Sunday, 1 August 2010

Disaster Recovery

Disaster??? Well, there were two of them! Firstly, I looked at my blog (now you know I'm a bad blogger and I don't look at it every day!) and lo and behold, no background! Then there was this little square telling me that the picture or video had been removed from Photobucket and the pesky little thing wouldn't go away! Well, thank goodness for Google, which gave me the answer to the problem. If any of you other lovely peeps have the same problem, it's apparently because The Cutest Blog on the Block have removed some of their backgrounds from Photobucket but not all of them. The secret to getting rid of the pesky little square is to remove everything associated with TCBOTB from your blog - that took a little hunting down.

Anyhoo, I hope you like the new look blog....I think I prefer the slightly 'cleaner' lines.

The second disaster was the card. The little scene was originally going to be mounted in some photo corners that I'd cut and distressed, but then I forgot to clean my craft mat before I turned over the background to put DS tape on the back. I found that the sky didn't look so good with Walnut Stain splodges in it! How did I do that?? I couldn't believe it!! The solution was to cut off the original sky and create a new one by sponging some clouds and then adding the original background on foam pads to give some dimension.

All in all, I'm not too disappointed with the result but, although I absolutely love these Kioshi papers from Basic Grey, I think that the addition of these has created a card that looks too busy. Lesson learned - when using a scene on the card, remember to keep the area behind it to plain colours. What do you think?

Everything is coloured with Copics:

Tilda's hair: E29,E31,E25
Wings: C!, C3
Skin: E50, E00, E11,E21, R20
Dress & butterflies: V91, V93, V95
Petticoat: RV000, RV00, RV02
Fence: E42, E43, E44
Grass: G20, G21, G24
Flowers: R81, R85, YR21, YR24, B63

I stamped the images with Adirondack Slate and I deepened the shadows on Tilda's clothing with Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet Distress ink applied with a small, dry stencil brush. The wings and the butterfly have Stardust Stickles on them for a bit of bling. The leaves are cut with my McGill 'Leaves' punch, the ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons and the wonderful flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts which is where I also obtained the Crafters Pick glue I used following a tip off from the lovely Bev, so thanks for that hun! Using it was like a revelation when it came to arranging and fixing the flowers.

I'm entering this card in the Flutterby Wednesday Challenge.

If you've managed to read this far, well done! I don't know how this managed to turn into such a dissertation but thanks for visiting today and I hope you pause to leave me a comment so that I know that you've been around. I really do appreciate them so much.

Have a peaceful Sunday!

Diane x


  1. Considering all the palaver making the card it has turned out beautifully and I wouldn't have known if you hadn't told!
    I just adore the new blog look. The side panels are gorgeous. I bet that was another palaver!
    Hugs Jo xxx ( and hope to see you Saturday.)

  2. I was having a peaceful Sunday but I need a lie down now... I'm exhausted reading all that blurb, lol
    How on earth do we do it. I think we all manage to make a mess just when we really don't need to. Anyway the final result looks fab and I'm glad to see that your blog has reappeared, x

  3. Hi Diane..,.well, looks like you certainly more than conquered those disasters! Your card is just stunning...and your blog is beautiful!! Love them both!! Pat Frank

  4. Diane, I love your card. As soon as I looked at it I was transported back to my childhood, standing in my Grandmother's back yard, which I remember was full of flowers with a picket fence.(This was 1949). Thanks for the trip. What is the image, I have to have it. Shirley

  5. These kind of things happen to me all the time. I'm glad it all worked out in the end =) I love your card, so sweet. Your coloring is beautiful and the flowers are just perfect.

  6. I like your blog background. The colors are very soothing. The card is just adorable!

  7. Well it is certainly a great end result Diane, love the image of Tilda and your clouds are perrrrfect. Overall, a stunning card.

  8. wow lots of work in this one. And I love your background you created!

  9. Very, very, very nice card !! Great colors and i love all the flowers on it.
    Hugs Sylvia

  10. Oh wow this is so very beautiful Diane!
    Love your sweet scene so very pretty!
    Glad you got everything sorted!
    kim x

  11. So pretty! Love the colors and the background scene

  12. Love your new look Diane. I love the sides, how the flowers overlap. Well done you at sorting it all out - think I would have given up and cried.
    Your card is gorgeous, but then they always are. Love your floral corner - just sets it off perfectly.

  13. No disaster in site here!! This is a super peaceful look which I absolutely love and your card is magnificent! The colors you used are wonderful.

  14. Considering your disaster the end card is absolutely stunning - what a gorgeous scene you've created - fab x

  15. I love the new look Diane, its very summery and fresh looking...beautiful Tilda card, I love your colour combo and flowers
    Mina xxx

  16. so very pretty Diane! I love your work!
    Pam Going Postal

  17. Ah, but from disaster came a wonderful card! LOVE the way the clouds are layered!

    Remember, some of life's greatest discoveries happened by accident!

  18. This is a beautiful card!! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  19. Your disaster turned out beautifully! The scene is simply adorable, the flowers and butterfly are lovely additions. Thanks so much for joining in on this week's FBW challenge! :)

  20. Diane, I just re-read your blog and I do not think the card background is busy at all. I like how the colors in the BG paper blend with the colors you used.

  21. Another comment from me - well I love it - but then you will understand why. Thank you so much - pride of place.


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