Thursday, 22 July 2010

Unregrettable Pirates Life

My new Sweetpea stamps arrived the other day and I couldn't wait to start inking them up.Unfortunately, I had to be selective as to which ones I used, as I ran out of mounting foam! In the end I choose this stamp because it's DD's birthday in a few days and I think she will love this image and the papers I've chosen. My one regret is making it into an easel card - I think it would've been better as an ordinary card.

I was really worried about colouring these stamps and think in hindsight that I should've chosen one of the less detailed ones to colour! But hey, it wouldn't be me if I wasn't trying to run before I could walk!! LOL. The image I've used on this card is my fourth (yes you're reading right) attempt - the others all ended up in the bin as they were totally unsalvageable. I struggled with the hair and the background on this stamp, but was determined to produce something half decent, so carried on. I'm just glad the kids were at school otherwise I think they may have expanded their vocabulary somewhat! Anyway, here it is.

I stamped image onto cardstock and then created a mask. Once the mask was securely in place I created the background using distress inks. I sponged the sun and palm tree and then blended over the top - in future I will just colour the tree with Promarkers. I then removed the mask and coloured the image using Promarkers.

My picture really doesn't show it, but, stickles have been added to her belt and earrings, and her eyes have been accented with Glossy Accents.

The roses have been made using the Sizzix 3D flowers die, I've then distressed the die cut and covered it in stickles. The hatpins were handmade and the skull embellishment has been made from shrink plastic.

Sizzix Bigshot
Sizzix 3D Flower Die
Sizzix Pirate Set
Tim Holtz Blender
Cosmetic Sponge

DP's - Pirate Princess, Rusty Pickle
Core-dinations - Black Magic
Pink Shimmer Card - from stash
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord
Promarkers - Ivory, Satin, Blush, Sandstone, Henna, Rose Pink, Silver, Cool Grey 1 & 4, Burnt Sienna
Glossy Accents
Stickles - Black Soot & Diamond
Beads - from stash
Headpins - from eBay
Shrink Plastic - from stash
Pink Gems - from eBay

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cowgirl's Sunday Challenge - Sketch
Passion for Promarkers - Distressing
YNS - Easel Card
Crafty Cardmakers - Easel
Paper Sundaes - Make your own flowers
Meljens Designs - Easel
Digi Doodles - Anything goes
Craftalicious - Birthdays
Shelley's Images - Birthdays
Sweetpea Stampers - Black, White & One Other Colour (hoping that skin/hair accents are allowed).
The Stampman - Anything goes


  1. Hi Claire, what a stunning card. I think you've done a brilliant job colouring in this very detailed image and the colour scheme is beautiful. Love your flowers and papers. Thanks for sharing with us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

  2. Fabulous card Claire.
    Thanks for joining us this week at PFP, good luck.
    Hugs Tracy x

  3. Really great card, love the striking background. Thanks for joining us at PfP. Sue C x

  4. Oh no I love it as an easel card...this image is beautiful...I can see why you were waiting to ink them up!!

    Thanks for playing at cowgirl up xx

  5. This is a fantastic easel card. I just love this fold. Thanks so much for joining us at Shelly's Images for our TTThursday challenge this week.

  6. This is absolutely beautiful, really love the whole card, I think it looks perfect as an easel card xxx

  7. OMG, you did such an awesome job with the masking!! Thanks for joining us at CSSC.

  8. WOW Claire, this is absoloutely stunning. You have put a lot of work into making this card and its really paid off. Your daughter will be bowled over with it.I hope she has a fantastic birthday xx

  9. Gorgeous card, Claire - beautiful colours!! Thanks for joining us at PFP this week! Juliexx

  10. Beautiful card Claire, the colours you have used are fabulous. I love the black sizzix 3d flowers. Thank you for sharing this fabulous card with us at CSSC and I hope you will join us again on Sunday. :-) xx

  11. Wow, this is a fabulous card. The way you have coloured the image is absolutely beautiful.

  12. This is soooo great card !!
    Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!
    Hugs, Jóna

  13. Oh wow this is it!!!!
    What gorgeous dp's and flowers..
    Thank you for entering Posse 1's challenge this week and hope you'll be back again to show us your wonderful creations at CSSC
    Hugs Alison

  14. well done, its a fabulous card me matie

  15. Glad I'm not the only one that has to put one or two in the bin lol! You have made a fantastic easel card, gorgeous colouring, beautiful flowers and dsp, cute skull button. Thank you for joining us in our Cowgirl's Sunday Stampen Challenge, hope to see you next week, take careX:)

  16. Those flowers are great! Thank you for joining us for "COWGIRL’S SUNDAY STAMP CHALLENGE"!

  17. Gorgeous card I love the image and the colors.

  18. A beautiful card, gorgeous papers and details.
    Thanks for joining us at PFP and good luck.
    Hugs Emma x

  19. Oh My goodness me it gorgeous!
    so special your colouring is perfect.
    hugs chris xx
    have a great weekend claire

  20. Such a gorgeous card Claire. Love the image you've used and the details also. Thanks for joining us this week at PFP. Hugs Michele x

  21. Oh wow Claire, this is so beautiful, your colouring is amazing xxx

  22. Your project is splendiferous!!! I am so happy that you have joined us at the Digi Doodle Shop's Best this week and Good Luck!

    DT Coordinator

  23. Gorgeous image and flowers - it looks lovely xx

  24. So pretty! I love the backing papers and flowers, and those Sweet Pea images are gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us in the Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight this week.

  25. Fantastic card! Your handmade flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  26. WOW great job Claire..your DD will love it!! :-)
    thanks for joining us at PFP..Debs x

  27. Beautiful card hun. Thank you so much for entering this in our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


  28. Well done you for persevering with your colouring! This is so beautiful. I hope your DD has a wonderful birthday.
    Thanks for joining in with the Sweet Pea Stampers this week.
    Jen x

  29. I love your card and love the Sweet Pea stamps.... your colors and your coloring are great.... thank you for joining Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge this week....


  30. Hi Claire She looks so stunning I am glad you perservered with her. Great colours and the easel card is great. Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Pea Stampers. Hugs Pascale

  31. Hi again ditto all what I said above and Thanks for sharing with us at our "Anything Goes" challenge at Digi Doodle Shops Best Challenge. Hugs Pascale

  32. wow what a gorgeous card and perfect as an easel card! your daughter will love it!xx

  33. Such a fab card. Thank you for joining us at PfP this week.
    Hugs, Anja

  34. This is gorgeous, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

    Kat x

  35. Oh, i love pirates :o), your easel card is great!!
    Thank you for joining us in our Cowgirl's Sunday Stampen Challenge, hope to see you next week again ;o).
    Pirate hugs
    Tiggerchen ;o))

  36. Fab card Claire, love the colours and all the details. Your persistence paid off as the image looks beautiful!
    thanks for joining us at Cowgirl's Sunday Stampen Challenge
    Claire xx

  37. Great card!!! Thanks for sharing with us at our "Anything Goes" challenge at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

    Katja (DT)

  38. I don't know what you are worried about, it looks great as an easel card and your colouring is FAB!

    Thanks for joining in over at Sweet Pea Stampers!

    Sarah x

  39. this was defiantly worth all the effort x

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  41. Wow this is so pretty! I don't think you have to worry about your colouring it looks beautiful I love the way you have done the background such perfect blending of the colours :D
    Thank you for joining us at sweet pea stampers and good luck.


    Amy xx

  42. Wow, your colouring is stunning! I love this image, your paper choices & flowers too of course! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week :)

  43. Wow lovely card, Your colouring is great.

  44. Well I think this makes a fabulous Easel card and as for your colouring, it's brill! Especially the background. Thanks for joining our first Spotlight at Craft Cardmakers. (bet your daughter loves it!) xx

  45. Wow I think you are too hard on yourself this is amazing DD will love.
    thanks for sharing with CSSC.

    BTW I have candy on my blog

    Hugs Beccy x

  46. I LOVE sweet pea stamps, in theory, lol. I dont have any because I could not see trying to do all the detail work. But Kudos to you, this is lovely and I think you did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing your creation at CSSC!

  47. Great coloring! Glad you can join us at DDSB!:)

  48. Hi Claire - Thanks for playing along at 'Cowgirl's Sunday Stampen' Challenge'! I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous projects next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda CSSC Guest Designer

  49. Love this card! What a wonderful image!
    Thanks so much for joining us in our Easel Card challenge at Meljen's Designs this week! Good luck!
    Dee (Spryte)♥

  50. Wow, your creation is breathtaking! Love this image and your choice of colors is fantastic! Thanks for playing along with us at the Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

  51. Wow - this is so stunning - you are very talented

  52. Hi Claire,
    This is stunning. Your colouring is fabulous & love the DPs. Thanks for joining us at PFP.
    Andie xx

  53. What a gorgeous card! Your coloring is wonderful. Thank you for joining us for the Meljen’s Designs “Easel card” challenge.


  54. Don't know what you were worrying about and the blue air was well worth it. She is coloured in a treat and the whole thing just looks gorgeous.

    Thanks for joining us in our first Spotlight at Crafty Cardmakers.

    Lin x

  55. oohhh loving this card, the image & colours are great :) x

  56. Wonderful card. Very Pretty Card. Thanks for joining us here at DDSB for this weeks ANYTHING GOES challenge.

  57. What a fabulous card! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at DDSB! :)


  58. Lovely colors!Thanks for playing with Meljens this week:)

  59. Gorgeous card Claire.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious
    hugs Mandy xx

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  61. Oops - lets try that again without the spelling mistakes... Don't you just love the sweet pea stamps. I think it looks great as an easel card. Jaqui x

  62. Fabulous card - love the colours and the image is perfect!!


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