Monday, February 28, 2011

Goodbye February, Hello March!

I don't know what it's like in your neck of the woods, but after a cold, wet weekend with a snow line just up the road a little bit, today is bright, blue, and sunny! I had so hoped the snow level would drop just a little more so we'd get a final dusting. When I got up early Sunday morning, everything outside was iced over from the rain that had fallen and then froze. But, Spring is just around the corner. It usually begins to warm up here in March and then stays hot until November. Yuk!

I have a variation of a favorite card to share today. I liked the older one for a couple of reasons and decided to make another with a few differences. I love this vintage Tilda stamp. It is perfect for dressing up! LOL I had leftover papers and ribbon, so why not? I'm really trying to get the lighting right when taking my shots. I think I'm getting worse. I just can't seem to get it right. The card below looks all washed out and that isn't even using a flash! Ugh! Back to the card - I colored this card with distress inks, made her dress from matching paper, used pink photo corners as well as die cuts and Stickles. The inside features a sentiment area made from my Nesties, charms (that's a dragonfly in the sentiment area), pretty ribbons, and additional die cuts and flower. The dragonfly paper has a glossy surface which enhances the look a bit.

Here it is:

See what I mean about the lighting? The pink on the bottom card is pretty accurate while the top looks red. When there was less contrast, the yellow looked all washed out. Now, you can see the yellow, but the pink is so ugly. I just give up with the photo lighting for a while! Today was frustrating. Even DH tried to help get the lighting right. Nothing seemed to work.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges. Hopefully those sponsoring the challenge will look past the crummy, inconsistent colors, and see the elements.

1. Scrap Creations - birthday
2. Outlawz - birthday
3. Paper Sundaes - how charming
4. Squigglefly - scraps
5. Totally Stampalicious - Recipe
6. Woodware Clear Stamps - anything goes
7. Birthday Sundaes - birthday card
8. Sugar Creek Hollow - inside out challenge

This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks for stopping by. I know how busy your life is! That makes your visit even more treasured! Have a wonderful start to March!




Anonymous said...

So beautiful Chris! I love the bright colors. So springy!! What a sweet stamp you used today! big hugs, Angela

Nancy said...

Your card is beautiful, despite your lighting issues. Do you use a good editing software to tweak the colors (brightness and contrast)? That may help if you don't already do it! Thank you for joining us this week at both Woodware USA and Sugar Creek Hollow!

Holly Young said...

Lighting issues aside, I think your card is absolutely adorable. So many wonderful little touches to see! I adore the tiny little flowers you have used and I like your treatment to the top corners. Thanks so much for playing in Squigglefly's challenge! I hope to see you play again soon.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!! This is really stunning!! I love all of your bright colors and beautiful flowers!! Amazing job pulling out the scraps on this!! Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly!!HUGS

Heide said...

This is so pretty, Love the happy spring colors. Beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining us at SCH, hope to see more of your work.
Hugs, Heide

Card Crazy said...

So adorable, love those bright, bright colors. This card is so cheery it's sure to brighten anyone's day. Love it.
Sue S.

Dana said...

Chris this is gorgeous!! Absolutely stunning! I hear your pain with your photography! I run into the same problem with purple and I do use good editing software. But if this is any prettier in real life than it is here then I can't imagine it! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Squigglefly!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Oh how sweet and cheerful this is Chris--brightened my day today when I needed it! Love the colors and layout you've used!


Peggie said...

Love the bright cheery colors. Amazingly I could see your card tonight. Usually I can't for some reason. Glad I didn't miss this one.

cabio's craft corner said...

Happy and cute card Chris, So bright and springy feel :o)

StampingbugKerry said...

I think that's an older Tilda right? Love the iamge and your colors!!! Thanks for playing in the WoodwareUSA challenge this week! Good luck!

Iulia said...

What a beautiful card, Chris! Just love the bright colors and your amazing coloring! Your card definitely makes me think of spring and warmth! I think all the light are great, it looks fantastic!
Hugs, Iulia

RenateKreativ said...

This is so pretty, Love the happy spring colors.
Hugs Renate

Stamper Gyrl said...

Hi Chris
Your card is very pretty and colorful!

Sharon said...

Your card is absolutely fabulous. Just love the bright colours and nice to see an older version of Tilda... as I haven't seen it before. hugs Sharon

Pam said...

Chris.....I love your bright springy card with the cute vintage Tilda and all the extra embellies!
Hugs from Indiana,

Leslie Anne Avila said...

Such a cute card. Loving all those beautiful hues of pinks! Great job thanks so much for sharing.

cathylynn said...

Oh my goodness Chris I love this card inside and out!! Your colors are outstanding!!! Tilda is absolutely adorable. Wonderful layout too!! I guess you can tell that I really love this card! Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Myrna said...

Love the bright and happy papers you used! Thanks for brightening my day!!

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh Chris, this is so delicious! I love this older image of Tilda, she is so vintage! Your design elements are wonderful, so springy, so bright and cheerful. Inside and out this card is a wonderful delight!

Michele Roos said...

Such a gorgeous card - love the colours. Hugs Michele x

Christina C. said...

Ohhhhh, Chris, I love this wonderful card you created. It's so nice to see one of the older Tildas!
Beautiful job!

Rene said...

Yes indeed...let's welcome in March and what a bright and beautiful way to do so! I love how pretty these colors are...such a lovely card!
Rene :D

H said...

You card is beautiful Chris!.
I love your bright colors.
Spring is coming.
Hugs harma

Stacy Morgan said...

So springy and just delightful. Thanks for playing in Totally Stampalicious Monday Challenge!

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh my gosh, Chris! LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!!! Love the bright, fun, cheerful colors, and your coloring is gorgeous!! Fabulous card my friend!!
hugs, Sharon

LINDA W. said...

I love bright colors and this is
what I the image and your coloring and dp's
Hugs Linda

Sharon Basel said...

Hi Chris -
I'm so glad you've entered the Sugar Creek Hollow inside out challenge. Your card is fabulous with its bright, fun colors. It just puts me in a happy mood looking at it and all the details you've incorporated. I do hope you'll return to our Sugar Creek Hollow challenges in the future.
Sharon, SCH-DT

Karina said...

Such a gorgeous card. Love this image and what you made with it. The colour choice is awesome.
Thank you for joining our 'how charming' challenge over at Paper Sundaes.
Hugs, Karina