Friday 28 January 2011

A blog award, and a card for a friend

Hello bloggers! I want to say 'Welcome' to my newest followers, it means a lot to me that anyone would want to drop by my little blog and I very much appreciate your support.  It's also great to follow your blogs too, I never tire of looking at cards and projects that people have made.

One recent follower has very kindly tagged me with an award, so a very big thank you to Sylvie of Gibmiss. She has a lovely blog which is worth checking out.

This means I get to pass the award on too. Well, I obviously admire all the blogs that I follow, so I'd give the award to everyone if I could, but as I can't I'll stick to the aim of this award which is to bring unknown good blogs to light rather than ones with a lot of followers, so with that in mind I definitely want to award this to:
Sue of Craftymoone.

Girls, if you want to accept the award then you get to pass this on to 3 to 5 other blogs, and you need to make a blog post with links to the awarding blog (mine!) and all the ones you pass it on to, then let them know you've tagged them.

So, on to my card, which is one that I made for a friend to send her some love and let her know I am thinking of her. I spent a lot of time on this card and put lots of love and attention into it and tried out a few new things too to fit in with some challenges.

The image I coloured in pencils rather than my usual copics, and I distressed and aged the papers with a distressing tool and some distress ink.  I paper-pricked and hand-stitched around the edges of the papers, and the text at the bottom is part of a DP and I added a doily punched border.  The flowers are from my stash and the leaves were made using a punch.  A computer-printed sentiment and a bit of glitter finish it off. 

It's ages since I did any distressing, and after scuffing up the edges of these beautiful Prima Annalee papers that I'd been hoarding I was very distressed indeed! Gulp, it just felt WRONG to do this to such gorgeous designer paper, but I'm quite pleased with the results.
I realised I'd been too wimpy with my distressing tool in the past and not had much effect, but I just went for it this time and really tore those edges up.  I'll definitely use this technique again now that I've found out how to do it properly.
(Sorry about the photos, they look a bit cloudy to me.....must have changed something on my camera!)

Image: Joy from Sugar Nellie's Simply Adorable range
DP: Prima Annalee
Colouring: Polychromo pencils
Others: Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink, TH stickles, Martha Steward doily punch, Woodware leaf punch, flowers from stash.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - Spotlight on Pencils
Crafty Cardmakers - Florals
Top Tip Tuesday - Fabulous Flowers (sorry, had to re-submit my entry as I accidentally deleted my first one!)
Tuesday Throwdown - Distressing
Crafty Purple Frog
- Distressing
City Crafter - Sewing
Paper Pretties - Sewing

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting!

Carole x


McCrafty's Cards said...

Congratulations on the award, well deserved, I love the card, your colouring is beautiful and the distressing is brilliant.
Kevin xx

Doreen said...

This is just so beautiful Carole.The distressing and colours are

Gibmiss said...

this card is it soooo nice
Sylvie xx

Jackie said...

Carole, what a gorgeous card so beautifully coloured. Congratulations on your award, it reminds me that I have been given it too but need to post it yet :o)
Jackie xx

Renkata said...

hi dear Carol ,
ohhh yes I can see that you put a lot of love in this card, that's why she is so precious.
Amazing colouring and the DP make the card so romantic.
Sensational work dear!

Jackie said...

Hi Carole, I know you have already received this award but would you like to accept it from me too? :o)
Jackie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely card Carole, a pretty face and love the distressed edging. And congrats on your award, you deserve it! Hugs, Valerie

chrissy xx said...

Carole it is just' Stunning'. The colours. The distressing. The papers. Everything!

Elaine Stark said...

This is stunning. I love the distressing, it compliments this image. You can tell this card was made with love and a lot of time. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Anonymous said...

Stunning card, just love this image. And I'm sure your friend will feel the love after receiving this. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Cardmakers. xx

Joan Ervin said...

Oh my, what an adorable image and you have used the perfect papers, colors, distressing, and embellishments to showcase it beautifully!!! You should frame this lovely work of art, Carole!!!

fionalawlor said...

Wow gorgeous card! Your colouring is fab and love the stitching details :O) Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.
Fiona x

Ros said...

What an amazing card ... you can tell how much love has gone into this ... your colouring is terrific ... your friend will love this ... I know I would ... thanks so much for playing along at CCCB

Shaz said...

Congrats on your award, you have a fabulous gallery. I love your latest card, the image is so cute and your colouring is fantastic, just wish i could colour. Thankyou for visiting my blog. I have become a follower of yours. Take care. xx

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Anonymous said...

Hi Carole, Thank you so much for the award, really appreciate it. This card is just so gorgeous. Sue x

PS: deleted the first comment, couldn't spell!!

nnalorac said...

Gorgeous card Carole, love this image, have yet too play with her! Colouring not up to this standard tho! yes I remember now! Don't know if your M.E. plays havoc with your memory, mines awful! Carolxx

Davi said...

Wow I think that is a stunning image and lovely distressed dps you used. Thanks for sharing it with us at TT this week.

Unknown said...

WOW!! What a beautiful card.. That image wonderful.. Love the vintage feel you card has.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow, this is just so sweet and so beautiful, love that adorable image and the vintage feel, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Mina said...

wow Carole this is beautiful, a perfect vintage feel card
Mina xxx

China said...

Superb Cobbly - I am so impressed with the quality of the colouring and that image is gorgeous. The whole card is just perfect. Lucky friend to received such a card and I am sure will love and treasure it always.

China said...

PS Very well done on the award - very well deserved.

cnelson said...

Perfectly gorgeous!! Thank you so much for joining us at CCCB!

Chris said...

this is so sweet and your coloring is fantastic.
thanks for playing with us at Paper Pretties.

Treacle said...

Oh COB This is truly amazing so well thought out love it to pieces
Treacle x

Anonymous said...

That card is just adorable and congrats on your award too
I also just wanted to let you know i have a shabby chic freebie collage sheet for today only then it will be gone. please pop by if you would like it.
Have a lovely day
Hugs June x

Shree's Blog said...

Wow thank you very much for the award Carole but ohhh what a gorgeous card as per usual, having to get my brain into gear with regards to the award though, lol

Shree's Blog said...

Hi Carole, just to let you know I have done the award thank you very much, lol xx

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Stamps and Paper said...

What a stunning card and love your distressing.
Well done on your award you certainly deserve it.


Mel said...

Aww what a fab card!
I love that wee image and against those papers its fab!
Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafty Cardmakers this time!
Hugs Melly xxx

"MOI" Freubel said...

Hi Carole
I just discovered your blog and couldn't resist to write a short comment.
I've browsed a while through your posts and I've found it very enjoyable.
( Just felt the need to say this :)
I loved your first card this year "Whose babies are you" !
And this card is... mind blowing !!

Thanks kindly for sharing your images and photos It was very inspiring to see.

Greetings Rian from the Netherlands.

Joanne said...

Beautiful card Carole! The distressing looks super! I know what you mean - I have a hard time "roughing" up the paper too. It's the perfect amount and I love all your details, lovely! Aloha J:)

FaerieMeadowCrafts said...

Hi Carole,

I'm new to your blog and wanted to stop by and say hi, and also to comment on your beautiful, stunning cards. I make my own cards too, and still learning so much about all the techniques. I hope I get to make cards as beautiful as yours!!

If you have a mo, pop over to my blog:


Mandy :)

Catherine said...

Stunning card!

Teresa said...

A truly gorgeous card Carole, really love those papers, its stunning! hugs Teresa xx

jeanie g said...

Just love this card, Carole you're one talented lady. Whoever received it must feel very special to have this card to keep!! xx

Shaz said...

A really stunning card. just adore the layout, and the papers are gorgeous. x

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Wow, A Knock Your Socks off, drop-dead gorgeous card Carole. Everything in perfect harmony. Your image looks incredible and I adore the two colours on the image background - may need to try that myself! Really jealous of the lucky one that gets this card. It is a work of art.
Sharon xx

Fairydust Reborn Babies said...

Lovely colouring, well done on your award.
Christine x

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