Monday, 24 October 2011

Christmas Raven and a Colour Challenge at My Partner in Crafting Crime...

Hello everyone!! :)

It's Monday and time for another fab challenge over at My Partner in Crafting Crime!! :) This fortnight it’s a Colour Challenge and we have a gorgeous colour palette to inspire you from the rather lovely Design Seeds site...

You need to use at least three of the colours to enter but the more of them you can use the better!! :)

I'd never heard of Design Seeds before this challenge but I think I'll be popping back quite often as there are so many gorgeous colour palettes to help spark off new ideas... I struggle with colour and don't have much confidence in mixing new combos so this sort of thing is great for me!! :)

We are sponsored this time by the fab Bows & Berries Digital Stamps Shop and the lucky winner will be able to choose three digis from the shop!! :)

So, onto my card:

I seriously need to get a move on with my Xmas cards and these colours seemed great for making a slightly different looking one :) I altered a couple of my own digi papers to the right shades- or so I thought... forgot that blues and greens never show true on my comp to the way they'll print so was actually a bit off with the greens :S but I liked it and knew I had PM colours that would work, so I went with it!!lol

I have been trying to improve on my colouring recently and so had been watching some YouTube vids before I set to on this image- the oh so gorgeous Raven from Sugar Nellie which is so lovely to colour! :) - and so I did my best to put what I'd picked up into practise and I'm pretty happy with the results, as another step in the right direction at least... especially as I've never even used these greens or some of the pinks before!! I have a massive collection of pens but, as with our fav clothes, I tend all too often to stick with the same old combos I've had success with before rather than brave trying anything new!!lol

I used the back of a Craftwork Cards Mini Message I didn't think I'd ever use for the greeting and stamped a Lotv greeting on it (just hoping it'd fit as the stamp has it on two lines... and then adding the gem when it was sooo off-centre!!lol). The snowflake charm adds a bit of movement and interest :) I don't know if you can see it very well in the pics but I did distress the edges of the papers just a wee bit before adding a bit of colour with the pink PM from the image and some Stickles :)

I also used one of my lovely new shaped card blanks for the first time, too- I think they make such a difference to a simple card and the shape is perfect with my fav MS Cherish punch!! :)

The List:
  • 6” sq. Elegance white card blank from Craftwork Cards
  • Sugar Nellie image Raven from the Home Grown range, stamped in Memento and coloured with ProMarkers: Coat and Boots- Fuchsia Pink & Pink Carnation; Hat and Cuffs- Maroon & Magenta with Cool Grey 1 over the top to tone down the brightness; Dress- Green, Mint Green and Pastel Green; Hair- Walnut & Cocoa
  • My own design digi papers
  • MS Cherish border punch
  • Craftwork Cards Mini Message (I used the back)
  • LOTV greeting from Xmas stamp sheet
  • Organza Ribbon
  • Snowflake charm and jumps from my jewellery supplies stash
  • Crystal Stickles and Sakura Clear Stardust Pen
  • 4mm gems

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges: Crafter's Companion - Pink & Green :) ; Paper Sundaes – Sundae Bar (I have distressing and plenty of sparkle) :) ; My Time To Craft - Dies and/or Punches :) ; The Secret Crafter - Wrap Up Warm (with something knitted) :) ; Crafting When We Can - Christmas Come Early :)

Well, that's about it from me for today!!lol I’m off to finish my step-mum’s birthday card- did most of the creative bits yesterday so just need to assemble it all now... then cross my fingers the posties are nice and quick for me or it’ll be late!! :S Thank you for popping by and thank you for all the lovely comments on my last cards and bracelet!! I particularly appreciate the comments on the bracelet as I know that jewellery isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!!lol I'm thinking though, as people seemed to like seeing it (I hope, anyway!!), that might try to post more jewellery projects when I'm able to make them... I have one or two either finished or in the works so hopefully I can post them soon-ish and there are bound to be more at this time of year!! :) Don't forget to pop over to PCC to see the gorgeous work from the rest of the fab DT- who all managed to use the right shades of green for their cards, too!!lol Hope you’re all well and had a good weekend!! :)


Robin said...

Colouring turned out fab!! Super nice stamp and layout!!

carol said...

Rachel this looks GORGEOUS, love the colour, the image, and the shape i think i like this card..LOL.
Thanks for joining us at CWWC x carol

Sandra said...

Your card is so lovely the image is gorgeous and the background papers truly a stunning card:) Sandra H

downrightcrafty said...

great wrap up warm creation, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, this week
Hugs Kate xx
ps I have some candy if you are interested :)

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous the image and super colours too sweetie...

big hugs Vicky xx

ahlers5 said...

Absolutely love the colors on this. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at MTTC this week.

Carole of Brum said...

oh yum such a gorgeous colour palette in the photo, and you used them so well, Rachel, i really love the colour combo. Great colouring too, those videos have def paid off. I'd love to see your jewellery if you feel like posting some, your bracelet was gorgeous. You could probably enter some in challenges too! CoB

coops said...

gorgeous card rachel.your colours and design are stunning and i love the fab image ;D

xx coops xx

Curlybear said...

Oh wow this is so gorgeous, the image looks so warm and cozy and coloured so beautifully its just perfect challenge

Thank You so much for taking part at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: 157 Wrap up warm

I hope you join us again next week,

Have a lovely day,
Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :0) x.

Kathleen said...

Fab card, very pretty image and I love the colour scheme. Thanks for joining us ta Paper Sundaes for our sundae bar challenge
Hugs Kat x

Wendy said...

Such a pretty card. Thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Challenge. Hugs, Wendy xx


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