Friday, February 15, 2013

Card Design: QKR Challenge #26--Anything Goes

Hello everyone!  It is Friday and that means it is time for another challenge over at QKR Stampede where I am the Guest Designer this month.  The theme this week is everyone's favourite "Anything Goes".  This is a great opportunity to enter those hard to place cards.  You know, the ones that don't seem to fit the usual challenge themes available.  Of course, all your easily identifiable cards fit too, so it is a great opportunity to show us all your different sides.  Well at least three different sides anyways, since that is the maximum number of cards you can enter for each challenge.

A random winner will win 2 free digi's from the store however if you use a QKR image, you will win 5 free digis.  That is a great incentive to use one of QKR's adorable images and there are so many awesome ones to choose from.  This week I got to play with the following images for my GDT entry:
Here is the front of the card I've chosen to showcase... 

Here is a close up of that adorable little angel...

Here is the inside of the card... 

With a closer look at the digi images...

Here are the card details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything...

General Notes:

  • Well, I think I've found a light to use.  About a year ago, we managed to pick up a $150 Ott craft light for $40.  Since I don't really have a place to set it up, I just sort of drag it to where I need it, I decided to drag it to the dining room table where I take my pictures.  There wasn't much daylight left when I took these pictures and I think the lighting turned out fine.  Thanks to everyone for their ideas on light sources and taking pics.  They have been very helpful.  Now we just need a better camera, one that does great close ups without getting blurry.  That problem is going to take a lot longer than a couple weeks to fix.  For now though I'm content with doing the best I can, given what I have to work with.
  • I love angels of every variety.  I have a piano top filled with them.  While I don't need any more of the physical kind, I can always make use of  digital ones.  That is why it was so much fun working with these great images this week.  
  • It was also high time I create something using purples.  I love the colour purple but haven't really had the opportunity to use any of my purple papers yet.  
  • So combine my love of angels, purple and card design...well, talk about a triple play!  
  • One of the challenges I'm entering requires that there be hearts and dots.  I think that I'm safe with the number of dots and hearts on this particular card, inside and out.
Digital Images:
  • Watering Hearts Angel (front):  The image on the front of the card is such a sweet image.  If you are interested in purchasing this image it is available HERE.  It was coloured using Copic markers.  Angel Wings:  BG70, BG72, BG75.  Clothes:  BV00, BV02, BV04, BV08 (dress, hat, shoes).  Skin:  E000, E00, E02, E11, R20.  Watering Can:  Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17. Hearts:  R20, R22.  Grounding around the angel: while it is difficult to see, I did use BG70 around the image to help ground it a bit.
  • Heart Box Angel (inside):  The additional angel image that was used on the inside is available HERE for purchase.  It was just printed out using printer ink matching the purple to the DP.  I chose to not colour it in because I just wanted it to be subtle for the inside.  I did however decide to add sparklesI added iridescent white to the halo and then purple ones to the heart.  Unfortunately, they seem to be all coming off.  I tried fixing them with hairspray, a trick I used to use when working with charcoals and other mediums, but it didn't seem to really help.  Any cheap fixative tips anyone to help the sparkles stick around until the personal gets the card at least?

Digital Sentiments:

  • Precious Things Sentiment:  This beautiful verse on the inside is available for purchase HERE.  I love this sentiment and it fit so perfectly for the person I'm designing the card for.  Unfortunately I can't say who it is for in case they actually see this post.  It was printed onto white cardstock using a blue-green ink colour that matched with a similar colour in the DP.  The edges of the inside paper were inked up using a blending tool and a Studio-G dark purple ink.

Paper Products:
  • Card base: purple pastel cardstock--from Dollarama.
  • Designer Papers:  Purple gingham & mixed coloured dotted circles (front & inside)-- Recollection's Bold Basics Paper Pad.  Dark Purple shadow--Michael's open stock scrapbook paper.  


  • Offray--the purple ribbon that I've wound into sort of a floral shape is from my mom so I have no idea where it came from originally.

  • Hearts--from Dollarama.

Challenges I hope to enter include:

So, please head on over to QKR Stampede and join in all the fun.  While you are there, check out the fabulous cards offered up by the QKR design teamWe look forward to seeing what your creative little minds come up with this week!  

Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave some love if you have the time.  As I've now added to my comment section, thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to write me a little note. Whether you are a regular, here for the first time or popping over in your official capacity as a DT member, please know how much I appreciate the words that you leave behind. Your encouragement helps me to become a better designer.   I try my best to reply to your comments (when an email address is available) but that is getting more and more difficult as my plate fills up with new responsibilities, new roles, and new obligations.  If I don't get the opportunity to thank you personally, know that I don't take a single comment for granted. Thank you for your understanding.

Until next time,


Note: I apologize if there are any formatting issues.  This is a scheduled post and we all know Blogger has a mind of it's own.  If it turns out that something looks wonky, i.e.--part of the sentence a different size than the rest, I'll fix it as soon as I'm able to.


Crafting Vicky said...

This is really an awesome card. I totally love the way you have finished the inside as well with a wonderful digi ;)))

Sandy Palmer said...

What a sweet card with a very sweet image on it! I love the way you did the corner with the ribbon too! Thanks for linking up with us this week at DDF at My Paper Crafting! :)

Larelyn said...

First, congratulations on your DT spot - well deserved, my friend. Now, what a sweet image - love the way you've colored it and I love the idea of the line art image on the inside - who knew? I must try that!!! Purple??? Ooooh, is there a better color? LOVE purple! Thanks for linking up to DDF at My Paper Crafting. I always look forward to seeing your designs.

Priscilla said...

What a great entry and I love love love the color :) What a pleasure to visit your creation.Thank you so much for playing the cdac challenges. Can't wait to see what you will come up with for the other challenges going on. Remember you can enter as many times as you like till March 31st. Happy crafting.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is SO pretty, Lisa. Glitter is one of my most favorite accents - as you know! Love it, and thank you for sharing!
Word Art Wednesday

Unknown said...

You have amazed me with your very wonderful card and that you take time to write such an infomative blog is a blessing to us all. I usually get a card done just as the sun sets so I wait until the next day for pictures.
We love seeing you artwork at WAW.

ike said...

Oh, that is so sweet and I love how you did the inside. Brilliant idea and pure genius :-D I often do a fadeout of the main image inside but I'd never have thought of using the lineart ! Awesome xxxxxxxx

Lady Anne Milnes-Howard said...

Such a lovely card you have created using that cute image. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
Love ~ Lady Anne xx
Lady Anne's Challenges

Sue Crease said...

I just love your cute card. Great image and lovely colouring in. Thanks for joining in this week at DDF.

Suzanne said...

This is so precious. I love the digi, the colors and the adorable design of the card. Thanks for joining us for Digital Fridaze at My Paper Crafting.

Melinda Beltran said...

Another fabulous creation my talented friend! I love the way you used the line art. I am glad you found a place for your Once again, Thank you so much for playing along with us on Digi Desserts Fridaze at


Raquel said...

Very cute card... love the colors and the way you made the ribbon flower

Anonymous said...

Lisa~I love QKR images & you did a great job with them. I am like Ike in that I never thought to use the lineart inside the card. That is a brilliant idea & looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing with us on Vickie's Challenge at Lady Anne's. We look forward to having you sharing your art with us again soon. Hugs~Patti

Vicki Romaine said...

Thank you for playing the CDAC Anything Goes Challenge. Vick, Member of the CDAC DT

VanessaB said...

what a super sweet card! thanks for joining us at fresh brewed designs :)