Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Crafty Creations Challenge

Happy 2010, everyone! I've been off doing other fun things for a couple of weeks but eager to get back in the studio. The problem is, my studio is such a mess from my marathon Christmas card production that I really need to do a major clean up before I can start too many new projects.

As part of this brand new year some of my resolutions are to participate in more challenges, as well as to add variety and dimension to my own creativity. As for more challenges, this week I am happy to take part in the Crafty Creations Challenge. The theme this week is black and white and a splash of another color. I actually have two cards for this challenge.  For the first card I used this amazing image called "Runway Beauty" from the Busy Beauties Boutique January 2010 release.  I am very proud and excited to be part of this fantastic group headed up by Carolyn Bounds.  Please be sure to check out these wonderful digistamps.  Oh, and come back tomorrow for our January Release blog hop! 

"Runway Beauty" is colored with Copics, my favorite media.  I had so much fun coloring her and couldn't resist a streak of teal in her hair --- just a bit!  The drawing is beautiful and I have just the right teenager in mind for this card. 

I made another card for this challenge when I remembered I needed to make a card for my stepson's birthday. So, in keeping with the challenge colors and my resolution to add variety to my cards, I went vintage. This also is a good style for an adult "man" card.

To save time I scanned this card rather than photograph it, but it still looks accurate to color and form. The image is a vintage print from Dover Publications. If you haven't explored this resource you are missing out on a huge variety of possibilities. On Fridays they send out a newsletter featuring their publications and providing downloadable images that are samples from their books. Check it out!

Back to the card: I used shades of green chalk to highlight the tree and grass on the image. Then a sampling of my own stash of scrapbook paper for the backgrounds, using my Nestibilities. Topping it off with a black ribbon bow and three buttons from Making Memories Black Tie collection.

Thank you for stopping by! Please be sure to come back tomorrow at 10:00 for the Busy Beauties Blog Hop.  It starts right here! I look forward to spending lots of time with you all in 2010.


In God We Trust


Anonymous said...

I love the teal streaks in her hair! :) Fun card!! Thanks so much for joining in the Crafty Creations challenge!

Graphicat said...

This is a fabulous image Barb! and your colouring on her is fantastic! Gorgeous. I went and snooped around at the Busy Beauties site. They have some cute and some gorgeous images, such as this one. Great job.

PS, love the tree one as well. Nicely done.

Sarah A said...

Wow I love your cards!! The Runway Beauty is indeed a beauty and you have me awestruck with how you have coloured her in!!

Sarah x

Carolyn Bounds said...

OooooooWeeeeee!!! Talk about H*O*, she is SIZZLING!!!! You have colored her fabulously!!! My gosh!!! She looks like a photograph!!! I love the streak of teal in her hair and all the glittery, shimmery embellies!!! What a beauty!!!! Of course, that is nothing new to you!!!

Love ya!!!

MiamiKel said...

Barb!! You hit a home run cat walk with Runway! She's stunning with her stripes of jade in her hair and your coloring is fantastic!

Your second card is equally stunning - WOW, that is one lovely tree :)

shelly said...

oh now this is a way cool card! love the streaks in her hair.. your color choice..thanks so much for sharing over at ccc

jennruggeri75 said...

I love her hair, too!! What a wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations!

Jennifer Scull said...

wow! I love that beauty! can't wait to see the rest of the releases! and what a great masculine card, too! :)

Rose said...

OMGoodness that tree is awesome!! thanks for joining us on CCC this week :)

Hope Jacare said...

Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations! Fab card - loved using the busy beauties images myself - love your other card - fabulous tree! Cheers Claire x

Myrt said...

....both fantastic cards, Barb - coloured to perfection!

Saskia said...

Lovely to see your work at Crafty Creations Challenge! Thanks for joining us!!

Saskia :)