Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Dottie's World Sunday Challenge - Handmade

Morning everyone!

A couple of firsts for me today....... first time I have used a download from Charmed Cards & Gifts and first time I have entered the Dottie's World Sunday Challenge. I have to say I'm totally in love with the Holly and Maddison images and have been very inspired by the cards I've seen on Tara's and Juliet's blogs recently.

This week's challenge is right up my street.... make a card without any premade design papers or embellishments - now that's what I call a challenge and it really gets the old creatice juices flowing! So to create my background I embossed and distressed some green card and then also created some leaf interest with a sponge leaf stamp which I bought for just 99p from the kids' section in Hobbycraft! I die cut a couple of extra leaves and then created my flowers by stamping and colouring in a beautiful Kars flower stamp which I thought looked quite tropical.

I think it will be hard to keep me away from this challenge now when I have the time.... I can't wait to use more of these fab, funky images!!

I'm making the most of this week and making as many cards as I can. I have a week off work and the hubster is back at work now so I have some crafty time on my hands. Of course the kids are about but they're brilliant and just get on with stuff. Tomorrow they are both having friends round so I shall be crafting all day long - BLISS!

We will be putting the finishing touches to hubster pressie this week as he is 40 on Saturday! We've secretly bought him an aquarium as he has always wanted to keep fish. I've always said no in the past as I'm not that keen to be honest, but then I thought it's all about getting something special for him to celebrate this special birthday so what the heck!! Talking of birthdays has just reminded me that I haven't made his card yet. My two least favourite things; male theme and adding an age. Wish me luck!!!

Image - Holly & Maddison World Tour Download
Sentiments - Clear Choice Stamp Set
Flower Stamp - Kars
Leaf Stamp - Hobbycraft
Bugs Stamps - See D's
Die - BossCut Vine Leaf
Colouring - Copics
Accents - Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I'm off for a shower now...... it's midday and I'm still in my PJs, lol!

TTFN and TFL xxx


Riet said...

what a beautiful card Tara,l love the image and colours.

hugs Riet.x

coldwaters2 said...

Wow you have done brilliant with this card Tara I love what you have done.

Lorraine x

Katy said...

Absolutely gorgeous card honey, I adore the colours and the layout :)



TaraG said...

This is gorgeous, Tara! WOW!! This challenge sure was right up your alley...sorry, street(we say alley here, smile or at least I do but street is good too,lol)!! You have done a bang up job making everything from scratch and I love the big leaf stamp, the colours and flowers...everything is brilliant and I just adore the wee ants, that is tooooo cute!!! Madison looks fab too...beautiful colouring!!!
Have a great week off from work crafting,T!!!

Caroline said...

Stunning work Tara! Love these colours and that image is cute. caroline x

ENJAY said...

Thankyou so much for joining in with your amazing card! Well done !! Hope to see loads more in future challenges!!I love everything a bout this card!!.Nicola.xx

Shelly said...

Love all your handmade detail, the distressed background looks fab! Also love the cute little bugs :)

Ruth said...

It's fantastic! The colours work so well with the image and embellishments, Ruth x

Christine said...

Love what you have done here Tara great design brill.

Christine xx

Pascale said...

Love the ants Tara this is a brill card hugs Pascale

Donna said...

Great improvisation on this card Tara and a brilliant end result, so much detail too, good luck with hubby's birthday card :) Donna x

Cass said...

Another gorgeous card Tara.

Cass xxx

Andrea, said...

Oh this is fabulous, a great image and gorgeous colours. have a lovely evening

Kelly Schelske said...

Fabulosu card Tara, you've done an awesome job!!

Hugs, Kelly

Kim Piggott said...

Fabulous card Tara!
Love your great colour and detail!
kim x

Adele said...

Gorgeous! Love all the detail and the colours, just fabby!

love Dingle.xx

Debbie said...

This is fabulous Tara, the image is fab and I love the hand stamped background paper and flowers. Debbie x

gina g said...

Beautiful card Tara love the summery colours.
Good luck with your hubbys card yuk i don't like them much either that reminds me i have to make my sons card yet lol. luv gina xx

Anonymous said...

WOW, you've done a fantastic job! Fabulous card. :)


Louly said...

Tara Tara Tara!!What can I say? This is totally and utterly fabulous!! I love every single thing about it, it just makes you smile as soon as you see it.
I'm sorry I'm late visiting, I've been working on the next set of downloads.
Louise xx

Karen said...

Totally gorgeous! We definitely must have you over to guest design for Dottie's World!! (How about the month of May? ;-))