Friday, May 25, 2012

Two Birgittas

OK, so I stumbled across Pam Spark's blog (Expressions with Heart), several months ago.  I am in awe of her talent.  She is amazing at putting together fabulous elements and creating a piece-of-art-in-a-card.  Please take a few minutes to check out her website ... you'll be glad you did.  Pam is a designer for All That Scraps, and I just received my latest order yesterday ... I purchased figure stamps.  I never thought I would ever try these, but Pam's creations are so wonderful and she freely shares her tips and tricks, so I made the plunge.  I actually bought four figures all together and today I'm posting two cards I made with "Cute Birgitta" ... she's an adorable member of the Swiss Pixies.  I also purchased a few Promarkers and this is my first attempt at coloring faces - so please don't look to closely :)

The first card is done with layers of designer paper, some die-cuts and embellishments (Birgitta's jumper is paper-pieced).  I used Pam's cards for inspiration ... this is really out of my comfort zone, but I had fun ... although I spent HOURS making this card.  I'm happy with how it turned out ... and it is for the Color Throwdown Challenge (CTD193 - Marvelous Magenta, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie).  I had to sub for the Marvelous Magenta (Rich Razzleberry), and for Summer Sun (Daffodil Delight).  Hope you like.

"Birgitta Says Hello"

Stamps:  Cute Birgitta, Spring Bench (C.C. Designs); Friendly Flowers - sentiment (Fiskars)
Paper:  Ruby Red, Watercolor, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry DP, Very Vanilla (SU); Indie Chic "Ginger" (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Garden Green, So Saffron, More Mustard, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze (SU!); Ivory and Vanilla Promarkers (Letraset)
Accessories & Tools:  Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Nesties Squares (Spellbinders), Grass die-cut (C.C. Designs), Flower Border die-cut (C.C. Designs), mini Ruby Red brad, sponges, sticky strips, adhesives, and dimensionals

Here's a close-up of Birgitta:


The second card for today uses the same images but is Clean and Simple (CAS) ... and definitely more in my comfort zone.  It's for SCS Free For All Challenge (F4A118 - Feeling hot, hot, hot - use hot pink on your card).  I also used the sketch Challenge from Clean & Simple (FTL192).  Hope you like.

Here's the sketch for today:

"Thinking of You Birgitta"

Stamps:  Cute Birgitta, Spring Bench (C.C. Designs); Wish you were here (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White Cardstock (All That Scraps), Watercolor paper, Melon Mambo polka-dot DP
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Cameo Coral, More Mustard (SU!); Ivory and Vanilla Promarkers (Letraset)
Accessories & Tools:  Aqua Painter, Blender pen, white gel pen, black sharpie, sponges, clear embossing powder, heat tool, pink twine (The Twinery), glue dots, sticky strips, glue, and dimensionals

Both cards were done very similarly.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and embossed in clear.  I colored the face, hand and legs with the Promarkers.  I used Stampin' Write markers to color the rest of the image, blending the ink with the blender pen.  I sponged Cameo Coral on the cheeks of the second Birgitta and blended with the promarkers (the first Birgitta, I used a Promarker for the cheeks and had trouble blending it).  Birgitta's jumper and top are paper pieced.

The sky for the first Birgitta was sponged in Baja Breeze ink using a hand-cut template of randomly-sized scallops.

The border for the second Birgitta was hand-drawn using a fine tip black sharpie.


  1. Good for you, Loll, with venturing out and trying new images and styles! I LOVE both cards...great coloring! Thanks for playing along with us at Color Throwdown this week!

  2. Can you see me grinning from ear to ear??? Loll...They're both adorable!!! LOVE them! oh... so sweet! Love her in the flowers! Love her CAS! oh, now I have to do this too! lol Can't wait to see what else you come up with next! YEA! Awesome Loll!

  3. I forgot to say up there that I LOVE the twine on her pigtails!!!! super, SUPER CUTE!

  4. Loll, both your cards are adorable. Your colored Birgitta's turned out so cute. Love how you free handed your frame for the 2nd card and your paper piecing on both cards. TFS and for sharing Pam's Blog. I am off to check it out. Happy Stamping, Nancy L

  5. Terrific job and the coloring is wonderful. Totally not out of your comfort zone, for sure!

  6. Both of your cards are fabulous, Loll...your coloring is gorgeous and I love the sweet image!!!! Love the paper piecing and the tiny flowers on the first and the twine bows you added to the pigtails are sooo cute!!!!!

  7. Love your cards, I'm totally with Pam about the twine on her pigtails! You don't look like a novice on the flesh at all, congrats on nailing it your first time!

  8. Love your cards, I'm totally with Pam about the twine on her pigtails! You don't look like a novice on the flesh at all, congrats on nailing it your first time!

  9. the freehand frame!


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