An Anniversary

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Yesterday was my sister and brother-in-law's fourth wedding anniversary - how time flies! I remember the day well, right from being 40 minutes late to the church to persisting and keeping my shoes on my aching feet til the very end of the night! T'was a great day!

Anyway, this is my card, I followed the beautiful sketch from this weeks Just Magnolia challenge.


I've only just realised that the green colour matches the colour my bridesmaid dress was on the day! I should really say that was intentional! lol!
I used this lovely Tilda and masked her off to get the Magnolia heart in the background. I coloured her with my precious Copics. I tried a new technique when I coloured this one, and I think I like it better. Rather than starting with the lightest shade and working my way up to the darkest and then blending with the lightest shade again, I started with the darkest shade and worked my way down to the lightest shade, blending as I went.


I cut the image with my nesties using the Out of the box technique and then, before I removed the image from the nestie, I shaded around the image with distress inks.
I struggled to find something round that was the right size for the large circle. The only thing I could come up with was a saucer, which was still a bit too big, so I used the saucer as a guide and drew a smaller circle just inside and cut that out. As my cutting of circles is not the best (lol) I used a distressing tool to rough up the edges of the circle and that disguises my bad cutting nicely!
I stamped the heart into the corners of the base card using Versamark to give a watermark look and added some pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts


I made the flower out of organza which I cut into various sized circles and singed the edges with a candle, sewed them together and added a little bead to the centre. I saw a demo for it somewhere and while back, I'll have to have a think where that was.
The flourish is a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die that I love! I also added a few brown skeleton leaves.


A fairly simple inside, just a couple of nestie shapes to follow through from the front and a few pearls to finish it off.


This card fits with quite a few challenges;
Just Magnolia, Sketch
Scrappy Frogs, make your own flower
The ABC Challenge, D for distressing
Totally Tilda Challenge, make your own flowers
Charisma Cardz, try something new (my new colouring technique and the flower)
Copic Creations, shading on or around your image

That's me, I hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by!


Stampin Mindy said...

Super sweet! I love that flower. It's gorgeous.

Thanks for joining us at Just Magnolia.

Hugs, Mindy

Andrea C said...

this is just so stunning x

Lynne said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, such a beautiful card - and your flower is stunning thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda xx Lynne xx

Christine said...

Hi Sheena gorgeous Tilda creation love the masking beautiful flower so soft looking..great take on the chall...thanks for sharing & joining us at Totally Tilda...

smiles Christine xx

Andria said...

Totally beautiful and very elegant card. Please can you do a tutorial on Masking :) :) :). That homemade flower looks so delicate and the green is beautiful shade too.

Vee said...

A really lovely design, thanks for playing with Charisma this week. Good Luck!
xx Vee

Stephanie said...

This is so cute! Thanks for joining us at Scrappy Frogs and hope to see you again soon! Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow at for a chance to win some awesome stamps! Hugs!

Lilian said...

Stunning work and gorgeous coloring! Thanks for joining the Copic Creations Challenge!

Rica said...

Hi Sheena, beautiful card, fantastic colouring, love your fabulous details, especially that stunning flower.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Copic Creations.
hugs Heather xx

Bonibleaux Designs said...

Sweet as can be!!

Cathy said...

Beautiful card and I love the organza flower.
Thank you for joining in the ABC challenge this time.
Cathy x

Kathy said...

Beautiful card!! Your coloring is gorgeous and your take on the sketch is so pretty!
Thanks so much for playing along with us!

craftykitten said...

Gorgeous card Sheena. Love the soft greens and your flower is beautiful. Great flourish too. Thanks for joining our Make Your Own Flowers challenge at Totally Tilda.
Dawn x

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

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Rose said...

Nicely done. Love the inside design of your card too.

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

What a sweet anniversary card, Sheena. You shaded your image beautifully. Thanks for joining our Copic Creations challenge.

Southern Charms said...

Lovely card and beautiful coloring.

Southern Charms said...

Lovely card and beautiful coloring.

Cheryl said...

Well, this is so beautiful and elegant! gorgeous coloring and shading! Thanks for joining in the Copic Creations challenge!