Friday, May 28, 2010

Long weekend fun...

Made this card last weekend and didn't want to post it until after the Magnolia-licious blog hop was over because I had another card posted for that. I thought it would be best to post it this weekend.

I've never tried doing the European coloring style that I love seeing so much so after I colored this image, I felt it looked a bit too bright, crisp and clean so I needed to distress it up...I was quite nervous about doing anything more with the image as I didn't want to ruin a perfectly good colored image. Well, I just gave it a whirl. It's not exactly the European style, but I was able to gray it up a bit which helped make the card and image work better together.

Here's a close-up of the image. (This stamp is also available for FREE in my BLOG Challenge posted last weekend. Check it out if you want this stamp!!!

Card Details:
Stamps: Tilda with Violin (not formally released yet), The Angel Company Snowman Nativity T-2692)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Gingerbread (#PP047)
Ribbon: Silk from Michael's
Flowers: Prima (from Fairytale collection)
Martha Stewart Punch
MM photo turn (with stickles added on top)
Pearl Sewing pins (pearls colored with copic E35 then buffed to shine)
Nestabilities Oval/scallop
Liquid Pearls: Gold
DMC floss: Gold, Cream
Buttons: Basic Grey, Lasting Impressions

Copics Used:
  • Hair/Violin/Shoes: E25, E31, E35, E37, E55, YR14
  • Dress: RV0000, RV91, RV93, RV95
  • Skin: E000, E00, E01
  • "European Shading": W00, W1, W3
  • Copic White Opaque for highlighting

I'm sure you're shocked with the color of her dress...I was too. I don't like purple but dark plums and blue-purples are my long as they arent bright colors and have a little black mixed in, I'm fine with it. Take a close look at the background paper too...I used gray to highlight the music notes and some faux stitching with my copic multiliner too...Just another finishing touch.

I'm so looking forward to my long weekend. I'm not planning anything. I'd love to visit a place called The Homestead and take some pictures at least as I've been hearing some amazing things about this place. I don't think I could EVER afford a long weekend there!

I will be heading to the Quantico National Cemetery to take some pictures with my new lens too. It's a beautiful little version of Arlington National Cemetery and it's right down the street from me. It's especially beautiful on Memorial Day.

I'll be back sometime this weekend with a special Memorial Day card.



  1. Kerry, can't believe I'm the first to comment. She's just lovely. I wish I were so talented.
    Hope you can share some pics from Quantico. Every year our local historical site conducts a very stirring fly-over with WWII flghter planes, ending with the always emotional missing man. They perform right over our house and it never ceases to bring me to tears. My cousin (if you saw the movie Pearl Harbor) was the Lt.Cmdr. who ran the badly damaged US Nevada aground in an attempt to clear the harbor for any ships that could get out. So, on Memorial Day I salute Lt. Cmdr. Francis Thomas, who did his best in an impossible situation. (Sorry for the long post. Got carried away!) Sue S.

  2. Such a pretty card. I think you did great coloring Tilda. I love everything about this card!

  3. very pretty Kerry.... I add gray a lot to images to match pattern all the grays. Beautiful card and coloring! TFS!
    Pam Going Postal

  4. Kerry this is totally gorgeous! I love the plum colors (I don't like purple either) and the distress you did on your musical paper. Your floral bouquet is delightful. Such a pretty card!!!

  5. Great job on your card Kerry! You colored Tilda beautifully and I love your background paper! I grew up in Woodbridge and my mother and father are both buried at is a beautiful place.


  6. Ths is so pretty, I love the coloring. Do you suppose we will someday have a training in European coloring style? That would be so much fun this would be such a fun stamp to own.

  7. I'm not sure what the European coloring style is but this is one gorgeous card!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!! Beautiful work!
    Hugs, Dena

  8. Absolutely beautiful. I have this stamp and have yet to ink her up. Your card is a definite inspiration. It is just so lovely.

  9. Love your shading. i think you have done a great job. the colour of her dress is gorgeous. can you share what colours they are?? loving thew music paper and your flower cluster is fantastic thanks for sharing
    hugs leonie

  10. This absolutely BEAUTIFUL! you have done a fabulous job of the coloring. I couldnt find any link to your challenge blog.

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Your coloring is georgous!

  12. So gorgeous Kerry! I love it! Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Oh she's absolutely beauiful, what lovely coloring and papers.
    Hugs, Christine

  14. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors.

  15. Gorgeous card. Wonderful matching background DP. Beautifully coloured Tilda. Terrific job on the card. Love it.


  16. She is so gorgeously colored and I love the romantic layout design. Beautiful card!