Friday, April 22, 2011

Does that look like my card at all??

The challenge this week at Stamp Something is a recipe: Flowers, buttons and sparkle.

Our sponsor this week is Sugar Nellie with a lovely prize you should definitely check out!

I've liked the stamps from Leanne Ellis for a long time but haven't really had a chance to play with any. Well, I had a go this time and tried to go with the artsy feel of them - I'm not sure of what to think of the result. Not exactly BAD but probably too different from my style, takes some getting used to.
I coloured the image with watercolours (yup, a cheap-as-chips set and I think I have to invest in better one - the pigment doesn't dissolve properly and I get kinda powdery bits in my washes). Also added some detail with white opaque calligraphy ink - tastes revolting, btw, managed to stick the brush into my mouth while I was contemplating. Note to self - need a 1mm (extra-extra fine) brush. Anybody know where to get one?
The papers I'm using are from Prima Melody 6x6 pad. I got some different ones from Quixotic and I have to say I adore them - not only are the patterns and colours lovely (I was sorely missing some purples and lavenders in my stash) but they are also really big (48 sheets) which in my book makes them an excellent value.

Little pearly dots are made with Viva Pearl Pen in Dark Brown. Who in their right mind makes dark brown pearls, you ask., lol

I made the flowers with various punches and embossing tool (you know, the one with a ball end) and that intricate tag die is from Whimsy Stamps. If you're in UK or Europe, you can get it from Quixotic HERE. It is a total staple die that I can see myself using again and again and again ... and you'll all will become sick of it and stop coming here and...

OK, now I'm getting all depressed! lol

C.R.A.F.T. - Challenge #99: Flowers.
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - SIO -  Challenge #55: Glitter & glitz
ABC Challenge - C5 - S is for Sparkle
Scrapbook Sisters - #32 buttons
Truly Scrumptious - 2W - #55 vintage
Cards & Things - 1E, JFF - Colour
 Oldie But Goodie Challenge - 2W, must use stamp at least 6mts old - Fit for A Queen/Princess
Sweet Stamps - 1E, SIO - Some Sort Of Frame On Your Card
Top Tip Tuesday - 3E - Open Challenge
Stamp Fairy - For the Girls with a Sentiment
Woodware USA - 2E - Die Cuts/Punches

Thank you so much for visiting and happy crafting!


-Sanna- said...

No, this do not look like your card.
But it's still beautiful.
Colorful and nice as always....

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is beautiful Annika! It is OK to change it up sometimes! I love that frame, the colors are gorgeous and the flowers are awesome! The tag, butterflies and crochet piece are great too! I love the whole card!

angelwhispers said...

WOW WOW WOW Annika this just jaw droppingly beautiful!!! I love Leanne Ellis and you have truely made her look so stunning and what gorgeous colours and detail!!!

Amazing!! Love Chanelle xxx

Sylvia Blum said...

WOWZERS.. Annika.. this is absolutely STUNNING and sooooo AMAZING and GORGEOUS!!! Love everything about it.. you are an artist.. wish my colouring skills were only half as good as yours (yes I know I say this all the time.. but as time goes by, I should say: 'wish I had a QUARTER of your talent' :) )
{{{hugs}}} and have a great Easter weekend!

Renkata said...

Yes Annika it's yours card. When I saw it I already new you have coloured the image and the layout.
The details everything :)
Fantastic card.

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning card, your colouring is just AMAZING!! Happy Easter. :)

Unknown said...

Wow stunning your water colouring is stunnning thanks for joining in at CRAFT.


Anonymous said...

Such amazing coloring and design Annika!! I love your elements on this layout!! Great job with the challenge!! Hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!! HUGs

paperpapier said...

this is the most amazing colouring skill that I have ever beautiful and the image is so alive, oh my...!! You have such a gifted talent!

Victoria said...

gorgeous work x

Maria Therese said...

Gorgeous!! And stunning coloring!

Archies Mum said...

Loving your card. It may not be your normal style, but its gorgeous and I really like the image you've used.

Pattie said...

What do you mean "not exactly BAD"?
It EXACTLY BEAUTIFUL! I love it! Beautiful coloring as usual and very pretty embellies!

Lau W said...

I love this stamp, and your creation is just WOW WOW AW ! Beautiful work !

sallysbitz2 said...

This is beautiful, love that vintage feel to it x

hugs sally x

Dorcas said...

You did a lovely job Annika! I think I could still recognize it as yours and I swear you can color with anything! I really love the button butterflies! Awesome!!

Mette said...

This is FABULOUS. Love the vintage style mixed with the bright and modern colours. Just love all the details.

Hugs, Mette

Linda Wescott said...

I wouldn't have picked this a one of your cards, but I do really love it. Very prettily coloured how you've put the card all together . - might be able to get the brush you want. Hugs lin

Merry said...

Beautiful the colours and the way you have added those butterflies. Also really like those brown pearl dots. :-)

Cec said...

Ouch, my chin is sore from hitting my desk when my jaw dropped in utter amazement. This is fabulous. I love how your colouring brings the image to life. I still want to be you when I grow up but since I am significantly older, I guess that isn't happening any time soon. I would love to know where you get those Viva Pearl Pens. Thanks for showing me another Annika masterpiece.

Unknown said...

Hi Annika, love wat you achieve with those watercolours!! It turned this one into another gorgeous card. Hugs, Frea

HappyCrafter said...

ooh, how pretty! Great image and I love how you have embellished it.

Viv said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Love this image, these colours, the papers, that tag...gotta get that too! I don't think you're sposed to taste test your materials first though....LMAO!
Viv xx

JLJ Designs said...

Your card is beautiful!


Marilyn said...

Gorgeous.. I love the 'artsy' look of it. Haven't seen buttons on butterflies before but that's what I enjoy so much about your work... expect the unexpected & I am never disappointed!

shulsart said...

Oh, Annika, this is amazing, fabulous choice of colors and embellishments and your coloring is exquisite as always. Sadly the rules at Sweet Stamps limit you to 10 challenges per entry. Perhaps you will visit us again.

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...


YEAH YEAH IT ROCKS!We know we know lol!!!

no seriously this is FANTASTIC! I don't see nothing wrong with the watercolor effect??? I really like the highlight on her bangs!

Well REALLY REALLY CUTE! Love the image and all your embellishments.Nice take on the Sparkly part :)

Thank you for playing with us at ABC Challenge,RubyM:)

Debs said...

Simply stunning - love the image and the detail is delicious!
Thanks for sharing it with us at An Oldie But Goodie this week.
Good luck

Heidi said...

Your card is gorgeous Annika!
Beautiful colours:)
Hugs, Heidi:)

Lisa Jane said...

GORGEOUS CARD - love the framed effect and all the flowers and butterflies
Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a Goodie this fortnight
Lisa x

Diane said...

This may be different from your usual style, Annika but it's a stunning card! Beautiful colouring (of course!), great design and I love the colour combo!
Diane x

Julie said...

Well I think it's a great card Annika! Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters,Julie x

Betty said...

Gorgeous creation love all the detail.
Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T this week.
Betty x

GDT for the month of April.

Sharon Basel said...

Wow! Absolutely breathtaking Annika. I could stare at this another lifetime and still be amazed at its beauty. What talent you have and what an inspiration you are. Gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at StampFairy! Please come back and play in our challenges again :)

Sharon, StampFairy DT

Sue U said...

Fanbulous card as always :-) Love the colours and your colouring is awesome :-) thanks for joining us at Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge

Sue xx

Francesca said...

Absolutely wonderful card

Thanks for joining us at OLDIE BUT A GOODIE CHALLENGE this Fortnight and good luck!


Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Oldie But A Goodie challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

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