Sunday, 24 April 2011

Off Centre

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Well, I guess we can all come out from behind the sofa now, as the dreaded acetate challenge over at Less is More is over lol!  This week’s challenge theme is much more amenable .. in fact I found ideas were starting to whirr around in my head as soon as i saw the challenge post :-)
I absolutely love Tatty Teddy, so I was thrilled to discover that Papermania have brought out a new range of “From me To You” stamps and accessories. I actually went into my local craft shop for something different altogether, but two stamps and a paper pad somehow fell into my basket and I had paid before I know what had gone on lol! When I got home, I knew straight away that I wanted to use one of the stamps for this week’s Less Is More theme of Off Centre – he naturally sits to one corner of the card :-)
I decided to paper piece teddy’s umbrella – I’m not sure whether it was entirely successful as the stamp has dots on it as well as the dots on the paper … but I still think it looks ok. I felt that my Whiff of Joy sentiment was perfect for this image; but the part that has made me feel really pleased with myself is the idea I had after I had already completed my image and sentiment stamping … I drew some lines of fine dots and dashes with my glue pen and dusted them with glamour dust, to create a shower of sparkling rain from the sentiment to the umbrella. I so hope that you can see it in the pics! For some reason even though I have photographed this card in bright sunlight it still looks really grey!
Now I know that Chrissie and Mandi will probably say I should lose the gems in the corners … but there is actually a  reason for them being there this week. I stamped onto very smooth cardstock so i could get a good image and use Promarkers without experiencing “bleed through”, and then mounted it onto a fine border of coloured card.  However the card is so smooth that it shows every lump and bump of the tape beneath – a bit like putting a flimsy dress on if your figure isn’t fully toned lol! I found that the teeny gems just drew the eye away from any imperfections in the cardstock mounting.  I could tell you that there is an arty reason for having my single gem in a different colour from all the rest – but actually I was one gem short and determined to go ahead anyway … so i decided to use a clear one for my single!
Main image: Papermania “From Me To you”, coloured with Promarkers and paper pieced with paper from same range;
Sentiment: Whiff of Joy;
Supplies: Papermania pink and clear gems.
Less is More #12Off Centre
Allsorts #100April Showers
Totally Gorjuss #77Bling It On!
ABCS is for Sparkle
Back later with a card covered in paper / flowers / ribbons / pearls ;-)


  1. Gorgeous card Pauline :-) I love this image and the paper pieced brolly is fab :-) Love the idea of glamour rain too !! :-)

    Happy Easter :-)
    Lols x x x

  2. wauwwww gorgeous!!!!
    happy easter!
    xx petra

  3. Beautiful card and such a lovely sweet image.


  4. Oh boy you were quick off the mark buying this gorgeous image! I need some too. Your card is just perfect, I LOVE IT! Your paper piercing looks fab and the sparkling rain is fabulous, great idea, and what a lovely sentiment, perfect with the image.
    Altogether brilliant!
    Happy Easter
    Kaz xx

  5. Hi Pauline
    Oh dear we are predictable about the gems thing! lol
    Have you tried a glue pen to stick the card. Its strong and completely flat
    Would love to know what you thought
    Suepr card, the 'rain' looks FAB, would work stamped straight onto the card too! [no gems :)
    Thanks so much
    Diva LIM

  6. What a gorgeous card Pauline.

    Hugs Riet.

  7. Aww He's so cute, love your little Teddy:0) xxx

  8. Awww...such a sweet card the sparkly rain!
    Happy Easter!
    Helen x

  9. Darling~darling the paper piecing and the rain is fantastic!

  10. I absolutely adore those tatty teddies! You've made a wonderful card!

  11. Smashing card, love that image

    Happy Easter


  12. It's a lovely card, love that image and the rain is great. Hazel x

  13. Fabulous! Love the teddy, your paper piecing is great but your rain is sheer genius.
    Lynne xxx

  14. Ooh I've been waiting for these stamps, thanks I must get mine. Love this less is more card, such great paper piecing. Thanks for playing along at Totally Gorjuss. Hope to see you back on Saturday. Marianne x

  15. Absolutely stunning. Love the bear, paper piercing, the bling and the rain. Thanks for participating at this weeks TG challenge. Bettina

  16. Hi Pauline,
    Love the teddy and his brolly is gorgeous! The rain coming from the sentiment is a brilliant idea! A lovely card.

    Thanks for your suggestions; I've made a purple version too and I'm going to show them both to my daughter in the morning.

    I'm not buying anything until Port Sunlight so I can have a BIG splurge then! Can't wait!!

  17. What a perfect card, love it all, the rain is brilliant

  18. What an adorable little image, Pauline...and you've colored so beautifully! Fab card!

  19. Well it seems you knew what I would say but I'll say it anyway... I would have much preferred it without the gems... that dear little chap is attractive enough without the distraction of gems in the corners!
    Nevertheless is a super little card!
    So thank you so much!
    Lady LIM

  20. Your card is really cute and the rain is perfect. Tracey x

  21. This is a gorgeous card, such a sweet little bear. Jo x

  22. Oh Pauline, this is simply breathtaking. I love every little detail. thank you for sharing and joining in the fun of ABC challenges. Hugs xo Jackie

  23. Stunning Pauline, love how your card came about to the end. Gorgeous work, have a fab bank holiday! Ruby x

  24. This is fab. Beautfully coloured and I love the glittery rain. x

  25. This is stunning Pauline. what a fab image must invest in some of these I lurvs them too!

    Ali x

  26. Oh, this is just gorgeous!
    Hugs, Sandra

  27. Hi Pauline, your card is beautiful. The idea of the sparkling rain is perfect and I think the paper piecing is just right. Thanks for the comment on my blog, I have found Prismacolor pencils to be invaluable when it comes to colouring direct onto the card. They work best on very smooth paper - probably the same as you would use for your promarkers - but they will work OK on other card. I agree your comments on the style of stamp as well and I can feel a spending splurge coming on! Sarah

  28. cute card, love the brolly

  29. I love this stamp - your card is stuning :-)


  30. A gorgeous card Pauline :) I love tatty teddy and the rain is a great idea! Sarah x

  31. Lovely, really lovely:)
    michelle x

  32. A fabulous card. I love Tatty Ted too. Sue.x


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Pauline x