In one of the comments on my recent designs Brenda told me she was running a competition on her blog to celebrate her 4th blog birthday and soon to be 4000 followers.
I popped over to take a look and to enter I became a follower, left a comment and designed a card, and added a link on my side bar to the competition.
The brief was to design a card that was inspired by Brenda's blog. It could be anything from the blog or even a cased card from one of Brenda's designs. So here is my effort
As soon as I saw her blog the obvious things was poppies - as you can see in the link. So after a quick search I found this beautiful digi stamp at http://www.mcmahonfivedesign.com
designed and drawn by Sue McMahon. I coloured it using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
Now I could have just left it there but I decided to delve a bit deeper into Brenda's blog to search for more inspiration. Discovering she was on several Design Teams including the one for Pretty Little Ribbons decided me on the addition of the gingham ribbon.
I noticed that Brenda also uses the Marianne frame dies in her crafting I wanted to reflect this but rather than use the same frame die I cut 3 slats using one of the new release fan dies from Marianne.
A number of Brenda's cards have a lovely vintage feel to them so I found the lovely Polka dot papers at Jeka heath designs and printed them using draft quality print tone the colour down and give them a more vintage feel. I aged them further by roughing the edges and using Ranger Distress ink around the edges.
In the published work section of her blog Brenda talks about the massive thrill she got when she discovered her designs were sharing a double page spread with the master himself none other than Tim Holtz. I could totally relate to her excitement as I am a huge fan of Tims work - my husband even refers to him as my other man. So to add a little Tim to the design I used Kraft card as the base and added the hope dream and wish tags from his ideology range.
I then went back to the header image on the blog and added more poppies from Wild Orchid crafts and three tiny punched poppies that I cut from some off cuts of red paper. I also added a die cut butterfly cut from black card using a crafty individuals die. I glittered the butterfly's body and the centres of the poppies on the digi stamp using black stickles just to give a subtle touch of sparkle.
Inside the card was decorated using images from the Ooh La La CD 'Carnival of Colour' and I added another strip of ribbon for good measure, to decorate the pocket for the bookmark.
The final touch was the blank panel for the greeting and three tiny punched poppies and a butterfly.
All that remains for me to say is Happy Blog Birthday Brenda and here's to reaching your 4000th follower very soon only another 118 to go at the time of writing.
I am entering this card into the following challenge