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Sunday, 17 April 2011

STAMPTACULAR # 107 with Digi Bell, Papertake Weekly, Copic Creations and the Creative Card Crew

Is it Sunday today already?  Where did my week go!  Time for another challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Once again we are sponsored by Magnolia-licious for the whole of April and we are also lucky enough to be sponsored by Elisabeth Bell this week. 
So on to this week's challenge - we want you to create a card or project with one of the ever so precious Magnolia stamps.  

I've made two cards:
This is my third week on the DT at Stamptacular and in honour of our April sponsor I have used Tilda for my two previous cards.   This week, for my first card, I have chosen an older Magnolia stamp which is neither Tilda nor Edwin but a tree!  Half a tree actually.  The stamp has foliage on both sides of the trunk but I decided to use only part of it. 
My poor father-in-law broke his leg at the end of 2009, just a fraction below his hip.  At nearly 90 years of age he has really struggled to get back to the level of fitness he enjoyed before his fall (he was still skiing at 86!!!).  Recently the pin the surgeons put in his leg moved and was digging into the bone.  Needless to say, he is in a great deal of pain but he is as also terribly worried about the surgery required to fix the problem.  No surgery is risk free but at 89 the risks clearly go up.
I made this card to give him on the day of his operation.
I stamped my Magnolia tree twice and cut out some of the branches and leaves, decoupaging them to the final image to give some extra dimension. I must have been mad!  I hate cutting out and it was too fiddly to cut really neatly but I do like the finished effect.  My tree is coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is Word Processed and took five attempts to get right.  In order to use different font sizes and styles it is necessary to alter the spacing above and below each line or you end up with great big gaps.
My DP is Curio by Basic Grey - I love these papers.  I stamped some tickets (by Autumn Leaves) on Kraft and popped them in a little "envelope" covered with a sticker which is also stamped with just the words from the ticket stamp.  The tickets just poke out of the envelope but I have pulled one all the way out so you can see it.  I was very pleased with this card.  Magnolia-licious are offering another two minis this week for one lucky randomly chosen entrant.

I am also entering this card into Papertake Weekly where the theme is "truly dimensional" and Copic Creations who just want to know what our favourite paper medium is for Copic colouring.  Mine is Ryman's colour copy 200gsm light card stock.  It comes in white and in cream but the white, for some reason is better.

For my second card I have used the lovely "Pat a Cake" by Elisabeth Bell and I'm also entering this one into the Digi Bell Blog Challenge to use your favourite image.   I love all of Elisabeth Bell's work and so they are all favourites.   This is a card for our Grandson to give to his Mummy.  He is only twenty months old and can't make one himself!  I coloured my image with Copics.  Unfortunately, I have just run out of the Ryman's card stock I use for my Copics and I had some problems with bleeding so don't look too closely.  Papers are Basic Grey Green at Heart, Flowers are Prima and the sentiment is stamped using a variety of different letters cut out from existing stamps!   There is a little Papermania ribbon and bow and some brads to add some sparkle.  The little boy looks a bit like our Grandson.
Check out the lovely inspiration from my teamies and come and play along with us.  In addition to the Magnolia-licious prize, Elisabeth Bell are offering one lucky winner two digi stamps!   And don't forget to Stamp.  We don't call the challenge STAMPtacula for nothing!

I am entering this card into Creative Card Crew where the theme is "Spring" - the perfect time of the year for playing Pat-a-Cake on the lawn amidst the flowers!


Vicky said...

Hi sweetie sssshhhh I'm meant to be straightening my hair & slapping on my 2nd face but I just quickly popped
Now I have to say this about your tree card WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Bloody hell...oops sorry!! This is just amazing hun & is not my fave which let me tell ya ia extremely hard its gorgeous I love it & it may of been VERY fiddly but so sooo worth!!!
The 2nd card is soooo pretty hun love the image & your colouring is amazing as always hun. I've never tried the Rymans & I do like to try all card lol where do you get it from hun?

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx
Better get my irons on my hair now & get ready.....

Anonymous said...

An absolutely amazing card! Just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at PTW this week. x

Mary Lou said...

Hi Lesley~~AMAZING creations!!!!!!!!
The card for your FIL is Gorgeous and how thoughtful of You!! Will say a prayer that all goes well for Him!!

I am sure your grandson will be smiling ear to ear to give his Mom this beautiful card ;)
So colorful and sweet~~LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Thanks for joining the Digi Bells Hop and good luck!!!

Janiel/ janny said...

Hello my sweet friend Lesley......

YOUR CARDS ARE ..well lets say WOW WOW and more WOW!!! I cannot believe that you sit and cutout all of that tree!! HOLY COW!!!What a job!! You have colored it perfect and I do mean PERFECT!! Beautiful card!! And I hear you when you say you have to work at the spacing when doing your printing on th computer. I HAVE that hardest time with that!! Do you have a secret way to do it??
Okay now the Patty Cake card.. YOUR COLORING is stunning!!! I did look close at it LOL and not any bleeding that I could see PQ!!! AMAZING card!!!!!!!!!
I hope all is well with you. It's so good to see that you are home and creating.
Have a wonderful week..
Big big hugs, Janiel

ps thank you for hopping along with the Digi Bell's today and entering your card!

Faye said...

Oh my fav little fluffette! I love both of these gorgeous cards. As always the detail you put in blows me away. The first has a lovely rich, earthy feel to it and the sentiment adds gravitas to that. The second is so pretty and full of spring colours. Gorgeous work. Mwah. xxx

Dena said...

Lesley! Wowie! I am so impressed that you cut out parts of the tree and leaves. The dimension looks fabulouso! What a great sentiment for your father-in-law. Best of luck with his surgery!
LOVE your EB card. Too cute. You know how much I love those cheerful colors and I'm not seeing any mistakes on your coloring with bleeding, it looks perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous work!!! Take care Lesley!

Hugs, Dena

maddy hill said...

wow i adore your card , the design is just fab hunny - love the ticket !
thanks for poppin over to see me too xx
and thanks for joining us at papertake weekly too hunny xx
maddy xx

Mina said...

oh wow Lesley these are two stunners girl...I must admit though the one with the tree is so so beautiful and I love the way you have coloured that tree it looks so real
Mina xxx

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW these are both gorgeous Lesley, such wonderful details too.

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Two beautiful cards but your first one has to be the fav.

It is absolutely stunning!!

How on earth you have the patience to sit and cut out that branch for decopaging I have no idea .. .. but the end result was well worth it.

I blew your photograph up to see everything more closely. Beautiful, super neat work. You are very talented.

I love all the elements you have added and the sentiment is brilliant.

I hope your FIL gets on OK - poor chap - but I am sure his card will give him a real dose of fight and confidence. Very thoughtful of you.

I hope you have a good week.

Love Jules xx

jojoscraps said...

I couldn't tell you which card I like better as they are both gorgeous! The details on the first is just impressive and I love all the colors on the second. Wow!
Jo xx

Caroline said...

Wow!! These are just Fab. Perfect for our spring challenge at the Creative Card Crew.
Caroline x

Julie said...

Hi Lesley - chasing my tail this week so a bit late dropping in but wow glad I'd did!! Can see you attention to detail and patience is alive and kicking!! Your tree card is fabulous - bet John was thrilled!! Love the mummy card, love the image and papers!!! Loadsa love Juliexx

Marianne Reijgersberg said...

Hi Lesley, you made two such beautiful cards. Totaly different from each other. Love your layout on the treecard. How you made that tree, gorgeous.
And the second one has such beatiful flowers.
Hugs Marianne

Céline said...

Hi Lesley
your cards are amazing.
love the tree on the first one looks to be so real!
and the secon done is so bright, love those colors!

RoseC said...

Lesley, you've made this Magnolia tree look fantastic!!! What a fabulous card to show your support and wish for strength! So glad to see your entry at Copic Creations. ~ Rose

Lynda Nielsen said...

Ahhhh Lesley, both of your cards are absolutely FABULOUS... And wow what a lot of work you put into that card with the tree. Must have taken a while. Oh oh oh.... and HAVE YOU VISITED the Digi Bells Blog today??? Surprise Surprise... LOL oh oh and.... I thought I would also let you know that The Digi Bells are currently holding a Guest DT call if you are interested. *wink*
Big Hugs,

Julie said...

A very pretty card