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.

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xx Jill

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

A series of September birthdays (number 1)

Hi everyone
It's good to be back to work, and to be back to Mr Blogger, after quite a long rest.

Our lovely daughter Melanie, was 40 on Saturday, so I used my favourite ballerina Tilda image for her easel card.

The beautiful background paper is Melissa Francis "Fifth Avenue", which I spied in Dunelm Mill, and snapped up.  There is music, damask papers, ballerinas and all sorts of gorgeous goodies, so this may be my new best paper for a while.

It was quite difficult to match the shabby feel on the image, leaves and flowers with my copic markers, and I ran out of one colour mid-leaf, so had to improvise by tipping the nib of one colour on to the other!  (If you look very carefully, one of the turquoise leaves isn't quite the same colour as the others, but that's being REALLY picky: yep, that's me!)

I have added glitter to the paper edges, and have glimmered and shimmered the flowers and leaves, which are a mix of WOC, and some silk flowers from my stash.  I've now run out of the white tiny daisies (coloured pink here), which I usually get at Farnborough, and I can't find them online, so if anyone knows where I can get them, please let me know.  Thanks!

The die-cut tag on the base of the card is one of the newer Nesties, which I got from Oyster Crafts, which have an excellent mail-order service.  The die-cut around the image is one of the Nestie labels, which I like very much and use a lot.

I plan to enter this card for the following challenges:
Anything Goes challenge: http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.com/ - shabby chic
Everybody Art: http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.com/ - flowers
Ladybug Crafts: http://ladybugscraftsinkchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - flowers
Shopping our Stash: http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/ - shabby chic
Crafty Boots (new challenge): http://craftybootschallenges.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
Die cut Dreams: http://diecutdreams.blogspot.com/ - at least 5 flowers
Pile it On: http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/ - lots of layers
Pink Gem designs: http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - colour inspiration
Crafty Purple Frog: http://craftypurplefrogchallenges.blogspot.com/ - birthdays
Crafting for all Seasons: http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.com/ - birthdays

Phew! Do I think that's the lot?  Thanks so much for coming to visit my blog - I really appreciate this.  I'd love to come and visit your blog too, so if you leave me a comment, I'll be along to have a nosey around. 
xx Jill


Leslie Hanna said...

Wow, I love all those flowers! You have waaaay more patience than I do! :) And no one would notice the leaves being different (I couldn't tell, and I was looking for it!)

Thanks for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

June Houck said...

Gorgeous, feminine, and lovely! Happy birthday to your dd :)

Amy Tidd said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks for taking part in the 1st Crafty Boots Challenge!! Amyx

McCrafty's Cards said...

an absolutely gorgeous card Jill , I like the Tilda and the papers.
Kevin xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jill,sweet Tilda,love those flowers.Do you mean The art of Craft in North Camp you get the white daises,looked on there site and saw the Crafts Too ones if this is any help to you.I am trying to be good at the moment and not been in for a few weeks,love that shop.
Wendy xx

Catherine said...

Wow! Stunning card, love all the pink flowers! Thanks for joining us this week at Crafting for all Seasons...

Linda B said...

This is a gorgeous easel card. I love how you did the flowers... fabulous!

Christine said...

Stunning sweet creation gorgeous Tilda & your colour combo is perfect as are your beautiful flowers.

thanks for sharing at DCD chall this wk

smiles Christine x

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

So pretty! Beautiful colours and embellishments.

Jennifer said...

This is so gorgeous Jill. Love the flowers. Thanks for playing at AGOAC this time! xx Jenny xx

Paige said...

Beautiful card! Love all the pretty flowers! Thanks for joining us at SOS!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Such a beautiful card.

Thank you for entering the first Crafty Boots challenge.


Jani said...

Your card blow my mind!
I love all the pretty flowers you used and how you arranges them and the colors are fab!
Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
Jani x

Pink Dandelion said...

Beautiful card, such a lot of work has gone into it. Good luck in the challenges. Debs xx

Kerry said...

This is such a beautiful card for you daughter Lisa (you don't look old enough to have a 40 year old btw!) and I'm sure she loved it. The colours are beautiful as are the flowers. Thanks for joining in the fun at LCI this week xx

Victoria said...

Hi Jill
love your card - such pretty colour combination and a super cute image too

Thanks so much for joining us at Die Cut Dreams for our flowers challenge