Sunday, April 19, 2009

Challenge Sunday

Happy Sunday!! Today is High Hopes Challenge #27 ......distressing & de-stressing!! I don't know, I was pretty stressed making this card, lol. I had to redo the flowers a few times, I couldn't get the plant leaves colored the way I wanted, & I dripped clear embossing powder where no EP should ever be. But, it did turn out all right in the end!!




For today's card I used Hopeful Ant, along with the High Hopes sentiment. I colored him with my Prismas & gamsol, & used Twinkling H2O's just on the plant. Those darn leaves.....grr....I think I finally got them looking halfway decent!! The papers are SU's Certainly Celery & K&Co Hannah. That was my very first K&Co pad & I've been hooked ever since. I went way back to SCS's sketch challenge #165 for the layout. I really rely on sketch challenges....on SCS & on the many challenge blogs. I stink at coming up with my own layouts!! Anyway, I distressed the heck out of all the layers, added lots of flowers & leaves.....some ribbon.....& at the very last minute decided I needed to use some celery colored pearls I bought at my LSS some time ago. They've been sitting on my desk, waiting to be used, & I think they are the perfect touch!




I used UTEE on the pot......& was trying to get a good picture of how smooth & shiny it is.....but I think I failed miserably. Another reason I was stressed, lol......I really like the light box I made, so I can take pictures at night, but I still prefer the natural daylight for taking pictures especially when I'm trying to show off something like embossing. Oh well, you can use your imagination :)



Please check out the High Hopes blog to see what the other Divas made!! As always, if you play along you have the chance to win some High Hopes goodness!!!

And of course........TODAY is the day the NEW STAMPS are being released!! They should be on the website as I type this.......click HERE for the site, then type "HOTP" into the search box. You will see all the fun new images pop up!! Have fun shopping, & have a terrific Sunday!!!

18 comments:

Gvendalen said...

Beautiful card and soo cute image!

Lacey said...

Very cute card! I love your coloring...you managed to make the leaves awesome!! I also rely on sketches...gotta love that someone else does half the work for you!
~Lacey

Jackie said...

What a cute card Michelle and your coloring is wonderful as always...love your layout too! tfs!!!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Look at you go, Michelle! You're a stampin' fiend!! Love this little guy! And your girl below made me laugh out loud!!!

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Great card Michelle! Love your colouring. That pot looks so real!! Lovely Papers too :)
Hugs,
Judy xx

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

So gorgeous Michelle, great layout and colours and your colouring perfect, love the flowers and little fern leaves, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Lin said...

What a gorgeous card, you have some lovely ideas.

Laura said...

Now you are really talking "high hopes"! That was one of my favorite songs and movies when Sinatra sang about the ant and the rubbertree plant. Your card is so colorful. I am blown away with your coloring. I'll bet your kindergarten teacher loved the way you colored! What's your secret?

Laura said...

Another gorgeous card, Michelle! I always love your challenge cards!

Ila said...

Totally Gorgeous!!..I love how you colored the ant...the leaves look wonderful!..the flowers and sketch are fabulous!...Hugs, Ila

Kelly Schelske said...

Super cute Michelle, man you can color with anything!!

Hugs, Kelly

Cheryl said...

This is just terrific, Michelle! I love the colors in the papers and especially love how yo've colored the ant and his plant!
Crazy about this one!

MollyD said...

You color choices and layouts for these sneak peaks have been great!!

Ellie said...

omg michelle, this is adorable, the image is darling, love your coloring and all the details you added.

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is just darling! The layout works perfectly for the image! (Thank goodness for sketch challenges...lol! I'm right with you!) :D

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Hi there!
Your cards are BEAUTIFUL! Much better than *I* could ever do!

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Kelly Haberstroh said...

Another beautiful creation!!! You are such an awesome artist!!! TFS!!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Although it is funny to say, Your ant is darling!! What fab coloring!!I love your distressing Michelle!! YOu are such an inspiration!! I am actually trying to play along with this challenge this week and am working on the fairy you sent me right now!!

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