Jan 1, 2012

Love, Hope & Joy

Time to use your new stash!
At Fashionable Stamping Challenges that is exactly what we want you to do. And anything goes!
This week I wanted to have a go at a delicate and pretty card...and it reflects my new years' wish to each of you.
Whatever path you are on, and where ever your journey takes you, the wish is the same...
Love, Hope and Joy! xxx

Each year I buy myself something for xmas...last year it was a mirror in a swirly cast-iron frame (vintage gorgeous) - and it is still on the floor in my bedroom till I find someone to hang it for me!
(Shirley, our fearless leader, is working on that one for me...)

and this year I have bought Pan Pastels.

And I have been dying to have a play!!!!
I have blended some greens and a blue into the background.  Then I embossed with versamark and seafoam white embossing powder.  I used a leaf stamp and some versamark ink and overstamped all around the background...and then gently rubbed some green pan pastels over the top.  It gives a very delicate finish and more depth to the card.  At first I just used versamark...and this worked on the PP, but rubbing over just set it off that little bit more.
I pastelled up an extra sheet and used this for the torn corners and the words.  The words are also versamarked and rubbed over with a green PP.
All the edges have been distressed and inked.
Everything is flat on the card except for the buttlerflies which have been raised.

I hope you are inspired by the team to have a go and join in this fortnight.
Use anything new that you received over xmas (or even something you just haven't had a chance to use yet, it is still new!)


Stamps used are ~
Butterflies and words, from a clear stamp set.  
Leaf is from a Stampin' Up set.  
The vines are from a Stamp-It, Micky Choo set.
Dragonfly is PSX.

I am entering this card into the following challenges ~


Yvonne Garner said...

A real beauty Dot. I just ordered myself some PPs and am most excited. I love how you used them. What fun! Wishing you a Happy New Year and all that goes with that! Best, Yvonne

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh this is fabulous, Dot!!! Wishing you a Happy New Year!!! (((Hugs))) to you!!! xo Cindy

Ephemera said...

A real stunner and such a fresh and lovely design. The perfect antidote to all the OTT christmas bling. Loving the soft ethereal quality you have created with the pan pastels, so beautiful. XX

Caroline Rawcliffe said...

A beautiful card, Dot. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady.

Brenda Brown said...

This is so pretty Dot and I am just loving your use of the PanPastels, such creativity and exquisite designing.
My very best wishes to you, my friend, and your family, for a year full of love, health, peace and happiness.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous piece, I love the soft colouring.
Hope you have a happy 2012.

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Dot you've got to grips with the Pan Pastels. Look forward to seeing what other projects you make with them. Happy New Year to you ! Sue C x

Nelly's Crafty Card Attack! said...

beautiful card, so serene :-) ...Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks and a Happy New Year to you, Nelly X

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous Dot, such a beautiful soft colour, but it also has depth, you seem to have mastered the art of PP.
Hope 2012 is a great year for you.
Avril xx

Paulagriff said...

Oh this is beautiful, gorgeous colours, lovely and soft, its wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week and Happy New Year, Paula :))

Ephemera said...

Hi Dot,
Forgot to wish you A Very Happy & Crafty New Year. All the best. Paula XX

Rainbow Lady said...

Delicate and pretty this certainly is and I love it. Love Pan Pastels too. Thanks for sharing
Happy New Year love Cynthia x

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Dot, you summed it up beautifully as that is what each and every year should consist of.
Gorgeous, dreamy colours.

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Dot, so delicate and pretty and you've achieved so much depth with your background techniques. Its a real stunner
Happy New Year
Claire xx

Cleota said...

Very nice! Love the different elements about your creation. Thanks for joining us for our anything goes challenge at Little Miss Muffet.

DT Member

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Happy New Year, Dot. Your created a wonderful card. Love the soft colors and the dragonflies.

Terry said...

Dot, you certainly did create a delicate and pretty card! Love the soft background colors and those dragonflies! Beautiful!! Happy New Year! Hugs!

Fliss said...

This is really gorgeous Dot and your pan Pastel background is stunning. I'm in danger of becoming addicted to those having had some for my birthday.
Love the soft colours and the contrasting white elements.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2012.
A somewhat belated thanks too for your lovely surprise Christmas email which was a real hoot!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Tracey said...

Wow, what a stunning background and a lovely card. Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Squirrel and The Fox. I hope to see you there again soon.

Shirl said...

Wahoo Dot Happy New Year Hun (still working on the hunt for the perfect guy for you lol this is your year me thinks)

I have two hats on today first is for LMMC and second my own.

Gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, amazing ... your work is always so detailed and precise, clever you with the Pans Pastels.

Have fun this year and thanks for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.

Hugs Shirley x x x

Christine said...

Lovely card!! I love the resist technique that you used. Thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
xoxo, Christine

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

This is a beautiful card, love the green shades, perfect for the wishes of hope...;). Happy New Year, my Friend! Hugs, Joanna xx

Karina said...

What a gorgeous card, Dot. Love the green tones you used for it. Looks so harmonic. Amazing technique you made here.
Have a Happy New Year, hun!
Hugs, Karina

Gunn (Merete) said...

Great card, and I really like the colors. Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

Ellie said...

Beautiful card, Dot! Love the choice of stamps and the colors are gorgeous! I think I will also love to use pan pastels, but they are too expensive for me at the moment. AND, I still have lots of things I haven't used in my stash, so no complaints!
Happy New Year!
xxx Ellie xxx

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What a lovely card...beautifully presented. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join me as well. All the best for 2012. Hugs, Gayle

Leanne said...

Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, great job!

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Great card!

Perfect for our new beginnings challenge at Allsorts, Thanks for playing!

Emma xxx

Rica said...

Such a beautiful creation, I love the soft lettering and do many awesome details!!!

Thanks so much for joining us the Simon Stays Stamps challenge
Heather xx

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card, I love the soft greens and the dragonflies are beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx