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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Find Your Sunshine

Ever have a day where you need to remind yourself that things aren't so bad?  We all have, but there is usually something, or someone, that can perk us up and lift our spirits.  Shopping and crafting are tops on the list for me, but more importantly, I have my very own personal ray of sunshine in my life!  One smile, one hug, one laugh can turn my gray skies blue again!  That small man of mine has no idea how he brightens my world!  I was lucky enough to spend some extra time with him Monday as he accompanied me to work for a couple of hours.  I snapped a few photos, of course....
Wait, let me get my crayon to jot this down!

Forget whistling...  Smile while you work!
 Don't let those photos fool you, though!  He did more goofing off than he did working!  lol

After a long day at the office (2 hours for him, 9 for me), we were both tired.  Still, that evening I settled in at the craft desk ready to create and with sunshine on my mind.  I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for my co-worker to give one of her dear friends.  I was told she likes to cook and loves the sun.  I went with the latter.  After selecting Gloria at the Pool from Mo's Digital Pencil as my image I decided to try the "out of the box" technique that I so admire.  I watched a couple of tutorials and five tries later finally managed to cut a usable image!  lol  They make it look so easier in the tutorials so I'm not sure what my problem is!  But I persevered and was rewarded.  Luckily, I waited until AFTER I cut the image out to color her!

The layout is the latest one over at Sketch Saturday (#218).  Gloria is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers.  Here is a close up of my finished image:

Papers are My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy Boy.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch, the Stars Five and Classic Circles Nestabilities dies, and the Die-namics Fishtail Flags Stax from My Favorite Things.  Flowers, bling, and the chipboard glitter numbers add the finishing touches.

It's a special birthday, her big 5-0, so I hope she has sunshine on her day!  (And may it shine on yours as well!)  Thanks for stopping by and check back later for a birthday blog candy and more Charmed creations.

Markers used: Copics (E23, E13, E11, E21, W4, W6, W8, Y32, Y35, R24, BG10, BG13, BG15) and Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 170).

I'd also like to enter this card in the following challenge:
- Bearly Mine: #46-Anything Goes
- Crafty Sentiments: Numbers Challenge
- Creative Craft Challenges: Summertime 
- Die Cuttin' Divas: #76-Anything Goes
- Jackson's Digital Expressions: #16-Anything Goes
- Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge: Summer Fun
- Party Time Tuesdays: #79-Anything Goes 


Jasmine said...

This is so fabulous, I can hardly stand it :-) Great job going "out of the box" (sorry it took so many tries). Awesome image, and perfect sentiment to go with it. Love that cloud paper, and star border. Her friend is going to adore it.

Kate said...

1st, 50 and fabulous indeed love your card.

2nd, LOL <3 Kayne he cracks me up. Love the phone picture too cute. He would have brighten my day to if he was at work with me look at that killer smile. So Blessed.

Tracey Manderson said...

wow this is great!! Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine. Hope to see you again.

Robin said...

Fabulous 50 card! I just love those pictures of your little man too. He should be hired. I love how you colored her. You will need to put a link to the "out of the box" cutting technique. Not sure what that is. Your friend will love this card. Hugs, Robin

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Fabulous card. Love the image and the coloring. Make that number 55 and it'll be the perfect card for me on the 16th. Hint, hint!

Scrappin Sista said...

Super cute, cute, cute!!

Ginger said...

Your son is adorable! I can see why he makes you smile! I love your card. The coloring is gorgeous! What a fun birthday card! She will love it!

Kim Kelley said...

AAWWWWW that one with him smiling is precious! The card is gorgeous! I love the image and your coloring is gorgeous! HUGS

gina g said...

Gorgeous card, love the image and fab colouring. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this week. luv gina xx

Chrissy said...

Fabulous at 50...gorgeous image and colouring and I learned too to cut first then many trys..fabulous job, you conquered it..brilliant card...Thanks for joining in with us at Crafty Sentiments..


Sheila H said...

Your friend will love this fab card! Your coloring is fantastic as are your embellishments. The flowers and bling add to the total charm of your card. Thanks so much for displaying your art at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

Grenouille Greetings said...

Super colour work and wonderful colours on this fab at 50 card! And as for your photos - what a darling! A defy any adult no matter how old to not say "hello" into a telephone handed to them by a toddler even if there is no body there and even if it's a pretend phone. Thank you for playing along with us at Sketch Saturday this week. Hugs, Lesley

Heather said...

Gorgeous card, so pleased you managed to get the hang of the 'out of the box' technique, it looks fantabulous! Your little man looks adorable :) Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

DesignerDiva said...

WOW how fabulous is that image and fab colouring too, your little man is a darling!
Thanks for playing along with the Ladybugs Summer Fun challenge at LCI and I hope you will join us again
Hugs Laurie x

Unknown said...

This is super FUN! Love how you did the sentiment with all the extras! ;o)

Ani said...

This is fab! I love the colours that you've used! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge over at BMD this week! Ani

Crafty and Green said...

Fantastically Fabulous!! Thank you So much for playing with us Jackson's Digital Expressions!

Many Blessings,

Kathy said...

OMG, this is totally fabulous. She is just divine! Wonderful coloring and the out of the box cutting is great. The recipient will LOVE this! Kayne is too cute, love the phone pic.

Julie said...

My oh my, this sure is one fabulous card! Thanks for sharing with the Ladybugs summer fun challenge! Hope you join us again next time, Julie.x