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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fancy That

Ever have one of those weeks you couldn't wait to end?  Yeah.  This would be one of those.  I love my small man to pieces but I do believe the terrible twos have arrived!  He has been difficult all week, and momma's patience is wearing thin!  Being a single mom means there is no one to "take over" to give mom a breather.  Every night this week he has kept me hopping from the time we get home until I can finally tuck him into bed.  And even then I'm expected to sit in the oversized plush chair in his room until he falls asleep.  (Well, maybe this part isn't so bad since I usually sneak in some pages from Fifty Shades of Grey on my phone while he drifts off...)  I have fallen into my own bed every night, utterly exhausted.  But last night I decided some crafting therapy was really what I needed.  So I sat.  And I colored.  And I cut.  And I embellished.  And I felt better.

My best friend asked me to make a special birthday card for her sister-in-law.  It's an important one - 18!  (Yes, her sister-in-law is 20 years younger than we are.  Don't rub it in!  lol)  I immediately knew I would be using a Saturated Canary image.  But which one?  There are SO many cuties in Krista's collection (and I own quite a number of them)!  Her gorgeous images can be found here in her shop!  But her recent freebie Fancy was what called out to me.

I started with the current sketch over at The Sweet Stop (SSS168).  This is a fun one with a spin: Fun with numbers.  Fancy is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers.  I have decided that I need to step up my coloring skills so I will be perusing YouTube and Pinterest for tutorials and coloring guides.  If you know of any that I shouldn't miss, please feel free to post a link for me.  Here are a few close-ups of the image and embellies:

I don't usually color darker skin tones so this was a nice change for me.  Papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found - Market Street.  Flowers are one of my favorite embellishments and I've been favoring the corner arrangement lately.  The crown border punch is from Martha Stewart and I thought it was a good match for the princess paper.  A bit of seam binding and chipboard glitter numbers complete my creation.

My other reason for making this was so I could enter the current Saturated Canary challenge!  With all my design team duties I never seem to have a chance to play with some of the fabulous companies I adore!  Topping the list is Saturated Canary!  This fortnight their challenge is #22 -  Black and White + One (as in one other color).  I chose pink.  Because what birthday princess doesn't need a bit of pink on her special day?

Well, there you have it!  My crafting therapy session was a productive one!  And as soon as I get this wee one to sleep over here, session two can begin...  Check back tomorrow to see what fabulous freebie we'll have for you over at Sassy Studio Designs' Paper Craft Planet group (found here).

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
- Crafts and Me Challenges: #94-Anything Goes 
- Divas By Design Challenge: #45-Happy Birthday 
- Inky Impressions: #69-Dies or Punches
- My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges: #67-Birthday Girls 
- Paper Pretties: PWC216-Birthday Cards
- Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes
- Stampavie and More: #173-Birthday 
- Craft Your Passion: #120-Black and White + One

Thanks for stopping by!

Markers used: Copics (E11, E13, E15, E23, E04, Y32, W4, W6, W8, R81, R85, YG95, YG97) and Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 170)



Scrappin Sista said...

I love her!!! You did a AWESOME job on this card!!! As for your little man... the terrible two's don't last forever!!! lol!! It gets better... now if he was a she, then that would be a different story!! lol! I hope you have a nice weekend, I hope you get some rest!!
Alice B.

Tonya said...

This is so pretty! Beautiful coloring. Thank you for joining us for the Inky Impressions challenge this week. Good luck and I hope you will join us again soon.

Tonya Inky DT

Robin said...

This card is gorgeous Regan. I love every part and you did a great job on the sketch. Hugs, Robin

June Nelson said...

This is gorgeous loving the pinks!! thanks for joiniing us this wek at the Saturated Canary challenge blog, big huggies June xxxx

Monika Reeck said...

your coloring is fantastic and lovely touch of pink on your card...beautiful card..

I am also joining the Craft your passion challenges, my card is Nr. 30, would you mind to see it on my blog and would be so glad if you like to leave me some love :), many thanks before...hugs, Monika

Imke said...

Beautiful coloring, Regan !

Ginger said...

Wow, I wish I could color like you do! This is a beautiful card!

Louise said...

What a gorgeous card Regan! The colours are perfect for a party princess and your colouring is splendid! Hope your little man goes easy on you for the weekend. Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion challenge blog. Hugs, Louise G.

SAHLERS said...

beautiful card thanks for joining in at Divas by Design

Jasmine said...

Beautiful! Awesome coloring, and great job with the skintone. This certainly is fancy :-) Great job!

Kim Kelley said...

Ehat a stunning card Regan! Love the layout and the colors! Been there done that with the terrible two's...I was a single mom for that stage too and I feel for you! Sending you extra patience vibes and hugs!

Jovan said...

Beautiful card!

Jane said...

Gorgeous the sketch x
Thanks for joining us at Sc Challenges xx

Loopylou. said...

ooooh regan this is amazing, I love the layout too
Thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the saturated canary challenge blog
hugs Lou xx

Chrissy D said...

Cool card! Thank you for joining us in the Sweet Stop Sketch!

Joey said...

This is so beautiful, such a pretty image and love your colourwork. Thanks for joining us at MMCS. Joey x

Unknown said...

wow this is just wonderful. Love the colours - Thanks for playing at Inky Impressions xx

coops said...

so stunning.i really love your colours and fabulous image and design.
thanks for joining us this week at the Crafts and Me challenge :D

xx coops xx