November 02, 2008

Happy Holidays from Christmas Tilda....FS # 26 and BG # 9 Challenges & Exciting News!!!

Well, I spent most of yesterday working on my DT layout and cards for the Scrapbook Academy, my LSS. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I will share it with you later today in another post.

I also, have very exciting news to share with you all!!! It all happened rather quickly and I am still in shock, frankly!!! (someone pinch me, lol!) I received a very sweet e-mail from, Jo, who is on the BG Challenges DT and I mentioned that I would be very interested in being a guest designer for the BasicGrey Challenges blog, if they ever needed someone. She said she would pass the message on to Martine. Well, I could not believe it when Martine e-mailed me and asked if I would be interested in being a guest designer. I was totally freaking out!!! So, I will be the guest designer for the month of January!!! What a fabulous way to start the new year!!! I am just so ecstatic!!! Thanks so much Martine for this wonderful opportunity and thanks Jo for putting in a good word for me, smile!!!

So, I really wanted to play along with the BasicGrey challenges this week cuz I just got my beloved Wassail 6X6 pp pack and the theme this week is Christmas...perfect!!! Then I went and checked out the FS Sketch. At first, I have to admit, I was a wee bit nervous about the big triangle, but it's suppose to be a CHALLENGE, right!? So, I took it head on!!! Well, I really love this sketch now and want to thank Jacqueline for coming up with a very unique layout and for giving me a real challenge this week!!!

I made the card base 6X6 from craft cardstock and inked the edges. I then inked all the edges of the pp too. Then it came time to figure out the triangle. I had to enlist the help of my dh for this because math and figuring this kind of thing out is not my strong suit. I ended up drawing my cut lines on the back of the paper. So, my layout was flipped from the original sketch but I think it still looks okay though!

I stamped Christmas Tilda on Georgia Pacific paper with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and coloured it with my Copic markers. I used White acrylic paint to add the highlights and add Crystal stickles to her for some extra bling!

I cut the oval and scalloped oval on my QK Silhouette and then inked the edges. I stamped the Magnolia Snowflakes background stamp on the oval with VersaMark ink and embossed it with Silver embossing powder. I had some static causing me problems, so, it didn't emboss properly but I still like it as it looks very distressed and not to shinny.

Then I added the American Craft ribbon that I just love and some gorgeous flowers sent to me by friend Tara, Happily Ever Crafting (thanks Tara for the wonderful goodies...just love them all). The colours were a perfect match for this paper and I mixed them with some Prima flowers that I bought a Micheals. I added a little extra glitter with some Burgundy Stickles. I used the pearls for the centres of the flowers and on the nameplate.

Well, I really like this is basically the prototype for my Christmas cards this year! I will be using all these products to make them but I think I will probably choose an easier layout for mass production.
I'm going to a scrapbooking retreat at The Fern Resort, in two weeks with my scrapbooking posse! Guess what I will be doing? yup! Making Christmas cards, eating, and having a great time with the best of friends...can't wait!!!! (If you are going to the retreat at Fern...let me know!)
Well, Thanks for stopping by and having a wee look-see and for sharing in my exciting news!


Marja Sch said...

Wow what a wonderful card. beautiful coloring and Lo, so well done. Congrats I hope to a lot of nice this in januari. Hugs Marja

Torill said...

I see we have used the same background paper for the triangel this time!!! Great woork1 Love your card!!!
And thanks for your warm comment on my card!
Hugs back!

Jo Nevill said...

Wow Tara, this is a stunning card and I love the layout. My DH is relieved that he isn't the only one who has to help me out with some of the shapes and maths involved in it !! LOL

It was a pleasure to pass on your interest to Martine, you had already done this in your own right anyway !

Take care and looking to working with you teamy !!


Jo x

Jo Nevill said...

Oh yes, thank's for joining this weeks challenge !!!

Jo x

Chris said...

Hi Tara, congrats on the BG DT spot, I'm so happy for you and you'll be a great addition to the team with your stunning cards! I love card today, you aren't weren't alone with triangle trouble LOL! I love the image and your lovely colouring and papers. Chris

Kim Piggott said...

Wow this is so beautiful!
Your image is coloured beautifully. Love those papers and your gorgeous flowers look stunning.
Congratulations on your dt appointment how exciting.
kim x

Tara said...

Your news is fantastic Tara and I can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge in the New Year!
This is a stunning card and I just have to get those papers. Everywhere I look they're out of stock just now :o(
Your colouring and shading is beautiful, plus the highlighting and glitter effects. Hmmmmm, love the flowers too, they look great!! Hugs, T xxx

Michele Roos said...

Wow this is gorgeous. Love the image and the colouring is amazing. Michele x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Tara, your colouring is fab as always and the papers so warm and cozy!
Makes me feel all christmassy and reach for a hot cup of cocoa!! ;)

Hugs, Marlene x

Nikki Fairbairn said...

Your colouring of this cute Tilda is beautiful and I just love those BG papers.. waiting for mine to arrive from this collection. Congratulations on being Guest DT.. I can see why they asked.. your work is fabulous! Hugs, Nikki x

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the design team!! I am so proud of you, and of all things, BG design team should be a breeze for are the queen of using their papers!!!

And I'll see you at Fern roomie!!! Can't wait, we are going to have a blast!!! Hugs, Dana

Murielle said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Tara!
I love your composition.
Fantastic colours and details.
Marvellous idea papers!
Thanks for your participation FS.
Hugs Mumur

Cathy said...

Wow this is stunning. Your colouring is amazing and the papres are fab.
Cathy xx

Carole said...

Fabulous card Tara, I love your colouring and the white acrylic paint accents look stunning. Congratulations on your DT surprise because your cards are pleased for you.
Thanks for joining us again at FS.
Have a nice day,
Carole x

debby4000 said...

Fantastic card, what a wonderful Tilda and I love all the details, perfect.

Martine said...

gorgeous card tara as always :), glad you will be part of the team in january i am looking forward to working with you, take care darlin



Kim Dellow said...

Congrats on the designer spot. Your cards are lovely. And enjoy the crop retreat - sounds WOnderful :) Kim

Kristen said...

What a beautiful and stunning card! The Wassail papers are just so fun and so pretty. Have fun playing with them. Congrats on the guest DT!

Kathy said...

Your card is gorgeous!! I love the papers and that image is always nice to see!! I felt the same way when I seen the sketch!!
Congrats on your guest DT spot!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!! :)Kathy

strawberry fields said...

This card is stunning. I love your blog. The music is great too :)

Jacqueline van der Sar - Crejakaarten said...

I am sorry I am so late with my comments, but couldn;t make it sooner!! Love to see what you created with my sketch! Thanks for joining us at Friday Sketchers. Love from Holland,


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