Friday, September 25, 2009

Human nature is funny....

It really is. I can't help it... And now I'm admitting this... {*gasp!*} in public....

Sometimes, I want things I haven't got.



Here's a cute, wintery scene, with adorable stamps, a whole collection, actually! But the main images, the penguins... left me wanting.... I WANTED MORE! MORE! M-O-R-E!


See, the little 'uns! They are THE same! But that wasn't enough for me... So many of these adorable images from My Cute Stamps have closed eyes, and that's what makes them so stinkin' cute! But I wanted MORE! Yes, friends, that's greed talkin': I wasn't satisfied with two images. So I did a little surgery to the body, and added eyes! Open eyes! {I just ripped a little circle out of some sticky Post-It material and used it to mask the wee little face of the baby penguin, inked it and then removed the Post-It, stamped, then drew in the eyes, OPEN, re-added the beak and VIOLA!} Then, using the same drop of Rich Razzleberry re-inker that I colored the mama penguin with, washed with extra water, I dressed this lil' penguin as a baby girl! Same color + water = HALF TONE! That's my naughty little secret about how you can make colors go a step further and still remain, well within the boundaries of a color group... like THIS one from Scrapmaster's Paradise!


Mmmmmmmmm. Pretty COLORS!


This was a truly exhilarating card to make! I just had these colors in my head ALL week, had nothin'... and then suddenly: I remembered this cool cloud stamp I picked up recently! Stamped it Tempting Turquoise, but it was a little more powerful than what I was thinking of for a winter scene, so I covered it with some card stock vellum... Then I got the idea for a reflecting pond! Yipee SKIPPEE (*wink*wink) Some snow flakes, ROCK CANDY Stickles for snow.... And then, it all came together.... Sans sentiment. Doh! I always get tripped up by the sentiment! Once again, I foraged! {It's TRULY all in the hunt!} So many thoughts, no applicable sentiment.... Then, suddenly:


I would have NEVER matched these images unless I had traveled the road {albeit, a frustrating road at times.... } I did tonight, to find a sentiment in my... well... VAST collection-o-stamps.. Anywhoo, I was moved by the Mama and baby penguins and once there was a boy AND a girl, I just thought of, well, myself! And me wee kids... They DO make my life a beautiful thing! So this lil' card ~ is for them!


Thanks, AGAIN, for letting me share tales from the creative journey with ya'll! There's still time to jump into Samantha's fun color challenge at Scrapmaster's Paradise! I hope you'll give it a try!


Supplies:

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Vellum - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up; Hero Arts; My Cute Stamps
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Brilliance
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Scallop Border Punch - EK
Snowflake Sequin - My stash!
Rock Candy Stickles - Tim Holtz

22 comments:

DottyJo said...

Hey, look at me being the first person to comment on your fabulous winter-fun card! These colours are outrageously lovely. I so want to play along but we have a BIG party tonight as it is my Ma and Pa's Golden Wedding Anniversary so I have to butter bread and fluff salad leaves instead! Love your card and your sweet post. Have a great weekend and give those adorable kids of yours an extra big embarassing mommy hug! Jo x

Stephanie said...

Super cute, Elise! You've been on a fab card kick lately! And Beth & I think you should be on facebook, so we can chat more!

Dawn said...

Such a great winter card! How clever to create the pond. Love what you did here, so sweet.

Jane said...

Awesome card! So SWEET!!! O I too WANT WANT MORE MORE and SOME MORE!!!! Not proud of it!! ;)

Deanne K said...

What a clever and crafty gal you are!!!! How cute is this card?! I just love it :)

xo

Rosemary said...

Hey supergirl!! What a super sweet card for the wee (well.. not so wee) ones!! And so clever, too! You rock, supergirl!

Claire said...

Well, yippee skippee is right! Lovely card, E!

Kristina said...

Love it love it love is - SOOOOO cute - those penguins made me giggle - great use of the SPCC colours.

Kelley Eubanks said...

Elise... such cute cards you made while I was away... love this penguin card... too cute! Love the dog card and the IRL (ha) dogs!! And a HUGE Congrats on the Winners Circle... that is awesome! You go girl... you are on a roll! See.... people are finding out about you! :)

Linda aka Oz said...

To my dearest bloggy friend. What a sweet card you have created here. I love that you let us live your journey. Heck I just love that you let us in at all. Thanks, Oz

Miranda said...

I love the scenery card you created and the story behind it was so fun to read :)

Karen said...

Oh Elise, you wickedly creative, YOU! Love your added customized boy and girl penguins! And that reflecting pond just had me smiling and singing a little happy tune....too cool and oh so you! :>

Sandra1968 said...

Such a beautiful and sweet card!

Melisa said...

Lovely card. The penguins are adorable. Great idea to make open eyes for one of them. Thanks for playing along with SPCC!

Melisa-SP Diva

~kelly marie~ said...

This is gorgeous! I love those penguins and the sweet scene you created for them!!

Danielle said...

This is too awesome!!
So glad you joined us this week at SPCC!! Keep coming back, you top 5 winner!!

Stephanie *SP Diva* said...

So cute! Love those penguins! Great job with the SPCC colors!

Sandra Farrell said...

Thanks for playing SPCC. What a beautiful card. Please check out my own blog for blog candy this week. stamperontheshore.blogspot.com

Emily said...

This card makes me smile!

Emily-SP Diva

Kelly said...

Wow - this is so incredibly adorable. I just love the penguins and great use of the background paper!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Ack! You are so cute! I love your *self* inspired card. THey were little once weren't they?

thescrapmaster said...

OMG THAT IS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a thing for winter creatures of all kinds. . . snowmen, penguins, figure skaters, hockey players, snow flakes! LOL Gosh, this is gorgeous! You are amazing girl!

Thanks for playing along :O)
Hugs,
Samantha
SPCC Creator