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Sunday, 29 May 2011


** UPDATE! ** I am THRILLED to be this week's winner in the 'make your own BP' challenge! Thanks so much mermaids! looking forward to this week's challenge!

Michelle Perkett Studio Design Challenge Blog

Me again! This time, I am here to share a card with you which has been made for the latest challenge at Michelle Perkett Studios, which is to make your own backing paper.

I followed the sketch from this week's challenge at A Gem of a Challenge #22, which was designed by DT member, Rebecca.

Now as I am away from home (spending the Bank Holiday weekend at my caravan with my DH and the littlies.....lucky me!) I had very limited resources to use, (although it's surprising just how good I've got at cramming as much stash as I can into my 2 craft bags I always bring!!! lol!!) I had an idea as to how I was going to create my own DP and used MS Publisher to print one of Michelle's senti-images (LOVE) and coloured the hearts with a Promarker. I wanted to sponge-print ink over the surface, but had onlt got a couple of colours and no sponges :( so I had to 'make do.' I am a bit disappointed with the result, as I had to use a rubbish little sponge applicator and the effect is rather more blotchy than I was hoping for, but hey-ho.

I coloured the gorgeous party dress image with Promarkers and cut it out, then added double layered foam pads for extra dimension. I layered an orange Bazzill card with my handmade DP onto a 6"x6" scalloped card, with two ribbons as per sketch. I added 3 flower buttons from my stash (which I luckily had tucked into my bag!) a few gems and a ribbon on the corner to fit the sketch.

The sentiment I have used comes with the image, which is available from Michelle's Etsy shop.

I added some gel pen dots to finish the card off......not one of my best cards, but I was pleasantly surprised with the final result once everything was in place, especially as I had very little to work with!

So, to clarify, I am entering the Michelle Perkett Studios challenge,  (Make Your own patterned papers,) and the Gem of a Challenge #22 (sketch challenge.)

`Thanks for looking!


Dawn said...

An awesome make Ali, especially since you had such limited resources!
WTG you!
Good luck in your challenges hun!
Dawn xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Ali! Such great details and sponge-inked paper! Thank you for joining this week's Make Your Own Patterned Paper Challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio. Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!

Chrissy said...

I think the papers look fabulous. Love the colour combo, and great image.The corners look very effective.

Exclusively by Mel said...

Aqualeiga I think your backing paper looks fab!!
Love the flower buttons.
Your card is beautiful.
And thanks so much for joining us at A Gem Of A Challenge :))
Melanie. xx

Rebekah said...

Gorgeous colours on this and stunning dress image! Thanks for using my sketch at a gem of a challenge hugs Rebekah xx

Jenn Borjeson said...

So pretty - thank you SO MUCH for playing along with us again at Michelle Perkett Studio! :) xo

Shelley said...

Hi Ali! Your card is gorgeous. I think the sponging looks terrific. Great background paper. Thanks so much for joining us at MPS this week. Shelley

Catherine said...

What a sweet card Ali ! I love the colours and this little dress is so cute ! Hugs x

Ellis said...

Wonderful card and background! =)
Thanks for joining us at Michelle Perkett Studio!
Hugs, Elenor

CTgirl said...

Lovely card Ali...just LOVE the colours & image you used!

Dawn said...

Woo Hoo congrats on being the winner!!! Well done you!
Dawn xx