Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Berry Sweet Tilda - Challenge Card + The Lang Scots Mile

Good Afternoon,

It's some time since I made a Tilda card but when I saw a couple of the challenges this week I decided to re-visit the little lady. I've had this stamp for ages but never had a suitable project for it before however it is ideal for this card.

A tip I'd seen somewhere, sorry can't remember who's blog but thanks to whoever you are, was to dab Tilda's cheeks with a white pen as a highlighter, after colouring with Promarkers (I'll add a list of the colours used, together with the materials, to the end of post). Tilda is adhered to the card with dimensionals so that she stands out against the heart-shaped doily (another item that had been around in my stash forever) and the trim.  The strawberries got the white ink dot treatment too.

I made this topper by printing out a digital stamp twice and colouring with Promarkers, then dotting the fruit before covering with 3-D Clear Gloss Finish - like Glossy Accents but a bit runnier. When the gloss had dried I cut round the images then intertwined them and used a glue dot to make a little bunch of fruit and flowers. Yellow gems are added to the centre of the flowers as a finishing touch and the finished bunch has been adhered with dimensionals to the card.

The two beautiful design papers come from Bearly Mine Designs and I created the sentiment stamp using them too. With the digital cutter in the graphics software I grouped together a bunch of strawberries placed in the centre of a scalloped circle taken from the vintage style paper and the text shaped into a circle - making two small stamps and one large one altogether.

It was a bit of a fiddle to cut round the scallops but I did it whilst listening to Desert Island Discs and it was done in no time : ) The large sentiment was adhered to the inside of the card and the remaining small one went on the back.

Materials used:
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up, Wild Wasabi
  • Digital Design Papers: Bearly Mine Design, Delicious Delights #19; Vintage #05
  • Stamps: Magnolia - Tilda with Flowing Hair; Clear Dollar Digital Stamps - Little Strawberries (glossed with Anita's 3-D Clear Gloss Finish) 
  • Embellishments: Twine from The Ribbon Girl; lace punched trim, heart-shaped doily and yellow gems from stash
Promarkers: Burgundy, Cardinal Red, Ruby, Poppy, Olive Green, Pear Green, Pastel Yellow, Cinnamon, Caramel, Apricot, Oatmeal, Vanilla, Blush, Pastel Beige, Ivory, Ice Grey 1, Blender

I would like to submit this card for the following challenges:

Totally Tilda Challenge Blog - Challenge #17, Fruity Tilda (the strawberries)
Bearly Mine Challenge – Challenge #5 - Birthday Cards ( suitable for a summer birthday)
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes with option for something old (I've had the Tilda stamp for quite some time, ditto the doily)
Docrafts - Hazel’s Tilda Three Stamps Challenge (1 Tilda stamp, 2 Little Strawberries stamps and  sentiment stamp I created myself) 

I just love strawberries, can't wait for them to be plentiful in the shops again, so this card was a real pleasure to make. The days are starting to draw out again and there is a real feeling of winter passing. We've had a few sunny days recently and the garden is greening up - I can see buds on the honeysuckles and there are flowers and touches of red on the pieris. And the birds are much in evidence at the feeders.

For those interested, and many thanks to all of your kind good wishes after my recent bad bout, we did attend the first of the two workshops for pain management and we're looking forward to attending the second. So far we've looked at what pain is, how it affects us, the value of physical exercise, stress, relaxation exercises, the value of setting goals. The hypnotic effect of the relaxation exercise we were taken through had us chuckling - the Estate Manager actually fell asleep and had to be nudged awake at the finish!
Setting our goals was revealing too.

I had not really realised how housebound I have become - walking anything but a really short distance has come to mean several painful days to follow. I used to be a very active gardener but now anything more than 10/15 minutes pottering leads to more debilitating pain. So my goal is to get out more in the fresh air, still keeping the walking to only short manageable distances, taking my camera to record my year in my scrapbook and on this blog.

The EM is really going for it - his ambition is to walk The Lang Scots Mile by the end of the year. The Lang Scots Mile is marked out along the promenade here in Ayr and it is based on the old Scottish mile which apparently is longer than the one we all use today.

His plan is to work up to it by degrees, a quarter of the distance to begin with and as he gets fitter he will walk further until he can walk the entire length - and then back. Ah, that will involve walking 2 lang miles! I've told him I'll be waiting in the car : )

So things are looking up in the Worthington household with lots of fun stuff planned for this year. I'll let you know what the 2nd workshop teaches us and keep you posted on our progress.

In the meantime, I'll just pop downstairs for a cup of tea and then start on my next craft project.


Alex said...

Love this card Elizabeth, a great Tilda image who is just adorable :)

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Bye for now,


Hazeyj said...

Lovely card Elizabeth; those strawberries are so juicy. I'm so glad you want to join the challenge! Snap when it comes to the pain you describe - I felt like I'd written it, lol. I wish like billy-o that I could do the lang mile - maybe one day! The clinic sounds really useful tho'; your positive attitude is really heartening. Take care, Hazel x

Mau xx said...

Lovely card Elizabeth, I love strawberries too...in season that is. Quite different if out of season aren't they.
Glad you are getting to grips with the pain management, We walk lots..well only 5mls aday but love it and getting fitter all the time. Keep it up as many days as you can..it does help, a little at a time though.
Hugs Mau xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Elizabeth I just love reading your posts as much as I love admiring your beautiful. Goodness me what a lot of detail on that card and those strawberry's. I just wouldn't ( don't have the patience or the eyesight for it. ) Hope the pain management course brings you the relief and peace you need. The ES sounds like a real character by the way, goodnight

Take care. Marie x

Cards By MI said...

What a lovely work you have done creating your own little embelishment with Donna's papers. It looks really great. Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us over at BMC this week.
Love n hugs

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Wow your card is fabulous!
Love your gorgeous colors and such pretty papers and detail!
So happy that you have joined us at Bearly Mine.....


Liz's creative corner said...

Wow this is gorgeous, clever use of the digi's I wouldn't know where to start lol,fab Tilda and colours, thanks for joining into our fruity challenge, hugs Liz and the Totally Tilda DT xx

coops said...

beautiful card elizabeth.the tilda is so pretty and i love your gorgeous colours and scrummy strawberries :D

xx coops xx

Little K Smith said...

Oh this is beautiful, such a sweet Tilda and love the papers and sweet doily too :)

gina g said...

Gorgeous card lovely papers and image. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine for our challenge. luv gina xx

Trisha said...

Great Fruity Tilda Creation! Love how you tweaked and incorporated the strawberry elements into your card and sentiment-beautiful!Thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda! xox Trisha

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
hugs, Sharon

Christine said...

Awww love this sweet creation & yes Love the srawberry season too..lovely DPs & layout..thanks for sharing with us at Totally Tilda fruity chall this wk.

smiles Christine xx

Unknown said...

Wow! This is gorgeous. Love the soft colors.

Thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda!