Friday, 1 April 2011

A shadow box card

Hello all, I hope you are having a good day today. I saw a fox from my window this afternoon, rare enough to see one at night but unheard of during the day. Poor thing looked a bit rough, and very salt-and-pepper coloured coat, not at all like Basil Brush.  I just had a moment there where I couldn't think whether Basil, so beloved from my childhood, was actually a fox or a squirrel, he he. Poor brain cell is very foggy today (Rachel, you will know what I mean by that!).

Anyway, some nice country cottage Get Well card, which you can see here, was a Top 3 winner at Aud Sentiments! Maybe I should try male cards more often, lol.

Today's card was another race against time to get it finished, photo-ed and blogged in time to meet a challenge deadline. Make It Colourful, my favourite colouring challenge, wanted us to colour a background this week. Well, I had recently bought this background digi image from Make It Crafty but hadn't yet plucked up the nerve to put Copic to Bristol Board, so I was glad of the challenge to make me have a go.  I can't say it was easy, but it was definitely one of those stretches where you feel you have gained something at the end of it.  I used an outdoor Tilda with it as that seemed suitable.

After colouring the background and my Tilda, I was totally stuck for a layout or a way to begin to make the card. So to distract myself I took a tour of my usual blogs to leave comments, and this is how I came upon Chanelle's great Shadow Box card. I'd seen Rica's tutorial for this make of card a while ago and knew I wanted to try it, but seeing it on Chanelle's blog caused that lightbulb in my head and the idea was born! It's very easy to make and Rica's instructions are excellent and simple to follow, I recommend having a go. I even decorated the inside for once, but this was really CASE-ing Rica's fab card on her blog. So thanks Rica for the tutorial and thanks Chanelle for the inspiration.

This card is going to a friend who is having a rough time and who I think could do with being told she's special, hence the sentiment.

OK, I am waffling because I am so tired, so I'll just post the photos and then go and lie down.....

The inside, showing the box on the left
Images: Hilly Lane digi from Make It Crafty, Magnolia Tilda
DP: K&Co
Colouring: Copics
Flowers: large rose is Prima, red roses are Wild Orchid
Magnolia Doohickey Rose Leaves

I am entering this in these challenges:
Make It Colourful - Colour a Background
Allsorts Challenge - For a special lady (made it for a friend)
CES #29 - Die Cut Crazy (my diecuts are the Magnolia Rose Leaves)

Tuesday Throwdown - Florals
Ooh La La Creations - Mothers Day or Special Friend (I have gone for the Special Friend option)
Pollycraft - Friends

The Paper Variety - 1-2-3 Recipe (1 image, 2 leaf diecuts, 3 flowers)
Just Magnolia & hAnglar - Anything Goes

Delightful Challenges - Flowers
Ambers Crafts & Stuff - Use Flowers

Back later after a rest, happy crafting everyone!
Carole x


Zoe said...

Wow Carole. I had a jaw drop moment!! This is absolutely wonderful. Firstly the background is coloured beautifully - I love the highlights on the hill tops and the shading into the valleys. The window card is FABULOUS. I just love it and haven't seen one before. Plus I am pretty chuffed to read we are your favourite colouring challenge. I am so happy we are able to inspire you to challenge yourself and grow. Hugs xxoo

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely shadow box, very well crafted, and as I have already said, you even make Tilda look nice!

melsanford said...

Oh wow! This is so pretty! I LOVE your colouring :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Doreen said...

Ooh Carole this is amazing,thank you for the inspiration. I might have to have a go at one of

Debs said...

Simply stunning!
Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Janette said...

OH WOW,Carole, how do you keep coming up with such stunning cards, this is just brilliant, fabulous.xx

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous Carole. Have a good weekend. Sue x

chrissy xx said...

Oh! Carole It's Stunning.
What a Fabulous Box. LOve your colours too!
Me think I will have a go at this sometime soon.
Have a good weekend.

Heather said...

Carole - it is fabulous!!!!!!! Your colouring is superb and your layout, papers and embellishments simply stunning.
It is so thrilling when someone attempts my tutorials especially when they let me know so I can pop along and see your creation - so thank you 'muchly' for that.
love and hugs
Heather xx

Greeny said...

Such a gorgeous card Carole, fabulous design and colouring as always is perfect. Your friend will love it.

Stamps and Paper said...

Carole this is a great shadow box and so pretty.


Julie said...

Wow, Carole - this is fabulous!!! Love the design - it has so much depth and your Tilda looks glorious!! Oh and thanks for joining in our challenges at CES challenges! Juliexxx

Bron said...

Ohhh, Miss Carole - you've done it again. I especially like your colouring of the hills and the road in the background image. Very very pretty. Once again I'm stuck between blog hopping and checking out everyone's creativity, or being inspired by pieces like this and running away to my craft room to play. The dilemma!!!

Stampin Mindy said...

Amazing, You are very talented. Gorgeous coloring! Wow!!!

Hugs, Mindy

CraftyC said...

Totally gorgeous carole, I love the beautifully coloured background scene and its just all beautiful. Thanks for taking part in the CES Challenge!

lalkygirl said...

wow carole ,what a STUNNING creation,your colouring is superb and i love the design,fab flowers too,it is truly a beautiful card ,thanks for joining us at digi days and good luck

Jackie said...

OMG Carole, you just get better and better and better.....
This is superb and it's no wonder that you keep winning :o)
Jackie xx

Beccy said...

AWESOME - yopu have really done the Colouring backgrounds challenge justice - love it thanks for joining us at MIC

Beccy x

Anonymous said...

Just deeeeelish as always

Huggles Big Sis xxx

Dotty Jo said...

This is gorgeous Carole! Jo x

Tara Cardwell said...

WOW! What an amazing project - it's just fab.

Thanks for popping over to the St Lukes Charity Card blog and offering your cards - any cards can be sent to the freepost address, not just challenge cards, so if you have some to spare they would be gratefully received.

Thanks Tara x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Carole, This is stunning, I love everything about it, you are clever.
Kevin xx

Jacki Daniels said...

Hi Carole from Brum I'm Jacki from Oldbury so not to far from you wow you have done some beautiful cards they are stunning and the colouring on this one is superb well done it's beautiful
Jacki xx

Joan Ervin said...

Carole, this is absolutely SPECTACULAR!!!! Your coloring is soooo gorgeous....every little detail is just perfect and how cool is that shadow box...WOW!!! Thanks sooo much for the link to the tutorial...I have got to go take a look and make one of these myself!!!

Davi said...

Wonderful job on the shadow box card!! love the dimension and the cute Tilda. thanks for sharing with us at TT this week.

Jami said...

This is amazing!! Your coloring is stunning, and I love how you finished off the inside of the card too!

Carole S said...

Hi "ME", WOW and WOW again, this is magnificent, love it to bits, amazing work, you are just getting better and better, Love from "HER", Carole S

Rachel x said...

Well, Carole- fancy getting a mention in a post with such a stunning card... even if it was because of the fog!! ;) Did give me a chuckle when I read that, though, strange as it may sound!! :) It's been more like 'peasouper-y' here this weekend hence my not saying Hi til now!! :S
But your card is, as always, truly beautiful!! :) I could sit and stare at your incredible hilly path for ages- makes me yearn for the great outdoors!! :) - and the colours you've used around the images in your papers and flowers are lovely!! :) Think i'll have to investigate shadow boxes further, too :)
hope the fog's cleared now!!
hugs, Rachel x

Dena said...

Carol, your coloring is out of this world! Love your card!
Thanks for joining the Just Magnolia challenge this week!
Hugs, Dena

Suzy Nurmainy said...

Wow Gorgeous shadow box card! what a great idea! lovely image too. Thanks for playing along with us at TPV! :)


Hi Carol
A gorgeous and beautiful shadow box,thankyou for joining us at Delightful Challenges this week,

Hugs Dianne xx

chrissy xx said...

Hi Carole
Well done on your Win!!! Yeh! Congratulations.

Linda Wescott said...

Wow, is all I can say. Thanks for Joining us at Ambers Crafts and Stuff's Flowers Challenge. Hope to see you again next week. I'm a Brummie too. Hugs lin

Tessa Buys said...

Stunning! Amazing card! Thanks for playing at The Paper Variety!

Lin said...

OMW this is gobsmackingly gorgeous.

I had a go at one of these once and it looked like a dog's dinner, but this is just amazing. I am off to the link you posted above to have a look and see if a different tutorial might help me achieve something this gorgeous! DON'T hold your breath though. LOL

Lin xx

Anonymous said...

Wow, just does not do this justice, you are amazing and cannot add more to what has been said already.
Love it all, will have to start taking mine a lot more seriosly. You deserve all the accolades going. hugs elv xxxxx