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Friday, 10 February 2012

Butterfly Caller

One of the very first digi stamp sets I bought are of beautiful ladies/fairies with butterflies.  They have never been used.  Shame on me!     I think this one is called Butterfly Caller and I'm convinced she is a Sketching Stamper image drawn by Chris Dark but I don't know if it is still available having failed to find her on line.
I am trying to improve my watercolouring.  It sure needs the practice and I coloured this beauty in a mix of distress inks and Letraset Aquamarkers.  
Sadly I cut off a lot of the butterflies from the original image.  I wanted to use my oval nesties as I intended to follow the sketch at Crafty Emma's.  In the end I got a bit carried away and the sketch is no longer really visible.  I added some additional butterflies from my vast selection of unused stash to meet Crafty Emma's requirement of "Give me Wings".  Some of these are precut stickers and some were border stickers from which I punched the butterflies.
The papers are brand new Londonderry  by Prima.  Aren't they gorgeous.  Although I do wish they would make them a little bit smaller because they just don't fit any of my card blanks and it takes me ages shaving off the very edge of each side of the page in an attempt not to lose too much of the border detail and to keep the central square still centred.   I've matted using DCWV and added an SU sentiment punched with SU punches.
The challenges I am entering are:
CES - "Give me Wings" (and an optional sketch with which I started but got kind of carried away!)
Charisma Cardz - "Things with Wings"
Crafts and Me "Use a New Image "(which doesn't have to be newly owned just firt time used)
Papertake Weekly "Anything goes"


Faye said...

That is a gorgeous image and your watercolouring has really brought it to life. I would never even attempt an intricate image like this! Super paper choices too. xxx

Vicky said...

WOW.....sweetie this is just gorgeous, your painting is looking fantastic hun & makes this image even more beautiful. Love the colours & the pad but I agree about these pads they should make a smidge smaller so we dont have to lose borders considering card blanks are not true 6x6.
Thank you so much for using my sketch sweetie it means a lot & I love this!!

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Alex said...

Lovely card, Lesley! Hope you are well and hope to se you again soon!
Love, Alex

catherine said...

this is such a lovely card and the colours are beautiful
x catherine

Marianne said...

Gorgeous card, beautifully coloured and love your papers
Greetings Marianne

Terry said...

Hey there Lesley, thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog and your card is absolutely georgous, fabulous coloring wowzersss and the colors of the papers a perfect fit for the beautifull image. Thanks for sharing Hugs Terry xxxx

CraftyC said...

Beautiful card Lesley and such a pretty image. Thanks for joining in with this weeks CES Challenge!

Pat said...

Hi Lesley! What a fabulous card!! This image is so beautiful! And your coloring is brilliant! Love your DPs too! And thanks so much for visiting my blog...and for leaving such sweet comments. Hugs. Pat Frank

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Lesley - stunning image and beautiful DP's
Thanks for playing along at Charisma this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow this is so absolutely gorgeous!
kim x

coops said...

gorgeous card lesley.i love your fab colours and design and the image is stunning :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

WOWZER Lesley!! This is a really detailed stunning image!! Beautiful coloring and design girl!! HUGS :)

Shelly said...

Hi Lesley, your card is beautiful, such a graceful image which you have done a fabulous job colouring! Her hair looks amazing! Have a nice weekend, Shelly x

Turtle In The Sand said...

Just spent 5 minutes staring at your coloring on this fairy. Lesley, it is awesomely beautiful. Just stunning. Hugs, Linda

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

how really lovely! Beautiful!

Laney said...

Super card Lesley thanks for joining us at Charisma this week would love to see you next week too

Julie said...

She's gorgeous!! Love the layout and colours again and your water colouring looks fine!! Juliexx

crazyribbonlady said...

Fab 'wings' card! :) thank you for joining us at charisma! :) Emma x