Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge 45 - Getting Hitched, an Anniversary and a huge celebration


Today is a VERY special day at Ladybug Crafts Ink as it is the first blogaversary since the challenge blog was started!!

To celebrate we have a whole host of fun for you to get involved with, with lots and lots of prizes along the way, so why not grab yourself a cuppa and get involved

First up we have a new release of Digi stamps - from the Love and Marriage Collection, and the DT have used the new images for their cards.  The images are a steal at £1.75 each or £9 for all six!

  We are having a blog hop to celebrate - if you are hopping already you should have arrived from the lovely Tams if not and you want to take part pop on back to the Challenge blog, and I'll see you again in a little while!! 

  If you are hopping, I'm sure you know all the rules by heart by now, but just in case

Display the blog hop badge somewhere on your blog, leaving a comment on each of the DT's blogs, and then heading on back to the challenge blog (your last stop after me!) to leave us a comment letting us know what your favourite image is

The prizes for the hop are all six images in the new release for the overall winner, and one image for 5 lucky runners up!!

But that's not your only chance to win, as some of the DT have raided their own stash and will be picking winners from the people who have commented on their personal blogs.  Just as a little bit of temptation for you here's mine

I've included a length of gold satin ribbon, a Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink pad, and the rather lovely Lost and Found Christmas pad, which I believe is getting pretty impossible to find!!

And... as always there will be one winner and a top three picked from those who enter the challenge, which, naturally, is

I made two cards, so there are quite a lot of photos!

This one combines one of the new digis - The Bride and Groom with MME Lost and Found Portabello Road papers, the bottom panel has been overstamped and embossed with a Prima background stamp, MS border punch, Berrisford "Orchid" wide satin ribbon, lace, pins, WOC flowers, and some gems from my stash

I love this image, it's so sweet and I just love how I got his suit, my colouring almost looks professional!!  There's just a touch of sparkle on her flowers, tiara and necklace.  The sentiment is from the Baby Baby set which you can get here

I decorated the inside using some left over papers

Do you like it?  I have to admit I was having a bit of a panic attack over the colour scheme, but I think it works OK now!!

Now I'm going to tell you that I had a complete nightmare with my second card, you see I had one of those really brilliant ideas, that when you do it you wonder what on earth you were thinking about!  Seriously I emailed a pic of it to the boss lady and she thought it was hilarious - I'd had this brilliant idea to do something with some black feather things behind the image.  But OMG, it looked like i'd stuck this lovely image to someones wig!! Or Cat!!  Needless to say it all came apart pretty quickly (but not before Kerry had had a jolly good giggle at my expense!!  

But in so doing I ripped one of the legs of the cake stand, and as I really liked how I'd coloured this image had to get a bit choppy with the scissors  - so sorry!!  Anyway, this image is called The Cake

I actually wanted this to be a CAS card, and let the image do the talking, and I think I got there in the end... and no actual cats (or wigs) were harmed in the process!

Please can I enter these challenges
Bride and Groom card
Sketch Saturday - Sketch (I flipped the sketch 90 degrees - hope that is OK!)

Cake card

Before I go, as much as today is a celebration, it is bittersweet as it is the last LCI challenge for two of the DT - I shall miss you Mary and Amanda, your friendship has been incredible and I have been so inspired by your creations, and it has been a real honour to have worked alongside you.

Right, better go now before I get all over-emotional and have to do the hand flappy thing!! Hope you like my cards and the new images, and have fun entering the challenge and on the blog hop!!


pinky said...

Two stunning cards Sue, love the big bows on both cards, wish I had of seen the wig though lol.

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Sue,.two stunners... that first card is so pretty and the bow is just megamazing.!!
I ove the shape of the second card and the elegant monochrome colour scheme
Lisa x

Whimsey said...

Wow - stunning cards. LOVE the big ole bow, pins and colors on the first one - beautiful!

And that 2nd card - wow, show stopper; so elegant, love the glitter!!

Amanda R said...

These are gorgeous Sue! I would have liked to see the cake and the feather though, mine always have a little cat hair on them somewhere, goes with that handmade thing! Please keep in touch and will miss you guys too.

Jo Street said...

Both cards are stunning, I love the cake card. The bride and groom look fab done in lilac.
Jo x

Uta said...

Your cards are so fabulous. I love the big bows on it and the images are so great.

Hugs, Uta

Hazel said...

Both beautiful cards. I'll let you into a secret, I like the cake without legs! Hazel x

orit said...

Beautiful cards,love the first one the most.

Kerry said...

Magnifilicous cards Sue!!! Though am a bit disappointed the cat got discarded lolololol. I really wished you had of shown that picture...I'm giggling just thinking about it lololol. I've always said I love your style and Bride & Groom totally suit it. That bow is something else...amazing! I think I might have to agree with Hazel...I'm loving the cake without the legs! You were right to chop them off to save the image...the colouring is outstanding! xx

CraftyLoops said...

Sue these are gorgeous card, I love them both. Really stunning. Lee x

ribenaruby said...

Hi Sue, loved reading your post...gorgeous image and your card is elegant! Love the way your second card came about too. Thanks. Ruby x

Donna Mosley said...

A gorgeous card Sue, love the image and beautiful bow detail. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday.

Donna x

Mary J said...

Oh Sue honey, I'm gonna miss you too!! But I have you on my blog list so I can keep my beady eye on your gorgeous creations honey!

Love these two - so beautifully made!

Faye's Paper Passion said...

STUNNING cards and images Sue.. LOVE the big bow.. Saw this on MIM..Faye

Lisa said...

wow wow wow your cards are absolutely wonderful! TFS

Lisa G

stop by & check out my giveaway!

Miria said...

Gorgeous elegant creations, Sue! Thank you for sharing and for the chance, Miria x

Sue said...

Wow! This is gorgeous Sue! I love the image and your colouring is awesome! the little gems on her bouquet look delish. So beautifully decorated with the flowers, border, pins, bow - and I love, love the colour scheme!!!!
Well the cake card certainly turned out a dream in the end! I love the CAS design. Colouring and sparkle is gorgeous and love that ribbon and bow!
Hugs Sue xx

dj1952 said...

Fantastic cards. The bows are stunning. I love the sparkle and the colors on the first card. I'd love to win your candy. Hugs, dj1952 (Debra)

downrightcrafty said...

wow gorgeous creations thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have some more new candy if you are interested :)it will replace the one you are already advertising for me :)

Kitika said...

All I can say is WOW! Very've done a great job. I love your cards, love your beautiful colouring and design!
The second card is - a truly beautiful card and especially I love the colour choice on this gorgeous creation and the sheen you added! - I love, love, love it!!! it so pretty. ♥ You are one talented lady, Sue.

Pami said...

Why didn't you post a photo of the first one!!! Seriously, love both your cards, the first one is stunning, gorgeous colouring, gorgeous ribbon, gorgeous colours! And the second is so elegant! Pami x

Gram's Treasures said...

Wow, such elegant cards! Love the card designs and the ribbons you have used. Gorgeous.
Joyce xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Thanks for joining our "Ribbon, flowers and lace" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

Hugs Jane x

Girl Scientist said...

I really like both of these cards, the second has to be my favorite though - so elegant, and I love the shaped edge!
PS - love your candy too!

Sonia said...

Beautiful Wedding card. Thanks for joining in with the 'Ribbon, Lace and Flowers' challenge at Secret Crafter this week.
Hugs Sonia x

Valchen said...

Both of your cards are very elegant and beautiful!

Julie said...

I just love the lilac colour scheme Sue,and that bow! exquisite! I've just seen your cake card including legs and cat,I much prefer this gorgeous legless version ;D x

Babette said...

Two gorgeous cards. Really love the black and white combo in a card, but the green and purple is also really lovely.

Nancy in Iowa said...

I love all the elements you have combined for these. You know just what embellishments to pull together for the final look! I'm so inspired by your work!
Congrats on a job well done.

Shirley-anne said...

Hello Sue .Love both cards which together show case your artistic versatility .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

Karen C said...

Uhm, WOW! I say gorgeous! Holy moly! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!
Karen C

fionalawlor said...

Oh WOW!! Such beautiful cards! I especially love the first one the lilac bow and punched border look so pretty :) Thanks for the chance to enter,
Fiona L x

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow both cards are stunning. I love the colours on both and the ribbon looks gorgeous.
Diane xx

Anne said...

Love your first card.. Purple is one of my favorite colors. your addition to detail and the ribbon really pull this card together.. the second one is simple and elegant, with the black and white color scheme..thanks for sharing..

Splashbunny said...

Love your cards Sue, you've definitely got an elegant touch, i actually cannot chose a favourite, the images are coloured perfectly.
Thank you for sharing

Andie's Space said...

Hi Sue,
These are both wonderful. Love the images & the fabulous ribbon. Your bows are perfect. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge this week.
Andie xx

Billie A said...

oh wow the colors are so elegant and really set off the images. I love them all. Great colors great coloring of images and embellishments. great work

Dora said...

Your cards are gorgeous Sue, love the soft lilac colour on your first card, really elegant and fresh and this image is really sweet. Happy Blogaversary xxx

Dora said...

Well it looks like you were the last on the hop :) Thank you so much for this, really enjoyed it xxx

Scrapalajen said...

Sue, even with the mishaps, you did a great job on it. Gorgeous my dear!

Wendy - AKA Mrs. B said...

Love your choice of colors, Sue! All of the elements (the pins are a new fave of mine) and that BOW is stunning! The B&W cake is a lovely touch. xx

Rose said...

Sue, your wedding couple looks fabulous on this sweet card. Lovin' that cake card too! ~ Rose

A New Crafter said...

Wow, you cards are absolutely beautiful, the colours on the wedding card are so pretty and the satin bow perfect. Your cake card unusual colour but you get away with it, stunning. Anne T

Melanie said...

Absolutely lovely cards! I love all those new images. They're great!

Susan said...

Loving both cards - love the pastel lilac - and the colouring is fabulous - and the black and white is great :) Xx

Robin said...

Thanks so much for joining us at Bows and Berries CAS challenge!