Wednesday, 2 February 2011

My First EVA GDT Card! :) - I Love Promarkers.

Oh my, I was so so thrilled last week to be chosen to be the GDT for the month of February on the I Love Promarkers blog.  Its one of my favourite weekly challenges, and I was totally blown away.   This week the challenge is 'Anything Goes' - so come on, everyone enter! :) lol.

Now, I think I was born with a sewing needle in my hand, and I was learning to sew before I could write, so to be able to combine 2 favourite hobbies is brilliant. I thought this fab paper by K&Co would be ideal to try out my new beading technique (which I have been thinking about doing for ages) as it was symetrical and seemed to suit the style.

Firstly, I backed my DP onto bazzill card using a small amount of double-sided sticky tape.  I then pricked out my holes for stitching the edges and for attaching the beads using a metallic grid sheet often used in parchment craft.  I have marked certain areas of the paper that will be covered by the layered design.

As you can see, the beads are from a cheap, deconstructed bracelet, and I used a beading needle to thread and secure the beads.

Close up of the pricked holes and pattern.

The thread is secured on the back by a small knot, and as I went along, I affixed my layered panels to the card, so I didnt waste my time beading where it would be hidden.

I finally hand-stitched around the edge of the card topper, and fixed to the base card. I followed sketch 52 from Papertake Weekly.

I coloured Tilda with Promarkers, used roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, added extra beads on the pin, and attached a charm.

Thanks so much for looking :)

I will be entering this card in the below competitions:

Just Magnolia - Going Dotty
Crafts 4 Eternity - Polka dots
Totally Gorjuss - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Saving Nature - Recycled beads from a cheap bracelet
Do You Stack Up - Patterns
Pear Tree Designs - Flowers - 2nd entry
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Girlie
Tuesday Throwdown - Stitching

Have a great week and good luck to everyone in these challenges :)


Suzilou said...

Wow Alison stunning card - I love the beading what a fantastic idea and how patient are you! Really pretty card, congrats and the GD spot with I ♥ Promarkers you so deserve it your cards are just brill :) xx

Marion said...

Morning Alison, Wow! This is awesome. I love the stitched beading and this must have taken you a while. Does the needle go through the cardstock fairly easily?
Colouring is superb and congrats on your GDT card.

Lorraine said...

A well deserved GDT place, Alison. It's another stunner from you.

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. Wow!!! This is absolutely stunning. Love the colours and papers and Tilda is so cute. Your stitching and beading is fantastic. What a brilliant idea. Must have taken a long time to complete but well worth the effort. Congrats on your GDT post and I'm sure it will be the first of many as your cards are beautiful and full of detail. Good luck with your challenges too. Donna
P.S. Thanks for the advice on the Grand Calibur. Debby gave me the same advice too.

bridget said...
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bridget said...

(Gonna try that again!...)
OH MY! Beautiful card! I am speechless! :0

WencheP said...

WOW! Your card is stunning. Love all the gorgeous details. It's just perfect. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


LouDotMac said...

This is gorgeous - I love the rose, bow, pin and chain at the top! Your colouring is awesome!!

Thanks for joining us over at Pear Tree Designs [#2] - good luck in the challenges.

Lou Mac. xo

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

such a beautiful card, gorgeous image and colouring and the sewn detail wow. janex

princesskitten said...

I was sewing before I could write my name too - that must have taken you hours - what fun

kitten DYSU team

Lisa aka Myran said...

Wow Alison! This card is fantasic! I love all the little details and the beautiful coloring :)
Thanks for sharing with us at Papertake Weekly!

Miranda said...

quite a lot of work but very pretty
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week again


KarinsArtScrap said...

wow alison that has taken a lot of work and time to stich all those beads.
your card is beautiful.

greetings karin

pinky said...

Wow stunning work, love your sewn on pearls. Thanks for playing along at C4E this week.

Anonymous said...

Wow Alison, your stitching and beading is really impressive! Beautifully crafted card. xx
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog too.

coops said...

wow, absolutely stunning card alison.the bead detailing is fab and i love the beautiful tilda and superb colouring.
thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog, i have become a follower :D

xx coops xx

Fleur said...

Alison this is really beautiful. great use of recycled beads
Thanks for joining our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx

Louise said...

Hi Alison, first of all congrats on your DT post and secondly 'Wow' at your latest creation. What a lot of work but what a beautiful card as a result. Really gorgeous.

Paula said...

This is a wonder, don't know where to start. The stitching is something I'd not have even thought of but it's so effective. I love the cream with the punk & that bit of sparkle in the pin . The way your colour shine into things never ceases to amaze - just look at Tilda's bow & sash! Love that little charm too. I am not surprised you were asked to GDT - you've really surpassed anything I could have imagined.
Paula (PEP)

Kathy said...

Oh this is so cute and your dots are stunning!!! WOW you have put so much work into this card and it shows! Just Gorgeous!
Thanks so much for joining us at Just Magnolia!

Kathleen said...

Hi Alison...What a fabulous card the bead detail is so imaginitive and tactile, it's a beautiful well thought out card and I love the satin look you've created on Tilda's ribbon.
Kathleen x

Heidi said...

A well deserved GTD place Alison, congratulations:)
Your card is gorgeous! Beautiful colours and details. Fantastic!
Hugs, Heidi:)

Mummylade said...

oh dear, what a fantastic work! Thank you so much for entering my recycling challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck.

michele said...

Beautiful card! thanks for joining us at c4e this week hugs x

Janna said...

Hey Alison! I love all the details of your card, amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at DYSU! Janna

Mary J said...

So very sweet Alison! Thanks for sharing with us at Totally Gorjuss!

Mary J xxx

Jane said...

Gorgeous card!! beautiful details! thanks for joining us at MDUC, hugs, Jane x

Debs said...

Wow this is stunning Alison. Love how the beading fits in perfectly with the pattern on the paper. I might have to give this a try. The colouring of Tilda is fab too. Debs xx

Anne said...

Wow that's lovely beading work, makes a grogeous card! Thank you for taking the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hope you’ll join us again!


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