Saturday, October 10, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #47 and Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #7

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!


I love fall. It is probably my favourite season! The trees are just beautiful at this time of year. I love walking through the woods during this cool, crisp weather with the leaves crunching underfoot, and the squirrels racing around gathering nuts! As I am typing this post, there are two pumpkin pies baking in my oven...LOVE the smell of pumpkin pie baking! Eating it isn't half bad either!



So, on to my card. This is the first time I have ever entered a card into more than one challenge! High Hopes challenged us to use layers. Over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ, they put forth the challenge to make a card showing the earth rejoicing (Psalm 97:1). The glorious colours of autumn seem to be a celebration of our awesome Creator! I know I rejoice when I see this colourful display!



This cute little High Hopes puppy is named Watson. I have made birthday cards with Watson, but thought it would be fun to let him get outdoors! This was a fun card to make, as I wanted to create a fall backdrop. The pile of leaves and the little pumpkin are also High Hopes stamps, but the falling leaves are from CC Designs. The sky was sponged with Memento ink and a hand cut cloud template. This is a fast, easy way to create a sky.




The tree is hand-drawn. Everything was of course coloured with my Copic markers, and stamped/drawn onto Neenah cardstock. If you are going to use hand-drawn images on your card, make sure to use Copic compatible ink! I used a Copic multiliner. These are very handy fineliners to have on hand. The sentiment was printed from my computer. I love this quote! Unfortunately it turned out a bit small, but it says: "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."


Here's a closeup of the image.







I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Take time to reflect on what you are thankful for. God is great, and I thank Him for the many blessings he has sent my way.



Melanie

15 comments:

angiebaker said...

Your card is fan friggin fantastic!! Incredible colouring!! I love it.
Have a great thanksgiving weekend.

Lisa Lou said...

Fantastic card! Love your tree too!!

Amy Leggate said...

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING CARD MEL!!!!!!!!!!!! You did a Great job drawing that tree...oh and your colouring is phenominal (like always!)

Pamela said...

Wow! Awesome card!!!

Heide said...

What a fantastic tree! Wonderful card too! What a cute little dog.

Krista said...

Awesome Awesome card Melanie. And that hand drawn tree, wow! Love it, as usual.....I say that everytime...lol!!! Have a great Thanksgiving weekend! :)

Kristine said...

OH WOWIE! This is remarkable!! :) LOVE that image, your tree is fantastic and your coloring is so awesome!! GREAT card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at SSCC!!

Randi said...

Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at SSCC. It is so beautiful. You are quite the artist and I am so impressed that you drew your own tree. Plese come and share again soon.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh how cute! I just love those High Hopes images... and the beautiful colors of fall. Bravo! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Catherine said...

Oh my gosh!!!! Melanie! I just saw the announcement on SSC that you are one of the shining stars, and I must say that is the understatement of the century! You're drawing and coloring are beyond amazing! WOW!
I'm now a follower of your blog and can't wait to see the rest of your absolutely magnificent creations!

Laurie said...

Love your card, Melanie. I'm totally jealous that you drew your own tree! :) Thanks for joining us at SSCC.

Kimmie said...

OH Melanie! This is simply gorgeous! What a work of art! Can I ask what colour of Memento ink you used for the sky? It is so soft! And your colouring is amazing! Great job!!

Anonymous said...

i am soooo happy to see this this fellow finally made it onto a card!!!
i have been looking at him for a while waiting for you to finish a creation with him!!YAY!
it looks sooo great!!!
xo
manda

Crystal said...

GASP ! What beautiful coloring and a beautifully drawn tree ! You have gorgeous work on your blog ! It's been a treat to visit !

K said...

This is absolutely adorable!! I just love that little hound dog. :) Fabulously done!!!