Mad For Markers Challenge 1 (Entry 2) + Copic Creations Challenge 26 + Anya Ink 2 + Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 54

Just a quick post for now as I want to get this card in before the 5pm deadline with the MFM challenge and its now 4;51pm!!
Nothing like a wee bit of pressure!!
I'll be back in a second to add all the blah, blah, blah. :)
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Okay.....I'm back (I made the deadline and can breathe again!!). :)

I have been wanting to make an Easel card ever since they first started appearing on blogs, but couldn't quite work up the courage to step out and do it until this week. I started this card on Monday night with a clear vision in mind and went about creating the base and the matted layers.....then my mojo up and left home. Its not back yet, but has popped in for a moment here or two and I've made the most of those moments. (In reality, I just stamped/printed several images and coloured them in using the three colours from the Mad For Markers challenge and was not happy with any of them. They're actually coloured in quite lovely, but I wanted to make this card for one of my BFF's who's having a birthday this coming week and I just wasn't all that ok with the images I'd coloured. They were either tooo young/girlish or in the end didn't match the DP I'd already started with.) I came home after a truly frustrating day yesterday (Friday) determined to get the card finished. Looking through my out-of-control collection of stamps, I happened upon one of the very first sets of TGF stamps I ever purchased, The Anya Collection. They were perfect because my BFF is well-known for her handbag/shoe collection and her love of all things related to SHOPPING!! My roomie and I were watching the brand new BBC version of Sense and Sensibility last night as well and I think this encouraged my mojo to come home!! :)

For this card I've blended a few different challenges. Copic Creations challenge for this week is "black hair", which is perfect as my BFF has lots of gorgeous, long, black hair. I'm also entering this into the Anya Ink challenge, which is Pink and Sparkly as there is some of that going on here, plus the current Cupcake Inspiration Challenge - I was inspired to use the lace on this card because of the beautiful lacy icing pieces on these cupcakes.

Anyway, there are a couple of firsts for me here too: my first easel card; and, my first time using flowers (not entirely sure they work for me tho). Once I was done colouring last night, I pulled out my Crystal Effects and coated Anya's shoes and handbag to give them the appearance of patent leather (see the piccie above left). Then it was off to bed so they could dry. I was off to my BFF's birthday brunch this morning and had a lovely "high tea" with some other darling girlies. Thanksfully, I hadn't planned on taking the gift or card with me today, which was just as well since the card was still in a gazillion pieces. I got home (via a stop at my local scrapping store) at 3:20pm and raced to pull it all together before the 5pm deadline at the MFM challenge!! Phew....my mojo definitely likes a challenge!!

That's it for me atm. I'm off to swallow some pain meds, have had an annoying headache all day (probably related to the fact that I didn't get my coffee in yesterday - remember I did mention it was a frustrating day - plus I was a little down on my H2O intake the past few days too).

Have another project on the go as well that I want to spend some time playing with tonight.
Hope your weekend is shaping up to be all kinds of lovely. :) Hugs, Michey xxx

Images/Stamps: TGF The Anya Collection; Verve Birthday Surprise (Sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Choc Chip, Distress Ink Old Paper and Frayed Burlap
Copics: (See picture below - sorry for quality - used my iPhone)
Paper/Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Flourishes Classic White, Crate Paper Lillian Collection "Gathering"
Others: Fiskars Upper Crest Punch, KaiserCraft Rhinestones, Nestabilities (Label Eleven and Large Scallop Oval), Prima + Hero Arts + KaiserCraft Flowers (coloured with Copics to match), SU Crystal Effects, Glue Dots, Maya Arts Lace


Emma said...

Gorgeous Easel Card..I love it! No one would no that your mojo had up and left you for a little while! Thanks so much for joinging us at M4M.

Rica said...

Gorgeous easel card and the two Miss Anya's suit their fabulously coloured black her so well.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Copic Creations.
hugs Heather xx

Sue said...

Gorgeous creation and beautiful colouring. Thanks for joining us at M4M.
Sue x

Claudia @ Die Cuts R Us said...

Oh my! What a beautiful card! I've never made an easel card before. I love that patterned paper. Thank you so much for playing with us this week.


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Erin said...

Very cute, great job! Thanks for joining us at Anya Ink.

Amy said...

You already look like an ol' pro at the easel cards... this is BEAUTIFUL! I would have never guessed looking at it that your mojo was giving you fits, everyhting came together so perfectly!
Sorry to hear you had a crummy day yesterday, here's hoping that this next week starts off on a brighter note for ya! :)

Mary Frances said...

This card is just gorgeous! I love an easel card, and your coloring is beautiful!

Mary Frances

Sue W said...

This is just lovely Michey! Your work with Copic markers is great! Good luck with the challenges.

Debra James said...

Wow so pretty ....this is such a sweet card....hugs Thanks for playing with Anya ink, xxxx

Debbie Pamment said...

Tooo cute - love your easel - perfect with these down town gals!
Thanx for joining us at Anya Ink this week

Rachel Hope said...

So pretty! Love your coloring! Thanks for playing along with the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge!

Sammi said...

Hi Michey!! Thanks for playing at M4M :D
sorry to hear you had a rough day and weren't feeling great! Hope the headache left and wow girl! this card is gorgeous! LOVE it! The colouring looks AMAZING :d

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Jodi said...

These are just beautiful!! Wonderful work you have done!! Thanks for joining us at Copic Creations!!
Jodi =)

Emily Leiphart said...

Your Anyas are absolutely gorgeous! I love the added Crystal Effects.

Rach said...

wow such a fabulous card.
I Just wanted to drop by to say thank you for joining in with my candy and to wish you luck.x

Kristy Young said...

WOW this is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at anya ink
Kristy xx