Friday, April 1, 2011

Hello Spring

Happy Friday everybody.  I hope you are having blue skies and sunny warm rays all around you, but I must say all this week where I am has been, rain, rain, rain and then a little more rain.  I'm ready to see the blue skies again and the colorful flowers that come with spring. 

This month at ABC DT we are celebrating the season of spring.  This is my first card I created with that theme in mind.  Yes I know the colors aren't really springy, I tend to go with that rich feel and color and I suppose that's just me, but this is my take on spring. 

I adore this stamp set from Crafty Secrets, it's a poppy and that's my favorite flower.  I hope I did the beautiful flower justice.  I stamped the image, cut with an oval Spellbinder and then used Copic Markers to color in.I did this twice and cut out the second set and layered on top for depth and dimension.  Next I stamped the dragonfly on a sheet of acetate with staz on ink and then cut him out and glued down.  He really does give the illusion of being in flight. 

The image was layered on top of some chipboard that was colored with some glimmer mist and topped with some pearls and then layered on the base card.  Finally the sentiment in the bottom left corner was layered on some ribbon that I pleated and glued to the card.  Next I had a big black button and glued that down.  I stamped the sentiment Hello from Crafty Secrets Sweet Kids using Versa Mark Ink and then embossed with a green embossing powder and then distressed with ink.

I was so happy how many participated in our ABC DT Challenge last month and a new one is getting ready to start be sure to check out our blog and enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to ABC Toys and Crafts.  I'd love to see over 100 come in this month so be sure to spread the word. 

This card qualifies for the following challenges:
Copic Creations: Use your favorite Copic technique...coloring/blending
Hugs until next week.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mama said there would be days like this

Sometimes as hard as you try things just don't go the way you want, and that includes the craft world.  This was one of those weekends.  I had all these grand ideas and nothing seemed to flow quite the way I wanted.  This is a layout I did using one of my pictures I took in St. Maarten.  Love the photos, love the colors, love the bright POP!!! however I just don't usually work in such bright colors and I struggled.  The finished layout is OK, but it doesn't look like my style...Oh well... I will say I loved Saint Maarten, just beautiful and my favorites of all the stops we took along the cruise. 

I hope you have a good week and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort something you don't normally do in your crafting and push yourself.  Granted you may not LOVE the final result but then again maybe you will.