Monday, July 14, 2008

A whale of a good time.....

Good Monday afternoon everyone!! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!! Or should I say FIN-tastic??? I just finished another card using the High Hopes new release stamps. I seem to be a bit partial to the sea life stamps, there are just SO MANY to choose from!! And there are so many sayings to go along with them!! Crissy did such a fabulous job with these images, & somehow she managed to make TONS of cards using these images!!!! Click on her name to check them out, she is just the best artist!!!!! Of course, I probably don't have to tell you that ~~ she's UBER popular on SCS already, well known as one of the masters!!!!!

Anyway, enough gushing about Crissy. On to the card I *finally* finished!

I used the whale, the starfish, the seaweed stuff, & the waves to make this card. I used tons of Bazzill Bling paper ~~ I just *adore* this paper!! I used the Cuttlebug swirls folder on the blue layer, although you can't see too much of it. Guess I should have made the card just a bit bigger (it's 5.5" X 5.5"). I colored everything with pencils & Gamsol & cut the starfish out. Then I used my Versamark marker on the water & embossed it with Iridescent Ice & clear EP. I wanted it clear & 3 dimensional, but I also wanted sparkle so I used both. I used little bits of Liquid Applique on the waves. I sponged the sky with So Saffron & Cameo Coral, added some ribbon & 3 little pearls I got from Ellen Hutson's store, & called it done!!!

As you can see from the last picture, I love to use dimensionals!!! I never used to, I used to just glue all my layers together. But then I saw a lot of cards on Ebay with lots of dimension & I really liked how it looked. so I had to copy :) You wouldn't believe how many packs of dimensionals I go through!! I prefer the 1/16" thick, which I can find at Joanns & stock up on when their adhesives are on sale!!


One word about my ribbon, because I've had a few comments & emails about them. I LOVE that you love my ribbons. *HOWEVER*, my ribbons are an attempt to copy Pam Bassett's ribbon blossoms, which I have not been able to do. So many of us have tried, we could start a club. We stalk her blog, Indigo Studio. We stalk her SCS gallery. There's a thread under "Tutorials" on SCS in which we chit chat while patiently waiting for word that she's posted the tutorial on her blog. Thank you for the compliments on my ribbon "blobs" (hers are blossoms, mine are clearly "blobs"). But all I'm doing is desperately trying to recreate something that one of my stamping idols does!!!

One more quick word ~~ I do sell my cards on Ebay. I generally get them listed over there a day or two after posting them here & on SCS, so if you're interested, the link is on my sidebar. And thank you to those of you who have already bought cards from me (you know who you are!!!) ~~ you all are so kind & supportive!!!!!!

Thank You 4

16 comments:

Lorraine said...

adorable images and wonderful card. thanks for sharing

Stephanie said...

Love your cards, your blog is great!

Cris A said...

Cut ecard. I love the detail on the whitecaps.

Jen said...

You are very talented...I couldn't color an image like that to save my life. And all the detail you put into it! Very lovely card!

Dragana Skoro said...

Did I tell you how glad I am that you've started your blog? Well, I am - very! This card is so adorable, I just might have to case it. LOL. Very nice work.

Niki_Meiners said...

love the layers

Trina said...

Beautiful cards!! I love the new release images too! And I often forget about dimensionals, but when I use them, am so impressed by how they look! Thanks for linking me on your blog!!

Elisa-Designertots said...

Hey , adorable card! I love those matted looking pearl drops in the waves. What are they made out of?Thanks for telling me how to sign up for the subscriber thing. When I am not pooped ( 11 15 pm here ) I will spend some time figuring it out.Would you do me a favor? By accident I deleted the group name you mentioned that I would like to go and visit and to learn about stamping. Would you be so kind as to leave the link to it in a message or comment? ( maybe it was a site and nto a group lol) I don't care which way you do it. Thanks. Your a peach! Hey! How about a peach card ?;)

Niki Estes said...

Such a cute card, Michelle! I love how you did the water with the glitter. It looks so neat!

Amy said...

Just stunning! I just found your blog via SCS and I am just in awe!

Ila said...

Absolutley Gorgeous!! I love all the dimension....and glitz!!
I go through dimentionals like water too..I will have to check Joannes next time I go over the border....meanwhile Trina and I joined in Jody Lynns Sticky sale at Confessions of a Ribbon Addict.

Katharina said...

Wow Michelle, This card is simply stunning!!! What a masterpiece. Love what you did with the water. Wonderful!

Tracy said...

I love this guy! You did a great job! I love the waves!

Amy said...

I ordered these stamps today! I can't wait to try them out! One question... how did you do such a great sky?? The colours are beautiful and its so consistant!

Heather said...

hi there! I'm new to your blog (came via High Hopes SCS gallery - all the pics I was clicking on to get a better look at were yours! :) ) and I just wanted to say I love your work. Will be adding a link to your blog on mine so I'll be visiting often!
Hugs
PS hope your hubby is starting to feel better

Amy said...

Ok, I realise I have commented on this card twice already but I still love it! I started making one similar on the weekend with your idea in my head of the whale above the water (it was the reason I got these stamps) then when I finished watercolouring I was so pleased I went to have a look at yours again and I did it almost identical! I cant believe it! I even did the coral and seaweed down the bottom in the same order! I am just shocked seeing as I haven't seen your card in ages and I was trying to put my own spin on it!

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