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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

The very first EVER Totally Ladybug Tuesday challenge!



Oh my, I'm a bit over excited today...yes, it has finally arrived - the FIRST EVER Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge is today!  And not only that - Kerry also has a NEW RELEASE of stamps!  We are celebrating this very special day with a bog hop to show off the 5 new stamps with the chance to win PRIZES!   There are 2 chances to win a prize.  You can either enter the hop OR the challenge - OR enter them both!  Here's how...


First, to join in with the hop, follow these rules:

a) Visit each DT member and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.
b) Leave a comment on the challenge post telling us which is your favourite image.
c) Display the blog hop banner (on my side bar) on your blog in a post or on your side bar.

The prize is all 5 images in the new release and the winner will be chosen randomly from all those who follow the rules above.  The hop will close 9am GMT on Monday 8th Nov and the winner will be announced at 9am GMT on Tuesday 9th Nov at the next challenge!

The first stop along the hop is here with me and you then need to hop off to Tams.  If you get lost here is the order...
Mary J (me!)
Caz (this month's guest designer!)



The second chance of winning a prize is by joining in with the challenge - which I am hosting!  It's a sketch with an OPTIONAL twist!  As many of you know, I always try to decorate the inside of my cards and I'd love to see you to do the same! Here is the sketch...

My sketch with optional twist to decorate the inside!

You can do whatever you want with it - as long as the general format can be seen, anything goes!  You can also use any image that you would like, but you will only be entered to win the main prize of one Ladybug Crafts Ink stamp if you have used a Ladybug Crafts Ink image on your card.  BUT, you will still be in with a chance of being in the Top 3 to receive a badge for your blog.

And here is my card - with the inside decorated of course!


Ain't they the sweetest couple?  It is a new Nikki with Ben (uh huh, her boyfriend!!) walking Buttercup and you can buy them here in the Ladybug Crafts Ink shop.  I loved making this card - reminds me of our long walks in the countryside.  Of course, our Yellow Labradors are a lot bigger than Buttercup and they don't trot neatly next to us like that, lol!!!  I am keeping it for my friend's anniversary coming up, it's perfect for them!

I cut around the top half of the image which also included a couple of cute leaves - I cut these out separately, put them on foam pads and stuck them around the sentiment.  I think this finished it off nicely.  I also put loads of foam pads under matting and also under the image.  The depth seems to add to the windy movement in the image.  Well, in real life it does anyway!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Paper/cardstock: Bazzill kraft and brown cardstock
Stamp: Ladybug Crafts Ink Nikki and boyfriend stamp, Elzybells sentiment, Woodware sentiment inside card
Mediums: Copics and ProMarkers, Distress Antique Linen Ink
Accents: web ribbon in chocolate (from Bunny Zoe's Crafts here), Bazzill floss
Tools: Tim Holtz distressing tool, Nestabilities rectangle and label dies, EK Success border punch (inside card)

45 comments:

Kerry said...

Oh Mary J!! Love how you've cut out the top of the image and how you've stamped Buttercup on the inside..very clever you!! Flabulous card, just flabulous!!! xx

chris said...

Wow what a card and what an image . the autumn colours are just so perfect and the papers perfect too, love the decorated inside too.
hugs chris xx

Pami said...

Hi Mary J, what an exciting day for your all! Love the card, I really like how you have cut into the image to give it more depth, very clever of you. Inside looks great too, how sweet! I like the base card that you use, I might get some of that and try it out. Pami x

Helen Ann said...

Love the card, the image and the colours are gorgeous - love autumn colours. And of course the decorated inside lol

can't wait to have a go at the challenge, eeek will be my first decorated inside card

Hel x

Amanda R said...

Very pretty card, lovin the fall colors although it will be gone before we know it. Great idea to do the inside of the card also!

Julye said...

What a fab image, and as your card is an anniversarry card why not enter it into the creative craft challenges challenge as they have an anniversarry theme and loads of prizes up for grabs to. Love the colours on your card now off on the rest of the hop. Thanks for sahring.

Rusty said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! What more can I say? the colours are fantastic! x

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

This is soooooo romantic! I love it! Gorgeous colours.

Hayley @ funkyfarmscrapbookbarn.co.uk said...

WOW-EE Mary! Love the colours (orange your favourite!) Nikki's jumper looks gorgeous! Thank you for such a wonderful challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed it! x

Anita said...

Beautiful card, Mary J. Your coloring is beautiful and I love the fall colors that you used. Really like the stitching around the edge too. And the little Buttercup stamped inside is adorable.

Michelle said...

Hi Mary J

What a wonderfully romantic card. I think you have really managed to bring to life the feeling of a windy day.

Thanks for linking this beautiful card to Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :-)

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi
WOW Love the card its stunning, Off to have a peak at the other cards on the Hop too. Hazelxoxo

Dana said...

This is just the cutest!! Love the little doggy! I've been waiting for today for a bit now too!! Very excited for all of you! Congrats!
Hugs~
Dana

Whimsey said...

Beautiful card; love how romantic it is and I LOVE the colors! Love the 3D effect; just stunning!

orit said...

Great card - love the colours and the image.

pinky said...

This is gorgeous Mary, I am so loving this new boy Ben, he is so cute.Love the paper combinations.
Pinky

Lisa Jane said...

wowee Mary ... just starting on the hop and what fab card t start with. I just love the wonderful rich autumn colours and how the image is cut.
you are the best when it comes to decorating the inside .
Thanks for all your help this last week
best get hopping
Lisa ;)

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Oooh, what fun, I've popped across to let you know that you won my recent giveaway, and I find a blog hop and a new challenge blog to explore :D
Here's the giveaway post
http://susanscraftychaos.blogspot.com/2010/10/trick-or-treating-with-tiddly-inks-and.html
Here's the shop to choose your free paper set
http://craftychaosdesigns.co.uk/
Congratulations, just email me your choice at the email listed at the shop and I'll send it straight to your inbox :D
I love your card, so full of smiley warmth, perfect antidote to this chilly weather we're having. Now I'mm off to check out the rest of the hop :D

Valchen said...

I love this card and the new image. You decorated the card beautifully and the inside is just as gorgeous as the outside.

MaidstoneMum said...

I am trying my first blog hop, I've never even heard of it, but I follow the blog "I can't draw but I can do this". Lovely cards and I haven't ever even considered the inside of the card, but I will now! Thanks for the inspriration... right off to the next blog

Fiona said...

wow this is stunning..love the image and how you have coloured it, great colour combo too. Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.

Fi

Carrie said...

Fabby card and wow I love the image!! xx

Annette said...

Mary J, love the card, autumn colours, beautiful. Annette

Karen said...

Your card is stunning! I love the colours you've used and the way you've cut out the image. Buttercup looks so cute inside the card too! Gorgeous!!

Sue Upson said...

Stunning card as always Mary, adore the colours, warm but perfect for the season and love how you have coloured the image Sue xx

coldwaters2 said...

This is one fabulous card the colours are gorgeous so is the image thank you for joining us at OSCC this week.
Hugs
Lorraine x

Val said...

This is so pretty with brilliant colouring. Thanks for joining the One Stop Card Crafts challenge this week, and joining the blog hop.
Hugs
Valxx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is adorable Mary, wonderful card.
luv
Debby

Nikbee said...

This is a beautiful card. I love the colours and the image is wonderful. Thank you for joining Creative Craft Challenges this fortnight.

Nikki x

Carol said...

What a great looking card with a beautiful fall scene. Love the colors and the fabulous composition. A delight for the eyes.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Suzy Q said...

hi Mary J, your card is just gorgeous, love those warm seasonal colours!! and Buttercup looks lovely all coloured in!! And what a great job of all your colouring......don't Nikki & Ben just look so in love.....Ahhhhh..... i remember those days....before the kids came along......lol lol lol x

Tinkerbeth said...

What a wonderful card! I think any couple will be lucky to receive it!

Stampersue said...

Mary

Whar a super card I love the look of the new stamps.

Stampersue
X

Sylvia x said...

fab card and just perfect for the anniversary of "creative craft challenges"...thank you so much for joining in. good luck and i loooove the blog

sylvia xx

Silli said...

OM Mary, your card is beautiful...love the image and the papers...HUGS

Lyndi said...

Gorgeous card, love those autumnal colours, and those wee leaves on the sentiment are great. Inside is fabby too!

Shelley said...

This is just gorgeous. Thanks for joining in this weeks OSCC. Hugs Shelley xx

Parchey Family said...

This is an amazing card. I wish I could color that good. Thanks for sharing

Linby said...

Beautiful card-fab colouring.

Tracy V. said...

Wow! I have never seen this stamp line and this is just fab!! Love your card and layout. Coloring is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes.
Tracy

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card - I love the colours - thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge. Hugs Bev x

A New Crafter said...

What a lovely card, the colours are just so in tune with autumn and a romantic couple too!

Ger said...

Perfect for Autumn!

Ger x

Lana said...

This is such a warm and cozy card!
I love it.
Lana x

Roni said...

Gorgeous card Mary J, inside and out! I love the image, love the colours, love what you did with your wee leaves on your sentiment, love it love it love it!!

Roni :O) xox

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