Friday, November 6, 2009

The Character Cafe New Release Hop!!!

I'm thrilled to be hopping today with the TCC Design Team!! The first Friday of the month is NEW RELEASE DAY here at TCC!!! I was lucky enough to work with Izzy Elf!!! Isn't she simply THE CUTEST!?!?!?!!? You will want to make sure to hop along so that you don't miss one of the teams stunning creations!!! If you arrived here from Billie's blog then you are on the correct path!!! If not you can start HERE and enjoy hopping along!

You'll notice that I have a couple of different pictures. I wanted to take pics outside today but it's raining here in the Northeast so I was stuck finding a good spot inside! Which can be difficult. So I show one photo with no flash and one with a flash.

For Izzy, I started with SU! Hunter Green paper. My card is 5x5 with all corners rounded. I then chose my first layer from last years SU! Holiday Paper measuring down 1/4" and rounded all corners as well. I then set my base aside and started working on Izzy.

I colored her with my Copics and Sakura paint and sparkly gel pens. I twinkled up her ears and hair with a glue pen and gold glitter as well as the pom poms on the toes of her elf slippers. I used my silver paint pen to deck out her collar and cuffs.

For the gifts surrounding her, I decided that in lieu of coloring that I'd paper piece them. So I chose 3 different patters of the same SU! Holiday paper. I trimmed them down to 8.5 x 11" and ran them through my printer printing the image 3 times over. I trimmed out each gift VERY CAREFULLY and laid them over the black and white image. I then used the same paint pens to color their ribbons. I then as a finishing touch added a green self-adhesive rhinestone to the middle of each bow on the gifts.
I then matted Izzy (with corners rounded) on some of my FAVORITE PTI Pure Poppy paper (corners rounded) and used my sewing machine to zig zag stitch around the perimeter of the matte. Izzy was finished. Now to add the finishing touches to my card.

I pulled out some wired ribbon that I just bought yesterday at Michael's. I was thinking the size and pattern may overpower the entire card but it worked great!! I tied it using the very quickly becoming famous "Buttony Bow" created by my friend Joanne!! (if you're interested you can see her tutorial on this. She's a WIZ...the tutorial is on my sidebar).

I then added Izzy complete with her matte using 3-D adhesive dots. Very lastly, I used my SU! Star punch and punched 3 coordinating starts out of the same paper and added them as a decorative touch on the upper right hand side of the card to balance everything out.

Thanks for hopping along with us!!

Your next stop is Angela's blog!! Her creations are as gorgeous as her blog!!!!

Here are the rest of the details about this rockin' hop:

  • Comment on all blogs to be entered to win the FULL RELEASE & become a follower (if not already)
  • Discount code is "Remember" to receive 40% off from Friday (blog hop start) to Friday, Nov. 13 at noon
  • Each DT Member will draw a winner from their comments to receive the image they worked with
  • If you post about the blog hop on your blog or elsewhere, let us know and we'll add an extra ballot to the tree
  • All draws will be made and posted on Wed. Nov. 11th (Remembrance Day)

Happy Hopping!!!



Rachel said...

oh, so very cute Meredith!! I just fell in love with Izzy!!

Fink said...

I love all your detail and bling on your package! This is darling!

Heather Schlatter said...

Hi Meredith this is totally wonderful I just love it and I really love your coloring you did a wonderful job on your creation for your first hop with us!!!!

I am looking forward to getting to know you on the TCC team!!!


Dragonlady said...

Hi Meredith,

Fab card and great bling.

Hugs Ali x

Angie Cortes said...

Wow Meredith! This is FAB! I love the little touches of bling! Great Job!


Kendra said...

Meredith... I love this card (overpowering bow and all!)! I can't believe you paper pieced the presents, too cute :) I'm really glad you were able to hop with us, your card is fantastic!

Diane (djuseless) said...

I love your card! I just love that DP, the colors, stitching and all the extras. What a wonderful first card working with the DT!

BTW, where is MA are you? I'm outside of Sturbridge.

Kelly said...

Adorable card Meredith, Love all the details on your card...the bow, the gems on the presents. And holy cow your paper piecing of the presents. Fab card!!

Steph said...

wow Meredith!
all the details you've put on your card is incredible! I've never printed a digi directly on patterned paper, but your paper piecing has convinced me to give it a try!
TFS :)

Rhonda Miller said...

Great project. Soo cute. TFS.

Billie's Scrappetique said...

Great job, Meredith! Love how you used the wide ribbon too!

Piali said...

So pretty!!! love the bow and the stars..nice details. Great job.

Patty said...

Izzy is a cute one! She would be a great one for me to send my Great Niece - her name is Izzy! Cute card!

Regina said...

a lovely card and the bright colors,layouts plus all those cute little embellies you added.

Unknown said...

I love this Image Meredith, so colourful and cute. hugs Avril xxx

KymKreates said...

WOW!!!!! I don't know what else to say.. She is adorable and all the work you put into her. Also thanks for the tute on the bow.

Stitchinwitch said...

Izzy is so cute. great card

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Izzy is so all the details on your card and your big ribbon!!! TFS


Donna said...

Stunning as always Meredith!!!!!!

Crafty hugs Donna xx

dmgifts said...

Love the colors yo used so cute