Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hanging Hearts

 It's time for Challenge #8 at A Die For A Sketch and this month's challenge is sponsored by Whimsy Stamps.  The sweet Denise is giving the challenge winner a die - how fitting is that?  A Sketch & Die challenge and a Die for a prize!  Just in case you've never used the Whimsy dies, I can vouch for their quality... perfect and precise cuts every single time.


I have never, ever had a card which was as beat up as this one... I struggled with the image, the background paper, the dies, the ribbon, a bow I had on... took off... put back on... took off!  Sheesh... this thing was torn apart so many times that I'm surprised the edges aren't crumpled and I'm pretty sure this card was so sick of me by the time I was finished!  The image is Stampin Bella's Hanging Heart Block and I used various shades of red Copics to colour the hearts and when dry, they were covered with Glossy Accents.  Diamond Dust was sprinkled over some glue randomly dotted on the paper. 

I used Sizzix's Bigz Flowers 3-D for the rolled flowers (I know, it's hard to see them with the black) and the Poppystamps Lorelai Outline Leaf.  The paper is My Mind's Eye and the brads are Stampin Up.
The only rules for entering the challenge are that you follow the sketch and use at least one die and here's your sketch:



Be sure to head on over to see what the rest of the design team have to share with you and then have some fun with the sketch and your dies.
Challenges:
Bearly Mine - Something Old, Something New (new item is the ribbon and everything else has been
                      waiting to be used for a long time)
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenges - Favorite Embellishment (mine is the Stampin' Up brads... just ordered more
                                because I don't ever want to run out)
Cards Galore - Anything Goes


36 comments:

Sue - bearhouse said...

Happy New Year!
Your card is stunning Marilyn. I love the hearts image, wonderful colour scheme and gorgeous flowers.
Sue xx

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

This is simply beautiful.. Love the details.. very lovely work as always..
i wish you a happy new year and the best 2013...

Hugs Judith

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Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,lovely image and colours.xxx

Tracey T said...

Gorgeous, Marilyn! Love the glossy accents on the hearts and black, red, white is a winning colour combination. Hugs, Tracey x

Abi said...

Well beat up or not Marilyn, it's a stunner, I love it so top marks for persistence! xx

NickelNook said...

It's so sweet of you to tell us all the grief you went through to create this beauty! lol It was well worth it because it's a beautiful card! :o)

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Marilyn. I love those hanging hearts. Your design and colours look fabulous too.
Lorraine x

Kelly Neis said...

Wow, you cannot tell that this gorgeous card was any trouble at all. Fabulous, and I love the black flowers with those hearts. All your effort is glorious!
Hugs, Kelly

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

How stunning! Love the color scheme adn those flowers... WOW factor!!!

Ilonka said...

Hi Marilyn, what a great card. I love the littel tiny red flowers so much. Everything fits so nicely together. A Great job !!
Have a nice weekend !!

Big hugs Ilonka

jimlynn said...

Marilyn, you sound like me having to take apart and re-do a card a hundred times before you get it right! But it was well worth all the effort on this since it's turned out gorgeous!!! So pretty!
Lynn

Molecraft said...

Well it was well worth the effort Marilyn, it's gorgeous!
Helen x

Sandy said...

I think it is so purty Marilyn and I cannot tell that you abused this sweetie one bit!!!!!
In friend in foolish things!!
Sandy

Melanie said...

A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Use your favourite embellishments" challenge & good luck in the draw…
Hope to see you again in our new challenge on Wednesday.

Hugs,
Melanie
(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

coops said...

so stunning marilyn.i love your striking colours and your hearts and flowers are gorgeous :D

xx coops xx

Jennifer said...

I think we can all relate to your struggle, Marilyn. Sometimes a card just won't do want we want. However, you have certainly tamed this one (lol) - it is gorgeous! Great choice of colours, the hanging hearts are so cute, and I love your black flowers.

Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Laura said...

What a Gorgeous card!! And that sketch looks like it would be difficult but you did an amazing Job with it!! I love those brads and flowers,...TFS

MaxineD said...

You may have struggled with the Marilyn, but you won - well and truly!! This is a stunner.
Blessings
Maxine

Shannon White said...

Oh I Love this Miss Marilyn! I'd never have guessed this card was such a struggle! And I've definitely been there, even got so far as to toss one in the trash bin, only to fish it out a few hours later and pull it apart and try yet again.. And it sold 5 minutes after I put it in my Etsy shoppe, lol go figure, lol Well Your card is definitely a Beauty!! I Love the Wonderful hearts, flowers and brads too! Just Really Lovely Lady! 8-)

Hugs & Happy New Year!
Shannon

Faye said...

Tis is gorgeous. Love the string of hearts and the rich red. X

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A very striking card Marilyn - the glossy hearts are fabulous and the red, black and white combo. gives a touch of drama!

The outcome was well worth the "struggle" (I think most crafters can identify with that - I certainly can)!!

Have a very Happy New Year - hugs, Sylvia x

Teresa Kline said...

this is the cutest card, luv the hanging hearts!
have a great week!

enjoy *~*

Shari said...

wow this card is stunning! All that taring off and placing back on worked out just perfectforyou lol! Love your black flowers with the red peark centers, gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at One Crazy Stamper for our January challenge, good luck!

Hugs;
Shari

Berni Cuttino said...

Sweet design and fabulous coloring. Delightful! Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.
Hugs
Berni
berni46blogspot.

Renee said...

I love the hearts!! What a gorgeous card :)

I wonder why I don't get emails when you post! I've signed up twice and am gonna do it a 3rd time now. Hate to miss a thing you do!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

How fun is this! Loving the hanging hearts- and love the sketch. Happy New Year!

MiamiKel said...

Very nice, Marilyn :)

Margaret said...

How very lovely! The flowers are so pretty with the pearls in the center and I love the 2 metal embellishments.

Jenny said...

So pretty - Love those hearts! Jen xx

Nicole G said...

Wow... I love this card. It's dark and beautiful. That thicker ribbon is sooo pretty!

Zo-Wie-Zo said...

Hi Marilyn, Love this card soo much! The hearts are so sweet and the black/red I really love it! LOL Hugs Willie

Madge H. said...

Beautiful - and I promise, I won't report you for card abuse! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with us at One Crazy Stamper.
hugz, Madge

Annie said...

love the hanging hearts and the combo of red and black - fabulous card! hugs, annie x

Sian said...

Stunning card, the hearts look fab!

Patty Sue 2 said...

This is the cutest valentine card! I love the red, black, white combo. Beautiful job!

Inkypinkydelights said...

Isn't it strange how some cards just go right and yet others don't. Well this is lovely, it really is quite stunning! Judy x