Friday, July 11, 2008

Penny Black kitty

Good morning everyone!! Wow, did we have some storms here last night!!! Cracks of thunder & lightning, & some very loud rain made for a sleepless night for me! With all the flooding last month around here, I'm sure all that rain was the last thing some folks needed!!!

I did get to finish my card last night. Nothing special, just another adorable image from Penny Black. I actually picked this one up at a rummage sale at my LSS earlier this year. I love *all* Penny Black critters, & I'm usually lucky enough to find one or two at this rummage sale that they have twice a year. I used LAST weeks sketch from the Friday Sketchers blog, of course now they have a new one posted today. I'm usually a week late :) Click here to see *this* week's sketch. I love sketches ~ the hardest part of making a card for me is coming up with layouts, so I appreciate the people who take the time to post sketches on their blogs, the people who create sketch blogs like Friday Sketchers, & of course SCS, which has a sketch challenge each Wednesday.

Since I'm still trying to figure out how to make my pictures larger when they are clicked (I did try uploading them a different way today), I included a close up of the embossing I did. I used Colorbox black pigment ink to stamp the image onto watercolor paper, then embossed it with Ranger clear Embossing Powder. I generally will emboss the image if I plan on watercoloring it. And watercoloring for me means using my SU markers & blender pen. I canNOT color with ink refills, nor can I use that darn Aquapainter. I always get too much water! I even tried stuffing the end with a small piece of sponge like some recommended, but I still get wayyyy too much water. If I want to use water I will use a regular old paintbrush dipped in water. But I like my blender pen, I'm able to control it a lot better.

After coloring it I punched out a bunch of flowers with different punches using Bazzill Bling paper, one of my very favorite papers. Put them all together, added some Dew Drops in the lower left corner & added some Stickles to the flowers. All done!!!

And lookie what I woke up to ~~ an email from Inky Antics announcing the July special. Does the card of the week look familiar??????

Ok, I'd better get started on my day. I am getting my older son's room ready to paint & we have to take everything out. He's been busy for the last few weeks putting all his junk.......I mean, precious belongings.......into bins. Today we have to fill about 2 more bins, take stuff off the walls & start taking furniture out. He will bunk with my younger son for the next week or so.......I'm envisioning a few giggly, sleepless nights in the near future!!!!


Niki Estes said...

This is so cute, Michelle! I love the punched flowers, too. Love your new header, too. I love frogs! (Ok, that was a lot of love. )

Jovita said...

Michelle too cute. I also love sketches, I have a hard time coming up with a layout... I could sit looking and rearranging all the pieces before I come up with a layout... it takes me FOREVER!

Love the card and I like the little white dots you added to the cheeks. Thanks for sharing your water-coloring "technique"... maybe I'll give the blender pen a try.

Your new header and blog color change looks awesome! Aren't you glad you started a blog?!

Ila said...

I love sketches too...and always seem to be late. Some of the Friday sketches I missed are so good though I still plan on doing them later anyway.
Your card is Super Cute.....Fun...Fabulous...I love it...and... Congratulations!! on your card being the card of the week.....Your a Star!!...(but I knew that already!!)

Laura said...

This card is so great!!!! You are super talented and your cards are a dream!!!!!!

Maria said...

Michelle, this is adorable! I love the image and your colouring. The punched flowers are perfect.

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