Thursday, 19 January 2012

Secret Garden Peeker

Some of you will remember during last Summer, we discovered Misty, our neighbours cat, peeking at us from her perch on a compost bin through a little gap in the fence if we were sitting out in the garden. That led to much hilarity and me going and peering back at her when she was having a right old nosey :)

Bernie then tipped me off about the stamp I've used for today's card. It's designed by Elisabeth Bell (stocked by Quixotic Paperie in the UK) so I immediately sent off for it last August - shame on me I then popped it into my 'to use' basket. On Tuesday I finally inked it up and everything to make the card was lying on the desk all ready for action on WOYWW - so I finally made a card:
Not content with inking up a gorgeous stamp for the first time, I also followed a challenge that I wanted to enter. It's the current Elisabeth Bell Challenge where the theme is Tic, Tac, Toe - meaning you have to choose three items to add to your card from a grid. Eeek, this was getting trickier by the minute! I dithered, as usual, before choosing flowers, lace and pearls, possibly as usual too :).

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card stock

- backing paper from the Prima 'Annalee' pack (sent to me by Dee) and baby pink Core'dinations card

- SCACD 'Secret Garden Peeker' stamp designed by the so-talented Elisabeth Bell. Sky and ground coloured with TH Distress Inks then coloured with Pro Markers and die cut with a Nestie. I cut the backing card following Sandra's tips for cutting a narrower border, which you can see here.

Edit: a Snippet Playground Pal (Brenda of Butlers Abroad) has pointed out to me that she'd posted this idea on her blog before Sarn's posting, and I'd commented about it too. Help - between a rock and a hard place here - the pair of them terrify me as it is with their unruliness, plus they're in the same gang - all I need is Sam to pitch in and I'm done for :( 

Sorry Brenda, quite right - I have offered you my Playtime Break little bottle of milk in recompense. Don't worry, I hate the stuff anyway :)

- flowers from stash - and I'm pretty sure at least some of the flowers also came from Dee :)

- pearls and white lace were snipped from a large 'Say It In Pearls' embellishment made by Prima that's been glaring at me from the 'use me' basket

- really well hidden there's also some pink edged lace and a little bit of pink gingham ribbon which I used to cover the fact that there are two lengths of the pink ribbon laid back to back with straight sides together right across the card. Originally I'd tied a bow with the ribbon but decided it wasn't right

- finally, the sentiment, which says 'Hello You' appropriately enough, is from Craftwork cards

I can see this stamp being trotted out a lot more here - it was a delight to use. Another time I'm gonna keep it simpler though :) 

As if all that wasn't enough - in the process of adding the flowers I also managed to burn the end of a finger with the glue gun:(



Annie said...

You sound a bit like a wounded soldier this morning....injured in action. Pretty card though Di so I hope you feel it's worth the injuries :-)
A x

Anonymous said...

Hope your finger not too sore! You nellie! It was worth the pain though as your card is superb...I love the lace and the pearls,

Jackie said...

Beautiful. I hope your finger is ok. x

mamapez5 said...

Worth waiting for Di. It's a cute image and the colours work so well. I love the pearl swirls too. But I know what you mean about keeping it more simple. I make cards like this for 'special' people, but I tend to go for more simple ones most of the time - partly keeping in mind postage to UK.
But don't hide the stamp away now. It needs to be used! Kate x

Sarn said...

Really sweet card Di. Hope your finger's not too sore today. What are you like? Knew you'd get into some kind of mischief! xxx

Gill said...

Loved the card, really pretty.
Hope the finger is feeling better you will be needing some TLC !!

Sandra H said...

Di, This is so sweet and the image is so adorable love the background and those pearl swirls just finishes the card of beautifully....hope your finger gets better soon:) Sandra H

Irene said...

Hello Di

Your card is gorgeous, and what an adorable image. Your background papers and embellies are stunning.
Hope your finger is better quickly.

Laura said...

Hope your poorly finger heals quickly Di!
Love this card, I love the background papers. You've coloured the image brilliantly too.
Hope you are well.
Laura xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi there Di,

Cute card, I wonder what's on the other side of her fence?!?

I've burned my fingers with my glue gun - and it's not even and industrial one!! Take care of that burn!


Di said...

Hi Kay

Well, if that was me looking through the fence there's be one curious cat's eye looking back from the other side :))

Glue gun burn is subsiding thankfully - I think finger tips hurt like mad at first but perhaps calm down quicker!


Bernie said...

OH Di it's fabulous! I love the lace, pearls and flowers, (you knew I would) not to mention the ribbon and background papers. Your coloring and coulds are superb! Well worth the wait.

Kathleen said...

Well Di, this stamp is just perfect for you and you have put it to great use, a brilliant card, love it.

Kath x

alethea said...

What a beautiful card!!! Love this peeker image!! Thanks for joining us at EBWCB! Hugsxx

Jules said...

Tee hee Di .. .. I remember that story so well as I can recall being envious that you and hubby found time to sit out in the garden together with a glass of something nice after the toils of the day.

Your card looks gorgeous and the image is just perfect for you and your story.

Loving all the swirly pearls too!!

Hope your finger is OK now.

Love Jules xx

Anonymous said...

Sweet little girl, it won't surprise you to know that I was a fence peeper too in my younger days! There's going to be some hair pulling in the playground if you're not careful! That's my tip re tracing the same size nestie die and cutting it out, you commented about it on my blog on Jan 9th. So there *sticks tongue out before running away*!!! Probably won't get a chance to see you in the playground this week, hope to be back next week though!


Gina K said...

Cute! Love the pearls and flowers!

Anonymous said...

Oh God that's hilarious! Perhaps Sam, Sarn and I should get together and pull your hair!! Bet Jules never had this trouble, roflmao!!! Poor Di, what have you taken on!


Di said...

Yup, the playground is in danger of descending into anarchy at this rate :)

This week's posting of the roll call will be written very carefully and with no hilarity for fear of offence.


Princess Tippy Toes :)

MagsB said...

Oh dear, I hope your war wound is getting better! This is such a cute image, and such a pretty card!

I remember those little milk bottles, I always thought they made the milk taste better, since it came in such a cute container!!

love Mags B x

Renkata said...

So cute and pretty card.

Thanks for join us at EBWorld challenge.

Janiel/ janny said...

Beautiful card!! I love the pearls you have scattered around..
Thanks for sharing your creativeness with us at the EBWCB this month!

Mary Lou said...

Hi Di~~wow this is adorable!!! Those little peekers sure do warm my heart!! Love all the embellies :) Thanks for joining us at EBWorld

Penni said...

Cute card - I love all the pearls
Thanks for joining us at Elisabeth Bells World Challenge.


Unknown said...

Very pretty card!!

Thank you for joining us over at The Elisabeth Bell World Challenge!


Janneke said...

What a cute card ;o)
Thank you for joining us at the Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge blog last month.

Janneke XO

Sissi4477 said...

Such a cute card.
Thanks for joining us at Elisabeth Bell World Challenge and the GDT-call and good luck.