Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Glam'd-up Tyson

Okay, so this was my first time using watercolor paper and this image and so Tyson the Turtle isn't anywhere near as cute as she could be (I chose to pretend Tyson is a her today), but it was a good learning experience. I'm definitely gonna have to practice some more with my markers (no Copics...for now) and try out the waterbrush and my watercolor crayons too. This paper is SO much more forgiving when coloring in images than when using regular white cardstock -- I can't believe I haven't tried it before now! Oh, and BTW, Tyson is currently being featured as the Stamp of the Month over at Cornish Heritage Farms, so she's (yes, Tyson will be a 'she' for all intents and purposes today -lol) practically a celebrity. Of course April is almost over, though I hope Tyson's brush with celeb status will continue (15 minutes just isn't long enough for this something this sweet).

Okay, already...so without further ado, here she is in all her glittery glamour (NOTE: As you can see, she specifically requested that glittery polish when she went for her pedicure, but she also wanted to be sure you noticed she's even sporting some matching sparkly eyeshadow! lol): Granted, she's no beauty pageant winner, but (with the help of a lot of Eucalyptus Stickles) she's still pretty cute, don't you think? Can you just imagine her with some luscious lips, long eyelashes, and a cute little tail with a bow on it?! lol (Maybe the talented folks at CHF should just make a girlfriend for Tyson so we don't have to humiliate the poor guy by dressing him up like a girl. lol) Okay, I'll stop now. Sometimes I just get a little carried away. Sorry.

I used Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try this week: I'm really lovin' this one -- it was quick and fun to work with! If you give it a try, I'd love for you to add a link to it here so I can see what you've done with it.

I used patterned papers from the Memory Box Echo collection (I was going to set you up with a link, but I just noticed that the 6x6 pack is no longer available where I bought it). I lightly stamped the Scratched Grid in white pigment ink over the green strip on the right to create a bit more texture, and I zig-zag stitched the two patterned papers together (and also around the border of the Tyson panel to its mat). The three punched flowers are from the same purple polka dot paper behind the pop-dotted focal image, and the flower centers were some unloved (kelly green) brads embossed with white and then dipped in Prisma glitter while the embossing powder was still hot. The sentiment is stamped in Timber Brown Staz-On using two of Papertrey Ink's sets, Mixed Messages and Beautiful Blooms. The ribbons are both from the dollar bins at Michael's. I think that's about it for the details.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Echo collection (Memory Box); Stamps: Tyson the Turtle , Scratched Grid (Cornish Heritage Farms), Mixed Messages, Beautiful Blossoms (Papertrey Ink); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On, VersaMark (Tsukineko), (ret.) Sea Foam, Lavender, Orchid Bouquet, Baby Pink , Gray Flannel (CTMH); Other: ribbon (Michael's), Boho Blossoms punch (SU!), Eucalyptus Stickles (Ranger), brads (Making Memories), embossing powder (Stampendous), heat tool, Prisma Glitter, stipple brush, water brush, paper piercer (CTMH), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape


Patti Gingrich said...

Tyson looks great! Or maybe we should call "her" Tina. This is a really cute card Christi. I like the Stickle eyeshadow and nail polish...very sweet!

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog as well. I appreciate your kindness. :) ~Patti

Jeanne said...

"She" is simply adorable, Christi! Love your sense of humor and descriptions, too.

You've commented a few times that you don't know how I get the projects done that I post. Well, if you notice, I rarely have card posts during the week. I go out to my craft room on weekends and have a marathon of creating time. It helps that my girls like to "create" with me. Then there are the dry spells like this week where I've got "nuthin'" creative goin' on. :o) LOL

Carolyn King said...

this is precious...great colors and love the little flower accents!

Paula said...

Haha, I love how you glammed up Tyson! (S)he's really cute. I'm glad you enjoy my blog. Thanks for the kind comment! Do you mind if I link your blog on mine?

Barb W said...

Your Tyson is adorable! Clever you to dress it up as a girl, those toenails are the cutest! Thank you for sharing!

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments, I really do appreciate it!

Be Blessed!~Barb

Tracy Durcan said...

Wow! I love your work! This card is the cutest :)

Courtney Fowler said...

This is just too, too cute!

Julia Stainton said...

Ahhhh this is so sweet! Love it!