Friday, 8 August 2014

Fun in the sun...

Hello again :)

It's the start of a new challenge over at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and this time the theme is Fun in the Sun...which given the weather most of us have been experiencing here in good ole blighty its very apt.  For us that has meant spending a lot more time in the garden, and I must say for the first year our garden is finally looking good (plants have all grown in and the borders look lush!) and this gave me the idea for my design to share with you this time!

Apologies again for this being a photo heavy post, but I wanted you to see it from all angles so that you could make something similar if the mood takes you :)

I began with a 5''x5'' easle card (cut on my sillouette) and then I cut backing paper (a fab green with flowers on) from Polkadoodles Work and Play CD and adhered this to the base and front (easle) of the card base.  I also cut a beehive shape using my sillouette, this was in my library downloaded from a free templates site (make sure they are royality free when you get them) and once cut I coloured it with my Graph'it markers (colours 3150 & 3170) to give the appearance of wood.  Whilst I had my sillouette out I also cut a fence panel using a border strip that we all have in our libraries although you could easily use a die, and left this white so it sits just in front of the beehive.

I used 3 characters for my easle card all from Polkadoodles; the cycling lady from Work and Play 4 CD; Oriental Dollie from Dollie Goes East CD and Dollie Daydream from Dollie Daydream Girl Talk CD; they were all coloured with myGraph'it Marker pens in the following colour ways:
Skin: 1420, 4115, 4155, 4145 & 4135
Hair (Cyclist): 1210, 4170, 3110 & 3150
Hair (Orient): 4115, 3110, 3170, 3180 & 3190
Hair (Dollie): 3125, 3110, 1230, & 1210

Clothing (Cyclist): 9100, 9102 & 9103 plus 4135
Clothing (Orient): 3150, 5210, 5215, 5220, 1210, 1230 & 1250
Clothing (Dollie): 4135, 4145, 7240 & 7260

Butterflie die: 4145 & 4135

Flowers: 4145, 4135 & 6130

To get the characters  and fence to stand up I cut a piece of 250gsm card 11cm long by 1cm wide and scored it four times at approx 1 cm...this when folded was glued together with my hot glue gun so that it made an open cubed shape.  This shape is great because it means that it is strong enough to keep the characters upright but it also collapses behind them when you gently push the characters to they all lay down and can be hidden inside the finished easle card :)

This was my first EVER easle card, and first EVER 'scene' card and would like to thank a design team colleague of mine, Scatty Jan for her inspiration in completing should check out her blog as she always has super stuff to share with us...scrappyscatty blogspot.

An added sentiment and a couple of punched butterflies were added and then perfect pearls in white was added to the ground in little patches for flowers and to the centre of the butterflies and that was that :)

I hope you like it and and please leave me a comment or two as I always love to read your thoughts and feedback :)
Happy Crafting

Sandie :)

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  1. This is a gorjuss card hun, have a good weekend xx Katie xx

  2. What a fabulous creation,love

  3. Great project Sandie, love how you have set it out. Y x

  4. Love your card Sandie - its fab and so much fun xx

  5. Fabulous easel card love you design Ginny x

  6. Great card. fab colouring.

  7. This is fabulous, I love it!
    Linda xxx

  8. ah bless and they look like they are having loads of fun really delightful hugs Judith x

  9. Great garden scene!! Thank you from joining the Crafting From The Heart challenge, hope we'll see you again very soon!

    Victoria DT

  10. Fabulous card, Sandie. Love the scene you have created and your colouring is wonderful.

  11. This is a fabulous card and such a clever idea, love it.
    Jenny xx

  12. So amazing hun, love it :) hugssss

  13. so much colour! I dont know where you find the time. Its gorgeous x

  14. Fab card. I love the dimension you've created with your characters coming forward.

  15. Love this, so much to look at and you know me...I'm a dimension freak, so this totally floats my boat xxx

  16. Very out of your comfort zone but such a fab job, beautiful card xx xx


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