Sunday, May 23, 2010

Layer it Up at Sundays With Crissy!!

Good afternoon stampers! I hope your weekend has been peaceful and relaxing. It's time for another new challenge at Sundays With Crissy!! Crissy posts a new challenge every two weeks and has a fantastic prize give away for a lucky participant at the end of every month. Remember that to be eligible, you MUST use one of Crissy Armstrong's digital images. Want to know what Crissy is giving away this month?? It's one of my all-time favourite Spellbinders sets...Fancy Tags!! If you do not already have any of Crissy's digital images, you can buy them here

Ok, the challenge for the next two weeks is "Layers"!! I chose to work with the digital stamp "Thinking of You" available at Wags 'n Whiskers. I though it would be fun to do something other than a card this week. This little wooden box from the dollar store is just the perfect size to hold a small journal and some mini glitter gel pens (also dollar store finds)...just perfect for a little girl to record some of her thoughts and dreams! How many of you kept diaries as kids? I guess some of us still do, although "journal" sounds a bit more grown up! All the design paper on this project is from K&Company. I cut several layers of paper with various Spellbinders and then pop-dotted the image for some added dimension. I also added some layered Prima flowers.

After printing "Thinking of You" on Neenah, I coloured it with my Copic markers. I also printed off just a portion of the image on K&Company paper so I could paper piece her shirt. I love how this technique allows the clothing to be patterned! After gluing the piece in place, I added some shading with my Copics so that it would not look too flat. Thought I'd try my hand at shading over my Copics with some pencil crayons blended out with OMS...I only did this on her pants. I have a limited supply of Prismas, but I really love the soft blending some artists achieve with them. The little kitty was shaded further with some Conte crayons and a blending stump.

Here's a peek inside the box. I also included a little pocket inside to hold some stickers, or perhaps even some stamps for sending off letters to a loved one. My daughter has already called dibs on this! I was hoping to stash it away so that I could surprise her with it, but she spied it while my hubby was photographing it. Actually, she probably would have seen it you know what she told me she did the other day?? She "googled" me at school to show her friends that I'm on the Internet!! lol Apparently the kids were all looking in on my blog! Guess I should give a shout out to all Ainsleigh's friends....HI KIDS!!

You will be absolutely blown away by what the rest of Crissy's Crew has created this week! Have I mentioned how blessed I feel to be a part of this talented design team?? Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and hop on over to Sundays With Crissy to see their lovely projects.

Remember, you have two full weeks to complete a layered project for our challenge. When your project is complete, make sure to link it up to Sundays With Crissy so that your name will be in this month's prize draw...just make sure to use one of Crissy's many digital images!

Have a blessed Sunday,


Digital Stamp: "Thinking of You" by Crissy Armstrong available at Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps
Ink: Copic markers, Distress Inks
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, K&Company
Embellishments: Prima flowers, dollar store trim and pearls, American Crafts ribbon (for pens)
Tools: Spellbinders
Extras: Journal and pens from the dollar store


♥Rach♥ said...

Beautiful project! Love the different Nesties you used and the pretty papers :0)

Crissy Armstrong said...

Stunning as usual Melanie. Hope you don't get tired of that word being used to describe my reaction to your craft work! You keep amazing us! I love how the paper piecing turned out with your added shading in the folds of her shirt. It is so gorgeous like that! Hugs! xo

mycardz said...

Wow, what a great idea! Your project is just GORGEOUS Melanie!

Lynne in NI said...

Amazing card Melanie! I would never have thought of shading over paper piecing, but the effect is fabulous!

Lisa Foster said...

This is beyond GORGEOUS!!! Your work is ALWAYS absolutely amazing!

Lacey Stephens said...

Once again...WOW!! I never get tired of staring at your beautiful coloring!! Nikki was over this weekend and I showed her your WnW from Friday. And we talked about how you really do make the images alive with your gorgeous shading! So beautiful!!
Wags 'n Whiskers

Maria said...

Stunning creation Mel! Love the colouring of course and the beautiful papers. Enjoy the long weekend. Hugs, Maria

Debbie said...

This is just gorgeous Melanie,what a fab Gift idea,Hugs Debbie x

Jodi said...

Just beautiful Melanie! I love the great coloring you did! Wonderful!
Jodi =)

Mary Lou said...

Gorgeous Box Melanie!! I still drool over your coloring of images girl!!:) Thanks for your prayers for my daughter last weekend--I posted some pics on my blog today!!
Blessings of Love

Patricia Garcia said...

Beautiful project!! Love the paper piecing and your coloring is breathtaking!!


Renkata said...

Melanie, you wow me everytime when I see your colouring. It's FAB!
I can't wait to see one day your colouring tutorial :)
Gorgeous work dear.

Sally Cicada Designs said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Melanie and such a great idea!! I can see why your daughter would like to scoop it!! The papers you used are so beautiful & the paper piecing looks fantastic!! What a great tip--shading it to make it blend in!! I always learn soooo much from you!! ☺

Marilyn said...

Beautifully colored, so much depth with the shading! What a beauty!!!

Zoe said...

Talk about gorgeous!! I'll put my hand up for one for Christmas. hee hee. I am sure any little girl (ahem and woman) would treasure this. Such a beautiful idea. Hugs, Zoe xxoo