Monday, September 29, 2008

Another Happy Birthday card

Happy Monday!!!! And what a wonderful Monday it is!! Well, it's rainy & miserable here, but I had a FAB morning helping out at the school library!! I am SUCH a geek ~~ I am happiest when I'm helping out at school ~~ whether it be cutting & gluing for the teacher, shelving books for the librarian, or yes ~~~ even helping out with the food service in the cafeteria. This is the first year I've been able to give my time (now that both boys are in school) & I am loving it!!

Last night I played some more with the new High Hopes images. Too bad this card doesn't have brads, or I could have used it for yesterday's challenge! I could have been an overachiever, with 2 cards posted!!! LOL!!

For this card I used Warm Wishes, along with an older sentiment. I stamped the image onto watercolor paper, then colored it with my new Peerless watercolors. I'm getting there with these colors, & I *am* using my waterbrush, just without the water inside. I prefer to dip my brush into a small jar of water ~~ I'm sure it's an operator problem but I still get too much water on my brush. Yes, Anna, I'm swiping the brush on the back of my hand like you showed me :) But the water keeps coming as I'm swiping, lol!

So....the cake is stamped twice, cut out & popped up. I do like dimension! I added Stickles to the flowers on the cake, & to the dragon's fire. I used Bazzill Bling paper, along with Basic Grey Sugared. I ran a piece of the BG paper through my Cuttlebug using......say it with me......THE SWISS DOTS FOLDER!!! I do use my other folders, honest! I just happen to show the dots folder a little more love than the others. For the ribbon, I used a technique I learned on SCS ~~ in fact, it was my very first technique challenge I participated in. It's called frayed ribbon, & you basically just cut the little ends from your ribbon, & take out the insides. Gather all the pieces & tie a knot around them, then attach to your card like you would any ribbon. I tried to find the actual tutorial on SCS but can't find it on the Resource page. Guess I'm the only one that still uses it, lol!!

I hope you all are enjoying the new releases as much as I am!! I have many more to play with, but sadly they will have to wait until tomorrow. My house has been neglected all weekend, & as long as the kids are at school & it's raining out, I may as well use my time domestically & do some cleaning :) Have a wonderful day!

And PS ~~ yes, there is a picture of me on my blog now!!! They wanted one for the High Hopes blog, so I broke down & had my son take oh.....I don't know....50 or so? LOL ~~ sadly, this was the best of the bunch!! Can you say middle-aged frumpy housewife mom?


Gina said...

Such a beautiful card! I love the coloring on the dragon.

Katharina Frei said...

A wonderful card Michelle. Your colouration is perfect!!!
Also love the dimension on your card.

Laura said...

You look gorgeous!!! I am glad to see you!

Your card is terrific! Your coloring is so, so good!!!!!

Nicole's Scrappin' Corner said...

oooooohhhhhh I LOVE your coloring! You shade & highlight flawlessly. :O)
Copics are great but I still love the look of watercolor!

Niki Estes said...

This is adorable, Michelle! I love those colors and that cute dragon! I definitely see some dragons in my future. I'm waiting to see what the OCT special is and then I have to get my order together. It's great to "see" you, too!
Have a great day!

Dianne said...

Hi Michelle!
OMG you are just adorable!!! It's always so nice to see what someone looks like :) You son took a great picture!!
AND your card is wonderful!! That ribbon is really very cool! I made my first wish list for the new High Hopes stamps and others that I want and it's at ... well let's say I must trim it down a bit... maybe! That dragon is definitely a must have!!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Frumpy my butt!! You look awesome!! It's great to finally put a face with the name!!!

And your card is wonderful...your colouring is amazing as always!!! Great job!

Tammi said...

Frumpy?! No way, your so cute, it's nice to see you. :)

OMGosh gorgeous card!! Your colors are amazing, and your it! I'm glad you figured out a better way to watercolor, I never thought about not adding water, good idea!


What a lovely card, loving the image, and so beautifully coloured! Your photo is stunning! not a 50 plus mum, you look much younger and beaming!! Have a nice day. Hugs Linda x

Ila said...

Your card is Totally Fabulous and the watercoloring is Wonderful!! love the dimension too!!
Hey...I see you have a picture up...You are one Gorgeous lady!! this point I was expecting to see a Dracula!! I think your eldest son looks alot like you...especially the eyes. Thanks for sharing your pic...Now where did you say that frumpy middle-aged housewife was??..Hugs, Ila

Inge said...

Gosh I love your birthday dragon card Michelle:-D You've done an awesome job with the Peerless, wow!

So nice to finally see your picture too *waving*:o)

Inge xx

Tori Wild said...

Love the frayed ribbon and I "NEED" those peerless watercolors-- your coloring looks fantastic! And no frumpiness whatsoever.. I'm glad to finally see who I chat with all the time! :)

Trina said...

Your card is gorgeous!! I love your coloring...(I think your coloring is just wonderful):)
Love the colors and your dimension, I sometimes feel to lazy to do that, but it makes a huge difference!
I love your picture too, I don't think you look like a frumpy housewife...I actually have a secret, please don't tell picture on my blog is from around a year and a half ago, when I was almost 100 lbs lighter. There's no way anyone is seeing a current

Amy said...

Your watercolouring is astonishing Michelle... I love this card!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh what fun, superb coloring, love it.

Crissy Armstrong said...

Oh Michelle, this is so pretty! I love this card too! You are so amazing! And you know, my first reaction when I saw your picture was, "Oh, she is so pretty!" I bet your boys and DH think so too; so don't listen to whatever told you "frumpy middle aged housewife" because they were so obviously lying, or speaking of someone else!!

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