Welcome to this special hop in honour of my blog-buddy, Dorcas, who is understandably feeling a bit low at the moment after her much loved feline companion of many years was sadly killed in a road accident. This card then, Dorcas, is FOR YOU! I do hope you like this one - it was a bit of a rush to get it made for you & posted out at short notice - & you know I don't do quick cards, LOL, but I hope that it cheers you up a little at least at this difficult time). Bet you can't wait to check your postbox! LOL. You should have arrived at my blog from Tracey's blog - and if anyone else around Blogland would like to join in with our hop you might want to start at the beginning at Stacey's.
The Promarker-ed image is of course, LOTV, this one being 'Rosie Posy' with her bouquet of flowers. I only got her & a few other LOTV gems a couple of weeks ago & haven't had time to ink her up before now. The card base, whilst still square is actually a little smaller than I usually use as I generally create my own base from A4 card but this was a pre-scored card complete with envelope so was perfect for a quick turn around card that had to go through the mail. I even managed to find some card to match the pretty, spring-like floral papers which I though rather cheery. I also paper-pieced her outfit for a soft pattern effect to match in. Her mat was cut using the largest of the Spellbinders' Labels 18 set of standard dies so I had to I do the 'fake Nestie' trick of drawing around the die & cutting out by hand to give me the pink mat to go behind the image.
|Whist relatively flat still has some dimension.|
It actually took a few dies & punches to create my floral embellishment. The largest of the flowers was created using 2 different dies - the outer section being from the newish Marianne Craftables lacy oval shape set (CR1204) which came with a flower too. This section was the smallest of those included 3 floral dies. The centre petals were cut using one from a set of Marianne Creatables flower dies. The tiny pink flowers scattered about were punched using a Woodware punch but I went 'all creative' for the blossom that I thought matched the pattern of the dp pretty well really. For those 2 dimensional blossoms I cut out the berries from Spellbinders' poinsettia set of dies from pink card, folding back one of the berries to lie against the other 2. I then punched a circle (from Do-Crafts), coloured it with Promarkers and cut 2 'V'-shapes into it at the top & bottom to echo the dp flower design. These were set onto 2 differing swirling sprigs (Double-Do dies) and there is the perhaps recognisable punched trellis of Martha Stewart's running across the background. All I had to do then was dot my flowers with a few gems and I had managed to keep this relatively flat for posting too. Well, I did use some glue gel to raise my image up slightly - but I do like a bit if dimension if I can.
I kept the insert relatively simple (& flat!!!!) by printing a sentiment from TLC onto deckled-edged paper. Now that I have finished telling you about my latest creation, you should hop along over to Babs' blog who has a gorgeous creation made especially for you, Dorcas.
P.S. I am sure you won't mind me entering this card into a few challenges.....
Sir Stampalot - in the garden
Crafts & Me - (use a new image)
Sparkles Forum - new crafty goodies (believe it or not this adorable stamp as well as 2 of the dies)
Crafty Pad - fresh, spring colours
Digital Tuesday - red or pink
Papertake - anything goes.