Bringing You Sunshine!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Good Morning and a happy Friday to you!

Well, it's my last Friday of official unemployment and I'm going to use it wisely! No chores or errands. Just lazing around the house stamping, sipping on a cup of tea and the music cranked up! :D Sounds perfect doesn't it?

The Farm Fresh Friday challenge this week is so colorful you gals are going to LOVE it!! In honor of Marie and Jess's venture to CHA this weekend (and to encourage all that rain to go away!) Jess has organised a 'Sunshine-y Sendoff'! Create a card or project that screams SUMMER! (Lord knows all of us in the northern hemisphere could use a little bit of summer!)

I sure hope all this color didn't hurt your eyes too much! LOL It's a little bright isn't it?! Hahaha When I think of summer, I think of the sun and that translates into yellow paper. To date, I've stayed away from yellow paper just because it's not a color I feel comfortable using. Kind of like my aversion to blue. But I do love this color combination of yellow, pink and blue - it's so fresh and happy!

After hearing nothing but snow plows and the stillness of snow falling all winter, the sound of the birds chirping reminds me that they have returned and warmer days are here again. That's why I chose Marina Neira's Sweet Messages set for this summer-themed card! The layout is from this week's Sketch Saturday challenge #86 which was perfect for this Crafty Critter image! And since this card had a whole lot of layers going on, it applies to A Spoon Full of Sugar's (#87) layers challenge this week. :)

Here's a detail shot of the coloring. I only use SU's reinkers and stamp pads as well as Distress Ink reinkers when I color. I have been trying to perfect the look of Paula Williamson's grass coloring with the reinkers. Paula uses colored pencils as her medium of choice. I will watercolor a 'puddle' of grass in and around the feet, then sponge over this with the same green ink for a softer look. Then when this is dry, I add the blades of grass to the area using minimal water on my brush so I get a thin, crisp line. It's still a work in progress though. :)

If you'd love to get a bit more sunshine in your day, check out what the Farmers and Critter Crew have whipped up for you this week:

You can check out all the details for this challenge over at The Greeting Farm blog. Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to enter my blog candy this week! I have been cracking up laughing at some of the stories you've told!! It's really obvious to me that our kids, husbands and families are the ones that make us laugh the most. It's the way it should be really! :)

Oh, and by the way, I have another post later this morning that I thought I might start for myself mainly. It's inspired by all the window shopping I've done on Etsy.com lately. ;)

Supplies
Stamps: The Greeting Farm 'Sweet Message' and 'Hope and Grace'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Old Olive, More Mustard, Morning Marigold, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - Bo Bunny's Double Dot Collection and Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie Collection'
Access: SEI Ribbon, Foof Fa La Button, Prima Flower, Adhesive Rhinestone, Rangers Glossy Accents, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

21 Comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh PRECIOUS, your coloring is SUPERB!!

Mercy said...

dang, woman...this is gorgeous! :) i just about used him, too...we are usually really good about using the same image each week! LOL! i am loving this layout, and that dp is just yummy! what a wonderful bright and cheerful card!

~amy~ said...

fabbie fresh & fun card Sandra!

Gabriela said...

You KNOW I'm crazy about this one, right? RIGHT? I'm heartbroken I didn't find it in your Shop.

Christi said...

OMG this is fantastic!! Your coloring is amazing!!!

JenRaff said...

I was just over at TGF blog and didn't even realize that my favorite card was yours! But as soon as I saw it here, I thought "of course!"
Have a great weekend!

the whimsical butterfly said...

I ADORE this in ways I can't even explain!! OMG! your coloring is amazing and so is the paper...GORGEOUS!

Ok-LOVE the etsy post, LOVE the new pic of you-You've been a busy girl! LOVE all of the things you posted!

Michelle said...

What a happy card. You can tell thru your art that your smiling inside. I love the picture and the new blog. Totally awesome Sandra!

kadie said...

Okay, seriously?? This has got to be my favorite card of yours ever. You used some fun and different elements and I LOVE IT!! The way you did the flower like the sun and have that punch of blue pp turned behind the image is beautiful! I also really love the pink background for the photo, it draws my eyes straight to the image. Gorgeous coloring!! This is sunshiney for sure!! xoxo

Stampin Mindy said...

This is so cute, I love the papers and your perfect coloring. Hugs!

Lorie said...

Sandra, this is so beyond gorgeous, that I'm (almost... LOL!) speechless! This is BEAUTIFUL!! It's the most sunshiney thing I've seen in ages, and I LOVE IT!! I also enjoyed your Esty finds. Have a great weekend!

Love ya,
Lorie

Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card! I feel the same way about yellow...and funny we both used yellow for today's challenge, lol. I love your blue sky!

Danni said...

Totally stunning and gorgeous!! A very happy card!! Love it!

Kelly Schelske said...

Absolutely fabulous coloring! Love it!

Mary Giles (OhioMary) said...

Sadra you do magic with Marina images...well any image you get your hands on turns into little works of art. I LOVE this.

WickedPixie said...

Wowza!! It feels weird to say "stunning" with such a cute image, but wow Sandra!! Your skills are amazing!! :-)Traci

Juls said...

this is gorgeous!! Your colouring is amazing!! Hugs Juls

Amy said...

I'm always wowed by your coloring Sandra, it's just gorgeous! Love the colors, definitely makes me think spring and summer! Awesome card!

Kim Nath said...

This is gorgeous! Perfectly colored and just all around beautiful!

Julie said...

This is seriously adorable! Holy cow your coloring is pure gorgeousness. Fabulous card.

Kristy Young said...

SOOO Gorgeous your work is amazing. OK here is my kinda funny story. I was watching the movie home alone with my 8 year old daughter the other day and she said Mum is this an olden day movie and I said no Mads, I LOVED this movie as a kid, and she looked at me and said oh so it is an olden day movie!!!! Im only 28!! lol I just laughed.
Kristy x

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