A very warm welcome to my blog, which is mostly about card-making, a bit about work and family, and a few odds and ends. I am fairly new to this blogging lark, so please bear with me if I make some glaring errors.

I'll be delighted if you would like to become a follower, so please leave me details of your blog, as I'd love to visit.

xx Jill

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

favourite colour combo

I was very chuffed to make the top three in Cards for Men at the beginning of the month with my diy bear card.  what a nice surprise when I came back from my holiday!

Just returned from sunny Portugal where we had a fantastic time with great weather - 28 degrees on Monday and a bit too hot - but I'm really not complaining!!  I'd forgotten that I hadn't posted this card on my blog, which was for Melanie and family, so here goes!

This is a WOJ stamp from last year's Spring sheet "Birdie Love", designed by Elizabeth Bell, and is coloured with copic markers from Wendy at Stamps and Memories.  The design paper is from Prima "Sparkling Spring", and these papers come in some very yummy colours, including one of my favourite colour combos, pink and aqua.

The ribbon and bow are from the FF Spring ribbon collection, and the flowers are a mix of WOC and Prima, which have been coloured with copics to match the Bazzill cardstock.  There is Glimmer Mist (from
Jill at the Hobby House) on the flowers, and a little Stickles glitter glue.  Quite a simple layout so that the corners of the paper would show.

Tip: I've had a couple of queries about the pearly punched leaves, but they are really very simple!  I don't use pearlised card at all, as it clogs the punches, and doesn't come in the colours I need to match my card.  I usually colour some white pearl paper with two mid shades of copic markers, by scribbling them randomly over the paper and then using a paler shade to blend them together.  Then I use an MS/ Nellie's branch or leaf punch to cut out the leaves.  They only need a little Extra Tacky glue to hold them on the card.

I've got more into the copic markers and I tend to use them for all sorts of things, like colouring whole flowers and card edges.  Thanks to Wendy and her inspiring teaching, I've become a bit more confident with my copic markers, so I've recently begun to add a little matching colour to backing papers, ribbons, colouring white flowers and adding colour inside the centre of roses, just to tie up the whole colour scheme together, as shown in the pic above. Whatever next?  Watch this space, as I'm going on the "Next Step" copic course at the end of June, so you may just find out after that!

I am entering the following challenges:
http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.com/ - flowers
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/ - flower frenzy
http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.com/ - flowers
http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/ - lots of flowers
http://paperplaychallenges.blogspot.com/ - show your style

A very warm welcome to my new followers, and grateful thanks to all those who regularly visit my blog - it's a pleasure to know you're around!  Please leave me a comment I'll try and pop over to your blog when I have a moment.  xx Jill


Liz's creative corner said...

Thanks for joining us at paper play with this lovely stylish card, thanks for your copic tips too, hugs Liz xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Jill, I like the image and those gorgeous flowers.
Kevin xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Jill. Congrats on your win, and glad you had a lovely holiday. Sue x

Anonymous said...

Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, what a lovely card,love the extra pink in her hair too! hope we see you next week too! Hugs Samantha :0)

Maggie's Crafts said...

So so pretty!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday in FLOWER FRENZY this week!


Jennifer said...

This is stunning Jill! xx Jenny xx

Jenny said...

A beautiful card using lovely colours and lots of detail on the flowers.
Thanks for joining EAC.