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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Totally Ladybug Tuesday challenges you to be anything but square!

I can't believe we are already into the third week of January.  I'm in two minds at it about the mo' - on the one hand I can't wait until the Spring, but on the other hand I don't want to wish my life away!  (Which has become more of a focus since I hit my 40s a couple of years ago!!)

Enough rambling, onto this week's Totally Ladybug Tuesday challenge!  This week Ladybug Crafts Ink deputy blog boss, Lisa, has challenged us to make anything but it MUST NOT be square!  So of course I wanted to make one of my other fave shapes of circle or rectangle (yes, I do like symmetry very much!) but I know she'd want to challenge myself properly!  So here is my card...

 
 

This new Ladybug Crafts Ink stamp - Nikki & Friend Window Shopping (you can buy here) - is perfect for me.  It goes with all those trendy sassy sentiments around at the moment (retail therapy, you can do anything with the right shoes, etc).  And it also reminds me of work!  When my work friends and I go for lunch, we always window shop going to and from the restaurant - afterall, we are a stone's throw from Covent Garden in London - a haven of shopping!  Although I must say, I don't wear black tight trousers to work - more like a pinstripe suit!

I had a lot of fun making this card!  I wanted to try the monochrome technique but I'm not great at shading with blks/greys and the image just ended up looking dirty!  So I added the splash of red to distract from it, lol!  For the base, I used one of my new Grand Nestabilities in my new Grand Calibur (lovin' this machine!!!).  I used the Labels Four and trimmed off the pointed ends, folded it in half and - voila! - my card base was born!  And lastly - I didn't use any designer paper!  Instead I used my Hero Arts Houndstooth background stamp - probably one of my most fave and used stamps ever!

I bet you're now dying to see what the rest of the DT did with this challenge!  Go the challenge blog here to see!


I also made this card for the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock
Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Nikki and Friend Window Shopping (you can buy here), Hero Arts houndstooth background stamp, Whimsy Sentiments Collection Friendship Ticket Sentiment (you can buy from Quixotic Paperie here), MFT Window Shopping sentiment (inside card, you can buy from Dies to Die For here)
Mediums: Copics and ProMarkers
Accents: red Dew Drops
Tools: Grand Nestabilities Label Four dies, Nestabilities rectangle die, Martha Stewart deep border punch

28 comments:

theCook said...

Wow! Love this shape and love the colors!

Lisa Jane said...

woweeeeeee Mary.. i just love it.. thank you for rising to my challenge lol
I love the striking red and black colours .. and your image is coloured beautifully.
That shape reminds me of a clutch bag and the hounds tooth check looks Flabarooni
Lisa ;)

Nikbee said...

A gorgeous card. I love the colours and the houndstooth stamp is fab.

Nikki x

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Fabulous colour combo and the sentiment is perfect for the image.

Valchen said...

It's a lovely card both outside and inside! I love the shape, and the colours are very chic!

Shirley-anne said...

AWESOME ....right out of the square so to speak!!
LOVE IT!!
Great image , perfect colouring and good luck with challenges

Michelle said...

You really nailed this one Mary J,this card is spectacular!!

I LOVE the shape, and the image is super.

Michelle :-)

pinky said...

This has to be your best LCI card yet, its totally gorgeous!!

Whimsey said...

So adorable; love the color scheme. And what a great/unique shape. Love it so much!!

Anita said...

Wow, this card is fantastic Mary J. I love the shape and thought for sure the houndstooth was dp. I love that splash of red in the card ... it really makes it pop! Lovely.

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous shaped card! Love the red/black color combo and your coloring of the image too!

Kerry said...

Right...I'm getting a Grand Calibur if it's the last thing I do!! I love this Mary J ... the black and white with the splash of red is very classy and like Anita I thought you used pp. Full of gorjossity :-D xx

Pami said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm with Kerry, I want a Grand Calibur as well! Pami x

Linby said...

wow-I love this, the stark contrast of the colours and the beautiful shaped card.
Linbyx

Annette said...

Awesome card - love the unique shape & theme! Anything to do with shoes rocks! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week.

Sue said...

Such a classy card Mary, great shape and I'm with you on the shoes :-) Sue xx

Molecraft said...

Fab card, love the red and black and the unusual shape looks great!
Helen x

Hayley @ funkyfarmscrapbookbarn.co.uk said...

Ooooooooh I can't wait for mine to arrive!!! I want to make fun shaped cards!!!! This is amazing Mary!!!!
Thank you for your messages the other, I'm so sorry I haven't replied properly, I've have been so incredibly busy this last week.
I hope things with you are as well as can be. Your card is seriously awesome!!!
xx

Ann Whitfield said...

Fabulous card Mary - love that image. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Rusty said...

Wow Wow WOW!! I love it!! love the shape and colours, I struggled to use this image but got there in the end, very inspirational xx

Fabiola said...

elle est fun, j'adore! biz

Julie said...

Stunning card Mary!! Fab colour combo and layout!! Thanks for joining us at CES challenges this week, Juliex

iReneM said...

Wow, brilliant card - great shape and love your colouring of the fab image
Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Ann's
x

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It is a nice image. You really take this challenge seriously and make a lovely card. It is a creative work and you done a great job.

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