Monday, 28 April 2014

…most softly lulling to my soul

This is my second and sadly last post as a guest DT for Through the Purple Haze where this week’s challenge is a sketch one sponsored by Aurora Wings and Delicious Doodles.  Here is the awesome sketch designed by one of the talented DT members, Lucy.

And I got to play with the gorgeous White Poppy image from Aurora Wings, although as you see I decided to colour her red.

She was certainly a challenge to colour, especially as she is printed fairly small, just under 3.5” and it isn’t actually clear where she finishes.  The background is a bit dodgy, I wanted it black but didn’t want to use my Copics to colour it and my Distress Markers weren’t going to work either as my image is printed on an inkjet so I’d get runs when I hit the outline so I had to go with chalks.  I trimmed down the applicator ball but it was still impossible to get into all the small places without going over the image a bit and I got some contamination in the red frame with the black from the background.  It is what it is now though as no way was I going in and recolouring it.  As I have several methods of making my mark (chalk, Copics and Distress Ink) I am linking this up at Addicted to Stamps’ current challenge.

With such an elegant image and poppies being red and black I decided to go with that colour scheme for my card.  I’ve never used my Marianne Design Petra’s Oval dies and I’m glad I broke them out for this as the one I used is just beautiful and is the perfect frame for the image.  The current challenge at Crafty Bloggers’ Network is for either a die cut or embossing, I’ve got both covered so am entering this over there.

I knew I wanted to swap the bow element for a poppy but I didn’t have one in my enormous (we’re talking a couple of draws full) stash of flowers but that’s OK, Mr Google came to the rescue.  Or should I say Martha Stewart did, as it was a pattern from her that I used to make my poppy.  I had to hunt out the one and only sheet of Mulberry Paper I own for this but I eventually found the little sneak hiding among some patterned papers.  Some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starbursts in the appropriate colours and I had a pretty decent poppy.

The background embossing is also from a folder I’ve not used before, the lovely and appropriate Poppy from Anna Griffin.  I used a piece of red paper but then highlighted the flowers with some Distress Ink, I think I should have done the centres with some wet embossing but I only thought of that after I stuck the sheet down.  No matter, one form is enough to qualify this in the current 4 Crafty Chicks’ challenge.

Hopefully my little card has inspired you to come play along at Through the Purple Haze.  I do love a sketch challenge, they give you structure to work with but still allow for amazing creativity, don’t believe me, just go look at all the different ways the DT have interpreted Lucy’s sketch!

Skin E50, E51, E53 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes G21, G28, 0
Lips R29, R46, R89
Hair & Wings T4, T6, T8, 100
Poppies G21, G24, G28, R24, R29, R46, R89
Chalks & Powders etc
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst ~ Black Orchid Satin & Rhododendron Red Rose
Pebbles Chalk ~ Metallic Cream
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Marianne Designs Creatable ~ Petra’s Large Ovals
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Black Soot & Festive Berries
Echo Park Playground ~ Rubber Ball
Kaisercraft Cardstock ~ Liquorice & Scarlet
Mulberry Paper ~ White
Ribbons & Trims etc
Krafty Savers Satin Ribbon ~ Red
Lace from stash

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Stunning embossing folder and simply amazing coloring on your beautiful image. Awesome details on your layout too :) Thank you so much for sharing your marvelous creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Embossing Challenge.

    Tamie DT

  2. Sounds like you had a few challenges with the coloring of this image but you managed to pull it all together to create a stunning card! Thanks for joining us this week at ATS&M.

  3. Wow. Love the colouring an the rich colours you've chosen. Thanks for joining the fun at ATSM. Monika

  4. Your card is just stunning, Emily!! I love the color combo and your choice of paper, lace, die cuts and the big poppy!! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at Through the Purple Haze Challenges. We have loved having you!!

  5. I LOVE the way you colored this card, it is just stunning. Glad to have you as a guest DT at TTPH, Hugs, Lori DT

  6. Hey Emily, what a beautiful card. Your blog post left me nodding and chuckling, your craft room sounds very like mine!! ;) I'm glad you found all the parts though, as the card is amazing and each part is complemented with the other element. Thanks for joining us to Guest Design over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges.
    Eithne DT

  7. I love the colors and the way you solved our challenge! Thanks for Joining us as a guest designer this week at Through The Purple Haze. :)

    Katrine-DT for TTPH.

  8. Thanks so much Emily for being GDT for us at TTPHC. I love your concept and the coloring and chalking is awesome! So love the embossing and lovely handmade poppy. A beautiful card. And love the way you list all materials and where the are from. That's really helpful....its been fun having you as gdt even though I haven't been around much due to a bereavement....but your makes are always awesome! Anita DT TTPHC xxx

  9. WOW! Just awesome!! I love everything about it, design, color combo, image, embellishments.... Did I leave anything out? If so, add to the I love list. Thanks for being our Guest Designer and for the inspiration. Just a very beautiful creation.


  10. Emily I'm totally blown away by your creation. Such beautiful colouring! Amazingly talented lady - we're so lucky to have you as a Guest DT this week :D :D :D

  11. Absolutely fantastic work from a very talented lady. On behalf of us all at ttph thank you so much for joining us. Fiona Henderson

  12. I just wanted to pop by and repeat what I said to you earlier; this is just fabolous! I love the dramatic colors and the elegance you have given the sketch using the lace and the diecut frame! And I dont forget the amazing flower..*wooooow* Thank you SO MUCH for joining us :)

    Big hugs,
    Lisbeth, DT TTPH


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