Wednesday 17 April 2024

I Spy With My Little Eye #14

Hi everyone, Easter has been and gone, April is here with the promise of spring and it’s the third Wednesday in the month again, so it’s time for a new I Spy With My Little Eye... challenge over at Ellibelle's Corner.  Thanks so much to everyone who joined in last time … please do check over on Ellie’s blog to see if you are one of our top picks. 

I have chosen the challenge theme this month, and it is

I Spy With My Little Eye 

*** Something With Wings ***

Plenty of options there including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, fairies, angels or even aeroplanes!  … so we do hope you will join in. Please do pop over to Ellie's blog to see her fab creation and link up your entries here

We also have two guest designers joining us this month - Steph and  Liz - so please click on their names to visit their blogs and see their fabulous interpretations of the theme. 

I specifically wanted to use both a particular fairy (Lavinia “Sky”) and tree stamp which were kindly gifted to me by a dear bloggy friend during a destash (she knows who she is❤️), also because the fairy stamp includes a bird as well for extra challenge brownie points!! I decided to incorporate both of these into a spring scene - here it is.

I cut a 14.5cm square of stamping card and masked a square, then created the hills and sky using acetate masks and blended Elements and Distress inks. I removed the mask and stamped  Sky in one corner, then positioned paper copies of my mini hill masks so I could stamp the trees on the hillsides. I added leaves to one of the trees and blossom to the background copse using the tiny blossom stamps in the Lavinia set “Spring Trees”, inked with Distress Oxide inks. I then masked the bottom of the inked panel and stamped two rows of bluebells using lilac and blue DOX to add depth, then added a few bluebell tips to the hillsides. I shaded the sun with yellow DOX and coloured Sky’s wings with Zig pens and Spectrum Noir sparkle pen, then added some gel pen highlights to the scene. Finally I stamped the birds, added white pencil highlights to the fairy and birds, added a stamped sentiment and matted onto a black frame and card blank.

I’m absolutely in love with this fairy and would doubtless have bought her eventually if I hadn’t been the lucky recipient of a destash gift … in fact I did already own her, but in a different guise!! (Yes I really do have fairies at the bottom of the garden!!)

Stamps: Lavinia Sky, Skeleton Tree Scene, Spring Trees, Bluebells, Bird Collection, Birds; Visible Image Birthday Wishes; tree on left - unknown (gift);
Media: Lavinia Elements inks (Olive, Lime Punch, Della Blue); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass); Distress Oxide inks (Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Squeezed Lemonade); Versafine Clair (Nocturne, Pinecone, Acorn); Kuretake Zig Clean Colour watercolour pens; Sakura Sparkle pen (yellow);  Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen (clear); Stabilo All pencil (white); gel pen (white);
Tools: Lavinia Acetate Mini Hills masks; Lavinia Acetate Circle masks; Press To Impress square mask.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #776 - Spring 
Card Concept #206 - April Flowers (bluebells)
Creative Inspirations (April) - The Season of Spring
Creative Knockouts #519 - Spring Is In the Air
Dream Valley #314 - Make It Female
Fab ‘n’ Funky #593 - Add a Sentiment (2nd entry)
Festive Fridays (April) - Spring Is In the Air
Four Seasons (April) - Anything Goes Spring
Heart’s Quest Fantasy Challenge #4 - Anything Fantasy Goes - TOP 3
Papercraft #105 - Fairies and Other Mystical Beings
Simon Says (Monday) - Make Your Own Background (2nd entry)
Stamping  Sensations (April) - Spring Mood Board 
(I have been inspired by the pink blossom and green fields)

Word Art Wednesday #643/644 - Anything Goes 
(2nd entry)

The I Spy challenge will end on the Sunday before the next challenge starts at 23:59 US Central Time - so this time that is Sunday May 12th, and the next challenge will begin on Wednesday May  15th.

Take care, and thanks for visiting.


Sarn said...

Such a lovely magical Spring scene on this card. Great masking for all the hills and different elements. Sky looks great with the white pencil highlights and pink wings.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Linby said...

This is a fantastic scene, so many wonderful details and lovely colours. I particularly like how you added colour to the trees and that little bird in the corner. Thanks for sharing with us at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations.

brenda said...

We all do Pauline (Fairies at the bottom of the garden), you've created a lovely fresh feeling Spring card, so pleased you've shared at Allsorts and We Love Stamping challenges.

B x

StephW said...

So love your magical scene it's colourful and Springlike. Thanks for the welcome as GD for your I Spy challenge x

Ellibelle said...

You made such great use of your gifted stamps as I absolutely love this delightful spring scene and gorgeous colors. Love those rolling hills and the little bird on the bottom left finishes it off so nicely! How beautiful your garden fairy looks on the fence. Great to see this pretty card at Allsorts challenge too, thanks so much for joining us!

Sarn said...

With my GDTM hat on, I’m back to say thanks for sharing this lovely card at

Becca S said...

Pauline: Thanks for sharing at Heart's Quest Celebrations of Love for the April optional event theme of birthdays!! You've created an amazing springtime scene with the all the layered elements! I'm always fascinated reading the details of how you create your masterpieces! --Becca

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful scene and love all the stamps.
Carol x
THank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
Carol DT x

Karen Letchworth said...

What a fun card, and of course the matching fairy in the garden is super as well. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday, Pauline. It's always a treat, and i appreciate you very much. Have a blessed week.

Pat K said...

A Wonderful scene you have created on this beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K x

Gail said...

Love the Spring scene! Lots of details that make it so pretty!
Thanks for sharing at Allsorts with the theme "Spring"!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow! I have Sky, but I have never thought to put white pencil highlights on the stamped image, they look amazing and give so much dimension! Thanks for the inspiration! Love so much that cute bird in the corner, the colours and all the details of your whole magical scene!
Thanks so much for joining us at We Love Stamping!

Mervi said...

Stunning card Pauline, so lovely.
Thanks for sharing at Allsorts and at We love Stamping Challenges.

Dora said...

Beautiful scene.Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations.

Darlene said...

FABULOUS scene Pauline! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

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Ilonka said...

A beautiful card, thanks for sharing it with us at The Creative Knockouts Challlenge Blog.
Ilonka DT

HilaryJane said...

What a beauty this is. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at we love stamping this month xx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely magical spring themed card, love the little scene with the pink blossom on the trees.
Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations. Avril xx

Doris P. said...

What a wonderful card! I like the transparent look. Thanks for joining us at the Papercraft Challenge.