Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not quite what I had in mind!

Here I am ;) Did ya miss me? ;) Summer brings new schedules, routines, to-dos, and lots of time with my kiddos, so I haven't been blogging or stamping as much. I know, {gasp}, but I am enjoying the summer to the fullest, it always ends way too soon for me! All sorts of new goodies from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog, will be coming my way shortly, so I'm sure I will be more than eager to play a bit and of course share :)

Jeesh, it hasn't been that long, but already I am a bit rusty. Don't ya hate when that happens?? I'll share my 'rust' with you anyway, is that ok? The colors were definitely a bit of a challenge for me, so can I blame my rust on my 'failed' color challenge?! 'Nough complaining... PPA50 challenge today is So Saffron, Choc Chip and Basic Gray.
I chose the very versatile set Elements of Style - such beautiful images and really, I think you can do any occasion with it!
*The Circle Scissors Plus is the perfect must have tool for making circles. I love this tool!!! Cut out circle from Watercolor Paper (approx 3" diam)
*Inked up the floral image in Choc Chip ink and stamped on Watercolor Paper. Using my Aquapainter, I lightly went over some of the choc chip to blend into the flower and stems - left it to dry a bit
*On my standard So Saffron card base, I stamped the flourish image in Choc Chip and highlighted with my White Signo Gel Pen. Distressed the edges of the card with more Choc Chip ink using my dauber
*Sentiment was inked in Basic Gray between flourishes
*Bird image was inked in Basic Gray and stamped off once to get a softer/lighter image. Snipped out my bird with precision using my paper snips. Daubbed the edge of my bird with more choc chip ink
*Returned to my floral image and 'painted' my yellow roses with So Saffron reinker. TIP: kreate depth and division of florals with darker and lighter flowers. Use a dryer brush for a darker pigment. When completely dry, go back in with your coordinating marker to highlight/darken an area.
* Added a little Vanilla Smooch Spritz to the floral image and placed on dimensionals.

Hmmm, what went wrong? Looked so much better in my head. LOL Can't win 'em all!

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Kris Kilcoyne said...

What do you mean rust? This is gorgeous!! Really, it is.

I personally love it.

Lori M. said...

its beautiful!

Ann Schach said...

Very,very pretty! I love it!

Linda Callahan said...

Nothing rusty about this - you are like a well oiled machine ......smoooooth......This is beautiful!

Carla Bazhenow said...

I love it!!! A gorgeous combination! Hugs,

Pam~ said...

Your card is elegant, pretty, etc. Great job with the color challenge. Have a great day and enjoy those kiddos. Summer is my favorite time of year 'cause I get to spend so much time with my children...and they 19 and 17.

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

This is so absolutely stunning! Gorgeous and elegant. XOXO

Cards by Gina said...

Ooooh, Kim, your card is gorgeous! I love it so much!

Martha said...

You are your worst critic! Love the card and how you handled the color challenge.

Margaret Moody said...

You certainly did not fail with this color challenge, Kim! You've excelled! This is gorgeous! You used some of my favorite stamp sets! Love how you featured the flowers in the circle as a focal point! Beautiful little bird, too! No worries with this color combo! You've got it down just fine! Thanks for sharing!