Wednesday, January 23, 2008

On a Happier and Purple Note

I've had a very pensive couple of days. I watched parts of Roots over the weekend too. It is very informative and riveting but it always leaves me depressed. And if you read my last post, you know I watched too much TV this weekend.
In addition to that I've had a busy few days. We had a "snow storm" in the Atlanta area that shut everything down, which means on Saturday we didn't have all the games and practices to shuttle to. I did go to the grocery store that morning, because if I didn't, the milk and bread would have disappeared from all the shelves. We did have church on Sunday, but thousands of churches were closed. We met our dear friends on Monday for lunch down in Macon, Georgia before taking my daughter back to school so that day was spent driving the highways of Georgia. Yesterday, I worked at Michaels all day. I did manage to make my samples for February.

Today, I felt like coloring. I frequently make cards to encourage others, but this one is for me. I encouraged myself by doing something I like. I love the word cherish, because it makes me think of things that are precious. I'm cherishing the life I have right now-- my husband and children, our new home, my very own craft room, more stuff than I have time to manage (smile) and most of all, the salvation I have in Jesus.

I don't think this picture does this card justice at all, so I may try a few other tricks to get a better picture later.
This is one of the new stamp sets I purchased from Stampin Up a couple of weeks ago--maybe it wasn't even that long ago. Staci ordered it for me and was wondering what I was going to do with it. So here it is...

Finished Card size: 5.5"x 4.25"
Stamps: Pretty Amazing set and Cherish (SU)
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Lavender Lace dye(SU)
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and the Purple(SU)
Other: Buttons ( Bazzill) Word Window Punch and Ticket Corner Punch (SU)

ETA: I should have said how colored this. I stamped the brown card stock with white craft (pigment) ink and let it thoroughly dry. I began to add colors in sections --dark purple towards the center, medium then light purple, and coloring the tips white. I then blended all the colors together from the top down with the white pencil.

Another note about the stamping. I masked off the main flowers and added the vines to the background.

**The more I look at this I think I put it together upside down... I need my Undu!

PS: I had a tiny bit of UnDu left in the bottle so I fixed the card.


Amy said...

Jackie, this is GORGEOUS!!! You did an amazing job on this one baby!

Thanks for sharing!


Trish D said...

It really is stunning - and I don't see anything at all upside down about it! You've definitely inspired me to stamp some white images on dark paper and play.

Staci M. said...

Oh, man! I'm blown away by how awesome this is! I need to try that technique. I only have watercolor pencils, though, no Prismacolors. Wonder if I can get it to work with dry watercolor pencils? I can try.
I like the word "Cherish". I think my fave is the word "calm".

jacki j. said...

No it won't work with water color pencils. It will only work with Prismacolors or a wax or oil base color pencil. I hear SU has color pencils that you can do this technique with. I would love to compare them, but I don't need to buy more color pencils.

about the upside down thing...
It obviously doesn't matter, but I stamped the leaves a certain way and with the intention of having a spot for the sentiment.

KardKrazy said...

Wow, this is totally amazing. It's just absolooootely beautiful.

Nise on GW said...

Stunning! Beautiful! Upside down or not, I love this card. Your coloring therapy is incredible. Hope you need some more, so you can share with us. Hovering around zero in the middle of the mitten this morning - brrr!

Karen L said...

Jackie this is a beautiful card and I am pleased that you have done this for yourself to remind you of the things in your life that are worth cherishing. What an encouragement your blog posting was. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Jackie, I love everything about this card...I have not done this technique in a long time, but you have inspired me to do so. Also, you have made me want this set as well. I never knew it could be so beautiful until I saw your card. TFS...


Dawn Bibbs said...

My goodness, Jacki...your cards are GORGEOUS!!! You do amazing work. I'm so impressed :-).

You should makes bunches of them, box 'em up and sell them! You'd make a killin!!!

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Kathy W said...

Wow. Your coloring is stunning. The colors on the Kraft background look so nice. I know looking at this card is therapy for me. Thanks for sharing.

Silke said...

OMG - your card is amazing!!! Love all the coloring!!! I see this new stamp set in a whole different way now.....just gorgeous!!!

Thanks for playing and sharing your amazing card!!!