Wednesday, July 8, 2009

There's hope...it doesn't cost a thing to smile...you don't have to pay to laugh...you better thank God for that...

Happy Wednesday, folks! How's your week so far? Mine is good, just busy! Caleb is out of town for Music Camp, and my two year-old nephew is staying with us for the next couple of days. That should be interesting...it has been a LOOOONNNGG time since we've had a little one in our house! I'm sure he'll show us all the things we need to "childproof" and put up high. *chuckle*

Last night I sat down to stamp for a minute and noticed the Sketch Challenge had already been posted on Splitcoast. SCORE!


I apologize for the fuzzy sentiment...I took a new pic, but can't seem to get it right. Maybe it's the cardstock color? Either way, I'm having issues.

I've had this Three Dresses image from Serendipity colored for a while now, just waiting for the right card. The sketch this week was perfect! The image was stamped in Black Stazon ink on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor Paper and colored with a waterbrush and reinkers. Once the ink was all dry, I added some detail with my Inkssentials Opaque White Gel Pen, then sponged around the edges with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip ink. After adding a Chocolate Chip mat, I used my sewing machine to stitch around all the edges. The next panel is Barely Banana cardstock, embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing Folder, sponged with Cocoa and Chocolate ink, and stitched around the edges. For the panel across, I chose Prism Intense Pink, matted with Chocolate Chip and stitched to my Kraft base layer with a zig-zag stitch. After stamping the sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink, I decided I needed a little "something" for pizzaz, so I punched a Chocolate scalloped oval with one of my Marvy punches and cut it in half. After layering it onto the left side, just under the image, I punched a hole in it and tied some wide Olive Grosgrain ribbon around and in a knot. I love how it accents the image and sentiment without competing with either one.

Well, peeps, I better run...I have a feeling I won't get much done these next two days! *grin* Have a wonderful day, and I'll see ya later!

11 comments:

Yvette said...

Shannan this card is adorable! Love the clothes line!

Anya said...

Shannan, I love the boldness of this card! Its nice to see that this stamp looks great in bright colors and not just vintage-y pastels :)

Mercy said...

shannan....what gorgeous watercoloring! beautifully done!

Heather P. said...

This is such a darling card! Love love love the colors!

Ingen said...

I love the way you do the beautiful coloring :D

Carla Murphy said...

This is such a beautiful card! Your colouring is really something!!! Wow!!

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

The coloring is really striking -- I love it!

Carol (HB) said...

Shannan, I haven't visit here in a while (life sooo gets in the way sometimes!), so I'm sorry if I left a tich of drool as I strolled through all your wonderful creations. Holy MOLY girl, you are GOOD!!!

Jennifer said...

So far, this is my favorite Serendipity stamp. Of course they are all wonderful but this stamp just has the "it" factor. I liked what I did with it, but now having seen your card with the dresses.....well........I'm completely blown away! Speechless and drooling over your beautiful coloring. (ewww...drooling doesn't sound very lady like, does it?) Shannon, this is gorgeous! Positively gorgeous! I want this card! :)

Randee E said...

This is beautiful, and I love the new look of your blog - so fun!

Bethany Paull said...

Oh girl! You know I love the coloring, but I love it ALL. The sewing, the ribbon on that little scalloped circle. Must remember that. Haven't done it in quite a while.

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