Friday, 11 March 2011

Spring Greens

........and I dont mean the cabbages........ (bleugh!) ;) lol.

Now, I dont usually go for colouring my images so heavy or vivid, but they say fortune favours the brave, so last night I decided to just 'go for it'. 

Lots of challenges this week want to see green and I struggled to find decent DP for a base. In the end I resorted to raiding my xmas stash and felt this gorgeous fairy image from Lili of the Valley really needed to be quite bold to stand a chance against these.

I followed Cazza's sketch over on Sketch Saturday (I tried, I really did) and used lots of punches and die-cut layers to give it depth.  I used a Nellie Snellen circle die as it has great loops and I wound the flowers and ivy leaves through, attaching beads on the stems to create a floral wreath.  The papers and ribbon are HOTP christmas, flowers, leaves and lucky clover charm from very old stash.

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

Really Reasonable Ribbon - Green
Lili of the Valley - Say it with flowers
Sketch Saturday - Cazza's fab sketch
The Stamp Man - Mothers Day - floral theme
CES Challenges - Lucky or St Patricks Day - I used a 4 leaf clover charm
The Crafty Pad - Use ribbon
One Stitch at a Time - Use a charm
Crafty Cardmakers - Fabric - Ribbon and fabric leaves.
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Show some metal.
The Shabby Tea Room - Lucky Green
PaperPlay Challenges - Green and good luck
Do You Stack Up - Layers
Magical Monday - Spring colours
Papertake Weekly - Lemon/yellow Zingy
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Spring colours
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Sew Many Challenges - St Patricks, lucky, green
Colour Create - Green/Olive, brown, cream, black - option leaves

Thanks so much for looking, have a great weekend, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.


KarinsArtScrap said...

alison this is gorgeous, beautiful design and your image is colored beautiful.
I love your leaves to, they are great.

greetings karin

Olga said...

well you out did your self, the boldness as you claim is not bold at all, not to me anyway, it's perfect, she is adorable and that vine and flowers are out of this world!!!!! Gorgeous card.

Vicky said...

WOW....this is absolutely beautiful hun I love the image. It all goes perfectly together its lush.
Thankyou for also joining us girlies over at CES Challenges, good luck hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Denise and Louise said...

Fantastic! I love the heavy colouring, it really suits the papers. Hugs Denise xx

Sue said...

Hi ya
a beautiful card, fabulous colouring, gorgeous papers & embelies, thank you for joining us at CES this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. Stunning!!!! Love the green and yellow and the image is very beautifully coloured. Also love how you have worked the flowers and ivy around the die frame. Have a good weekend and good luck with your challenges. Donna

Lisa Jane said...

Gorgeous card - i love the greens and the little cute fairy
Thanks for joining us at LCI this week
Lisa ;)

sasa said...

Loving the cream and greens. Great that you made a new and bolder colour choice - just a wonderful piece. Thank you for joining in at Simon says Stamp & Show.

WencheP said...

Gorgeous card. Your coloring is stunning and I love all the details!

Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


bridget said...

Beautiful card! Your coloring is fab! Love all the little details.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous colouring Alison, I love the desin and the colours.Its beautiful.
Kevin xx

theCook said...

What a lovely card!!! Love those ivy leaves! Thanks for playing with us at Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge this week!

Anita said...

Wow, Alison, this is stunning. I love the image and she's lovely in the bolder colors. The flowers and leaves are a perfect accent on this card. Thank you for joining in the Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge this week.

Little K Smith said...

Hi Alison
This is just beautiful! Adore this lil' fairy, love the wonderful colours and the frame around her is gorgeous!
P.S. The grey Promarkers I used were: Cool 5, Cool 3 and Ice 1 :)

Pat said...

Beautiful card, super image and colouring. Thanks for sharing at the Crafty Pad this week. Good luck in the draw.

Pat xx

Sussie said...

Gorgeous card!

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

Terrific card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

princesskitten said...

Love all those dark colours - and all the swirls

kitten DYSU team

Miranda said...

WOW this is totally cute Alison, LOTV fairies are very adorable aren't they, love the dark green colour you've used and that floral wreath is awesome
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge again this week

Anonymous said...

Alison, I've run out of different things to say! Everything you do is just amazing! xxx

Sadilla said...

Absolutely stunning card dear!!!

Milliesmarvels said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us for the CES Challenge!

Heidi said...

AAlison, this is stunning! I love all the flowers. Abd the colours are gorgeous.Thanks for playing the magical mondays spring colours challenge.

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great creation!

Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad @ Please come back on Sunday for another brilliant challenge! :)


Heidi said...

I just love it Alison!
Wonderful colours and details:) The image is so cute and your colouring is fantastic.
Well done!
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Jill said...

stunning card love the punched edges and the flowers so beautiful thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Paula said...

Delightful bit of weaving into that circle die cut & I love the splashes of red with the green. That gold on her wings is dress is stunning as is the hint of it elsewhere. Adore the greens & nicely toned down by the creaminess of the colouring & the paper/cardstock & lace.
Have a good weekend.
Paula (PEP)

Cazza said...

Oh WOW Alison, your card is absolutely beautiful!! I love all the details and embellies you've used, sooooo pretty!!
Thanks for joining in the fun with us this week over at Sketch Saturday :o)

Marjo said...

Gorgeous design and colors, love it! Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT, hugs Marjo

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, adorable card.

Suzilou said...

Beautifull card Alison, your loving those ivy leaves :) The heavy colouring looks fab and really works with the papers. Gorgeous - love it!! xx

Renkata said...

Gorgeous card.
Love the colouring and the layout is stunning!

Sue said...

This is stunning Alison, love the colours and how you have coloured this little cutie :-)

Thanks for joining in with my Spring Colours Challenge at Ladybug Crafts Ink,
Sue xx

coops said...

fantastic card alison.i really love your bold colours and the image is gorgeous.stunning papers and details as always :D

xx coops xx

Iulia said...

Hi Alison! What a lovely card! Gorgeous color combination! Just love how you've blended the colors for the dress! Also, beautiful flower arrangement!
Also, wanted to let you know I had a blog award for you! I know it takes a bit to deal with the requisites but I just wanted you to be one of the few people I share this with! Anyways feel free to grasp the versatile blogger award from my blog!
Hugs, Iulia

Dragon said...

Lovely card... thanks for playing with the Stampman theme this time

Louise said...

Hi Alison, I just love your cards, the detailing is amazing. Really like this cream and green colourway!

bridget said...

Looks like coloring paid off! Congratulations! You made the top 3! Beautiful card...:)

Marion said...

Stunning card Alison and such gorgeous papers. Fabulous colouring and one of my fav LOTV stamps. Love the way you surrounded the image with flowers and leaves. Thanks for playing along at Magical Mondays.

Janna said...

Hi Alison! Absolutely fabulous take on our layers challenge! Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week! Janna

Barbara said...

OH, Alison, this certainly is very pretty...can't take my eyes off of it!! Congratulations on being one of the top 3 at The Crafty Pad!! Hugs XX

Mina said...

wow what a stunner Alison...amazing work...thanks for joining in with the Colour Create challenge
Mina xxx

Lin said...

Ali it's always a pleasure visiting your blog as your creations are always fabulous. This is no exception. Love your bright colouring and it's pefect for the layout.

Thanks for joining in with our fabric challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.


PS. I really love coming here cos I get to see the delicious Richard Armitage!!! *wink*

True :) said...

Stunning card! Love your "bold" coloring! :)
Thanks so much for joining us this week @ Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings challenge!
I am now one of your followers.  ;)  I would love it if you came to visit my blog and become a follower too!
True :D

frazzled2day said...

This is simply beautiful!! Thanks for playing along with Paper Play Challenges blog this week, hope we see you next week, hugs, Janey x

Sylvia said...

This is adorable!!
Your coloring is fantastic:-))
Thanks for joining this Colour Create Challenge.


Made by Mandy said...

What a lovely card, love the composition and all the little embellishments.

Many thanks for joining in with our Fabric challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the prize draw

Mandy (DT member for Crafty Cardmakers)


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