Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Get Well and Happy Birthday Blog Post!

Good morning my cherished readers,

Today, it's gray and threatening rain. We had rain yesterday and very high winds. We should get more rain tonight and tomorrow. We need the water. I love it when it's cloudy because it's sunny most of the time. The clouds are invigorating! However, when we lived in Oregon, the sunny days were the days that sparked high bursts of energy! LOL

Today, I'm sharing with you a card that I've made for Hooked on Craft Challenge #16 - SOMETHING BRIGHT. I had a ball with this challenge! I love the color combo of blue and white. It always looks clean. I also added a shaker box with little white beads to resemble sea foam. Also, Hooked on Craft is having a Design Team call. Details may be found on the Hooked on Craft Challenge Blog. We'd love to have you give that a try, too!

I would love it if you joined in Challenge #16 - SOMETHING BRIGHT. The challenge will run from January 23 to February 4. The challenge objective is to create something which celebrates summer in Australia! Feel free to use bright colors, a summer theme, a beach theme, outdoor play - whatever summer brings to your mind. As always, Karen has a lovely gift for the winner. Come on, gals, give it a try!

Let me share my card with you. I couldn't use a flash because it would reflect off the shaker box, so the shot is a little dull. Here it is:

I just thought the image of the whale was too cute! I colored him with Copics, added Kindyglitz and Stickles under his chin, on his spout, and also on his side spots. It just added the right amount of sparkle. Next, I created the shaker box, added the ric-rack trim, and the flower cluster. The flowers are from Hooked on Craft. I did color one white rose with light blue so that it would match my card. Here are the links

Blue Trinket Pin
Large White Fern Leaf
Small White Mulberry Leaf
Blue Calla Lily
White Water Lily
35 mm White Rose
20 mm White Rose with blue tips colored w/ marker
14 mm White Rose
White Rosebud colored blue w/ marker

Here are the interior shots:

I hope this card brightens your day! Please join us at Hooked on Craft Challenges! It's a nice, easy peasy challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge #166 ends 1/27 - Under the Weather
Cupcake Craftroom January Challenge ends 1/30 - Anything Goes

A Special Birthday Card

I made this birthday card for someone pretty special to me! My sweetie! He hasn't seen it yet. It took me longer to make than I had planned! I used Cuddly Siblings from Magnolia's Sweet Crazy Love Collection on the inside and Edwin with his snazzy car on the front. All of the images were colored with distress inks. I this was also a personal challenge to use brown and teal blue. I'd never made a card with that color combo before. I did it to join in the fun some friends were having on their blogs. Here is one blog that shows the challenge this group of gals presented.

The colors are predominantly greenish blue (teal blue?) and brown. Inside, on the left, there is a pocket in which I will write a special message to my DH. The right side is a basic message that will remind him of the cake he so dearly loves to have around. Here are the shots:

I hope you like my card! If you have any questions, just ask! Have a great week!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlights ends 1/31 - Anything Goes
Cards for Men Challenge #2 ends 1/29 - Boys and Their Toys


Rene said...

These are all wonderful but I LOVE your "Get Whale Soon" card! It's just so delightful!!!!
Rene :D

Paula said...

Chris, they are both adorable! I just love that whale card - awesome!! And your sweetie's card is too cute, he'll love it I'm sure. Great job on both :)

Karen said...

These are great! : )

Anonymous said...

These are just beautiful! I love the colours and pretty DP, they are both just lovely
Hugs Julie P

Card Crazy said...

Each one cuter than the last. All fantastic works of art. Loving whimsy as I do, have to say the whale is out of this world :)
Sue S.

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh Chris these are both FABulous! Love the "Get Whale Soon" and the shaker part is just perfect! The birthday card is super cool, and the little hugging couple inside is cute as a button! Your coloring is gorgeous - and - oh I love that ric rac on your Whale card...both are a delight! Hugs...Barb <><

EnblogSail said...

Love these blue color theme and the messages they bring!

Cami said...

Beautiful cards, Chris! It's so nice to see Edwin featured and you did a great job!


LINDA W. said...

Great birthday card for your DH
I know that he will like it.
Love your color choices and your coloring.
hugs Linda

paola said...

both cards are just SENSTIONAL! i love the whale in the shaker, so cut and your Maggie card is beautifully coloring and the design fabulous inside and out, your work is positively sublime Chris. You are one of those blogger/friends whom i always look out for, stunning!

Karen said...

They are. Other fabulous!!! I love the color combo you chose.


Regina said...

Wow, what beautiful cards. I love all the details! Fabulous work!!!Have a nice week!!!

Ros said...

Theses are just wonderful!! beautifully done ... many thanks for playing along at CCCB

Vivi Casale said...

wow Chris, this is just gorgeous.. both cards...
love your coloring!

Pen to Paper said...

Wow!!! What cute cards!!! I love each and every one of them. That whale is just adorable!!!



Donna said...

Excellent job! Very cute and colorful!

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card love your image and papers. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Christina C. said...

Chris, your cards are stunning....your coloring is phenomenal!!!! Beautiful work on all of them!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is lovely, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Sylvia said...

Both cards are beautiful Chris. Very nice colors.

dawnmercedes said...

I really dig the colors! Thank you for joining the Party Planners this week at Party Time Tuesdays!

Simply Pam said...

This card is so cute! I love all of the detail you include on your projects. :) Thanks for playing in paper w/ us at the Paper Playtime challenge!


Unknown said...

WOW!! you have been busy. All your cards are gorgeous.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

paige said...

Both creations are fabulous! Love all the detail and colors! thanks for joining us at PTT!

cabio's craft corner said...

Wow Chris, you've been a busy gal. Look at all these adorable cards you did. The get whale soon card is so cute and the birthday Edwin card. He looks so smart :o)

cnelson said...

Such FAB work! ! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Crystal said...

Wow, these are amazing but I fell in love with your shaker card. It is simply adorable! Thanks for joining us this week over at SOS (Shopping our Stash) :)

Riet said...

So wonderful Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Tracy Heaton said...

Great cards - thanks for joining us at CFM
Tracy x

cathylynn said...

Hey Chris you are brilliant and very talented. Both of your cards are fabulous. WOW!WOW!WOW,
I guess you can tell that I love them both!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Unknown said...

Wow Chris both of these cards are just stunning!!!!! Gorgeous coloring and the whale card is just adorable!!!! Excellent work again!!!!

Jo Price said...

Love the "Get Whale Soon" and you have used my fav colour. Thanks for joining us at OSCC this week.

Jo xx

Patricia St Martin said...

Wonderful cards. Great job with the theme for Boys and Their's Toys. Thanks for joining us at Cards For Men. Good luck on the challenge.
I love seeing your creation.
Hugs, Patricia

:: Samantha KT :: said...

Perfect birthday card any man! Great job! Thanks for playing in this week's Birthday Sundaes challenge!

Deena said...

just loving that whale shaker card...great job...thanks for playing along with SOS...

Annita said...

hi sweetie
how are you doing ? it's been a while. hope everything is fine. LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards - you're AWESOME !!! hugs Annita
BTW missing you

Danielle Champagne said...

Wow both cards are wonderful Chris.
Of course I do love Edwin and his car verymuch! wonderful card inside out. Beautiful work on both card! gorgeous coloring. Hugs.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful card. You are right, blue and white do look very clean together. It's amazing all the detail you added. I love it. Thank you for stopping by and playing with us over at Sentimental Sundays for our die cut challenge.