My Friend Elodie!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Friday!

Congratulations! We've made it to the end of the week again my friends! I'm looking forward to this weekend since we're heading to the County Fair tonight and tomorrow we'll be picking blueberries - YUM! And the weather is supposed to be super nice! Yay! I L.O.V.E my weekends!

I have been slowly building up a small collection of Sarah Kay stamps for a while now and I have barely inked up any of them. Shame on me because I love the sweet little kids in her images! I finally have some time now to devote to coloring up them up, so that's what I did this week!

I'll be the first to tell you that I am HIGHLY embellishment-challenged! I see amazing designers like Claudia Rosa and Amy Sheffer create masterpieces with the right amount of ribbon, flowers and sparkle on their creations and for the life of me, I can't recreate those looks! But - that doesn't stop me from trying! :) How else am I supposed to get better at it, right?! Practice makes perfect!

So for this card, I inked up the sweet Elodie In Her Garden with my SU and Distress Ink reinkers and aquapainter brush. (I bought mine from DieCutsRUs, but Claudia doesn't have this one in stock anymore.) Then I spritzed the image with a teeny, tiny bit of Glimmer Mist in Pearl. (Loving a little sparkle!) Then I matted it with some kraft cardstock and Bitter Chocolate Bazzil cardstock and machine stitched them together. Then, for the base layers, I used some of BoBunny's Double Dot patterned paper and JillyBean Soup's Old World Cabbage Stew 'Caraway Seeds' paper, matted with more of the bitter chocolate cardstock, machine stitched them both and adhered them to a kraft cardstock base. I distressed and inked up the edges of the Double Dot paper and used some decorative scissors to decorate the edge of the floral patterned paper. For embellishments, I (tried) adding some crocheted eyelet ribbon, a wooden button tied up with PTI's Rustic Button Twine and mini Prima roses. Then I tucked a little tag stamped with the My Friend sentiment on it under the button and a matching sentiment on the kraft cardstock and cut it out with a Labels Four nestibilitie die.

I love the colors of this card....very sweet and calming.

You've probably either read, or noticed, that I no longer design for TGF's Critter Crew. I had the opportunity to stay on, but I decided to step down because I've been trying to free up my summer (even though it's nearly the end of the season!) to spend more time with my family and enjoy (the outdoor) life a bit more. I have had such a blast coloring for The Greeting Farm and the Critter Crew! But, that means there's now an opening or two on the Crew for some new talent and Jess is having a DT Call for anyone who wants to color those adorable critters for the next 4 months! You can find all the details on the TGF blog!

Thanks SO much for stopping by this week! Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Supplies
Stamps: Stampavi 'Elodie In Her Garden', There She Goes 'What's Up Buttercup?' sentiments
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Morning Marigold, More Mustard, Cool Caribbean, Soft Suede, Distress Inks 'Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, Kraft, PP - Bo Bunny and JillyBean Soup
Access: Crocheted Ribbon, Ribbon, PTI Rustic Button Twine, Wooden Button (Joanns), Spellbinders Tags Trio and Labels Four Nestibilities, Prima Mini Roses - Off White, Glimmer Mist - Pearl, Tim Holtz Edge Distresser, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

25 Comments:

juniejo said...

Oh what a gorgeous card !!! Your colouring is beautiful !!!

Kim Nath said...

Oh Puleeeese Sandra, you are not challenged in any way LOL! This card is perfect!

Ms. Jen said...

I'm with you when I try recreate these masterpieces I see everywhere. But dang girl, you did it on this one! This is beautiful and I love all the little embellies and stitching. I actually use you for inspiration myself - go figure!!

Big Hugs - Jen

Little K Smith said...

Beautiful card, adore the image and wonderfully coloured too. Love the papers and gorgeous embellishments.
Kelly.x

Theresa said...

This is so pretty. The paper is gorgeous and the image is just darling. BEAUTIFUL!!

Kathy said...

WOW this is just gorgeous!!! I too love these colors and I don't think your embellished challenged at all!!!! So pretty!! Your coloring is stunning as well!!
Glad I stumbled upon your blog!
Have a great week-end :)Kathy

Judy McMullen said...

My dear Sandra, you are so not embellished challenged in any way. I always think your cards have the perfect look with your absolutly, always awesomely, beautifully colored images. And I love, love, love this Sarah Kay image. So glad you shared Elodie with us today!

scrapn_momof2 said...

Stunning card!! Your coloring of the image is simply amazing!! The soft colors and embellies just complete the whole gorgeous picture!

Imke said...

Sandra, your card is so beautiful ! I love the colors and your coloring is amazing. Very, very pretty !!

Julie said...

Your card is perfect embellished, and coloured and generally put together. Really lovely work.

Meahni said...

Gorgeous card Sandra! Love the little extras you added.

kadie said...

Stunning and beautiful and beautiful and stunning!! I'm so glad you're getting time to ink up your neglected rubber! I need to do that too! This is really really gorgeous, Sandra--right down to every last detail.

Niki Estes said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Sandra! The perfect amount of ribbons and embellishments! I love the vintage look!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is absolutely fabulous!! Gorgeous!!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Gorgeous Sandra!! Love your embellishments!! Have a super weekend picking blueberries!!

Mercy said...

O.M.G....this is so beautiful! awesome coloring, gorgeous papers, and perfect accents...beautifully done!

Linda L said...

Well Sandra I've never noticed that your embellishing is not spot on cause I can't ever tear my eyes away from the drop dead gorgeous image you colour for each and every card. I am so glad you're not a Copic girl....you always inspire me so much to keep using my SU! colours...so thank you!

Zoe said...

Hello Sandra, I love the cute image you have used and I love the pretty papers.
love
Zoe
xxxx

Zoe said...

Hello Sandra, I love the cute image you have used and I love the pretty papers.
love
Zoe
xxxx

md said...

superbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bravo md

Kim R. said...

Gorgeous card. You did great with the embellishments.

Paper, Ink, Color! said...

Oooh I think this is one of my favorites from you. So beautiful!

karen said...

Oh this is so amazing!
I wish I could color backgrounds as well as you do. You always seem to "ground" your images just perfectly!

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is absolutely STUNNING. WOWZA girl...I should send you some more images to play with :) LOVE SK stamps!

Wendy said...

I have to have this stamp just because of you....Thanks...no really, thanks! I love shopping!! LOL Beautiful card!

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