Floral beauty

We’d love to see your Monochromatic creations at AiFactory Challenges this week.You don’t need a AIFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.You have until Wednesday 2nd March 11:59 EST to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF069 so that we can find it easily and  leave you a comment.So stop by the challenge site to check out full details.Don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful DT creations while you’re there!

Here I’ve used the image She.Such a gorgeous,feminine image.She’d be pretty versatile too.Depending on the colours you use she would make a beautiful card for any age.I thought I’d try a different colouring medium for as much as I love my Promarkers I just feel there’s a lot more out there that I need to explore.So I printed her onto watercolour paper and coloured her with Distress Inks.If you want to try this NEVER  take the colour directly from the pad with your waterbrush or damp paintbrush.You’ll end up diluting the ink and ruining the pad.Instead press,twist and squish (technical term there!) gently onto a smooth shiny surface.I used a Woodware Hot Stuff Craft Mat and picked up the colour with a damp paintbrush.To give a more subtle colour dampen the area first.You can always build layers of colour from there.If you think the shade is too deep you can go back in with a wet paint brush and blot with a tissue/kitchen towel. I’m not really sure what colour you’d call the papers but I stuck mainly with Crushed Olive,Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw.I added a tiny amount of Tea Dye to tone down her hair.The skin is Tattered Rose and of course I had to use Worn Lipstick on her lips!I also used the Crushed Olive on the edges of the papers and dragged it across the originally creamy yellow ribbon to bring it together more.On reflection I’m wishing I’d inked the edges of the flowers.Ah well,we live and learn.Overall I’m quite pleased at my first attempt and although this image is very detailed it was so easy to colour.It was actually a lot of fun!I’ve never grown out of ‘colouring in’ – what a baby!!

 I found this bargainous little beauty for 99p in The Works.It’s mini stapler but just look at all those fabby staples.It’s pretty robust too as it went through the ribbon as well as the heavyweight paper.

I also had some fantastic news!!I’m staying on the DT at AiFactory Challenges.Only this time the term is 6 months instead of 3!Whoo hoo!


Supplies :
Image : She from AiFactory
Flowers : Freebie stamp from March issue of Craft Stamper Magazine
Medium : Distress Inks in Crushed Olive,Mustard Seed,Scattered Straw,Tea Dye,Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick
Papers : Papermania Persimmon Collection
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Mini stapler
Embellishments : Ribbon,buttons,thread all from stash,newly acquired staples

 Some challenges this card is for :

Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Distressing
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Mami Doodles : Flower Card
Phindy’s Place : Monochrome
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Spring Theme
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Monochrome
Challenge Up Your Life : Monochrome
Creative Inspirations : Distress
Sugar Creek Hollow : Buttons and bows
My Sheri Crafts : All about girls
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : No square cards
Pear Tree Designs : One Colour
Anything Goes : Distressing
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Flowers
Stamps R Us : For the girls
Creative Craft : Cards for Teens
Scrap Creations : Birthday Cards
Sweet Stamps : Flowers
Creative Cottage : Fabulous Florals
Crafty Creations : At the bottom of my garden….lives!
Fresh Brewed : Ribbons and bows
Whimsie Doodles : From the garden
Forgotten Scraps : Spring/Flowers


Lisa x

38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo Davies
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:57:45

    What a beautiful card, just fab….. Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time. Jo xxx


  2. Tamara Morton
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 12:11:38

    Wonderful card and a perfect Monochromatic colour scheme. Thank you for joining us this week at Sweet Stamps! good luck in the draw.
    Hugs Tamara Posh Cat Crafts!


  3. flutterbytrina
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 12:24:44

    Beautiful card! Lovely colouring! Thanks for joining us at PTD this week, Good Luck



  4. Merry
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 12:40:22

    Really like the name of your blog. Great card…beautiful image and wonderful layout. Thanks for joining in the Cardmadfairy Digi Days Distressing Challenge.


  5. Heide
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 14:24:20

    What a super Monochromatic card, Love all the detail in this. Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
    Hope you can join us again.
    Hugs, Heide
    SCH DT


  6. Tammy Maynard
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 15:30:57

    So pretty! The colors are beautiful and great coloring!

    Thank you for playing along with us this week at Phindy’s Place and hope to see you again! 🙂


  7. Carol L
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 17:53:56

    What wonderful colors on your card! Such a pretty image and I like the flowers too! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps R Us this week!


  8. Cec
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 18:40:48

    Fabulous card. I love the colouring on that gorgeous image. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.


  9. Sheri
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 20:18:18

    This is a great tonal card! The color and image are great! Thanks for sharing with us this week!


  10. Sharon S
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 20:34:24

    Gorgeous card. I love the colour. Thanks for playing along at Lexis Creations. Sharon x


  11. Jacqueline Hill
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 20:38:00

    Great card. Lots of pretty details. Thanks for entering the challenge at Sweet Stamps.


  12. marsha
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 23:49:53

    What a beautiful image and love your choice of monochrome colors! Thanks so much for joining us for this week’s Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge, we hope you will come back and play again next week!


  13. Renee'
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 02:04:40

    What beautiful colors. I love how your flowers are made from the same DP yet they still stand out without detracting from your beautifully colored woman. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow. Hope to see you again soon!
    SCH DT


  14. chris v - easily amused
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 03:59:07

    beautiful job with a difficult challenge. thanks for playing with us at SFTW


  15. Jeanette
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 05:27:19

    Very creative card! Great idea to attach the ribbon with staples.

    Thank you for participating in this week’s FBD Ribbon/Bows challenge!


  16. Gillian
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 10:56:57

    Love your image and the way you have coloured her. Your elements work really well. Thanks for joining in at Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days. Gillian x


  17. Stacey Richardson
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 12:47:16

    Striking card. Thank you for joining the SweetStamps.com challenge and Good Luck!


  18. ona_i_ja
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 13:09:48

    Beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck.


  19. Lynda Nielsen
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 17:47:00

    awww beautiful coloring on this pretty card.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Phindy’s Place this week.


  20. Mary C
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 19:20:31

    What a gorgeous card. I love the image you used and it looks wonderful in all the gold tones of the card. I hope you have someone in mind to receive such a wonderful creation. Thanks for playing with us this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.


  21. Sheri
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 19:37:53

    Lovely card!! Thank you so much for playing along with Whimsie Doodles!!
    Sheri-WD DT


  22. Tracy
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 20:41:43

    beautiful card love the colours. Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage, Tracy x


  23. Debs R
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 02:50:55

    Beautiful creation, I love the green color and your image is perfect
    thanks so much for joining our challenge this week at OSAAT


  24. Sandy H
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 03:58:21

    Beautiful card. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Sweet Stamps blog


  25. Sharon
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 14:53:19

    Stunning card and image – especially done with the monochromatic color palette here. Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Sugar Creek Hollow. I hope you’ll return to our challenges again.


  26. Heather Dennis
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 19:45:43

    lovely monochromatic creation! She is beautiful and I love the way you added the ribbons

    Thanks for playing along with is at Freshly Brewed Challenges ribbons and bows challenge.
    Hope to see you at the hop on March 1



  27. Daisychain
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 22:43:55

    A beautiful card, thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations. Hugs Christine x


  28. Lou Mac
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 22:56:30

    This is gorgeous – I love the colours you have used and that patterned paper is just lovely!!

    Thanks for joining us over at Pear Tree Designs in our ‘One Colour’ challenge – good luck.

    Lou Mac. xo


  29. polkacabana
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 23:32:24

    Visiting from Sweet Stamps, What a gorgeous card!! You did a fabulous job! Thanks so much for sharing with us!


  30. Patchi
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 01:20:40

    I love how you worked this monocromatic card! Thanks for joining PTT this week and we hope to see you again soon!



  31. Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 01:24:35

    Pretty card! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.


  32. Sandy Fredrick
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 06:44:12

    I love your card. The colors and the flowers really make it. Thank you for joining our challenge at SweetStamps.com


  33. sandra
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 12:49:19

    aww such cute cards hun, thanks for joining us at creative craft challenges with our cards for a teen challenge and good luck xxx


  34. Brenda
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 01:40:28

    Beautiful card. You colored the image amazingly! Thanks for joining the Anything goes challenge at Guylou’s Inimitability.


  35. cindy groh
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 04:30:55

    Beautiful colors and coloring. Fabulous card.


  36. ForgottenScraps
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 08:56:03

    Just dropping by to check out your great card! Thanks for playing along in the “Spring or Flowers” challenge at Forgotten Scraps. ;D


  37. Trinh
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 02:47:43

    Lovely coloring & embellishing of the image, Lisa! Thanks so much for joining us for a Mami Doodles challenge!


  38. Claire
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 22:09:04

    Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations this week and sharing your lovely work with us! Cheers Claire x


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