Hello friends and Happy Wednesday to you! What's everyone up to this week?? I really need to clean out and organize my craft room before it literally eats me ALIVE! No lie--it is ridiculously messy and I've had no time to put things away. I have about 7 or 8 boxes filled with new goodies that I have yet to go thru and find a new home for. I have the last 2 PTI releases still sitting in their boxes--the HORROR I tell you! Part of the problem is that I've just run out of room and I've had NO time the past 2 months to really clean it all out. I have ADVISED my hubby that I need a bigger room and we need to blow out the side of the house, but he didn't think that was such a great idea, LOL! So I plan on doing that within the next week or so because it is making me CRAZY--I hate clutter and my room is nothing but MESS, it's messin' with my mojo! I need to go to Target and get some more bins and just have at it for a day KWIM! Anyone wanna help me??? LOL---I'll pay you in free craft goodies and then we can sit and have some hot cocoa on my patio, ok!! :)
-Winner of my "Dreaming in Fall Colors" Blog Candy is Sharon F of Arizona!! Congrats & Email me with your address so I can get your goodies to you!
-Have you seen the new Grand Spellbinder's Dies yet? 7 Kids College Fund has them for pre-order HERE!!
-Blog Candy hidden somewhere in this post today :)
Today is another fun challenge for the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog! This time our hostess is Manuela and the challenge is "Layers & Flowers"--two of my most favorite things, hee hee! I used one of the absolutely BEAUTIFUL new Sarah Kay Fall & Winter stamps called "Rose Cuddling Winter Bunny"--see the whole collection HERE! They are just stunning and so sweetly drawn, and yes I got one of each, lol! Make sure to stop by the Challenge Blog to see all the DT's beautiful projects and see how you can join in to win something FUN!!
I decided to use one of my fave color combos of blues, cream and browns--great for winter and soothing too! My dp is by TaDa Designs (from last year) and I distressed all my edges with my Zutter Distress Tool--if you don't have one you NEED this tool! I love it--run your paper one way and it gets lightly distressed and run it the opposite way for heavier distressing. I love, love the new Spellbinders dies as well---I used "Beaded Oval Nesties" for my matting behind the image. (see all the new dies here-scroll down towards the bottom). I added some small pale blue pearls to each bead around the die-cut. I also cut my image out by tracing it with the die first and cutting by hand so I could have her boot stick out the edge and then I matted it with the entire die cut. The scrolls are by Marianne Designs and the sentiment is from PTI.
And yes she got colored with Copics--I colored her pants in brown and then actually used a Colorless Blender technique to make them look like suede by adding some blender to a pc of velvet and dabbing it on top of my coloring. I used E27,E25,E34,E31/B97,B95,B91 and to get the pale blue on her boots I used my Colorless Blender pen to pick up color from my B91. Then I topped her wellies off some diamond glaze for shine. The snow is Martha Stewart Snow Glitter (I LOVE this stuff for snow) and I also added some stickles to her hat, scarf trim and some snowflakes behind her.
The flowers were done by taking a snowflake punch (Martha Stewart) and some blue Prima roses and in between I punched cream flowers with my Nellie Snellen punches (love these). I inked the edges of the cream flowers with brown ink to match the overall look of the card and then attached them all together and added to the card.
Now for some Blog Candy to start off the soon-to-be Holiday Season! I've got a Stampavie Sarah Kay (same one I used but a new one, lol), Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather paper pad and a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and pack of Prima roses! Just tell me "What is your FAVORITE Wintertime activity?" by Friday to win!!
Make sure to stop by the 7 Kids Challenge Blog to join in the fun!!!