Sunday, May 9, 2010

Guess What???

Ooohh, I've been so excited to share this news with you!! I'm a member of Crissy Armstong's brand new DT, "Crissy's Crew"!!! (If you are a regular here then you may remember that a couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being a guest designer on Crissy's new challenge blog, Sundays With Crissy.) Crissy has put together an amazingly talented group of ladies for Crissy's Crew. I feel so very honoured to be a part of this team and to work alongside these sweet prepared for some jaw-dropping gorgeous creations from them!! I want to thank Crissy for this amazing opportunity! The members of Crissy's Crew are:

Crissy Armstrong
Melanie Holtz (c'est moi!!)
Zoe McGrath

Crissy Armstrong is a well-known and very talented artist in the stamping community. She is currently designing digital stamps for Squigglefly and Whimsy Stamps. Wags 'n Whiskers has just recently released some of the images she illustrated for them as digital stamps too. If you have not tried using digital images yet, then I urge you to jump right in! There are so many advantages to digital shopping from home, no need for bulky storage and fantastic prices. My favourite aspect of digital stamps is their versatility! You can flip them and resize them to suit your project! How many times has an image been too big or too small for your needs??

A brand new challenge will be posted at Sundays With Crissy every two weeks, and a fantastic prize will be awarded to one randomly drawn participant at the end of each month. To be eligible for the prize, you MUST use one of Crissy's digital images available from Squigglefly, Whimsy or Wags 'n Whiskers.

Crissy's challenge this week is "Favourite Things". There are so many ways to interpret this challenge! You could use your favourite papers, image, embellishment, layout...the possibilities are limited only to your imagination!

I have used one of Crissy's brand new images released this week for Whimsy Stamps. This is "Gracie's Roses". Isn't she absolutely gorgeous? I fell in love with her as soon as Crissy showed her to us! I used some new-to-me papers from K&Company. My "favourite" paper changes from day to day, but I'm really loving the colours in this collection. (blues, greens and teals are some of my all-time faves!) I just bought some of these beautiful new roses by Prima, which are now included in my "favourites". I'm also a big bargain shopper, so I keep my eyes open for dollar store treasures! Can you spot them here? Both the pearls and the crochet trim were $1 them. Hmmm...other favourites on this project?? Spellbinders and machine stitching! As you can see, I really went to town with this challenge topic!

"Gracie" was printed on Neenah and coloured with my Copics...which of course, are my favourite colouring medium (I also "flipped" the image before printing). I love all the folds in her pretty dress. Her features are just so delicate. This image was an absolute joy to colour...then again, all of Crissy's image are! I also tried out a new-to-me product called Smooch Illuminate. I brushed it over Gracie's skirt to try and make it look like an iridescent tulle. Unfortunately, it's tricky to capture the shimmer in a photograph. I used some Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Bundled Sage to sponge on the edges of the paper. I also toned down the white roses by touching them with a little Antique Linen. What would I do without Distress Inks?? (you're probably getting tired of hearing me say "favourite", huh?? lol)

Time for you visit the rest of Crissy's Crew over at Sundays With Crissy to see what gorgeous projects they have made for you! Remember, you will have two weeks to complete your project and link it up at Sundays With Crissy! If you do not already own some of Crissy's lovely images then you can hop on over to Squigglefly, Whimsy or Wags 'n Whiskers to go shopping!

Before you go, I would like to wish you all a Happy Mother's Day!!

Blessings friends!


Stamps: Crissy Armstrong's "Gracie's Roses" available at Whimsy Stamps
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, K&Company Wild Raspberry
Ink: Copic markers, Distress Inks
Embellishments: Prima Fairy Tale roses, Dollar store crochet trim and pearls, machine stitching
Tools: Spellbinders


♥Rach♥ said...

Congrats Melanie, you so deserve it! :0)

Patricia Garcia said...

Hello Melanie, Beautiful card! Love your coloring skills! Gracie is just too cute!


Lynne in NI said...

Oooh gorgeous card Melanie, she's an absolute sweetie!
Congrats on joining Chrissy's DT ... hope you have loads of fun!

mycardz said...

Hi Melanie! So happy to be on this awesome team with you and looking forward to getting to know you. I'm always just blown away by your amazing coloring - just gorgeous! Your card is beautiful, you've really brought little Gracie to life! hugz, Mary

Zoe said...

Wow Melanie. Your artistic skills are just incredible. The way you catch the light and turn 2D images into images that pop off the page astounds me. I am so happy to be able to share this new adventure with you. Hugs, Zoe xxoo

FitterTwit said...

Again... no surprise here. I would have been surprised if you WEREN'T on her design team... you got mad skillz!!! ;)

Debbie said...

Gorgeous card Melanie,your colouring is fabulous,I'm so excited to be on crissy's team with you,Hugs Debbie x

6 wacky women said...

Congrats, Melanie!!
Your colouring of this little beauty is amazing!!

Karen x

Krista said...

Congrats Mel, well deserved dt spot!!! AND BEAUTIFUL card! Love it!

Jodi said...

Hi Melanie, your card is gorgeous! I love your coloring skills and how you bring your images to life. I'm so happy to be on this DT with you and look forward to getting to know you too!!
Jodi =)

Sally Cicada's Designs said...

Well can you believe it?? We're on the same team!! So honoured to be one of the "Crew" with you!! You rocked this challenge too--Gracie looks beautiful!! Love the lace and your layout is fabulous!
Sarah :)

Crissy Armstrong said...

Hi Melanie! You made Gracie come to life with your super colouring skills. I do love the colours you chose and in the papers too. What a gorgeous combination! Thank you for all the nice things you said about my art and for linking up the stores. Your presence on the Crew is a treasure to me!

Lacey Stephens said...

Congratulations on the DT spot!! It is well deserved!! I just LOVE your coloring of sweet Gracie!! Her dress is so beautiful and life-like!!

Maria said...

Woohoo, I'm still doing the happy dance and so excited to be working with you again on with such a fabulous team. Simply another gorgeous card Mel and smashingly coloured right down to the last detail. Hugs, Maria

Davi said...

This is absolutely beautiful...Your fabulous coloring of the wonderful image and all the gorgeous details make is so perfect!!