Tuesday 14 July 2015


Hi, it's that time again, a scheduled post to announce a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps.
This week we want to see projects on the theme of -


This is my card for your inspiration.

I used a digi from this week's sponsor -


It's called Narrow Boat and is by Ike's Art. Stitchy Bear have 23 designers to choose from and are offering 3 digi's up to a value of 10$ to our winner.

When I saw this image it reminded me of the canal which runs by one of our local pubs. It's full of trippers at all times of the year as they cruise the Llangollen Canal on their narrow boats. It also reminded me of a song that stuck in my head for ages after I finished colouring - 
Messing About on the River- written by Tony Hatch.
When the weather is fine then you know it's a sign
For messing about on the river.
If you take my advice there's nothing so nice
As messing about on the river.
There are long boats and short boats and all kinds of craft,
And cruisers and keel boats and some with no draught.
So take off your coat and hop in a boat 
Go messing about on the river. 

There are boats made from kits that reach you in bits
For messing about on the river.
Or you might want to skull in a glass-fibred hull.
Just messing about on the river.
There are tillers and rudders and anchors and cleats,
And ropes that are sometimes referred to as sheets.
With the wind in your face there's no finer place,
Than messing about on the river. 

There are skippers and mates and rowing club eights
Just messing about on the river.
There are pontoons and trots and all sorts of knots
For messing about on the river.
With inboards and outboards and dinghies you sail.
The first thing you learn is the right way to bail.
In a one-seat canoe you're the skipper and crew,
Just messing about on the river. 

There are bridges and locks and moorings and docks
When messing about on the river.
There's a whirlpool and weir that you mustn't go near
When messing about on the river.
There are backwater places all hidden from view,
And quaint little islands just awaiting for you.
So I'll leave you right now to cast off your bow,
Go messing about on the river.

It's a song from my childhood and just sprung to mind, a bit of an earworm really. When looking it up on t'internet I even found a song about the canal near us here.
Anyway down to details about the card!
After printing out the image I discovered it wasn't quite long enough to fit my 6 x 6 card base, so I added a little extra vegetation and water to the left of the image and then used Copics to colour. I don't think you can tell and I hope Ike doesn't mind! I trimmed it down to the exact size I wanted then mounted it on black before simply leaving the image to shine. The sentiment is from Woodware.

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  1. What a STUNNING scene. So crisp and detailed! Really pretty!

  2. Beautiful coloring! Great card!
    Lilian ATSM DT teamie
    The Leaf Studio

  3. I am sooooo impressed with this Jules, your colouring is fabulous and your art work is so precise I can't see the additional detail you clever thing!! Thanks for the song, it's going be on repeat today for sure!! xx

  4. wow Julie great stamp you have choosen and so adorable colored too
    love your CAS design
    I cant coloring so great like this if I choose this Image
    FUNTASTIC Made Julie
    hugs, Monika (ATSM Teamie)

  5. Really cool! Lovely image and coloring. I would love to be on that boat, cool breezes and all! Melissa- ATSM Teammate.

  6. Ooooo - I've been down the Llangollen Canal when I had my narrowboat :-D You have coloured this superbly. Thanks for picking one of mine :-D
    Thank you for making such a great project using our Digis.
    It is a pleasure to sponsor you and I hope you have enjoyed working with our images.

    Best wishes,

    IKE x

    DT for StitchyBear Digi Outlet

  7. Wow Julie, what gorgeous image and so beautifully colored too!! Reminds me of a trip I took as a child! :) So fun!! Great card!

  8. OMG Julie! This scene you coloured is just gorgeous! It is so realistic and full of detail! Kamila ATSM friend ;)

  9. What a an amazing scene you created. Coloring is awesome! Thanks for joining us at the Male Room!

  10. My goodness, this must have taken you ages to colour, its really spectacular!!! Fantastic idea for a 'holiday' card too! So very glad you joined us at TIME OUT!!

  11. Love your choice for your digi, Julie! Beautiful coloring and I love how you shared your childhood song with us...Thanks!

  12. You've created a most magical card using this image - and I love the childhood song you shared! You colouring is simply amazing!

  13. Dear Julie! Beautiful colouring and such an elegant design of your card. Just great! Creative regards from your team-mate stempelfrida

  14. This is just perfect Julie. You've done a fabulous job of colouring it too x

  15. OMG what a fabulous coloring, the is life like :)

  16. Love how you were inspired by the card. Your coloring is incredible. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!

  17. Gorgeous card!! Your coloring is just jaw dropping!!

  18. So beautifully coloured, Julie. Love this, perfect for a guy x

  19. ABsolutely super! Love the CAS layout, gorgeous image and it works perfectly with the song! So sorry to be so late commenting (summer holiday!), thanks so much for playing along with our Song Title challenge at The Male Room. Deborah x


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