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Thursday, September 16, 2010


Unfortunately due to work pressures I was unable to take part in a couple of the Midnight Madness Challenges, but YIPPEE!! I have just completed my card for challenge #71. I used a digi from Digistamps4Joy, one that I desgined myself, and I apologize that I don't what her name is in the shop, I just call her "The Gypsy". Please click on the digistamps4joy badge in the right hand column and it should link you right through to the online shop where you can see all the really lovely images there.

I used a Nellies die cut for the frame of my digi, and sewed on the sequins and the curly embellishments in the top left and bottom right hand corners. Six dusty pink flatbacked pearls were also used to adorn the digistamp.

The silver braiding is an offcut from one of the bellydance costumes I made recently, and the laser-cut silver sequins were sewn onto it.

The square embellishment has been made from a coffee tin seal (already embossed) and a slide frame and three paper roses have been attached to a square of silver cardstock using the same silver sequins.

The plum coloured bp is a beautifully textured handmade paper from Nepal, and has been matted onto silver cardstock with a linen texture.

A silver stick-on sentiment completes the card.

That's it - that's how I made it.

My cards are always made according to how the digi 'talks to me' and it really doesn't matter to me whether the card will take half an hour or half a day (as in the case of this card)- I do what needs to be done.

What do you think ... do you not start a card if you feel that your ideas will take too long .. or do you go with the inspiration ... let me know...


  1. Hello Jan - I am glad you managed to find time to play along with us this week! This is gorgeous, I love that image....you are amazing! This is a great tale on the sketch Jen - 'Love it! Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week - we love having you play along and would love to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  2. Oh Jen, what a fun card this is! Love this image and all the wonderful details you have added! Wow! Thanks so much for playing this week in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! Hugs!


  3. Wow Jen this is so pretty. What a great image and fabulous embellishments. I really enjoy your attention to detail. Great job with the sketch. Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}

  4. Hi Jen, super card once again! I also save all the Al containers of take away foods, wash them well, then also use them for embossing and cutting out shapes. Must remember to save the coffee tin inner lid next time!

    I start with the image, then decide on a colour scheme to match the coloured image, and from then on, NOTHING is planned - hehe - sort of try this, try that. Yes, and sometimes it take a half a day to make a card.

  5. Your card is soooo pretty. I simply love all of the beautiful details! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madness.

  6. Wow, great image and bellies! I love the sparkle and shine. Thanks for joining us at Midnight Madness this week. I hope you play along again soon.


  7. I LOVE the frame you used for the main image, awesome! So elegant the way you added the pearls on the inside, lovely.


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