Tuesday 19 January 2016

Dance away the Blues!

Good afternoon everyone, and I hope you haven't fallen off your chairs with another blog post from me!

Youngest Bambino was out last Saturday, helping one of her friends celebrate her 14th birthday - shopping in town (not a hardship for my Miss Fashionista I can assure you!), then back to the friend's house to get ready for their evening meal at TGI Friday's. Although Bambino had been thinking about the present since before Christmas, why was it that she left thinking about the card until Friday evening? And by Saturday morning, nothing in my "made" box was, apparently, suitable - pffffff muttered I!

Her friend loves dancing, so picking an image to use was easy, however I was totally bereft of any inspiration, so I turned to blogger and found a couple of challenges which inspired me to create this card:

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is white cardstock, which I've cut, scored and folded to make a 12cm square card
  • Layer - is my darkest blue Core'dinations Cardstock, which unfortunately appears to have been discontinued :o(  I've cut the edge of this using a Die'sire Edgeables die called Lattice Flourish which was only available as a freebie with the Winter 2015 Crafter's Inspiration Magazine.
  • Image - is by Wendy at All Dressed Up and she is called Love to Dance (I've used her without the sentiment that also comes with the image). This gorgeous dancer is, quite unashamedly, my favourite ADU image as I have used her a number of times now :o). I have brought this ballerina to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours, before Die cutting her using a Sizzix Framelits Ovals die.
    • Skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, FS3, TN4, FS8, CR6 
    • Hair - TN2, EB2, EB6
    • Dress & Hairband - TB3, TB4, TB6, Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
    • Leggings & Shadow - IG1, IG2, IG3, Blender Pen
  • Sentiment - is a downloadable freebie by my very generous blogging buddy Annette. I edged the border of the sentiment using my Spectrum Noir Pen in TB3 to tie it in with the image.

I'm not 100% happy with her skin on this image - for some reason it came out rather blotchy and the more I was trying to blend it out, the worse it became! Still, I have recently joined a couple of classes with Alyce over at Kit and Clowder and I can honestly say that some of my colouring is improving as I'm definitely thinking more about light and shade with my images.

I have been inspired by and would like to enter the following challenges:
  • Challenge #156 at CAS Colours and Sketches - I've rotated and flipped your sketch, and see my die as being the two layers under the oval. The cut out part of the die is the darker border on your sketch, and the part between the punched holes is the white central portion of your sketch.

  • Colour Week #326 - White, Light Blue, Dark Blue at Just us Girls

  • Challenge 47 - Anything Goes and DT Call at All Dressed Up - I'm entering the DT call too with this card, so please wish me luck!

That's it from me for now - I've got a sheet full of images that I'm colouring in at the mo as I'm hoping to participate in a week long Birthday celebration at one of the challenge blogs I follow. Whatever you're doing, enjoy the rest of your day and stay warm and safe.

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Such a wonderful diva ballerina image and so beautifully coloured. Thanks for joining in the sketch challenge at CC&S.

  2. Great card. Love the sweet image and those fabulous die cuts.

  3. She's lovely Helen, and I am so proud to see my sentiment next to her. I love the die you've used down the side of the card too. Gorgeous.

    1. Annette - your sentiment is probably one of my most used, other than the belated birthday wishes 'cos I appear to be very good at missing birthdays LOL! Thank you for sharing your sentiments with those of us who can't make our computers do such clever things! xxx

  4. You have definitely brought this ballerina to life! She is colored so well! And that die...WOW! Great job!

  5. What an adorable image you chose for this card. Love the simple layout with that lovely flourish. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Us Girls.

  6. stunningly beautiful make Helen - absolutely gorgeous! Hugs rachel xx

  7. I love how you used the sketch element to add the sentiment. And the glittery headband is fab! Thanks for joining us at CC&S this week. Caro x

  8. Beautiful card Helen, love the pretty border frame. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at All Dressed Up. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  9. Lovely coloring and I just love that die! Thanks for joining us at All Dressed Up challenges.

  10. Wow Helen this is absolutely beautiful, I love the beautiful image and dies you have used and he overly sentiment too.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  11. Very pretty card! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  12. Hi,

    Great card. Love the sweet image and those fabulous die cuts.Thanks for joining us at All Dresses Up.

    DT All Dressed Up

  13. Beautiful card in such yummy blue tones. Great use of the sketch & thanks for joining in at CC&S. Hugs Bev x

  14. What a lovely card! Great image! Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

  15. I think any young girl would love to receive this ballerina card! Thanks for making CC&S part of your crafting fun!

  16. Great card Helen!
    Thanks so much for joining us at All Dressed Up and good luck!!
    *All Dressed Up DT*

  17. Beautiful die and love the monochrome look
    Andrea x
    All Dressed Up DT

  18. Simply Stunning. Thank you for joining us at All Dressed Up, hope to see you again soon. Lori xx

  19. A great interpretation of our sketch and that image is perfect for a teenage diva! Thanks for joining us at CC&S this week. Stef x

  20. I've just spotted that you're a Leader and Trainer with Girlguiding UK. Me too (Guides)! Stef x


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