Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Favourite Type of Challenge

I have NO idea where the last two weeks went... but went they did!! Though there is more on that later.  Soooo it's time for the d Coloured Image", like I said colouring is my favourite part of cardmaking..latest challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Blog.  The theme this time is "Use a Han. so this is my favourite type of challenge. :-)  I thought I'd stick with favourite things and make an easel card... and of course I so love Di's images - what a feast of favourites!!

I've had a run on baby cards recently... my sons are at that age where their friends are extending their families. I had a few "girl" cards, I've got less now, lol, and very few "boy" cards so that's what I went with.  
The image is one of Di's new ones, Animal Ark... available here.  I coloured with Copics, adding detail with Prismacolor pencils.
I cut all the circles with my Lifestyle Crafts nesting dies, I love this set; 21 nesting dies gives a lot of matting options :-)  The matting is Bazzil and Kaisercraft, the patterned card came from DCWV Animal Crackers 8" pad... which looks like is retired now, shame.  I cut the waves with Memory Box Wave Edger Border Die, adding some more of the Ice Stickles to the edge for a bit of bling.
The Baby and Boy are Cottage Cutz dies and the Congratulations is Sizzix, I think!  I added a layer of Ranger Glossy Accents to all the die cuts, which gives a nice 3D effect. 
There are no embellishments on this card, at all, none!  With that in mind, and the fact that it's predominantly brown and blue I'm entering the challenge at Without Words... and the CAS challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks .  In addition I'm entering the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times: Baby Baby 
Send a Smile for Kids: Bright Colours for Kids 
Cute Card Thursday, Pile It On, Crafty Cardmakers: Water 
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: Sun Sea and Sand (well I have "Sea", lol) 
Inky Chicks My Furry Friend (or friends in this case!) 
The Paper Shelter Use Some Circles (Oh yeah!) 
Papertake Weekly, Simon Says Challenge Not Square 
Creatalicious Challenges More Than One Fold 
As You Like It Favourite Single Colour and Why (Brown, it was the "guys" colour at my wedding 38 years ago... with apricot for the bridesmaids, the height of fashion.... then, and I always associate it with that happy time) 
Catch The Bug Bingo Board (Circle on card/Border/3 Layers) 
Craft Your Passion, Card Mania Challenges, Little Miss Muffet, Art by Miran, Aud Sentiments and Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes
That's it for today's card.  Pop over to the Challenge Blog and check out the team's Hand Colouring, awesome!  Hope you get to enter the challenge this time around, great prize as always... and don't forget there's extra opportunities if you use one of Di's images; and with cuties like this, why wouldn't you??  
I hope to be back very soon with another card from my drafts; to be honest when I said I didn't know where the two weeks had gone - not quite true!  I have had a chest infection, being asthmatic it sorta happens most winters sadly, this one's been a doozy, and mainly we've been looking after the twins a lot as their parents have their own set of woes:  
They have had to move out of their house as the plaster on ALL the internal walls failed and has been removed and replaced... meaning the carpets had to come up, bathroom tiles replaced, built in cupboards replaced, everything repainted ... on and on - HUGE job that has been a nightmare to deal with as the builder is very disorganized.  
They've been out of their house living in short stay accommodation (with two year old twins and a business usually run from home and not transferable to rental accommodation, so my son has had to go "home" everyday to pick up and drop off machinery, had to find somewhere else to store his truck, go there everyday for that.... blah blah)  My DIL has been locked in combat with the builder, suppliers and trades.  She used to work for this (very well known builder) and has resigned as she's found the whole thing so distasteful... it took three years to get them to admit liability, and THEN the woes really began!
It has been a debacle, they haven't had to pay for much (the builder has paid as it's a warranty job, the house was only 3 years old when the problems began) but the upheaval has been extraordinary.  They should get to move back in next weekend, which will be fifteen weeks since they moved out, despite an"absolute guaranteed nine week turn around"  They are both sick, I think it's stress related, both the kids have been sick which is "being two" related, lol, so we've been trying to share the wear with them and we've had their dog (who's lovely, but I don't want TWO dogs) Suffice to say we're all ready for some "back to normal".
In addition my PC reached the end of it's useful life so I thought I'd "upgrade" to a Mac.  Our good friend Dave is an IT professional, has just completed his Masters and sold me his super duper upspecced Mac with ginarormous Thunderbolt display... I had it 13 days and fried the hard drive... with all my newly updated data on it, without backup of most.  Spent this afternoon installing new hard drive and reinstalling software (well Dave did) ... looks like next week is data restoration time, which will be me NOT Dave, lol, more dents in my craft time, spewing!!
Phew, feel better now I've got some of that off my chest
I will be back, with craft related not my-sorry-life-related stuff soon.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


Deb said...

This is so gorgeous love the noah's ark, those animals are so cute! Hope you can find some more creating time soon and that the problems are resolved quickly!
Many thanks for joining in our watery Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Donna, I LOVE the sweet image, stunning colouring and wonderful design.
It sounds like life has been very hectic for you. Sorry to hear you have been unwell too, I hope you are feeling better now.
Sue xx

Cazro said...

Your creation is wonderful, a super bright and cheerful card. Yes, you did manage one third of our challenge, the sea, with gorgoeous waves. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly. Caz

Michelle said...

It is so lovely and coloured great.
Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
Hope we see you again and good luck.
xxx Michelle (DT)

~ginny said...

Donna - the coloring on this project is so typical of the fabulous projects you put out! Love the sharp clean look to your images! Delighted you are sharing your project and creativity with us at Aud Sentiments and I would love to see you apply for a DT slot at Aud Sentiments, you have the kind of skills we are looking for! !
~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT: [#136 – ATG + Sentiment]
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Elaine Stark said...

An adorable card. Lovely colouring an construction. I hope yuo are feeling better and get more time for yourself. Thanks for joining AYLI. Elaine

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous image and card Ginny x

debby4000 said...

What a gorgeous cute card. I hope things settle down soon for you and your family.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh My Goodness this is amazing, what a beautiful card. Sorry to hear of all the problems you are having, hope they resolve soon for you, , Thanks for joining in on MAWTT, Love Hazel (Didos) xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

So cute and beautifully coloured. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.
Cathy DT Member

Kathy S said...

This is WONDERFUL Donna. The circle card is unique, but your coloring is really beautiful. Thanks so very much for sharing this with us at Send A Smile 4 Kids, Bright Challenge. Take care.

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

Thank you for taking part in our art by miran challenge,
I very much enjoyed looking at your project and all
the time and detail you put into it, good luck hugs tracy

MaxiBelle Studio said...

Very adorable! Thanks for joining us for our 'Anything Goes' challenge #36.
Alicia (Art by Miran DT)
MaxiBelle Studio

Anonymous said...

What a fun card. I love the detail of the glitter on top of the waves. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
FP3 {My Blog}

Jacee said...

So adorable, a really gorgeous colourful design, love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Colette said...

Fab card Donna, the gorgeous image is coloured beautifully, and I love the waves acting as the stopper. Hope things settle down for you and your family soon and you manage to get all your data sorted onto the new computer, thanks for playing along at The Paper Shelter challenge, good luck, hugs, Colette xx

Gayatri said...

Absolutely adorable. Gorgeous colouring! And so many gorgeous details to admire. Love your card. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Get In Shape challenge :)

Cathy P said...

Gorgeous card, Donna! Love your coloring and this adorable image. Holy buckets, you and your family are in a thorny patch. I hope it's looking better soon. I stopped by your blog because I noticed you won at the Inky Chicks and wanted to say congrats. Hope to see you again at Sketch Saturday. Hugs, Cathyxx

Billie A said...

Awe so cute I love the ark and the animals with the wave its an awesome card. Thanks so much for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

kawatychy said...

Gorgeous image and the way you colored it. Love it!

Miss Emerald said...

Amazing card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

sgc said...

Adorable! Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's challenge.

Aurelia Aurora said...

Awww... super cute card.. love the image.. and your colouring.. Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge #36 at Art by Mi Ran challenge blog.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. Good luck at the draw.. xx.. RoRa

Melanie said...

A wonderful baby card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "more than one fold” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Come and Get It)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT Tuesday Throwdown)

Sue B said...

Oh Wow! this is gorgeous! what a wonderful image and your colouring is awesome! Love the easel design with the fab waves! :-)
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT!
Hugs, Sue B xx

Lori Turner said...

What a sweet card!! Love that image :) Thanks for joining us at As You Like It!

Desire Fourie said...

Donna this is so delightful and I love the cheerful colours, perfect for a baby boy.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

NickScrapShack said...

So pretty! I too love Di´s images! Great card and I like the glitter touch on the waves.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge. Good luck!