Thursday, 1 July 2010

Very Challenging!

The latest Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge has certainly been just that - a challenge! But finally I've made a card, after pulling to bits several attempts. In the end its become quite a simple design - I really tried not to put my favourite teacups in here but they insisted on being included so here they are again with the teapot from PTI's Tea for Two set. I think they go together rather well. I've used a tiny stamp from Afternoon Tea Sentiments and a gold gel pen (unfortunately it looks brown in my photo) to decorate teapot and cups. The background stamp is from PicNic Patterns - and that's it. I didn't have time or inclination to stitch so pierced and drew in fake stitches and added pearls coloured to match with copics. I'm disappointed with the photo - its a really dull day and even outside I couldn't get a good image.

I've blogged about my wild birds before here and while I was photographing my card this morning I was visited by a female blackbird who has become very bold lately. I hear her calling when I get up in the morning as she knows I will be putting seed in the flowerpot while the kettle is boiling. She wasn't afraid to take seed while I was fiddling with my card so I took this little video of her for you to see. Its at the bottom of this post as I hate the way blogger shows just a black square instead of the first frame - it never used to do that but I've given up trying to work out the vagaries of Blogger!

Finally Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! wants to see our workspaces today so here's mine Jessica! I'm really ashamed of the mess and now I'm going to clear it all up. It so small it always gets like this when I'm rushing trying to get a challenge together and, of course, as usual I'm last minute. I admit I have doctored it a bit by moving a few things out of the way - but otherwise it would have just been a huge jumble of STUFF!
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17 comments:

  1. Ann this card is gorgeous! I really like the stitching that you drew. The teacup are perfect with the teapot so I'm glad they insisted on being included! Great job with this tough sketch! Love the bird photo and video too! I enjoy them in my garden also. :)

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  2. Lovely card Ann - colours are beautiful....and I have a 'pet' female blackbird too who if I had time to wait would probably take crumbs out of my hand....I 'talk' to her every morning and she just stands there and looks into my eyes, it makes my day. This year during Summer I haven't fed just as much as the birds don't seem interested - I imagine there is enough food out there...but I do like to keep them fed when they are so busy looking after their young.

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  3. Adorable card! Love the teapot and teacups...lovely!

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  4. You rock that tea pot sets! They go actually well together. Love all the faux stiching! Great card!

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  5. What a cute card! The circle of tea cups gives it a fun whimsical touch!

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  6. I love your teapot and cups Ann! what pretty colors - and how fun to feed your wild friend in the clay pot! I can't view videos from work (which is where I am right now! SHHH!) so I'll check back later from home!

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  7. Beautiful Ann, looove the faux stitching and the little tea cups and pot, really cute!

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  8. Ann, I love the card you made! I saw that stamp set, too, and I think I will buy it soon!
    Thank you for sharing your workspace! I love your button jars!

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  9. Lovely card. I like the shading on those tea cups and the pearls for accent.

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  10. Wonderful card! I love the tea pot and cups...so cute! Theresa

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  11. Ann, this is beautiful! I love that cup wreath. This sketch is so challenging that I didn't attempt to try...but you made it seem such a breeze. And the pearls is a great addition...very sophisticated!

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  12. Hi Ann,

    I just wanted to pop by and say thank you so much for that beautiful E-card. I loved it!!! So beautiful!

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  13. Hi Ann,

    How lovely your blog looks - so fresh. This post is brilliant - love the sweet litlle bird photo and of course your tea card is gorgeous - especillay the stitching :D

    Have a great day & thank you so much for all your very kind words over at my place - they are so appreciated :D

    Emma x

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  14. What a fun card! Such a fabulous background & your stitching looks amazing!

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  15. Love all the cups, great job on the sketch, thanks for your comment on my card.

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  16. Lovely card Ann! Did you use the PTI dies to make the tea cups? Regardless the two stamp sets work fabulously together to make a lovely card...

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment - its hugely appreciated. Ann :o)

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