Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's only a few grey hares!

This week's High Hopes challenge is a sketch challenge brought to us by Jeanne.  She gave us a fun sketch with lots of circles.  Easter is just around the corner so I had to use another of the bunny stamps from the last release.  I just love this mama bunny with her baby bunnies.  I colored the image with copic markers and the patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket.  Check out all the wonderful design team creations for the challenge over on the High Hopes challenge blog.

I shared the photo yesterday of the flowers I bought on Etsy.   Kiera left a comment with a link to a another blog that had a video tutorial.  (Thanks so much, Kiera!)  It was a great tutorial!  It really helped me relearn some of the necessary stitches.  I created the green using some yarn for making wash clothes and the pink flower on the top using crochet thread while watching the tutorial (a few times with some pausing *wink*).

Then, I decided to try out the flower style that I really love, the Irish rose.  I used this pattern here.  Okay, seriously, that tiny little flower took me probably a couple hours to crochet!  (I'm definitely a beginner! lol)  I have the hardest time reading the pattern and it took me a while to figure out what I was supposed to be doing.  Anyway, these are my first attempts.  Nothing fabulous, but not too bad for my first go round.  I am having fun learning, but I am definitely a beginner.


Stamps: Busy Mama, Grey Hares (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink), grey (SU)
Patterned Paper: Little Girls Biography (Cosmo Cricket)
Accents: flowers (Prima Marketing), hibiscus burst bitty dots ribbon (Papertrey Ink), pink brads
Tools: copic markers, sewing machine, nestability dies


Lacey Stephens said...

I love your challenge card, Niki! I think this is a great sketch! I hope I can play along later.
You did a fantastic job with the flowers! Let me know if you end up getting the hang of it and want to start selling them!!
Big hugs :-)

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness...this card sure made me smile! Love it!
I read your blog regularly, but haven't commented. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your generosity in sharing your talent and creations.
I also had to comment to wish you luck on relearning crocheting and to thank you for the links. I love the same flower you do and am happy to have a pattern to try it for myself. If you get the hang of it, there are lots and lots and lots of fun patterns for dolls to crochet. I've got some that I have made on my blog...if you are interested...
Thanks again for always inspiring!

Melissa said...

Hahahahaha! Perfection!
Many Blessings,

Marci K said...

The card cracked me up - too clever LOL

jen shears said...

That card is so funny- and a little too true! ;)
Great job on your crocheting- I should be trying to relearn it too!
Have a great day- and thanks for the inspiration!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Your card is just awesome - Niki!!! What a fun image!!! Your coloring is superb ;)!!!
The crochet Irish rose flower looks wonderful :)!!!

karen q said...

What a cute card and the saying just made me laugh. Your flowers are looking good. the Irish Rose is beautiful. Thanks for the pattern link I will have to try it. Enjoy your Sunday.

Nikki said...

Such pretty paper and I love your colouring Niki, I must be brave and get my sewing machine out as I love the stitching effect, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Crissy said...

Stunning coloring skills on the bunnies, look at that!! Awesome Niki!I love the contrasts! They make the whole card just pop off the page! I adore the pink stitching, wow. I love your use of grey paper too! I never know what to do with grey cardstock. You made it look gorgeous!
Awesome crocheting too Niki! You made beautiful flowers!

Kimmie said...

Fabulous job with the bunnies, Niki! Love that gal and all her fluffy babies!
But don't even get me looking at those gorgeous flowers though, because I do knit and crochet but I just don't want to HAVE to HAVE those flowers and then get on a kick spending hours making them. I may have a slight problem with obssession...giggle. I just haven't got any extra time right now....*sigh*.

Regan said...

this is really cute Niki!

Carolina said...

What a darlin' Card!!! Just beautifully colored and embellished! Always a treat to come by and check out your creations. Have a great week!

Amy said...

I love this card Niki! The machine stitching looks great in hot pink to tie in the rest of the card!

Nancy L. said...

Thanks to your post w/ the box of crocheted flowers, I remembered I had started a table runner years ago :0 So I took that out and worked on it again. I can only make the long side by side ones and haven't tried the circle ones. I'll have to ask my Mom to teach me to make those ;) I'm going to watch the video! Thanks!

Michelle said...

HA! ROTFL!! Love those bunnies and the sentiment.. Your so fabulous!

Kelly S said...

So cute Niki!! Love the flowers too!! My friend broguht some over for me and I love idea how to crochet, but I may need to get "Crocheting for Dummies" or something because they are beautiful!!
Hugs, Kelly

Etha said...

ohhh I love that image and how you colored it! Absolutely fabulous!!