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October 12, 2011

View From My Window!

Hello Everyone:
I haven't forgotten you, just dealing with life and trying to get back on track. I want to send a big cyber hug Hugto all of those who sent their prayers and loving thoughts my way during the lost of my Nanny. It was appreciated more than you will ever know. My Mom is taking it really hard and it pains me to know that I am so far away from her right now. So any prayers on her behalf would be greatly appreciated too.

Okay on to happier things like my card that I wanted to share!  I know that you all know about the Hero Arts blog! But did you know that they do a post called, " Hero Arts Weekend Inspiration Challenge" and you can find it under the Fun Fridays section in their sidebar on their blog. Well last week I was going through their blog post and found this challenge from Lisa Spangler.  I so loved the pic that she shared with all of us for inspiration.  Her photography is amazing and I only dream of taking pictures this great. Now this card was made just last Wednesday and I do realize that to submit my card for Lisa's challenge was a little late, but I fell in love with the photo and just had to play along.  I also had some Fall challenges in mind when I made this card and will be submitting it to those as well.   


Check It Out On The HA Blog!!!

Not to long ago, Kathy shared this beautiful card that she made using a window image from Tiffany Doodles. So I had to use it in my card as well. I fell in love with it from the get go and was so happy that Kathy shared it with all of us. She provided a link to this image for free at the Papercraft Inspiration Blog where she was featuring some more of her stunning cards. Why not check it out and make sure to visit Tiffany Doodles for some more amazing Digital Stamps.


Close-Up of Colouring of Flowers

Submitting to the following Challenges;
Crafting For All Seasons: Fall Flowers & Pumpkins
Fab 'n' Funky: Challenge # 94 - Fall Colours
Stampavie and More: Autumn Theme

Now this card really came together much faster than I thought it would. I recently had some stamped images sent to me from my sweet HA Flicker Pal Sheila and they are gorgeous. I so love the sunflower stamp that I knew I had to use it along with 3 Hero Arts stamp sets.  I used Cling Dots, Time To Stamp, and Everyday Sayings set.   The stamped image from Sheila was a Northwoods stamp. I never seen these stamps before until I saw this card that Sheila shared on her blog. I couldn't get over the detail and beauty of the stamped images. Her card was stunning and you should check it out!

Now when this card started I thought I would create a blue sky with a sun in the background, but that didn't work like I wanted it too. So I did the next best thing and added some My Mind's Eye sky paper to the background. The window frame and sill were coloured with my Mustard Yellow Tombo marker - #993, but shaded with my new Staedtler pencils.  The cool thing about these pencils is that they will not break like so many others will.  They have ABS (Anti-Break System) which makes them so easy to use and are a big time saver. I also used these to colour my vase of sunflowers. These pencils were the only colouring medium used to fill in this image to add some character. I was floored at how amazing the colours blended and complimented each other. I actually would lay down my lightest colour and then layer other darker colours over top and then blend with the white colouring pencil. It was amazing how well they blended and I didn't have to use Baby Oil or Gasmo solution.  I then felt like I needed to add a curtain of some sort to this window. It started out as a longer curtain hanging on 1 side but I didn't like that at all! Lol. So I decided to stamp the dots on some blue material and make a Roman style blind. Don't you just love the curtain strings to pull the blinds up & down?  Lol.   All elements were then added to the cardfront using pop-dots and sentiment stamped inside of the window frame. (In this case outside of the window! Wink!) Yes, this was a lot of fun!

Sorry that this is such a long post, but I really wanted to share the details of this fun card and challenge you to make a Scenery card.  Also, I wanted to let you know that I will be announcing the winner of my Scrapling Challenge before this week is out okay!

That is it until tomorrow when I share my late Thanksgiving Card with you all. I trust that you had a great day today and are making memories that will last a lifetime.

Hugs & Blessings
Dana

15 comments:

Barb said...

This is lovely Dana! An amazing scene :)

Brenda said...

Hi Dana! I think your take on Lisa's inspiration photo is fantastic! I am totally floored by your curtains! You pay so much attention to details, awesome! Beautiful colours too!

Auntie Em said...

Your window card is just adorable Dana! I love the shade and your colouring on the flowers is awesome. Great work!
Thanks for sharing! :)

NickelNook said...

Really beautiful card Dana! Sunflowers are my favorite and yours are wonderful! Thanks very much for sharing how you put it all together!...Nancy :o)

Leanne said...

Dana I am SO sorry to hear about your grandmother. I'm so behind on reading blogs and commenting! I remember losing my grandparents and know how hard it is and how big of a role they play in your life. I will continue to pray for you and your family!
Now on the card all I can say is WOW, WOW, and double WOW!!! Love the flowers in the vase you colored that image PERFECT! I also love your curtains such a awesome idea! Love ya, Leanne

Jingle said...

This is such a sweet card!

sheila said...

wonderful, wonderful card Dana. Really amazing scene that you put together! And thank you so much for the shout out!

sideoats + scribbles said...

Oh Dana, this is just lovely! The blue curtain is genius!!! Love your sunflowers and the clouds, too!

Stampy hugs,
Lisa

Carla said...

Dana, sorry to hear about your Nanny :-( Just came back from visiting my 90 yr-old Nan, and I will sure miss her when she passes!

Your card is awesome! Love the curtains :-)

BTW, you asked if I recieved the prize you sent out. It just came in the mail today! THANKS so much :-) Everything looks lovely!

Karen L said...

Oh wow...I LOVE those roman shades!! what an awesome idea and a great way to sneak a little fabric into a card. How did you adhere the "blinds"? I am definitely going to have to remember this idea..so cute!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Karen in response to you question about the curtain on the card, it was adhered with Score Tape. I love this tape and find it really ha a stong hold. Hope this helps.

Anne-Marie said...

Absoloutly gorgeous card, it's fantastic.

Thank you for joining us at FnF this week.

Anne-Marie x x

Anne H. said...

Your card is wonderful!
An adorable image and beautiful colors.
Thanks for joining us this week at Stampavie and More.
Anne

Jani said...

Adorable creation!
Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
Jani x

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a pretty Fall card! Great shade~ Thanks for playing in the DCC Challenge with Repeat Impressions!

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