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Wednesday 15 September 2010

Sugar Nellie

I've just been told by the Hubster that tomorrow is the planned day that we change internet providers. At some point during the day we will lose the internet connection with our current supplier, but will be transferred to the new provider later in the day. The last time we changed we had no internet for a week!
So if I'm not around and about you'll know why.
I've no new cards to show, I am working away on stuff which can't be blogged just yet. So instead I thought I'd show an older card. I tend to show only the cards that I'm relatively happy with, but I've got plenty that I don't like and haven't shown. I suppose this card illustrates how we change and develop, how our own tastes alter.
Image is of course a Sugar Nellie Manga, I adore this image! I was quite new to colouring with DI's when I made this card so it's not the best attempt. The DP is MME, and I do like most of the papers in this range, but the gingham one looks blurry and out of focus - and not just in my photo! I have a big box full of these flowers, I bought them because everyone else was using them - I must've been going through a "sheep" phase and following along behind everyone else - but the truth is that I don't really use them much anymore.
I've seen some amazing floral arrangements on other peoples cards and I love them, but I just don't like them on my cards.

It's my boys birthday in a couple of weeks, sweet 16 and never been kissed? Yeah right! So I've planned a followers/commentors candy in honour of the occasion, I'm just waiting for a couple of bits to turn up yet.
Hopefully I'll be popping by your blogs tomorrow, but if I'm MIA at least you'll all know why.
Thanks for looking and any comments you may leave.
Love Elaine xx


  1. this is beautiful and as you were only a beginner omg i hope i am this good when i try to use di to colour with i think all of the shading is gorgeous,I hope you don't lose connection for too long i love seeing your cards and hearing all of your latest things so tell them they need to be quick lol og=h what a naughty boss you have surely he can let you blog a little heehee xx

  2. Love this card Elaine the colours and Dp are gorgeous, but as you say wee do progress with our crafting but your DI's image colouring look fantastic to me chum!! me too I see beautiful arrangements of flowers on cards like Mandy's hers are amazing always, but yours look fabulous on here, I keep saying I'm going to get some from Orchid Crafts as they have a great selection, well hope your internet is not down for to long chum, take care catch you later!! Hugs
    Sarah xx

  3. Oooo Elaine this is just gorgeous it's no wonder you're on the Sugar Nellie team!! Would never say it was done by somebody who was new to di's. I really hope you're not cut off from blogland for too long I also luv your work and the stories you tell and will miss ya loads. Lotsa luv xxxx

  4. I know what you mean about the flowers. Wild Orchid Crafts loved to see me log on but I hardly ever use them. Tend to be a little simpler with my cards now. Great coloring beginner at the time or not.

  5. Despite what you say I do think the shading is excellent. I too hope that my colouring is this good when I re-tackle the Distress Inks. I think it's good to see how we develop & grow for then we have something to meausure ourselves by. I recently found one of my very first cards I made & have quietly put it away in a box so that I can remind myself of where I started. A recent trip to Smiths where I originally bought heaps of crafting goodies saw me leave empty handed - we only outgrow ourselves by being sheep & learning to find our patch of grass. Sorry if all that sounds patronising - I have to remind myself of all these things sp thank you for reminding me to remind myself.
    Paula (PEP)

  6. love your colors, cute!

  7. Hi Elaine, have to say I've never coloured with distress inks and sad to say don't own any though I do have some coloured pen inks and love their vibrant colours but haven't used them for ages. Hope your son has a fab birthday it's amazing how time flies. Your boss sounds like my hubbies they have limits as to what internet access they are allowed, I suppose it makes bossman feel as if they have pwoer!
    I occassionally use flowers but like you really have to try hard to make them look how I want, but do admire fellow crafters who make them just blend into their cards but it wouldn't do for us all to be the same. Hope the transfer goes fast and smooth, hugs Julye

  8. Fingers crossed you can read this soon and that internet behaves....
    What a cute card - do you handcut the pink shape around to get it this close to the other shape or do you have a secret to share with the Nesties?? I can relate to the flowers for sure I have them too - and use them now and then - but no good if card is not handdelivered as the Royal mail loooves to ruin them completely when handling mail.

  9. You are being mean to yourself!! I love your coloring!! It's just gorgeous!! Good luck with the internet thingy and yupp your boss is mean but I supposed I wouldn't get to do blogthingy myself so...

  10. Hi Elaine, Well I think your colouring on this is beautiful! And the flowers look lovely too, although I know what you mean about the flowers - I sometimes use the roses, but then it's more awkward to get in the envelope AND it costs more to send, so I prefer the flat ones. That nestie looks lovely too. Hope the internet provider change goes ok. Susie x

  11. Love the stamp too! It's on my wish list. I have loads of those flowers too, and I have to watch who I make cards for 'cause the postage!!!

  12. hey hunny! Your card is stunning!! Loving the colouring...i'm squinting and still can't see how you could improve it! Looks amazing to me! I love the little mini roses!! And it allde pends on what kind of lok you want to acheive on your card....mmmmm ....Like you I am loving clean!

    Hope all goes well today!

    Hugs Judy xx

  13. Think we all change our stlye at some point, Elaine. I tried the fancy approach for a while too but , if I'm honest, it's too much and definitely not me, lol. Your card is gorgeous and the flowers look fab. Hope your internet is sorted out quick. I move house next week and I think I will be driven mad if it doesn't work, lol x

  14. Hi Elaine
    I don't know WHY you wouldn't have shown this card before now, as it's lovely. I hope you don't have to wait too long for your internet connection, although on the positive side I have not switched my computer on for the last couple of days and I have got a lot more crafting done lol.
    Sandra (craftynan)

  15. This is just adorable!
    I love the patterned papers together, and the colors are so sweet. :)

  16. Lovely card Elaine, and I think your colouring looks fab. Hope you 'tintenet is not out of action for too long, don't we rely on it!!!

  17. Hi Hun, hope yopu get to see this lol, that's your colouring at the begining, I really will give up now lol, this is one lovely card,the flowers are gorgeous but make cards hard to post I think,oh well if I don't see you on here soon I'll send out a search party he he, hugs Liz xx

  18. Wow, Elaine I love your card!! Did you use an Copic Airbrush on this one? Or how did you make this beautiful background around your stamp?
    hugs Yvonne

  19. Hope you have a smooth changeover today on your internet,
    Love the card, your colouring is just great, wish mine was as good, lol, I do love the flowers
    Tilly x

  20. You know Elaine your colouring is amazing and if this is an older creation, when you thought you were just starting out with DI and it wasn't your best attempt, your mad. OMG your colouring is exceptional.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. Hi Elaine
    A stunning card,
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  22. just love the 2 papers you have combined on this make, stunning work and lovely colouring on the image too
    sarah x

  23. Hi Elaine, hopefully youve now got your new internet provided sorted and it wont belong before your back blogging again.
    Fabulous card love the papers and the design is gorgeous. with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  24. Hi Elaine,

    I hope you are okay. I am sorry that I have not visited for a little while, but I have been really busy at work and just haven't had time to blog or comment - sorry!

    Gorgeous card, beautiful images and the layout is lovely. I have just see all that stash from your WOYWW post - oh my gosh..... I am so jealous!!! Ha ha!

    Love Kerry xxx

  25. I think the flowers on this card are just perfect for the lovely image you have used. Hope the your change over goes smoothly. :-) xx

  26. Such an ADORABLE card Elaine!
    Love the sweet image.
    Gorgeous choice of papers and colours.
    Big hugs,


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