Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ready for BEACH weather?

H-E-L-L-O   B-L-O-G-G-E-R-S!
Are you as ready for some sunshine as much as I am?
Well, that's where my mind is today and when I saw the new challenge
I just knew I had to play along!

I have had this Stamps Happen Inc., #50031 Collecting Sea Shells rubber stamp in my collection for YEARS!  And, it seems every time I decide to stamp/color it, I end up putting this adorable little girl in either a PINK dress or a PURPLE dress!  LOL!  What's up with that???
I do so much with digital images these days that it was actually quite nice to stamp
and color an image for a change.  I have ALL these wonderful stamps that
aren't shown much love lately ... really must do something about that!

 I've used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for my coloring.  Can you see the little 'sunburn' I've given her on her cheek, back & arms?    Once I got going on my design, I decided to pop up the image ... it just added more character along with the distressing and faux stitching.

My background panel is from the Basic Grey 'Wisteria' paper pad.  Another item I've had in my stash for years!  I only have a couple sheets left so have been rationing it.   I'm amazed I don't have more pattern papers with PURPLE as the theme since it is my favorite color and I find I use it a lot!  Hmmm ... have to make a note of that for my next shopping trip.

Speaking of OLD ... see the 'bling' at the bottom.  Those pink star fish have been in my stash since the beginning of my scrapbooking/card making days (something like 10 years now).  I had forgotten I had them until I started looking for the purple gems (also old) to place in the center of my flowers.  WOW!  Now that I'm really thinking about it ... there's a LOT of OLD stuff used on/for this creation!  That's a good thing!!

A few additional challenges I'd like to share with are:
Shopping Our Stash - Oh Shiny!
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Gem, Glitter, Any Bling You Fancy
The Artistic Stamper - Use Distress
ABC Challenge - F is for Flowers

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to stop by my blog and I hope you have found a bit of inspiration along the way!  Now I will leave you with what I see outside my doors today . . .
Calling for another 1-3" today/tomorrow.
Guess I'll just have to stay in my crafting cave and be creative!  
And honestly ... I'm quite happy to be able to do that!!

Papers:  SU Lavender Lace cs, SU Old Olive cs, SU Very Vanilla cs, Basic Grey 'Wisteria' dp
Stamp/Ink: Stamps Happen Inc., #50031 Collecting Sea Shells, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress
Accessories:  Tim Holtz distresser, ZIG fine tip markers, Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourishes #B117S & B291, Cheery Lynn Designs Tropical Leaves #B119, Cheery Lynn Designs Build a Flower #3 (B265), Spellbinder 'Fleur De Lis Squares (S4-318), Hobby Lobby Lavender organza wedding ribbon and lavender gingham check ribbon, Kaiser purple rhinestones, NO CLUE who made the pink starfish gems
Technique:  Faux Stitching, Distressing


Kates said...

Great card - the colours and texture are fantastic1 Thanks for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Add some Bling - Challenge #2. Kates x

Glimpses of My Heart said...

I love the dies cuts you used on this card! And the bling you found in your stash…perfect!! Thanks for playing along at Shopping Our Stash this week!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Dar, I just love this! The coloring is beautiful, and I love the little sunburn you gave her. The starfish embellie is precious. What a gorgeous card! xoxo

Glenda Brooks said...

Oh amazing to remember to give her a little sunburn! You are definitely dreaming of the sun aren't you. Love the look around your house. We had a beautiful snow but it was mostly gone the next day. Love the finished card and the colors and your coloring and all the sweet embellishments! So much attention to detail!!

Ann-Marie said...

A gorgeous card, beautiful colours and I love your flowers. Thank you for sharing over at ABC Challenge. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

Diane said...

Adorable, adorable!!! Love the colors for the sweet little girl, and her little sunburn...she reminds me of one of my granddaughters!! The starfish are so pretty, isn't it great to pull from our stash..LOVE this!!! Very pretty card my friend..thanks for always inspiring!!

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, this card is adorable. I love all the extras you added an your purple colors are perfect. Great job!!

Gramadonnie said...

This is such a wonderfully beautiful card. And to give the darling girl a touch of sunburn is genius. We haven't had as much snow as you, but it did dump 14 inches in one day on us. Everything screeched to a halt. It is melting now, so maybe Spring is not to far off. Loved your card. Hugs

Cathi ONeill said...

This is just gorgeous! Love the image and your colors! Thanks so much for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge :)

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge :)

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous image, stunning colors and colouring. Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Amelia (DT Sugar Creek Hollow)

Daniele said...

so adorable and I'm so loving those star fish thanks for joining us at SCH