Monday, May 30, 2011

More stampin' with Sweet Pea

Things have been crazy busy, hectic and stressful in my life for the last few weeks, since I got home from vacation. I haven't had the time to create as much as I'd like. My house needs tons of things done, but I decided that if I didn't get in some time at my craft table today, I wouldn't be a pleasant person to be around this week. It's a stress reliever for me to sit down and lose myself in coloring, putting together a card or layout, and just generally futzing around at my craft table. Unfortunately, I just didn't have any mojo at first. I just wasn't feeling much of anything as far as creativity and energy goes, but I finally forced myself to sit down and try.

When I get like that, it helps me to use challenge blogs to get the creativity flowing. This time, I tried the challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers to use lace and pearls with a Sweet Pea image. I chose one my newer stamps from Elaine Cox. Once I got started, I just kept wanting to throw more goodies at the card and the final result is this:
I colored her with copics. Her cheeks don't look as flushed as they are in this pic, and the colors are blue and cream, not blue and light yellow. I don't know what is up with my camera today. It's probably a result of the lighting, but anyway.... I added glossy accents and bling to the image, punched up some butterflies and prettied them up with pearls, added some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts (the little blue roses), and a fairy charm. My friend Tracy sent me these awesome lace photo corners a while ago and it seemed perfect to use one for this challenge. I am not sure yet where this card will go, but possibly to my adopted soldier. I'd like to have a bunch of cards set aside for her and the other soldiers. I like having cards ready to go because I don't always have time to make one when it's needed.

Again, a very heartfelt thank you to all of our soldiers, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and heroic efforts!!!


Sara I. said...

Hey Gina :) Sorry to hear that things have been crazy lately but so happy you were able to sit down and destress awhile!!! You've colored her beautifully and love the design! The photo corners are so unique and fabulous! Lovin' this gorgeous card!!

Vicky said...

Sweetie this is sooooo beautiful love these images....I love all sweet peas as you know lol. The colouring on this is fab.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

gorgeous image!!!!
thanks so much for joinin us at SPS!!!

Guylou said...

GORGEOUS! Your adopted soldier will love it if you decide to send it to her.

Pops x said...

Gorgeous creation sweetie, love your colour choice too hugs Pops x x x

samara Rachel Navi said...

Hi Gina! your card is gorgeous for not finding your mojo! I love your images...your art is beautiful. thank you for your generous comment Gina. I love what you are doing with your soldier campaign...sweetness of your heart! Samara xox

jennifer said...

she is lovely! you are my first Sweet Pea! if you will reply to my post I will send you a Sweet Pea surprise and you can grab the badge from my blog! jennifer

Tracy S said...

LOL I was gonna say I love the lace photo corners.. I do not remember them. I love the beautiful roses and color combo your used as well. Beautifully done girl, as always!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Gina, what a gorgeous card you have made here and I love the embellishments you have used. Hope things have settled down a bit for you now. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

Brenda said...

Gina, so very pretty. Love all the flowers, and the lace. Love that charm as well.

tiggertastic said...

lovely layout and those little blue butterflies are a perfect finishing touch

Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

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