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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hello, Friend- Pink Gem Challenge "Animals"


It's time for this week's challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge, and the theme this week (Challenge #74) is "Animals."  This challenge will run from 8:00 AM April 6 to 6:00 PM April 12, and the prize for the winner will be 2 individual digi images (NOT SETS) from Pink Gem Designs.  So do head on over and see what the rest of the lovely Design Team have created, then join us, won't you?  We'd love to see you!

My card today uses four, count them, four digi stamps.  That's my record to date as I'm still somewhat new to the world of digi's.

They are Little Gem in Love,Wall, the brand new Blossom Branch (which I flipped), and Love Birds, which I altered a bit.  And isn't that the fun of digi stamping?

I combined some fun techniques for my background paper, including heat embossing with clear ep on white CS using large doily stamps, then airbrushing the layer with a yellow Copic.  Then I embossed some smaller doilies, again using clear ep, then airbrushed pink and blue Copics which blended with the yellow to result in a host of Easter colors.  I know, I know, Easter's come and gone, but this blend of pastels is my favorite mix of all.  Work with me, people. 

Of course the Copics covered up the embossing, but a little alcohol on a towel wiped it off cleanly.

 Here's a closeup of the paper in action.  And the satin ribbon behind the crochet lace.

The image was colored with Copics, with chalk applied to the outer edge.

The sentiment is actually two stamps, surrounded by Perfect Pearls.  A double bow using two colors of ribbon finishes this card, and that, dear friends, is all I have for today.  Thank you for taking the time to join me, and I wish you a lovely day of crafting.  Don't forget to come join us at 

A Gem of a Challenge!

Happy crafting!


Stamps:  Little Gem in Love,Wall, the brand new Blossom Branch (which I flipped), and Love Birds (all PGD); Delicate Doilies (IBS)
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, So Saffron, Whisper White, pink (unknown)
Ink: printer, Versafine Smoky Gray
Extras: Dies: Rectangle Stax 1 & 2 (Dienamics), circle punch, scallop circle punch, clear ep, heat tool, crochet lace, satin ribbon, Copics, Perfect Pearls, airbrush, chalks.

Challenges entered:

Oozak #13 - Anything Goes w/pearls, lace, ribbon
Timeless Tuesday #214 - Wrap It With Ribbon
Divas by Design - Spring Colors
Crafty Ribbons #42 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon
3 Girl JAM #15 - Pastel Colors w/Ribbon
Frosted Designs - Scallops
My Sheri Crafts #107 - Spring


purpleprincess2007 said...

Wow Shea you used some fab techniques on this card - it's just gorgeous!
Have a great weekend sweetie!
Hugs xx Cara xx

Kelly Lloyd said...

Wonderful card Shea. X

Donna Ellis said...

A delightful card, Shea - such a pretty background paper you have created (that looks like fun), and sweet image and card details. hugs, de

Kristi said...

So cute!

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Shea - the background is stunning.
Have a great weekend.
Debs xx

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Oh my gosh this is incredible Shea. I love how you combined four different stamps and yet if you hadn't told us, we'd never know that it wasn't one stamp. Fantastic layout. Love the technique on the paper and the chalk applied to the outer edges. Now I need to find out what kind of chalk to buy. I have a story for you that you will laugh at but I'll wait to send you an email for that one.

Of course, your colouring is marvelous but that goes without saying.

Another wonderful card.


sparkling stamper said...

Really cute card. Love how you combined several designs. You are brave! I'm not that good with digis yet, but you have inspired me! Lovely coloring, as well!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Fabulous Shea! I love that you can see the teal ribbon through your lace. Gorgeous colouring of your image! Thanks for joining us for our "Timeless Tuesday Challenge" at Flourishes this week.

Sandy Palmer said...

Wonderful technique! Thanks for sharing what you did! Lovely card! Beautiful coloring! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

Jovan said...

Beautiful card...I love the background paper you created! Thanks for joining 3 Girl JAM!

Jayne A said...

Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Diva's

Sarah said...

Beautiful! Great job of combining digis. You made a perfect scene! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

Lori Apgar said...

What a darling card! I love the lace and your digis!! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs for our Scallop Challenge!!!

Joni Parker said...

How adorable... love the background and was a great reminder of that awesome technique!! Great coloring !!

Joni - Frosted Designs DT

Donna K said...

Beautiful, beautiful card!! ~Donna K

Cheri said...

This card is really cute. The colors are great. Thanks so much for joining the 3 Girl JAM "Pastel Colors with Ribbon" challenge.

Cheri - 3 GJ DT

Emma H said...

Wow, can't believe you used 4 stamps, I've never managed to use more than one at a time! Fab card, love the 'image'! Thanks for playing along with the Oozak Challenge!

Samantha Casey said...

I love the little scene you made! I can look at this card for hours! Amazing job! Thank you for joining us at the Oozak Challenge!


Rose said...

Shea, your embossed doily background is stunning! Love it! I can almost feel the excitement and the WOW while wiping that color from the embossed areas! It's just awesome! So glad you reminded me to do this! LOL!!! It's perfect for your beautifully colored animal scene too. Hugz, ~ Rose