Monday, 31 August 2009

Ruby fairy...

Well, my son and I have been in Wales for a couple of weeks visiting my folks and I can't believe how fast the summer holidays have gone! I am back at school on Tuesday and the Head has asked me to go full time in year 2 until one of our staff is able to return from illness. He has indicated that it may go on until Christmas. This will obviously have an impact on my 'work/life balance' but I hope to keep on posting cards, if not quite as frequently as before!

Allsorts had a tough challenge for me this week- no rubber stamping! Rubber stamping is what I do! However, back in July I was lucky enough to win the prize over at Stamp Something Challenges which was $10 worth of digital stamps from Fred She Said. I have never used digi stamps before so decided that this was the push I needed. Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge was 'flights of fancy- anything with wings' so I have used the Little Miss Bitty Fairy image.

As I said I'm a total novice with digi images and as I printed on an inkjet I was rather worried about the ink running when I coloured. I decided to paper piece the dress by also printing her onto this Pink Petticoat paper. I coloured her skin and hair with brushmarkers but the effect looked really flat so I braved watercolouring them onto her cheeks and hair for more shading. I was desperate to use my shimmering watercolours for her wings so went for it and was pleasantly surprised when I didn't ruin it! Any hints on colouring digital images or links to useful info would be very welcome!

In keeping with the challenge, the sentiment has been computer generated then cut out and embossed with my wonderful new Spellbinders ribbon tags dies.
The colour combo of 'ruby, cream and gold' comes from Colour Create. Great opportunity to use this sumptuous red cardstock which is coated and embossed with swirls and circles along with this lovely matt gold and hammered cream- all from the local Pay-per-box. I used a few scraps of the printed paper and gold to decorate the inside.


brenda said...

Hi Alison

Very sweet card, nice layout and the attention to your sentiment is lovely.

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

B x

scrappyjan said...

good morning Alison, WHat a great job you have done with the colors given this week. Love the card and that image is so cute!

Thank you for joining us at the Colour Create Challenge blog this week.
hugs, janny

Jules said...

Hi Alison

Must admit I struggled with the challenge this week too. I love my rubber stamps!!

I think it was "pay back" time for me making Amanda rip her paper up last week!!! LOL!!!

Your card is lovely though Alison. So beautifully layered and a really cute image.

Thank you for playing along with Allsorts this week.

Love Jules xx

Lori said...

Oh she's just TOO cute. I love the colors you used.

Jane Carroll said...

such a cutie

Thanks for joining us this week on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

DottyJo said...

Hi Alison, love this little card - what a sweet image - if you get time to drop by at my blog could you let me know where you found her please? I am also trying digi- images and my entry for this challenge is a Pink Petticoat bird image. I have found that the trick is to let them dry fully or to use a heat gun to really 'set' the ink.
Hero Arts are now producing digi images so it may be worth a look at their blog or try this link I seem to recall some helpful hints here.
Love the name of your blog - my blog would be called Fairy Boots if I had gone with my childhood nickmane! Have a great day and hope you are getting more sunshine in the North than we are in the Midlands, Jo x

Deanne said...

Great Job with the digital image Allison! Your card looks fantastic! I have never been good at colouring, and I rarely color on stamped images.

For digital images, I have actually coloured them on my computer using my Corel Paint Shop program. Not sure if the ink from a laser printer holds up better than an ink jet when watercolouring.

Thanks for playing along at Colour Create!

Sharon said...

A beautiful card Alison. I love all the layers in the image and matting. That red swirly cardstock is so glam and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your card. Thank you for joining the Colour Create Challenge.
Sharon xx

Donna said...

This is such a brilliant creation for our flights of fancy theme this week Alison! Thanks for joining us at SCSC :) Donna x

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Fantastic card
thank you for playing at Allsorts

Emma xxx

debby4000 said...

Beautiful card for the flights of fancy challenge, love the colours and cute image.

scotspanda said...

lovely card, the colours are great

thankyou for taking up my challenge this week on Allsorts


Amanda xx