Sunday 21 August 2016

Left of Center #144

Hi there! Where's our beautiful sunshine gone? I do hope that that's not it now for the year and we are going straight in to Autumn so soon. Fingers crossed we get more sunshine, certainly before the kids got back to school early September.

For this week's Left of Center Challenge #144 we are lucky to have Sheepski Designs sponsor us. I chose Aisling and she came with Flutterby.
I created the background using a mixture of papers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found as well as Dark Grunge from Paper Lozzy and some inky background experiments I'd been doing. I ripped these papers up and layered them up on the background to add a bit of visual interest behind the main focal point. I inked the edges of the papers before sticking them on the Kraft card base.

Aisling and the butterflies were coloured with Polychromos pencils. I decided to stick with purple and blue tones throughout to keep it simple and cohesive. I'm particularly happy with how her hair came out  - it's one of the hardest parts for me to get right and I'm starting to grasp it much better I feel. I enjoyed sculpting her face and upper body to show shadow and define bone structure.

Once I'd finished colouring, I fussy cut them all out and created the focal point I wanted. I first inked the edges to enable them to sit well on the background with minimal white showing. I used Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax on her wings and the butterflies. I added some gems from my stash on the larger blue butterfly and on Aisling's wings.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my make for this weeks' challenge. Don't forget, Sheepski Designs are sponsoring us this week for  #144 - Friendship - you don't have to use a Sheepski Design digi to enter, all we ask is that you keep to the theme or go LOC (read challenge rules if uncertain what this means).

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
Worldwide Open DT - #13 AG
Try Stampin' on Tuesday - #284 Paper Tearing/Sketch
Through the Purple Haze - #106 AG
SLS Lines - #23 Man vs Woman
Oddball Art Stamps - For you Blue (use blue)
Hannah and Friends - #255 Lieblingsfarbkombi
Dream in Darkness - August Make it Crafty
Doodle Pantry - #20 Ants in my Pantry Digital AG
Dark n Daring -  #04 AG
Craft Rocket Challenges - #22 Things with Wings Top 3
Crafty Friends - #38 AG
Crafting by Designs - August Anything Goes 
Crafts Galore Encore - August Use a Digi or Stamp 
Classic DT Open Challenge - #05 AG
Catch the Bug -  August BINGO
Cardz 4 Galz - #29 Dragonflies or Butterflies
A Bit More Time to Craft - #26 AG
Addicted to Stamps - #207 Make Your Mark 
A Gem of a Challenge - #176 Summer Fun 
Alphabet Challenge - M for Mythical
Artbymiran - #65 AG 

Thanks for joining me and see you soon!

Michelle xxx


  1. Hi, Michelle! Such an intriguing creation with the most spectacular use of color and shading! It's gorgeous! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge "Anything Goes with a Stamp or Digi". I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Please check back to see if you are a winner!
    crafty hugs,
    P.S. I'd love for you to visit my personal blog if you have a chance. Thanks!
    {Creative Smiles}

  2. Gorgeous Hair! Thanks for playing along with us this month. Lisa DT Dark n Daring Challenges

  3. Hello.… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely card. Great colouring of a lovely image… So you can be entered into our draw, would you mind amending your link to our blog as its not linked correctly. Thanks and hope you can join us again next time.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

    1. Hi Diane thank you so much - I have checked and rechecked my link plus the rules of Crafty Friends challenge blog, and it is linked as required, to the actual challenge not just the blog - cna you tell me what it is that is wrong? Thank you. Michelle x

  4. Hello… I'm back again to see your lovely card, this time for a different challenge blog... Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge…
    [Diane-Louise DT for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  5. Just so beautiful. Lovely colouring and image is stunning. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  6. Oh, wow!!! This is absolutely amazing!!! Your coloring is spectacular, and the color scheme is fantastic! Thanks for Making Your Mark with us this week at ATSM :)
    Susan - DT

  7. Lovely creation!!!
    Thank you for joining Through The Purple Haze in our challenge, good luck!

    Lisbeth @ Lisbeths hobbyer
    FabrikaFantasy DT
    Through The Purple Haze (owner)
    Make It Crafty Gal
    DT Broken Fairy Designs

  8. Beautiful card, the torn backgrounds look great. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends. Good luck in the draw and we hope to see you back again soon.

  9. Beautiful butterflies! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

  10. Gorgeous - love all the purple and the image is fabulous.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Laine DT for

  11. Very pretty card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday!

  12. An amazingly strong and vibrant card, loving the design. Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, hope to see you again. Caz DT.

  13. You've made a awesome background for this fab image, love all the blue's. Thank you for joining Dream in Darkness August challenge, I hope to see you back in September.


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