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Monday, 11 April 2011

Guest Designer at Shelly's Images


This week is my 2nd stint as a Guest Designer for Shelly's Images. They are having a DT call at the moment and I would have loved to enter but now I am on 4 DT's I think that is enough for the time being :)

The gorgeous image I was given to work with is Some Bunny and can be purchased from the Shelly's Images store here. I love how realistic the image is. Don't get me wrong I loves my cutesy images but I think it must be harder for a designer to get the attention to detail right when you are designing the more realistic ones like this is.

I have used the current sketch from Truly Scrumptious for the layout. The image is coloured using Promarkers and I used a blending pen to stomp on the coloured design to create some texture to the bunnies fur. The size of the finished card is A5 so you can see how clear the design has come out at a large size.

I have covered the base of the card with a pretty paper from Pink Petticoat which was a freebie in an issue of Creative Cardmaking magazine. We are so lucky that in the UK we have a few magazines where the freebie papers are such good quality that you do actually use them. However we also have some that are fabulous magazines but the papers are printed on the shiny thin paper and they are just not useable. Goodness only knows why they keep doing it. I always give these ones away to an old persons craft club as they always need materials.

Anyhoo, the pretty paper is so springlike with lots of Easter and spring references on it. I cut a strip of green card and used my Martha Stewart doily punch on it. The purple ribbon is a fabulous find. As I live in Birmingham we have a diverse array of cultures and there is a large Indian community. I love going to the Rag Market which is a big indoor market and there are a lot of stallholders with fabrics and haberdashery items. There is one Indian lady who has the most amazing trims, laces, ribbons and I usually buy loads of bits and pieces from her. This particular braid is 2 different sequin trims that are woven together with a metallic thread. Indian ladies would use it on the bottom of Sari's and on the hems of the trousers. She was fascinated that I would use these trims for cards. Just goes to show you can find crafty supplies in lots of places if you think outside the box.

Last but not least I added some little sequin flowers and popped some gems on the centres. The chipboard sentiment with the button is from a bargain pack of Easter items I bought from WH Smith's in the their January sale. The most amazing thing is that I could actually find them :)

Thankyou so much to Shelly's Images for again giving me this Guest Designer opportunity and please check out the creations that the Design Team have made with this image too on Shelly's Images Blog

I would like to enter this Card into the following challenges (in alphabetical order):-

62 comments:

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

wow... GD for shelly's - now THAT'S fabulous! i love shelly. she's one of my favorites.

and look at those challenges!!!! yikes! you have got to be QUEEN of the challenges - lol.

hugs :) oh, stunning card too.

Joanne Gilch said...

Fab card...the purple ribbon and sequins trim are wonderful as is the story on where you buy the sequins. thanks for joining the Easter Challenge at Daisy Doodles.

Sandi said...

Mandy - sweet Bunny card for Spring!
Thanks for playing in our 'Easter or Spring Theme' challenge!
♥ Sandi
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Shelly's Images said...

awww Stef....you made my day! You are one of my favorites too!

Mandy....thanks a million for your time and talent this week as our Guest Designer. We are so lucky to have you joining us. And thanks too for mentioning our DT Call. Our call ends on 4-15-11 so anyone interested should contact me soon please.

~Shelly

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Very sweet!Thanks for joining us at ABC!

Crafty_Fairie said...

What a fab spring card that bunny is soooooooo cute thanks for sharing it with at CRAFT.

Kerry x

michele hileman said...

Awesome card. Thank you for joining us at IDIC

Liz's creative corner said...

Fab card, you've made fantastic use of the image, thanks for joining us at paper play, hugs Liz xx

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Catch the Bug with Bugaboo Stamps this week ! Your card is so pretty ! Love the image and the DP too ! Good luck !

Frea said...

Hi Mandy, wow love this gorgeous Easter card!! And it does seem to fit quite a few challenges :) Thanks you for joining Craft Us Crazy challenges, Hugs, Frea

ladyjanet_56 said...

lovely card beautifully coloured, love image & finishing touches, thanks for playing along at MPPC. Janet

Mandy said...

Hi Mandy,

Another fab Easter card!

Kathy and Lucky said...

What a sweet, sweet card, just love that bunny, with the border going behind it.Thank you for joining us at Happy Monday Challenge.

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Pretty colors!!! I love the bunny too!

Thanks so much for playing along in the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

-Sarah

auntbeespickles said...

Hi Mandy, what a cute card! I love that image. I don't think I have seen that one. Thanks for joining us over at the Happy Monday easter challenge. Good luck and I hope you will come back and play again with us!
Hugs, Sarah

Jeanette said...

OMG! You know about the Watership Down
rabbits. I love that story. I treasure my book. Your card is so bright and cheery. I really like how you colored the rabbit....I get the impression that he has hair. Very nice.

Thanks for joining us at I Did It Creations this week.

DesigNeAl said...

Pretty card!
Thanks for joining us at Ooh La la with you beautiful Easter creation; we hope to see you again soon x

Marushy said...

Hi,
eine schöne Osterhase-Karte .

Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Cutie Sunday. ;o)

Gruß
Marushy

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mandy I am loving this so much that image looks fabulous so is the papers and sentiment a super card thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Inspirations
Hugs
lorraine x

Cleota said...

A very cute image and a great way to rock this challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at Pattie's Creations Design Challenges this week.

Cleota
DT Member

aqualeiga said...

Love your Spring/easter card, great rabbit image. Thanks so much for joining our Spring challenge at THE CRAFTY PAD this week. Hugs, Ali x

Katina said...

Great easter/spring card Mandy! Thanks for sharing it with us at PTW this week and good luck in all those challenges! :o)

Fleur said...

A lovely cheerful card,
Thanks for joining our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx

Carol L said...

What a cute bunny and fun Easter card! Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us this week!

My Sheri CRAFTS said...

What a great image and coloring! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week!

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

I love this image :) Your card is amazing. Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday ........

LG
Bella

Amy said...

WOW!! I love that bunny!! Great card. Thanks for joining Bugaboo's Catch the Bug challenge.

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Great card love the pretty backing paper....

Thanks for playing at Allsorts this week

Emma xxx

Jenni said...

Wow - that's a lot of challenges Mandy! Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Easter challenge.
Jenni x

Stampin Lucy said...

very sweet card. love all the embellishing and great colors...thanks for playing along at Daisy Doodles Easter theme challenge this week!

Lorraine said...

Super bunny. Lovely card. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Very cute card! Love the bunny!

Thank you for participating in the Craft Us Crazy Challenge! I hope you'll do so again soon!

Shannon said...

Great Easter card!! Thanks for playing along with our Sentiments challenge.

Cheryl said...

Great card! Thank you for joining our Easter Inspired challenge at Meljen’s Designs.

--Cheryl--

**Check out my Meljen’s Designs blog candy!**

Sammibug said...

Hi Mandy! Gorgeous card! Love the way you colored Some Bunny! He looks awesome! Thank you for joining us as a Guest Designer at Shelly's Images!

Sammibug said...

Me again! Cute card! Love the coloring and the colors you chose! Thank you for playing in our Easter challenge at Digi's With Attitude!

Princess Scrapper Stamper said...

Beautifully done! Thank you so very much for playing along with us at Totally Stampalicious this week, hope you'll come back next week!

Hugs
Heather

sgc said...

Great card! Love all your layers. Thanks for playing in the Bugaboo Challenge.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

So cute! Thanks for joining us at ABC!

Mummylade said...

such a cool card. Thank you for joining Allsorts, DCD and SFTW challenges with this creation.

HelenR said...

I love the spring colours in this card! Thank you for joining us at Little Claire's :) x

mckinkle said...

Mandy,

Such a perfect Easter make!

I always love it when I see some papers that I recognise!

Thank you for joining in with our Ribbons for Easter challenge this week over at Delicious Doodles!

Keryn :)

Anne said...

Aw how cute, like the way you did his fur:)
Thank you for joining us and taking the Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll join us again this Friday!
Hugs
Anne

Lori said...

What a fun, cute card...thanks for joining us at ABC DT Challenge.

Sprytebyrd said...

Great card! Love the purple ribbon!
Thanks so much for playing along at Meljen's Designs this week!
Hugs!! Dee Sprytebyrd's Sentiments

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card :-) the image is adorable ,, very cute :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
luv
Lols x x x

Pattie G said...

What a cute Easter card! I love how you used our Spring theme for this week’s challenge. Thanks for joining us this week at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
Hugs ♥

Maggie's Crafts said...

So pretty!

Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad :)

Maggie
xx

sandra's crafty corner said...

hi what a lovely card and fab digi, thanks for joining us at cardmadfairy's digi days, good luck
hugs sandra xxx

Deedee Anderson said...

Very pretty Easter card, Mandy! Such a sweet image, and those papers are perfect! Thanks so much for joining us at the Happy Monday Challenge this week. :-)

Spyder said...

Super Easter card, there's certainly lots of mad hares around where I live! Thank you so much for joining Quirky Crafts Challenge this time round! Don't forget to pop back in two weeks, Friday 23rd and/or Saturday 24th April to vote for your favourites and ask your blogging buddies to vote for you too!
((Lyn))
Ps. And good luck with all your challenges (I might enter a few too!)

Jacqueline said...

love the spring sentiment - wow - look at all those challenges. Thanks for playing along at Daisy Doodles - Hugs. Jacqueline

Gill McCall said...

What a lovely card - thanks for joining us in the easter challenge at B&B

Paula said...

great card Mandy
thanks for joining in with us at Dasiy Doodles this week
good luck
Paula x

Lori said...

Very sweet! Thanks for entering our Happy Monday Challenge, with your Easter Card. Love it! Lori, HMC, DT

Teresa Arsenault said...

Congratulations on becoming CDAC's latest Spotlight Member, Amanda!
Your designs are beautiful and I love all the dimension and texture you add to your creations. Also, thanks for the advice of picking your patterned paper before coloring an image. I usually color first and rummage through after to find the right papers.

lesleyworth said...

lovely card! the image is fantastic and I love the papers you used! Thanks for playing along with us at the Shoe!

Wendi said...

What a gorgeous card such pretty colours fab image
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
Wendi

Terry said...

Hiya thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your wonderfull creation. Hugs Terry xxxx

Pops x said...

This is very pretty sweetie, thank you for joining in our challenge at "Sunday's with Crissy" big hugs pops x x

Emma said...

A gorgeous card Mandy.
Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft.
Hugs Emma x

Nadine said...

Hi

wow, ein Traum.
Da stimmt einfach alles.
Danke fürs Mitmachen bei Cutie Sunday.
Schöne Ostertage.

Liebe Grüße Nadine