Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Card Design: Delightful Inspiration April Challenge

It is time for me to post my card for the Delightful Inspiration progressive stamp of the month challenge.  In order to enter this challenge, you must either have received the latest image by having participated in the previous month or you can buy the stamp for the current month's challenge.  Everyone who enters and follows the rules is a winner because you automatically get the stamp for the next month's challenge.  Stop by the site and check out the rules for yourself.  While you are there, have a look around.  They have some really great images.  This is the card I'm entering for the April challenge.

Front of the card...

Here is a close up of that cute image...

Here is the inside...

Here are the card details, I hope I haven't forgotten anything...

General Notes:
  • It has been a rather involved 12 days card-wise. Remember that time off I was supposed to be having?  Well it has hardly been that I'm afraid.  In the last 12 days I have had to create at total of 10 cards.  Now since I normally take at least two evenings to work on one card, you can well imagine the frenzy I've been up to over here in my small corner of the world.  A few too many nights sitting downstairs until 3:00 am working by myself.  Thank goodness this card marks the last of those posts.  I'm definitely going to need to manage my time better for May. 
  • OMG.  While I was basically able to put the card together in a reasonable amount of time, well, reasonable for me, when it came to figuring out how I wanted to embellish it, that was a whole other story.  It took me about two and half hours to colour up the image.  Pretty good timing for me actually.  I had cut out and put all the pieces together previously over the course of a couple nights.  So, it was 12:30 am on Friday night, well Saturday morning technically, and here I am just staring at what I have.  For the life of me I just couldn't figure out what to do.  Originally I had wanted to follow one of the sketches that Delightful Inspirations had put up for the month but where the embellishments were supposed to go on the sketch just didn't work out for the size and shape of my image.  It ended up taking me TWO HOURS JUST TO EMBELLISH!  I played around with a bunch of ideas, a bunch of different types of flowers and a bunch of different ribbons.  I finally ended up with what you see above.  It's ridiculous that it took me so long to come up with something relatively simplistic in nature.  Sheesh!
Digital Image:
  • This image, Flower Pot Chick is available for purchase over at Delightful Inspirations.  Click HERE to go to its location in the store. 
  • Coloured with Copics.   Flowers:  RV00, RV02, V13, V15, V17 (petals); Y15, Y17 (stamens); YG61, YG63, YG67 (leaves/stems)Pot that I am really, really not happy with my colouringB32, B34, B39.  Foreground and background were added using chalks.
  • I digitally fussy cut out the chicken and added it to the top of the sentiment to work as line art to give the inside that extra little something.
Digital Sentiment:
  • 'Just Chicken In' text:  This sentiment is a bonus in the file download.
Paper Products:
  • Card base and shadow for image is Crafts Brand Cardstock, pastel pink, available from Dollarama.
  • Both these Digital papers are from scrap pieces used in other projects.  The Damask (front & inside) is Michael's open stock scrapbook paper. Pink and white hatched paper (front & inside) is Recollection's Bright & Basic Paper Pad.
  • Craft brand pink lace is from Dollarama.
  •  Half pearls and flowers are also Craft brand from Dollarama.
Including Delightful Inspirations (link up top), these are the other challenges I hope to enter:
Thank you so much for stopping by.  As I've now added to my comment section, whether you are a regular, here for the first time or popping over in your official capacity as a DT member, please know how much I appreciate the words that you leave behind.  Your encouragement helps me to become a better designer.   I try my best to reply to your comments (when an email address is available) but that is getting more and more difficult as my plate fills up with new responsibilities, new roles, and new obligations.  If I don't get the opportunity to thank you personally, know that I don't take a single comment for granted. Thank you for your understanding.

Until next time,


Crafting Vicky said...

You have made it in time!!! And it's wonderful! Just love how you have colored him up!

In paper heaven said...

OMG! This card is adorable. It makes me smile.
Thank you for joining the Anything Goes Challenge at CDAC.
Loretta,CDAC -DT

Unknown said...

Awww, this is so cute! Love the inside sentiment with it. Hugs my friend,
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Desire Fourie said...

This is gorgeous and oh so girly. Your colouring is beautiful and I love the flower and pearl accents.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Imke said...

Your coloring is awesome and i like the soft colors on your card.
The inside is just WOW - love it.

Thanks for joining us @ Delightful Inspiration {from the heart}.

Monica =) said...

Hello Lisa!
Totally love your card <3
Great colours and I like the way you've used the patterned papers. He's soo cute this little fellow!

Hugs, Monica

Made by Mandy said...

This is really pretty, you made a smashing job if it, well done for getting it completed on time.

Go girl, 10 cards I suppose it does count as a break from blogging though :)

Good job you like crafting....

Love Mandy xxx

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

ROFL!!! I LOVE IT! What a cute image. LOVE the eyes, that is EXACTLY what I look like this AM peering over the top of my coffee cup, lol!!!

Beautiful colors and such a fun card.

Thanks for sharing!

Cely said...

this is so cute, lisa! LOL, love the chicken phrase!

Unknown said...

So cute! Love your coloring on the image! Thanks for joining us at {PIN}spirational Challenges!

Shea said...

Oh Lisa, I LOVED the story about how it took you two hours just to embellish this adorable card. Why? Because it takes ME two forevers to embellish my cards too! It's the frosting on the cake, and we want our pretties JUST RIGHT. Is it any coincidence that this is my favorite of all the cards you've made lately? I don't think so - I LOVE the flowers and pearls and soft colors of this card. So don't freak out about taking so long - just realize that you're creating beautiful works of ART! Thanks again for sharing with us at CI Paints, Sweetie! I've truly enjoyed the ride with you!

Sheetal said...

Love the colors and the sentiment.The image is adorable too.Thanks for sharing the card with us at {Pin)spirational Challenges this week.

Lisa Minckler said...

Your shading on this card is fabulous Lisa. I absolutely love this card and the coordination of the papers and the little pearls and the very dainty pink ribbon/mesh look gorgeous!
Big hugs to you,
The other one :)

Kimberly S said...

Adorable image, and lovely coloring! Thanks so much for joining us for the CIP challenge, hope to see you again! :) hugs, Kimberly

Kelly Lloyd said...

Beautiful card, love those flowers and that cute image
Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge at FF
Good luck
Hugs Kelly

Tammy said...

Love your happy card! Thanks for joining this week's {Pin}spirational Challenge!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Wonderful card and coloring. I love this bright and beautiful card. joann sassy raggedy

ike said...

Hahahahaha !! LoL This image just made me chuckle. :-)
What a super card - love the image and you made this soooo pretty. Lovely :-D
IKE xxx

Deanne Saunders said...

A gorgeous card!!!! Love the color! Thanks SO MUCH for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you play along again!!!

A Little Bit O' Paper

Mynn xx said...

This is definitely darling! LOVE the sweet image and the bold and fun colors you used, Lisa! Thanks for joining our DT call at House of Cards and good luck! :) Mynn, Owner HOC Challenge

The-Butterfly said...

Gorgeous image! Really makes me smile :)