Friday, 25 February 2011

Dancing Willow

Hi, it seems quite a while since I last posted. I have had migraine and felt off colour this last week but feel a lot better now! I am so excited. I have finally got some Whiff of Joy stamps. I have wanted some for so long. This is one of them, 'Dancing Willow' - a beautiful stamp!

I made this card for the Whiff of Joy - Challenge No. 98 which is 'Paper Piecing'. I hope that you can see in the close-up that I have pieced some of the backing paper for Willow's dress and shoes to match the background. I also decided to have a go at using my gold-leaf kit which I have had for six months and never opened !!! I painted the Size (glue) onto the handbag and the belt/sash with fine paintbrush. My first attempt was dreadful, but this one (my 2nd attempt) is not too bad so thought I would use it.

'Dancing Willow' - detail

Hair: Promarkers Vanilla and Tan
Skin: Copics E00 and R20
Necklace and bracelet: Sakura glitter pen

The backing paper is Milton & Co Paper Stack available at Handy Hippo. The gorgeous animal print card is also from Handy Hippo and I cut the shape with a Fiskar Template and Edging to make it look like an animal skin/rug then distressed and inked the edges. I haven't done much distressing - this is only my second go.  I think I might get to like 'distressing' as all that scraping gets rid of a lot of tension if you are feeling stressed!!! LOL. The sentiment is from a Molly Blooms stamp set (freebie with magazine) and mounted on gold card. The black ribbon is from stash. The gorgeous Gardenias are from Wild Orchid Crafts

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Whiff of Joy - Challenge No. 98 - Paper Piecing (ends Tuesday 1st March 2011)
Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge No. 23 - Bling It On (ends Monday 28th February 2011)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge No. 53 - Distress (ends Friday 25th February 2011)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge No. 9 - Spring ... Flowers Everywhere!!! (ends Sunday 13th March 2011)
Simon Says Stamp - Challenge - Coffee and Cream (ends Tuesday 1st March 2011)
Moving Along With the Times - Challenge No. 87 - Fashion (ends Wednesday 2nd March 2011)


Michele said...

Such a pretty card Sue. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining us this week at WOJ. Hugs Michele x

Anonymous said...

Wonderful card Sue!
I am not confident enough to do paper piecing, i should try it.
This is a great image and your colouring is fab.
Hugs xx

Bea said...

This is a wonderful card with all the details in gold :o)

Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week

Hugs from Bea

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great card!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



DesignerDiva said...

Oh Sue now you are talking my language - I love everything about this the image is tooooo cute and any thing to do with brown does it for me!! The gold leaf has such a sparkle mine is still unopened - not for much longer. Animal print is fabby and those flowers well you know I like texture!! Moving Along With The Times has a Fashion theme which this card would fit and Simon Says Stamp is asking for Coffee & Cream which this has too.
You have done so well here Sue, blogging made me grow so much in my styles of cards and I can see its doing the same for you
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Sue said...

Thanks Pat!

I have to confess, although I had done a bit of sticking papers on shapes, I didn't really know what 'paper piecing' was until I did this card. But I found this great tutorial. It makes it really easy!

Hugs Sue xx

TaraG said...

Oh I love dancing Willow, Sue and she looks fabulous in her paper pieced party dress! Gorgeous teh gold and the leopard fun and details for the coffee and cream challenge that we have this week! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

DesignerDiva said...

Hi again Sue, this time I'm here in my official DT spot!! (Get Me!!!) Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at MAWTT and everything I said above again!!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sue for the tutorial. I'll have a look straight away.
Hugs xx

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Wow, what a wonderful card Sue.
A great image and your colouring is fab and the design is gorgeous.

Nice greetings from Andrea Germany

Pami said...

Wow she is just fabulous!! I love the paper piecing and the gold leaf really lifts the image. And I want a gold handbag just like that!! Thanks so much for joining in with my challenge at MAWTT this week. Good luck! Pami x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi Sue,
WOW this is brilliant for our Fashion Challenge this week on MAWTT, I love the Paper Pieced Dress Willow has on and that stunning belt. I want one too!!!thanks for playing along, Hazelxox

Anne H. said...

Your card is wonderful!
An adorable image and beautiful colors. I love the sparkling. Great take on the theme. Thanks for joining us at WOJ-Challenges.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Ooo I adore the shimmer and paper piecing. Thanks for playing with us this week at TTT!

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous colours and layout Sue, everything fits so well with your cute image.
Thanks for joining in with our Fashion challenge at MAWTT.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Jane said...

This is gorgeous! love the touch of gold! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Whiff of Joy! hugs, Jane x

chris said...

Hi Sue, this is gorgeous,I love this image, its on my list too.
I wonder how many of us have unopened things in our stash, dread to think at least you have made the effort and used yours!
hugs chris xx

sallysbitz said...

This is a great card, love that image x

Thanks for joining in with my blog candy & good luck x

hugs sally x