Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gratitude is Where You Find It

     Our new challenge at the Perfect Sentiments Challenge this week is do a card with a Thanksgiving or Autumn sentiment, and add some Baker's twine.  Our prize this week is offered by Shelly's Images.


My sketch came from A Die for a Sketch, and the image is from Digi Doodles, called "Hobo's Thanksgiving."  The Digi Doodle shop is going to be closing soon (sniff) so I went over there and bought a bunch of digis before they're gone forever.


     I thought this image was a great reminder that we all need to be grateful for what we have, because it's probably a lot more than many others have.   I didn't do a lot of coloring, wanting to leave the hobo looking a bit vague and 'empty', but I did use pastel Promarkers on the crates and for shadowing around the figure.  I had to use a fine point, black pen on the line drawing so that it would show up a little better.  It tended to fade out without coloring.

     The sentiment is printed with a computer font.  I loved the brown, gingham check dp and found another complementary dp for the background, both from DCWV.  I pulled the tiny bits of golden orange from the background dp by matching CS for the stripes down the left side.  I added the Baker's twine, the layered flower and the leaf plus pearls, and knew it was finished.  This will make a perfect Thanksgiving card for one of the guys in my family this year.  Guys outnumber gals in my extended family more than 2 to 1, just in case you're wondering why I learned to make masculine cards!  :-D

     Challenges:
ABC Challenge -- W for Wishes (called prayers on this card)
Card and Scrap -- Use a die
Cards for Men -- Going Digital
Creative Craft Challenge -- All about the Boys
Hooked on Crafts - Cards for men
Love to Create -- Ribbon or twine
Paper Playtime -- gingham and die cut
Raise the Bar -- Celebrate fall

     I hope you're enjoying this mid-week-Wednesday.  It'll be the weekend before you know it and then you'll have time to craft something to submit to our "Thanksgiving/ Autumn with Baker's Twine" challenge.  Don't forget the sentiment!  Happy crafting.  NanaConnie

29 comments:

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the image and great design.xxx

Davi said...

Great card! I really like how you left the image uncolored, makes him look very alone like Im sure so many feel in that position. Makes you realize how much you have!!

Benzi said...

A sad image but one that sends a powerful message. Good job making this Fall, masculine card.

I have to tell you that I laughed when I saw your comment on my 'Smiling Night Star' card. After the goof up I mentioned in that post, I made a card upside down...just like you mentioned. I decided it was time to get out of the craft room. Bad day crafting!

Desire Fourie said...

NanaConnie this is so beautifully designed and the colours and embellishments work so well together. Wishing you a fab Wednesday.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

jimlynn said...

Oh yeah! Love the fall colors and that cute great image. So pretty!

Also love the previous cards! That cat in the post following this is SO CUTE and makes me smile all over.....and the scarecrow in the post before that is wonderful! Sure wish fall would hurry and get to Texas!

Thanks for the well wishes! I did have the surgery and am doing better now. Taking it very slow and easy for a while.

Lynn

jan farnworth said...

great card.

NickelNook said...

You've created a really wonderful Thanksgiving card! It displays much of the heart of the season! Thank you for joining us at A Die For A Sketch!...Nancy :o)

Patricia St Martin said...

Fabulous card. Love your image and you did an awesome job with your background. Wonderful sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. I love seeing your creation and good luck on the challenge.
Hugs, Patricia

Eva Gro said...

Great card!

Thanx for joining us at Card and Scrap.
Good luck in the draw, and hope to see you back soon!

Hugs
Eva`s Scraproom
DT member

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

The card has a wonderful story to tell. Enjoying being Sept Guest Designer for Perfect Sentiments. You can enter this card in Mark's Finest Paper's (MFP) Speedy TV Ch#11 Autumn/Fall that I host. If you're not a member, membership is free & please let them know I sent you.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
Sept Perfect Sentiments Guest Designer

Zo-Wie-Zo said...

Beautiful card! Love teh image and the lovely colours. Thanks for joining us at a Die for a Sketch. Willie

Ellapu said...

This is fab Nana great job with the message it is sends x

Larelyn said...

This is a great image! It's so sad when an online shop closes. I love the way you brought everything together in this card.
Hugs,
Larelyn

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is so lovely, NanaConnie. Gorgeous, earthy colors and what a heart-warming image.
Blessing hugs,
Teresa

Berni Cuttino said...

Beautiful guy card, wonderfully colored and designed. When I saw the sketch, I looked at for awhile and came up with nothing, then I remembered, I had arrows stamps, but what to do with them. Found the tree and there you go. Thanks for your visit and leaving the sweet luv. Hugs

Glenda Atkins said...

Beautiful, wonderful card and I just love it, what a fabulous image and your card design is terrific! A very special card, so full of meaning. Love the bakers twine!
happy crafting
hugs
glenda

Dawn said...

Such a beautiful poignant card!
We all have a lot to be thankful for!
Hugs
Dawn xx

Nannieflash said...

An unusual image, but very true. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Great card! Thanks for participating in LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again!
~DEANNE~

~*Joni said...

Thank you so much for joining in on our challenge this week at Raise The Bar!
~*Joni RTB DT

Louise said...

Very nice card, thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge
Louise

Marilyn said...

Great design on this card... I like the fall colours and how just the table and seat have a hint of colour.
And... I love that blog header of yours - so sweet.
Thanks for joining us at A Die for a Sketch, good luck in the draw and hope to see you next time as well.
Marilyn

PAC CHARITY CARDS said...

Wow amazing card just love your design.

Thanks for joking us at Cards for Men.

Caz

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Oh, what a wunderful card. The image is so beautiful.

Thank you for joining our challenge over at A DIE FOR A SKETCH

nice greeting from Andrea

Crafty and Green said...

Great Card! Thank you so much for playing with us at Love to Create Challenge this Week!! We hope you will come back and play with us again really soon!!

Many Blessings,
Tina

Cheryl said...

WONDERFUL!! You have definitely achieved your goal with this one. So though provoking and your card design & dp are beautiful.

Margaret said...

Fantastic card. Love the image and yes we should all remember to be thankful and not just at Thanksgiving, but every day for all the little things we are blessed with. Great layout.

mum of two said...

What a perfect project for our gingham challenge! I love the image you chose, and the little touches of bling - those pearls are perfect. Thanks so much for playing with us at Paper Playtime, hope to see you again soon :)

michelle
http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com

Dora said...

Lovely card, great image and beautiful colors. Thank you for joining us at Hooked on Crafts this month and good luck xxx