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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Spring

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement during my funk...hubby helped out a bit yesterday and took the kids for ice cream so that I could get into the scrap room and just relax a bit.  And, then I went to bed at 9pm, which is easily 3 hours before I normally go to bed.  Thankfully, I woke up this morning feeling much better!

While I was in my scrap room, I managed to put together this great card, and then this afternoon the sun shone, and I was able to photograph it in natural light. Unfortunately, I only happened to be home in the afternoon because my oldest daughter has the stomach flu!  Poor kid, actually asked how many appendix she has...only had her appendix out 5 weeks ago, so I can imagine the experience is still fresh in her brain.  Lucky for all of us, she only had one appendix and it is now a non-issue!  LOL!

Back to the card...I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday as my starting point...and I pulled out my Imaginisce papers in hopes of making an Easter card.  Then, I decided that I wasn't really in the mood to colour *gasp* so I went in search of my CTMH Stamps that might work.  I found exactly what I need in this Close To My Heart stamp set, From Me to You.
First, I stamped the flower on my heavy white Neenah paper.  Then, I used my copics and coloured the flower.  The difference between this image and what I normally colour, is the technique I tried.  I read about it on another blog, but I can't remember where.  I used the sides of my markers, rather than the tips and I used feathering as well and the ink comes out much lighter.  I graduated my colour for both the inside and the tips of the flower.  To finish the flower, I punched out a circle from the Imaginisce paper and then added some Kaisercraft Pearls.  I used some ribbon from the dollar store to make the stem and then cut out the little pot.  I finished it with a sentiment from Amy R Stamps Spring Sentiments.  Once everything was assembled, the black on the flower looked too dark, so I went over it with some Stickles, to give it sparkle and soften the black lines.  Here's a closer look...
Once everything was coloured, I adhered the flower and the little pot with pop=dots.

My card also qualifies for the following challenges:

All Sorts Challenge: Spring is in the Air

I just couldn't leave you without another quote from Eclipse:

Alice was scrutinizing my boring jeans-and-a-t-shirt outfit in a way that made me self-conscious. Probably plotting another makeover. I sighed. My indifferent attitude to fashion was a constant thorn in her side. If I’d allow it, she’d love to dress me every day — perhaps several times a day — like some oversized three-dimensional paper doll.

Bella Swan, Eclipse, Chapter 2, p.36
 
Between you and me, I am definitely Bella...fashion-wise anyway.  I love my jeans and t-shirts and hoodies!
 
Stamps:  CTMH From Me To You, Amy R Stamps Spring Sentiments
Paper:  Imaginisce For Peeps Sake, CTMH Key Lime, Buttercup
Ink:  Memento Black, Versafine Black Copic Markers:  R000, R00, R01, R02, Y0000, Y000, YG0000, YG01
Accessories:  Fiskars Threading Water Punch, Kaisercaft Pearls various colours, Stickles Diamond, Misc. Ribbon

25 comments:

BananaStamper said...

What a great way to emerge from the funk! Fantastic card! Love how it turned out!

So sorry to hear about the stomach flu - no fun at all!

Hey, are you re-reading again!?!? I have restrained myelf thus far, but if it were in my house, it would have happened a long time ago!
Talk soon,
Shan

Monique said...

Great technique.. That flower looks gorgeous. ..The whole card is wonderful... Hope your family feels better soon...

HappyCrafter said...

What a lovely card, love the pearls in the centre and how you popped things up.

Sparkle said...

Such a lovely card! I love sweaters and jeans too!

Blankiefinder said...

What a great card! So fresh and Spring'y :)

Glad you're feeling better from your funk. Hope your daughter is feeling all better in the morning!!

Spyder said...

Happy Spring!! Your card says that!! Love the flower, thank you for joining Quirky Craft's Flower challenge!!
(Lyn)

Cheryl said...

WOW I love this,your flower is gorgeous!!!
xx

Summerthyme Studio said...

This is adorable! Thanks for playing with us at C4c

Lori Allred said...

So cute...all of us here at Imaginisce love your card. We'd love to feature your card on our blog and send you more goodies, just email us at contact.imaginisce@gmail.com if you're interested! Thanks!

Deanne said...

aw this is gorgeous, certainly feels like spring is on the way seeing this beauty :)
tfs and joining in with us at quirky crafts x

Gail said...

What a beautiful card. I love your colours. Hope you are feeling much better now.

Jane Wetzel said...

this is totally sweet- very spring like! glad u joined us at S2G! :)

Carla aka scrappypug said...

This is gorgeous! Love it!

Jennifer Scull said...

what a wonderful card! and it is so very very springy! sure hope your dd feels better soon.
thanks for playing along at S2G! :)

Cat said...

Sooooo cute! Love how the ribbon forms the stem of the flower! Thanks for joining us at S2G!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

oh my, this is sooo cute, I adore this flower...sending you sunshine!

enjoy *~*

Crystal said...

Love this, it's so pretty! I love the little flower pot with the pearls and the dp is so adorable! All these quotes from Eclipse are making me want to reread it again :)

Fleur said...

Very pretty card - lovely flower
Thanks for joining us at ALLSORTS this week
Fleur xXx

Yogi said...

nice card. very spring like

Gina said...

This is very nice, I love the layout and how you made the flower stem. Thanks for joining us at S2G.

Ann English said...

This is so pretty. What a neat idea for a stem and leaves! Thanks for playing with us at S2G!

Deanne Burton said...

Pretty card!!!

Thanks for playing along with S2G this week!!!

Judy Applegarth said...

What a SUPER cute card! Great coloring, thanks for joing us at S2G challenge. Hope to see you in more of out challenges.

Georgia said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for playing this week at S2G TT.

Deanne Burton said...

Great stuff!!!


Thanks for joining us at Shirley's 2 Girls this week!