Tuesday 14 August 2012

Guest Designer at Deep Ocean Challenge

Hello blogging friends, it's been a long while since I made a blog post - I have some health problems and haven't been well enough to do any crafting or blogging, I'm afraid. My card today is the first thing I've made in ages! I must say it's been nice to have a tidy work table these last weeks, lol, but having said that it was great to do some crafting again. Can't promise I'll be back any time soon, because apart from some Guest Design commitments, I'm going to wait till the urge to craft returns.

Now, when the lovely Franz asked me if I'd like to have a guest design spot at Deep Ocean Challenge this week, I really couldn't resist - they have such a talented team over there that it was an honour to get to play along with them. The theme for the new challenge is Deep Blue, and I interpreted this as the Deep Blue Sea. So I merged a couple of Make It Crafty Under The Sea images and made an underwater scene. The colouring is done mainly with copics, with a little pencil colouring on top in places.

I used some nice blue green shades of textured card for the background and the mats, and I embossed the paler shade with some dots. The embossing folder is actually snowdrops, but I think they look like bubbles. Some lace trim on one side of the card, and some gem branches, a flower and a bow made from some blue-green gauzy fabric finish it off.

Images used: Mermaid Lola, Mermaid Castle, and Sandy Sea Floor, digi stamps from Make It Crafty.

Here you can see the sparkles I added to the mermaid's tail, which didn't show up in the other photos. I also added some bubbles with a white gel pen after I took the pictures:

I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
A&T Challenges - Anything Goes
Colour Me Creative (CMC) - Create a Background 
Craft A Scene - Anything in the Great Outdoors
Crafts & Me - Use A Digi
Emerald Faeries Challenge - Bling
Love To Create - Sparkle
Southern Girls - Water Play
The Squirrel & The Fox - The Sea
Totally Gorjuss - Lacy Lacy
Whoopsie Daisy - Anything Goes

I'm looking forward to visiting blogs this week, I won't be able to comment on every card individually, but I do look at all the ones I've missed since I've been offline. I better keep myself supplied with cups of tea and settle in for a long session, he hee.

Have a good week all.


McCrafty's Cards said...

Stunning card Carole, I like the mermaid the scene and the lace, I do hope you are feeling better.
Kevin xx

Kjersti said...

A gorgeous card Carole, amazing coloring and I love all the fabulous details - it's beautiful!
Have a nice week!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Franz♥ said...

Hi Carole!

As i've already told you: your card is an underwater dream!
Love all details and great choice for the embossing folder!

Thanks so much hun, i'm so glad you've joined us for our challenge this forthnight!

An other huge hug, Franz.

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Hi Carole, stunning card, good to see you back in blogland, sorry to hear you haven't been well. Take care. Sue x

Doreen said...

Nice to see you Carole,I am sorry you have been having health problems, don't leave it so long next time....Your card is gorgeous as always.xxx

Trina said...

What a way to pop back on! This card is breathtaking! I sure hope you feel well enough to share with us again soon!

Cathy said...

Carole what an awesome card. I am sorry to hear that you are having health issues. I love your creations and your coloring is so awesome. I can't imagine you not being in the mood to craft.

Cathy said...

Carole what an awesome card. I am sorry to hear that you are having health issues. I love your creations and your coloring is so awesome. I can't imagine you not being in the mood to craft.

brenda said...

Good morning Carol,

You have created a really magical underwater scene here, really lovely work.

It is lovely to see you at Craft a Scene challenge this month, thanks so much joining in.

I hope you'll soon feel much better and up to more crafting.

B x

Jackie said...

Hi Carole, your card is stunning as ever and your colouring is perfect :o)
It is lovely to see you posting, I hope it won't be too long before you are back in the fold...hugs
Jackie xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Oh hun this is stunning, just love it!

Thank you for sharing with us at A&T Challenges & Emerald Faeries, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely to see you back Carole and hoping you are feeling better...gorgeous card and fabulous colouring as always


Deanna said...

Awesome card. Love the underwater scene and what great details. Feel better soon!

Wendy L said...

What a lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Love to Create. xxx

Anonymous said...

Sis this is stunning love the image and the colours are just perfect makes me feel like diving in - now where did I put my snorkles :o) your kreations are gorjus as always.

Huggles Big Sis xxx

Joanne said...

My oh my girl, you certainly did an AWESOME and AMAZING job! How lovely!!!! You really found your mojo again too (if only for a bit!)!!! I LOVE your coloring Carole, it's so perfect it looks like a photo, just beautiful. Lots of fab details too. Those crystal gem branches look terrific! So glad you were able to guest design for them and do a wee bit of crafting. I miss you when you are not on here. You are such an inspiration to all of your followers. Take care my friend and rest and be well. Looking forward to your next creation, whenever you are up to it! BIG hugs, aloha nui, j:)

June Nelson said...

Wowser!!! its just amazing sweetheart, what a perfect underwater scene, its just beautiful love it, big huggies June xxxx

Kat said...

Gorgeous little underwater scene with that sweet mermaid,Carole. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Hope you feel like crafting again soon.

Kat x

Deanne Saunders said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for participating in LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Carole this is stunning, wow, what a beautiful image and scene, the colours and design look amazing, thank you for joining our challenge at Whoopsie Daisy this week
Lorraine x

Zoe said...

Wowsers Carole!! Breathtaking colouring. I just love how you have coloured the sandcastle, and the mermaid and the water and the.... hehehe Thinking of you hun. xxoo

Jac’s Playground said...

WOW! Awesome creation really gorgeous, thanks for joining us at A & T Sketch challenge this fortnight.

Janette said...

Carol as always your beautiful creation is outstanding, so fabulous....
So sorry your not so good again, have been wondering where you were and STILL not got round to e-mailing you, I am hanging my head in shame for that.....sorry hun, get well very soon, blogland needs your fab talents.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dana Joy said...

Wow..what a gorgeous card!!! Feel better soon hun. Thanks for playing with us at CMC. Sending you love and hugs.


Joan Ervin said...

Hey, sweet girl....I'm so glad to see you crafting again!!!! Your card is absolutely gorgeous, as always!!! Your coloring is spectacular and I love the crystal thingy you added to the side...it gives this such a magical look!!!!
I was hoping you and your hubby were able to go see some of the Olympics...how exciting to have it so close!!! I bet everyone is kinda glad to see it come to an end, though...getting back to normal is good...LOL!!!!
I hope you are feeling better...take it easy now!!! Hugs!!!

Ruby said...

What an amazing scene and such beautiful colouring too! I am hopeless at scenes so am in awe!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us over at Color Me Creative!

Barbara said...

oh wie süss. ein wunderschönes Motiv.. gefällt mir sehr.. schön dass du bei A and T Challenge mitmachst.. liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Daisychain said...

A great card, love the images and embellishments you have used. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whoopsi Daisy for our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge. Hope to see you next week. Hugs Christine x

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Carol said...

Beautiful card Carole. Thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this time. Carol DT x

Jenny said...

Wow! what an amazing scene and such perfect detail - love it! x

Jules said...

Absolutely amazind design and colouring, just love it. Thank you for joining us at A & T Digital Designs (EFG). Good Luck xoxox

Anita Bownds said...

beautiful Card,
thanks for joining in on the A and T challenge blog good luck Hugz Anita..XX

NancyD said...

Such a lovely underwater scene. Thank you for joining us this month at Craft a Scene. NancyD

Scrap Affair said...

Mermaids-my love!!! I just adore all the colors and such lovely decorations.
Thank you for joining us this month at Craft a Scene

Anna-Karin said...

Fabulous card! Love the image, colouring and the great bling you added. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft a Scene!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at A & T challenges.