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Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Crissy Armstrong has started a new bi-weekly challenge blog recently called "Sundays with Crissy", She has talent beyond my creative thinking and I enjoy her inspirational ways~~Thanks Crissy!!  I purchased this gorgeous "Lion Hugs" digital image by Crissy yesterday from Squigglefly.  Then I decided to enter her challenge.  I used the anniversary sketch at MMSC52
I will show all pics and then explain at the end!! I just love this image Crissy~~thanks hun :))   ENJOY!!!! 

Card without tag inserted :D

The dotted Background tutorial can be viewed Here By Crissy Armstrong :)

I colored the image with Copics and tried a new technique on both the lion (flicking with markers) and the lamb (dotting with markers). I have been scoping out Melanie Holtz's Blog~~Paper Blessings and I love her coloring with Copics -- If you have never visited her blog~~IT IS A MUST!!!!  After coloring the image I decided to try my hand at background dotting to soften and pop the image.  Let me know what you think :))  Cut out image with Peony spellbinder and then cut a circle and punched around it with MS traditional eyelet corner punch (green matted piece under image). Bottom matted red piece is a large peony die CB with the Swiss Dot folder and then enhanced the dots with my Sakura Glaze Pen.  I am sorry i am not sure what the dp is b/c I won it on blog candy!! Yeah!!! The removable tag was made with Sizzix tags Die and added freebie sentiment--see below--using SU tag punch.  The paper ribbon was punched with MS traditional eyelet border punch~~matching set with the corner punch I mentioned earlier~~~then ran thru CB with swiss dot folder and took TH vintage photo ink pad and swiped over dry embossing--love the look!!  Sentiment~Love one another~(see below) was also a freebie--I punched out with SU modern labels punch and matted and accessorized with Wild Orchid Rose and BG Rhinestones.  Finished card with more BG Bling, Heidi Grace icons in upper right corner and Making Memories Brad

Challenges Entering:
Sundays with Crissy #2~~  Dots -May 9
MMSC52~~ sketch above - May 11
Lexi's Creations #13~~ feature animals - May 15

The Sentiments are from: Each Card Tells A Story and  Digital Doodling~~they are free downloads~~THANKS!!!!

Stamps:  Squigglefly digi by Crissy Armstrong, Phrases are digi's from Each Card Tells A Story and Digital Doodling
Paper:  Cardstock from my stash and Gifts from Blog candy winnings :)
Ink:  Computer, Copics, TH Vintage photo Distress Ink and Sakura glaze pen
Tools: Spellbinders Circle and Peony Nesties, SU punches, MS traditional eyelet punches, Sizzix tags die, and CB swiss dot folder
Embellies:  BG rhinstones, MM brad, HG Icons, Rose and ribbons



Kim said...

Oh my goodness Mom this ROCKS! I can definitely tell you have been studying Melanie's artwork...and holy cats yours is just as great at hers! LOVE all of the texture in your coloring...your animals both look so alive! You are a COPIC Queen!

Priscilla said...

Oh Mary Lou..this has got to be one of my all time faves of yours. I am loving that is just adorable. I will have to swing over to her blog right after this comment.. thanks for sharing and you rocked the sketch. Love the dots too. Ok, here is a heads up and a personal invitation to our PARTY :)
Where: MMSC53 Post
When: Next Tuesday May 11th
Theme: Dance Party
We are celebrating next week with a Dance Party? Do you have the moves? Better get that Party dress out of the Dry Cleaners and dust off those dancing shoes. Party will last all week and we will have a Dance contest, door prizes, best dress etc. Don’t miss out on all the fun and be sure to loosen up those hips. Oh and it’s BYOB (Bring your own bootie) lol {{Shake}}(_|_)(_\_)(_|_){{shake}} (_/_)(_|_)(_\_)(_|_)(_/_){{skake}}your bootie.
Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.
MMSC Hostess

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow what a adorable card you have created! Love your coloring and shading! Make sure that you check out all of our celebrations through out the entire month! We will be having a wonderful party with lots of goodies! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madness.
Midnight Madness DT

cats whiskers said...

Hi Sweetie this is just so sweet I love the colours you have used on here, thanks for your lovely comments
Jacqui x

Lexi said...

oh how fabulous :D Thanks for playing at Lexi's Creations

Hugs Lexi xxx

Lovely Linda said...

Wow Mary ou you rock with this card! That image is just too adorable and you have coloured it to perfection! You have mastered the colouring! What a great take on this weeks MMSC, your details are amazing - Mary Lou - this ia fabulous and I am loving it! We are so glad you could join us for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Blogaversary Celebrations! There is so much happening this month - we would love to see you next week - we are having a DANCE PARTY so get out your dancing shoes and get ready to 'kick up your heels' and shake your 'bootie'...
LOL! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

Carol said...

What an awesome image so perfectly colored. Your background papers are just lovely. What a fitting tribute to our Anniversary celebration. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Midnight Madness this week. You don't want to miss all the month long Blogaversary celebration!

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}
Midnight Madness Design Team

Chelsea said...

Oh Wow! this is gorgeous Mary Lou! Your copic technique is wonderful. I need to start flicking and dotting with those copics now! Just so beautiful.

Melanie said...

Hi Mary Lou! First of all, I have to say thank you for linking me up on your post, and for saying such sweet things! You really are too kind. I had no idea that you were Kim's mom!! I love popping by Kim's blog to see what gorgeous projects she's been working on.

Your card is absolutely stunning! That was a fantastic sketch to follow. Your colouring is beautiful. You created amazing texture on both the lion and lamb. You also acheived fantastic depth with your shading, which really makes the image pop! I love it!!

Thanks again, and happy crafting! I'll be sure to pop by again soon to see what you're up to!



(Oh...Happy Mother's Day!)

Tracey said...

Fantastic card Mary Lou!

Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations & Good Luck!


designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Mary Lou, this card is just beautiful in every way. Your coloring is outstanding and I love the way you dotted the outside area. Your color combo is really gorgeous and the dp stunning. Fantastic work on this weeks sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with us again this week.

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow Mary Lou this is utterly awesome!
Such a fantastic creation!
kim x

Crissy Armstrong said...

This is so cute! I love the layers and the removable tag! Lovely dotting too! Thanks for playing at Sundays With Crissy!

autumn0725 said...

This is awesome, love the hidden tag! Thanks for joining us at lexi's this week!

Emma and Susan said...

What a great card Mary Lou, your colours are fabulous!
Thankyou for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.
Love and Hugs
Emma and Susan

AMIT said...

Awesome work it is.

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