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December 8, 2011

Virginia's Virtual 50th Birthday Party!

Hi Everyone:
I guess some of you are wondering what happened to me after announcing my Big News! I know that I haven't shared anything on my blog since then but the reason was because I had pulled a muscle in my neck. Not sure what happened, all I know is that I had severe neck pain and had to be taken to the ER. I was concerned that it was heart related due to the fact that heart problems are in my family. Praise God that it wasn't that, and that it was indeed a pulled muscle. So I have been taking meds for the pain and doing some exercises. I am feeling much better these past few days, but trying not to over do it! Not sure how long I can keep that going though because I have nothing ready for Christmas. I am working on some Christmas gifts today and sending out my cards to family & friends. That should be easy because my son can help me with that!

Okay enough about that! Lol! Today's card is for my sweet Hero Arts Flickr friend Virginia. I remember when I first started hanging out in this group, she was the one who kept me in line! Lol. Always such a friendly and helpful person, a real sweetheart. Will her 50th birthday is tomorrow! Yes, really she is, but she sure doesn't look it! She is having a virtual party and everyone who wanted to make & send her a card could attend. So this is the card that I made for her. I sure hope that she likes it.  Make sure you check it out because her blog is loaded with fun and informative things. 

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:

This card was so fun to make. I love shopping at the 2Peas store for my digital kits and of course they have to be Hero Arts Digital Kits. One of my first ones was the Flutterbies Digital Kit. I so love how I can make my images any size. And there are so many digi stamps in these kits that you have lots of variety.

So after printing this butterfly on watercolor paper, I colored it with STAEDTLER Karat Watercolor Crayons. I received a package in the mail along with some Christmas Greetings from our STAEDTLER managers. What a surprise! It was wonderful to open the box and see these watercolor crayons, along with other things.  I didn't even know there was such a thing. Can I just say that I love my watercolor pencils, but I think I am madly in love with this new coloring medium. The blending is amazing. No, I didn't get paid to say that, just being honest. I always color stamped images with light colors first and then build my shading with several darker colors. Well with these, I just added color over color and blended it all at once. So much easier than what I was doing before and mush faster. Thanks Gail and Kathy for the lovely Christmas Package. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Well that is it for now! I have several Christmas projects to share along with a video. I also have a card to share that I made for a challenge at my friend Barb's blog. It was for Movember Canada! I am sure that most of us know what that was all about, and such a great cause. I tried uploading a card at the last minute and had trouble. So then I felt defeated and never shared it after all. I was disappointed that I didn't get to play along and support her. So sorry Barb sweetie! Please forgive me. I promise to be better at joining in the next time.

Okay folks! I am off to the post, then launch, and then sitting down to make some more Christmas gifts. Hope your all doing well and enjoying time with family & friends.

Big Hugs.


Virginia L. said...

What a STUNNER! This card is just out of this world! The colors are vibrant and gorgeous! It warms my heart to know that I had made a nice impact on your crafting life over HA Flicker group ! You have a BIG heart and I so appreciate your comments and love! Thank you SO much for making this virtual birthday party a success!BIG BIG hugs to you, Dana!

Lisa said...

What a fabulous butterfly, Dana! WOW! Love the bright colors :)
Virginia's gonna love it!

Clare said...

This is SUCH a beautiful card, Dana!! Probably one of my faves ever from you - I just LOVE bright colors for my daily use, though I'm too scared to use them in my cards. ;)
I hope you feel 100% SOON!! :)

Brenda said...

The coloring on this huge and beautiful butterfly is simply stunning Dana! Love it! So glad to hear that your neck is healing, just look after yourself!

Barb said...

Dana, that butterfly is so full of bright, happy colors - just love it! :)

Maureen Morton said...

Sorry to hear about your pain in the neck (I have one too, but it is my neighbor's barking dog - ha!). This butterfly is so stunning - such rich colors and so perfect for dear Virginia's 50th! I haven't gotten into digital yet, so thanks for the inspiration. Hugs!

Brandi said...

So bright and bold! Thanks for playing with us at Wee Memories!

Brenda said...

Wow what a beautiful butterfly!! Thank you for playing along with us at Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge.

Amy said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Just a great work of art!! Thanks for playing along with Wee Memories!

Barb said...

Dana!!! YOU are the sweetie! Thank you for your kind words and that you tried to squeeze in at the last minute! You had already told me about being super busy, so I understood totally. Please don't feel bad about missing the deadline. I looked for you on Flikr thinking your card would be there, but I couldn't find you :(

This is a beautiful card you made for Virginia's b'day celebration. The colors are so saturated...it's just stunning! I hope you have a chance to get crafty and that you're having a wonderful weekend to boot!

I have a Christmas card to send you...can you email me your mailing address (I thought you had already, if so, I've lost it...)?

Crafty hugs,
Barb xo

Trinh said...

Gorgeous card, Dana! Love the vibrant colors of that beautiful butterfly. I hope you are feeling much better and I'm glad it was not serious.

Virginia L. said...

A belated happy birthday to you, Dana! Thank you SO much for this gorgeous card that came in the mail last week. I appreciate your thoughtful message and you do such fabulous work (as always)! Wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! HUGS!

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