Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Trimming the Tree

Well, good morning friends! You may have noticed that we've had a few changes over at Sundays With Crissy. We have recently made the switch to becoming a monthly challenge blog, with each new challenge being announced on the first day of each month by the lovely Crissy Armstrong. We have also made a change in the posting schedule. Each talented member of Crissy's Crew now has her own scheduled day to post at Sundays With Crissy, as well as posting on her personal blog. This way, we hope to provide you with some inspiration throughout the month to join in with our challenge. As always, there will be a fantastic prize up for grabs for those participants who have used one of Crissy's digital images! Crissy will include the "inlinkz" on her initial post of the month, so make sure to link up all your projects for our challenge THERE...just look for the little blue froggy at the end of her post.

Today is my turn to share a card for Crissy's current "Sparkle and Shine" challenge. I chose to work with one of Crissy's recently released images at Whimsy Stamps. This is "Trimming The Tree". How cute is this little pair? I struggled a bit trying to capture the tone of a polar bear's fur. It's got quite a yellow hue to it in real life, but my first attempt at replicating it was what you might call an"Epic Failure", lol. Good thing I printed this image a few times! This is my second attempt, and I still think I need some work on this colour of fur, but it is much closer to an actual polar bear than my first go! Can you spy all the glittery elements on my card? The pretty swirly DCWV paper is from a glitter Christmas stack. The garland on the tree was jazzed up with some Martha Stewart glitter in Pewter. The star, tree decorations and the trim on the penguin's hat were all coated with Stardust Stickles. The candy canes were coated with Glossy Accents...I know this isn't "glittery" but it sure adds a nice shine to them! (The sentiment is from High Hopes Stamps, and was mounted on a Spellbinders Fancy Tag.)

Copics: Bear: W1, W3, W5, W7, E50 Penguin: C1, C3, C5, C7, Scarf: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 Hat and Candy Canes: R35, R37, R46, R59 Tree: A whole bunch of greens! (sorry, lost track of these) Star: Y11, Y21, Y17, YR31

We'd love to see your glittery creations using one of Crissy's Digital Stamps! (you can find them at Whimsy Stamps, Squigglefly Stamps or Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps) You can link it up at Sundays With Crissy on THIS post, and if your project features one of Crissy's images then you will be eligible to win this month's prize!

If you haven't seen the beautiful projects posted by some of the members of Crissy's Crew for the "Sparkle and Shine" challenge, please take the time to scroll back through the previous posts at Sundays With Crissy...and don't forget to stay tuned for upcoming posts by the rest of our design team!
Have a wonderful day friends, and thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: Crissy Armstrong's "Trimming the Tree" from Whimsy Stamps, High Hopes sentiment
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, DCWV
Ink: Copic Markers (I also added some extra shading with Conte crayons)
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Glitter, Stardust Stickles, rhinestones, black satin ribbon
Tools: Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Bow Easy


Maria said...

Fabulous Mel! Amazing colouring and the layout is fabulous. Especially love that border. Have a great day. Hugs, Maria

Sharon Caudle said...

Girl, I just can't tell you how much I love your work!!! You are amazing! I love your coloring and want to be like you when I grow up! LMBO! Can I please beg you to give me some coloring lessons?! I keep trying to duplicate your style, but fail miserably! LOL!
hugs, Sharon

Stampvanwinkle said...

Awesome card Melanie. Love the furry bear.

stephanne said...

Awwww, I have a hard time thinking that this epic failure you mentioned was really all that bad, your colouring is always amazing!! This is fabulous, love the details and I already said it, but your colouring is amazing!!!
hugs, stephanne

Crissy Armstrong said...

Oh wow Melanie, what a beautiful layout! I love how you cut them out and popped them up against the sparkly red! The black accents are fantastic too. And of course your colouring, wow!

Toni K said...

Adorable! Love it!

Alice Wertz said...

amazing card, Melanie!