A couple of weeks ago, I entered one of my creations in to the challenge at Digitally Sweet who had the offer to become a GUEST DESIGNER for their challenge blog.
I woke up one morning to a lovely email from an even lovelier lady called Karen, who offered me a chance to be a GD.
I immediately said yes..... as I love a new challenge.
Here it is... the logo for DSC - click on the logo to have a toot around the challenge blog.
So, I got started on my 1st challenge.
As many of you know, I am completely in love with all things vintage and I adore old fashioned postcards and vintage photographs. And my 1st challenge for DS was just that - a gorgeous vintage photograph with the most beautiful colours... my heart melted when I was given the opportunity to use this image... just stunning.
The photograph was from Lunagirl - which I must admit, I had never heard of - but I am now completely and utterly in love. This website has some of the most gorgeous images I have ever seen.
The theme was: use ribbon/lace or both. Any kind of ribbon and lace are my main crafty weakness. I have thousands of yards of the stuff but always need more!! There are so many things that an be done with ribbon/lace. It can be manipulated in so many wonderful and creative ways...
Soooooo, what could be better - a beautiful image and an fabulous theme!!
Here is my 1st creation for Digitaly Sweet.
Isn't that photograph just gorgeous??
So, I started with gathering a selection of ribbons and lace concentrating on the colour palette in the photograph. I chose a silky turquoise green, a rich burgundy, chocolate brown, white, cream and gold range of ribbons and lace.
I cut around the photograph leaving a 0.5 cm border. I wanted to add some texture along with flashes of colour. I laid out some of the ribbons flat and ruffled different ribbons over the top.
I also added a large piece of bronze/gold lace fabric to the bottom corner and added crochet ribbon over the top.
I made a ribbon rose from the turquoise ribbon and placed it in the centre.
I layered a piece of lace ribbon along the top then cut single flowers out of another piece of the lace and layered them on top. I inked the flowers with Distress Ink (see, got to sneak my DI's in somewhere!!) and added gold Stickles to the center of each flower.
I added cream pearls and gold cord around areas of the photo to frame it.
To finish, I added white feathers around the ribbon rose.
I adored doing this project and it just shows - when the primary image is so stunning - the creative possibilities are endless.
I think I am going to have an amazing time working with the ladies at DS and I am so excited as I have already seen some of the images for the next few challenges and can't wait to work with them.
Thank you so much for looking and I hope you leave a comment to share your thoughts. I read each and every one and they are kindly appreciated.
Hope you visit again soon - Lis xxx