Friday, 9 March 2012

CCT sketch

This week on the Cute Card Thursday blog we have a sketch for the challenge. Our sponsor is Katharina from Whiff of Joy with a fabulous choice of a stamp as the prize.

I have made another small square card to help use up my stash of envies, thankfully the Nellie's Choice stamps are quite small so fit this size beautifully. I've inked up Dawn with kitty then coloured with my Copics: skin tones with E00 & 01, with E11, 15 & 18 for her hair, hat box and shoes. I used E93 & 95 with the E01 for the peach tones; E50, 51 & 53 for the bunny and kitty; Y11, 15, 17 & 19 for the yellows, and YG03, 06 & 25 for the touches of green. For shadow and shading I've used warm greys.

My papers are more from the Nitwits Spring Whimsy Too collection printed on to cream paper for a warm feel, and I've inked all my edges with Sahara Sand Versamagic chalk ink. The diecuts are all from various Marianne dies: the swirl layer is cut from LRO116, the butterfly is from LRO158, and those tiny flowers with leaves are from the new Craftables set CR1210 - you get a leaf shape and a flower shape die and each of these has 5 seperate areas to cut out either small flowers or leaves. I use scraps of card and my old red Sizzix machine with the adaptor plates, it has to be a really tiny scrap of card to end up in my bin these days! Three of the little flowers are embossable and for that I use a small hand tool rather than fiddle about with embossing pads in the machine. After I've embossed I ink the flower whilst still in the die to make it show up more, on this flower I've used a yellow chalk ink. To finish I've used my Waco pearl maker pen in cream - but it's a new pen and not going so beautifully round as my old one .. .. not sure of the solution to that problem. I also added a snip of pearl string to cover the cut edge of my swirl layer. The text is stamped, coloured then 3d mounted over the smallest diecut flower from CR1203.

The Papertake Weekly challenge is an anything goes week, so I can enter with them, and Divas by Design would like to see your favourite things - mine is my Marianne dies along with my Copics for colouring.

I ended up at one of the local cottage hospitals yesterday having given in and made an emergency dental appointment. Thankfully it wasn't as bad as I feared, the dentist put in a couple of temporary fillings on teeth that I've cracked because I've started to grind them .. .. the stress of the past year's events I'm afraid. I have to go back for an x-ray as she suspects there is an abscess under another tooth, although it doesn't bother me unless I accidentally bite down on it .. .. but then I guess that's what teeth are for! I have a big phobia about needles in my mouth (anywhere else no problem) and react badly to the anaesthetic they inject, which is probably how the phobia started, so I am not looking forward to going back for the treatment, but I can't afford the private alternative with the more expensive anaesthetic that they 'fire' into the gums with an 'air pistol' - sort of. Anyway, it's not until April so no use worrying about it just yet!


  1. beautiful card Annie, I love those papers they do look gorgeous with the cream!
    I am with you on the dentist thing, I always put off til the bitter end!
    Have a great weekend ♥Debxx

  2. This is really pretty.... love the colour choices and pretty papers...
    Enjoy your day...

  3. Oh my goodness this is so sweet!! Love your color choices and pretty design my friend!! :)

    So sorry to hear about your tooth problem! Hope you are all better soon!! Hope you enjoy your weekend!HUGS

  4. Annie, this is TOTALLY gorgeous my friend. I could kill for that image - what a cutie. Love the papers, and printing on cream is inspired. Wonderful detail too. All in all, the perfect creation. Beautiful hun. Hugs Sxx

  5. This is just adorable, such a gorgeous image! Beautiful papers and flowers, and your colouring is amazing!

  6. Annie this is just so sweet and love the colours! Hope everything goes ok with the dentist its not a place we like to visit is it! lol

    Have a lovely weekend Chanelle xxx

  7. Hi Annie
    This is so gorgeous, I adore the sweet image and such pretty papers too!
    Hope you get your teeth sorted and I'm very bad at grinding my teeth too, I'm surprised I've got any left! :D
    Have a lovely weekend :)

  8. What a cutie! Love your flowers and fabulous colour work with those pretty papers. Hugs, Lesley

  9. Gorgeous card Annie. What a sweet image and the little flowers are lovely.

    Don't you love having a catch up when you haven't had time to blog for a week! Nice to see how your house is coming on too.

    Kat xx

  10. such a sweet image, hope things get soretd at the dentist, I grind my teeth at night but I can't wear a guard so I guess its only time before they crack.
    You could always ask for the numbing cream on your gum so that you don't feel the needle in you mouth

  11. Hi Annie, I've taken a visit around your blog this morning, what a beautiful cards!! Love how you match your colouring with your papers!! Enjoy your sunday, colinda

  12. Annie another gorgeous card, you have a lovely style.
    hugs Elaine

  13. oh annie this is so adorable ~ beautifully coloured ad love all your pretty details ~so delicate ~love it all
    vanessa xx

  14. Hi Annie hope you are well. This is one gorgeous card I love that sweet image and those papers and colours are fabulous.
    Lorraine x

  15. Take care with your teeth - they can be a real pain & cause such trouble when they malfunction. The colours in your little card are delightful & beautifully warm - that's a lovely butterfly & I like the way you mounted the sentiment.
    Paula (PEP)

  16. Hi Annie,
    Another delightful card and a gorgeous image. Great colour combo and pretty flowers.
    With you on the Dentist phobia.


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