Wednesday 25 August 2010

#29 Getting Ready

Now, I know what you are thinking – this is a change of direction from her usual work…but I do believe that our creativity grows with challenging ourselves, after all these are all called ‘Challenges’– to make us stretch ourselves.

At I ♥ Promarkers this week the Challenge is to use a charm on your creation, and we have been lucky enough to work with images from ‘Digi Doodle Shops Best’. With my selection of image called ‘Gone with the Wind #1’, I created this card of a young woman getting ready for her big day.

The backing paper is actually some scrapbooking 12” x 12” that I first cut to the right size for my A4 printer before adding 2 digi images to it to set the scene. Both dress forms are free images from the Graphics Fairy. Having printed them onto my backing paper, I then cut it down to size and then it was sewn using the sewing machine incorporating this totally gorgeous piece of lace I once acquired just because I liked it….you know how you do….? LOL.

The mirror’s frame is actually rather complicated in construction, and I don’t feel that the photo shows this entirely, but this is how I made it anyway. Firstly, the outline is another digi, this time from Tiffany Doodles. It comes with a black outline of course, but I imported the image into my graphics program to re-colour it an antiqued gold colour. I then took my black Memento inkpad and a clear stamp from Anna Griffin with suitable old-style swirls on it and stamped over the frame. I then used Promarkers to colour it in before re-stamping using the same stamp, but this time with a gold coloured inkpad. I then used a gold gel pen to add extra highlights to where the raised details would be. I cut around the edge and the inside oval shape before adding an oval of mirri card behind it as the mirror itself. It was then added to the card using foam pads. – Said it was quite complicated!!!!! LOL.

The focal point is of course, the image itself, and this has, it must surely go without saying now, been coloured in with my Promarkers. Digi Doodle sells some lovely digi designs, I do think it is worth you popping over and seeing if anything catches your eye. I then cut out my now blonde bride-to-be and she is adhered flat to the mirror at the top & with foam pads at the bottom of her skirt.

The element we are asking you to feature, the charm is attached to part of an old broken earring I knew would come in one day – hand sewn to the lace edge at the top before a tiny bow was popped on top using silicone glue.

Hope you all like my card and feel inspired by all on the DT to play along with us this week. Don’t forget to use Promarkers and a charm on your creation for this particular challenge and we look forward to visiting your blogs.

Tine :)

Bunny Zoe’s – vintage

The Shabby Tea Room – use metal

Polka Doodles – vintage

Stampatacularsunday- use more than 1 image (I used 4)

Stampchallenges – use a digital image
Ooh-La-La-Creations - elegant ladies
Stampin' Royalty - neutral monochromatic
Stampin'fortheweekend - anything goes.


  1. Great job Christine and your charm works perfectly! :-)

  2. What a very creative card! I love the vintage charm to this. Those dressmaker forms are the perfect images to go along with your lovely young bride. Love all the technique and detail you added to your mirror, too. Beautiful lace trim at the top. Thanks for sharing this with us at TSTR.

  3. Oh wow what an absolutely beautiful card and that lace is gorgeous
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  4. This is so sweet! I love all the images on your card. Thanks for joining ou fun at Stamptacular this week!

  5. Christine...a truly stunning creation! ;D Diana Q

  6. So pretty...Love the vintage feel to this card...

  7. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something this week!

  8. Hi there

    Gorgeous work, thank you so much for taking the time to join us at Poplkadoodles and good luck.

    B x

  9. I love your choice of image and the design and finishing touches, thanks for joining Polkadoodles challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  10. Oh how lovely! I love how you've built up the scene! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week.

  11. This card is just breathtaking! I love love love the vintage feel to it, and before I read anything in your post, I knew it was for a wedding! What a fabulous take you've done with this stamp. Thank you so very much for doing such a fantastic job.


  12. This is just gorgeous!!! Stunning!


  13. What a gorgeous creation!!! Such wonderful vintage images, lovely coloring, beautiful lace trim!! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

  14. O really lovingthe elegant vintage feel you have created. Just gorgeous and Just perfect for our challenge this week over at SSC.
    hugs Leonie

  15. Beautiful vintage card. The image is perfect. Great take on monochromatic neutrals. Thanks for playing with us at Stampin Royalty this week.

  16. Wow - I can't imagine how long you took to make this card - very sophisticated! thanks for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty.

  17. A beautiful card. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge

  18. Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!