Creative Bliss

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Be Mine...

Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you've had a great start to your week. The girls were off school yesterday due to MLK day and we went to Amy's friend, Hattie's, 10th birthday party. Oh my, she's in double digits now! And it seems like yesterday the girls were in Kindergarten. The time sure is flying by. 

Today I worked on cleaning up around the house after the weekend tornado that is my family blew through. But, I made sure to have enough time to wander into my craft space. I even got a card made. Whoo hooo! And this is after I cleaned up in there first, too. I had scraps of paper every where from my last crafty efforts. So, I spent some time putting those away and neatening things up before I sat down to mess it all up again. LOL

Last month I received the sweetest of surprises from my blogging buddy Alanna. She sent me some fun embellishments for my crafting including some fun ribbon and a jar of flowers. She also included some stamped images for me to color! She is so sweet to have done this. Thanks so much Alanna! Anyway, I have been itching to get some coloring time. Last week, or maybe the week before, I did sit down to try my hand at coloring an image she sent with markers.

To be honest, I really thought I screwed up my first attempt. I only have a couple of Copics (for coloring faces), but after trying to color the sweet image with my Sharpies and Bics, I am understanding more and more the appeal of the Copics. If only they weren't so darn expensive. The face came out fine, I think, but the  Sharpie pen nib makes it really hard to not have the ink bleed into other spaces, which is what was happening. The image looked really sloppy and I almost pitched it. But I set it aside instead and came back to it later. I got the idea to cover up those areas with Stickles. So, I used Frosted Lace to add some bling and cover up. I think it worked pretty well. 

I also practiced my sewing a bit and after a couple of messed up attempts, came away with a card I'm pretty happy with.
I was completely inspired by this card on the Playing With Paper blog. Andrea creates awesome cards using digital images all the time. She is on the creative team for Mary Fran (among other design teams) at NitwitCollections, which is how I came across Andrea's blog. You're in for a real treat if you check it out.

My card ended up taking a slightly different path than Andrea's, but not for lack of effort on my part. I wanted to CASE it, but the image of my little girl was a bit too large for that layered look. I discovered via Andrea's blog, that there is a digital file of my image(and the one Andrea used), so I may have to buy a few as I sure think they are adorable. They are By Lori designs called Lollipops and you can find them here. Their names are Gracie and Ella and you'll have to scroll down to find them. As you can see, I sewed on the card and that silly sewing machine foot I found made it way easier for me to get in fairly close to the edge of the paper. Yay.

The white flower "ribbon" is also from Alanna and I thought they added some fun texture. The pin is a Making Memories one I've had for along time. The twine is the DMC floss twisted together. The sentiment is from PTI. The organdy ribbon is CTMH. I ran the sewed piece of cardstock through the Cuttlebug after I stitched on it and attached it to my card base.

Whew, that's an awful lot of explanation for one fairly simple card. Like I said, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you like it, too.

Tomorrow is Wednesday already. Hope it's a good one.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I sure appreciate the visit. Hope to see you again soon.
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11 comments:

Carolyn said...

Your card is adorable!! Great sewing/coloring. Sweet face! :) Love the lace w/flowers!

Alanna said...

Your card is fabulous Jeanne. Your coloring looks amazing and what a great idea to cover up the oops with bling. Had you not said anything, none of us would have been the wiser.

Those Lollipop images sure are cute and you're right, this was a digi image that I sent you.

I'm glad you were able to find some time to play. Enjoy the rest of your day friend.

Sharli said...

Jeanne,

I LOVE the sparkle on her cheeks - it looks delightful and purposeful! This is a darling card (I'm keeping it in my inspiration folder!). You are so clever to twist DMC together - it looks like the uber-popular bakers twine, but you can make it a WHOLE lot more colors that way!!!

Hugs!

Barbara said...

I love your card! It's just yummy sweet! Great job

Hugs XX
Barbara

Sparkle said...

This is just adorable!

Laurel said...

Oh this is just so darned cute!

Kathi C. said...

Love this card, Jeanne. Super cute image, great coloring, perfect stitches - What more could you want?

Glad you had time to play! Will look fr more soon.

crochetwithtamara said...

Jeanne,

I love your cards and thank you for sharing all your cool projects with us. I know what you mean about the girls growing up. It goes by way too fast.

Love and Hugs,
Tamara

Kim Burmeister said...

Jeanne, you card is adorable! You did a fantastic job coloring. Love the stick pin.

Jena said...

Such a cute card - I always love cleaning up my crafty space just so I can get it messy again ;-) TFS!

Barb said...

This is so adorable, Jeanne!