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Sunday, 7 August 2011

STAMPTACULAR # 123 Photo Inspiration with multiple challenges

Goodness Me - It's Sunday again - I have no idea where my week went but I do know it's time for a new challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge where we have a fabulous photo for you.    All you need to do is create a card or project that uses the photo as your inspiration! The possibilities are endless.... Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!
I’m delighted to say that we are sponsored this week by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp who are offering a $20 Gift Certificate and also there is a choice of two digis from the wonderful Elisabeth Bell for our winner.
I made my first card using Elisabeth Bell's adorable Curly Locks Kiki doing some embroidery.  I was aiming for the browns of the birds nests in the inspiration photo and the cream of the candles but I see my card looks more beigey in my post.  It's coloured with Copics and Promarkers. The flowers on her apron and hairband are coloured in silver. Papers are Julieanne by K&Co which I mounted on silver mirror board. I glued a brown ribbon on a silver one for the little bow, added some Prima flowers and one of the crochet flowers my lovely Mum made for me topped with a brad and a gem.  The leaves are a Martha Stewart branch punch. I added a bit of pink for "pop" and word processed my sentiment which is framed in part of a nestie punch.  I was delighted with how this card turned out and I am entering it into the challenge over at Belles & Whistles which is "so Girly", Papertake Weekly for "anything goes", Crafts and Me - also "anything goes" and Stamp Something - "Digi"
For my very first Christmas card this year I made a second card using Letters to Santa also by Elisabeth Bell. This time I followed the sketch over at Sketch and Stash but instead of a circular central image, I made a window with my Cricut through which you can see this cutie posting her letter in her mail box.  This image is also coloured with Copics and Promarkers and the DP is K&Co again mounted on mirror card. This time I glued a silver ribbon on a green ribbon to tie in with the red and green accents on the image but I did try to stick to the colour scheme. I also embossed some chandeliers on the top section of my card in keeping with the candle theme. The image and the embossing folder are the only knew items to be used on my card everything else is from stash.  I have used two Marianne Die snowflakes and a MS snowflake for embellishments. My sentiment is by Fiskars and the little snow flake stamping is from the same set.
In addition to S&S I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Elisabeth Bell's World - "Christmas in July (or August now of course)"
Paperplay - "Christmas in August"


Inger Harding said...

Wowww both your cards are sooo beautiful Lesley!!!!
I LOVE your coloring - it's so pretty! Lovely papers as well.
Have a nice sunday!

♥ Hugs, Inger

~@ngie~ said...

what a fantastic card... I love the way the view is taken from the inside to outside... I love the papers too :)

Thanx for joining in with us over at Sketch N Stash... Good luck ;)

Angie xXx

Céline said...

2 faabulous card Lesley, as usual. love the originality of the first one with thes shapes.

Pauline said...

Two super cards, love all the detail on them both, such a pretty image on the first card, beautifully coloured.

Faye said...

I like both these cards. The first is my fav, but I love how you've used the SnS sketch on the second. Thanks so much for your sweet comment at mine. Sweet Cheeks has been more comfortable today. xxx

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Lesley, I am speechless girl!! Really stunning creations here with my fave artist EB!!! I adore your coloring and clever designs!! STUNNING!!

Julie said...

Hellooooo! Two gorgeous cards Lesley - saw the first all but finished and you were as meticulous as ever in the making of it! Beautiful attention to detail and I love her colouring especially the hair - amazing! The second is just perfect for the sketch at SNS and such a clever idea! Fabulousness all round! ( I definitely don't have your embosser!!) Juliexxx

Unknown said...

Hello lovely.
Your card is gorgeous. Lovely colors and wonderful details. Thank you for your participation in the PTWC in the week.
Hugs August GDT Marika

debby4000 said...

Oh gorgeous, beautiful cards.

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Lilian said...

Your cards are both such stunners! Awesome work! Thanks for joining both the Bells N Whistles and Elisabeth Bell's Challenge blogs! :)

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Isn't it wonderful what different people see in a photograph. Until I read your post I hadn't even seen the birds nests and wondered if you had posted the right photograph to start with LOL!!!

All I saw were the lovely candles and flames and that beautiful dark candlestick. Perhaps being a candle lover is the reason for overlooking the birds nests!!

Loving both of your cards.

Love how you have placed the image on your last one behind the window. Great idea!!

Hope all is well with you.

Love Jules xx

Turtle In The Sand said...

Wow I am truly blown away by both of these cards. I wish I could get inside of your head and learn to make cards like these.

Mina said...

arent the weeks and months just flying by to these two beauties, I really must dig my Belles and Whistles girls out for a play, thanks for the reminder
Mina xxx

Mary Lou said...

Lesley dear these are Marvelous!!! Love the mirror board and everything else on the curly locks Kiki card:)
Very clever with the Letters to Santa~~just love the wintery scene you made~~Cute as can be!!!!
Thanks for joining us at EBWorld!! good luck and hope to see you play again:)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!!

Elise said...

OMG! These are GORGEOUS! Your colouring is absolutely DIVINE! Wow! BEAUTIFUL all around! Thank you so much for joining us at BnW!


Vicky said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWWW...........these are both absolutely gorgeous hun. I have the image on the bottom card but the top one I will ge getting after leaving your blog lol.....its sooooo sweet. I love the colours you have used on both of them hun, they are really beautiful cards shug.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Kiki said...

Awwwww, both cards are fantastic! Love every little details!

Thanks so much for joining us at our EBW challenge.

Hugs, Kiki

Pysselbus said...

Wow!! What a clever interpretation of the challenge!! And such a gorgeous x-mas card as well!! Thank's for joining us at EBW and good luck!!


Alex said...

Beautiful cards again! Not sure which is my favourite as they are both great but I love the DPs on the second one!
Love, alex

Janiel/ janny said...

oh my little PQ.......You have gone a done it again with not only 1 beautiful card but 2!!!! Oh the details on both are just stunning dear!
Thank you for joining us this month at the EBW Challenge blog.

I hope you will join us again this month.
hugs, Janiel

Janneke said...

Both cards are great ;o)
Thank you for joining us at EBW Challenge this month.

Janneke XO

Renkata said...

Wonderful cards dear.
Fantatic layouts.
Thanks for join us at EBWorld challenge.

Unknown said...

Aaah. So pretty. Love the window frame!

Thank you for joining us in our Christmas in July challenge over at Elisabeth Bell's world!


Penni said...

Ooooh I love the scene you've set through the window. What a fabulous card.

Thanks for joining us at EBWCB.