Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Yay! Yippee!! Hurray!!! a Country cottage card

He he, as you can tell I am obviously a bit chuffed about something: I've just found out I've made the top 3 at Make It Colourful! Well, it's a top 4 this week as it was a tie, voted for by the design team, and my Tilda In The Garden card was one of them.  I'm well's a colouring challenge and very challenging it is too! 

This comes a few days after winning a free digi image from Make It Crafty too - I'm hoping good luck might come in three's so I'm definitely doing the lottery this week :)

This is my latest card, and as seems to be the case with me right now, another experiment. A friend sent me some images with a cry of 'Help! How do I colour this??"  I have to admit I would run a mile from an image like this, it looked really hard to colour. But a crafty girl never runs from a challenge, neither does she ignore a request for help, so I sat down and tried to change my inner voice from "I can't do this!" to "It can be done!" And guess could be!!!

As this card is for a man, I decided to keep it Clean & Simple even though that's not my usual style at all, but I've been a bit frilly with my cards lately so maybe CAS is a welcome change.  Some simple matting and layering, using gold mirri card which I always think suits a traditional card, a tiny bit of blue ribbon to break up the lower part of the card, a computer-generated sentiment (the greeting on it says "Happy Birthday" in Welsh), and that's all.   Sorry the photo isn't so good again, I'm not sure if it really is bad light like I keep complaining about or if I've been and gone and changed some vital setting on my camera. Knowing me, that's probably what's happened! Anyway, hope you like this one even though it's a bit different from usual.

Image: Papermania V&A Hanoverian Collection
Colouring: Copics
DP: Pocketful of Posies
Computer-printed sentiment
Mirrr card and ribbon from stash
I'm entering this in these challenges:
Ooh La La Creations: It's a Man Thing
Top Tip Tuesday: Happy Birthday  (my sentiment says Happy Birthday in Welsh)
ABC DT challenge: Happy Birthday

Happy crafting!
Carole x


angelwhispers said...

You so deserved to be in the top three as your card was stunning and luckily for me thats how I found your fab blog!! Just love this card and like you would never have tried it but its amazing a little piece of art!!! Chanelle xxx

Jackie said...

Oh wow Carole, you certainly did the image justice. Your colouring is brillant and the card is perfect :o)
Jackie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely card and congrats on the top 3!!

melsanford said...

Congrats on the top 3! Love this card - the image is gorgeous and you've coloured it beautifully! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

well deserved to be top 3 that card was stunning. this card is absolutely brilliant your colouring is perfect.
Kevin xx

Renkata said...

yep I saw that dear Carol. So happy for you.
Well done.
Love the cottage card , look amazing.

chrissy xx said...

WoW!! Your colouring is perfect. LOve it.

Doreen said...

This is simply stunning Carole,your colouring is perfect.

Good luck with the

Stamps and Paper said...

Congratulations Carole on the top 3. Your colouring is fantastic a beautiful card.


Joan Ervin said...

Congrats on all your winning cards, Carole...they were really smart to chose your cards because they are all sooo gorgeous!!!! This one is no exception...WOW!!!! You did a fabulous job with the coloring...this needs a frame, for sure!!!!

Mel said...

Go YOU!!
Well done on your wee wins! So deserved hee!
OMG! This card is stunning! I love it! The wee cottage is gorjuss and coloured so so amazingly!
Hugs Melly xxx
Ps thanks for the wee awards hee xx

Jennie said...

Wow!!! Congrats on those wins!!
And might I say that colouring is SPECTACULAR!!! Well done hun xxx

Leigh Ann Baird said...

What a beautiful scene! Thanks for playing with us in the ABC DT Happy Birthay challenge!

Teresa said...

Congratulations Carol, well deserved and I really love your cottage card, brilliant coloring.

Eiglas said...

Super cerdyn Carol! Diolch yn fawr am ddod draw i rannu gyda ni yn Tip Top Dydd Mawrth!

Lori said...

Great job on the glad you came up to the challenge with flying colors. Thanks for joining us at ABC DT Birthday Challenge and be sure to add our blinkie to your side bar for the chance to win even more.

Janette said...

Carole this is brilliant, wow, think I'd have felt exactly the same as you did, but like you say, we have to did an amazing job, and congrats on your wins

FaerieMeadowCrafts said...

Well done on such a deserved win Carole!

Beautifully coloured & such a gorgeous cottage too. It's good to try something different to what we're used to - and you've done a wonderful job and created a beautiful card. x

jeanie g said...

Hi Carole this is a brilliantly coloured card and will be apprec iated I'm sure. Congratulations on your success this week. If I hear a whoop and a holler coming from your direction tomorrow I'll know you hit the jackpot. lol. Sorry haven't been around this week but I'll catch up with other posts soon. Did you get my email? xx

Anne said...

Absolutely fantastic Carole. Thanks for linking up with us at OLL. Hugs x

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a stunning male card you have made here. Thanks for taking part in Ooh La La Creations Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Guest Designer for March/April for the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog xxx

Heidi said...

Beautiful card! I love the coloring and detail. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge.

Carole S said...

Hi "ME", wow this is fantastic work, love your colouring, ( I am still playing with my pens !!!!!). I too got this image and am doing it in watercolour, (not the best medium for this), but like you I believe it can be done.
I shall put mine up when finished still experimenting. Great work, love Carole "HER" xxxxxxx

DesigNeAl said...

You did a fantastic job with the colouring!
Thanks for joining us at Ooh La la; we hope to see you again soon x

Anonymous said...

Lovely card! Congrats too!
Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this time, hugs Samantha TTT :0)