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Monday, February 11, 2013

Sweet Tweet - Digi Darla's Challenge Day


It's challenge time over at Digi Darla's again, and this week's theme is "Be My Valentine."  One winner will receive 5 Digi Darla images, and any entries using a DD image get entered into a SECOND drawing for 3 images, so you could conceivably win 8, yes, eight Digi Darla images.  How cool is THAT?

The image I'm using today is "Country Mailbox 1," and lest you're thinking "that's not very Valentine-y," check out the mail in the box.  See those teensy little hearts sprinkled on the envelope?  Yep, it's Valentine-y.

This is the second card I have colored using Copics since the absolutely FANTASTIC Copics classes that I was privileged to be able to take last weekend.  The instructor was the fabulously talented Cindy Lawrence who made all those hours of instruction utterly and completely enjoyable.  Actually, I don't really have the right words to describe the weekend as the lessons were so complete and thorough, and I had been wanting to learn how to color with Copics almost since the day I began making cards last January.  I discovered Cindy not long thereafter and have followed her work and blog (here) since then, so of course I jumped at the chance to take her classes.  If YOU get the chance, don't delay because they WILL sell out.

Here's a pic of the two of us before the Saturday class began.  It's a tad blurry, but that's ok - I'll take a pic with my favorite color-er any way I can get it.  Ha!

OK, so back to the card.  As you know by now, it was colored with Copics.  And the rest of the card looks simple, right?  I have to tell you this card nearly drove me to the moon and back.  I butchered more CS and wasted more ribbon and twine that you can shake a marker at.  I love color and rarely, RARELY use much white on my cards, but none of the colors looked quite right today.  Ever have those days when you just can't put two colors together and have them look right?  Well that was me today.  I must say, though, that I now have several pretty folded base layers in a file folder waiting to be used.  Red.  Dark brown.  Pink.  And one in the trash.  <sigh>  The image finally looked at me and said "I need to be on white CS."  Fine.

 The sentiment layers had to be redone with different colors (um, white).

The bow had to be remade into a smaller one.  Even the baker's twine and button had to be changed, and the twine tried to unravel on me.  I won. 

At least the little shrink plastic heart charm cooperated.  It, too, is colored with Copics, then glossed with Glossy Accents.  But even it had to be re-glossed when I put a thumbprint into it.

The only part that cooperated was the inside.  I don't typically put layers inside white cards and stamped this one "bare."  And it came out straight!  

So that is my "simple" card for the day.  The coloring was actually the easiest part and what I thought was going to be easy, wasn't.  But the reason I'm sharing all the wah wah's with you is because I know you've gone through days like that too where you say "I am NOT going to spend the entire day on a card."  And then you do.  Darned paper gremlins...

Thank you so much for joining me and letting me vent, and I wish you a lovely, carefree day where everything works exactly the way you want it.

Happy crafting!


Stamps:  Country Mailbox 1 (DD), Teeny Tiny Wishes, Creative Elements (SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red (SU)
Paper: Whisper White (SU), Classic White (Flourishes)
Extras: Dies: SB Lattice Rectangle, Hearts Framelits (SU); ribbon, baker's twine, vintage button, shrink plastic, Copics, Glossy Accents, Opaque White (Copic), Modern Labels and Word Window punches (SU).

Challenges entered:

Tuesday Throwdown #133 - Heartstrings
Love to Create - Feelin' the Love
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner #49 - Handmade Embellishments (shrink plastic heart charm)
Simon Says...Have a Heart
Divas By Design - Winged Things 
Inky Impressions #96 - Love 
Crafty Ribbons #38 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Hanna and Friends #164 - Anything Goes
Allsorts #193 - Valentines
My Sheri Crafts #103 - Valentines
RCS#23 - Where the Heart Is
Creative Inspirations Inspired By...Valentine's Day
Eclectic Ellapu - Girly


Kristie Goulet said...

Shea you were cracking my up with this post! I love reading your process and what works and what didn't. :) Your coloring is AMAZING! WOW!! Thanks for sharing the picture of yourself and Cindy! Great card!

Michaela said...

Hi Shea
What a stunning colouring in! Your copic class is really paying off. I wish I could afford copics but have to be grateful for promarkers and try to get the best out of them. After some of your glitches and easy ride so to speak with a part of your card (phew), your card turned out magnificently.
Michaela xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is gorgeous Shea. I love that image and your colouring is fabulous. I love the detailing you have added too.
Hugs Sue

Janine said...

Such an amusing post. I can empathise wholeheartedly! Your finished card is fabulous and your colouring is fantastic. It was all worth it.
Thanks for playing along at Divas by Design.
Hugs, Janine xx

Monica Edwards said...

You did a amazing job with this card - great coloring! Thanks for joining us at CI Paints

Michele said...

I would say you got an A +++ from the copics class. Your coloring is fantastic. "One Day" for me. :) This is a great card and I really like that you used this mailbox image. It's perfect!!!!

Dina said...

Wow, Shea! The colouring looks absolutely professionell! Great job!
Hugs, Dina

NanaConnie said...

Fantastic card, Shea, and wonderful post, too! Love the whole story about the 'process'. :-D I have to put on 2 different DT hats today and say, "Thanks so much for honoring us by playing in our "Hearts and String" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week, and also at Eclectic Ellapu in the "Girly" challenge. Hope to see you again next week, too."
NanaConnie DT

Viv's Visuals said...

Worth all the 'heartache' Shea! Beautiful card!

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

I was rolling the floor laughing over this post, and I needed that! I have has so many of those days I can't even count them so I wasn't laughing at you but with you :) You made the misery humorous, so thank you again for the great post and the card ended up being fantastic!

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

I need to check my spelling befor I hit publish!!!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous imge and fab colouring. Thanks for playing at CR

Sandy Palmer said...

Wonderful image, beautiful coloring on it! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

Raquel said...

Very pretty card... wonderful job on the image

Thanks for sharing with My Sheri Crafts

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Well Shea, all your efforts were worth it because this card turned out fantastic. I find it funny that you say "I had been wanting to learn how to color with Copics almost since the day I began making cards". Huh?? What do you mean you didn't know how to use them? Your colouring has always been FANTASTIC. What is a step up from fantastic because that is where you are headed. Such impressive colouring of this image and I adore the die cut. Well done as always.


Renate´s Stempelwelt said...


wonderful card, it looks cute. thanks for joining Hanna&Friends.
LG Renate

Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining us at allsorts this week. Tracy x

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Beautiful card!! Love that pretty image and that cute heart!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


Archana Joshi said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card and cute charm with us at Tammys Scrapin Corner this week.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Shea!!! This is GORGEOUS! It was such a pleasure to have you in class, and now I know where to find you! Your work is truly beautiful, and I look forward to seeing lots more of you on the 'net. Big hugs! ~Cindy

Tammy Ortiz said...

This is very cute.
I really love this creation.

we are so glad you ,
entered into the challenge this week.
we hope to see you back next week.
Hugs Tammy Ortiz - Owner of Tammy Scrapin Corner

Desire Fourie said...

Such a gorgeous creation. Love everything about it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck. And don’t forget to take part in our Valentines Blog Hop.
{Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

carol said...

wonderful lovely card, thanks for playing along with our challenge at CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

Sarah said...

Awww, this is just gorgeous Shea, love how you've coloured the image. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week x

crafty-stamper said...

Amazing colouring and love the image and gorgeous bow,love the frame too-thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner
Carol DT x

mixamatoasties said...

Lovely card.

Thanks for joining in our Feelin the Love challenge at Love to Create this week.


Denise Pustelniak said...

Awesome coloring! Love that frame!

Crafty and Green said...

Gorgeous Creation! Thank you so much for joining us at Love to Create Challenge this week! Can't wait to see what you'll create next time!!

Many Blessings,
Tina LTC

Anonymous said...

Lovely card, Thanks for sharing with us this time at Allsorts, hugs Samantha :0)