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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Are you Square?

Or, maybe the question should be do you like making square projects? Like boxes or cards, or ??? Well, today at Top Tip Tuesday my teammate, Leanne has a fabulous tutorial on making a box envelope of any size. We also have some wonderful sponsors for the week. I have chosen to make a Mother's Day card - to enter into the Elizabeth Bell Challenge Blog's April project. This Challenge blog started back in the Fall of last year and I have not missed one of the challenges yet - until last month!! I just did NOT get around to making a centerpiece for Easter even though I bought some items to assist in the project - work just took over and I never got the time to do anything. I was going to try and do something really quick in the 11th hour, which was Friday night - however, I went out with a friend and we did our own form of art at a local art gallery. Those of you that live in the South Eastern United States may be familiar with Sips and Strokes. It is similar to those pottery places where you go in and select a piece of pottery to paint, then leave it for a week for them to fire for you, EXCEPT this is a PAINTING place. You pay a small fee, you get a canvas and an instructor walks the class through the painting and at the end of the night you have a beautiful painting that you created. It is interesting to see the variations of the different class members and the end result. My friend and I have done this one other time and I think this time I like my painting much better. It is a fun girls night out for a minimal fee. So, you can now understand why I wasn't able to do my Elizabeth Bell project at the last minute - which I seem to have done for the last several months - so THIS time, I decided I would get a jump on this project RIGHT away. Besides, Mother's Day is long before the due date of the 22nd, so I HAD to get this done. So, I used this sweet little girl on my card. I colored her with my prisma color pencils - which I haven't used in quite some time. I then cut this image apart and layered it giving a 3D affect. I have set her on this beautiful Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! This paper is a sneek peek from the new Catalog that will be out later this summer, however, until the end of this week, with a qualifying order, you can order this paper as well as a stamp set - you can click on my Stampin' Up! link to get all the information. I think the way I have placed this little cutie makes her look like a fairy amongst the flowers. I added pearls to the flower in the top right to give some dimension. I then added some Marina Mist satin ribbon - using the ruching method. I had started to add the sentiment to the front of the card, but my sweet husband said that he thought it looked better without the sentiment on the front and that perhaps it would look better inside. So, I added another portion of this beautiful DSP to the inside of the card and then added my sentiment. The inside is quite simple but I didn't w

ant to take away from the front of the card. I got my sweet image called Kneeling Willow from Simon Says Stamps. They are Whiff of Joy stamps and I was gifted a $20 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamps - so it was wonderful to get actual Elizabeth Bell stamps to use on this project. If you have made it this far on my post - thank you! I have gone on about my art and I appreciate you sticking with me this far.
I am happy to say that my schedule at work has changed in such a way that I can do more crafting now. I am not thrilled about working the closing shift, however, it is almost the best of all worlds. I can craft during the day before I go to work, I can have lunch with my sweetie - breakfast out on the weekends and spend the whole day doing gardening or other things and then go to work in the evening. I do miss dinner with the family, but they understand that the reason I am working is for a good thing. Teens are expensive!! And I have WAY to many craft things I want to get!! :)
I am also entering this card in the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge this week, which is making something for Mother's Day as well.
Stop by later - I might just have some more crafting to show you - who knows, it might be digital or it might be playing with paper!!
Thanks for visiting the spa today.


Paula said...

I agree that the front looks complete without a sentiment & I love your placement of Willow. It certainly does look as if she is sitting amongst the flowers & the paper works brilliantly with her. Lovely to see you back with your pencils Take care doing the closing shift too.
Glad you had a lovely evening out. Hope you've had a good Easter.
Paula (PEP)

Anonymous said...

Lovely card I totally love that ribbon pleated! so cool!
love the painting too! hugs Samantha :0)

Mary Lou said...

Hi Paula~~Amzingly sweet card!! Really like that new SU paper--hmmm will have to check that out ;)
Willow is beautiful and love how you pleated the ribbon~~Very nice!!!
Thanks for joining us at EB World!!
Amazing that you only missed out on one challenge since they started~~WTGG!!!

Anonymous said...

I love how you colored the girl image and how you combined it with the dsp. Great job! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Anonymous said...

I love how you colored the girl image and how you combined it with the dsp. Great job! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Kiki said...

Wow, what a stunning creation! The paper is simply gorgeous and I love how you arranged the Willow. Great job!!!

Thanks so much for joining us at our EBW challenge.

Hugs, Kiki

Kathy said...

Beautiful card Paula!! Love the pretty colors and papers that you have used and the ribbon is gorgeous! Love the sweet image as well!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Elisabeth's challenge!

Janiel/ janny said...

Hello Paul, BEAUTIFUL card!! I love the ribbon!!

Thanks for joining us at EB World Challenge.
Hugs, Janiel

Anne Marie said...

Such a beautiful card, Paula! I love that sweet image paired with the paper. The ribbon and the pearls are wonderful details, too. Thanks for playing along at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week! :)

jojoscraps said...

Very pretty! Your beautifully colored image and paper are a perfect combination and I really like the rich color of your pleted ribbon.
If you pop over to my blog, I have three Elizabeth Bell images up for grabs as my blog Candy.
Jo xx