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Sunday, November 14, 2010


This week's Vickie Quickie in the Nana Vic's Digitals offered a fabulous "Warrior and Son" freebie with which to create a card. The minute I saw it I knew that I would be making a card similar to those that I have made (in abundance) for the Durban tourist trade. Cards similar to this one have found their way all over the world, and I am proud to say to the British Prince William for his 21st birthday. A complete stranger had purchased one of my ethnic African cards, composed a poem, and sent it to him for his birthday a few years ago. She received a beautiful thank you letter, remarking on the card, and she sent me a copy of that letter.

I coloured the image using my coloured pencils and own technique to give it a similar look to the many oil pastel drawings that are sold in Durban's curio shops. The top square features an embellishment made by my online friend, Charlie, who sent it to me in a parcel of RAK's recently. The embellishment in the bottom square has a border of African beading, which I sewed on using invisible thread. I added two porcupine quills, a guinea fowl feather, a raffia bow and beads made from seeds that the ethnic people use to make jewellery.

I will enter this card into the current Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #79, a challenge that I really love to participate in each week.

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  1. Wow what a lovely African themed card. Beautiful details. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madness!

  2. Love your card and what a great take on the sketch. Your bead work is exceptional. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess

  3. HI Jen - your card is fabulous!! How cool that Prince William got one of your card - you are famous girl! LOL!! I love the image and the gorgeous colours you have used - this is one cool card! Love it! Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  4. Hi JenLee!
    Love this africa card! Absolutely fabolous JenLee. The image is so lovely and the animalcollage is supercool! I love this! How cool to know that Prins William have recived one of your cards!

    Thank you so much for joining in on our challenge. We really appriciate your support and hope to see you again next week.

    Midnight Madness Design Team

  5. Jen Lee, this is just stunning! I love the African bead work, the animal art, quills and feathers which are all just exceptional! This is just fantastic and I'm so intrigued with this card! Thanks so much for entering the challenge this week, I'm looking forward to seeing your creation for next week!

  6. A really beautiful card JenLee! =)

    Hugs, Elenor



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