Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Pink Elephant and Inspirational Card Sketches Challenges

Hello to all of you. Hope you've enjoyed the sunny weather today. I haven't been working today so have managed to catch up on housework and fit in a couple of cards. I also want to say thanks to those of you who left such nice messages on my last post when I was having a bad day, it really helps to know other people have been through it and that I'll come out the other end. Thanks x

So onto my first card and it's for The Pink Elephant Challenge who's theme this week is "wedding". This was perfect for me as I wanted to make a wedding card for my stock and I had a new stamp to try out! This gorgeous stamp is from Stamping Bella and is called Valentini. I just thought it was really versatile. I have coloured it with my new Lyra pencils and Sansodor. I got these off Ebay for a third of the price so was really pleased. I've only got a set of 24 and haven't got the full spectrum of colours but I like having them as an alternative to watercolour pencils as they blend differently. If you click on the photo you can see a close up of the glitter I've put around the rim of the glass like a martini! I've used Divine Swirls embossing folder for the background and the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley. Finally I added some gorgeous pink hot fix crystals.

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Stamping Bella); Lyra pencils; Assorted cardstock; Divine Swirls folder (Cuttlebug); Sentiment (Lili of the Valley); Stickles; Hot fix crystals (London Bead Co); Ribbon (recycled)

And onto this week's Inspirational Card Sketch (above) as designed by Dawn.

I wanted to make a male get well card so I thought this sketch would lend itself well to this new stamp I wanted to use. Isn't he cute?! I coloured him in with a mixture of Lyra pencils and watercolour pencils and double mounted on cardstock. The paper is For Him set by Papermania. The sentiment is by Stamping Bella and the little buttons are made using a Sizzix die.

A little close up of our chicken!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Whipper Snapper & Stamping Bella); Lyra pencils; Watercolour pencils; Assorted cardstock; Paper (Papermania); Buttons die (Sizzix)

Thanks for looking, hope you have a nice day! x


Heather said...

.. and I am the first to comment on your ever so adorable card(s)!!!!! :o) I LOVE that little chicken! HA! So SO cute! The papers, coloring and chipboard buttons. I am in heaven:)!!! so glad you were able to join us this week at ICS!!

Karen said...

What beautiful cards and that chicken is just so cute. Thanks for playing along with us at ICS this week
Karen x

Regina said...

Beautiful cards! I love that little chicken he is too cute! thanks for playing along at ICS!!

Mel said...

beautiful wedding card and the chicken on the other is fab so fun :)
Mel x

Littleted62 said...

Love your martini card, the shading effect is fab and the get well card is brilliant, perfect male card. Hugs, Nicki.

Dolly said...

Love the image and the square buttons, fab card.
Thanks for playing along at ICS this week :)x

wendipooh13 said...

wonderful cards and that chicken is too cute!!! love it!! great job with the IC sketch!!

Rosie (Freycob) said...

OOh how gorgeous is your card for Dawn's ICS Sketch? Thanks for sharing it with us & for taking part this week.


Jules said...

Hi Steph

Oh I just love that wedding card. (Must be the heart that does it!! LOL!!!). I am going to have to track tht image down.

Love Jules xx

Sharon said...

Two beautiful card Steph. I love the image on your get well card - perfect for a man.

Jackie G said...

What fabulous cards!!
Love your chicken stamp...and the color combo you chose is just perfect!!! Great job!!

LOUISE said...

Fab cards Steph, love them both. The valentini stamp is great, and what a brilliant idea putting glitter around the edge of the glass. Good job. Hope you are feeling better. Lou x

Ann said...

Both cards are fab - that cocktail glass image is just so cool.
Ann xxx

Tracey said...

Stunning cards Steph - Love that chicken :o)


Terrie B x said...

Hi Steph:)
So sorry I havent been over for ages!!!!!!
`WoW` your cards are `gorgeous`....I love them both..I got some serious catching up to do.....
I hope your feeling a little bit better..May you find some comfort knowing others care:)
Lots of love to you Steph...xxx

Terrie B x said...

Hi Steph:)
So sorry I havent been over for ages!!!!!!
`WoW` your cards are `gorgeous`....I love them both..I got some serious catching up to do.....
I hope your feeling a little bit better..May you find some comfort knowing others care:)
Lots of love to you Steph...xxx

Happy Crafter said...

Gorgeous wedding card and i loves the chicken one he is so very cute:)
Hope your feeling a little better and do take care.
Hugzz Val xxx

Alecia Castro said...

LOVE your card! Great take on IC SKetch #21!!

Tricia said...

oh that chicken is too adorable! great take on the sketch this week at ICS!

Riet said...

What a beautiful cards Steph,l love the images and colours.

Hugs Riet.x

Glee said...

Both of these cards are so wonderful! I love them!

Jules said...

Hi Steph

Thank you very much for your very kind offer to stamp me out a few images of that wonderful image of a glass full of hearts.

How wonderful of your hubby to think of you and bring you home such a lovely gift!

I have managed to track the stamp down - but not only that - a whole range of stamps I have never seen before .. .. .. .. and all carrying hearts!!!!

So a double thank you. Thank you for the kind offer and thank you for helping me to find a whole new range of stamps that I didn't know existed.

Hope you are ok.

Take care

Love Jules xx

Elle-phan-tastic cards said...

Hi hun, I'm glad you are feeling a bit brighter. The toy on my blog is made with 2 kids socks! It's a sock monster!!

I have left you a Honest Scrap award on my blog to say thank you for your friendship & support x x

scrapnnMO said...

Ahh what beautiful creations. Love the chicken image on the second card and the amazing papers/buttons. Fantastic job and thank you for joining us again at ICS! :)

strawberry fields said...

Hey Steph
Gorgeous, gorgeous cards as ever! LOVE the wedding card....Thinking of you. I was back in hospital again for a while so missed your post. We've had no end of complications but it will be over soon when our little bundle arrives!
Fi xxx

Kath said...

super cute card...tanks for joining in the birthday fun.....Hugs Kath

Fink said...

That is just the cutest stamp! I love the squares in the corner! Thanks for playing along

kim-paperbabe said...

Wow Steph, this is fantastic love what you did with the sketch, fab image and those buttons are adorable!!! HuGs Kim :)

Liz Weber said...

That is one cute card Steph - great work using ICS #21 to create such a terrific card!

Sarita said...

I want to know what's in that drink Steph, it looks so tempting!!
And your little chicken card really made me smile,
They're both fab cards Steph,
Hope you're OK,
Love Sarita xx

Carol said...

Lovely cards Steph... i love the pinky colours on 'our' one and the image of the chicken is adorable...i want it!!!
Thanks for playing along with us at TPE....great work :)

Carol x

LORi said...

Super cards!!! Total Coolness!!

mckinkle said...

Hi Steph, Glad to see youve had a couple of crafting sessions lately!! I dont know where to begin, I absolutely love the wedding card, the image is a must have and your new pencils look so beautiful - I'll keep an eye and see how you go with them!! I really like the male cards too as you make it look so simple to make male cards!! If only eh?!
Will catch up with you later.
Keryn x