Friday, 19 August 2011


I received a request to make a card for a 12 year old girl who's absoluely mad about horses so I used this lovely image called 'Shire' by Mo Manning. Isn't it just lovely?! She's gone to the field, apple in pocket to feed her best friend and have a big hug!  
After commiting the cardinal sin of colouring then trying to match up with papers, I discarded the first effort - after wasting several hours with all my papers out of the drawers and boxes!

I opted instead for these papers by Nitwit - so now I had a better idea of toning colours I re did the stamp. Icoloured it with promarkers and used some pastel chalks for the sky. I thought the bottom of the image was glaringly white so after using the promarkers to outline the edge of the grass I also blended in a bit of pastel chalk there too. Although it hasn't shown up very well in the photo (lots of cloud here today), I am really pleased with the effect 'in real life'!

The papers were matted onto brown cared and stitched. The cream cotton lace is lovely and I suppose I perhaps should have left a bit more on view! The sentiment was PC generated.
A promarker coloured flourish, some organza ribbon, some glittered flowers and a couple of bronze pearls to finish. I also found a small galloping horse charm in my stash so I added that under the ribbon!
Challenges -
Wags n Whiskers - Outdoor Fun
CCEE Stampers - Kiss
PaperPlay  - 3 Different embellies (pearls, flowers, ribbon), 2 patterned papers and one piece of lace
Sassy Studios - More than 1 die cut (flourish and the lacy edged frame)
I love Promarkers - Easel Card
Celebrate the Occasion - Birthday


Clarky J said...

What a sweet card Viv - Love the colours you have used and that image is sooo cute x I have a 15 year old who would love it too x

Lee said...

A really Beautiful card,gorgeous soft colours,love the embellies.Of course the image is soooo cute.xx

Esther said...

Beautiful card!
Love you image and you did a fantastic job coloring it!
Thanks for playing with us at CTO!

Maureen said...

You did it then!! and it looks really good, one thing you learned - all horses aren't brown!!!!

Laurie said...

This is adorable! Love the flowers and the coloring is fantastic, even though it took you awhile, it worked! Thanks for playing with us at CTO!

Anonymous said...

That is so pretty, thanks for sharing!
Thank you for playing along in the challenge this week @ I ♥ ProMarkers.

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Awesome easel card. Thanks for playing along with CTO! ~Shen-DTM

coops said...

gorgeous card viv.your colour combo is stunning and i love the fab image and design :D

xx coops xx

Melissa said...

This is so pretty, fabulous job, thanks for joining CTO!

Jackie said...

A beautiful card and I love the colours :o)
Jackie xx

DIANA L. said...

Super job! What a cute card Thanks for joining us this week at CTO


Charlotte said...

This is such a beautiful card. I love all of your attention to detail. The stitching, flowers, flourishs and bling add so much. Thanks for playing CTO.

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hazcrafter said...

love this card, the cute image is a great touch!:) i too am entering the i <3 promarkers challenege,
whould you care to take a look?? thanks before, harry :)x

Dilsaver Designs said...

I just love your neutral colors and your embellishments are fabulous! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

Adrian said...

Wow, this is so nice!!!

Trail of Treasures said...

How beautiful is this?! Absolutely loving the neutral colours! You rocked the easel card! Thanks for joining us this week at CTO!

Tracey - CTO DT member

katesacraftybugger said...

Beautiful card , I'm sure she will love it ,thanks for joining us at I ♥ promarkers this week -Kate

Julie said...

A gorgeous card, love the ribbon and flowers. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.

Julie W x

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is absolutely awesome! That little girl is going to be SO THRILLED with this!
Thanks so much for joining our 'Outdoor Fun' challenge. We look forward to seeing you again next challenge!


darcy48 said...

Love your card the iamge is so sweet and love the colouring. Arlinex

Cre8tiveVet said...

I love this image! You did such a great job on this card. I know it took you a lot of time to get the colors just right but it turned out fantastic! thanks for joining us at CTO. -Yvette