Friday, 6 January 2017

Now and then

I was lucky enough to win Squirrel's last challenge and was determined to join in her current fun challenge of then and now The idea is to see how your style and colouring skills have improved. I decided to go right back to one of my first stamps and one of my first blog posts in June 2009. I still love this stamp and will never get rid of her. The difference in colouring and layout skills are amazing. It is amazing to see how much my photography skills have improved too! 
Image - Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie Daisy
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Serendipity
Die - Lawn Fawn stitched circle
Flowers - Prima
Butterflies - part of my Christmas present from Lynsey

Squirrel's not so random challenge then and now
Dies R Us anything goes using dies 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

And this is my card from June 2009. Stamping and colouring was very new to me and as you can see I knew nothing about blending and shading. The layout is pretty awful too. The only good thing  about it is the colour scheme.


Valerija said...

Beautiful cards. I like them both. Love the soft colours and cute image.
Valerija xx

Janice said...

What a difference 7 years make.....I certainly know the feeling, but then we probably all do too!
Both cards are lovely. I love the design and the beautifully coloured image of today's one.
Janice x

meg said...

It's a beautiful image Marianne, today's card is a stunner, love the colours and shading

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely colours on this gorgeous creation...fabulous design.xx{aNNie}

misteejay said...

Looking back at how we started and comparing to where we are today can be quite an eye-opener. We don't often appreciate how far we have travelled on our creative journeys.
Toni xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Fantastic card, Marianne, amazing design so clean but very lovely and this EB cutie is wonderfully coloured!
The difference by your two cards is stunning, how professional are now your skills! This is a big hope for me :D because perhaps I too could improve my skills, one day... :)


Gorgeous card Marianne and one of my favourite stamps have a lovely week end
Dianne xx :)

Fiki said...

lovely cards!

hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ

brenda said...

It's a really lovely colour palette Marianne and always love that image. Sometimes it's sobering to look back at our older cards, I know I do sometimes and cringe.

Many thanks for sharing your pretty card with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Darlene said...

I just love this image (she comes out to play in my room from time to time too). Your coloring is beautiful! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes with Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous card Marianne, thank you for sharing your card from 2009, I too have done this before and the difference is amazing isn't it?
Linda xxx

cuilliesocks said...

She is adorable and your colours are beautiful, it's good to see how we've improved over time, but your earlier card is lovely too, Kate x

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Gorgeous card Marianne! It is good to look back and see how much we have improved over the years. I did the same thing this year. Incredible. But, I think they both look nice. This one is much more elegant and refined in your work; showing how much you have improved over the years. Great job! I wonder if we will continue to improve or do we reach a peak where we stop improving. Thank you so much for sharing your creations with us. Love it! Have a fabulous New Year! Hugs, Gloria

Lynsey said...

Hi Marianne wow what a difference in your cards! Love your sweet daisy cards!
Hugs Lynsey xx

Carol S. said...

What a difference!! She looks very flat bank then and now looks real and shapely. The design is more balanced and gorgeous. Hugs, Carol S.xx

cotnob said...

Wow! Such a difference, it's fun to look back and see how much has improved, your new card is fabulous - beautiful colours.

Barbara said...

Stunning card! Thank you for playing along with us in the DIES R US challenge!
Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT

Debbie said...

Gosh how our card deigns and skills change. Both are beautiful Hun. Hugs xx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Ooh this is gorgeous Marianne! I love this stamp, one of my all time fav's! I live in hope Elisabeth will release it digitally!! What an amazing comparison!! That gorgeous image certainly stands the test of time. I love your beautiful Turquoise and pink card. Utterly stunning and those wee butterflies, so sweet. Beautiful creation hun. Congrats on winning the last SNSRC! Hugs, Wends xoxo

susiestacey said...

Beautiful card Marianne, love this stamp too.
It is amazing to see the difference of then and now and how styles and techniques have changed over the years.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More 'Anything Goes' challenge and good luck x Susan x

Squirrel x said...

Thanks for having the courage to do this! It's fascinating looking back and seeing the leaps we have all taken. Thank you also for using one of my favourite stamps! Hugs, and thanks for sharing with Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge. xx