Sunday, April 12, 2009

Good Knight Challenge - Caardvarks

The Easter Bunny was good to me this morning and brought me a tote bag full of coordinating products. I believe all the products were by a company called Portafolia although not all packages were labeled. As soon as I saw the colors, I knew that I wanted to use my new stuff for my first CaardVark challenge entry - Good Knight. The only rules to this challenge is that the theme is fantasy.

My first thought was to go with a fairy, but I don't't have a fairy stamp. So as we all know, necessity is the mother of invention. I decided to do some paper piecing. I stamped the butterfly using the purple Portafolia pigment ink and embossed using iridescent embossing powder. Then I stamped the lady using the emerald green Portafolia ink and embossed using iridescent embossing powder again. Then I cut out the dress. Finally, I stamped the lady using Close To My Heart Parchment ink. I cut out the torso and the legs. For the hair, I inked the edges of the head with VersaMark ink and used chalk to color it red. Once I had all my pieces, I layered them. I used pop-dots between the wings and the lady. Instant (ok, not so instant) fairy!

Next I layered the pattern paper on the card front and the inside. I cut a 2 inch square out of the front of the card. I placed my fairy on the inside so she can be seen through the window. On the front I placed a small striped paper below the window and added a bow on the left. The journaling tag w
as cut down to fit the words. Inside, the brad says, "You are what you believe." The journaling tag at the bottom was actually two tags cut to work together as a platform for the fairy to stand on - kind of like a stone. I added a little doodling from the fairy to the brad to make it more noticeable.

Card Front


Inside of card
I am quite happy with the results, and I truly enjoyed the challenge. There were several other renditions that were not quite as nice, but the process was great!

Close To My Heart products:
Paper - Key To My Heart (a special from last fall).
Stamps - Be Yourself (May 2009 Stamp of the Month), Butterfly Wings

13 comments:

Carrie Gaskin said...

Great card for this challenge. I just love your use of fairies.

SmilynStef said...

So very glad you joined the Caardvarks fun ... and a very creative way to make a fairy ... her wings are fabulous ... wonderful fantasy card.

nelliemaeii said...

This is such a great idea to combine Be Yourself and Butterfly Wishes to create a fairy!!!

And, to feed your addiction, I will share a favorite challenge site of my own...they select a card of the week, have links to tutorials, prizes just for entering, (selected at random) and a new challenge every day....

http://365cards.blogspot.com/

I can't enter them all, but it is fun to look through all of the entries to get ideas! They are only on day 43, so it would be a great time to jump in....we have over 320 days of challenges to look forward to!!

Diana said...

very pretty and clever!

lauren said...

i ♥loooooooooooove♥ this sweet fairy and her wonderful advice! what an AWESOME fantasy card!!!

Mary said...

Very creative! TFS!

Heidi Van Laar said...

This is darling! I love that you created your own fairy! So clever!

Lucy, England said...

Love your pretty fairy card.

Joshua Jiraffe Designs said...

Lovely card! I like how you pulled it together. I remember my first caardavark challenge not so very long ago.

And thanks for your kind comment on my fantasy card. Since you stopped by, I wanted to let you know that I'm offering some blog candy (first time ever) at this post...http://joshuajiraffe.blogspot.com/2009/04/never-done-before-blog-candy-offering.html

I would be happy to add your name to the list if you see anything you might like.

Enjoy the day!

Nathalia Castellon said...

Clydene, these are beautiful with just the right amount of whimsy! So glad you're joining in on our challenges at Caardvarks!

Emily said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It's always nice to have new people stop by so I can come and see what they are up to. I'm so glad I came to look! This card is awesome! I love how you created that fairy. She's just gorgeous! I think the indside is just as pretty as the outside. I took a cruise through your blog and saw some pretty neat stuff so hope you don't mind if I follow along. Sure hope you will continue to do some challenges because I love seeing unique cards.

Clydene said...

Thank you everyone for the kind words of encouragement. I can't wait to see what the next Caardvarks challenge will be. I also loved going over and checking out other people's blogs. I love all the variations of work and some of the funny stories that acompany the posts!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Ouuuuuu! How very very sweet! I love the way you did the sentiments, madly! and the inside: a work of art. Thanks for playing along in the Caardvarks' fantasy challenge, so I could see your gorgeous work! :O)