Thursday 18 November 2010

Mistress Mary

Hi all. Now as you have probably gathered by now, I am not usually one for throwing a florist shop at a card unnecessarily but the theme of this card lent itself to such treatment really. I am using Nicecrane’s image of ‘Mistress Mary’, presumably the same Mary as in ‘Mary, Mary Quite Contrary (How does your garden grow?)’. Isn’t she a bit of an imp giving her brother a soaking with the watering can! That must be the ‘contrary’ element! LOL. It is a new image, available now from his site - a further link is on my side-bar. I have coloured her with Promarkers, inking around the image itself too. This has been matted onto several layers of cardstock including one which has been distressed and one of silver mirri. For the distressed layer I have also created some faux hand stitching to echo that on her hat and sleeve using a pricking tool and a fineliner pen (0.5 width).

(Close up courtesy of Nicecrane Designs)

The sentiment, similarly layered, is from Raindrop Echo Designs and the backing paper is from Crafter’s Companion and features fabulously blousy pink blossomed trees which goes perfectly with her puff-ball skirt. The circle element to the design sketch is also cut from a paper from Crafter’s Companion and is a lighter, softer variation of the same tree design, and being circular, almost looks like the sun shining on the garden scene to me, (providing the sun has trees on it that is! LOL). I made two large flowers out of pink card to pop at the relevant corners, adding extra colour to them with Promarkers randomly for interest, but concentrated it more towards the edge of the ‘petals’. I added a few smaller bought ones from my stash whilst trying not to lose the pattern on the background paper entirely which would have been a shame. The printed green ribbon is from my stash too and whilst Pixie Cottage also mentioned 'bows' for part of their criteria, as one of their DT only had the ribbon, not the bow, I had to assume that it was OK to leave the bow off, but I think it doesn't need a bow really.

Tine :)

Challenges for this card:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - design layout
Passion for Promarkers – distressing and stitching
A Spoonfull of Sugar –distressing
Pixie Cottage – ribbon/bow and/or sketch (I used just the ribbon element)
Crafty Emma – think pink
My Partner in Crafting Crime – use markers
Prairie Fairy – make your own flowers (well, not all -but my 2 main ones are and didn't think my fingers up to making tiny ones! LOL:) )
Stamp with Fun - square
Digi Doodle – anything goes.

For a chance to win the complete set of Nicecrane Design's Nursery Songs images, just leave me a comment here and at the end of November, one lucky person will be chosen at random.

If you cannot wait until then to try out one of Ignacio's images, why not visit his blog where he has a tells me he has a freebie from the range for all those leaving a comment here!

Have fun!
Congratulations to winner of the Nicecrane images, KathyK.
Happy crafting Kathy. :)


  1. A REALLY beautiful card in my favourite colours (all types of pink)! Very well done!

  2. Oh Tine this is LOVELY!! I didn't see this stamp of Ignacio's, I love it! At the mo I'm working on his Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee. The colors here are so soft and pretty.And the flowers are too. :-)
    Excellent job!

  3. what a lovely card Tine...your flowers are beautiful....thanks for playing with FFF
    xxx Margreet

  4. Hi Tine Absolutely Stunning,You really coloured it so perfectly,,,so unique,,,,,,I have no words, oh my Exquisite Tine,,,, I have just upload the Stamp to my Store including your name of course,,,,I think the most difficult thing is color skin and here you can note the perfect sampler. Contragulations

  5. Hi Christine, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colouring is fab. Thanks for sharing with us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

  6. This is so great card !!!!

    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best, hop to see you again.

    I am posting this to all those I comment on, so you might have got this before, if so I hope it's ok to get it again :D
    I am one of the DT members at DDSB and I want to tell you about group I have opened at PCP "Fan's of Digi Doodle Shop" and you are so very welcome to join us there :D

    All the best to you, Jóna

  7. Gorgeous card Tine ! I love the image and the flowers are just yummy !
    Thanks for joining us at PfP. Sue C x

  8. This is a gorgeous card Tine and beautifully coloured. Thanks for taking part in this weeks CES Challenge!

  9. Soooooooooooo pretty though that the sacrifice of the florists shop was well worth it!


  10. Really lovely, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

  11. oh hun this is just so beautiful really love what you have done with the design bless you for joining us at the pixie cottage,this week hope too see you again soon,love hugs cheryl xxxx,

  12. Beautiful card! I love that image and your flowers look wonderful. I like how you picked up the stitching in the image and echoed it. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

  13. Lovely image and your colouring is divine.The flowers compliment the garden theme perfectly.Beautiful card.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
    Lisa x

  14. Beautiful card, lovely colours!!
    Thanks for joining the Pixie Cottage this week.
    Adrina XX

  15. Really beautiful card and very unusual image. Really like it! You made a great job with the sketch!

    Thanks for joining us at DDSB

  16. Beautiful card! Love those flowers. Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

  17. Ohhh, love your image. I need to check out his shop! Your flowers look lovely! Thanks for joining us at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.

  18. That's beautiful and full of lovely details! =))
    thanks for sharing at The Pixie Cottage! =)

  19. Ohh what a beautiful card! Love the image!!
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodles Shop`s Best.

  20. Such a gorgeous card Christine. Love the details you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining us this week at PFP. Hugs Michele x

  21. Funny, I'm the same with flowers - have loads but use them quite sparingly!! Your colouring is one of my definite faves in blog world - I absolutely love when people have their own, very distinctive style!!

  22. Adorable card Tine, love the image and the embellishemnts are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at The Pixie Cottage this week, good luck in the draw.
    Suzi x

  23. Hi Tine,
    This looks wonderful. Love the image & your colouring looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at PFP.
    Andie xx

  24. A stunning little ensemble, with beautiful details, thanks for joining us at the Pixie cottage

  25. What a pretty card... love all the detail! Thanks for marker mad with My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

  26. Great card - wonderful color and motiv. Thanks for joining stamp with fun.
    Big hug

  27. Fabulous card, Tine - I adore that image and you've coloured it perfectly!! Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Juliex

  28. Wow what a beautiful card! The flowers are divine. I love all of your fine details! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the pixie cottage.

  29. A beautiful card, such a gorgeous image and embellies.
    Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges/PFP and good luck.
    Hugs Emma x

  30. love your description of "throwing a flower shoppe at a card"...made me smile!!!!!!!!!
    thank you for sharing at the pixie cottage!
    beautiful card!

  31. Fabulous card!
    Thanks so much for playing in The Pixie Cottage this week :)

  32. Wowzers, this is gorgeous,thanks so much for joining in with us this time at Sunday Sketch&Stamp,