Monday, 7 January 2013

A Guiding Light

This is my first post of the day - please scroll up to see my second post

Good morning friends and a belated Happy New Year!

It's the end of our holiday break at Incy Wincy Designs,  so we're back with our first challenge of 2013. We want to know what you got for Christmas, so this week's challenge is Something NEW!
We've got two lovely sponsors for you this week who are both offering amazing prizes as well as kindly providing the Design Team with some gorgeous images to showcase this week.

Our first sponsor is the lovely Kim from Care 2 Stamp who is giving one lucky winner a $15 Gift Certificate to her store.

Our second sponsor is the team from Cedar Chest Designs who are offering our second lucky winner a $10 Gift Certificate to their on-line shop.

And here is my card for you this week featuring a new image from Cedar Chest Designs and a technique that's new to me called Poppin' Pastels:

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Base Card - pre-made A5 card in Kraft card
  • Design Papers - are called Large Dots and Blue Waves from a kit by Summer at Summertime Designs called She Sells Sea Shells.
  • Image - is called Framed Lighthouse by Cedar Chest Designs. This image would make a great Birthday card for a Dad or Grandad, as well as a "Thinking of You" card. I brought this scene to life using this technique called Poppin' Pastels . As my image is a digi rather than a stamp, I used just my Versamark Pen and chalks to colour the cottage and the lighthouse and I used the following colours. I quite like the effect this is, putting a layer of Versamark down and then applying chalk over the top - what do you think?
    • Lighthouse - Black, Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Red, Grey
    • Cottage - Dark Brown, Grey, Red
    • Grass - Dark Green, Green
    • Sky - Turquoise
  • Sentiment - keeping with the nautical theme is, of course, by Paulette from Create with TLC and was a freebie on her blog last summer. I have tool distressed the edges of this and then colour distressed it using the turquoise chalk.

I'm sorry about the quality of the photos. I've really struggled to get decent photos of this project as it's so grey outside there's precious little daylight, and using a flash just seems to wipe the colour. Roll on summer!

Do check out the Incy Wincy Designs blog and see the other gorgeous  projects featuring Something NEW! from my talented team-mates and this month's Guest Designer SandraKim from Care 2 Stamp has made a GDT project too so make sure you leave them both some blog love for joining us!  Don't forget to come back and show us your projects, and make sure you tell us what it is that's NEW! This challenge finishes on Sunday 13th January 2013.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Helen x


  1. Beautiful card Helen.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Hugs Julie x

  2. fab card Helen - great image xx

  3. This is a fab card Helen, it's made me dream about the summer.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  4. I love your card Helen! Thanks for letting me be a GDT :) I had a great time!

  5. Fabulous card Helen, love the sentiment and the image is wonderful!

  6. Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week
    Love Amanda

  7. Beautiful card! Love that pretty image! It reminds of the Lighthouse not too far away from me in Barnegat, NJ.

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  8. Fabulous card for our challenge at Chalk Ah Lot. Love the lighthouse image and also how the patterned paper looks like waves. Very cool.

  9. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  10. Wow - LOVE this card. Fab image and so beautifully coloured.

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Helen x