Tuesday, 15 February 2011

One stamp, two challenges

Blimey I've been a bit of a mix bag on here lately haven't I?  From pretty altered boxes through to airbrushed lightning bolts, promarkers, pencils and paint I've really had a dabble and todays two are no exception.  Both are waaaaaay outside my comfort zone, the safety of my beloved bold brights and moody blues.  I do like to dabble in different styles, mediums and colours sometimes :)

This is a double DT post so first up we have a new challenge over at BEARLY MINE CHALLENGES and we want to see Ribbon & Pearls.  There are a number of prizes up for grabs: Bearly Mine Designs - 2 Digi sets of the winner's choice, Crafty Emma - offering Memory Box Fernbrae Paper Pad 6x6, Kenny K - 5 Digi's of the winner's choice, The Ribbon Girl - a selection of cut lengths of ribbon, pins, dewdrops

For the first one I have used a new digi image by Sara Burrier called Noon from Crafts & Me and have gone for a very pastel whimsey look using a base of promarkers then mostly Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  I've painted over the wings with an iridescent blue pearlex watercolour paint. The image is actually 3 I've put together, the swing and tree are from Make it Crafty.  I don't normally do pastels but I loved the new papers so wanted to use them :)
Papers on this one is a new pretty set by Bearly Mine Designs called Spring Flight which is a collection of pastel tones including various flying creatures such as butterflies, dragonflies and bees, its a gorgeous set.  I've also used some heart printed organza ribbon and some flowers from wild orchid

I've painted over the wings with an iridescent blue pearlex watercolour which only shows when tilted in the light :)

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Next up is the new challenge at PASSION FOR PROMARKERS and this week the theme is Coffee & Cream!  I must admit my heart sunk when I saw the theme as I love my bold colours and wasn't looking forward to it one bit so I decided on a sketch (Sketch saturday) and thought I'd also do the same image as above.  The original of this image is a very blonde little girl but every time I looked at her I could see a little black girl instead so both of these designs are in afro-caribbean skin tones.  I enlarged and cropped the image and coloured with promarkers (Vanilla base, tan, caramel, burnt sienna with the cool greys and a touch of brown in the hair)  I used the same colours throughout and added a little bit of coloursoft pencil for depth and texture.  I've edged the image with distress ink in antique linen and vintage photo also distressing the scallops on the bottom.

Papers are Bearly Mine again from designer extreme 3 disc for the backgrounds and stampin up and MME.  Pearls are coloured with promarkers to match.  I was going to leave it as an open greetings card but spotted its STITCHYS BIRTHDAY BASH so went for the birthday theme :)
Samuel Taylors also have a monthly challenge and they're asking for copic or promarker creations so here's mine :)

Hope you can pop over and join in with this theme, I wasn't too keen at all but have to say really enjoyed making this one and surprised myself that I quite like that colour combo!

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Thanks for stopping by!


Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Wow your card is fabulous!
Love your gorgeous colours and such pretty papers and detail!


Nannieflash said...

Hi Vixy, its amazing how different your two cards are with the same image, but both are beautiful and stunning. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Doreen said...

Two gorgeous cards,I love this image.xxx

Doreen said...

Two gorgeous cards,I love this image.xxx

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Wonderful card, love the image you have used. Thank you for joining in at Craft your passion
Hugs Tamara GDT

Denise and Louise said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at DYSU xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi,wow these are both stunning, Just right for the challenge on OSAAT this week Thanks for joining in with us . I am one of the DT with Candy feel free to drop by my blog to enter. Hazelxo

WencheP said...

Gorgeous cards, I love the coloring! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


gina g said...

Gorgeous cards Vix I love the image. luv gina xx

Renkata said...

Just Sensational cards.

Miranda said...

both your cards are stunning, abfab
thanks for joining us at the DYSU challenge this week

Sandra said...

Beautiful cards...such a lovely image and a great take on the sketch....thanks for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday.

Take care
San x

Fiona said...

this is lovely...fab colouring. Thanks for joining us at Paper sundaes this week.


Sheila said...

Wozers hun you always amaze me!!, these are just drop dead gorgeous.
I love your colour work always have :-).
Thanks for joining us at MIC this week hun.
Sheilakins xxxx

Tracey Brossart said...

Wow gorgeous cards! Love the airbrushing and your coloring is stunning too!

Thanks for joining us this week at FFF and goodluck! :D


Cor* said...

OMG Vix these are stunning! Both the same image but so vastly diffrnt color tones! Right up my alley that Coffee & Cream challenge! Too bad I don't have promarkers! Those are supa wonderful paper from Bearly Mine as well! Oy yoi yoi I feel my bank account emptying as we speak! Awesome Fine Print to suit the FFF challenge this week! Good luck! Hope to see you again in two weeks time!

Rica said...

Beautiful cards, I love these images, I've just done Noon, now I'm itching to do Dusk!! I love your colouring of her in the second card and Donna's beautiful papers in the first.
So glad you could join us at Truly Scrumptious,
Heather xx

coops said...

fantastic cards vix.the image is so gorgeous and looks fab in both colours :D

xx coops xx

princesskitten said...

she's beautiful - love the sepia look

kitten DYSU team

Michele said...

Such a gorgeous card Vix. Love the colouring of the image and the design also. Hugs Michele x

ona_i_ja said...

Wow, your cards is adorable! I love your colours!
Thanks for joining us at
OSAAT this week and good luck!

Janna said...

Hi Vix! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome card with us at DYSU! Janna

cockney blonde said...

Wow, they're both stunning Vix but I have to admit the second one is my favourite, x

Vanja said...

Beautiful cards! Wonderful colouring.
Thank you for joining us at CCT! :)

Leah the Orange said...

oh, Vix - girlfriend these are flippin' beautiful. i LOVE LOVE LOVE the "coffee and cream" combo - you rocked it! thanks for sharing with the Charisma Gals, hun! xo

Marjo said...

Gorgeous cards Vix, thanks so much for joining our Birthday Bash at OSAAT.

Hugs, Marjo..Don't forget to check out my Birthday Candy here

Hugs, Marjo

Margreet said...

gorgeous cards....love the colouring on the 2nd card....thanks for playing with FFF's All in the Fine Print!
xxx Margreet

Jo Davies said...

Gorgeous, beautiful work, fab detail....thanks so much for sharing with us at our Birthday Bash over at OSAAT...... Jo xxx

Debs said...

wow, both cards are amazing, superb coloring and really gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing with us this week at OSAAT and Prairie Fairy Fridays, I have a little candy on my blog if you'd like to enter

Manuela said...

2 gorgeous card! Your colouring is great :D
Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life!

Stephanie said...

They are both stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion.

Shana said...

Oh wow! Amazing job with the two cards! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again this week!

Juls said...

wowzer!!!! Just incredible!!! Love how you have coloured this!! Hugs Juls