Friday 10 February 2012

For Dorcas.....

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.

Tine :)

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.


  1. Tine, I love this image and your coloring. You did an awesome job. I learned that "faux" nestie from Dorcas, too. Hugs, dj (Debbie)

  2. wow what you made is so very beautiful and the color is perfect! Hugs. Larisa. xx

  3. Beautiful card! The pretty backing paper goes perfect with the image.
    Love Pearl x

  4. This is so sweet Tine. :-) Seems to me you did a wonderful "quick" card. The soft colors are lovely. Hugs!

  5. Tine, its just gorgeous!! This is my second hop through the hop, first time I just looked and weeped and now I'm hopping to tell you all how much I appreciate the kind thoughts. (and of course who appreciates the work that goes into making a card more than a cardmaker?)
    Thank you soooo much!!

  6. This is so pretty Tine, love the colours and cute image....also that latice work. Great card. Hugs lin

  7. You guys are such special friends to do this for her. I am sure you brightened her day.


  8. This is the sweetest Tine! Perfect for this occasion! Does not looked rushed at all, it is fabulous as always! I love it all, the papers, your coloring, the trellis, your handmade flowers! Thank You for joining us, especially on such short notice. I know she appreciates it and it added some joy to this sad day!

  9. Tine,
    This is simply wonderful.
    I have a hard time making quick cards for sad occasions too... happens all too often lately.
    Thanks for such a loving thought.
    I think I'll have to come re-hopping later so I can see what everybody else wrote... lol

    Love, Laura

  10. Lovely!! I just love this card Tine, the colours, image, everything is wonderful.
    Luv, Babs xo

  11. How sad for Dorcas and how nice of you go organise this. I love your gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.

  12. What a lovely card, Christine! When I look at it, it is, as if spring is already here... in real life we have tons of snow here in Austria *brrr*
    Have a nice weekend!!

  13. I love your gorgeous card :) and i know dorcas will love it too

  14. Fabulous card!

    Thank you for joining us at SMC for our * New Crafty Goodies * Challenge.

    Hope you will join us again soon, good luck xx

  15. Oh this is so pretty and I am sure Dorcas is going to love it. I hope she feels better soon. Thank you so much for sharing and playing along in the Spring Colors challenge at The Crafty Pad this week. We also have a DT call on the moment if you are interested in applying :)

  16. Tine, this is lovely!
    Dorcas is a lucky lady to have such dear friends!
    Thanks for sharing this little gem with us at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  17. aww this is absolutely gorgeous thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  18. fabulous card and even more fabulous colouring Tine...Dorcas will love it...thanks for joining in with our Crafts and Me challenge
    Mina xxx

  19. Absolutely beautiful, thanks for joining us for our IN THE GARDEN challenge
    over at Sir Stampalot this month
    and good luck !


  20. Beautiful garden themed card. Very pretty pastels .Thanks for joining the Sir Stampalot Challenge, Ruth :)