Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mermaids go well with glitter

I was just thinking about all of the mermaid images I have done and how easily it is to use glitter with them.  I love the ocean ~ it is so calm and beautiful ... peaceful so I suppose that is why I am drawn to all the mermaid images.  I love decorating them because you can really make them any colors you like and the shading on them is easy to do.  Plus I get to add all my other little detail elements that I love such as : my tiny beads, glitter roxs, tinsel glitter, shells, starfish, netting in shimmer colors and lots more.  In other words I get to relax and play lol !!

The card I have chosen is one I made awhile ago. (still working on some -- in between my grandfather visiting and Dr. appt. today) The image is from Third Coast Rubber Stamps and if you have never been there then you need to go over here to  to check out all there great stamps !!  Her name is Maura mermaid and she is one of my favorite images.  I used some really cool metallic purple cut out stuff that was on a roll in the background and then I added some pretty silver netting with shells and green roxs to it.  Maura was colored with watercolor pencils and then glittered with several shades of purple, blue and green. The background was chalked and little rain dots were added for bubbles.  Hope you like her.  : )

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Taking Time to Enjoy Little Things

I have fibromyalgia which is an arthritis type of disease, among other health issues. Fibromyalgia  is tricky because you look fine but you aren't and you never know exactly what is going to hurt or how you are going to feel but you can manage it.  This weekend I had the worst flare up I have had in a long time and it just made me realize that even though I generally do stop and appreciate most little things I should make an effort to do it even more.  Just listening to the rain and watching it yesterday, having dinner with my family, watching a dragonfly fly all around, simple little things.  This is an image I absolutely love and it reminds me of this... the little girl looks so content. I would have bought this set just for this image. It is from Crafty Secrets and it is called Sweet Kids. The background was chalked and the image was colored with watercolor pencils.  I used green papers and pearls to accent this card. The only glitter used was a pearl turquoise on her dress and hat band.(hard to believe I know lol)   Flower Soft was used for the bottom ~ I thought it made it look like a field of flowers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do : )

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Faraway Moon ~ In A Sweet Pea Dream ~

This is another card I made using the incredible images from Sweet Pea stamps ~ Faraway Moon. The challenge is show us your dream... My dream is to find images that I love to color and that I can use all of my glitter and details on and I have found that in Sweet Pea's stamps. I simply love playing with these because you can put your own take on them and they come out so nicely. I also enjoy seeing what others have done with these great images as well.  

Card Info ~ Background was chalked with pearlescent chalks. The main image was colored with watercolor pencils and then glittered in certain areas. Little pearls, rhinestones and glitter roxs were added. The background paper was made with my tattered angels glimmer sprays and I sprayed the sand dollar to match. Hope you enjoy her. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Why I Love Glitter : )

I have always loved glitter ... the way it shines and makes something that was dull so beautiful or more beautiful than it was before. There is definitely a technique to it too ... you have to have patience to work with a q-tip or toothpick to make little pieces of hair have glitter or to shape little lines of lace, well you get the picture.  And there are soooo many fabulous colors and types transparent, opaque, pearl and more coming out all the time.  My family tries to keep me away from anything shiny lol : )  Seriously though it is very relaxing for me to come into my craft room and work on a card or project.  Sometimes I just look around for ideas or at all the wonderful little treasures I have been lucky enough to accumulate.  I haven't done any new cards since yesterday since I am having a terrible fibromyalgia flare up right now so I will share this one since it has lots of glitter.  This image is from Sweet Pea Stamps it is ~Rising Flame~  If you like this image you should go over to Sweet Pea Stamps site  they have some of the most awesome stamps.
Card Info ~ Colored with watercolor pencils then glitter added, the background was chalked with glitter chalks. Lots of little beads added to her headband.  Hope you enjoyed her : )

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In A Sweet Pea Dream - Challenge One

     This challenge was an absolute dream for me since I love coloring and decorating these beautiful images every chance I get. They work well for all the details I like to add like glitter, and rhinestones and other accents. Today I used one of the newest images ~ One and Only Heart ~ The background was chalked with shimmer chalks, She was first colored with watercolor pencils, then I added glitter and rhinestones and all the other little details. The background paper was handmade using my tattered angels glimmer sprays. The lace, flowers and rhinestones finish off this lovely girl. Hope you like her as much as I enjoyed creating her. : )