Friday, July 10, 2009

Paradise Found (in a card?) maybe, maybe not!

Wow is it Friday already?
I don't know about you but this Summer is whizzing by and I can't believe another week is almost over. When you see 10+ weeks of 3 children 24-7 stretching ahead of you it seems like an eternity but this time before we've known it it's almost 1/2 way gone!
It it still so hot here in TX, Wednesday the area broke a record for electric use so I can't bear to think about my utility bill :(
Anyway enough of my ramblings on to todays card.
This one caused my all sorts of headaches.
First I've never done a shaped card before and so I broke out my Wild Card Cricut cart (thanks for the reminder I had it Sharon :)). That sounds easy huh? well it would be but it took me a while to work out how to make it the right size, thank goodness for the "fit to page" option!
Then I needed a sea image. Well I was going to use a lighthouse stamp that I have but it didn't really fit with a shaped card.
So I went on a hunt through my digital site links, luckily I have a folder full of bookmarks from my digi travels.
I ventured over to the land of etsy and found the perfect image but of course I almost messed up my Paypal account in the process (my fault completely) so that was another near miss.
Then I colored the image and decided to cut out the fish, tiny goobers that they are it hurt my fingers. Of course then the pop dots were too big so I had to trim them.
Then I couldn't find a sentiment small enough to fit and you know I can't bear to leave a card "unspoken".
Then I added the dewdrops (thought they looked like bubbles) and glossy accents to the bubbles and the visor, I mounted the image and all was done, yes?
I asked my son if it looked "sealike enough" and he said "no Mum it needs more blue all around" (I had only shadowed the bear at that point)
Well once I commited to coloring the whole thing (I don't have an air brush you see) I didn't stop to think I may run out of ink. I struggled and then then this morning I managed to make it look decent enough I think (not all water is crystal clear is it?)
Still with me? I still wasn't finished and so I added the bling just minutes before photographing.
I'm still not completely happy with him but if I don't put him down I'll be a wreck.
So I don't really think he's Paradise Found but he'll have to do!LOL (plus he covers 6 challenges in one which I'll link to after you finally get to see him)

The image is from Doodle Palace and I colored him with my Copic's. Dewdrops from the floral dept and the rhinestones from Michaels $1 spot. The sentiment is Reminisce.

The inside is simple (after everything the front took my me!), the sentiment is another from the same sticker sheet.

I don't know if you can see the Glossy Accents on the bubbles, fish eyes and visor but they are there.

The challenges he covers are:
Flourishes - A feel of the sea
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Pop it up!
Scrappy Frogs - Under the sea!
Color Throwdown - Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Kiwi Kiss
Paper Blooms - Shaped Cards
All Sorts - Shaped Cards

If you got through all my ramblings then well done, pat yourself on the back and go and make yourself a nice cup of tea!
Have a great Friday!


Doodle Palace said...

Well, after all that he turned out just adorable! I really love the way you colored his swim trunks and the Glossy Affects on the bubbles, goggles, and fish eyes are too cute! Good Luck with your challenges and thanks for sharing your TOO CUTE creation!

KarenSue said...

he is precious!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Katie, your card is so cute that makes me giggle!

Lisa said...

Hi Katie, Great card! I love the image and your colouring is fab.

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

Lisa x

Debs said...

Great card - love the 'water drop rhinestones'
Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week
Debs xx

scotspanda said...

awww fab image, and I love all your details.

thanks for joining us this week at allsorts, hope you can join in with us again next week :o)


Amanda xx

Jules said...

Hi Katie

Wow - you have certainly put a lot of effort into your creation. (Dare I say that I even love your very inventive post title).

Those little fishes are just gorgeous.

Thank you for joining in the Allsorts Challenge - good luck - I hope you can play again next week.

Love Jules xx

LeAnne said...

Aw, I am sorry he gave you so much trouble, but he sure is cute and I'm glad you persevered!!! Adorable!

Leah said...

Your card came out so adorable! You did a wonderful job coloring and love the image, too cute. Thanks for joining us on Paper Blooms:)

Broni said...

This is adorable! I love the dimension and all the bling! The bear is so cute!! Thanks for playing along with us!

Barbara said...

Cute card! Thanks for playing the Throwdown! Hope to see you again next time!

Maureen said...

I think it turned out great - never would have imagined all those troubles behind it! You did a great job cutting out all those little bits!

Lelia Pierce said...

This is just too cute! Great job! Thanks for playing at SFCB!