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xx Jill

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Thank you card "La Sylphide"

This was made as a thank you card for the adjudicator of our recent Royal Berkshire Dance Festival.  She was an excellent judge, giving really clear helpful advice to the students, and creating a really positive atmosphere, which was great.  

The image is a digi doodle from Scrapbook Stamp Society and is called "La Sylphide" by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, which I chose as it is quite an authentic version of a ballerina.  I coloured the image, most of the flowers, the leaves and the sentiment with copic markers in a Springtime palette of colours.  I used a copic shadow around the image in R00 to indicate the warmth of stage lighting, but I think another time, I would chose a different colour, maybe in the C or T family of grey colours.  It was tricky to choose something appropriate because even the green has a warmth to it (YGs).

It took quite a while to colour, as it was quite difficult to match up the colours of the bps, even with a large selection of copic colours. I did some tip-to-tip blending , and some feathering on the dress and wings (which, thanks to classes with Wendy at Stamps and Memories, I can now do!) so I'm beginning to feel more at home with some of the more ambitious techniques.

The yummy papers are Prima from the Romantique pad, which I chose for their Spring-like feel, and I can tell you I really didn't want to cut these little beauties up!  The papers on the bar across the base are also from the same pad, and the plain core'dinations card is a sort of salmon pink.  The flowers are mainly Prima, with a few verbena flowers from Hobbycraft, and roses and small flowers from WOC, where I also bought the ivory lace.  There's a bit of Stardust glitter glue on her dress and wings, and around the oval, with Glimmer Mist on the flowers, and a few tiny crystal gems here and there.  Can't remember where the sentiment stamp comes from, but the die-cuts are Nesties and the leaf punch is from Martha Stewart.

I've decided to enter quite a few challenges with this card, as it's been some time since I've done any of these, due to my poor health.  It's come out as quite a selection though, as the card fits with both "wings" and Green or Spring colours, and thanks to Feline Playful - there's a long list of these!

They are: 
http://craftsandmechallenges.blogspot.com -  things with wings
http://digistamps4joy.blogspot.com  - mainly green
http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com  - things with wings + Spring
http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.com - Spring colours
http://www.whimsical-designs.com - Going green
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com - Spring
http://totallystampalicious.blogspot.com - Spring is in the Air
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com - Spread Your Wings
http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com - Flower Frenzy
http://cardmakinmamas.blogspot.com - Let's see some Green
http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com - Spring
http://cupcakecraftroom.blogspot.com - Spring Bouquet
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.com - Things with Wings

Such a long post from me today, with plenty of pictures - how nice to have a sunny day to take these!  Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog, and for any comments you would like to leave.  I'm still visiting the blogs of those who left comments on my last project, and it's lovely to see what wonderful crafting is being done by everyone.  Best wishes to you all!

xx Jill


Tina said...

What a fab card Jill, the colour combo is gorgeous and the image so pretty. Tinaxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Jill, the image is really lovely and I like the colours and the flowers.
Kevin xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful Jill, lovely image and those flowers and colours are gorgeous.
Wendy xx

Janet said...

gorgeous card with such beautiful detail x

Rae Ann said...

Your card is absolutely stunning!!
Rae Ann O.

Heike said...

Oh wow! This card is absolutely beautiful Jill.
Heike xx

brenda said...

What a delightful image Jill and a really beautiful card.

Thanks so much for joining in with my Spread your Wings theme at Allsorts this week and good luck.

B x

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous card!

Thank you for joining in the fun with us at SMC with our
"Things with Wings" challenge

Hope you will join us again soon & good luck in the draw

Hugs Shaz x

ALI said...

Gorgeous card. really love the colours.

Jennifer said...

Such a pretty card! Thanks for playing at CES this week...good luck! xx Jenny xx

Diane's Card Designs said...

A gorgeous easel card. Such a beautiful image and love the spring colours. Thanks for joining us at MMCS Challenge this week.
Diane xx

Ellis said...

Gorgeous green card and lovely stamp!
Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4joy!
Hugs, Elenor DT

Lorna's crafty creations said...

Beautiful card Jill,lovely colours and detail and the flowers are gorgeous
have a lovely weekend
Lorna xx

scrappysharon said...

Jill this card is stunning....its just so beautiful every time you look there is something different to see...Wishing you good luck with the challenges in my opinion you should win them all...Sharon x

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow super card ... love the colours very fresh ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

rosie said...

wow Jill. this is absolutely stunning. I'm not normally a fan of green but this colour is so gorgeous. love the image. flowers are superb.
thanks for visiting my blog x

Michelle said...

stunning card xx

Dawn said...

wow, just stunning. another fantastic card. x

Wendy L said...

Crikey what alot of challenges to enter but now wonder, the card is gorgeous. xxx

GoonerGirl said...

WOW this is stunning, the colours are so refreshing love it all. Chris xx

claire1 said...

very pretty

Time-To-Share said...

Wonderful card Jill. A fabulous creation and all those flowers are stunning!! Luv & Hugs, Trish x

sparklingblackrose said...

Gorgeous Jill, love it :-) Elaine-xxx-

Izzwizz said...

This is a truly wonderful card, I love the way you have matched the colours and that they are unusual but work together very well. Lots of movement is created from the mix of colours you have chosen, and the image is perfect for the subject. Brilliant. Maddy x

MissyG said...

Wow - what a stunning card - love the colours you have used and the layout

Linda said...

Such a Lovely card. Linda x

applejack cards by sue said...

Oh wow!! Jill this is stunning! A wonderful keepsake. A beautiful image perfectly coloured and those flowers...well, everything just goes so well together it's breathtaking!

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely card :)

lizzies said...

Stunning card

craftyeyes said...

wow stunning card jill love everything about it xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Thanks for joining our "Spring" challenge on CRAFTERS COMPANION MONTHLY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

Shelby said...

Beautiful easel card and just adore all of your flowers...looks fantastic. Thanks for joining us at MMCS


Tracey said...

Wow, what a gorgeous card. I love all the colours you have chosen and the flowers are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Challenges, I hope to see you there again soon.

Anonymous said...

A stunning card, its lovely, such a lot of nice elements xx

Rose said...

Jill, your La Sylphide ballerina fairy looks fabulous on this wonderful thank you card. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's Things with Wings challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

Karen Wilson said...

This is just stunning! WOW!! Love all the flowers and that image is darling! Thanks for fluttering with us at FBW!

mum of two said...

That fairy is beautiful! All the little green touches are just perfect. Thanks for playing with us this week at Whimsical Wednesdays, hope you come play with us again soon :)


sara said...

beautiful card so pretty love all those flowers thanks so much for joining us at deep ocean this week
hugs sara x x

Esther said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card!!!
love it!
Thanks for joining Whimsical Wednesday this week!

Jen Leeflang said...

Thanks so much for joining us on our "New Green Dress for Ms Spring" challenge at Digistamps 4 Joy. Good luck in the draw. Please join us for the next exciting challenge which starts tomorrow!
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang

Pami said...

Beautiful card, lovely colours and amazing flowers! Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craftroom this month, good luck! Pami x

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these are simple awesome . the color combination and flower are nice work. i would like to send this birthday card to my lovely uncle.
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