Monday, 25 March 2013

Now and Then

Morning,

Firstly if you live in the UK, what is going on???? It's nearly April and we are a few inches deep in snow and it's freezing.  I've never seen a March like it.

It's a new week at Live and Love Crafts and a new theme, and I think you are all going to have a laugh along the way,  but I first have to report some cruelty behind the scenes.  We all love Sandy but this week she has targeted us all to re-do a card that we made a long time ago, as far back as you can go. We have all been cringing at the thought and I was hoping I wouldn't be able to find the stamps, but I'm honest and I did so I am here today under duress, lol.  Seriously, we still love you Sandy and thank you for making us do this, even though I am still cringing and daren't open my laptop today,  it is actually good to go back and re-create a card you made before to see how far you have come, and to all those emails that I respond to about my colouring, I always say practice, practice, practice and hopefully you will see the difference.

So here it is the THEN and the NOW side by side. This happens to be my very first card that I made using a coloured image and my very first colouring. It dates back to January 2009.  I think it's fair to say that I have always liked flowers but my love for embellishments has definitely grown, lol.




They have both been coloured using distress inks for a direct comparison and on NOW card I have used PionDesign Lily of the Valley 12x12 paper and you will notice a little shabby white frantage around the edges of the image, hehe, love this stuff.  The lace at the bottom is just beautiful.





A little Angel resting on the bark heart, cute.

I have used the little present charm with the words, "for you", perfect for this card. The snowflakes were cut out with accetate and dipped into diamond dust.

A cascade of flowers consisting of KortandGodt Berries, Gardenia, Flower sprays, white poppies and Chrysanthemums all with a dusting of Gesso.




 Enjoy the rest of the week everyone, I can sit back now mine's done and see what the rest of the girl's have re-created starting with Tina tomorrow, so be sure to check back, it will be awesome!

Hugs Tracy x

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I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Dream Valley - Pearls and Lace
Christmas Stamping all year long - Anything Goes
Charisma - Diecuts
ABC Christmas - Fabric or Felt (I'm hoping cheesecloth counts)
Through the craftroom door - Anything Goes



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29 comments:

Sharon said...

Wow Tracy, this is just stunning. So many beautiful embellishments I don't know where to feast my eyes. Love the pop of colour on her stockings.
Hugs Sharon. x

Sue - bearhouse said...

Hi Tracy
Both cards are gorgeous but your second card is stunning!!! I love the image, amazing colouring and all the detailing your have added is so beautiful - I could look at it for ages!
Take care in the snow, we must get some Spring weather soon?
Hugs Sue

julieprice3 said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I love all the pretty white stuff, It's always great to look back and see how you've grown, just beautiful
Hugs Julie P

morkaren said...

Hvor er du god til at sætte et kort sammen, det er så smukt og fuld af overraskendene pynt. knus morkaren.

Grenouille Greetings said...

Well I dunno, Tracy. Your new card is magnificent. I love this sooty feel you are achieving with the smoky colouring around your image. It really lends itself to the overall vintage effect and makes your image pop. Your colourwork has improved of course but it was very good before. And your marvellous decorations in the new version and just that...marvellous. BUT your old card is really lovely too. The photography is not showing it off to it's best but your design and embellishment are really pretty and if I made the old card today, I would be very pleased with it. My current cards are as nice as your old one, Tracy, and if I dug out one of my old cards it would have you rolling in the aisles!!! Hugs, Lesley

Del said...

Wow, isn't it great to look back and see what has changed with your work. The first card was beautiful but the second is gorgeous! Love all the embellishments, such a feast for the eyes xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards. The second is Gorgeous.
Gr Elly

Dena said...

Oh, this looks like a FUN idea! Your post made me laugh at how mortified you are to show it hahaha! I say it just shows how much you have grown! To tell you the truth I think the first one is adorable, but since I loooove all the foo foo embellishments, I am in love with the second. The toned down colors look super fab! Tracy you are awesome!
Hugs, Dena

Boxofcolours said...

OK I have finally picked myself up off the floor - Your first card is fab but your second one holy moley, well missus.......you are truly an Embellishment Queen!!!

Awesome work Tracy!
Hugs
Jane

Jenny said...

Stunning work!. I recently re did a card I have made only 8mths back. It was an eye opener, and pleased to say I saw an improvement to. you are so right it is all about the practice :) Have a great day, hope its not too cold where you are. Jen xxx

Blankina said...

I must admit the difference is amazing!! Sure the first card is also pretty...but your skills have improoved that much!!
Who knows one day we will be at your level too?!

HUgs Blankina

Sonia said...

Wowwwww,wonderful cards my lovely friend,I adore this sweet image and the beautiful colors used^_^Gorgeous embellishments also^_^
My favourite is the second^_^
Happy week,
Sonia

butterfly said...

It's so amazing to see the journey you've taken - so though it may have been tough for you, it's brilliant for us! A gorgeous, gorgeous remake - simply stunning embellishing, and I love the Frantage too...
Alison x

Mary Lou said...

WOW WOW WOW hun love both but I do have to say that more new fun products really dress up your creations!!
Wondering~~When you add the frantage....do you then heat set it??
hugz

Jenny said...

Wow, eine tolle Karte mit so vielen schönen Details. Klasse.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. Liebe Grüße Jenny

Debby said...

wow what a stunning card.
love the colors and stamp you used
thanks for playing with us at CSAYL

Hanneke said...

Wow your card is amazing! I love the image and your coloring and there are so many lovely details on this card! Hugs, Hanneke

Suman Pandit said...

Wow, this is just stunning.

Heather said...

Yikes! These kind of challenges are definitely scary! I can see that you have definitely increased the amounts of embellies you like to use and it really creates a stunning card. Though I do have to agree with most of the other commenters and say that there is nothing mortifiying about the first card. : ) Anyway, thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Cindy said...

Well you sure learned a lot in those three years :D! The first card is pretty, the second card just stunning :D!! It's fun to see how much you can grow into something :)
Love,
Cin

Elizabeth said...

It's so fun to look back and see how much we have learned and how we develop our style! Thanks for sharing! I had some laughs looking threw my first cards, and I was so happy with them when I first made them..lol. Your card from three years ago looks so much better than mine did at the time...lol. I think it is pretty, but your latest one is just gorgeous! Wishing you a happy easter, Tracy! Hugs, Elizabeth x

Angie Shepherd said...

Gorgeous work. Frantage? How do you get your defined speckled dotty edge around your coloured image? Not familiar with frantage technique, when I emboss colour melts together more like a swipe than speckled?
Thanks any info would be fab.

Turwen said...

Really, really wonderful cards!!!! Gorgeous!!!!

Hugs!

Donna Ellis said...

What an incredible card, Tracy! My eyes were dancing all over, trying to discover every little tidbit - and the little resting angel is an adorable addition. So pretty with all the art supplies, embellies, and fabulous shading!

Jenni said...

Stunning card with so much attention to detail! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creation with us at the Charisma Cardz challenge this week.
Jenni x

Julie E said...

Just darling - such wonderful details with the flowers. Thanks for joining us at CSAYL!!!

Bettina L. said...

This is absolutely beautiful Tracy. Love the design with the tag, ribbons, lace, flowers adn that cheesecloth (of course that counts... I used that myself for my DT card;)) Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for another challenge. Bettina xx

Samantha said...

Goodness if I did a card like this it would look a mess but yours is flipping awesome! great job! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at ABC Christmas Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Michelle said...

Beautiful, Tracy! I love BOTH your then AND your now - different styles but both pretty :)