Sunday, March 13, 2011

Such Trying Times

My heart aches. I feel helpless and wish I could do something huge to help those in need in Japan. What a huge tragedy! I know my prayers help, but I wish I could do more. Such loss.

I did get a card done this week. It turned out better than I've been doing! LOL I love the inked images. The colors are hot pink, lime green and yellow. Here it is:



I did use distress inks on the stamped image. There are lots of layers, machine stitching, a gold tone metal corner, some pretty ribbon, and a Prima flower. The green on the flower does match the card, but got skewed when I took the photo. Now, it looks more mint than lime.

Here are photos of the interior:

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I think the card is bright and cheery. I think I should have upped the contrast a bit, but it's hard to tell as I lose contrast when I post to my blog or even Etsy. It just dulls. I never know how it is going to be viewed after I post it. The balloons are elevated on pop dots. Again, lots of layers and machine stitching was used.

Here is the opposite side. It's not doing well on Etsy. Should I stamp a sentiment in the empty square?

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This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

I would like to submit this card for the following challenges:

1. Fun With Shapes and More - Birthday/die cut
2. Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - birthday
3. Cute Card Thursday - birthday card for three year old
4. DYSU Challenge Blog - layers
5. Paper Romance Challenges - colors
6. Simon Says Stamp Challenge - anything goes
7. Paper Take Weekly - Bright and Zingy
8. Wild Orchid Crafts - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope you liked my card! I loved that you took the time to visit.

Blessings,
Chris

38 comments:

WencheP said...

Love it! The colors is just fabulous, makes me think of summer! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

-Wenche

Janiel/ janny said...

Oh Chris this is BEAUTIFUL dear!!
LOVE IT!!!

Yes I hear you about the Janpan heartache.. SO SO SAD for us all!
hugs, Janiel

RenateKreativ said...

Love it, happy fun colors.
Hugs Renate

Paula said...

Oh, I love this card...the colors are so vibrant: Bring on summer!!!
Great work!

Stamper Gyrl said...

Very nice card!! I love the colors!
I keep thinking I need to get the balloon stamp! Very Cute!
Tracy

Mascha van Dijk Zimmerman said...

Nice coloring, so bright, lovely card,
Bye Mascha

Danielle said...

Hello Chris! I love those bright and happy colors. Fabulous card! I love the balloons so so cute. Tilda is very lovely.
Hugs. Danielle.

Card Crazy said...

Marvelous card, Chris. Gorgeous, vibrant colors, great image. A happy card for such sad days.
Sue S.

Linda said...

Wow such a bright colored card i love it!!!!

Judy Rozema said...

I love your bright colors! Wow! Thanks for joining us at Paper Romance!

charlene said...

very pretty and bright perfect for a birthday celebration !

Pam said...

Chris...love your bright, vibrant card. Makes me happy just looking at it!
Hugs,
Pam:)

coldwaters2 said...

Wow this is awesome what beautiful vibrant and uplifting colours, the design and of course Tilda look truly wonderful thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments.
hugs
Lorraine x

Barb Hardeman said...

Wow Chris! This card is SO PRETTY!! I'm loving those bright summery colors and the beautiful embellishments you've added make this card awesome!
Hugs,
Barb

Treacle said...

Lovely card Chris. So bright and cheery

xXx

Christina C. said...

Adorable card, Chris!!! Love all the details that make this such a special card! Your Tilda is gorgeous.

Janna said...

Hi Chris! Your card is sooo gorgeous, love the funky colours and the image! Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week! Janna

Debs said...

wow Chris..this is so bright and cherery..i love it!!..thanks so much for joining us for our first challenge at Bling It On...hugs Debs x

Rene said...

Um...excuse me while I pick up my jaw...seriously Chris, this may be my FAVORITE card of yours EVER! I think it's just stunning! Every single detail is just wonderful...so bright and cheery and pretty! WOW!!!
I know how you feel about what's happening...I have a meeting with my women's group tomorrow and I think I'll offer some cards for $1.50 with the money raised going to the Red Cross to help.
Rene

Mary Duffek said...

Sweet and fun!!! Love the layouts... Thank you for playing along in the Paper Romance Challenge this week.

syllie said...

Wow, i love those colors !! The sun will shine after seeing your card.
So, your Tilda is also looking great with het balloons.
Hugs Sylvia

*Vicki* said...

This is so sweet!! LOVE the colors and the fun balloons on your layout! TFS! HUGS

Judy K. said...

Such a pretty card Chris! Love all the rich colors and what an adorable layout. Great job!!!
Judy K.

Cricket said...

Gorgeous. Love the vibrant colors.

Julie said...

Gorgeous card! So wonderful, bright and cheery!

Hugz,
Julie

LINDA W. said...

OMGoodness I love your rich color
choices and your beautiful coloring
just GORGEOUS.
Hugs Linda

Rosie said...

Wow, wow, wow Chris! This is amazing. I love the gorgeous colors and the way you decorated the inside is spectacular! Hugs, Rosemary

Cami said...

Aaawwww, Chris, this is so pretty! The colors are so cheerful, and your card is just beautiful inside and out! I like the layout and the DPs here, and of course your coloring is fab!
Hugs, Cami

cathylynn said...

Chris this card ROCKS!!! My goodness your colors are FANTASTIC among everthing else. The inside is a gorgeous as the out. So much detail! I love it all!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Diana Crick said...

Beautifully bright and cheery, absolutely love the colours you have chosen. Super creation!!!
hugs, Diana

Sandy said...

OMG Chris - this is one beautiful, happy, bright whopper of a card and the inside is drop dead gorgeous!!!!! Your coloring is fantastic - I love all the bright colors. Now I want the balloon stamp!
Unfortunately the news from Japan gets worse everyday. It really is overwhelming.
Love your new card Chris - Sandy

Jo said...

Oh these are lovely colourful cards! Great to have you joining in with us this week at DYSU! Hope you come back next week.

cabio's craft corner said...

What a cheerful card Chris. Love the happy theme and the bright coloring. It's nice to look at the happy card especially when there are so many bad news around the world lately. I am praying for Japan too and hope all the bad new will stop.
Hugs,
Cabio

Monique said...

It's lovely. I love the Bright colours.

hugs Monique

Audrey said...

What a beautiful card. I love teh fun colors and the stitching.
Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

Cordine said...

it's absolutely beautiful! Love those bright colors.
Hugs
cordine

Becca said...

This is so bright and cheerful - exactly what we need at the moment! Lovely card, Chris!

deesdesigns said...

Love the bright colors. Just perfect for our challenge this week at Aud Sentiments - thanks for joining us!