Friday, October 22, 2010

{abundant} blessings

It's Friday {night} --yay!  ;D 

It's been raining lightly and starting to get a little chilly here today, but I won't complain...it feels like fall {finally}.  The hubby's gone on an outdoor training weekend in the mountains to complete his Ass't Scoutmaster training, and I have a feeling it's going to be a lot colder {and perhaps a little snowy} there.  The kids and I have had a busy day, and they'll have me up and running early again tomorrow too.  Not quite the relaxing weekend "off" from my wifey duties, but we're gonna have fun.  Except for the part about having to get up early Saturday and Sunday.  Ugh.  But to ease the pain of it all -lol, I'm about to go whip up a crustless pumpkin pie for us.  Comforting, warming, and completely YUMMY!!  ;D

Anyway...here's a card I made for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge this week --in addition to following the sketch, the cards are supposed to have lots of sparkle to them as well.  Normally, I'd love that idea, but I had to think long and hard about how to make these pumpkins sparkle without looking weird. lol  Did I succeed?

With the gloomy weather, I couldn't get a great picture --the two crystals on the right side are actually identical in color to the ones on the rest of the card, but they look darker here. ;(   I tried to capture the sparkle by taking a closeup {and the crystals still look dark...bummer}, but I'm not sure it shows all that well in this one either.  :/

I used clear embossing powder to stamp the image in before coloring it up with Prismacolor pencils.  It gave it a little shine, but not enough.  So then I added some Stickles here and there, and I'm actually liking how it turned out. ;)  {It really does look quite a bit prettier in person.}

Well, I'm off to the kitchen {yet again -lol}.  Hope you're having a nice relaxing evening too.  ;)

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

Economy boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Autumn Terracotta, Olive (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Pyrus 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Bountiful Harvest (Verve)

Ink:  Vintage Sepia VersaFine (Tsukineko), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Pumpkin Harvest embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Lt. Col. (whatever that means??) Topaz crystals (Swarovski for Jolee's), Spiced Marmalade Stickles, Scattered Straw Distress Stickles (Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge (CTMH), tan sparkly ribbon (American Crafts), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sandpaper, sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

6 comments:

Sharli said...

This is wonderful - it's those amazing pumpkins again (dag nabbit - I'm going to have to buy those!!) -
I love the sparkle you added! It's not too much but would definately qualify in my book. Beautiful!

Um, I wonder if you'd share the crustless pumpkin pie recipe? I {{heart}} pumpkin pie - my #1 - and the doc has me experimenting with a gluten free diet right now . . . ugh.

Hugs!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous, Christi! You've added just the right amount of sparkle, in my humble opinion.

Hope you have a fun weekend with your kiddos. Sounds like food-wise, you'll be great...crustless pumpkin pie?! Hubby will be sad to have missed that, I'll bet!

Pat said...

Love the card! Your choice of paper and embossing is perfect, and I love the change-up of stitches on your focal piece, too. Everything about it is wonderful and the amount of sparkle is plenty -- after all, they ARE pumpkins, you know ;-)

Carolyn King said...

Beautiful card Christi! LOVE the embossed panel and the rectangles in the bg---the pumpkins are colored beautifully too!

Barb said...

WoW oh WoW! I love pumpkin anything...images candles, cards, pie...and you have done a great job with this image! Just a hint of sparkle...really nice. I love the bg paper, goes great with the Autumn Terracotta. And that ribbon has my mouth watering, as does the sound of your pie. LOL!

Jan said...

Beautiful Autumn card!