes were a bit overpowering. The gorgeous ribbon which has tiny butterflies all over was a present from a great blogging friend......I know you don't like your name in lights, but you know who you are, so thank you mate.

To finish I made up a stick pin with blue and pearl beads and some butterflies punched from vellum. Overkill possibly, but I actually quite like the finished project.

33 comments:

Carolands said...

Lovely card Brenda and of course I like the pin.

Carol x

Silli said...

Brenda your card is lovely... Love the colors...and the pin is fab. Big hugs and happy day!

Lisa said...

Hi Brenda, Wow this is stunning! It just oozes elegance and I love the sentiment.

Lisa x

chris said...

well I am starting to think that more is more at the moment as I am liking all the interest that is on the cards these days, I love it Brenda.
love chris xx

pinky said...

Gorgeous Brenda, beautiful colour and that ribbon is beautiful.
Pinky

Liz said...

wow brenda do lorvvvve that pin the whole card is stunning hope ur ok

liz xx

lisa said...

Ha Ha. Hubbys are great with their comments aren't they Brenda. I adore this, definitely not overkill. You have such a lucky daughter to be receiving such a beautiful card and I love the sentiment, must remember that for my scrapbooking!!
How's the arm today (and the eye)!

Lisax

Lynne K said...

Gorgeous! Love the pin. And butterflies.

Tracy said...

I really love it and I know your daughter will too. You have done well with the colour to say it's out of your comfort zone. I love butterflies too and yours look gorgeous, so delicate.
Happy crafting
Tracy x
p.s. hope the eye is getting better.

Anonymous said...

That is really gorgeous and VERY original!

Sally H said...

Beautiful card! Hope the Eye and the Arm are progressing nicely. I love your Hubby's comment. I know exactly what he means! This card is just right!

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda, I have to say I have been too much into the international theme of card's lately and have been drowned in Tilda's and the likes...
Since visiting your blog I have got a sence of home and would just like to thank you for your wonderful inspiration....
Blue is my fav colour and this card tick's all my boxes, though sadly I don't feel much like crafting, I still love to see what's going on out there....

Thank's for your kind message and keep up the fab work....
x
Vicky

Jacee said...

Beautiful card Brenda, love everything about it, it's gorgeous, and those beads look fabulous!

Beryl said...

Beautiful card Brenda and the sentiment is lovely.
Beryl xx

Zoechaos said...

Have that stamp but not used it yet, love how you have used it here with the beads and ribbon and blue its just beautiful.

PatR said...

Fantastic card Brenda. Love the colours and the beautiful butterfly
Pat xx

Cheryl said...

wow this is a beauty hun just adore it my favourite colur is blue and you have made a stunning card here hugs cheryl xxxxx

Linda W said...

Lovely card Brenda, great colours and love the ribbon, and the sentiment is beautiful. Linda X

Nilla said...

What a beautiful card, Brenda, and a lovely sentiment! Just beautiful! Have a great weekend! Hugs Nilla

Merry said...

Wonderful card...love all the added extras.

Mandy said...

Hi Brenda, fabulous card!!.love the image and the sentiment is one of my favs..Blue wasn't one of my fav colours but I think you have just made it one with this card..
Mandy xx

issy said...

Fabulous card Brenda, Im loving the blue. and the technique you have used on the image background is superb

issy

Nannieflash said...

Oh Brenda your card is stunning, the hatpin is gorgeous, and the sentiment is lovely. Its Beautiful with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxxx

louise said...

Stunning card Brenda and love the colour choice.
louise xx

Viipula said...

Very very very beautifull card! =O)

chris said...

I know I have already commented but here I am again and now thinking are you ok hope so! there is an award for you on my blog.
love chris

Allyson said...

This is such a gorgeous card and definitely not overkill. Where do you get your pins from? I think they're such an unusual but really elegant embellishment. I was thinking that I haven't done too badly with my Christmas cards this year and then I see yours and want to go and hide mine... but as there isn't time to make another 95(!!!) before Christmas I guess I'm stuck with them.

Allyson xxx

Anonymous said...

This is lovely--beautifully crafted! Thank you for joining our challenge!
April
EAC Team

Alex said...

wonderful card!
Thank you for joining EAC!
Hugs, Alex

Juls said...

Wow brenda!! This is just beautfiul!! gorgeous sentiment and beautiful card!!

Susie Sugar said...

This is a stunning card great image and fabby colouring
Hugs Susie xx

LilyPuss Cards said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!!
thanks for joining us at A B C
regards
Jan

Anonymous said...

I found your website on a chance click. This blue & lavender card inspired me to create another like it, with desert sand, yucca, & sunset. The birthday gift is a reed diffuser with the wicks tied to the front of the card. Thank you for the inspiration.