Thursday, January 14, 2010

Of All The Fishies in the Sea...

I hope by now, that your Thursdays always include stopping by Sweet 'n Sassy to see what new digis are being released! There are so many fantastic images...right now, many of the newest images are perfect for Valentine's Day!! I always post my Sweet 'n Sassy projects here on my blog, but you should also sign up as a follower over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Blog. That way you can stay up to date on everything that is happening over there. Plus, you don't want to miss any of the projects posted by the talented design team and guest designers...I'm sure they will inspire you!

Today, I have two cards featuring the brand new Digis for today: "Pucker Up" and "Blowing Kisses Teddy"!

First up, is this cute little fish bowl is illustrated by Leah Cornelis...what a super sweet image! I played around a bit with "Pucker Up" and decided to make a window card. I cut around the fish bowl to use it as a template for my acetate window. I made sure to place the fish and the gravel so that they would show through the window exactly as seen on the original image.

Now, before you take a peek at the inside, I need to ask you to tilt your head a little to the left...more....more...ok, that should do it!! Why?? Well, I noticed after everything was stuck down, that it's all a little off-kilter. :( Now normally, I can tease layers off with some thread...however, I had just run out of my usual adhesive. Since this card was going to be quite thick and heavy, I decided to use my Glossy Accents to adhere everything...very permanently. These papers were NOT budging. So, please humour me and just "pretend" that everything is straight, ok?? lol ( a very wise friend once told me that things being a little crooked is just proof that something is handmade with love...after all, nobody is perfect right?? hee hee)

So, for the inside of my card, I cut a square of Neenah cardstock, and drew in a bit more gravel to fit this square. I coloured in the water and the plants with Copic markers. The fish were also coloured with Copic markers, coated with Stardust Stickles and pop dotted for dimension. I found this great package of coloured glass beads at my local dollar store, and used them for the little pebbles at the bottom of the fish bowl! Finally, I used some more of those great heart rhinestones (also from the dollar store) as the heart bubbles that Leah drew in this image.

"Blowing Kisses Teddy" was drawn by Deedee Anderson. This is such a sweet little bear! For the fur, I used layers of feather strokes done with Copic markers. I opted for a shaped card this time and used my Nesties Labels 8 for the cardbase and DP layers. Since I had cut the teddy bear out, I needed to draw in the "kisses" that Teddy is blowing. I also used Frosted Lace Stickles on these "kisses". The sentiment is part of the "Blowing Kisses" set.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Make sure to head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy store to pick up this week's digis!
God bless,

Digital Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy "Pucker Up", "Blowing Kisses Teddy" (with included sentiments)
Paper: Neenah, My Mind's Eye, Bazzill cardstock
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Glass beads and heart rhinestones from the dollar store, WRMK brads, Prima Hydrangeas, Dew Drops, Stickles
Tools: Nestabilities Labels 8


Sandy said...

Oh my stars! The fish bowl idea is so cute and I love the way it opens to the sentiment and what it says! Absolutely Adorable! Then, the bear card is incredible too! The shape of the card and then how cute and furry you made him look is really neat. Love the flowers on it! Wonderful cards!

Micki said...

Melanie, oh my word.... you blow me away!!!!!!! Absolutely stunning. The coloring, the design, everything. I'm almost ashamed to post my bear tomorrow, lol.

Ok, how long have you been doing this? And where do you live, I wanna come to your house and take some lessons! :-)

Welcome! said...

Great cards Melanie, love that fish bowl! And I'm very excited that HH now has Dustin Pike - I LOVE his illustrations!!! Also lovin your bloggie lately, so many wonderful creations!

Phebe Meeder said...

your detail on the teddy is awesome

Unknown said...

Oh Mel...Both of these are just amazing...and so cute!! I LOVE your awesome colouring...You blow me away EVERY time!! Xx

Leah said...

Love, love, love both of these!!

Nicole said...

When I grow up I want to be able to color just like you! LOL! Super work, as usual!!!!!!!!! Just wonderful!