Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Words of Encouragement . . .

Hello Crafty Friends!
Today begins a new challenge over on the Sisterhood of Crafters blog and our hostess is Vickie!  She has chosen a theme that EVERYONE can participate in ... I'm referring to


Since I had an open slate, I decided to print out some digi images (that deserved attention) and get busy coloring.  I've used my Spectrum Noir PENCILS for the coloring on this sweet image.  

This adorable 'Daisy' image is from the Inspired by Stamping Store and is actually one of the FREE images they offered awhile ago.    I liked the larger flowers for coloring and the encouraging verse is perfect!

I used pencils from three different Spectrum Noir pencil sets ... Primaries, Essentials & Floral.  Once colored I used a Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' die to cut and then mat.  But before removing it from the die, I used a large sponge and sponged around the edge using Tim Holtz 'Worn Lipstick' oxide ink.

I know it's difficult to see in the photo, but once my coloring was completed (actually after I had my card all put together and photographed) ... I decided the flower petals needed more 'character' so I used Wink of Stella on each petal.

That just didn't show up and give the petals the character I was looking for so I went to my container of Gelly Roll Glitter Pens and gave each petal a few strokes.  I'm very happy with the outcome and of course, it's so much prettier in real life.

The background was created using a scrap of cranberry colored card stock and the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Cathedral Lace Frame'.    

Today seemed to be one of those days that I didn't have all my thoughts together before putting my card together!  Because, after I already had my focus image matted and attached to the background panel, I decided it needed a ribbon ... good grief girl!  LOL   So, I carefully lifted the bottom of my focus panel and added a piece of pretty pink ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon store then made a double loop bow to attach on top.  Whew!   A few little dots of Nuvo Pink Crystal Drops and NOW my card is complete!

I hope you'll come join in our Sisterhood challenge fun!  Remember, the theme is Anything Goes so you have NO EXCUSE!!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - ATG
Lemon Shortbread Challenge - ATG
Try It On Tuesday Challenge - In My Garden
Ooh La La Creations Challenge - Flowers
Simon Says Work It Wednesday (Aug/Sept) - ATG

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a MARVELOUS day ahead!!!

As always . . .


  1. Very pretty card and I imagine it was fun to color for a change and the pencils give it such a soft and dreamy look, the touch of sparkle adds just the perfect touch!

  2. Beautiful image Darlene and the pencil colouring is pretty well perfect.xx [aNNie]

  3. Beautiful. I'm glad you added the ribbon. [Bunny]

  4. What beautiful colouring Darlene and all the added interests you gave to the card just made it perfect!

  5. Love, love, love this card, Darlene! Your coloring is beautiful!! You hit the details to showcase your stamp image perfectly. Thank you so much for inspiring me to try a digi image!!

  6. Oh, my gosh, Darlene, I love this image and card so much! Awesome coloring and it would have been pretty with or without the ribbon, but when you love ribbon it's hard to make a card without it. It finishes it off so nicely. I do love ribbon and that's why I have so much of it, but going bulk-free makes those bows almost impossible. Doesn't mean I can't use ribbon, though. Got to think about that for upcoming cards. I'd never heard of this store. Learn something new every day. Love your pretty pencil coloring and the glitter and the sponging around the edges!

  7. Really beautiful card with a great quote

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. This is beautiful and that sentiment is everything!!!

  9. Beautiful card. LOVE the greeting, and your colors are wonderful. Super cute card, and I adore that bow. The ribbon is gorgeous!

  10. Gorgeous, you did a beautiful job with the coloring on this, love the added shimmer, love the sentiment and glad it worked out with adding the beautiful bow!!

  11. This is so very pretty! Nice touch with the wink of stella! I love to add sparkle to my cards. The sentiment works well with the image and design of the card.

  12. Beautiful card, Darlene--love the sentiment & that fabulous pink ribbon!

  13. Its a lovely sentiment for your beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

  14. Such a beautiful card - love the bow thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Love your card Darlene.
    Hope to see you again on my blog.

  16. This is a beautiful card Darlene.... Have an awesome weekend!!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  17. Beautiful image and card; love the colors!

  18. Thanks for sharing your pretty card with us at Ooh La La Creations. Your flowers are gorgeous and I love the sentiment. Michelle x

  19. Very beautiful card. Love your color combo. Never would have thought to use these two colors together. Great job.

  20. This is beautiful, Darlene! Those flowers are gorgeous.

  21. A lovely card and a great sentiment,
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril x


Thanks for taking the time to leave me some love!