Twinkling Tuesday

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Good Morning!

I'm still grinning from yesterday's announcement. :) Thank you so much to everyone who left me a comment/congratulations - I really was so touched by it. I also want to say a quick hello to the influx of new friends/followers to my blog. Helloooooo! Pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea or coffee or something a bit stronger ;) and stay a while. :)

Today is Tuesday which means another Twinkling Tuesday sketch challenge from 9 yr old Madelynn. Only today, we have a temporary twinkie - Madelynn's younger brother Jack. You can find the sketch and this week's featured Twinkie, Debbie Lee, on Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday blog.

Thankfully Jack went easy on us this week and I definitely took advantage of that! LOL I colored up one of the super cute little girl's from The Greeting Farm's Wild Sprout collection. I just LOVE these little girls!
I stamped out Dahlia on a Very Vanilla circle and again on watercolor paper. I then colored up the latter one with reinkers and a water brush. I roughly sponged in a circular motion with Antique Linen and Tea Dye around the Very Vanilla image. Popped the colored image on dimensionals and created the center panel with an EK Success circle cutter and decorative scissors because I don't own a cuttlebug. (Although, after reading about all your favorite tools, I'm finding it harder and harder to resist that purchase!)

The individual squares were sponged with Antique Linen and then matted with Georgia Pacific cardstock (plain white cardstock). I haven't wanted to use my sewing machine much lately because I wasn't happy with the quality of stitching it was producing. It was messy and uneven no matter what the upper thread tension was set at. But that all changed the other day when I found the problem - bobbin tension! My mum is a seamstress, so sewing is in my blood, but I had no idea there was such a thing as bobbin tension! I found this you tube video and did the test on my bobbin cradle and sure as shootin', mine was loose. So I followed these instructions and tighted the screw a 1/4 turn to the right and voila - I have neat stitching again! (Note: I also switched my needles from a 90/14 size to a thinner 65/9 so I wouldn't have giant needle holes. That's helped a lot too.) Then I just added some adhesive pearls to the corners and some ribbon and I was done.

The paper I used is from that new Greenhouse stack by Carolyn Gavin I bought last week. Soooo yummy!! I chose this particular sheet because it matched this week's Our Creative Corner color challenge (of Regal Rose, Certain Celery, Bashful Blue and a nuetral color).

If you think you'd like to play with Jack's sketch, just create your card, upload it to your blog, SCS or PCP, use the keyword MTTSC23 and post a comment on Madelynn's blog and leave a link to your card. Wanna see more cards created with this sketch?? Head on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs (list is on the left) and check out their creations!


Supplies
Stamps: The Greeting Farm
'Wild Sprouts - Dahlia' and 'Wonderland'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Certain Celery, Old Olive, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen & Tea Dye'
Papers: Canson Watercolor, Bazzil Basics, Georgia Pacific, PP - K&Company
'Carolyn Gavin Greenhouse Paper'
Access: Ribbon, Adhesive Rhinestones, Kaiser Adhesive Pearls, Circle Punch, Decorative Scissors, Sponges, Dimensionals

26 Comments:

eggette said...

What a beautiful creation!! You have made this little gal come to life....so shootin' sweet!!

~amy~ said...

gorgeous work my dear!!!

Pam Sparks said...

She is a DOLL!!! so cute and colored so stunningly! Great card!
Pam Going Postal

Mary(OhioMary) said...

Everything you do is just sooooo perfect. I love this and will have to start working in some sponging. I love the depth that it adds to your cards. So do you tap the sponge or swirl? What is the secret to good sponging?

Summerthyme Studio said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL card Sandra! And congrats on being a WS featured designer!!!! Now being contacted by Sweet Anna is probably one of the most exciting things that you could have happen in my opinion!!! What a wonderful privelage to work with her

Nice to see what you've been up to. I took a little hiatus from blog hopping and it's good to be back and see everyone's yummy creations!!!!

Hugs,

Vicki

Danni said...

Gorgeous! You seriously are so talented! Love your work!

Jenn said...

Absolutely stunning! Gorgeous coloring and the layout is fabulous! :)

Elena said...

I adore this card! Dahlia really is a doll! Oh, how talented you are, Sandra! So happy that you fixed your sewing machine!!!

Danielle said...

Totally gorgeous card - fab layout and those papers are just wonderful! Fantastic colouring of your image too!
Hugs, Danielle

kadie said...

Another gorgeous card! You have worked your magic on sweet Dahia and with your sewing machine. Wahoo! I love how you stamped the image and then popped her up...it adds so much definition and really makes it a lot better than trying to cut around those ornate flowers. I need another adjective...this card is so stellar!

daisy said...

se looks sp lovely!

hugs
daisy

the whimsical butterfly said...

Hi this is Jack. I have no school today so I am looking at the challenge cards I like your card very much and I like that stamp of that girl. Your paper is pretty too. Thanks for playing my sketch!

Heather said...

Hi Sandra,

Well I adore what you have done with Dahlia!!!

That layout worked out totally great and I love this card!!!

As always coloring rocks!!!

Heather

MiamiKel said...

How cute, a comment from Jack! LOL! This card is gorgeous - love the color of her hair!

Debbie Lee said...

I absolutely LOVE her - she couldn't be more beautiful with your coloring!! Your card is really gorgeous!!! LOVE it!

Catherine said...

What an amazing card, Sandra!!! Is it just me (and my goth high school days) or is she looking a little edgy? Love it!

Tab said...

Wow, Sandra your card is to die for! I just love this image and how you have coloured her. I adore how you do your backgrounds too, they look prefect. Thanks for the tip with the sewing machine, sometime mine never behaves, might have a look at my "bobbin tension" too LOL....you learn something new everyday LOL!
Thanks for sharing sweetie!
Hugs Tab xxx

Nancy said...

Gorgeous card!!! I love this stamp from The Greeting Farm! And, happy belated congratulations for your wonderful news about Whipper Snapper!

leenda said...

Beautifully done!

Lorie said...

Gorgeous card, Sandra! Your work is so amazing, and it just makes me completely happy!!!

Chrissy's Creations said...

What a beautiful card! I love it.

Janna said...

Ohhh I just love this gorgeous card Sandra! What a great idea to do the four panels! i would have never htought of that and of course your coloring is absolutely aamzing! Serisoulsy!!! Wow!!! And thank you so much for the tip about the robin tension. I am goign to have to watch that video. I have the hardest time sewing on my cards and I am wondering if that is the problem as well!!!

Smile,s
janna

Heather P. said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!! Love, love, love the papers you used, and your coloring is just amazing (as always! LOL). :)

Tonje said...

Ooooohhhh.... what a gorgeous card! I just LOVE the greeting farm stamps... I think I NEED to get me some of them soon...

Cassie said...

oh sandra - this is gorgeous! love the base panels you used!!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I just love your sponging. You are so good at it!

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