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Thursday 20 October 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge - 70

There's a new challenge over on the Sugar Bowl today. We have a fab sketch from the lovely Sweetie Maria Therese and the option is 'Clean and Simple'.

Now this challenge is right up my street as I am very challenged when it comes to using embellishments! I love them and I have nothing but admiration for those card makers who can add a multitude of gorgeous embellies and create a fabulous card jam packed full of detail. I drool over these cards, but I just cannot make them myself. They always end up looking like a right dogs dinner!

This adorable little sweetheart is from the Fairy Glen range of stamps and is called Charlotte. As always she's been watercoloured with a mix of DI's, SU inkers and Nick Bantock inkers. As the sketch was just a single layer I chose this beautiful paper from Pion design. The sentiment was a freebie in a magazine, the flower is a MFT die, and the swirly thing is one of my Spellbinders dies. Her wings have been liberally drowned in glamour dust as is befitting a little fairy.
And that's about it..simples!

The prize for one lucky winner is a choice of any 4 Sugar Nellie stamps, but if there are 100+ entries then the prize will increase to any 6 Sugar Nellie stamps. 

For all the details on how to enter please visit the Sugar Bowl blog, where you can also see all the gorgeous cards from the other Sweeties for your inspiration.

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xxx


  1. She's so cute Elaine, with her shimmering wings. Simple but beautiful and as they say less is more. Lovely. x

  2. oh so gorgeous Elaine, fab colouring once again!!

    I know what you mean with those cards with lots of embellies...I just can't do them either!!


  3. Loooooove your card sweetie ♥ And your coloring is so pretty ♥

  4. I have exactly the same problem as you with the embellies and details - simple works MUCH better for me too!

    LOVE your gorgeous card - beautiful colours, awesome colouring (as always!) and beautiful choice of paper. Loving that swirl too! Gorgeous! Susie x

  5. Simply stunning Elain and coloured to perfection as always. Love it

    Ali x

  6. Hi Elaine,
    Simple, you say, it's gorgeous. Those papers don't need anything else and that image, so cute and so beautiful colord.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Yvon

  7. THis is so pretty - and i think the paper is absolutely gorgeous and needs no further embellishment .
    Lisa x

  8. Gorgeous card. I love CAS look and this is fab. These new stamps from SN are so cute.

    Hugs, Mette

  9. Oh hon, this is just gorgeous !!! I so love your coloring hon with your inks. Just beautiful. And that paper. GORGEOUS !!! Big Hugs

  10. Elaine this is gorgeous...beautiful colours!xx

  11. Haha I know that feeling about all the embellies,I love them on someone elses card,but for me they don't work!
    Love your clean card Elaine!
    Hugs Heidy

  12. Beautiful card Elaine and wonderfully coloured as always, loving the flowers and swirls. Very cute papers too.
    Happy crafting Erika.

  13. Hi Elaine,
    A stunning card hun and this image is just soo adorable. Beautiful colouring and delish paper.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Elaine, I don't think you could ever make a card worthy of a dog's dinner haha! This is just spot on! Of course, I feel your coloring steals the show on all your cards anyhow so no need for anything else. Gorgeous!!!!
    Hugs, Dena

  15. Hi Elaine, Oh your colouring is just perfect, just love it, gorgeous card and a fab challenge.xx

  16. Beautiful card and such a pretty layout. Your colours and cardstock are gorgeous too. Lee x

  17. Oh you know how much I love your coloring and this is no exception....she is so perfectly colored! Loving those sparkled wings too:0)
    I am a bit opposite to you; I have a real hard time with the clean and simple.


  18. stunning card elaine.the image is so sweet and i love your fabulous colours and yummy paper :D

    xx coops xx

  19. Oh Elaine that is gorgeous isnt she a sweet image, those papers are beautiful, all in all its one stunning card. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxx

  20. Hi Elaine awww she is so sweet love the cut face fab colours & yes am like you find it hard to make Pizza cards I call them..I love to see other peeps gorgeous creations but have trouble putting a lot on mine too..

    smiles Christine x

  21. Wow, Elaine your card is gorgeous!
    hugs Yvonne

  22. This is so beautiful Elaine. Your colouring is amazing and the colours match that patterned paper perfectly.
    You do CAS brilliantly.
    Cathy xx

  23. OOOO Elaine
    This is just soooo pretty, I love it, I do find CAS very hard to do, but must try the sugarbowl challenge
    Tilly x

  24. Oh this is amazing love the colour and great sketch. Sending Hugs dont work to hard. xxx

  25. Your colouring is absolutely perfect!
    Love your simple card!

  26. Oh she is soooo cute Elaine, I love her! Perfect coloring and DP, beautiful CAS card!

  27. Ooooooohhhhhhhh Elaine she's absolutely stunning! Love how you've coloured her.... and I'm right there with you about the embellies... I do struggle with them...... and with sentiments too!
    So we'll stick to un-embellished un-sentimented cards.. yes? LOL!
    Christine x

  28. Hey there, my sweet friend!! Are ya keeping warm over there on your side of the pond?? Nice fall day here...high-60's...breezy! Sweater weather! Love it!! You'll see how nice it is here ion VA when you come visit! hehehe! hint hint! Your card is stunning!! So...this is clean and simple, huh? Hmmmmm...well, dang, all of my cards are C&S...underneath all of my embellies! LOL!! Your coloring is stunning...and, of course, I love this little fairy!! Hugs darlin'!! Pat Frank

  29. This is so adorable...I love those shoes! (My type of a fairy) Elaine your coloring is beautiful and even though CAS is hard for me you have nailed it perfectly!

  30. This is a beautiful card, Elaine! I love all the Fairy Glen stamps!

    I too have issues with embellishments! They never seem to look right, I don't know how some of the 'over-the-top with embellies' girls do it!

  31. I love this little fairy - your colouring is still awesome, I love the way you get the right shading done - gonna keep pestering you to make a vid or at least give me an email with a tutorial on! lol
    Your card is stunning as usual.
    Hugs SarahSx.

  32. This is so sweet Elaine, I love the paper and this little cutie is just adorable. You do CAS so well, I am horrified but SN calls the shots and its not happening without
    Thanks for mail xxxxxx

  33. Georgeus card!
    Flawless coloring, and a perfect cute image. Love the colors and pearls, and the glitter looks perfect.

  34. as always, I am in complete awe of your colouring - stunning

  35. I love the way you've coloured her flower to reflect those in the patterned paper & the way you have layered your die-cut flower to mimic them as well. The little star in her hair really picks up on the central flower shape around the pearl too. The scattering of pearls on her skirt are a lovely touch.
    Paula (PEP)

  36. This paper is gorgeous and those little flowers in the corner fit just perfectly on this card. Lovely coloring as I always expect from you. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  37. Hi Elaine,

    I hope you are okay, sorry I have not dropped by for a while. I am a bit like you and can only crafy/blog/comment when I am not at work and doing other bits and bobs!!!

    This is a gorgeous card, love it and the colours are just beautiful. The colouring is flawless.

    Love Kerry xxx

  38. Wow Elaine, stunning work. Having read your essay I now know how long it takes you to create your works of art and I appreciate the inspiration you give me. As with some of your other commenters I am still trying to improve my Promarker colouring but I would love to be able to colour with DIs and get the results you do. Work doesn't half get in the way though!!!!

    Take care hugs Ali x

  39. Who needs ooooodles of embellies when a card looks as good as this one! I'm always beating myself up that I can embellish like the big girls, but have just given up and decided to keep it simple. Love your card, it's fabulous, Jo x

  40. Oh' Elaine I have missed seeing your beautiful makes this card is beautiful and image adorable love how you have glittered her wings too..
    I'm so sorry for not being around these last few months in blogland and have missed my blog friends it is good to be back.
    I hope all is well with you and your family.
    Lots Hugs
    Sarah x

  41. Hi Elaine! Sorry I have not dropped by in AAAA-GES! Your card is bloomin' gorgeous and so beautifully coloured. In my humble opinion, you have got the embellies spot on.

    I'm on the fence about heavily embellished cards - some crafters can do it beautifully and add loads of embllies that are perfectly placed and compliment everything, but I often see cards that look really over-embellished and distract from the image. Personally, I have a very hard time adding embellies and probably spend 3 times as long fiddling with what to add and where to add than the time it takes to colour the image and make the card base! LOL!

    Hope you're having a great start to the week.

    Hugs, Sem x

  42. Gorgeous card... I love green & blue! Wow your colouring with DI is fantastic... I can see why you take so long to colour an image when they look like this! Shelly x


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