Sending Birthday Wishes

    Happy Wednesday!  If you are like me, the day before Thanksgiving tends to be a bit hectic but it is all good! So much to be thankful for, so wherever you are and whoever you are sharing the day with, I hope you have time to slow down, breathe and savor all that is good in your life! I know in light of the recent hurricane, there will be many for whom this day will be difficult. They will continue to be in my prayers.
     I am also sharing my DT card for this week's PAPER SHELTER challenge.  This week, the theme is HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I bet that is the occasion for which we make and send the most cards. I know that is true for me.  As always, THE PAPER SHELTER awards a $30 prize voucher to a challenge winner who uses a Paper Shelter image on their project, but you can still enter with ANY image you choose. If you do, you can still win 3 Paper Shelter images of your choice, so good luck!

     For my "Clean and Simple" card, I selected a cute digi image that is so versatile... it can be used for many occasions, not just birthdays, and the possibilities for merging it with many other stamps is endless...This image is called "Romantic Mailbox." 
     My card base is Stardream Metallic by CutCardstock.  Again, I can't rave enough about how incredible this 12x12 cardstock is in terms of how easily it scores (no cracks) and how sturdy it is for all the layers and embellishments. I use both the Crystal (white) and Opal (ivory).  The paper has a beautiful iridescence to it as well.  The mats are from Bazzill - both "Bling" and the 6x6 package.  I printed the image on Make It Colour Blending card and colored the entire image with copics.  I added some polka dots to the hearts on the letters with the Sharpie fine point paint pen and created some clouds with my handmade template and Pebbles Iridescent chalk.  (Tip: After I apply the chalk against the cloud template around my image, I run the very tip of a chalk eraser "through" the clouds in one direction and very lightly to create "lines" and pull some of the chalk through the skyline.)  The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.  The heart pearls and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The ribbon, lace and large heart button are from my stash.
     Thanks for visiting and always for your kind comments. Please stop by The Paper Shelter blog and see what the Design Team has created to inspire you... then please join us in this week's Happy Birthday challenge!  Last, I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.   Among the gifts I am blessed to celebrate this holiday are your support, creativity and friendship- for that I am so very grateful!

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The Greatest Strength

     Just dropping by to share a card I made this week for the Saturated Canary "Fairytales" challenge... All fairytales have a princess in them, right? So for my card, I chose Krista's "Princess Honor."  I also selected her because of her "warrior" look and I was eager to play with that type of image. This was not an easy image for me to color for many reasons...first I decided to clean the nibs of my often used "E" copics by soaking them in alcohol which is great, but I think I did not let them dry well enough so that when I put them back into the sketch case and colored with them, they were diluting the ink I just lay down. Ugh! Lesson learned!  It may have also been responsible for a lot of ink seeping over some lines,  so you will see quite a bit of "white" inksentialls pen and white sharpie in some places!  Still I just love this image and it helped me practice coloring hair (thanks Suzanne Dean and Zoe McGrath for your "hair" tutorials and pdf's) and "large and small spaces"...after about 7 or 8 attempts, I stayed with this image and here is my card....
     Something about this image really moved me- maybe it is her strength and yet her tenderness evidenced by the butterfly on the tip of her bow and those big eyes, but I really like it!  I searched for some Native American quotes on strength and honor and I stumbled on this one by the Iroquois which I think sums up what this image is saying...I printed it out using a free font I downloaded from DaFonts called "Jellyka Western Princess" into MS Word.  I simply put in search words such as "western" or "princess" and these fonts come up for selection. Simply download to your desktop and then right-click "install" which imports the font right into your word program!
      "Princess Honor" was colored with copics- primarily E81, 84 and 87 (and a little YG93/91) for her top and gloves and YR 24, 23, 21 and 20 with some deeper E's (99, 97 and 23) to deepen shadows on her skirt. By playing with many shades on her skirt, I hoped to achieve a "suede" look. By that I mean I left some areas looking "unblended" and blotchy to mimic how the light plays with the nap of seude fabric.  I colored some clouds with a handmade cloud template and some Pebbles blue iridescent chalk. The design paper comes primarily from Basic Grey's "Curio" and the burnt orange dp from another Basic Grey pad that I don't recall!  The cardstock is PTI's "Smoke" and it is a great black/brown color!  Flowers and metal corner are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  For the "embellishment" on the right, I used a tip from Dena Concienne's "Cornelia" card  (another Saturated Canary image) and the cut some "twigs"  from a Fall wreath now hanging over my fireplace and wrapped some twine and a heart button around it! Necessity is the mother of invention!! .
    A close up, warts and all...
Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Have a great day. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

"Calgon..Take Me Away...."

     Wow, remember that television slogan for Calgon Bath Beads?  (notice I didn't say bubble bath?)  I am certainly dating myself... but the product is still around (link above)!  Isn't it the truth?  Nothing is so wonderful as a hot, bubble bath!  When was the last time life slowed down enough to do that? I am hoping that those still without power will be putting a nice hot bath on the top of their list of "things to do" once life gets back to normal.  For some, unfortunately, that will be a longer journey..especially as a Nor'easter storm is due to arrive today. My school will be closed again because of the wind and rain and I am hoping no more damage and loss occurs with today's storm...
    A brighter bit of news is that it's Wednesday and that means another great challenge at THE PAPER SHELTER.  This week's challenge is "ELVES AND FAIRIES" and The Paper Shelter sure has a lot of elves and fairies to color!  As always, The Paper Shelter awards a $30 prize voucher to a challenge winner who uses a Paper Shelter image on their project, but you can still enter with ANY image you choose. If you do, you can still win 3 Paper Shelter images of your choice! 
     For my card, I selected "Magic Bubble Bath" - a digital image that comes in PNG and JPEG format as well as with design paper.  My little elf is colored with copic markers and a lot of Deco Art Glamour Dust... 
     Don't you just love the sentiment? 
 I found it online and computer generated it for this card. One blogger (forget who) shared a great website called that I just love.  You simply type in whatever you want (a word or sentiment or a long passage...) in the box that says "wordmark" and then click "load fonts."  Easy peasy and then you see your sentiment in all different fonts that you already have on your computer on ONE page!  It features positive and negative selection, too!  Now, while you can not paste the one you want in a document, you can note the font you like and then go back to your WORD doc and just retype the sentiment and choose the font you noted in It is really a fast and convenient way to see how your sentiment looks in different fonts!    
    The design paper I used is called "The Bright Side of Life" by Scrap Cake Papers.  The blue strip across the floral paper is from a DCWV paper pad called "Be Mine".  The papers were matted with Bazzill cardstock and Kraft cardstock.  All edges were distressed with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain ink.
  The metallic corner and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and, once again, I colored the silver metallic corner with Acrylic white paint and glitter.  Pearls and cheesecloth are from my stash and the die is from Cheery Lynn called "Fanciful Flourish" that I cut out of ivory pearl cardstock from Joanns.  I also attached some fun opalescent "plastic bubbles" from Dress it Up buttons  (Michael's) over the bubbles in the digi image. I applied Glossy Accents to the bubbles in her hair, bath and water under the jug.
    A close up:
   Why not stop over to The Paper Shelter blog to see what the Design Team has created to inspire you?  We look forward to seeing your "elf and fairy" projects this week. Remember after posting your project to The Paper Shelter Challenge blog, please link back to the challenge on your blog post.  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!


Prayers for You...

     Today I am posting a card that is really my way of channeling my prayers and sadness for all those families who lost their homes, dearest possessions and, in some cases, their loved ones, to this storm.  My school is closed and gas stations are running out of gas, so I am home grateful that I have power back.  As I watched the news, I find myself in awe of the stories of courage and compassion.  I am also moved by the suffering of so many. ... if nothing else, these stories remind us how blessed we are and allow us to reassess just what we complain about! I will be watching the benefit concert tonight and making my small pledge donation to the Red Cross to help...
     For my card, I used a rubber stamp I never got to ink up called "Grieving Cherub" by Whiff of Joy. I thought this little angel was perfect to represent both the sadness I feel but also the hope and protection that angels always symbolize to me and that I am "sending" out to all those who are still suffering.  This little angel is colored with copic markers and die cut with a Spellbinder circle die.

     The design paper is "Cottage Charms" by Whimsy Stamps.  The die behind the angel is from Joy! Crafts Rectangle Die.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts and the silver metal corner was covered with Tim Holtz white pearl dabber paint and glitter.  Pearls are from Recollections Bling on a Roll and the "Rain" drops are from Cloud9 - love these; very glittery and all different sizes. The edges of the dp and the Kraft cardstock were distressed with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain distress ink.  Clouds behind the angel were made with Pebbles iridescent chalk. The die cuts and image were coated with Deco Art Glamour Dust.
     Thank you for your kind comments, especially as we got through this week.  Praying for healing for all those affected~


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