Thursday, July 24, 2008

Grateful for Challenges

Sorry I've been away so long.... I have been stamping a little this week but just haven't found the time to post or even blurf much. I'm not sure why this summer seems to be so hectic, but it just is. Is it just me, or do you all feel that way? This week our church is having VBS and I'm helping out each day ("Jerusalem Marketplace" is the theme this year, and my friend Kathy and I are shopkeepers and heading up the "Pottery Barn" -- super fun, but kinda messy, and very *warm* since all the craft shops are outdoors and we're having to wear these long tunics over our clothes that were no doubt the height of fashion back in the day -lol!). It's been a lot of fun seeing so many kids (over 100 of 'em, and it's only our first year!) having such a great time and learning about Jesus while doing it. ;) Tomorrow is our last day of VBS and my kids have had a wonderful time, but because I am so NOT a morning person {insert a really big yawn here}, I can't say I'll be sad to get to sleep in on Saturday. lol

Okay, back to the reason you're here.... ;D

I wonder if most stampers are like this...but if not for challenges, I don't think I'd stray out of my comfort zone very often. I'm pretty much a creature of habit, and I'm often too busy {and too tired} to really take the time to try new things and think outside the box too much. Not to mention most of my supplies are still securely boxed up in the basement just waiting for a place to call home, so they're not readily available and I can't hear them calling my name. ;) Maybe you can't tell, but this card is evidence that I sometimes need to be seriously challenged in order to give my brain a good workout where creativity is concerned (yes, I am certainly challenged in other areas as well, but we're not gonna go there right now -lol). I actually combined three different online challenges with one of my own. How's that for being seriously challenged?! lol

A couple weeks ago I received some Happy Mail from Kathy -- check it out! {Thanks again, Kathy!} In addition to being sweet, Kathy's also very talented and is a member of the Sarah Kay design team (and doin' some pretty good PR, I'd say! lol). Anyway, she sent me some of their super cute images (they're over there <---------) and this was my first attempt at coloring one.
I knew I wouldn't be able to use my markers on this paper (with my current skill level and because they're not Copics...yeah, it's because my markers aren't Copics, that's the reason -lol), so I went down to the basement and dug out my Prismacolor pencils and used some OMS for the first time (my self-imposed challenge). Now, as you know, I'm still not too comfortable with my coloring, so please don't look too closely. I'm not kidding.

The other three challenges I used as inspiration for this card are (1) Jen's Sketch for You to Try, (2) Our Creative Corner {dry embossing}, and (2) Color Throw Down week #2 (I had to do my best matching CTMH's paper colors with the selected SU colors: Pumpkin Pie, Cool Caribbean, and Barely Banana). Jen's sketch this week was really fun

and I love using my Cuttlebug embossing folders, so those two were fairly easy; but using my pencils with OMS is definitely something that will require a LOT more practice, and that color combination was quite a stretch for me as well. It's one I'd never have chosen otherwise, but once the card came together, I kinda liked the color combo.

The card's pretty basic, so the only thing that may not be obvious is that I colored the confetti flowers {thanks, Mom!} with my CTMH markers.

I wish I could go steal a little nap, but it's time to go check out the kennel where our doggie will be boarded while we're on vacation....

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

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):
Cardstock: White Daisy, Breeze, Buttercup, Orange (CTMH); Patterned Paper: (ret.) Orange large gingham (CTMH); Stamps: little girl with kitten (Sarah Kay), Say It in Style (CTMH); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Orange, Buttercup, Heavenly Blue, Desert Sand (CTMH); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), Odorless Mineral Spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew Cornell), Cuttlebug, Paisley embossing folder (Provo Craft), My Legacy Writer, sponge, (ret.) Apricot gingham ribbon (CTMH), word window punch (SU), Flame Dew Drop (Robin's Nest), Bridal Confetti flowers (Michael's), foam mounting tape, pop dots, glue dots


Chrissy said...

Adorable card. I can't wait to get my hands on these stamps, they are so cute. Love your card!!

Dawn Easton said...

Super duper cute!!!! Love it!
Thanks for playing along with us at the OCC!

Jeanne said...

I've been out of commission (well, okay...offline) for a week and am working my way through my huge number of blog postings on Reader. Can I tell you how ADORABLE this card is? Your coloring is awesome and I adore the color combo, as well as the stamped image.

Fantastic work, my friend!

Jeanette - said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!! Your coloring is fabulous too! Great job on the challenges.

Stamp Your Art Out said...

Girl, I don't know what you're thinking but your coloring is just great to me! I love everything about this card. I have to tell that I use your blog as my "cd player" LOL. We have exactly the same taste in music! It's stamping music to me!

Big hugs,

Maria Gurnsey said...

I love your coloring and your use of Jen's sketch. Cute card!!!

Barb W said...

This card is adorable! I think your coloring is fantastic~I zoomed in!~You did a great job, you should be proud. You did a fabulous job with the sketch and the color challenge,too.

Susan (rainy) said...

Yup I love those challenges, too. They are a huge boost to get the mojo fired up. lol
Your card is fabulous! That sketch is so cool.

Kathy said...

Thank you so much for the card Christi!! It is even more pretty in real life!! I was thinking that I never would have put these colors together when I seen it but in a good way because it really is a nice combo!!! Thanks so much again I am glad you liked them!!! (BTW ~ these stamps are actually Elisabeth Bell images from Sugar Nellie. Alot of people think that they are in fact Sarah Kay. If you want to see what Sarah Kay are you can go to Korin's store

Thanks again and no fret your coloring is beautiful!!!!

malieta said...

Your card is very pretty Christi and your coloring and embellishments are very lovely!