Friday, October 22, 2010

Buttons and Bows at Sundays With Crissy

Good morning friends, and happy Friday to you all! It's my turn to share a card with you for Sundays With Crissy. Our current challenge is "Buttons and Bows"...have you been keeping up with the posts by my fellow Crissy's Crew members? Each lovely gal has a designated day to post each month...that way, we hope to keep the inspiration flowing throughout the entire month!

This month, our wonderful sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps and they have very generously offered five digital images as a prize...this is in combination with Crissy's prize of three of her digital images! Somebody is going to be a very happy digital stamper this month. :)

For my card this month, I chose to work with two of Crissy's newest digital images available from Whimsy Stamps. These two adorable little tykes are "Anna's Halloween" and " Bobby's Halloween". Crissy captures kids so beautifully...I just adore her artwork. These two remind me of my kids in their Halloween costumes when they were little. Nathan was a big orange dragon Pokemon (Charzard) when he was in grade one, and Ainsleigh was several different princesses over the years when she was younger. Since I wanted these images to reflect my own kids, I resized "Anna" to be much smaller than "Bobby"...Nathan is almost seven years older than Ainsleigh. The design paper is from Graphic 45 (love this paper). To fit in with our challenge, I added some black satin ribbon and tied two layered buttons to the middle of the bow with twine. The little "Trick or Treat" sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Halloween Sentiments".

Anna and Bobby (or Ainsleigh and Nathan, lol) were printed on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. Before printing them, I measured the Spellbinders die that I wanted to use and tweaked the size of the images until they would fit nicely inside the die. This ability to resize and flip your images to suit your specific project is one of the best things about digital stamps! While the image was still in the die, I used my Inkssentials Blending Tool to apply Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Bundled Sage. Finally, I added some Stardust Stickles to parts of the image.

Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59 Orange Dragon: E50, YR00, YR02, YR07, E08, E59, Y21, Y23, Y26, E33, E37 Princess Dress: BG75, BG72, BG11, Bg10, BG000, BG0000, B60, C00, C1, C3, R30, R32, R37 Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E37, E59 Pumpkins: E50, YR31, YR07, YR16, Y17, E33, E37, E99

We'd love to have you join in with our Buttons and Bows challenge this month. You can link up your project on Crissy's post from October can find that HERE (just look for the little blue froggy at the end of her post).If you would like the chance to win the fantastic prize this month, then please make sure that your project features a digital stamp from either Crissy Armstrong (available at Whimsy Stamps, Squigglefly or Wags 'n Whiskers) or from our sponsor Stitchy Bear. You have until midnight on October 30, 2010 to play along!

If you have not yet become a follower over at Sundays With Crissy, then make sure to sign up! That way, you can keep up to date with the posts by each member of Crissy's Crew...these ladies are so talented and I know that you will not want to miss a single project.

I thought I would share a few pics of the kids from past Halloweens (back when I used to have time to make more elaborate costumes!). Here's Ainsleigh as Belle...I think she was about four years old.

Next we have Nathan in the Pokemon costume that inspired me to colour the dragon orange on my card today...oh, and the cute little Pikachu is my cousin Derek..who I'm sure is thrilled that I'm sharing this pic. :) Nathan was about six in this picture:

And how about one more from two years ago (when costumes were not quite so "home-made", lol)...
(hmmm...Ainsleigh had a cute little black beret she wore with her mime costume, but I think it had fallen off during some pics where Nathan, with his "Superman" strength, was picking her up over his head, lol. My kids are goofs when they see a camera...this is actually a very rare picture where they are both smiling nicely!)

Have a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: Whimsy Stamps (digital) "Anna's Halloween" and "Bobby's Halloween" by artist Crissy Armstrong, "Halloween Sentiments" from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
Paper:Neenah, Bazzill, Graphic 45
Ink: Copic markers, Distress Ink (Bundled Sage and Antique Linen)
Embellishments: Ribbon, buttons, twine, Stardust Stickles
Tools: Spellbinders Labels 8, Bow Easy


Stampvanwinkle said...

Awwww, this is such a sweet card Melanie. Your coloring is gorgeous and the pics of your kids are just awesome. I have twins, a boy and girl and I just love to get them in pictures together, which is harder now that they are 21 years old.
Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Lisa Summerhays said...

Fabulous! Love it. Your coloring always amazes me. Happy Halloween!

Renkata said...

OMG Melanie, fantastic card. Delightful colouring.

Cheryl said...

You card is fabulous! The clean look of the card perfectly showcase your wonderfully colored image. I have to admit I practically had my nose pressed to the screen checking out your coloring and hoping to pick up a couple tricks. :)

Linda Carson said...

I'm in awe of your coloring! Amazing!

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Your colouring is mind-boggling. Very nice job. It is surprising how quickly Hallowe'en and our children flash by us, isn't it?

Lisa said...

I am always amazed by your fantastic coloring of digital images - they are always so beautiful!

Paper, Ink, Color! said...

This is just spectacular coloring. I love visiting your blog. I think this one is my favorite!

FitterTwit said...

HAHAHAHA.. thanx Melanie! I used to have terrible nails too (x-biter), but my new found nail polish addiction turned it around! Thanx goodness!!! Hey, this card rocks my socks!!! The Halloween pics are ALWAYS cool! ;)

KeeponScrappin said...

Beautiful! Your cards are amazing. TFS!

Sally Cicada Designs said...

This is adorable Melanie and coloured so perfectly!! You get such depth in your colouring and shading (I know that I am not supposed to be jealous BUT I AM!!! Hee hee)! Great patterned paper and clean, simple design too!! You rock girl!!!
Sarah :D

Crissy Armstrong said...

That's cool how you put these two together! Such gorgeous colouring Melanie, wow. I read over the Copic list and that was very informative too, thanks for adding that. Thanks for posting such a beautiful creation!