Sunday 2 October 2011

Dream Valley #17 - Monochromatic

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Hello everyone, it's time for another challenge at Dream Valley Challenges, and the theme this month is Monochrome. So everything on the card needs to be of one colour, although if you're colouring a character you can still use skin tones of course.

Our sponsor this fortnight is One Stop Card Crafts, and a lucky winner will receive a £10 gift certificate for their store!

This is the card I made as my DT you see I chose blue-green as my colour.  I used my new Stempelglede stamp, which I finally treated myself to (available from Quixotic Paperie), and stamped it using Versafine black ink onto gloss paper. Then I fussy cut around the edge of the image to give it a deckle-edge (you can see that better in one of the close ups below), then inked around the edge using some Clearsnap fluid chalk ink in Prussian Blue. Papers were also inked with Prussian Blue and I added some hand-stitching.

I made the embellishments using some laser-cut chipboards from Make It Crafty - a flourish and 2 snowflakes layered up together (an idea I saw on Elaine's beautiful blog). The chipboards were coated in some Adirondack acrylic paint in Cloud Blue and I sprinkled some glamour dust into the paint as it was drying to give them lots of sparkle. A gem was placed in the centre of the snowflakes, and a Prima flower and a pearl spray were placed next to the flourish. Some blue-green organza ribbon and ric-rac finish it all off.

Chipboard flourish coated in acrylic paint and glamour dust

2 snowflakes coated in paint and glamour dust and layered up with a gemstone

Image: Vintage Christmas by Stempelglede
DPs: K&Co and Prima Annalee
Chipboard flourish and snowflakes: by Make It Crafty, available from Quixotic Paperie
Flower: Prima, Sugar Plum roses in Caribbean
Pearl spray: Wild Orchid Crafts
Other: Adirondack acrylic paint dabber, cloud blue; glamour dust;
Clearsnap Cats Eye fluid chalk in Prussian Blue; computer-printed sentiment
Doily, gem & ribbons from my craft stash

I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
Crafts & Me - Flowers
Crafty Emma's Store - Totally gorjusss/pretty girls
Crafty Purple Frog - Lots of layers
Delightful Challenges - Pearls & swirls
Glitter Geeks - Shabby chic
Kaboodle Doodles - Use a doily
Magical Mondays - Christmas in September (2nd entry)
Paper and Such Design - Recipe challenge (2nd entry) (I chose Ribbon / designer paper / 1 flower)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - 2 or more ribbons (ric rac ribbon placed on top of spotty organza ribbon)

And my tip for Top Tip Tuesday: when handstitching your card, paper prick the paper along the edge of a ruler first - not only does it make the stitches neat and evenly spaced but it is so much easier to sew through the paper.

For more monochromatic projects and ideas, check out the challenge blog and see what my teamies have come up with - I can tell you they've made some beauties!

Happy crafting!


Khristen said...

This card is absolutely stunning! So elegant! Gorgeous image, love this!!!!!

chrissy xx said...

Stunning as always Carole! LOve these colours! Even your cottons are perfect.........

Maya said...

Such a wonderful card!
Love the colors, the fab details and the layout :)
Hugs from Maya

MindyYoung said...

Very pretty! I love the flourish, rose and snowflake! Thanks for playing with us over at Paper and Such!

Doreen said...

Just stunning Carole,love the snowflake and gorgeous

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Carole, I really like the image, the colour and the pearls and swirl.
Kevin xx

Stamps and Paper said...

A simply stunning card Carole...the colours, the swirls, pearls and of course that beautiful image just blend together so well.


Jackie said...

Absolutely stunning Carole, and what a beautifule colour too. Thank you for your comment on my sleigh card, I have decided not to bin it after all the wonderful comments on my blog and DC :O)
Jackie xx

Anonymous said...

This is just gorgeous. I love these stamps and may just have to buy this one now. xx

Mel said...

OMG!! Its just wowsers! I so love it honey!
Your uber talented and I've missed seeing all your talents oozing out on to paper lol!
Hugs M xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Carole this is absolutely beautiful, the design, colour, embellishments and image look fantastic.
Lorraine x

Crafteezee said...

Carole, this is stunningly beautiful. I must have that stamp, lol. Hugs Tracy x

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely card I Love the colour you choose to work with too! and the glitz! Thanks 4 joining us this week @ Top Tip Tuesday for our 2 Or More, Ribbon, Twine, Lace, Fabric Challenge, Don't forget you can enter up to 3 times, I hope you can come and play again soon, Hugs Samantha

Caroljenks said...

This is beautiful and your hand stitching is AWESOME! Thanks for the Top Tip :)

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday this week for our '2 or more Ribbons' Challenge :)

Carol x

Lynne in NI said...

Ohhhh Carole, this is such a pretty card ... I LOVE your gorgeous image and the touch of blue really compliments your grey theme. Great tip too (my hand stitching is ALWAYS a bit wonky, I call it the 'hand crafted' look LOL!)

Rachel x said...

Hey Carole!! :)
Was planning to stop by today anyway just to say hello and hope you're recovering okay but then saw your post and- Wow- such a lot of gorgeous detail on this one!! It's a beautiful colour and so stylish- honestly thought that was a photo 'til I read it was a stamp and I love your glittery embellishments!! I've made a couple of cards with flowers I made myself recently- sometimes it's nice to take a break from colouring and spend your energy on something different, isn't it?! :)
Hope you've had a good weekend,
hugs, Rachel xx

Becky B. said...

WOWIE! Gorgeous, love, love all of the texture and detail! Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs this week! :)

Roberta; mother of 4, GiGi to 1 said...

WOW! I wish I was on yor Christmas card list this year! I absolutely love the monochrome you chose, and the softness of the card itself! Your handstitching is just perfect, too! I hope to see you create with us again at Frosted Designs! **Roberta

Joanne said...

Beautiful! What an awesome stamp, just lovely! I really like your layout and the fab embellies you used, a gorgeous card! Hugs, J:)

CraftyC said...

A gorgeous card Carole and a beautiful stamp to. Thanks for taking part in this weeks CES Challenge

Lydia said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours of this one and the snowflakes are beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs.

Heather said...

Hi Carole, your card is beautiful, your colours, image and the degails and simply exquisite.

Thanks so much for joining us with the Simon Says Stamp challenge
Heather xx

Renkata said...

Very romantic and beautiful card Carol.

Kathleen said...

Fab card, such beautiful colours and so elegant. Thanks for joining us Paper Sundaes for our lots of layers challenge
Hugs Kat x

Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

Oh this is so elegant and so vintage! Love it! What a fabulous project with great layers! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week! Good luck!
♥ Lisa M. PSDT

Janette said...

Hi Carole, you anything just adore this whole card, and that flourish is devine.....gorgeous

LaJanette said...

OMG what a fantastic card! I am loving all of it..the colors, the image, and the hand stitching is absolutely FAB!

Thanks for playing along with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday and for your great tip too:0)


Shelby said...

Just an absolutely beautiful card! Love the colors, love the layout and the chipboard and flowers are a perfect touch. Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks shabby chic challenge.


Joan Ervin said...

Oooooh, Carole, your card is sooo dreamy....the angel image is sooo beautiful and you picked the perfect colors for the monochromatic color combo!!!!! I just love how you angled the image layer and then added the gorgeous flourish and flower...your eye for color and design is amazing, gf!!!!The hand stitching is fabulous, too!!! Since I have seen it up close and personal, I know how perfect it are sooo talented!!!! Hope all is well with you and yours....we are going to take my parents out in the morning to find a new's is only 35 years old. He says it's just now broke in...LOL!!!

JenMarie said...

Fabulous monochromatic card! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper and Such!

Unknown said...

stunning creation hun!
Love the Layout and colours you've used.
Thank you for joining us for the Pearls and Swirls challenge at Delightful Challenges.

Nicecrane Designs said...

OMG,,,,Absolutely stunning Carole direct to my fav cards,,,,love the texture you used and allover these soft colors...

melsanford said...

Oh this is just gorgeous! Thanks for the stitching tip - I must try that! :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Carrie's Corner said...

Stunning card and I adore that sweet image!


jeanie g said...

I love this card Carole, such attention to detail and thank you for the detailed piccies, showing your methods. Beautiful work!!

Susie said...

I absolutely adore this card, Carole - sooooo beautiful and just enough detail! Susie x

tiggertastic said...

amazing, this is so magical

Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

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Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs , Kenny K and My Time To Craft

Mona`s Bittelille Scrappekrok said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the design and colours. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Purple Frog. Hugs...Mona