I've gone about as girly as I can go... and still managed to not go pastel - I did try to go pastel but , hey I "like" colour, what can I say? lol.
The image is Baby Balloons, available here, and isn't it the cutest?? As You Like It want to see our Favourite Digi, and to tell them why; if I'm honest I just love digis 'coz they're so flexible... this one's a Favourite just because it's so cute! Papertake Weekly have Oh So Cute as their challenge theme so I'm entering there and Delightful Challenges have Cute and Cuddly, so in there too. I did the basic colouring with Copics and added the shading with Prismacolor pencils, though it seriously took about five minutes total to colour this little beauty up! I coloured where I thought the pink balloon would be "under" the purple balloon so that they look more translucent, at least I think they do, I added Glossy Accents too - I think I'd prefer a less glossy finish so I might try my Satin gloss from back in my art days - if it's not a solid lump in the bottle, that is, lol. Pile It On want to see "Shiny" so I'm in there.
I added some clouds to the background using Copics (I prefer them done with ink and a sponge dauber though, so I'll revert to using that next time) I used the sketch from Sketch n Stash... I like a nice sketch, I used my new Cottage Cutz "baby" die as my sentiment, which I went over with a Sakura Clear Glaze pen - it looks good IRL but was impossible to capture in a pic. Cuttlebug Mania have an Anything Goes with Die Cuts challenge, so I'm entering there.
The background paper is Prima, Faerie Florals, I can't get hold of any more, and I LOVE it so if anybody out there knows where I can get some pleeeease let me know :-)) Of course I'm entering Hazel's Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge The horizontal strip is Kaisercraft, it has glossy hearts on it, and I punched the white border using Martha Stewart's Doily Lace punch. Cute Card Thursday and My Mums Craft Shop have Punches and or Dies challenges, so I'm entering them.
The pearl strip is Portacraft, the flower is a punch my Mum and Dad brought back from Malaysia with some Card Candi in the centre and the flourish is my trusty Memory Box Corner Bow die - love that thing, lol. OSAAT and Creatalicious Challenges want to see some Flowers, I'm in! The ribbon is from a pack I just bought in Spotlight. Some pearls from my stash to take the plainness away from the top right hand corner, card finished! Crafty Cardmakers want to see Ribbon Lace and Pearls... I have Ribbon if my Doily Lace punch isn't "lacy" enough :-)
I followed the same sketch for the inside of the card, as usual! the Congratulations is another of my new sentiment dies, this one from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Sentiments One set and that, as they say, is that. Through the Craftroom Door, Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge, Crafty Girls Challenge, Inky Chicks, Art by Miran and Simon Says Challenge all have Anything Goes Challenges running so I'm entering them.I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge this time around, I know a lot of you love "Girly", so there's no reason not to; There's a great prize on offer from Paper Sweeties and don't forget if you use one of Di's scrummy images - or a Candibean stamp for those rubber-lovers, you go into an extra draw :-)) Pop over to the Di's Digi Designs Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the team's work... there's some serious scrumptious-ness there - and some of the girls have actually managed to "do" pastel, lol
We're working hard in the garden at the moment, trying to get as much done as possible before my operation on Friday... I know I won't be able to do much at all after, it worries me a great deal. I'm trying to get all the paperwork for the business and the housework up to date as well, so not a lot of time for crafting; I'll post when I can and do have a few things made that I will schedule posts for. I am sincerely hoping I'll be up to using my laptop after a week or so.
Either way, until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna