Wednesday, March 25, 2009

GIU #3 - LIVE all the days of your life, and a mid-week WINNER!

I {{love}} this sentiment!

Today's card was a stretch (color-wise) for me...I mean, seriously, it has pink and coral! But, in the end, I think it turned out pretty well! *wink*
This time I started with the image...I knew I wanted to combine the sentiment and this wonderful journaling spot from this month's KOTM from Unity, and that I didn't want them on plain ol' white (not that I have a problem with white, as you'll see tomorrow!). It took me a couple tries, but I finally settled on stamping the journal block with Versamark onto Baja Breeze, and then stamping the sentiment over the top with Not Quite Navy ink. I colored in the frame and the 'Live', and cut out the frame, trimming closely. Then I pulled out one of my mystery coral-ly pink shipping tags (I *think* I got them at a stamp convention, but I'm not sure who the manufacturer is), and cut off the top portion. I matted it onto white, aligning the edges of the three layers. Then I adhered them to the Kiwi Kiss card base, tied on some hot pink stitched grosgrain, and accented with rhinestones. Voila! EPLS! *wink*
On a side note, I wanted to point those of you that have asked me about my coloring to {this fabulous tutorial} that the talented Lisa Spangler made for the Hero Club Blog. She demonstrates in 9 minutes and 57 seconds what I spent several architectural rending labs learning and practicing. Truly, her video will give you all the basics, and then it's just a matter of playing with color combinations and practicing! (No blending solution, odorless mineral spirits, Turpenoid, or Gamsol required...though I do use those on occasion, too!) HTH!

And, (drum roll, please) the winner of my own extra little bit o' blog candy is:

#4 - StampinCathy

Love the Spring look! I'm so ready for Spring! Congrats on being the Unity's Stamper of the week. Can't wait to see what fabulous eye candy you have for us. Thanks

(Cathy, I'm going to attempt to figure out how to email you, but if you see this before I do, could you send me an email with your addy? Thanks!)

Thank you {{ALL}} again for the wonderful comments! Y'all melt my heart! *wink*

Thanks for stopping by! (Hopefully) See you again tomorrow!
~Michelle

Supplies used:
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, and Baja Breeze CS (SU!); coral/pink shipping tag (unknown)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko); Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Stamps: 'Simple Life' March 2009 KOTM (Unity Stamp Co.)
Other: pink stitched grosgrain (Dashes, Dots, & Checks); small clear rhinestones (Michael's); pink rhinestones (Studio18); Prismacolor artist pencils (Sanford) - White, Indigo Blue, Slate Grey, Lime Peel, Cream, Pink Rose, Pink

16 comments:

lori vliegen said...

hi michelle! this stamp is fabulous! you did a great job with the color combination (i definitely would have struggled with that!). :)

congrats to stampincathy for winning the goodies!

Valerie G said...

Very cute. I like how you used that journaling box.

StampinCathy said...

I WON! Whoo Hoo!
This card is just to cute. Love these colors together and I love that stamp. It just says it all. Thanks

Laura L said...

Super Cute! I love how you put the sentiment inside the journaling box.

Jacqueline said...

So very pretty! A little humerous because yesterday afternoon I made a card with the live quote stamped over the journal box too! Great minds think alike!! Your week is rockin!

Jenn said...

beautiful card!

KAP said...

Super cute card! Congrats StampinCathy!

jan farnworth said...

great card love how you used the journaling block on your card makes it very unique,.

Yaritza said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors you used. Thanks for the link!

Shannon said...

Fabulous color combination, I love these colors together Michelle! I don't think I would have thought of putting them together, but they definitely work well. Can't wait for tomorrow's "episode"...

Ravengirl said...

Very cute!!! I totally agree about the helpfulness of the Lisa Spangler video!!!

whoistracy said...

This is so cute Michelle! I haven't inked these two stamps up yet but your post has me inspired to try.

Chris S. said...

So creative! I always think of a journaling box as something you have to "journal" in. And here you thought outside "the box" (or inside as the case may be) to come up with a beautiful card.

Kristen said...

ooo Michelle this card is awesome! :) It is way too cute and I love the bling on it!

FibreJunky said...

I love what you did with these colours! You are just rockin' this week! Can't wait to see what you have up in the morning for Hip Hop. I bet it's going to be out of this world.

Martha said...

very pretty all your cards for the week were amazing, great job!