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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge ~ 59

Yayyy Yayyy It's Sugar Bowl day...and that's the full extent of my poetry skills!
The sketch for this challenge has been provided by the very lovely Erika and the option, if you choose to follow it, is distressed/vintage. Thankfully the other Sweeties have done a much better job at this than I did, the most distressed thing in my craft room was me! It was one of those cards where everything went wrong and it will now be filed in my special storage system under 'B' for bin.


The image - which is the only thing I like about the card - is called Butterflies and Pigtails  and you can buy here HERE. She's been coloured with DI's and Nick Bantock inks. The papers are First Edition, some butterflies from a MS punch and a few pearls.
I coloured her over a few nights and when I took a proper look in the daylight I wasn't much impressed, much darker than I was aiming for. I did distress all the paper edges with Brushed Corduroy except around the image where I used Antique Linen and that I think was my big mistake. Around the image is now very creamy coloured and it looks out of place next to the white of the papers. Add to that a fuzzy image - though I think it might look better in soft focus!
I did make another card using the same papers but a different image and sketch and I will dig it out and pop it on here later in the week just so you can see the difference.


So now to the best bit...the prize for one lucky winner is a 'Steampunk' themed gift bag containing stamps, embossing folders and charms. 
For all the details on how to enter please pop on over to the Sugar Bowl blog where you will also find inspiration from all the Sweeties.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.
Love Elaine xx

44 comments:

  1. Stunning card sweetie, fab colours so detailed, I LOVE IT, my fave papers too, hugs sweetie love Pops x x x

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  2. I know you have your standards Elaine, however, I do think she'll be somewaht Distressed at finding herself in the bin! I actually (HONESTLY) think that the white & cream with pink & brown is fine - you're just not used to it. However - I can really really sympathize with how you feel for I too have a filing area called "B" where items land that others wouldn't dream of filing there.
    Paula (PEP)

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  3. What are YOU like this is stunning. Nothing wrong with it at all. Coloured to perfection as always.
    Look forward to seeing the other too.

    A tad excited........Ali x

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  4. Hi Elaine
    you are much too critical of yourself, as this is a lovely card, that image is soooooooo sweet.
    Thank you for the info on the Ultimate platform for the Big Shot Pro (so that I can use my Grand Nestabilites with the machine). FANTASTIC service from the Craft Bug, ordered it yesterday & the courier is now trying to find my address, so that he can deliver it to me (hows that for first class service). Only wish hubby had ordered my machine from The Craft Bug as they know what they are talking about (unlike the company he ordered it from).
    hugs
    Sandra (craftynan)

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  5. Well I think you did a great job...she looks gorgeous..I love the papers and the tiny butterflys...just rolled up for another look , and.. yep!, she's gorgeous.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  6. Hi Elaine wow i think it's just gorgeous!!

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  7. I dont see anything wrong with the card Elaine ..its wonderful. I love the softness of it .. even though its distressed its still pretty
    Lisa x

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  8. ...such a beautiful card with a lot of work. Thank you for the sunshine.
    Brigitte

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  9. Hi sweetie I first want to say a humungous thank you for my goody bag I was drooling over it for an hour which hubby thought very strange.....men they just dont get it do they lol. The lace is soooo pretty, its all awesome & I thank you with all my heart hunni I really do appreciate it & it made my day yesterday while I sat stroking it in bed....yep feeling poop.
    Anyway soz for long message lol. Your card is awesome & I soooo love the image your colouring on this ia amazing I would be as proud as punch with this. nI love the whole card hun I really do its gorgeous.
    Its lovely to see one of your cards again shug I've missed 'em.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

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  10. Well I like it Elaine!!!! It is a gorgeous iamge and I love your colouring. Oh and those ickle butterflies are lovely ... I have that punch, must use it!!
    Hugs
    Cathy xx

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  11. Totally adorable card, I love the colors, the butterflies, the pearls and craft-paper.
    Just lovely. :) Fantastic coloring as allways. I just dont get how you do it. :p

    Hugs, Anne.

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  12. Miss Elaine! Isn't it funny how we are so critical of our own work? I think this is BEAUTIFUL! Your coloring is always amazing and those are some super sweet papers!!!
    Hugs, Dena

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  13. it is really gorgeous! great coloring as usual!
    Hugs Tiets

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  14. Aah Elaine, you are so hard on yourself...this is aboslutely gorgeous, as per usual! The colouring is fab, the paper choice gorgeous (I always get paper envy when I see your cards as they are exactly the kind of papers I like myself!) and I ADORE the pearl and butterfly border. Stunning! Susie x

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  15. Simply gorgeous Elaine. Stunning colouring as always.
    Nxxx

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  16. This is so beautiful, Elaine! Love the butterflies and pearls around your circle layer! I can't do vintage to save my life lol

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  17. nought wrong with the colouring Elaine, a beautiful card. You jsut reminded me that I have Nick Bantock inks buried somewhere in my stash. Must really try watercoloruing with them and my DIs soon x

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  18. Hiya Elaine hunny,

    You are far too hard on yourself - this is great and I love the card - I really do! :)

    Remeber perfect does not exsist except in our heads and you might think you can do better but THIS IS GREAT!

    Love all the tones and pink well I do like pink!
    She is such a cutie , I have this stamp too and she is a dream to colour but with COPICS!

    You put so much work into your ART with your distressed ink and the pressure of waiting for it to DRY can drive anyone NUTS!

    I always love to see what you have coloured/created
    You are SO SO SUPER TALENTED!

    WRITE THAT ON YOUR HEAD - (backwards of course) so that you can read it in the mirror (ha ha)

    Thank you for sharing your awesome talent with us and your BLOG!

    Take care - TALENTED LADY
    Big Hugs
    Casper
    xxx

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  19. Super card Elaine love the colouring.

    Hugs Ali x

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  20. No no no you've got it all wrong i love the colours you have chosen and i love this image it's the best yet!!! no putting in your bin send to my bin lol x
    hugs
    Suzie Qx

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  21. How CAN you say nasty things about your card?? I love it!!!

    Hugs

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  22. O my Elaine this is so beautiful. Your coloring as gorgeous as always! Love to visit your blog.
    hugs Yvonne

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  23. Hi Elaine, I just love this card and I think you really are too hard on yourself hun. Lovely papers and a cool colour combo. Delish image coloured beautifully.
    hugs
    Marion

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  24. Oh hon this is just breath taking. Your coloring is just gorgeous as always and I so love the colors you used dear. Such a gorgeous card dear. Hugs

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  25. Well I think your card is beautiful and I love your colouring on you image and the colour combo, we so need to have a crafty get together!!
    Sorry to distress you, big hugs. xx

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  26. Hi Elaine, I think your being abit hard on yourself here, it's a gorgeous card, the image and papers are so pretty and the added butterflies are just so sweet,awww, don't chuck it in the bin...seems such a shame.....although I did laugh when I read that bit, I am sooo always doing that...lol.....but you must'nt...xx

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  27. oh my word, you cannot possibly bin this card.its stunning.i love the image and your pretty papers and details are gorgeous.
    i love it :D

    xx coops xx

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  28. Elaine - you really have been rubber sniffing if you're crazy enough to throw this card in the bin. It's gorgeous!!!!!!!! Hugs, Marie xxx

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  29. Hi Elaine...YIKES! I love this card! Your coloring is stunning. Please Mr. Postman...bring me my new Simply Sassy stamps SOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!! I just ordered this little lady! And now, after seeing your gogeous card, I want her NOW!! hehe! Am excited to be coming back! See you soon, girlfriend! Hugs. Pat Frank

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  30. I see what you mean about the cream but I still like it, it just makes the image pop out more. Maybe you could lightly glimmermist the background papers to tone them down a bit if you could pop off the image but I like it the way it is. Cankles and all.

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  31. Wonderful, adorable card Elaine, pretty colours too. What do you mean its going in the bin, don't you dare, just cos you don't like it there's plenty of us who do.
    luv
    debby

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  32. Ohhh, I love your coloring and I think you rocked the sketch, your card is beautiful! Love your color combo, pearls and butterflies!

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  33. Hi Elaine
    Awwww don't bin her! The image is fab and you've coloured her perfectly... although I do tend to agree a little about with you (only being honest) about the Antique Linen arguing with the white as I made the same mistake myself a while ago - I think it's cos my inkpad was too wet, as I've seen it used to much better effect than I did. But I'm sure she doesn't need to be in the bin!!
    Hugs
    Christine x

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  34. Love'Love this card Elaine it is simply gorgeous your image colouring as ever stunning and love your soft colour choices a beautiful make chum
    have a super weekend Lots Hugs
    Sarah x

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  35. You are really your worst critic - I would love to be able to distress colour like you - if your not happy send it my way so I can learn from your wonderful ability.
    A fab image and the papers work wonderfully even with the distressed edges.
    Hugs Sarah x

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  36. Awwww Elaine your def. to critical of your own work..ANYONE would be delighted with this gorgeous creation..think it must just be you & it didnt turn out how YOU wanted it too..its looks stunning to me & I think by all the comms you have every one else likes it too..your image is def adorable with those big doe eyes..

    smiles Christine xx

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  37. Hi Elaine,

    Well I totally love this card. The colouring is just to die for. I wish I could colour like this.

    The image is very sweet. It makes me want to ink up my little lady from my goody bag now, lol.

    Love Kerry xxx

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  38. Hi Sweetheart, wow thats stunning, I love what youve done with, its totally different to your normal style but what a gorgeous result. With hugs Shirleyxxx

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  39. Hello Elaine this is just superb!!! What a beautiful image and the colouring is just amazing love it!! Chanelle xxxx

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  40. Oh, darn, I can't understand why you don't like this card...it is beautiful! You are just being picky! LOL! I love it and the pink and brown combo is one of my favorite. You must need a little nap time and look at your lovely card again!

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  41. No way!!! Are you mad planning on binning this card?!!! Its gorgeous! Your colouring is fab and i love the papers, but i especially love all the little butterflys ,they are just soooo cute :)
    Fiona x

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  42. Your card is AWESOME Elaine!
    AMAZING colouring.
    Wish you a loveley day.
    Hugs, Swantje

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  43. OMGosh, I can't believe you are saying you don't like this card! I just saw this on the SN challenge blog and had to come over and tell you how much I love it! If you wish to rid yourself of it I'd be more than happy to send you my addy!! Oh' I think it's just beautiful, I love absolutely everything about it!! Your coloring here is utterly stunning and these papers are fabulous!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!
    xxAutumn

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  44. Hi Elaine
    I hope you are well chum, I think this card is beautiful and love all the colour tones your image is gorgeous as ever and your finishing detail I love, I do hope she is out of the bin!!
    sorry not been around much have been trying to stay off pc for a while to rest my hand, have a wonderful weekend Hugs
    Sarah x

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