Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fabulous Fifty - My First Easel Card!!!


It's definately a decade for me to try new things - first there's the scrapbooking and now I'm trying card styles I've had on my "To Do" list for ages! These easel cards have been tempting me but I just hadn't had the opportunity to try one - until my DD's boyfriend asked me if I could make a card for his mum's 50th birthday. After asking his sister what her favourite colour was because he didn't know (typical male - LOL) - it's purple - I printed off a few Mo Manning images and coloured them in. Matt chose this one and then it was up to me!

I paired some Elegant Eggplant CS with Summer Sun CS - both from SU. The lilac DP is also from SU - it was sent to me by the lovely Donna over at Butternut Sage as a gift after I lamented the lovely Halloween papers the U.S had that we didn't - how sweet is she!!! The other DP is from Kaisercraft - it was a freebie in the back of their catalogue and just suited perfectly. I've found purple based DPs aren't that easy to come by!!!

The flowers and leaves are from Bizzy Becs - with the exception of the white flower - a local find!

I've cut the tag out using tag nestabilities that the lovely Marcia at The Stamp Spot sent me for Christmas - although the yellow tag was traced around the outside of the nestie and hand cut as I preferred a finer border. The numbers are cut using Cuttlebug dies and then slathered with Dazzling Diamonds. There is more sparkle on the yellow edge of the skirt and on the yellow flower at her waist to balance everything up.

I was warned by a fellow blogger that these cards are addictive - and I think Lynda might just be right!! I'm really happy with this card and the fact that it's a little "different" will hopefully make it a bit more special for the birthday girl.

My daughter has told me she would also like me to make a 50th card for Matt's mum - and HER'S has to be better than this one - LOL!!! Hmmm - now there's a challenge - wish me luck!

xXx

36 comments:

Stampin Mindy said...

Dont you love these cards! They are so easy and fun to make. You did a fabulous job! Love the flowers!

Cheryl said...

WOW Debbie you never cease to amaze me,this is brilliant there is so much to look at.........beautiful work!!! I love easel cards,have only made one and want to make more,but there is also so many other things I want to try......lol....just not enough time to try them all!!
xx

Fran said...

WOW, I LOVE it! that image is so fun and the papers are lovely. All those flowers just make the card perfect and very special. Good luck trying to better this effort, I can't wait to see what you come up with :) I am definitly addicted to easle cards, they are so much fun, now that I have started making them I have trouble stopping!

Annmaree said...

This is so much fun! LOVE the colouring

Merry said...

That is such a wonderful card...and wonderful image.

Bec said...

wow debbie, i love this.. those colours a stunning.. i have not yet tried and easel card.. I must as they look amazing.. bec xx

Kerrie said...

Beautiful card, I'm sure she will treasure it.

Leigh said...

I love it!!! Great fun image and the colours and dp all matched so well.

Sue said...

WOW, your card is stunning. You're right about the color purple, but you nailed it with this card. That Mo image is so fun, and the papers are wonderful. How you will top this card will be fun to see, I'm sure you can do it, but isn't just like your child to give you the biggest challenges. hee hee! Please let us see what you come up with and let us know if it meets your daughter's approval!!!!

Helen Dooley said...

Wow- It sure is a beautiful card. You did a great job and being your first? wow, I have yet to try it.

stephanne said...

Your first easle card is fantastic!! You've chosen a wonderful image and I love that bushell of flowers, totally gorgeous!! I can't wait to see all of your future easle cards!!
Take Care,
Stephanne

Christine H said...

Just too gorgeous Deb...you've certainly started the New Year in sparkling form!

Kellie Winnell said...

OOoooo, Uhhhhh where to start first, lol! I absolutely love your easel card! Your colouring of that gorgeous MO Manning image is simply stunning and the LO of your card is absolutely GORGEOUS, just love it!
Hugs Kel xx

Marina said...

Wow! This is stunning!
Love all flowers, papers are beautiful and this sweet image is beautifully coloured.

Hugs,
Marina

Jean McKenzie said...

Wow Debbie!! What a beauty!! I just love everything on this card - your flower arranging sets it all off!

Mandy said...

Beautiful card!! the birthday girl will love it..Easel cards are addictive I love them...
Mandy xx

Kylie said...

STUNNING Debbie! LOVE how you put it altogether, just AWESOME!

Take Care,
Kylie X

Dena said...

Debbbbbiiiieeee!!!! Hey there friend!!! What a FANTASTIC job you did with this easel card. I can't believe it is your first. Fun, fun, huh? Well, those papers are just super pretty and I love the image also. This lady will adore your card, I mean, who wouldn't?!!!!
Hugs, Dena

~Christina~ said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Very nicely made...just beautiful :)

Lynda said...

Now I see why you had PURPLE on you mind!! LOL!! Debbie...you have outdone yourself darl'n. This is so v v speccy in many ways. The joy and luvin' she is gunna feel seeing this card is HUGE. Know what u mean abt purple DP's, but this card as a classic elegance wwith a massive element of fun in it as well!!! Congrats on setting such a high bar for your first easel card....;). ooxx

Butternut Sage Designs said...

wooohoooo is all I said when I opened your blog to this delight! WOW so dang cute and perfect for the beginning of a new 1/2 century!!!! B'day! Love it!

Tracey Feeger said...

Oh this is stunning Debbie. I love the DP you used and I can't believe this is your first easel card. You did a wonderful job with it.
mwah
Trace

LINDA said...

This is just beautiful.. I love all the detail that you have put into this one..Very lovely work!!!
Hugs, Linda

Norma said...

Debbie, wow wow wow. This is beyond fantastic. Mo's image is adorable, but your colouring never cease to amaze me (and I get to study it up close now on your Xmas card.,.LOL). Love how your colours compliment themselves beautifully together. Fabulous flower arrangement and great layout. I just luuuvvv... your easel card.

Hugs.
Norma

Marcia said...

I have resisted these because I too know I won't be able to stop. Beauty of a card Debbie, stunning.

:) Marcia

Kristy Young said...

Oh wow Debbie! This is gorgeous, I have not yet tried an easel card but it is on my to do list! Your flower arrangement looks GORGEOUS!
Kristy xo

chelemom said...

This is beautiful!!! still haven't tried one of these!!!

nessy said...

maybe your first ~but it is amazing and so much detail ~just gorgeous!!
vanessa xx

Leonie said...

Awesome card Debbie, you are so very creative!

Annette said...

Absolutely beautiful Debbie, just love the colours,(can't think why LOL) you have made a fantastic job (as always) for your first easel card, love the flowers and just love the Mo image! Loved your scrapbook page too, don't think I would have been walking amongst the Jelly Fish, very brave! Take CareX:)

Kristine said...

GORGEOUS job Debbie!! Wow, this is your first easel? Oh, I just know we'll be seeing more from you--they are positively ADDICTIVE!! LOL.

I am LOVING this Mo's image so much! And your color scheme and flowers?!! WOW! Wonderful 50 card *Ü*

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous!

Debbie M said...

Beautiful card Debbie - I too have an easel card on my to-do list - they don't look hard to make and they are so effective aren't they.

Debbie M

Ps: Thanks for the tip on the cloudy Crystal Effects. I don't remember it raining but it could have been plus we are having extremely humid weather also.

Danielle said...

WOWZER!!! Debbie, what a beautiful easel card - it's fantastic! And your colouring of Mo's image is gorgeous - you've done an absolutely amazing job!
Hugs, Danielle

Stamp and Smile said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Debbie! He is a lucky guy to have you make a card for his Mum... and the details! WOW'
za!!!! The Eggplant and Summer Sun is such a fun mix and very creative way to use the Easel Card... she can have it displayed on her coffee table for a very LONG time... very much a piece of ART!!!

Warm SMILES... :)

Lisa Hjulberg said...

You've knocked both out of the ballpark, dear girl (such an American thing to say)! I especially love this one... elegant and happy at the same time.