Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Penny Black: Imagine - girl's birthday card

Hi blogging friends Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Just wanted to say thank you for all your sweet comments and support following my last post re my sick family member - I really appreciate them Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net  It's going to be a long road to recovery - most of this year - but we are just taking a day at a time and getting through it with whatever challenges arise and not thinking too much about tomorrow.

I thought I would share a card that I finally finished today.  It just seemed to take ages to figure out if I needed a sentiment and if so, where should I put it?   Sometimes it takes me longer to "finish" off a card than all the rest of it (hope that makes sense!) especially when my mind has been filled with a truckload of medical information.  Gosh, it feels so good to post a card and think about something non-medical :-))  ....and here it is:

I coloured the CUTE little Penny Black teddy with watercolour pencils and added lots of glitter to the balloon and the wings on the bees.  I paper-pieced teddy's bow tie then punched some tiny hearts with my Arrows border punch (they are the leftover punchies which look like tiny hearts) and added them around the balloon and glittered them too.  I chalked around the image with Kaisercolour blue chalk.    Can't you just imagine teddy saying "Wheeeeeee!!" as he flies across the sky?  Doesn't he look just so happy?!  

Here is a little close-up of teddy - the glitter on the balloon doesn't look as gaudy in real life - just the camera angle captured it that way:  

And here is an extra-close-up pic so you can see the paper-pieced tie. I should do more paper-piecing - I really love the effect.

I also really love the designer paper - such gorgeous, cheerful colours.  It was so hard to cut into it LOL!!  I struggled to find a matching ribbon in my stash so dyed some white seam binding with Jo Sonja Textile Medium mixed 50/50 with Aqua + Colony Blue Jo Sonja acrylic paint to get a light teal kind of colour.  The Textile Medium changes the paint into fabric paint - very handy!!  I attached the ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  I sewed the button onto the bow then glued the bow on with fabric glue.  

The tag was diecut with my Cuttlebug and one of the Tiny Tags dies.  I added the same tiny little hearts as around the balloon and glittered them too.  Lastly, I added the lovely pearly brads to the top RHS which were some freebies from Anna's Craft Cupboard that were included with a recent order.


I am entering my card into the following Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday - F4A105 - Cards with Character - which is to add a character to your creation such as people, animals etc.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Simon says: "Use 3 different papers".  My first 2 papers are obvious; the 3rd is the paper-pieced bow tie on teddy - and are all from the same MME paper pad.

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 143 - It's your choice

Thanks for stopping by - I really appreciate it!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Imagine' 3694K wood-mount, sentiment by Wendy Irving Expressions clear set J6412.01

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  My Mind's Eye - Lime Twist - Life of the Party 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die, Bow Easy, white seam binding, Jo Sonja Textile Medium and acrylic paints, Bow Easy, button and sewing thread, fabric glue, Lyra Aquarelle watercolour pencils, paintbrush, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, 140lb hot pressed watercolour paper, Kaisercolour blue chalk, cardstock:  light teal

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border


Jackie said...

It's good to see you posting again Jocelyn and with such a delightful card and image.
You do need to have a few hours off from all the worry now and again.....hugs
Jackie xx

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Beautiful colouring and the balloon looks fabulous!
Lovely card,
hugs and greetings from Finland;-))m

nwilliams6 said...

Glad you could find some time to craft in the midst of all that is going on - it is a blessing to be able to express yourself when you are worried or anxious.

Your card is so happy and cheerful and the image is super cute. The balloon is my fav.

I have the same trouble finishing up cards - most the time I just leave them (you could probably tell that already if you looked at them) kind of like how I approach cleaning as well. Hugz!

Anna K said...

Your card is very pretty!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jocelyn, lovely to see you back - I have been thinking about you.

Everything about this card is lovely and where you finally placed the sentiment is just perfect.

Fleur said...

A beautiful card, Thank you so much for entering our FREE & EASY challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
I have candy if your interested
Hugz Fleur xXx

Christine said...

Awww, your card is adorable!! I love your coloring and the little bear with the bees is so cute!!

Thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
xoxo, Christine

Nicola said...

Beautiful card Jocelyn with a cute image and gorgeous detail!
Thanks for entering our Free Choice challenge for Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Anonymous said...

hi jocelyn! glad to hear everything is as well as can be. your card is adorable and if you can make time to be creative whenever you can, it's great therapy; i know!
hugs, linda

Elizabeth Allan said...

Hello Jocelyn! This card takes flight with color! Cute accents of glitter and paper piecing.

Joe Shien Shien said...

Hi Jocelyn!! Love your card.. it's so colorful and cheerful

Denise Marzec said...

Glad to see you posting, Jocelyn.

Love that bear and the glittery balloon. :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Awesome card there Jobear just love all the deets - Shaz in oz.x

cparsons said...

Jocelyn, this card is adorable! I've missed seeing you around the net.

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Very cool creation dear. Like the image n ur coloring too.Designer papers r looking gorgeous. Like this.


Emkay said...

A really pretty card. That paper pieced bow tie is adorable. I often have the same problem with sentiments.

I hope things are going well for the family member you are looking after, and I hope you are well yourself. You are in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Very cute, I love the glittery balloon and your coloring is fantastic!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Just popping by to leave a smile for you....

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, cute card.

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is adorable. Reminds me of Pooh bear...such a sweet image. Amazing coloring too. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Anita said...

Beautiful card. I've been thinking about you and wanted to let you know you're in my thoughts and prayers. Hope things are improving for you.

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