Friday 1 January 2021

Fall PEAR-fection

Happy New Year! I know 2020 was not the year we would have wished for. 
My deepest condolences to all who have lost loved ones and suffered illness from the virus. 
I hope you have gained some positives from 2020 and we can be hopeful that better days are ahead of us. We may just have to be patient for a while longer.....

I am very proud to announce that I am now on the Design Team at The Freebie/Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz. This is something I have taken part in for a long time and to have been asked to join the DT is a great compliment.

As it is a New Year anyone can can request the free image for this month. As long as you make a card with it by the end of January you will automatically get the February image free. It is a fabulous way to use images from artists you many not have used before. Also sometimes the image is completely different to something you would normally use. It has been a good way for me to stretch my creativity and take me out of my comfort zone. 

I would highly recommend anyone who is not already taking part to jump in and have a go. We are a really friendly bunch at The Outlawz.

This month we are sponsored by Jan's Digi Stamps.

We have been given an outline stamp and sentiment which are from the Fall PEAR-fection stamp set.  Jan's sets are always such good value as you get the images in both outline and colour and lots of sentiments which can be used for many occasions. They always print out so crisp and clean and are a pleasure to work with.

I started out colouring the image in Promarkers and added shading with coloured pencils. I am new to pencils and find they add a different level of shading which compliments my pens very well. I used an ultra fine green sharpie for the veins in the leaves. A blender pen was used to create the mottled effect on the vase to make it look weathered like real terracotta is.

The image has been cut with a Nestabilities die. I used some chalk in green and orange to distress the edges. My hubby got me some of those cosmetic brushes from Amazon and they have made a huge difference to my blending. I am far less heavy handed now.

I had used the largest die for the image so drew around it to create a brown mat to go underneath. This has been popped up on foam squares to create dimension.

The base of the card is a an A4 sheet of dark green card folded in half. The top paper is a bronze swirly card from Kanban. The bottom is a flocked paper with leaves on it, it feels lovely and very dimensional. I added some brown flocked ribbon to cover the join and some green flower shaped gems. Finally the sentiment has been cut into a banner shape.

I hope we will see you enter our challenge at The Outlawz and look forward to seeing the entries using this image.

Card Details -

Size – A5
Dies – Labels 17 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Colouring Medium – Promarkers, Arteza pencils, Sharpie Ultrafine
Embellishments – ribbon, flower gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Mandy, Thank you for showcasing and sharing "Fall Pear-fection" with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Love the touch of copper, it makes the image pop. Stay Safe and Happy New Year!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  2. Nicely done Mandy ... this is awesome! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Dies R Us challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  3. Very beautiful card. Hope your New Year started great and we're so delighted that you took the time to join our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Living you with the timeless Word of God that comes from 2 Peter 1:19-20 that says, "And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation." Be encouraged.

    JO ANN

  4. Congrats on your DT position!! So very exciting for you! Beautiful card; I really love that copper paper on the top! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  5. Lovely card. Congrats on your DT post. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks this week! Happy New Year!

  6. Beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday with Polkadoodles. DT Candace

  7. Thank you for joining us at NJC with this pretty card.

  8. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team
    Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Ania DT Member for https://worldw

  9. Very Cool. You have done such a lovely job with this Project. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  10. Another beautiful card Mandy.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our December Not Just Cards Challenge at Not Just Cards!
    Unfortunately this is our last challenge at Not Just Cards.
    We hope to see you again somewhere else in Blogland,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions

  11. Beautiful work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  12. Beautiful work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  13. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  14. Such a lovely Card! So pretty in its design!Thank you for joining us at DDS this month - Good Luck and hope to see you again at our next challenge xx

  15. So very beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle studios challenge!
    Hope to see you again.

  16. This is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog this month! We appreciate you joining us!
    Leslie, LTSCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2

  17. What a sweet card! Thanks for joining us at the Sheepski Designs Challenge Blog. DT Kathy []


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