Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I wanted to play along with the Totally Tilda challenge where the theme is "How Does Your Garden Grow". I had been trying to decide  how I would interpret this when my new Magnolia Window stamp arrived in the mail. It felt like I had been waiting forever for this to arrive so of course I had to play with it this weekend.

While colouring this image, I felt that it was starting to get too bright. I almost scrapped the whole thing to start over but decided to have a go at toning it down by adding in some browns and greys to the bright colours. I am glad that I did, I like the end result and think that it has a bit of a weathered, aged feel to it. When I was finished colouring, I distressed the edges of my image using some Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.

For my card, I have used the sketch below from Friday sketchers to plan my layout. The gorgeous papers are from the Basic Grey Curio Collection, I have distressed all the edges with an brown ink pad before assembling my card. For embellishment, I have used some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts which I have distressed with a light touch of an ink pad and spritzed with Glimmer mist for some shine. 

I love easel cards and I was really inspired by all of the gorgeous twisted easel cards that I have been seeing on your blogs as of late so I decided to give it a go.

The base of the card has been kept simple as I still want to be able to close it. I have created a little tag for the sentiment using the Magnolia doohickey tag die and some stamps which I believe are from Hero Arts.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit today. Happy Crafting, I hope you will visit again soon.

This card will also be entered into the following challenges:


Tamara Morton said...

Wow and double wow! gorgeous card I love this Tilda image. You have used and coloured it perfectly.. I love the twisted easel card. aren't they fun to make?
Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes

Tamara Morton said...

P.s Hope you don't mind but you could also enter this card into a new challenge blog called Sweet Stamps! this week the challenge is flowers. They have a great prize on offer of $20 in spend in their store..

Bea said...

What a lovely card! And lovely colours together :o)

Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week.

Hugs from Bea

Stacey Adams, SweetStamps.com said...

This is adorable! Your coloring is terrific and I love the twisted easel. Thanks for joining us at the SweetStamps.com challenge and Good Luck!

Tamara Morton said...

Hello again, this is a wonderful and such a fabbie card, just my kind of colour scheme, I also adore the way you have created this background scene. Truly gorgeous!
TAmara Posh Cat Crafts!

Christine said...

Stunning Tilda creation love your garden scene perfect for our garden chall.
thanks for sharing with us at Totally Tilda chall this wk.

smiles Christine TT DT & girlies xx

Anonymous said...

Carissa WOW! awesome card hunny! hugs Samantha :0)

Kruemel said...

Love your coloring, color choice and beautiful flowers - and that "tricky" easel card is just great!

Thanks for joining us at MDUC this week!

Kathrin aka Kruemel

Jule said...

wow, what a beautiful card!

Thanks for joining us at stempelträume this week!

hugs, jule

sue said...

a beautiful card and beautifully coloured thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

Suzi Mac said...

Gorgeous card, love the papers, colouring and sweet Tilda. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week.
Suzi x

MauMau88 said...

a wonderful card!


Helen said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

Alice said...

wow! this is gorgeous, Carissa! beautiful lush papers and details!

shulsart said...

Adorable card, Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Sweet Stamps blog.

Curly said...

Wow this is such an amazing creation, and beautiful colours

thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 122 Fancy Folds

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Lynne said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! love Tilda looking out the window - just perfect!! thanks for sharing it with us at Totally Tilda
Lynne xoxo

Sandy Fredrick said...

Beautiful coloring. Thank you for joining our challenge at SweetStamps.com

Chris (catt871) said...

wow wow wow!! This card is GORGEOUS!!! I love that Tilda in the window!!!

Jackie Randolph said...

Oh my Carissa, this absolutely gorgeous!! Beautiful colors within your papers and your Tilda is just the sweetest!! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stamps!

Anonymous said...

Love your card Carissa! Beautiful garden scene! Thanks for linking up to the All That Scraps Magnolia "Let's Celebrate Birthdays" Challenge! So glad you did!
Pam Going Postal