Friday, August 28, 2015

A Magical Dragon Day

     Is it OK if I start this post by saying that I LOVE THIS CARD! ?

     This is one of those that just came together after I made my list of more than a dozen challenges I wanted to enter (not counting A/G challenges.)  The list included themes like fancy folds, vintage, pockets, die cuts, lace, layers, flowers, sentiments, animals... you get the idea.  Most of the time, when my list of challenge themes is that long, the card is finished long before I get all the challenges included and I end up eliminating some of them.  Not this time!  I used them all and I think they really worked.

      The card is made from a piece 12 x 5.5 inches, cut on angles from the top to the outer corners, then folded to make the front flaps cross.  The bottom is sealed to make a pocket and the image piece slips into the pocket.  Here's a close-up of the image piece.

     I wish I knew what I did differently in photographing this time so that my purples stayed purple.  Well, come to think of it, I used red violets and now they look purple and lavender.  :-D  Maybe that's the secret -- use red-violet instead of purple to get purple in the photographs.  When I use purples, they turn blue in the photographs.

     I've used this image at least twice in the two years I've had it but this time I colored the dragons ("Dragon Babies" from AuroraWings) with ProMarkers, adding glitter to their wings before I cut them with one of my new Pinpoint Rectangle dies from Memory Box (Scrapy Land purchase.)  The mat is also cut with another die from that set.  All the papers are from Stampin' Up (old and from my stash) and I think the lace came from one of my local craft stores, but it's been in my stash for so long that I really can't remember.  

     The gem swirl has been in my stash for well over a year and the butterfly was cut with a die from Cheery Lynn.  I had cut that as an extra several months ago and put it into a drawer full of die cut bits and pieces.  It worked perfectly on this card, so I dug it out, colored the body, and added glitter to the wings and body.  The small flowers are punched (Fiskars punch), colored, layered, and added on top of the lace.  The sentiment is printed, hand cut, and edged with a marker.

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     I hope your weekend has started well and that you have lots of crafty plans for the weekend.  The weather predictors say that we're going to "cool down" to the upper 90s (is that some kind of a joke?)  I guess that's better than the 101 and 102 we've had for the last 4 days, but I'd love it even more if the cool down was going to be into the low 80s with a chance of a shower.  :-D  Maybe next month.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Donna Hanley said...

You always find the cutest dragons. There is a lot of work in this card, but it paid off nicely. Cute, Cute, Cute. Sorry to hear of your temps. out there. We have been having heat and humidity but only in the 90's. Nothing compared to you out there. Be careful in those types of temps. Enjoy your "cool down".

Lori Kobular said...

Those dragon babies are so stinking adorable!! You colored them perfectly, love their glittery wings! Such a great pocket card! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #24!

Redanne said...

The dragons really are very sweet! Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

The Crafty Den said...

Gorgeous card Connie. I love the cute dragons and your colouring is fab. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

Linda Simpson said...

Oh my word Connie! This is fabulous and the dragons are adorable.
Linda xx

jimlynn said...

Gorgeous and I can see why you love it too! Isn't it wonderful when a card just comes together like that! Very creative!

Juliz Design Post said...

Such a cute card, I can easily see why you love it. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and A Vintage Journey. Good luck, Julie x

Lisa said...

Super cute dragons! I've been wanting to try to make one if these cards! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for joining us this week with cheery Lynn designs

Pia S said...

I agree, purple is a tricky color to photograph, often ends up looking very different than IRL. That also happens to me with greens...
These dragons are adorable and you did a great job with the design of the pocket too. Beautiful!

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out, good luck!!! Amy DT

Lilibet said...

Gosh thats a lot of challenges! Fab creation - love the design. Thanks for playing at I love promarkers. Good Luck
Liz x

Judy V said...

Sweet card Connie! Thanks for sharing with us at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards!

Judy V said...

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner too Connie!

Faith A said...

Love the image and your design of card, it's certainly magical.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Thanks for joining us at PFP this week with this cute card, those dragons are so sweet.
Lorraine DT

Rene said...

Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Stamp and Create! Good luck,

Dawn Lancaster said...

Cute little dragon! I know someone who'd adore this little one!
Good luck with your challenges!
Dawn xx

Karen Lunagirl said...

Adorable dragons! And your card turned out beautifully! So glad to have your card (and some dragons) in my Animals challenge at ! ~ Karen

Aunty Sue said...

Such a lovely card and thanks for sharing at LTSCB with our ATG challenge.
Aunty Sue DT

Jeanie Ellis said...

Such a sweet card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner! Jeanie, DT

Lola said...

Awww, they're sooo cute!
And I really like your coloring :-)

You say, you have troubles with getting the colors on your photos as they are.. Have you ever tried to change the white - balance at your camera? Maybe this will help? (Just a brainwave from me :-D )

Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at Aurora Wings challenge :-)

xxx Karola xxx

DonnaMundinger said...

Such sweet soft coloring of the babies, Connie! Love the criss cross design. Thanks so much for joining our "Anything With Wings Challenge" at Aurora Wings. xxD

Marie said...

Great card, lovely image and design. Thanks for joining us over at TPS this week.
Love n hugs

Anne Temple said...

Your pocket card is adorable and so are those little dragons. So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

Thank you for taking part in our art by miran challenge,
I very much enjoyed looking at your project and all
the time and detail you put into it, good luck hugs tracy

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card, love the cute dragons
Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Passion for Promarkers.
Lorraine x

*Vicki* said...

The dragons are adorable Connie!! I really love your sweet pocket design and the stunning colors!! I LOVE IT TOO!! :) HUGS

Lena said...

I love your card too.. dragons are a fav of mine!!! Beautiful layout and design!

Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter this week!!
Good Luck!
Hug lena

Rebecca Gillard said...

The image is so so sweet!! Thank you for sharing at Creative Moments. Rebecca x

Lisa said...

This is so adorable!! The image is so sweet!! I love the way you colored them!! What a fabulous card!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!!

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Vannessa said...

Great card and cute image too. Thank you so much for joining in the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge this month. Hope to see you again!

Hugs, Vannessa

Sue Nicholson said...

Beautiful sweet card, thank for sharing and joining us at CC&CC cheers Sue N x

Julie Odil said...

Connie, I love this, too. Your coloring is wonderful! Thanks for joining our Two (or more) Patterned Paper challenge at Digi Choosday. Julie, DT

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a sweet card - thank you for travelling with us at A Vintage Journey for our Things With Wings Challenge. Jennie

Jane Tillsley said...

this is a cute card thank you for joining un in our Art by Miran challenge Jane DT xx

Erika Horvathova said...

Wow - great coloring and very cute image. This is really beautiful card.

Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting With Friends challenge blog.
Erika, DT

Anna Jasiolek said...

This is really sweet and beautifully done and I love that you've taken out this old stamp to make this amazing project perfect for our 'golden oldie' challenge at Crafty Catz. Thank you for joining us and please come back again.
Anna xxx

Mitzi Sato-Wiuff said...

Aww, you made such a sweet and beautiful card with the dragon babies, NanaConnie! I love your color palette - not to mention how good this project looks on your blog. Totally charming! Thank you for joining 'Anything with Wings' challenge at Aurora Wings!

Mitzi xxx