Wednesday, 5 June 2013

All stitched up, my 1st GD card for I Love Promarkers

Hello and welcome to everyone, new and old, who is visiting my journal here. I have been asked by Karen of the I love Promarkers card challenge blog to be their guest designer for June. Thank you very much Karen and I hope my cards do your invitation justice. If you are a first time visitor here you are most welcome, I am a "multi craft" girl and my blog features my silver smithing, jewellery making and my card making ( as well as the occasion cake creation). I am someone who always has to be creating something when I am not at work.   I do love my job as a physiotherapist in the NHS but it is very demanding. I also adore gardening and I love to create in my garden studio at the end of my tiny outdoor space.

So without any delay the theme of this week's I Love Promarkers challenge is "All stitched Up" . The challenge is open now until next Tuesday.

 I no longer own a sewing machine so all my stitching on my cards is faux stitching and I bought a brilliant piercing ruler at Ally Pally recently. I wanted to use a stamp from one of my favourite stamping companies Lili of the Valley. This one is called "Hand Picked" and was released a few months ago.  Here is my card.
You will notice that I have "stitched" using my piercing ruler and used a silver Hb thought is was real stitching! I was in "distress" mode again so got out my distressing tool as I wanted the card to have a very hand stitched look.
I added LOTV sentiment tags and also some buttons and twine.
I coloured my image with Promarkers and you will also notice one new thing today.....yes I created a "sky" for the first time!
I have seen lots of skies on peoples cards but never been brave enough to risk adding one myself. After spending a long time colouring my image there is always the chance of it going wrong. Undeterred and perhaps a little gung ho I decided to have a try.
There are lots of ideas of how to do it but I actually did this my way and thought I would share it with you as it was pretty straightforward.

I cut out some Memory box fluffy clouds dies. I used the smallest of the pair.  First of all I thought of using the negative as a mask but after practicing on scrap paper I found it best to actually use the die cut itself. I bought  a sky blue coloured pastel chalk which I shaved little pieces off.

With my finger and a paint brush I added the pastel with the cloud in place.......when you take the cloud away.....

Ta dah...clouds appear.I carefully blended the colour in to remove any harsh lines. I then just filled in the gaps with more pastel chalk.

Here is a close up of the finished sky. I must admit I was really pleased with my first effort.
The other idea I had with the theme was to use buttons and although most got covered up I used some really cute button themed papers from my stash.
I always think its a shame how much disappears under the finished card!
And here is one last photo with a close up of my twine tied buttons.
So there we are ....all stitched up!

I hope those card makers who are visiting will be inspired to join in the fun over at the challenge here?

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Hobby House, their 1st challenge anything goes
Emma's Cards Buttons and bows
Crafty Friends, another new challenge and their 1st Anything goes
Joanna Sheen Spots and stripes
Stamping Sensations summer blooms
Ali Craft another new challenge and also an anything goes
Cutie Pies  3,2,1,  I have used 3 buttons, 2 tags and 1 image.
Lili of the Valley Ideas to Inspire Use a sentiment
Cupcake Craft summer scene #245
Visible Image Characters

I would like to thank everyone for visiting me and I will back with another Guest design card next Wednesday.

In the meantime I will back with a non GD post at the weekend, so do stop by and see what else I have been up to.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Congratulations on the GDT spot Jane, and what a fabulous card you created for it with so much attention to detail.

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  2. Omg! I think u must be telling fibs!
    That can't be your first sky, and that stitching is real??? Lol
    Omg it's beautiful hen x

  3. Well who's a clever girl then, that sky is brilliant!! This card has to be one of my favourites Jane, I love the rough edges, the stitching and twine and for very obvious reasons the cute image! Gorgeous! :)
    Feels like the Riviera here today (minus the turquoise sea though)!
    Happy Tuesday my friend,
    V xxx

  4. Good afternoon, sweetie! Hope you're enjoying this fabulous sunny weather we're having! I've been in the garden again - just sitting admiring whilst having my dinner, though there's still a lot to do!
    Well done you on the GDT for I love Promarkers (though it is obviously deserved!) and I ADORE your card! Love the sweet LOTV image, coloured fabulously, gorgeous papers and amazing sky (you'd never know it was your first attempt!)...I also love the distressing as it goes so well the theme - I'm normally a straight line kinda gal! Hugs, Lisa x

  5. Talented Jane what a masterpiece! I loved reading the steps in making this brilliant card. It is so clever and beautifully made. The cloud effect is so nicely done, but I have a question. Did you use the pastel shaving like a watercolor? That piercing ruler is amazing, who needs a sewing machine!!!
    Thanks Jane for sharing your craft, xoRobin

  6. Fabulous card and wonderful papers you have coloured the image beautifully welcome to I ♥promarkers. Ginny x

  7. I love this card. Thanks for sharing some of your techniques. You fooled me, it looks like real sewing!

    Happy Wednesday, Jane and happy creating!

    Anne x
    PlumCreek Studio

  8. Hi Jane what a cutie, thank you for joining us for the Hobby House first challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  9. I just love your gorgeous card Jane, so many beautiful layers! Well done on your GD spot. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  10. Gorgeous card Jane. The image is so sweet and I love the design and fab stitching.
    Good to have you as GDT this month too.
    Lorraine x

  11. Just love this card Jane
    the stitching idea is fab, looks so real

    thanks you for your entry to our first Ali-Craft blog challenge
    ali x

  12. Too adorable! Perfect papers and amazing coloring! ... Oh, yeah - clever clouds! :)
    Have a nice day, Jane!

  13. This is so fun and cute card, Jane! Have a wonderful weekend! x Teje

  14. Soooo cute, love the image and excellently coloured and laid out, fab card :D

  15. Gorgeous card Jane, love the clouds and the image!

    Thank you for sharing with Cupcake Craft Challenges this week.

    Warm hugs

  16. Fabulous entry to our first challenge. Thanks for joining in over at Ali Craft, Heidi x

  17. What a beautifull card! Thank you for joining our first challenge at Crafty Friends....hope you join us again!
    Rachel xx

  18. Your cards are beautiful Jane! ...The faux stitching (so clever!) buttons and twine and the sky...all the layers...Your attention to detail make your cards very special..this one is a favourite...the colours are so pretty too as are those gorgeous little characters!
    Happy Thursday,
    Susan x

  19. What a beautiful card, Jane,

    And so many new clever things used again, I also thought you've stitched that with you machine! And those clouds&sky... You're a master!

    I wish it's pretty and summery at yours, and you'll enjoy your daily dose of gardening with Billy! Happy weekend!


  20. Jane what a fabulous card, I love everything about it and that sky is brilliant!
    Thanks for entering our 'Use A Sentiment' challenge, good luck!

    Anne x
    Lili of the Valley

  21. What a great card, thanks for loaning us at Emma's Crafty Challenge and good luck x

  22. A fabulous card, I love the faux stitching. Thank you for joining in with Emma's Crafty Challenge this month and good luck x

  23. Totally gorgeous, super cute, love the layout and great distressing...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
    Helen x

  24. Just love everthing about this card fab.Thank you for entering Emma’s crafty challenge
    and good luck xx

  25. Congrats on ur GDT spot Jane !
    Wonderful work there
    I love the tute of clouds , i do that too.
    I would like to invite you to join us in a DT opportunity that we have over at Beyond Grey challenges.
    I find your work very beautiful , and if u feel like inspiring people with your work do link up 3 of your fav projects at the following link.

    Hugs !
    Beyond grey challenges !

  26. Gorgeous card, love the image. Thanks for joining us at Visible Image, Nicola X

  27. Aww such a cute image, lovely layout and colours.
    Good luck and thanks for joining the Visible Image blog challenge xx


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