Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Tea Party

New year, and I seem to have completely lost my mojo!  This was supposed to be a subtle girlie card and it has turned out to be a striking, almost Japanese-style card. Oh well, I suppose they do have tea ceremonies in Japan! 

I have used Lili of The Valley's - Sketch by Lena - Challenge No. 79 (see below for sketch). The gorgeous stamp "Tea Party" is from Lili of The Valley and is new to my stash, hence my entering the "New and Blue" Challenge with Stampin' For the Weekend and "Something New" Challenges from Creative Cottage and Cupcake Craft. Also, as it is a Birthday Card, I am entering it into Charisma Cardz - Birthday Challenge. 

Papers are from Kate Knight pad that I got free with magazine last year. (I love her designs!)  Flowers are from various places; roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, Purple Flower from Handy Hippo as is baby blue glitter card and black ribbon. The tiny flowers are from long, long ago can't remember where .... leaves are done with Beech Leaf X-Cut punch, available from Crafty Devil's Papercraft using some pink backing paper scraps that I had over.

"Tea Party" detail

Face, Skin: Vanilla with Copic R20 (blush) on cheeks
Dress, hat and shoes: Blossom, Cocktail Pink
Flowers on Hat: Pastel Blue, Pastel Pink, Cocktail Pink
Hair: Canary
Table legs: Tan, Shale
Tea Set: Pastel Blue
Spots on Tea Set and Flowers: Sakura glitter pen, clear star

Lili of The Valley - Challenge No. 79 - Sketch by Lena

Challenges entered:

Lili of The Valley - Challenge No. 79 - Sketch by Lena
Stampin' For The Weekend - Challenge No. 1 for 2011 - New and Blue (new stamp)
Creative Cottage - Challenge No. 30 - Something New (new stamp)
Cupcake Craft - Challenge No. 124 - Something New (new stamp)
Charisma Cardz - Challenge No. 1 - Birthdays and Celebrations

Is it just me?

As often happens, this card did not come out as I planned it! 

I had in mind peachy/cream colours and wanted to use a lovely peach backing paper that I  bought last year. It seemed like a good idea but when I tried colouring the stamp's tea-set, dark peach with white dots, it was a dis-aster! (said in Craig Revel-Horwood voice). I started again, and somehow the tea-set got coloured pastel blue. Sometimes I do wonder whether I have any control at all over these things! LOL. 

So then somehow, to stay with pastel theme, the clothes, hat and shoes became pink. Needless to say, it didn't go with my peachy paper. So I went through my stash of backing paper and found this Kate Knight paper that I really love and thought it looked quite good as background. 

As it had black on the pattern, I thought highlights of black card might be nice for mounts, etc, and while searching for my black card, I came across the baby blue glitter paper - and hey, that matches the hat, dress shoes! And so it began …. and that's the, hopefully not too boring, tale of how my card morphed from a subtle peaches and cream girlie card into the one above.  Ah (sighs) my peachy paper will have to wait until another day …..  

Hope 2011 is a good year for you!


Anonymous said...

No it's not just you, lol, I think it happens to all of us!
You card has a bit of oriental feel, because of the flower and papers. Oh i've got the same papers!
Anyway,i think it's gorgeous and your colouring is great.
Hugs xx

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week with such a gorgeous card ! Love your colours ! Good luck ! Smiles from Catherine

Leanne said...

This is such a beautiful card.

This would be a fantastic entry into the Top Tip Tuesday 'Anything Goes' Challenge!  Hope to see you there!

Leanne xx

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Sue, what a pretty card. The image is so sweet and your colour scheme is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with my "something new" challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Faye said...

Oh, this card is just adorable, it is so pretty, love the colours. Thanks for playing at Cupcake. x

Sue said...

Thanks Pat!

Glad it's not just me! I do love those Kate Knight Papers - I have three pads now and they are all gorgeous!

Sue x

Sue said...

Thanks Catherine!

Sue x

Sue said...

Thanks Leanne!

I will definitely have to pop over to "Top Tip Tuesday"

Hugs Sue x

Sue said...

Thanks Denise!

Sue x

Sue said...

Thanks Faye!

Sue x

Gemma said...

gorgeous card Sue! Thanks for joining in with Charisma's 2nd Birthday Bash challenge and blog hop! Gemma :)

Sue said...

Thanks Gemma!

Sue xx

Lena Katrine said...

A great take on my sketch! Beautyful creation!
Thanks for joining us at LOTV Challenge this week - best of luck!
Hugs, Lena K

Sue said...

Thanks very much Lena!

Sue xx

Mummylade said...

such a lovely creation! Thank you so much for entering our new and blue challenge at SFTW and good luck!

Sue said...

Thanks Mummylade!

Sue xx

Craftyanny said...

This is lovely Sue, what a gorgeous image.
Thanks for playing along with Creative Cottage
Anne x

Sue said...

Aww thanks Anne!

Sue xx