02 June 2011

A little bit of love

At C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week the theme is Weddings or Love.   I have no weddings on my social calendar any time soon, so I went with the 'love' theme...

Thank you to Digi Doodle Shop, who kindly sponsored the challenge this week and provided this cute 'Love Frogs' image for me to play with!  I cropped the image and moved the lily pads around a little - isn't that the beauty of digital images?

I had a lot of trouble coordinating colours this week - I tried lots of different combinations but none seemed to work. I was determined to have a green frog! (Perhaps if I had compromised on that little detail, it would have been easier ~ a pink frog probably may have been easier all round...)

This is what I did:
1> I printed the image on plain white cardstock, then die-cut around it (Spellbinders Nestabilities - 'Lacey Squares')
2> I paper-pieced the froggie (Autumn Leaves paper) and lily pads (American Crafts paper - reverse side), then added some extra colour touches with water colour pencils.
3> I mounted the die-cut on green cardstock (American Craft, from the 'Travel' kit) and mounted that onto the card background (Basic Grey 'Offbeat - Light Hearted')
4> I added ribbon to the top of the card. I couldn't find a perfect match so I chose two to (hopefully) balance each other out. (The green is from Prairie Bird Boutique and the white spotty organza is by May Arts.)
5> I didn't add a sentiment - making it suitable for various occasions.
6> I added a small amount of faux stitching and penwork around the edges.

What I didn't do but wanted to:
I really, really wanted to add a glossy medium to the lily pads, but I ran out of that too... might be an extra touch for another day!

I'm entering my card in these challenges:
# Paper Playtime ~ Digi Monday + Love
# Digital Tuesday ~ Animal Friends
# Top Tip Tuesday ~ Wrap it Up with Ribbon 
My tip ~ It's fun to mix & match styles and textures of ribbons - two different styles together in a bow looks great!


  1. Oh I can so relate to not puting colours together this week, I have been horendous with it, I have 3 unfinished layouts on the table, going to try to do something with them right know, don't you hate it when you run out of something.....I love this card, you rocked the challenge girl. Melxx

  2. So cute and fun, thanks for sharing, thanks for visiting the pixie blog and the shout out for Pixie, good luck!

  3. Stunning creations!

    Thank you for taking part in WRAP IT WITH RIBBON challenge at Top Tip Tuesday!

    So happy you've joined us!


  4. I think this card is FABULOUS!!! I agree that frogs need to be green, can't really see myself using one of another colour, and I loooooove the two different ribbons together at the top!

  5. Hi! You won one of the prizes of our last challenge at Paper Playtime. Please email me at northrose@slowar.com so I can forward your email to our sponsor. They will then contact you with how to claim your prize. Hugs! :) Janis


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