Thursday, February 18, 2010

When You Least Expect It...

You probably thought that I gave up on posting the rest of my TGF Sketch Challenge cards, didn't you! Gotcha! And I'm not giving you one - I'm giving you two!

Here's my creation for Sketch #7 by the uber-creative Jessica Diedrich!

The Rock The Farm Ian image, fishing PP, and that great little "gone fishing" brad were in a kit I received when I hosted a card kit swap last year. (In case I haven't told you a dozen times before, I adore card kit swaps. And image swaps. And paper. And ribbon. But I digress. Happens often.) Oh, I was so happy I didn't sever the fishing line as I was cutting out the image; I would have cried! I found the "net" printed paper that's behind Ian in my stash, and the yummy ribbon and large brads were gifts from my STC sistah Roxane. I couldn't help but whistle and hum the theme song from Mayberry RFD as I was coloring and assembling this card. (Geez, you're probably humming it now! Sorry.)
Copics: 0,C2,C4,E00,E000,E25,E29,E31,E35,G40,G99,Y23,YR18

And here's my take on Sketch #8, another rockin' design by Jessica!

My wonderful STC sistah Michelle gifted me with some amazing card kits, and I was thrilled to see the Up, Up, & Away image & sentiment featured in one of them! Oh, don't you just love the colors and designs of those patterned papers? All I added were some Nesties ovals, a few teal Primas I dusted with PearlEx, and a couple punched birds. (Yep, I was humming Up, Up, & Away as I made this card as well. Uh-oh, now you're probably humming that one! Well, at least I got your mind off Mayberry RFD. Ooo, until that. My bad.)
Copics: 0,B21,E31,G40,Y11,Y13,Y21

{Hmm, mayhaps it's about time that I host another card kit swap . . . or maybe a Guys & Dolls *Image* Swap! Ooo, sah-weet!}

I am so glad I got over my fear of Copics because I just *love, love, love* using them! (There are oh-so-many colors I still need. Yes, need!) I've got so much to learn about highlighting and blending and such, and I'll never be a "Copics Artist", but that doesn't matter. I just enjoy the way coloring relaxes me and helps me to disconnect from things for a while. Nothing gets me out of a mojo funk (tee-hee-hee!) like showing my Copics some image-coloring love!

OH, one more thing before I go: I want to give a shout-out to my STC sistahs Catherine and Mary who are proud members of the Twisted Thirteen DT at the new Oh Alice! Curious Little Challenge Blog! WOO-HOO! Congrats girlies! Love ya! The very first challenge will be posted this Saturday, so be sure to hop over to play along! I know I will!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit today! And remember: when you least expect it...


Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! I just love all the color and embellies. The little "gone fishing" sign is absolutely perfect! Loving it all. And you the mostest!

Catherine said...

Hallelujah! I was just about to give you a big nudge about posting these because I just couldn't stand waiting anymore! LOL!
And, oh my STARS! Chica you are definitely a Copic Artist in my book! LOOK AT THESE!!!!!! They are beyond gorgeous! The coloring is out of this world and you rocked these sketches to the moon!!!! My jaw is on the floor, drool flowing. (sorry for the icky visual, LOL)
I absolutely adore the net paper and all the fab embellies on fisherman Ian! The ribbon treatment is genius!
And the birds! Tell me more about that punch!!!! Great choice of PPs and totally love your coloring, especially the hearts on the balloon.
Two treasures, totally worth the wait. {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} and *****high fives*****
And thanks for the congrats, sweetie! You're the best! *mwah*

Mary Giles (OhioMary) said...

First off...I must apologize for not getting here more often...still trying to do some catch-up and find balance, but I really want to THANK YOU for all your support, love and friendship. It really means a lot to me.

Second...HOLY COW woman!!! These are fabulous. Susan your coloring is amazing and as Catherine said...a copic artist in my book.

Your cards are sooo amazing and a perfect balance of embellies and papers. I need lessons from you because I end up leaving them off or they just look like an after thought.

Thanks Stamping Sistah...I'll be sure to be better at making my rounds.

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! Love these cards, Susan, especially the fishing one. I would dearly love to CASE this one but sadly lacking the ingredients. I have lots of fishing guys in my family and this would be perfect. I'm always on the look out for great guy cards and this scores a 10! You are doing fantastic on your TGF challenge cards.

I share your sentiments about the Copics. I'm in learning mode too and love what you can do with them!
You are doing great, my friend, and truly are an inspiration!!
Hugs, Judy

Imke said...

Susan, both cards are adorable. The fishing Ian is so cute and i like the brad and the DP. It´s perfect. The second one has so wonderful colors and your coloring is really great.

kadie said...

GORGEOUS!!! I did not give up on you for one second---I was patiently waiting for the next sketch inspired creation to pop up and to my delight there are 2 fun and fabulous creations!! Both of these cards brought a huge smile to my face and I'm excited to see the next installment! :) HUGS

karen said...

These are so cool! I love the cheery colorfulness! I soo gotta get me those corner punch things!

Anonymous said...

Wow Susan, WTG!!! I love your coloring and the awesome results...You put these cards together so well...outstanding job...I need some lessons....