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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! (And a challenge for you!)

Hello and good morning, crafty friends!

I want to wish you right now a healthy, happy, and CRAFTY New Year!  May we all get as much crafting time as we can stand, and may all of our significant others be as tolerant as saints when we disappear into our craft rooms.  Hear, hear.

The New Year is already starting off on the right foot with an entirely new and exciting challenge over at Tuesday Alchemy.  Challenge #47 is all about Hopes, Dreams and Resolutions, and your project must show your hopes, dreams &/or resolutions for the new year. Easy enough, right?  You KNOW you have at least one hope for the New Year.  Or dream. Or resolution.  I know I do.  Before I go further, let me tell you about the prizes involved:

$10 GC
7 Digital Images

So run, don't walk, on over to Tuesday Alchemy and let us see what you can dream up!

My card this time is a resolution, one that I've been working on my whole life.

Yes, that's right, patience.  I have to say I tend to get impatient from time to time and have to force myself to slow down and try to relax.  With traffic, noise, weight.  You get the idea.  I can't have everything my way all of the time, all at once (though that doesn't stop me from trying), so I try to just settle down and let things work themselves out.  Patience.  Must work on that.  AGAIN.

This was a simple card this time.  CAS.  No heavy embellishments, no multiple layers upon layers.  Sometimes you just have to do things simply.  I started out with a single base layer, then added a wide strip of patterned paper from Echo Park and a strip of red punched with a MS punch.  

The image, Cat and the Fishbowl from Guylou's Inimitability, was first cut out with a circle die and then was colored with watercolor pencils, and the fish was colored, fussy cut, and then glazed with Glossy Accents and adhered on a dimensional to pop it up a bit.  The cat actually looks cross-eyed with the fish popped up like that.  I colored the little "rocks" with Gelly Roll  pens in various colors, and then  I glazed kitty's eyes with Glossy Accents and put a couple of dots of Ranger black Enamel Accents in the centers. Then I adhered the image layer onto two graduating  layers of CS.

I colored the bowl and base ever so slightly with blue pencil, but I can see here that it doesn't show up very well.  Hmm...

The sentiment is computer generated in a speech bubble and has been popped up on dimensionals.

And that, dear friends, is today's card.  Have patience (ha!), I will be back with my more elaborately embellished pieces now that the new year has begun and things are starting fresh again.

Thank you for stopping by today, and here's wishing you a wonderful, happy, safe and FUN new year!  

Happy crafting!!


Stamps: Cat and the Fishbowl (Guylou's Inimitability), computer-generated sentiment
Ink: printer
Paper: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Echo Park Everyday Eclectic
Accessories: watercolor pencils, paintbrush, Glossy Accents, Enamel Accents, Gelly Roll pens, MS punch, Dienamics Circles Stax 1 and 2

Challenges entered:

Simon Says - Totally Mad (no rules) Tea Party (anything goes) 
Tuesday Throwdown #128 - Bright and Happy New Year
Simon Says...Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Divas By Design #66 - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenges #51 - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy #79 - Furry Friends 
Eclectic Ellapu #10 - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant TPE180 - Anything Goes


Mum of 4 said...

Cute card, Shea! Best of luck to you with your New Year's Resolution. You can do it!!!

Renate said...

The image and sentiment are just brilliant! Might have to make that my own resolution. *lol*
Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week! Best wishes for the new year! :)

Wendy Fraser said...

Oh what fun, really made me smile! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy xx

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Hey Shea,
Great card and a wonderful resolution to work on. I think all of us could do with a tad more patience in our pockets. Just love the image you used and the simple design of the card works really well.

Happy New Year!

Lisa D., TA Team A

Lin said...

A great New Year's card, Shea! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

Linda Wilkinson said...

Shea this card is so cute!!!!! Just love your ideas!!!!!

Happycrafter Shell said...

I love this card, so fabulous colours and that image is great!
Hope 2013 is a great year for you.
Shell xx

zub momi said...

What a fun card! Love the colors,image, sentiment used and your New Year Resolution!
Best Wishes & Happy New Year to you :)

Lee-Anne said...

Yes, can I relate to the Have More Patience resolution, Shea! Everything needs to happen NOW...right? Adorable how you colored the cat...especially the eyes! Hope 2013 is a truly special year for you!

Tracey Anne said...

I love your card Shea, you always pick the nicest colours and keep it simple (I never know when to stop) , and the cats eyes look so real!! hope you had a fab christmas, love to you and your family xx

butterfly said...

That's hilarious - love the New Year's Resolution you've provided for the fantastic image - great card! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.
Alison x

butterfly said...

That's hilarious - love the New Year's Resolution you've provided for the fantastic image - great card! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.
Alison x

butterfly said...

That's hilarious - love the New Year's Resolution you've provided for the fantastic image - great card! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.
Alison x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous.Thanks for sharing with us at Delightful