Friday, December 25, 2009

Whimsical Swirls...

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! The hubby and I decided to stay home this year instead of rushing here and there like usual, and it made for a very relaxing holiday. I even got in some crafting time while Hubby was busy playing the new Wii game Santa left under the tree for him.

While playing on PCP recently, I noticed a banner ad for Sweet Pea Stamps and had to go check them out. Anyone who knows me, knows I am crazy about cats, so as soon as I saw ching-chou kuik's Purple Woods stamp, it just had to go in my shopping cart. Isn't it lovely?

For today's card, I used the sketch from Whimsical Wednesdays for my layout, and also played along with the Charisma Cards Challenge (anything BUT Christmas), the Crafty Creations Challenge (no rules), the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge (Sparkle, Baby!), and the Creative Crew Card Challenge (anything goes). Be sure to stop by and check them out!

The pretty blue paper I used is part of the Pink Petticoat Elegant Swirls digital paper collection. I embossed the white card stock with the Cuttlebug "Birds & Swirls" folder to match. The gemstones were originally clear, but I colored them with a BG78 copic so they would stand out more. I just love how versatile copics are!

I colored the image with copic markers, and then used a chocolate Atyou Spica pen to add highlights to her hair. I decided I wanted a lot of shimmer on this image to go with the fantasy feel, so I also used a Sakura Stardust pen on her dress and eyeshadow, and then finished it off with some Stickles on kitty's wings and on the leaves. You can see the glitter better in the above photo. I don't know about you, but glitter never wants to photograph well for me, at least not without washing out the rest of the project.

Copic markers used:

Thanks for stopping by!


Micki said...

You did an awesome job coloring Purple Woods. Beautiful card and love the colors you chose. I'm sure Lynette would love to feature her on the blog (

Love the card :-)

Vee said...

Such a lovely card, thank you for joining us at Charisma. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and Happy New year.
xx Vee

Kris said...

Gorgeous card! image is very sweet! Love the colors you've used and great take on the sketch! Thank you for playing with us at the Diedrich Dare! hugs, Kris

Saskia said...

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations with this lovely work!!

Sweet greetings,
Saskia :)

Allison said...

lovely card, fab image
thanks for joining us at Charisma this week

Sally said...

Stunning card. Your coloring is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz. Happy New Year

Stampin Mindy said...

WOW this is beautiful love the image and your lovely coloring!

sweetpeastamps said...

Melissa, wonderful job, your card turned out beautiful.

Digi Kitty said...

Wow this is absolutely gorgeous--your coloring is AMAZING!!!
SOOO beautiful--you are very talented!
Thanks for playing along with Crafty Creations during Digi Kitty's week of sponsorship!

Purrs & Kisses,
Kristal of Digi Kitty
Come see our Sneak Peeks!!!

Alex said...

Absolutely STUNNING!

PenLight said...

You really are an amazing artist. So many wonderful things to leave comments on. I'm glad I tripped across your site.

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