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Monday, 27 June 2011

Swirls of Summer

Hi there, phew its been a real scorcher here today and unfortunately I was stuck at work so i couldn't enjoy our mini heatwave. Its going to be a lot cooler tomorrow apparently though so hopefully I won't melt at work. Anyway today's card uses a Sweet Pea Stamp by ching chou kuik called Coral Immersion and a background inspired by this weeks challenge from Sweet Pea Stampers which is 'Swirls of Summer'

The image is coloured with promarkers and has lots of glamour dust highlights although they haven't shown up too well in the photo
I made the background using memento inks and a direct to paper technique, and sprayed the paper with lots of water to blend the inks ( I used New Sprout and Summer Sky). One it was dry i overstamped with a gorgeous swirly stamp from Chocolate Baroque (from the Decadent Brocade stamp sheet) with the same inks. I then used the same stamp with Bundled Sage distress ink. I used a viva pearl pen to add some tiny faux pearls in the corners and added some lace and aqua velvet ribbon  from my stash. The flowers (sponged with more bundled sage) are from Crafty Emma's as are the pearls, the glamour dusted swirls are cricut corners cut in half and popped under the flowers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog: Pearls and swirls
Creative Craft challenge: make your own backing paper
Sugar Creek Hollow: Tic Tac Toe ( my line is glitter flowers and pearls)
Totally Gorjuss: ribbons and lace

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you've had a good Monday :-)
Claire xx


  1. Really gorgeous card and I love your colouring of the image, so beautiful. Thanks for joining in with us at Dream Valley Challenges. CoB

  2. Very pretty, Claire! I love the soft colors you used and the pearls in each corner.

  3. Love everything about this card!! The background you created is so soft, image is colored perfectly and the embellishments work perfectly. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges.

  4. wowzer this is gorgeous!!! HUgs Juls

  5. What a beautiful card Claire!! A beautiful Sweet Pea Stampers image and love how you have coloured it.

  6. fantastic card hun, love your style for our make your own backing papers, thanks for joinign us at creative craft challenges,
    hugs sandra DT

  7. Fantastic card and the image is just so darn sweet.
    You have coloured it so perfectly and i love the patterns you have used.

    Thank you for playing with us at Sweet Pea Stampers.
    Lover Renate

  8. this is really beautiful. the coloring is just right and such fabulous lace! xo

  9. What a gorgeous card! Beautiful coloring.
    Love, Wilma

  10. So pretty Claire - love it.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  11. Hi Claire - really pretty the colours ! I too have been stuck in work during the heat....roll on the weekend ! Esther xx

  12. what an excellent make, your skin tones are excellent

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs , Kenny K and My Time To Craft

  13. What a striking card! Your image is colored so beautifully and the colors are lovely with the papers you selected. Thanks so much for playing in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge. I hope you'll return to our challenges again soon.
    Sharon, SCH-DT

  14. Wow this is stunning! I love that background you have created and your colouring is perfect :D
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog and good luck


    Amy xx

  15. Gorgeous card I love this image, well I love all sweet pea images lol.
    Thank you for joining us girls over at CPF Challenges, good luck hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xx


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