Sunday, March 25, 2012

Who knew that lemon and pepper could be so sweet?

Well, the Lemon Pepper image from Elisabeth Bell for Whimsy Stamps is sweet. She's downright precious. I am having so much fun coloring my new Cottage Cuties! The latest card is for my Grandma, for her birthday next month. I'm going to visit her in two weeks, and wanted to have the card ready to go. I didn't want to wait til the last minute and then stress, or run the risk that Mr. Mojo would be his usual persnickety self and take off, you know? While he was still visiting, I colored up sweet little Lemon Pepper and decided to show her off on a card. Here she is:

I chose her for more reasons than her utter cuteness. One, her balloon makes me think of celebrations like birthdays. Two, I like the combination of purple with creams and yellows (and since lemons are yellow...well, you get it). Three, she seems to be saying hi to a little bird. My gram loves birds, but especially hummingbirds. So, I used my spica pens to color the feathers like a hummingbird, and used my multiliner to increase the length of the beak a tiny bit. The story of my gram's love for hummingbirds comes from a rather bittersweet place. My dad died in 2002. After his death, this one little hummingbird would come to my gram's window each morning. I can't remember how she could identify him as "hers", but he had some distinctive marking of some sort. Then my gram moved to another house. You guessed it; the same hummingbird found her there (or one with the same markings, but she prefers to believe it's the same little guy). She swears this hummingbird was sent by my dad to let her know that he's okay. Sweet, huh?

So, anyhow, Gram's favorite color is purple, so I figured Basic Grey's Kioshi line would be perfect for her card. The flowers are prima, tickets are Tim Holtz, lace is from my stash, and I used a Whimsy pennant die to cut the banners. I went around all of the papers with my piercing bug. I colored the image with copics. Here's the list, in case you're interested:

Hair: E31, E25, E50
Skin: E00, E0000, R20 (blush)
Grass: YG63, YG67
Balloon: YG06, YG05, YG03
Outfit: E53, E51, E50, V25, V22, V20, BV0000, Y15, Y13, purple spica pen

I'm entering her in the following challenges:
Whimsy Inspiration Blog: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Bingo - flowers, lace, and twine


cats whiskers said...

Love this card what a sweet image, love how you have tucked the image into the little pocket, thanks for playing along with Simon Says Stamp Challenges this week
Jacs xx

Beate said...

Oh...I love how you colored her! Beautiful card! I bet your Grandma will LOVE this.
Hugs and smiles

Kim Kelley said...

What a wonderful story about your gram! And she is going to love her card Gina! I am going to buy my last 2 cottage cuties today I think! LOL HUGS

julieprice3 said...

She's just gorgeous, I love sweet image and pretty details, just lovely
Hugs Julie P

Starla B. said...

I love this card just as much as I did in the gallery, but I'm so glad I came by your blog. The story of the humming bird is so sweet! I teared up. Dang you for making me cry at work. Hugs!


Peggie said...

Pretty card. Love the lace on the triangle. Beautiful story.

Niki Estes said...

Very pretty! I love the pocket with the image and tickets!

Paula said...

Beautiful card! The colors, embellies and layout are perfect! Oh and your coloring looks fantastic. Your Grandma is just going to love this card.

Sandy said...

What a wonderful creation! This certainly will put a big smile on your Grandmother's face. Lovely work!

Patricia Garcia said...

Oh this is too, love the paper combo and the cute image!!


Eulanda said...

Such a pretty card. I like the story about the hummingbird and you know that's not the first time I've heard that? Very interesting and really, a nice thought. Hugs!!

Trina said...

What a sweet story! I know your Gram is going to love this beautiful card!

Tracy S said...

What a sweet story! You made that totally look like a hummingbird. The way it is colored and extending the beak... genius! I would have never known it wasn't if you did not say so. Super cute stamp and card. I am sure your Gram will love it.