Sunday, August 14, 2011

Life's a Beach

I've got a card today I made just for fun! I coloured up a few images when I was away...quite a few actually - which I've had "sitting" on the computer for far longer than I care to admit, ho-hum sound familiar?  These photos aren't truly accurate for colour; I've had to take them at night to hit a challenge deadline and even though I've used my Daylight lamp, it's not the "same" as daylight proper.  Frankly, I'm too lazy to take them again and repost!  So here's my nearly-true-to-colour card...
The images are Summer Dreams and Tropical Beach, both from Make It Crafty.  Great little Aussie company that you just have to go check out. The background is coloured with Prismacolor Pencils, and the girl is coloured with Copics. Creative Craft Challenges has Summertime, One Stop Craft Challenge has At the Beach, Digital Tuesday has I Love the Sea, By The Cute and Girly has The Sea and Die Cut Dreams has Holiday Fun...this little scene fits all these challenges, so I"M IN!! A LOT!
Crafting Life's Pieces have this fabulous sketch for August, it was a really easy sketch to use, I love it.
I've used papers from Echo Park's Walk In The Park collection, and the polka dot paper is from Inque Boutique Cabana collection Stampin' for the Weekend has Spots and Dots as its challenge theme, so I'm entering there.  
The image panel is cut and embossed with Labels Twelve Nestabilities double matted on a sparkly sort of mango colour then lovely orange American Crafts textured card.  Everything is popped up on foam dots, bit foam dot crazy today really!!
The corners have Card Candi to finish them, I've been toying with getting some, now I have and I LOVE it, you'll be seeing more of it - for sure!  I made the flowers using a Fiskars punch I got on sale ages ago and have never used, I don't know why not now - it cuts really cleanly and is kind of cute.  The centres are brads from my stash.  Papertake Weekly's challenge this time was "Grow Your Own Flowers"... so my punched flowers get me in there and  Lexis Creations has a recipe challenge this time: 1 image 2 Flowers 3 papers...tick, tick, tick; I'm in!!
The sentiment ticket was a blank (digi, of course!) from Bizzy Becs, another little Aussie company.  I used Microsoft Word to add the sentiment by using a couple of text boxes (that way you can reduce the spacing between the two lines, and use different fonts more easily).  I mounted it on a piece of the orange card then used the edge of my hole punch to clip into the ends and corners.  I inked the edges with yellow and orange pigment ink to tie it all together.
The base of this card has a slight texture to it, like watercolour paper, it's not as prominent on the inside, though still there.  I used offcuts from the front, some more card candi and a couple more flowers to finish it off. An offcut of plain white card inked around the edge makes the sentiment panel easy to write on.
That's it for my card today, I've got a few more images up and ready but I do have some DT work for next week...and of course none of the images I have coloured are appropriate, for one reason (wrong theme) or another (new this space!)...doesn't matter, I get to play tomorrow anyway; though the footy - Australian Rules Football to you :-) is on at lunch time and my husband has converted me to a bit of a fanatic (through a sort of system of water torture, drip, drip, drip over 35 years!) so maybe not.  I'll just have to "craft" in between my real work next week, lol.
I hope that your corner of the world is safe and secure, and that for you "Life's a Beach", until next time, Happy Crafting, Dee


Dragonlady said...

What a gorgeous summery card, love the layout and depth. Thank you so much for sharing at Die Cut Dreams and hope to see you again.

Hugs Ali x

Brenda said...

I love that your inside has the sketch as well. Gorgeous card. Love the design. Great choices on the background image and papers. Love your color scheme! Amazing coloring!!

Anonymous said...

That is so pretty, thanks for sharing!
Thank you for playing along in the challenge this week @ Lexi's Creations.

Elke said...

what a stunning card. I just love it. Thanks for joining us over at CCC. Best of luck.

Elke XX

Creations by Shirl said...

Your card is very stunning, luv your coloring and all the DP you used... a very pretty card indeed!

Lisa Jane said...

Beautiful little scene- so summery , and gorgeous papers
Thanks for joining us this week at MAWTT
Lisa x

Lin said...

Beautifully coloured, vibrant creation.

Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations.

Lin xx

Andrea said...

Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly this week,lovely card

Natascha said...

Great card and a great take on our sea Challenge at Digital Tuesday. I love your layout and this awesome summer colours. Wish to be this cute girl and there. Looks so sunny. Good luck!

Hugs, Natascha

Suzie McFloozy said...

what a fabtastic card - love the layout and the colour combo x
Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' for the weekend - good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Mummylade said...

Fantastic work and such a cute image! Thank you so much for joining us at SFTW this time and good luck!

Teresa said...

Oh wow I love this one, the colours are so warming, perfect, gorgeous colouring too Donna.
Teresa xx

Shelley said...

Wow this is a stunning card, love the image and colours. Thanks for joining in this weeks One Stop Craft Challenge. Hugs Shelley xx

Elise said...

Wow this is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the bright happy colors and this image is just sooOooo sweet! :) Thank you so much for joining us at CLP!


Randi WS said...

Oh wow Donna, your card is fantastic!! I just loooove your coloring and how you've put all the parts together :)
Thank you so much for joining us at CLP :)

Lots of love,
Randi WS