Sunday, September 4, 2016

Little Mousey Thanks

     As yet another month begins, The Outlawz has a new Progressive Challenge and this time the image is supplied by Di's Digi Designs.  While I definitely wouldn't want mice in my kitchen, I can't resist a cute little mouse image and this one just seemed perfect for a fall "Thank You" card.


I started with the sketch from The Outlawz also.


     The image is colored with my ProMarkers, then cut with a "Delicate Garden" die by Sue Wilson.  The  golden background piece and the butterfly are also cut with dies from that same set.  The sentiment is stamped onto green CS, then cut with a Spellbinders tag die.  All the die cut pieces are also embossed.

     I added the flower and a scrap piece for the swirl, feeling like that was enough embellishment given the fancy framing.  I really wanted the frame and image to be showcased instead of covered with embellies.

     I was in the middle of coloring this image when I found an email in my box with news that Kit & Clowder was running a freebie class on all the basic fundamentals of coloring, including shading, highlighting and other important aspects.  While it utilizes alcohol markers for coloring, most of the principles can also be applied to colored pencils and, since I'm struggling with shading and highlighting with my new polychromos pencils, I signed up for the class.

     I've been hesitant to take any of the classes offered at Kit & Clowder because I have this irrational fear of making a mistake and having somebody point it out.  Silly, I know, but I said it was an irrational fear.  :-D  So, I gathered up my courage and signed up for this freebie class, thinking that if I was pleased with my progress, I'd probably pay for a couple (or more) other classes to increase my learning curve.  Does any of that sound interesting to you?  Here's a link you can use for information on the freebie class.  You work at your own pace and there's no pressure to complete it within any certain period of time.  I've done the first section on Lightsource Basics and I'm going to go through the rest of the course topics over the next couple of weeks.

     Challenges:
Colour Your World
Crafting by Designs
Crafty Gals Corner
Die Cuttin' Divas
House That Stamps Built
I {heart} ProMarkers
Lemon Shortbread
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
Paper Shelter
Passion for ProMarkers
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Word Art Weds.

     I hope your weekend is going well and for those of us in the USA, we still have an extra day before our work week starts again.  Hope you have a great Labor Day but don't "labor" too hard.  :-D  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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22 comments:

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card,love the design and fab image.xxx

Donna Hanley said...

I don't think anyone can go wrong with Di's Digis nd this one is no exception. What a cutie. I really like that ornate frame and your darling butterflies and flower. I have joined the same class as you, but thus far I haven't actually started with the lessons. She is an amazing colorist. Enjoy the day.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I agree with everything you said. Sweet image and awesome coloring and beautiful die!

Linda Simpson said...

Such an adorable image and gorgeous card. I am so loving the die it is fabulous.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Dawn Lancaster said...

Hi NanaC! Hope you are well! So many gorgeous creations since my last visit! I just dont seem to have any time for crafting or blogging at the moment.
Hopefully my time & my mojo will be back soon!
Hugs
Dawn xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A very cute image and beautiful die cut frame. Thanks for joining us at Passion for Promarkers this time.
Lorraine DT

Glittered Paws said...

What a sweet card with the little mouse - love the die cut as well. Happy to see you at The House that Stamps Built this month. Hope to see you again soon. Shirley H.

Carole said...

Such a delightful image and beautifully coloured, Connie. Love the die you used. x

Patti J said...

Such a pretty card! Love your coloring, and that die cut is beautiful! Thanks again for joining us at The House that Stamps Built!

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is so precious. Love that frame. Hug,s Teresa

suzARTe said...

This card is so lovely, I love the main image and all the other details.It would be fantastic if you shared this card at Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
Susan xx

Glenda Atkins said...

Gorgeous Die Connie and wonderful colouring, love your card,
hugs
Glenda

The Crafty Den said...

Really pretty card Connie. I love the fab image and your colouring is perfect. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week for Lorraine's 'make us smile' challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful card, Connie! I'm so proud of you for doing the class! Please let me know how it works out. I would enjoy taking on line classes but am never sure if I will be attentive enough at the time of the class, or will I be able to hold a marker long enough. Or will I need to get up, move around, or even take a rest LOL so we all have fears, and I am grateful you shared yours, so that I can try to face mine a little more forcefully. Have fun, Connie! XXOO

Heather said...

Gorgeous and oh, so cute! Love those fabulous dies you used and that image is so sweet! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

Pat K said...

Adorable card with fabulous die cuts...love it all. Thanks for playing along with us at TPS. Pat K x

Judy V said...

Sweet card NC! Love the die cuts and cute mouse! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Daffodil Cards said...

LOVE everything about it.
Faith
x

Victoria Rowson said...

Totally adorable!! I love all the lacy element you've put on this card and your colouring is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your pretty card with us at Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog!! Hugs Victoria (DT) x

Leanne said...

Great job, love the butterfly and the image is colored wonderfully. That die you used is perfect, and thanks so much for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Leanne DT/LPCF
Remember for your chance to win, you need to follow us, if you already have, thank you and good luck.

Rae Ann said...

I love the colors on this. The orange is so cheerful. The way you used the die is so creative!

Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.