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Thursday 1 December 2011

Sugar Bowl Challenge ~ 73

My apologies for my recent lack of activity...I am still full of a horrible snotty cold along with a hacking cough that's keeping me up all night - and half the street too I think! It's been living with me for a fortnight now and I am getting a tad fed up with it, not to mention the cost of decongestants, 4 bottles of cough medicine and countless boxes of tissues. But on the plus side, it is only a cold and will pass.....eventually :)
It's a good job I was well ahead with my challenge cards as I've not stepped foot inside my craft room for a fortnight!

Today there is a new challenge over on the Sugar Bowl with a fab sketch by the lovely Sweetie Cathy and this time the optional theme is "Out of the ordinary".

Well, that was definitely a challenge for me! And it took me longer to decide what to do than to actually make the card. I was going to make a fancy shaped card, since I almost always make the standard 6x6 size, but the stoooopid dies I have wouldn't cut through 2 layers of cardstock.
Then I thought I would use a non-Sugar Nellie stamp....that's definitely out of the ordinary for me but would've no doubt resulted in me getting a very stern telling off!

So this is what I came up with. I used another of Sugar Nellie's gorgeous fairies, this one is called Hazel and Nutty. As always, she's been coloured with a mix of DI's and SU inks.

OK, so what's the "Out of the ordinary" bit then?
Firstly, I used my beloved and much stroked - but not often cut - Pion Design paper...this paper only comes out for very special occasions.Next, I aged all the paper edges with walnut stain distress ink. And finally, I added a whole host of embellies...well, you know me and my simple cards, so this is a embellishment overload for me :)

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. 
My fellow Sweeties all made such awesome cards, so please pop on over to the Sugar Bowl to view them all.

Thanks for looking.
Love Elaine xxx


  1. Hi Elaine
    A gorgeous and beautiful card love the colour's and hope you are feeling better soon,take care
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  2. what a beautiful card, so lovely!
    hope you will have lot of entries this month!

  3. Hi Elaine
    love love love your card, colour combo is divine as are the papers, that image is soooooo sweet, love ALL your em-bellies, and (as usual) your colouring is O.O.T.W.
    Sorry to hear that you are still full of cold, hope you are soon feeling much better.
    Sending you HUMUNGOUS healing hugs
    Sandra (craftynan)

  4. Wow Elaine, love those muted colours and your great papers, how could you cut them !
    a beautiful glittery fairy, well coloured as usual, hope the cold has gone now !

  5. Hi Elaine,
    So sorry that you are still suffering with that cough. I must admit I had the same earlier in October and I was 3 weeks with it. I also lost half a stone in weight.
    On to your card which is gorgeous. I love that fairy image, she is just adorable with her stripey socks. Beautiful colour combo and delish papers and 'embellies'
    Hope you are better for the weekend.

  6. This is one gorgeous card Elaine - I love everything about it.
    Denise xx

  7. HI Elaine .. oh i hope you feel a lot better soon.. fingers crossed and sending a big hug!
    I love the beautiful colours and papers in the card .. and what a gorgeous image .. it really is an Extra Ordinary card !
    Lisa x

  8. Gosh - get the smelling salts out! I did spot the embellie OD but not the rest of it - for one moment as I read I thought you'd used a distressing tool (!).......yikes that would need a stretcher! Absolutely love your soft colours & the stylish embellishing. Take care with that "only a cold"........ perhpas it needs a bit of antibiotic oomph???????? & a trip to Mr Doc??
    Paula (PEP)

  9. Haha! Embellished overload haha! That's great!
    Your card is way gorgeous though Elaine!!! LOVE the Pion Designs papers, they truly are special and go perfectly with your outstanding coloring of this cute fairy!! Another stunner!
    Hugs, Dena

  10. Gorgeous and wonderfully embellished :)

  11. Oohhh Elaine, this is such a beautiful card!!!!

    gr. arjette.

  12. Oh what a beautiful card Elaine!
    Hugs Heidy

  13. Oh Elaine this is stunning, I just adore it...
    Hope your soon cold free, take

  14. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW.....sweetie this is an absolute stunner & I sooooo love the papers & of course I adore the embellies, you know me & bellies lol. Fantastic colouring as always shug.
    Hope you feel better soon hun, sending you cyber chicken soup to help you on your way lol.
    Take care

    Lotsa get well hugs Vicky xxx

  15. Beautiful card Elaine and I love the embellies. Hope you get rid of your nasty cold soon.

  16. This is gorgeous, Elaine! I love that fairy, and the colours you've used!

    I hope you feel better soon! Our house has been hit with a virus too, no fun at this busy time of year.

  17. Stunning card Elaine, really love everything about it.
    Teresa xx

  18. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and the pretty card is miiiiiiiiiiiiine ♥♥♥

  19. Beautiful card hon.... I so love that image... and the colours you've chosen are perfect for her... BUT - I think you only JUST scrape by with the 'out of the ordinary!' Good try tho!! hehe

    Big hugs
    Christine x

  20. This card is so beautiful Elaine. I hope you get better soon. Lee x

  21. This is gorgeous, love the colours, so soft. Hope you are better soon hun. Marianne x

  22. Elaine, I simply love your card!! The colours and your coloring are/is amazing!!! The glitter and sparkle...ahhh =) and of course the mega-cute Sugar Nellie stamp!
    Absolutly gorgeous!

  23. Your card is gorgeous Elaine, love the colour and beautiful design!

  24. Drool!!!! this is a real stunner. Love the colours and as always coloured to perfection.

    hope you are well Mrs


    Ali x

  25. oh so stunning elaine.the image is gorgeous and i love your beautiful colouring and design :D
    i really hope you feel better soon :D

    xx coops xx


  27. Girl this is just gorgeous !!!! So beautiful colored as always dear and those papers are Divine !!! I see why you use them for something special.
    Get to feeling better dear. Hugs

  28. Morning sweetie, this is just gorgeous, love the colours hugs pops x x x

  29. I love it Elaine....we want more embellishment overload and inky edges, LOL. Seriously fablous dwarling and stunning colouring as always.
    Hugs Erika. x

  30. Oh Elaine you really do know how to create a stunning card and those papers are to die for, your colouring is just gorgeous as is your whole card design. hugs Shirleyxxx

  31. oh wow stunning card Elaine i do love the colours you used!!

  32. oh i love this shade of blue and her sparkle on her wings

  33. Wow, this is gorgeous Elaine, I LOVE your color combo and your gorgeous coloring! Your image is so precious too!

  34. I am so far behind in commenting so sorry! I think you did a lovely job with the card, the blue and taupe color scheme is so soft and pretty and you can definitely see the glitter on her winds. I like the flowers you made too, very whimsical!

  35. Stunning card, love those colours, absolutely beautiful
    Lindsay xx

  36. Stunning card, she is beautiful, love the design x
    Wendy x

  37. Beautiful! You make these fairies look so magical, just love it. The Pion papers look elegant and so georgeus.

    Hugs, Anne.

  38. Elaine your card is stunning, the way you colour is always beautiful and really brings the image to life, you almost tempt me to dig out the inks again.
    I hope you feel better soon hun :)
    hugs Mandy xx

  39. perfecto!! what can I say but that colouring is awesome!!


  40. Gorgeous card Elaine, love your colouring (there's a surprise) and fabulous embellies. That paper is gorgeous, can see why you wouldn't want to cut it.
    Cathy xx

  41. Your coloring is gorgeous. I saw it on the Sugar Bowl and had to pop in and snoop around your blog. Love your artistic design style. Hugs, Linda


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