Thursday, 26 January 2017

Welcome to my first project for . . .


Yes, it's true!

I'm super excited to be joining Team Lou at the Southern Girls challenge blog and share my first project with you today.

In 2017 the Southern Girls are trying something a little different, every so often we will be having a RETRO challenge.

These challenges are designed to have you dig into your stash and get rid of some of those older supplies that might be hanging around unloved.

For this fortnights challenge we would love to see you
use some Buttons and/or Brads on your projects for
Team Lou Retro Challenge - Smash That Stash - Use Buttons and/or Brads
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

Thanks to our 2 amazing sponsors for this challenge.....


Today I am using the My Portret digital stamp from Ppinkydolls,
one of our generous sponsors for this challenge.

I printed the image on X-Press It blending card, heat set using my heat tool then coloured with Copic markers.  I fussy cut the middle of the image panel and went around the edge with a Memento Tuxedo Black dual tip marker.

For the base and layers of my card, I started with a free cut file from Monica's Creative Room (details below) and adjusted the file in my Silhouette Cameo to cut an easel card base and decorative layers.

I wove ribbon through the top layer, adhered the top layer to a white panel, pierced the middle of each flower and secured a brad in each hole, ensuring that they were pushed flat at the back.  Then I adhered another white panel to the back to securely hide the back of the brads.  The image panel was adhered in the middle of the decorative panel.

I scored the card base along the middle then across middle of the top layer to make the section where the top decorative panel gets attached.  I applied liquid adhesive to the bottom flap on the top of the card, aligning and securing the top decorative layer in place.

Although the card base is white, I thought I would add a little contrast inside, so I matted it with an olive panel then a smaller white panel.  I trimmed the top of these panels so that they fitted inside the top fold of the card.

I die cut the birthday sentiment six times, layered them together then adhered it in place so that the "b" of the birthday can be used to stand the front decorative panel of this easel card.  I used a strong bookbinding glue, so that the sentiment stays securely in place, even with the weight of the card front being wedged against.

Ppinkydolls - digital stamp - My Portret
Copic markers - skin - E0000 E000 E00
Copic markers - hair - E30 E31 E33
Copic markers - dress - R81 R83 R85
Copic markers - flowers - Y21 Y23 Y26
Memento Tuxedo Black dual tip marker
brads - lots of little yellow brads
May Arts ribbon - 3/8" - white knotted edge satin ribbon
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive (to adhere layers)
Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue (to adhere the sentiment in place)
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (to adhere the sentiment layers)

Sending a big Thank You to Ppinkydolls for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor of the Team Lou Retro Challenge - Smash That Stash - Use Buttons and/or Brads with us at the Southern Girls.
I hope I have inspired you to create something with buttons or brads and look forward to seeing your project shared in the challenge gallery.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):


  1. Great easel card, great image and loving the daises around the card.
    Thanks for joining us over at Penny's.
    Jean DT xx

  2. This is such a pretty easel card Tracy, the cute image looks so sweet framed by the daisies!
    Welcome to the team, you've made a brilliant start!

    1. Thank You for the kind words and warm welcome Chris!
      I'm looking forward to being a Southern Girl with you :)

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. We are pleased to have you on the team and you have started off with a bang x

    1. Thank You Louise :)
      It is wonderful to be part of such a fabulous team, really looking forward to having creative adventures with you all!

  4. So so gorgeous Tracy. Welcome to the team and what a gorgeous first project! Love the cute effect the ribbon weave gives the card and the fabulous easel design. Utterly fab. Hugs, Wends xoxo

    1. Thank You for the warm welcome Wendy :)
      I look forward to having creative adventures with you and the Southern Girls!

  5. Aw cute she's coloured beautifully and I love how you framed her in the scalloped circle. She reminds me of pebbles from the Flintstones. Gorgeous. Xo

    1. Thank You Karen :)
      I look forward to having creative adventures with you and the Southern Girls!

  6. This is adorable, Tracy. Love the shape! Thanks so much for playing along with us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld this fortnight. Good luck in the challenge.
    NanaConnie DT

  7. sweet and beautiful Tracy
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Good Luck and hope to see you again

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  8. Soo beautiful!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and hope to see you again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  9. Your card is so sweet. I really love the shape! Thank you for joining our challenge at Scrapbook Stamp Society. We would love to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

  10. Stunning card Tracy!!! The image is just precious too.

    Thanks for joining our challenge this month at Color It Create It Show It Off.

    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad
    DT Color It Create It Show It Off

  11. Another lovely card Tracey. Great design and coloring. Thanks for sharing with us a Color it Create it Show it off.

  12. Oh my goodness this is adorable. Love the round card and hour attention to detail! Thanks for joining us for our Anything goes challenge this week at Through the Craft Room door. I hope you will join us again next week.
    Linda TTCRD DT

  13. Such a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us in February.
    {Color It Create It Show It Off DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. great coloring - thanks for sharing your project at Addicted to Stamps and More

  15. Adorable image and awesome you card shape...thank you for joining us at ATSM this week
    Zeljka DTxo


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