Friday, March 11, 2011
La La Land: Marci Ballerina girl's birthday card + some photos of my cat
Hi and welcome to my Blog :-) Before I forget to mention it, if you have emailed me in the past 2 weeks and I haven't got back to you, it's because I have been having some email issues - hopefully, I can figure out what the problem is and get back to you soon. In the meantime, if you have any queries, you could always just leave a comment on my Blog and I will get back to you that way. Uggh - I have had my fill of computer issues this year - great time-wasters!! :-(
I made another girl's birthday card using my sweet La La Land - Marci Ballerina stamp and used one of my favourite "go to" layouts. I have a little folder of my favorite layouts which is great when I am really busy and can't think of what to do. And it's amazing how different a card can look just by changing the border punching or adding an oval sentiment panel instead of a circle. I'd love to know what your favourite "go to" layouts are - drop me a comment below with a link so I can have a peek :-)
Anyway, onto the card deets....... I coloured Marci with pencils and OMS, lightly chalked around her with blue chalk. I added some Kindyglitz Crystalina to the hem and roses on the dress plus the rose in Marci's hair, then added some Bliss pearls to the hair as well.
The roses designer paper is digital by Bearly Mine Designs (UK) from the set BM Floral Fantasy. And the plaid is my own design which I made on Gimp (free photo editing program) as I didn't have any other dp's that matched the roses dp, so had a good old play in Gimp and tried adding different effects/styles till I was happy. It was such a buzz to make something myself and gradually, I am getting to know how to use Gimp - it is a very steep learning curve though!! Most of my photo editing is done with Google Picasa which is very simple and user-friendly.
I chose the satin ribbon specifically to match the ribbons on Marci's ballet shoes and added it in 2 separate elements. Did you notice that the ribbon has been tied in a double-bow? I made the double-bow with my Bow Easy which I have never done before, but I saw it on someone's blog and thought it looked really cool! Super-easy! I glued a paper rose to the bow centre with Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue.
The sentiment circle was diecut using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder Lacey Circle Nestabilities which is the first time I have used these Nesties - I love how lacey they are. Both the image and sentiment panel are up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).
The tiny gems on the two flower centres on the sentiment panel started life as pale pink gems - but I coloured them with a Bic Mark-It Peach Parfait marker to match the peach cardstock. I have been following a thread on a Splitcoaststampers Forum about "Ways to make do instead of buying new" and someone posted that you can colour gems/pearls with Bic Mark-Its to change their colour (some people use Copics but I don't have any) so I tried it and was really pleased with the results. On another card which I will post next week, I changed the white pearls that I had to blue - so I didn't need to go out and buy blue pearls! The best thing was that I bought the Bic Mark-Its at my local supermarket (Woolworths/Safeway) and they weren't expensive! Yay! Here is a little close-up of them:
The bottom borders were punched with a Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch and I added a Scor-Pal line just about the medium teal cardstock just to "finish" the edge.
I am popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC274 of Cath Kidston. I am a big fan of Cath Kidston as I LOVE her designs and love all the fabrics that she uses. I chose this bag as the inspiration behind my colour combo.
Stamps: La La Land 'Marci Ballerina', Sentiment from Lili of the Valley 'For you' circular sentiments set S213
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Designer paper: Bearly Mine Designs - Digital - BM Floral Fantasy 18, plaid - my own digital design
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Lacey Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, satin ribbon, Bow Easy, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Odourless Mineral Spirits (OMS), paper stumps, 15mm paper rose - Enthaily Wholesale - scroll down for the 15mm roses, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, pink gems, Peach Parfait Bic Mark-It texta, 1mm mounts, Kaiser pearls SB718 Bliss, Cardstock: peach, medium teal, KW Doggett "Knight" white
Punches: Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge
Before I go, I thought I would share some photos of our cat Ruby playing with a new toy/plaything that I bought her. It was nice to see her actually play with something I bought specifically for her instead of batting my DD's hair scrunchies around the house. Ruby is a very affectionate and extremely playful cat - more like a dog I think - and fetches and retrieves just like a dog - and she loves to chew things - especially pom-poms and pipe cleaners!! If she wants you to play with her, she will pick up something with her mouth and jump on your knee, drop the object, then hop down onto the floor and miaow at you to get you to throw it. So, without further, adieu, here are the photos:
And, of course, once you are finished playing, there is only one thing to do.........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
Thanks again for stopping by! Have a fantastic weekend!