Friday, July 12, 2013

By The Beautiful Sea

Happy Friday my crafty friends!  I hope you've had a good week and have some fun plans for the weekend.

I have for you today, a card I made to fit a bunch of challenges that focused on things like beach, water, fun in the sun...  All of that summery stuff that most people look forward if they don't live in the desert southwest like I do.  Give me clouds and weather any day!  LOL!

This is Water Lily Tilda and she is from the 2012 Summer Memories collection. This is my first time coloring her up since I got her from Cathy Lee's blog candy a while back. Thank You Cathy Lee! 
I've colored her up with my Copic Markers and have done all of the edges with Distress Inks.  For the background I printed the words from the song BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA (From the musical "For Me and My Gal" Harold Atteridge / Harry Carroll 1914) onto white cardstock.  Then I cut that into a seashell shape on my Cricut and stamped flowers and leaves with acrylic paints.  I inked the edges with Distress Ink and added pearls to the flower centers.  The palm tree is also cut from the Cricut.
I then punched waves of kraft and two shades of aqua and tied it together with a bow of natural cording and a little starfish charm.
I added sand from my grandson's sandbox to the base of the palm tree for that beach feel.  I made the flowers with my dies and punches and tucked a little seashell within them.
Here is a close-up of this little darling.  This was my first time coloring curly hair and despite the fact that I forgot to add highlights, I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.  :D

Thank You SO Much for stopping by and I really do appreciate your lovely comments.  All of the products I used are listed at the bottom of this post.  Have a great day and better tomorrows!

♥ Laura C.

Challenges I am entering:

7 Kids Anything Goes w/ Alcohol Markers
Crafting For All Seasons Bingo (Pink-Flowers-Blue, Blue-Twine-Lilac & Lemon-Pearls-Lilac)
Deep Ocean On The Beach
Dutch Magnolia Chickies Photo Inspiration
Lovely Haenglar & Sweet Magnolia Flower Power
Magnolia-licious Some Like It Hot
Marvelous Magnolia Anything Goes
Ribbon Girls Add A Bow
Stamp and Create with Magnolia Let's Get Wet
Tilda's Town Anything Goes


Stamps: Magnolia (Water Lily Tilda), CTMH (Thinkin' Of You, Flower, Leaf)
Inks: Copic Markers, Distress Inks, Memento
Papers: Bazzill, Recollections (Kraft), Georgia Pacific (White)
Dies/Punches: Cricut (Seashell, Palm Tree), Spellbinders (Fleur de Lis Squares, Floral Ovals, Rose Creations, Scalloped Ovals, Classic Ovals, EK Success (Tidal Waves), Martha Stewart (Frond, 3 in 1 Hydrangea)
Misc: Recolections (Hemp Cording, Starfish Charm, Pearl Stickers, Seashell), Deco Art Paint (Aquamarine, Green Foliage)

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Little Christmas In July

Hello My Dear Crafting and Blogging Friends!

It has been exactly 8 weeks since I last crafted and posted a card and I've missed it so much.  I've gotten a little too busy with planning my youngest daughter's wedding, which is next March, and it's amazing how fast the time is flying.  I have been quite sick with Strep and then a nasty cold for the past 11 days and so once I could function somewhat normally again, decided I would cheer myself up with some card making.

So I have for you today Edwin With Sack from the 2012 Magnolia Christmas Story Collection, paired up with the Snowy Roof (from the same collection).
One of my favorite Christmastime songs is "Up On The Housetop" and that was the inspiration for my card.  I colored with my Copics and then got a little crazy with the glitter.
I mixed up a glue and paint concoction to make a sort of texture medium for the fur on Edwin's coat and also for the snowy accents on the poinsettia and snowflakes, then added more glitter.
This is the first time I've used my Spellbinder's Poinsettia dies and I LOVE them!  I've also used the Sizzix Snow Flurries die by Tim Holtz and the MS Branch Punch.
For the finishing touches I added jingle bells to the ribbon bows, pearls to my snowflakes and poinsettia and then stamped my sentiment.
This is the sketch I followed from Papertake Weekly, only I flipped it.
Have you all noticed that some of the craft stores are putting in their Christmas merchandise already?  I don't know about you, but that makes my heart skip a beat in anticipation.  Oh, and the brochure for the Hallmark Ornament Premier just arrived.  Woo Hoo!  Our temps have been around 115 F, and there is no sign of it letting up soon, but the thought of Christmastime and "cooler" weather lifts my spirits, so a shopping I will go.   
I very much appreciate you stopping by and taking a look.  If you have a few extra seconds, I would love for you to leave a comment.  Take care, have a great day and better tomorrows!
♥ Laura C.
Challenges I Would Like To Enter:
Marvelous Magnolia Shabby Chic
The Ribbon Girls Two Backing Papers
Time For Magnolia Inspired By A Christmas Song - Up On The Housetop
Papertake Weekly Sketchy Free For All - I Used Sketch #60
7 Kids College Fund Red, White & Blue
Stamp And Create Christmas In July
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Stamp Magic For Men
Creative Inspirations Anything Goes w/ Ribbon
ABC Christmas M is for Mice or Men
Winter Wonderland 3 Snowflakes, 2 Papers, 1 Image
Card Mania Christmas In July
Craft your Passion Red, White & Blue
Detailed Supply List:
Stamps: Magnolia (Edwin With Sack, Snowy Roof), Hampton Arts (Merry Christmas)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), StazOn (Jet Black), Copic Markers
Papers: Bazzill (Red, White, Blue Cardstock), Scrap-Ease (Cool Pines), Susan Branch (Red Stripe)
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders (Layered Poinsettia), Sizzix (Snow Flurries), Martha Stewart (Branch)
Misc: Recollections (Bells, Pearl Stickers), White Seam Binding Ribbon, Glue, Acrylic Paint, Glitter
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