Monday, 3 January 2011

Very berry mystical wishes

How wonderful isn't it that the new year has started? I hope you are as excited as I am. Can't wait to see all the new sweetpea releases and what I make with them during 2011. I hope you'll continue stopping by to see what I'm up to. I'm closing in on 200 folloowers and will have a candy when I do, so hopefully it's not long left...

The card I want to show you today is my first sweetpea for 2011. I made it primarly using a 3-part challenge:  colour/sketch/item, and let me tell you, it was a CHALLENGE. The colours were plum, blueberry and beige. Say what?! I've never played with that colourcombo so I started looking through my stash - there are always papers with any combo you're looking for, but not this one. I almost gave up, but stubborn as I am I got intrigued. So I realized I needed to whip up my own set of matching papers. I imidiately thought of this purple glittery one I had been saving. The blue and beige were harder as I don't use those colours much. I came across the dotty one which is the backside of a vintage charleston dancers paper. I also found the light blue with beige swirls and was quite proud at how I managed to match them up together.

The image I used is Ching chou kuik's dark sirene from plate 24 and the sentiment is from plate 46. I've never used her before, but knew she was right for this as soon as I saw her. I think it was the fact that her hair was dark that gives the card that extra "darkness" and leaves it more muted than it would be if I had coloured it blue. She is stamped with black ink and then I went over her hair with midnight blue promarker to make her hair agree more with the patterned papers. The rest of her is also coloured with promarkers. I added some glittereffects with a sakura gelly roll to the image, text and butterfly border. That pen is addictive! To make the white parts more yellow on both the image and sentiments I inked them with a distress ink. The different butterflies are made using Martha Stewart punches and the leaves are made using a quickutz die.

One part of the challenge was to use a recycled item so I made a little decoration from a bottlecap that I hammered on to flatten a bit. then glued on a circle from one of the patterned papers, filled with clear dimensional glue and filled with tiny see-through beads.

Challenges used:

Craftycreations - colour, sketch, recycled item
Creative inspirations - something new (all butterfly punches are new and image never used before)
Moving along with the times - birthday and circles
Simon says stamp - time to celebrate (with optional extra glitter)
Stamp challenges - glitter
Totally paper crafts - time to party

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WickedPixie said...

Oh, WOW! Katarina, this is stunning! I love how you mixed the prints and colors - it all compliments her so beautifully! :-)Traci

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

You did a fabulous job of putting those paperrs together - they look stunning.
Thanks for joining our 'Party' challenge at Totally Papercrafts and I hope you're having a wonderful start to the New Year.
Caroline xxx

craftyb said...

congratulations Katarina for not giving up on the challenge - your card is fabulous! Your papers are perfect and are a dream got very creative with your recycled element...the image is a beauty and you conveyed that perfectly with your colouring...thanks so much for joining us in our special celebration at Crafty Creations! bx

Cor* said...

LOVE the colors u used! Great stamp & NEED NEED NEED that butterfly die cut/punch! Great job with your coloring! Thanks for showing us your NEW stuffs at Creative Inspirations this time round. Happy Crafting!

Stacy said...

I think you should use these colors again together because your card is beautiful! So much detail! Really, really lovely.

Happy New Year!

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, fabulous card.
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh my, this card is gorgeous, Katarina!! You did a marvelous job with the color challenge and matching up your papers! Beautiful coloring too! Happy New Year to you!!
hugs, Sharon

Debs said...

Gorgeous card, I love the deep and rich colors and super lovely image, thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations this challenge, happy 2011

Saskia said...

Lovely to see your work at the 100th Crafty Creations Challenge! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

Saskia :)

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous, love the colours & the image is beatiful!!

Think you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

acreativeneed said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, I love the way you've interpreted the sketch, and used the colors! Thanks for joining us in our 100th Crafty Creations challenge!

Craftyanny said...

smashing card, gorgeous image and great colour work, love your papers too:)
Thanks for playing along woth TPC this week
Anne x

sallysbitz said...

Your card is aboustly stunning, everything merges perfectly xx

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along in our special blog hop 100th Challenge at Crafty Creations - great to see your fab project. Cheers Claire x