Saturday, 28 September 2013

Be Jolly...

I succumbed to another Online Card Class, called Insider, but I have a great excuse LOL. They are sooo chock ful of inspiration, tips and incentives and they are real value for money. Besides, there aren't any cardmaking/crafting opportunities in my area, so these online card classes are just perfect for me plus I can watch the videos and student gallery as often as I like.

Anyhow, here's my card for day 1, which was all about adding interesting insides. After mulling over several ideas, I decided to go for a simple design and I knew just what I wanted to do after seeing a choice of new sketches at the CSAYL challenge blog. The idea may have been simple, it still took me quite some time to create the card. But then, I fuss over every little detail to get it just right. And of course, having to colour in a hedgehog for the first time in my life (without much prior experience with colouring anyway) was quite a challenge, esp. since I stamped directly onto the inside of my card (extra thick cardstock from Simon Says Stamp that does not bleed through to the backside. I did practice a little on some scrap cs, though.

As you can see, I followed the sketch quite faithfully, but I also love how the inside of the card turned out. When I was almost done, I needed a sentiment that would fit on my banner, and then my eye fell on one of the sentiments in this fun stamp set (Be Jolly) by Technique Tuesday, which consists of 2 lines. So with some careful masking on the stamp, I managed to stamp the first line on the front of the card and the second line on the inside. I added a few dots on the front with one of the Promarkers I had used to colour the image.

I also thought it would be a fun idea to have the Corner bow (Memory Box die) continue on the inside. I left the entire die cut in one piece and simply folded it around the bottom corner of the card and then glued it onto the card with a Martha Stewart glue pen, which is just perfect for these delicate shapes.

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes
CHNC Extra - always Anything Christmas goes
Winter Wonderland - Photo Inspiration (the gold-framed window and the animals)
Sister Act - 26 Anything goes (must be a card)
Bearly Mine Challenges - 105 Anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges - 43 Anything Christmas goes (with optional sketch)
Festive Friday - 18 Holiday project with a star element


  1. Oh my, wonderful job!!! Colored lovely I might add :>) Thanks for joining in the fun at CSAYL!!!

  2. Oohh! I LOVE your card! You've had a great idea and your coloring is perfect! I must do one myself!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenge this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

  3. Ha, that's great!
    Love the sentiment!

  4. Marianne, you colored your hedgehog perfectly. Your card is adorable. I love that Memory Box bow die....needs to be on my list of 'wants'. :-) Also, I like how you continued it inside.

  5. What a sweet little hedgie! Love the cut out stars too. Thanks for playing along in the Anything Goes Challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  6. This is adorable!! And the inside is awesome. Your coloring is fabulous; can't believe it was your first time. : ) Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

  7. Was für eine tolle Karte. Du hast den Sketch toll umgesetzt. Ich mag PB sehr und deine Karte sieht toll aus. Danke für Deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. LG Jenny

  8. Such a wonderful card! Love how the stars show through... Those sentiments are an inspiration for a card for a very special person

  9. oh howwww cute!! Love the window peek thru image

    Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge

    -Angeline DT

  10. Marianne, this is a delight! The inside is well worth the class! Love how you carried the cord through!

  11. Lovely card Marianne. It makes a very interesting card when the design carries over. :)

  12. This looks great! I love how you used the sketch with our Festive Friday challenge, thanks so much for joining us!

  13. Oh wow! I love those shimmery stars popping through - it must have a been a challenge to line them up so well with their windows! Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday!

  14. That image couldn't be any cuter! And I love the accents of the gold stars peeking through the bright white! Such a darling card!!! So happy to have it included in our Festive Friday inspiration!!!