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Saturday 26 January 2013

Poppy Ensemble

I am very, very proud to be able to bring you my 1st card as a member of the
Design Team at Janey’s Digi Designs.

I have known Jane for a long while now through blogging. She is a very talented card maker and when said she wanted to start her own gardening business I was absolutely delighted for her. She had the courage to follow her dreams and I really do admire her for that. She is very witty and her blog posts are always very entertaining J

She announced recently that she was going to start designing digis inspired by her garden work I was very proud of her and said I would be interested in being on her DT if she wanted me. (to be honest I was more like holding both hands up really high schoolgirl stylee hoping she would pick me….)

When she formally invited me I was doing a happy dance and squealing. I love flowers, don’t necessarily know what they all are but I love them. They are so versatile and can be used for lots of different occasions. They also come in lots of different colours enabling me to use lots of pretty papers, my favourite crafting tool J

So for my very 1st card may I present to you my Poppy Ensemble. I have used the Icelandic Poppy (Single) and popped it inbetween 2 of the Icelandic Poppy Seed Head’s which have been flipped to produce a mirror image to frame the central flower.

I have used my Promarkers and Flexmarkers to shade them in. The seed heads are in orange and red, not sure if that is the colour they really are but it looked nice to vary the colours and it’s nice to be able to use artistic license!

I have used sketch #2 by From the Heart for the layout. The panel suited my ensemble perfectly. I layered the image on offcuts of black and red card to provide thin matting layers around the outside.

I used some new pretty papers called J'adore by First Editions from Dovecraft. The base of the card is covered with the pretty damask design and then I cut a semi circle from the spotty paper which has a very subtle glittery shine to the spots. I distressed the edges with scissors but I am sure it cried (maybe it was me?) I cannot bear to scruff up pretty papers, I think it hurts me too much!
The lace is a gorgeous Prima crocheted one which I have almost used up. I have added a heart brad to balance up the punched heart trim along the edge of the image. Finally an old rub on sentiment and my card is complete.
I do hope this card has demonstrated that you can very easily join complimentary images together and create something that looks different to the original design.
The images can be purchased from the Etsy store. For inspiration please pop over to the blog and Facebook page where our very talented designers will be regularly showcasing these amazing images.

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Card Size – A5
Paper – J'adore First Edtions pad by Dovecraft
Tools - Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Martha Stewart punch
Embellishments – Papermania rub on & Brad, Prima lace trim
Techniques - Punching

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Jane said...'s an honour for me to have you on the team!! I've appreciated your friendship over the years (years? Has it really been that long?) As always your cards are detailed, considered & inspirational and obviously full of passion for your art.
To sum up...Love it! xx

heidy said...

Such a beautiful card Mandy!!
XXX Heidy

Eiglas said...

What a lovely project Mandy and so beautifully coloured and executed!
Congratulations on your new DT - they're very lucky to have you!

Marjorie said...

Such a lovely card Mandy... lovely stamp and I love your design..
Thank you for sharing with us this week at 'Make it Monday'...

Sue said...

This is stunning Mandy. I love the way you have mixed the images and the papers and lace look wonderful


Daisychain said...

Another lovely card Mandy, love the lace. Thank you for joining us this week at Whoopsi Daisy. Hugs Christine x

Charlotte said...

Hi, beautiful card, like the flowers and the black lace:)
Thank you for joining us at Fashionista Challenge.
hugs Charlotte

Mema's Crafts said...

Your take on the card is just lovely. Love the details you've added to the card and of course I love the colors. Thanks for visiting our neighborhood and playing with us at 613 Avenue Create.

Come visit and play with me at:

Anita said...

Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz challenge.

Unknown said...

Very pretty card.

Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card and wonderful colors and coloring! Love the composition of your card!

Unknown said...

So very elegant! Love the colour combo and design. Thank you for taking the challenge with us on the Use Your Stuff blog :)

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fab card and I love the flower images.

Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Anonymous said...

I'm like you. I love flowers but I don't know what most of them are. I do know poppies though & I love them b/c of their color. You did a great job. Thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to seeing you again.

Chana Malkah said...

Great project, Mandy! You are one busy lady! Thanks for stopping by our house at 613 Avenue Create!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Those flowers are so beautifully coloured. The card looks great. I am so happy to hear about your success with the new DT gig. I wish you many years of designing fun. Jane is a lucky lady to have you on her team.


Imke said...

Wonderful card and great take with the sketch. Thanks for joining us @ Delightful Inspiration{from the heart}

arjette said...

Wooowwww it's beautiful!!!!
Thank you for joining us at ATSC!!

gr. arjette.

Inkypinkydelights said...

This is smashing Mandy! It seems quite sad to be leaving the Dt but as you know sometimes decisions have to be made. The plus side is that we can still keep in touch, and I would like that. thanks too for your lovely kind words on my Blog. (HUG) Judy x

Crafting Vicky said...

Congrats on this DT position. What a wonderful image!!! I agree with you, flower digis are the best because you can use them for so many different types of cards.

Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Crafting Vicky said...

Oh I'm back with a different DT hat on ;) Just have to say again how wonderful your card is. Great coloring.

Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Jennifer said...

Beautiful card! I love your bold colours and the way you've turned the sketch! Thank you for joining us at Delightful Inspiration from the Heart for our i {heart} sketches challenge!

Priscilla said...

Wonderful lace and perfect for the sketch.What a pleasure to visit your creation.Thank you so much for playing the cdac challenges. Can't wait to see what you will come up with for the other challenges going on. Remember you can enter as many times as you like till March 31st. Happy crafting.

Unknown said...

oooh...another fabulous project Mandy. You are on a roll. I love the red and black color scheme. And what fabulous work with the sketch. Thanks for entering another project at CDAC for the Anything Goes Challenge. Keep them coming! :)

Unknown said...

Love your friend's artwork and your pretty card! Best of luck to both of you. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Your card is very pretty!

Thank you for participating in the first MelonHeadz Challenge!

coops said...

so gorgeous mandy.fab striking colours and i love your poppies.thanks for joining in my challenge this week at PFP :D

xx coops xx

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Mandy! What a great take on the sketch. I just LOVE poppies. They remind me of Wizard of Oz and they're super pretty. Great color combination, too! Thanks for sharing this with us, and I want you to know how VERY sincerely grateful I am to have you join in our challenges. May God bless you for sharing!
Word Art Wednesday

Karen said...

Very pretty card! Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.


Unknown said...

What a very beautiful card. The damask dsp is particularly beautiful with your flowers.
Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday.
Carole Robb Bisson
The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

Desire Fourie said...

Another great creation. Love everything about it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

lalkygirl said...

what a gorgeous card ,love the red and black and the images are lovely
thanks for joining us at i love promarkers and good luck
tracey x

Roxann said...

This is lovely, Mandy! I love poppies and the red and black color combo. Thanks for sharing at TTCRD!
Your newest follower,

KarinsArtScrap said...

This card is beautiful.
Thanks fot join us at DigiStamps4Joy.

Greetings karin DT member

DIANA L. said...

Beautiful card I love the black lace.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Party

ursula Uphof said...

Love your card Mandy, The colours are so right for the image.
Thank you for joining our challenge at
Digistamps4Joy this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT member

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow Lovely card, thanks for sharing with us at ATSC, hugs Liz xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Mandy, I love poppies, and this one is Gorgeous, Love the layout xx Thanks for joining in with us at Happy Campers x

Mummylade said...

what lovely flowers. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Sparkle and glitter with RickStDennis!

Kathryn said...

Oh I love that lace :) thank you for joining us at Happy Campers this week xx

Wattage said...

Lovely stylish birthday card - thanks for joining the challenge at Forever Friends, Lisa (DT) x

Carol said...

Great card Mandy. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol DT x

Margreet said...

Congrats on your DT spot...your card is wonderful....thanks for sharing with Melonheadz Friends...hope to see you next challenge again!
xxx Margreet

Nathalie said...

So pretty card. Thanks for playing with us at LMM challenge.

Bettina L. said...

Such an elegant card. Love the black and red design and the details with the lace and gorgeous flower image. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and Inky Impressions
and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday and wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Ann Whitfield said...

Beautiful and elegant Mandy, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Life - Up, Down & Sideways said...

Very pretty card. I love the sketch. Thanks for playing along with Crafting by Designs and our Polka-dot challenge.

Tammy S.