Sunday, February 14, 2016

Birth-Day vs Birthday at Di's Digis

So yet another fortnight has whizzed by and it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digis.  The theme this time around is "Birthdays", but I'll be honest and tell you I got distracted half way through making my card, which was going to be for my grandson's birthday in March, when my husband's great niece had a baby boy on Tuesday - I got all excited having such a cute image all coloured up ready and decided to use it for a "baby" card.... so this is stretching the theme as it's for a "Birth-Day" vs a "Birthday".
The image - told you it's CUTE, lol - is called Animal Crew and is available here.  As usual I used Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils to colour the image, quite a bit of pencil this time around - I'm really happy with the lion's mane and just couldn't get this effect without using the white pencil.  I added gloss to the balloon, think I might add some to the lion's nose, not sure yet.
This is quite a big card (21.5 x 14.5 cm or roughly 81/2" x 6"), it's one of the things I love about digis; the ability to scale them up or down to suit your card size.  Right from the outset I was determined to make this a "one layer" style card, I've been admiring Netty's work for some time and this is the look I've been trying to emulate (err, alright, copy, lol) without much success... I am definitely closer this time!!  Still a ways off though, oh well something to aspire to :-)
I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch  it really lends itself to this style of card. 
The patterned paper is from Die Cuts With a View, the Animal Crackers pad; it's an 8x8 pad so it fit the card without matting (in fact it's cut down).  The blue cardstock is leftovers from my stash, the star punch is one my folks brought back from one of their Malaysian trips, and the star safety pin embellie is from a pack I've had for years.  
The twine is from my stash too; the day after I finished this card I found a pack of blue paper string which actually looks better, but it's too fiddly to change so I'll stick with the twine.
I used the "Congrats" die from Sizzix Celebrate Words die set, I added gloss to it: I think it looks more "finished" that way.
As always I finished the inside of the card to suit the front, I stamped the sentiment inside using Memento ink and stamps from a couple of sets (Kaisercraft both, I think) that have been gathering dust in my CD holder (that's how I store my clear stamp sets) until I bought my Stamp-a-Ma-jig... now I'm stamping all the time 'coz I can get them straight... I know this doesn't look that straight, but trust me IRL it is!!
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges;

Great Impressions Any Celebration
Simon Says Challenge One layer, can add embellishments
Hiding in my Craft Room Super Scraps Saturday
Clear It Out Theme: Anything Goes Stash: Twine
Simply Papercrafts Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Anything Goes
That Craft Place Anything Goes
Addicted to  Stamps Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes
Well that's it for the card, loving this style; it lets the image shine, and as colouring images is my favourite part of card making I'm happy because I get to spend more time colouring and less time assembling!
I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge this time around "Birthday" is an easy theme - even if you are me and stuff it up a bit :-))  There's a great prize on offer from Craftin' Desert Diva's shop and also a prize from SVG Attic and dont' forget if you use one of Di's fab digis OR a Candibean rubber stamp you go into an extra draw with it's very own prize, yeehaw!!
I'll be back soon; my Drafts folder is burgeoning I really DO have to sort it out and get it published!  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


Cynthia said...

Wowsers! Fabulous coloring of this group of critters, Donna. Thanks for sharing with Stella Says Sketch this week.

Lorraine said...

This is gorgeous Donna, love the cas design and beautifully coloured image.
Lorraine x

Heather said...

A beautiful Baby card Donna, a lovely design background with beautifully coloured cute animals!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Sats Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Mynn Kitchen said...

This is SUPER cute! I LOVE the darling images you used--and your coloring is fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Dawn Frost said...

OMG I love that image and you coloured it wonderfully! What a fantastic Birth-Day card. Thanks for joining us for Catch the Bug Stella Says Sketch. I hope to see you again and good luck. Dawn Bugaboo DT.

Michelle said...

Wow this looks so adorable. Lovely image, great colouring and I like the needle with the star on it.
Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
Good luck, Michelle (DT)

Jennifer Bradley said...

Hi Donna, Wow what a fabulous card, the animals are so cute and your have coloured then beautifully. Love the card construction. Thank you for sharing with us in our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friend. Good luck in the draw and we hope you will join us again. Jennifer DT member x

Patricia Alvarez said...

Great card! The animals are very cute and your coloring is beautiful. I love the design. Thanks for sharing with us over Craft Your Passion. Good luck!!! Patricia

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

Thank you for taking part in our Art by Miran challenge, you Creation is a
totally stunning creation, divine colouring and arrangement! hugs x

Nicola Jayne Saul said...

So cute. Thanks for joining us at That Craft Place, Nicola X

marion said...

this is so sweet, love the image and wow, such gorgrous outstanding colouring of the image, thanks for joining us at LIttle Miss Muffet, hugs, Marion

Gayatri said...

Awesome colouring of those cute animals. Great card. Very happy you played along Simon Says Stamp One Layer Wednesday Challenge! Thank you.
Gayatri xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

How beautifully you have colored the gorgeous cute image
Dr Sonia

Anonymous said...

This is adorable! I love the coloring,and layout! Thanks for joining the Challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

Jenscrapstoo said...

Very cute card!! Love the image and use of scraps too!!
Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
Cheers Jennie DTM