Thursday 7 November 2013

CASE-ing my favourite designer.

Howdy everyone,

Don't forget to enter my candy here.

The card I am going to show you all next is one that has been a few days in the making (including, but not limited to, a few false starts and tearing out of hair. There may also have been a scream or two of frustration...).  It came about when I saw the announcement for this fortnight's challenge at As you like it.  Apparently, they thought it was a good idea to challenge us to CASE our favourite designer. GREAT! Easy challenge... Providing your favourite designer is a one-handed donkey with arthritis... in my case... it was a little daunting!
You see, my favourite designer is the very fabulous Becky Hetherington. And those be some very impressive cards to be trying to CASE! Now we're also supposed to say why this designer is our favourite. Well, I'd have thought her cards speak for themselves... But I shall add that besides every single one of her cards being a piece of art, she is also the reason I ended up here! It was through following her cards on Pinterest, I found myself clicking through to her blog and thereby finding the wonderful crafting community here on Blogger!
So there you have it. Reason enough, no? Right next, on to the card...

The first challenge, and believe me, not the easiest! was trying to decide on which card to steal  CASE... Becky predominately works with Magnolia and LOTV, and while they're all lovely, it'll come as no surprise to any of you that I went with the LOTV option. So, in the end I settled on this one, as I think it showcases everything that says "Becky" to me.

Now, there were two big problems with trying to copy her style. First, it was her colouring medium. She uses distress inks/markers, and as y'all know by now, I'm a Promarker girl. Now I did try to use inks. I really did. But I think I shall need both a little more practice and some card that is actually suitable for the medium, because gorgeous as my cardstock is for Promarker colouring, it really doesn't get on with Mr. T. Holtz! The second obstacle was that Becky uses gorgeous machine stitching on her projects. If I *have* to sew, I'll sew by hand, and that's obviously not an option with cards. And I honestly don't even know where our sewing machine is! Probably somewhere at the back of the shed! So, white gel pen faux stitching it was!

Anyways, this was the end result:

I tried to keep the elements as similar as I could without going out and buying tons of new stash (as much as I'd have loved to, my bank manager disagrees!). The image is different, yet still a LOTV fairy (Flower Fairy to be precise). I added stickles to her wings for the sparkle, as I didn't have any Glamour dust. I *did* however have a pot of Shabby Chic Frantage, which I scattered around the image and covered a die-cut butterfly with. I didn't have the exact papers she'd used, but I had one from the same collection (Sofiero collection) , so used that. All the other elements were done in a similar way, by replacing it with as similar as I could find in my stash.
Naturally I distressed all my paper and inked the edges of the image panel too. I love how she then mounted it on another white panel. The brilliant thing about this challenge was that it makes you look really closely at a card, and you notice so many little details that add so very much to a card without you even noticing!
I've made cards in a similar vein to this before, but they were never even remotely in the same league as Becky's, which I can now put down to the fact that she puts so very much into each one, and all those details really do pay off!

And of course, the obligatory decorating of the inside!

I'm quite pleased with my card, though not entirely happy with my flowers... That's something I still find a bit hit-or-miss. People like Becky make that look so easy! lol.

Anyways... I feel I ought to apologise for the super-sized essay on this card, lol. There was actually so much more I was going to say, but I'm thinking if you stuck with me this far that is probably about as much as I can ask from anyone!

I hope you all have a fantastic day/eve, and I will see you all in the morning with my CraftyHands DT post!



Annette said...

Sammy your card is ADORABLE. Becky is one of my faves too, so I know what you mean, but your one-handed donkey analogy made me smile. I love your card, I'm a HUGE pink lover too, so this is right up my street. Well done. Thanks for joining us at ASLI challenges.

Creations by Shirl said...

Beautiful card Sammy~ it's so girly love everything about it, awesome details to it!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Sammy, I like the sweet image the flowers and the butterfly.
Kevin xx

Becky said...

Sammy, you have made an absolutely gorgeous card, and I am now blushing, but smiling, at your post.
Big hugs,
Becky xx

debby4000 said...

Oh what a gorgeous, beautiful card.

Sarah said...

AYLI DT head on today!! Fantastic interpretation have done a BRILLIANT job and you are spot on with your comment about really studying the card and noticing the little details. Anyway thanks ever so for sharing with us and Good Luck. xx

Jane Savage said...

Beautiful, Sammy. Those flowers are just gorgeous and your colouring is fab! Love it! xx

Lozzy said...

WOW Sammy what a great post and the card you have made is absolutely stunning. You have done a great job with everything on your card. The little girl and your colouring are beautiful..Hugs Lozzy xx
have a great weekend

Spyder said...

Fabulous cards and such pretty keepsakes too!

cotnob said...

Your card is beautiful Sammy, brilliantly 'cased'. I love your pretty image and gorgeous embellishments.

Anne said...

What a great idea this is, and loved your interpretation of Becky's card.
Lovely to see you last Saturday, sorry I had to rush off and rescue Rich on the till while I was speaking to you, he'd charged some poor customer about £400 for a stamp!! I read later in your comment that you were late in the day because you had a hangover ...tut tut!!! Glad your daughter was inspired too to make a lovely card, you'll end up sharing your stash now and wish you'd never taken her along lol! Have a good day xx

Tindaloo said...

absolutely gorgeous interpetation of Becky's card ♥