Sunday 13 November 2016

Thorns & Roses

Happy Sunday to you all. The sun has been shining here for a week or so and it has even been as warm as summer on a couple of days!  I'm sure it won't last though as there is snow forecast for Friday. 
Over on Facebook there was a Trick Or Treat Around The Blogs challenge hosted by Markers! Papers! Digis! so I grabbed this fabulous dollar digi from The East Wind called 'Thorns & Roses'.  I coloured her up for the colouring competition in the group, but I've only just got around to making a card with her.  
Since joining the Facebook group and investing in a class over at Kit & Clowder I've been more into colouring backgrounds for my images. I often just fussy-cut them, but when I leave them in a square or rectangle I now don't always like all that white space! (I also didn't used to have the confidence to colour a background).
So, I bring you one of my favourite card styles - the twisted easel.  Since making my first one I now hardly ever make a straight easel.  I love the extra dimension that the twist gives and you get so much more space to work with than just making a square card. 
I have used the following products to create my card:
  • Kraft card blank from Michaels
  • Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection & Glittersilk card
  • Tonic Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
  • Gems & butterfly brad from my stash
  • ProMarkers - Umber, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, French Navy, Aegean, Sky Blue, Warm Grey 1-5, Black, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Olive, Moss, Pear, Indigo, Midnight & Cobalt

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Fab 'n' Funky - #326 Get Krafty!
  2. Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #214 AG
  3. I ♥ ProMarkers - #321 Distress Those Edges
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #45 AG
  5. The Crafty Addicts - #28 AG/Winter Blues
  6. Brown Sugar - #224 AG
  7. Crafty Catz - #346 AG
  8. Crafty Gals Corner - #97 Use A Sentiment
  9. Creative Fingers - #120 AG
  10. Dark 'n' Daring - #7 AG
  11. The East Wind (FB Group) - #33 Come Over to the Dark Side


  1. Love how you coloured this image, Nicola. The starry sky background is amazing! x

  2. Love how you put this together!! The twisted easel really adds a wow factor. Your background is amazing too....I have to get myself a class because backgrounds scare me.....
    xx Susan

  3. Fantastic wonderful design for your card. It is beautifully laid out. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge.

    Tamie DT

  4. What a great card and I LOVE the way you have coloured her up.
    It would be great if you could join us for our first ever challenge and DT call at Crafty Purple Frog (
    Thank you for the inspiration.


    Amy x

  5. Wonderful project Nicola! Love your colouring and especially the starry sky.
    Thank you for playing a long with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck! Nick DT

  6. Beautiful colouring. Love the card fold.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
    ♥ Lena, DT

  7. Stunning, creepy card. I love it. Thanks for joining us at Dark ‘n’ Daring Challenge.

    DT Dark ‘n’ Daring

  8. Fab card Nicola. Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and we look forward to seeing your art again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

  9. Love your twisted easel card! Thank you for joining us at Dark'n'Daring. Cindy (DT)


Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to view my creations.
I am always trying to improve my colouring and cardmaking skills and constructive feedback is always welcomed.

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