Friday, March 23, 2012

Have a Sweet Day!

Hi Everyone!  Wow, this post was a long time coming!  I'm having some major computer issues and can no longer open Photoshop.  I've spent many hours trying to figure it out, but I think it is actually my computer having more issues (it's 6 years old and has been having some problems for awhile).  Looks like I may have to order a new computer sooner than I was hoping.  Sigh.  Anyway, I do still have an older version of Photoshop Elements on my computer so I'm trying to use it to limp by until I get a new computer.  (I miss Photoshop so much!!!)  I also had to recolor the image before I could make my card (more on that below).  Well, enough of that, how about the card? :)  (Sorry the photo is kind of dark.  I just can't get it to look right using PSE.)

Isn't this image so adorable?!  As soon as I saw this little cutie, Lulu, from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, I knew she would be coming to play at my house! lol  She is part of the Lulu and Friends set.  (Lacey also has her in stock at Stamp and Create here.)

She is colored with copic markers (colors listed at the bottom of the post).  I masked the image after coloring to spray the background and the ground with my air compressor.  I used some patterned papers from My Mind's Eye's Miss Caroline: Fiddlesticks paper pad and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I also used a silver filigree corner from Wild Orchid Crafts and used a Snow Cap Paint Dabber to paint it white.  I didn't have blue flowers that worked well with the colors in my image and patterned paper so I used a BG72 copic marker and my air compressor to spray some white flowers to match my color scheme.

I decided to ink her up last weekend so I could play along with the current Kraftin' Kimmie challenge (which is almost over now!), but I had some help with my coloring so I didn't get my card finished until yesterday.  My 21 month old son has been in the habit lately of climbing up on my chair and coloring like Mommy.  I forgot and left my finished image sitting on my desk when I turned around to do something.   I heard the sound of markers on paper and knew exactly what he was coloring!!  Luckily, I had written down all my marker colors so it was easy to recolor the image once I found the time.  Little stinker.  :)

Now, that I finally got my card finished, I'm playing along with the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge which is a sketch challenge.  I'm also playing around with the current Wild Orchid Crafts challenge which is Bingo.  (I used gems, flowers, and lace.)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Have a Sweet Day supplies:
Stamps: Lulu and Friends (Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps)
Cardstock: X-Press It (Copic), white
Patterned Paper: Miss Caroline: Fiddlesticks (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)
Embellishments: 3mm red pearls, small silver filigree corner, 4mm white closed rose buds, 15mm white open roses, 20mm burgundy open roses, 25mm white wild rose (Wild Orchid Crafts), baker's twine, crocheted lace, buttons
Tools: petite oval nestability die (Spellbinders), branch punch (Martha Stewart), Snow Cap Paint Dabber (Adirondack), sewing machine, air compressor
Copic Markers:
skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R20
hair: YR12, YR15, YR14, YR18, E19
shirt: BG70, BG72, BG75
skirt: R82, R56, R59
bowl: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
shoes: C6, C8, C10
socks/hat: C1, C3
background: YR30
ground: E31


Lindyloo said...

Hi Niki,
I know I shouldn't have laughed but I couldn't help it. Your little one just thought he was helping mummy bless him; maybe you have a crafter in the making! Do you know the good thing about this little monkeys colouring skills?- you will always remember this precious time everytime you see that stamp or image or look at this picture of the card again. This time of our childrens lives rushes by all too quick so every precious memory, whether good or bad, is a blessing. You will count this as one I promise you... and it is so funny!!
The card is lovely and I think it was well worth the effort of recolouring. A very sweet image and card.
All the best Linda
PS a question please, Please may I have your permission to pin any of your creations on my Pinterest board? They will always be accompanied by your name and linked directly to your blog. I just like to pin my favourite cards of the day/week.

Beate said...

Sorry about your computer problems. That bites. You are such a good Mom to take it like you did when your little one "helped" you with your image. your card turned out gorgeous!
Hugs and smiles

Maria Therese said...

Pretty card!! I once had a image I was so happy with my coloring.. then my 6 year old daughter wanted to borrow my ink pad so she could stamp some images..
I wasn't very happy when I found out..

Sharon Caudle said...

LOL! I don't mean to laugh, but that story is precious! Your card is fantastic!!!! LOVE your coloring and design! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us as Kraftin' Kimmie stamps and hope you join us again soon!
hugs, Sharon

Marjorie said...

Oh my!! You've made me smile this morning!! My daughter is now 40 and in my favourite recipe book, some of the pages have the same tell tale signs on them..but when I look back on those recipe pages it brings back the best memories lol!! Your image is just as beautiful 2nd time round..stunning card hun..

Niki Estes said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks so much! :) Yep, I've kept this image and the other card and image he "improved" for me. I know they will mean more to me someday than any of the cards I ever create. He just wants to help Mommy.
As far as Pinterest, I would be honored if you posted my cards there. The only thing I don't want posted over there are my layouts/Project Life stuff. I'm in the process of getting some pinners to remove some Project Life stuff and then I am going to take it off my blog. Cards I am absolutely thrilled when people love them enough to share them (as long as they link back to my blog), but I don't like losing control of photos of my kids so I am not going to be posting that stuff any more. (Unless something changes.) Thanks so much for asking and I am absolutely thrilled that you like my cards enough to pin them. :)

karen q said...

Hi Niki, I think the photo is fine. Love the card and your little one is quite the artist. Sorry to hear you are having computer problems. Hope you enjoyed the sunshine today.

pops said...

Hi sweetie this is just gorgeous, loving the colours too, gorgeous work Thanks for joining us at Wild Orchid Craft's challenge this time, good luck hugs pops x x x
Awwww he is a good colourer bless

Theresa said...

This is beautifully made!! Please consider submitting your card creation at our Parables of a Crafter Publication Call!! Out deadline is Friday, July 20, 2012