Saturday, 11 August 2012

Pastel phase

Good morning all,
I apologise for my absence but I have been so very busy that crafting of any kind has been almost impossible.  Today I decided I had to take some time out to craft and this is the fruit of my labour.

A delicate, pastel card with an image I have had for ages now, a freebie from somewhere or other (think it may have been in a magazine).  It was in a set of 4 or 5 pre-stamped bird images; they are all beautiful and quite easy to colour (or tint) too.   I do hope you like it.

Here's a close up showing the soft highlights of ivory and tea green Promarkers that I used to tint the image.  I didn't want a coloured image, just a hint of a colour here and there.  I think it worked out quite well in the end.

The second close up shows the ribbon which I coloured to coordinate using soft green Promarker. The greeting was stamped using VersaMagic chalk ink in Sea Breeze with clear embossing powder.
(Note:-  I buried the end of the Decorative Pin behind the bordered matt not only to protect fingers, but also to keep the pin stable.)

I used some Centura pearl in Ice white from Crafters Companion for the base card & duck egg blue leather effect card for matting (this was from my stash).  The pin is one of my own creations with a beautiful pearly button (shank cut off) from The Hobby House adorning the ribbon bow.  A Martha Stewart bubble punch was used for the border, with lace from Ebay and a sentiment from a Creative Expressions stamp plate.  The half pearls are 8mm in ivory and can be found here at  Perfect Tables on Ebay (I managed to buy up to size 14mm in both white and ivory).  Finally the paper I used is called 'Checks' and is a Pink Petticoat printable and can be found HERE.  These papers and a few others I own from Pink Petticoat are really unmissable.  They are only £1.99 per download and that is for 52 colours!  (some even come in positive and negative in the 52 colours for the same price!!!)  It is hard not to find a colour you need that's for sure.  I personally, have several different designs including Swirls and Curls Elegance, several Dots, Stripes and Grannie's Wallpaper to name but a few and they are all beautiful and definitely worth every penny. The beauty of having several designs is that they all come in the same 52 colours so mixing and matching is easy. 

Ok, I must leave it there for today as I have so much still to do, but thank you so much for your visit, I truly appreciate it.  Thank you too to everyone that showed their support on Christine Harrop's new blog, you are just the most kind and considerate blog friends and I know she really appreciated you taking the time to say Hi. 
Big Hugs Linda x

PS:- I am pleased to announce that both winners of the BIG 100 claimed their prizes and have taken delivery too (even Sonia in Italy).   I haven't forgotten about the challenge for the new Candy, I am still working on that and will try to get it up on the blog this coming week.  Thank you all for your patience. x


  1. Welcome back Linda! And what a fabulous card too. This is amazing. I just adore the soft colours, and love the way you have tinted the bird rather than coloured it. I am going to have a look at Pink Pettoat now; it sounds excellent. Have a great day and don't work too hard! Love and hugs from Christine xx

  2. Welcome back, such a beautiful card, must get on with my stamps I have so many but colouring not great but I suppose practise makes perfect ,Melanie

  3. Hello Linda.
    Your card is gorgeous, I love the image and the the delicate way you have coloured it is perfect. The layout and papers are fabulous and your beautiful pin it the perfect finishing touch.
    I hope you have a good day
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  4. Hi Linda,
    wonderful to have you back. I know you have been busy, but I have really missed your lovely creations. You haven't disappointed us either with this one. Really lovely card, the bird image is great and the delicate way you have coloured it in. Thank you for the info on Pink Petticoat. Have a wonderful crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Hi Linda, I love the way you have colour-coordinated the papers and the bird. It looks very stylish and looks lovely finished off with one of your wonderful handmade pins. They are very beautiful..:) I can vouch for that as I got several in my prize..:)..Enjoy your day, but don't overdo it..Love to you and all on

  6. Hi Linda

    Good to see you're back on your blog today. Love the colours on today's card. Will have a look now at Pink Petticoat.

    Take care
    Eileen x

  7. You really are a mine of information Linda! I am going to check out Pink Petticoat so thanks for letting us know. I love your card, such beautiful pale colours and the tinting works soooo well. Glad you are back and blogging!

    Hugs to you Sue P xxx

  8. Hi Linda, lovely to have you back and what a stunning card too. Beautiful tinting on the bird and the pastel shades work so well and your pin I'll say no more :). Thank you for all the detail you put into your post so informative. If you start bottling your talent can you save some for me please lol! Love & hugs Christine H xx

  9. Hi Linda, welcome back...super card too! Love the colour shading and your beautiful pin!
    Carole Z

  10. A really beautiful card, and your pin really sets it all off. Hugs lin

  11. Lovely card Linda. I do love the colours you have used and that bird is fab. I hope you are well. I know how life gets in the way of crafting but it makes it even more enjoyable when you can get back to it.

  12. Hi Linda, love the card, I really like your cool parrot. Like you I have not been able to craft for a couple of weeks but I am hoping to be able to get back to it this weeks. Take care and best wishes, Lesley xx

  13. What a super card I love this image I have not seen this image before Hugs Elaine


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