Monday 4 June 2012

Fashionista Challenge - Simply Summer

Happy Monday! 
Am sharing this with you and you need to be gentle with me.. cos i'm very very scared at posting this...... this is my effort for my guest designer spot over at Fashionista. This is the first time I've ever done a GDT and was real pleased to be asked. I hope I've done a reasonable job and that my card inspires you to join in!
The theme for the new Challenge is 'Simply Summer'.
You can create any type of paper crafting project  and you may use any image and enter as often as you like! Just link back to the Fashionista Challenge in your blog post and then upload your entries to the Fashionista blog. The "Top 5" will be announced on June 18th, then the voting begins! The "People's Choice" winner, announced June 25th, will receive a $12 gift cerificate from this month's sponsor:-A Day for Daisies
How good is that! And if you cast a vote you too could be in with a chance of winning 2 digis from Saturated Canary.
So here it is - big drum roll pleas for my first ever GDT card......

I used this stamp called 'Collecting Seashells' and I think it's so lovely - reminds me of many hours with my Mum on the beach holding shells to my ear to hear the sea...
I coloured the image with promarkers and stitched it onto a nestie frame. The papers Nitwits 'Land Ho' collection and I stitched them onto a sandy coloured card base.
I had this striped ribbon in my stash and used it over a punched shell border, and popped on some tattered muslin type fabric, all frayed at the edges 'cos I wanted to give it a 'washed up beachy' feel. I tatted some more of the fabric and threaded through a pearl buckle to make a bow.

All the shells are real collected from the beach (I have a huge bag and it will probably take me forever to use them which is probably why there's so many on this card!).-
I glued a little pearl in the centre of the razor shells by the pc generated sentiment - which made me smile when I was doing it cos each time I asked Mum if there was something precious inside any shell she told me the mermaids had already been and taken it to keep it safe!  To me the sentiment is particularly poignant and oh so true.
A couple more pearls, a tiny 'post card', a couple of tags and a silver metal flip flop charm finished the front.
Inside was decorated with the same papers, a shell stamp (which was a freebie), and a metal embellie with shells on it.
Am entering this into the following challenges -
Joanna Sheen - Remember When
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Wags N Whiskers - Summer Fun
Pixie Dust Studio - Summer
Paper Pretties- Summer
Raise the Bar - Hello Summer
Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment
Inky Impressions - Summer Fun
Allsorts - Beside the seaside

Thanks for dropping in today - a big welcome to my new followers, and am wishing you all a good week! x


Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Goodness me no need to be gentle it is fantastic!! Congratulations on your Guest DT hugs Susan x

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Viv wonderful colours and layout


Lynne said...

Oh Viv, this is beautiful. Gorgeous image and your DP and embellies really are a perfect touch. I don`t think you`ve got anything to be nervous about at all.
Lynne xxx

Jackie said...

What are you scared of Viv? it's a gorgeous card beautifully coloured :o)
Jackie xx

Jan said...

Fantastic Viv... as always. Congratulations x

Unknown said...

now theres no need to be scared matey...this is top dollar its summery and velly pretty i love those flip flops too well done on your dt position im sure they will love it i certainly do...hope that makes you feel better yer daft bat its brilliant lv sassxxxxxxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Viv, I like the image, the colours the shells and the charm.
Kevin xx

Laine said...

Hi Viv
Thank you for providing such a fabulous GDT card for Fashionista this month. I love the image - such a summery feel.
Fashionista DT

Unknown said...

How fabulous is this Viv…….
What gorgeous details and the colour is superb,I love the little shoe charm its gorgeous well done.
Great work Hugs Elaine

Rina said...

Oh Viv.... you did a FANTASTIC job and I am delighted Fashionista was your first guest designer spot!!!
What a lovely story you posted about your Mum and memories of hunting shells with her. You are so correct,"Memories are lifes treasures". Oh, and I also love the pearl you added, so glad some mermaid somewhere gave it up! GREAT story from your mum, I love that!

Thanks so much for honoring us at Fashionista with your incredible talent!!!

Rina Fashionista

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Beautiful card, love the colours, thank you for joining in the fun at Aud Sentiments, good luck, Pauline x

georgina said...

Viv you can be so proud of yourself it's wonderful,luv Georginax

coops said...

So stunning Viv.Gorgeous sweet image and i love your colours and pretty details :D

xx Coops xx

June Nelson said...

Wowser Bowling Belle how clever are you me darlin, this card is absolutely stunning, see I can comment nicely without being a tad sarcastic lol only thing is she aint got a mouth pmsl xxxxxxx

Joey said...

Viv this is an amazing card, the embellies are just perfect for this image. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions. Joey x

Sandie said...

Adorable in every way and I so love the elements you used in your card. Thanks for taking part in the Joanna Sheen challenge this fortnight...

Carol Willis said...

Love this, what a fab card. Love the image and all the gorgeous details, especially the little 'oyster'.
Caz x

Miradormakings said...

Fabulous card I love the image you have used

Joan x

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Viv, love it.
Wendy xx

Maureen said...

What can i say - it's perfect!!!

Shelby said...

You've done an amazing job and I'm sure you exceeding all expectations. Love your coloring of this adorable image and all of the embellies (especially the seashells) look fabulous.


Jo Channon said...

I really dont know what to say about this! Everything about it is just perfect! The stamp is so sweet. Loving it totally! Thankyou for sharing it on the Allsorts Challenge this week Jo x

Anne said...

Oh Viv this is exquisite! love that pearl inside the shell and as you say so poignant

Teresa said...

Another superb card Viv, beautifully coloured and a real picture of Summer
hugs Teresa xx

Carole said...

beautiful Card !

happyglitzygirl said...

This is a gorgeous card, and thanks for mentioning the name of the image, but could you please let me know which company it was from? So gorgeous. Blessings Hilde

Ally said...

so wonderful, Viv♥♥ I love everything that has something to do with the sea! I love the sound of the waves and the birds, I love the smell, even when it's fishy LOL, I love the sight of the sea, the width and that it is so deep and misterious and it gives me the feeling of freedom and peace...I probably was a Mermaid in my previous life :o))))) And I found a bag of shells in my cellar, shells that I have collected in many hols in the Caribbean where my parents lived. Ahhhhhhhhhh, the memories...

but I better get onto your card: it's so wonderful, I love it, the sandy colour and all the lovely embellies, ♥♥♥ really lovely.
hugs, Alessandra

Sheryl said...

Oh My Gosh! I so LOVE THIS CARD! It's absolutely stunning in every way!
It's been such a pleasure to visit your lovely blog and admire all of your gorgeous eye candy! I am your newest follower!
Warmest Hugs, Sheryl