Shades of Blue...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Good Morning! Hope you all had a great weekend. Ours offically returned to the normal status quo of pre Christmas days. DD was back at her gymnastics class, it snowed a good 6 inches, I had 5 loads of laundry to do and made a card or two. Exctiting hey?? hahaha

Now, I can not lie to you. The card I'm showing you today took me about 5 hours to complete start to finish on Saturday night. Most of it was humming and ahhing over paper and getting the proportions right on Anya's new attire. I love how it turned out, but still, it took WAY too long!

It was created it for The Greeting Farm's 'Anya Fashion Show' competition. I chose to tweak Rockstar Anya because I think her hair is sassy and has lots of attitude! To create this look, I first inked up just Anya's head, carefully avoiding the area where the guitar and hew head meet. Stamped her out three times, hen I used my Micron pen and drew in those missing areas to complete her face.

On the first layer, I quickly washed some color over her hair and face. This is the base layer on the kraft cardstock. Then I really went to town on the second image. I added lots of shading to her hair and face. On the third image, I just colored up the whisp of hair that frames her face. Then I cut all the images out, ran the Sharpie around the edges and layered them on the kraft cardstock with dimensionals.

The dress was easier than it looks. Have you seen those folded dresses that are on cards in the SCS gallery? Well, I looked at them for a while and used my circle punch to create a similar look. I punched out a 2" circle from the designer paper and with my pencil I divided the circle up into thirds (3 equal pie pieces) and cut one pie piece out. I then folded the remaining two-thirds of the circle into little little pleats. When I was happy with the look, I chopped off the pointy part of the pleats to create the waistline of the dress. Then it was just a matter of using something very sticky (like tacky tape) to hold the pleats in place. I drew and re-drew the matching top and arms a few times to get the proportions right, then cut it out and ran the Sharpie around the edges of it, and tucked the top part (her decollage) under Anya's face to create a seamless look. Her legs were created the same way. Then it was just a matter of assembling all the pieces with glue to the kraft cardstock.

I was planning on having Anya hold a piece of string attached to the birdie from the Pretty Hat Anya set, which is why her arm was raised, but I decided that would have made the card too busy. That ribbon was my inspiration for the whole card too! I found it at Michaels in their Christmas ribbon sale rack.....I ADORE IT! How cute are those little ruffles on it!?

You all need to see the other cards created for this challenge! The talent and creativity out there is AMAZING!! I was so blown away by all the entries!

That's it from me today. Hope your Monday sails by and I'll see you all tomorrow. :D Toodles,

Stamps: The Greeting Farm 'Rockstar Anya'
Inks: Staz On 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Buckaroo Blue, Distress Inks 'Vintage Photo'
Paper: Kraft cs, Bazzil cs, PP - K & Company ' Classic K Margo Collection
Access: Ribbon, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, charm, jump rings, decorative scissors, Zig Pen, stickles, dimensionals


Danni said...

This is gorgeous! Wow!! Love the little charm on it and LOVE how you did so much to Anya!

Vicki G said...

She was well worth the effort that you put in Sandra.......Wow! She is elgant, striking and Tres Fashionable!!!!!!

Beautiful Beautiful Card!


Anonymous said...

Amazing as always Sandra! What a beautiful Anya!!!!

karen said...

Oh you just constantly amaze me with your paper piecing sandra! This card is adorable!

kadie said...

Ingenious. Seriously.

Jessica Diedrich said...

WOW WOW WOW Sandra!!! She is GORGEOUS! I love her and love what you did w/ that little dress! SO cute!

Laura said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW! I LOOOOVE this card. wow! It looks unreal! I love those blues and oh my.. it is so gorgeous! You sure do know how to make cards. hey, how did you do that sponging (or however you did the brown around Anya) so beautifully? Whenever I have tried, it has ended up looking awful :(. Needless to say, i have given up already!

and*LOL* I have been giggling way thinking of you being amused by my aussie slang :). I loooove some aussie sayings and use them a fair bit *LOL*.

~amy~ said...

Oh my goodness Sandra....absolutely FABULous!

Anonymous said...

i didn't know this was YOUR card Sandra?!?! I saw it earlier today and just loved it!!

you totally made me laugh with your comments about my space. I hate to tell you that I used to have a WHOLE room that was stuffed. Now I'm down to half a room. Please come ANYTIME to stamp with me - I need all the help I can get using this stuff up!

Carolyn Bounds said...

Sweet! Sweet!! Sweet!!! I love your fashion sense, and Anya seems to love it too:o) What a fabulous creation!!!


Mary Giles said...

Sandra just when I think you couldn't possibly "Wow!" me anymore you go and do such crazy fabulous stuff like this. I think there is more talent in one of the hairs on your head then I have in my whole body. A rare talent indeed!

*Susan* said...

OMG Sandra! This card is amazing! You have the patience of Job! I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one who spends hours on one card, but unfortunately, mine don't look as fab as this!!!

MiamiKel said...

Oh this is stunning! The blue really brings out the card so much, esp the contrast with the brown hair. She's super cute!

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