Monday, November 30, 2009

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir...and folks dressed up like Eskimos...

Hey, y'all! Long time no talk! Don't faint, but I actually made a card for this week's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. I KNOW! I haven't done much stamping lately, but I wanted to sneak away for some "me time," so I thought I'd play along with Mercy and the other Muses.

This week our sponsor is StampInsanity...what fun images! You'll want to play along this week because there's a free stamp set up for grabs for one lucky participant. All the details are on Mercy's blog, so go check it out!

So without further ado...here's this week's sketch:



And here's my creative version:



Sorry for the crummy picture. My memory card for my regular camera is lost, so I had to use an old backup, which doesn't have a macro setting. *frowny face* Anywho, the image I chose is Morgan from the Naughty and Nice set...isn't she cute? I stamped her in Memento Black ink on Bella's Bestest Paper and colored her with Copic markers. Then I cut and embossed the main image with my Oval Nestabilities and added a scalloped mat.

For the base layer of my card, I cut a 5" square of light pink Bo Bunny Double Dot paper and matted it with black. Then I cut a strip from my Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad that matched my color choices perfectly, and matted it with black, punched with a Fiskars Upper Crest border punch. For the bottom strip, I chose a piece of Spring Rain cardstock from Papertrey and embossed it with the Snowflakes embossing folder before adding a black mat. I wrapped some white 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around the panel, then popped it up on dimensionals.

The sentiment that comes with this set actually reads "Merry Christmas, you sweet thing!" But I really just wanted the Merry Christmas portion, so I cut the sentiment apart to create what you see here. To make it stand out a little bit more, I added some light green rhinestones along the bottom. Then I popped the main image up on more dimensionals, leaving a little room on the right side for my extra special embellishment. I painted a Maya Road chipboard snowflake with pink acrylic paint, and then dipped it in Diamond Dust to make it sparkle. I adhered a pearly white button to the center, and tied it all to the white grosgrain ribbon with crochet thread. The finishing touch was a self-adhesive pearl in each corner, colored black with a Copic marker.

Whew! I sure made this one complicated, didn't I? *grin* I just got started and couldn't stop...but I had fun, so that's what's important, right? And for even more fun, make sure you check out Mercy's Blog for her sample and our December Guest Muse announcement, and THEN go visit the rest of the Muses:

Pam Speidel
Cindy Haffner
Pam Varnell
Julie Lacey
Crystal Birr
Jackie Pedro
Jessica Diedrich
Jessie Rone (November Guest Muse)

Are you ready to play along with us? What are you waiting for? Create a card or scrapbook layout using the sketch above, and link your creation in the Mister Linky form on Mercy's post. Also, don't forget to use the keyword MTSC50 when uploading to a public gallery!

Thanks for coming by today, and I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

17 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

Welcome back
Shannan your coloring is superb!!

Beth said...

This is GORGEOUS! Wow - you are amazing with those Copics! Holy cow! This is an amazing card - I am running out of words for you ladies! That paper and the snowflake are awesome, too. All around fabulous-ness!!!

Jackie Pedro said...

Welcome back to the world of stamping!!! You haven't missed a beat!! LOVE your card, girlie!! I think I need some Copic lessons from you!!

KanataNewf said...

Very cute!

Mercy said...

WELCOME BACK, PRECIOUS!!! i sure have missed you, little lady! this card is over-the-top-amazing!!! your coloring is just in a league of its own, shannan...shadows, highlights, texture...just stunning! great papers and snowflake accent, too!

thanks for another awesome sample for this week! :)

{{{hugs}}}
mercy

the whimsical butterfly said...

Ha I see we had a similar "need" to use some awesome snowflakes! it NEEDED it didnt' it?!?!? This is GORGEOUS Shannan, oh my WORD! We missed you girl, and you are back with a FREAKIN AMAZING card! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Crystal (mom4cuties) said...

This is gorgeous!! I love your coloring and the fuzzy hat and trim!! we missed you!

Lauren said...

Shannan! This is so fun and sassy. Welcome Back!

Dana White said...

Shannan this card is so cute & it's nice to see you back!!

Pam Varnell said...

Welcome back sweetie. And she's back with a bang. OMG Shannan this card is gorgeous. Love it.

Julie said...

YAY Shannan! Your card is da bomb, girl! It's like you never left! So glad you are back in the game...even if it is for just a little bit! :)

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous!!! Coloring, paper, all the elements...perfection!! What an amazing card! LOVE it! :D

Robin McK said...

Welcome back! So good to hear from you!!!

Robin

Danni said...

It's so good to see you!! Missed you but totally understand!!
Wonderful creation!!!

Pam Speidel said...

Shannan, It's so great to have you back singing to us and dazzling us with your creative talent! You Rock!

*Alison* said...

Oh wow.. she is BEAUTIFUL.. I love these stamps.. :)HUGS

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Too, too cute and fun Shannan!! Love the colors and the liquid applique!! Great job with this sketch!! Oh...love the sparkly flake too!! :o)

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