Friday, March 11, 2011

And high above or down below, when you're too in love to let it go...But if you never try you'll never know...

Happy Friday, y'all! I hope your week has gone smoothly and you're ready for the weekend! I have a super-fun card to show you today, but first I gotta brag on my sister for a second. *wink*
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Stephanie Wilson had a Women's Only mini photo-shoot. Since I have lately abandoned my "I can't get in front of a camera until I'm skinny!" logic, I thought it would be something fun to do with my sis to document this time in our lives. Stephanie was kind enough to shoot a few pictures of us together, and I wanted to show you a couple of them.

Isn't she beautiful? She's an opera singer, a student, a teacher, a mentor, and a children's choir director...I don't know WHAT she does with all that spare time...*wink*
The photo below is titled "When did we get wrinkles? And thanks, Dad, for the great teeth."

What I love about Stephanie's pictures is that she really captures moments. Love that. Anyway, my sister is awesome. Just thought you'd like to know.

Ok, on to the crafty stuff. You ready? I had no idea what I was doing when I started this card, it just kind of came together on its own. I was just playing, really...pulled out my Friendly Flowers set from Paper Smooches and stamped them randomly onto a 4" x 5.25" piece of white cardstock. My new Copic colors had just arrived, so I pulled them out and just played. It was so relaxing!

Maybe I'm ready for Winter to be over, or maybe it's just a new trend, but I'm totally into bright colors right now. (see above) You've probably noticed. So I've got this awesome card front panel and I think, "Man! I can't cover that up. And I really don't want to cut it. What should I do?" My eyes fell upon some vellum, and I remembered this card of Charmaine's a while back. Perfect! I stamped the "thanks ever so much" sentiment from the Pretty Phrases set in black Stazon on my vellum strip. I realize I have no vellum adhesive, so I dusted off the old sewing machine, then realizing that I hadn't used it in a while because my needle broke. Replaced the needle, threaded the needle, then we were in business. I stitched the vellum piece to the colorful flowered panel...using low tack artist's masking tape to hold it in place until I was finished. Here's a closeup:

To finish off my card, I added a black mat, then mounted it onto a white A2 card base. I thought about layering white on white, but I wanted to the black to pop off the page a little. Then I added some Diamond Stickles to some of the flowers...perfect! I hope you like it as much as I do. You can't get much better than flowers, pretty colors, and sparkles. *grin*

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today. I'm off to a home show this afternoon...have a wonderful weekend!


dj said...

How fun to do a photo shoot with your sister!! Great pictures!! I would love to do that one day...better do it soon before I get to many wrinkles!! :-)

Great card....beautiful coloring!!

kasia c. said...

This is stunning! I love all of the bright colours and the diamond stickles just adds that little extra something! I agree, can't cover that up. the vellum was a great idea. :)

Anonymous said...

Great card! I'm just starting to work with Copics and I hope one day I color as beautifully as you do.

Dawn Easton said...

You are BEAUTIFUL...both of you! Gorgeous pictures!!!

Your card is awesome! So bright and fun and makes me think SPRING for sure!!! Melt darn snow! LOL!

PatsyB said...

Ok, I am going to step on toes here but hey, I do that well. First off, I think you are pretty amazing with all the cards you do and share with us "creatively challenged" readers. If not for some of your designs, I would have had to hit Hallmark~! And as far as your sister being beautiful, look in the mirror!!!! You are also beautiful! I lived for 40 years telling people how beautiful my sister was because she was so much slimmer than I! then I had someone tell me one day that I was just as pretty but I was letting my weight blind me! So-- I got in the camera with my sister, TJ and we made some of the silliest pics you have ever seen! I am so thankful for getting past this nonsense because I lost my sis to a brain aneurysm at age 39 and I would have missed so many great times in print had I not gotten over my insecurities! YOU ARE JUST AS LOVELY AS YOUR SISTER!!
OK, now you can ban my from your blog!!

Katy said...

I really love the bright colors on your card -- I am ready for spring too.
The photos of you and your sister are amazing -- you are both beautiful.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

You BOTH are just gorgeous, Shannan! Great pictures! And I adore this card! I saw it when you posted it to Paper Smooches and just LOVED it! Absolutely gorgeous, girl!

Lousette said...

Gorgeous card - i LOVE what you have done with the flower stamps and those bright colours are yum!

My name is Erika. said...

This card is bright and cheery- I love it.

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