Resisting the Urge

Monday, March 9, 2009

We just had the best weekend with the most gorgeous weather!! Talk about a mood lifter! The sun was out and it was a balmy 52 deg F. Trust me; that's not cold when the temps have been below freezing all winter long! I could finally crack open a window without the fear of getting blasted with frigid cold air. It was just what the doctor ordered.

The anticipation of Spring also inspired me to update the look of my blog. Do you like it? I am VERY happy with it. It feels refreshing and clean! I liked the old one but I was getting frustrated with blog buttons not fitting on my sidebar because the colums were too skinny. I was also told that it wasn't behaving itself in other web browsers, so it had to go! :D Please let me know if you have any issues viewing my blog so I can try fixing it.

I have been dying to show you this stamp since I colored it up weeks ago. It's from Whipper Snapper Designs and an illustration by Anna Wight.

Isn't this the perfect sentiment for this stamp? I've had this sentiment from MFT's Rain & Shine set for a while now, and when I saw this image, I had to get him! I really like to mix and match stamps and sentiments when I can.

I colored this Springtime Chick in dark, intense colors to emphasis the 'under the weather' theme, but if you changed up the colors and made the umbrella a light green and the background behind the chicken a pale blue, it would make a great springtime 'April showers' card. Love versatility!

Now getting back to my post title; when I was piecing together this card, I had a hard time resisting the urge to add something extra to it. I tried some ribbon, toyed with brads, then a button and nothing seemed to fit. Finally I just said "Enough!" and accepted the fact that sometimes a card doesn't need anything else but an image and a sentiment to make it complete. Less is more right? :D

Hope you have a wonderful Monday! Toodles!


Supplies
Stamps: Whipper Snapper 'Springtime Rain Chick', MFT 'Rain or Shine'

Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant
Papers: Canson Watercolor, Bazzil cs, Georgia Pacific cs, PP - K & Company 'Daydreams'
Access: Dimensionals

17 Comments:

Lauri said...

I love your new look! (but I loved your old one too!) and another wonderful Whipper Snapper card!! Anna Wight...she rocks!!

and the weather was wonderful!! not like today...rainy, cold...icky...and dark!

The Lucky Clucker said...

How cute is this chicken?! Living on an egg farm, you have to know that I LOVE anything chicken!! This is perfect and I am so happy I can see this image without scrolling down a mile!! ;) LOL!! Love this new look!!

Laura said...

the new look is fabulous! and I looooove this card. Oh my, how I love your colouring! :)

Danni said...

Your new look to your blog is great!!
Very nice card, colored so nicely and I totally agree, sometimes cards just need the image and a sentiment!

Kimmie0270 said...

The blog look sgreat! I was actually confused when I got here I thought I was at a different blog LoL.

Love that card... especially the perfectly matching patterned paper. I'm such a sucker for yummy patterns.

Lorie said...

I love the card, Sandra, and the DP is a perfect match! Your gorgeous coloring looks like she could walk right off the page! Your new blog lift looks great too!

~amy~ said...

Sweet Sandra...your coloring is fabulous!!!

kadie said...

I really like how simple this layout is; it highlights the image so well. Great coloring and love the tilted image. :)

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

What a wonderful card, and beautiful job coloring! And I like the new "look" here too! Nice job!

Jacilynn said...

Love this image. The coloring is fantastic. Great Job putting this together. I love it.

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Your coloring always blows me away!! Love the dark umbrella, and your chicken just glows!! Fabulous!!!!

Michelle said...

I love it and yes, it's just perfect nakey :)

Janna said...

Sandra this is adorable!! wow your coloring is just amazing!! I am blown away by the way you colored that ubrella and chicken, the shading is incredible and I love the sentiment. Absolutely perfect.

I have a horrible time deciding when enough is enough. I am just awful at it. I always have to ask a second opinon.

smiles,
janan

Christi said...

This is adorable and I LOVE your coloring!!

Mary(OhioMary) said...

Love the new blog look, it flows wonderfully like the re-inkers and aqua painter did for you on this chicken. A little ironic to have such a lovely day and then make a rainy day chicken. I love it.

Judy McMullen said...

Sandra, what a perfect pairing of image and sentiment! Love it and as usual your remarkable coloring! I also like how you slanted the rectangled image. Thanks for the inspiration!

Bluemoon said...

Tres Chic! (pun intended lol).
I luv the dark purple umbrella, it adds alot of punch, so perfect. Nothing else required. I do the same, I 2nd guess myself. tfs.

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