Friday, July 17, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #13...and again!

This is the sketch for Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #13:

And here is my (first) take on this sketch.....

This is a brand new SNSS Digi release called "Showers of Blessing," by Courtney Fowler. Courtney has her own blog and challenge team called the, "Created by Courtney Challenge Chicks." Her work is lovely and her love for the Lord is evident in all that she does. Initally I wanted to color her dress in blue, but it made me think of the Morton Salt girl, so I tried to pick a color that I don't use much as a focal. Green, which I love, is usually what I use for leaves, etc. Here her dress and umbrella are colored with Copics using marker in the G and YG ranges. The background is done with C1-C7. Notice how I "grounded" her with a darker shadow below? When you do this, it makes the image look like it is actually on something, instead of floating in mid-air. Her hair is done with red-toned E range markers. CS is SU! Mellow Moss, DP and brads are Basic Grey - Mellow (I JUST realized that they both say mellow! hehehe), ribbon is Martha Stewart, bling is K&Co. Anytime I put gemstone brads or crystal bling on my cards, by DH says, "You Bedazzled it! LOL (Inside joke from The Game Plan, if you have seen it.) I used my MS Lace Border punch on some of the DP.

This is a close up showing the colorful paper and the sentiment. The digi comes with several sentiments to choose from, so you have something for inside and outside. After I finished this card and submitted it for the sketch blog, I realized that it was SUPPOSED to be a Christmas-themed card...doh! So, accordingly, here is my second take on this sketch:
If you have not noticed yet, very rarely do I stick exactly to the sketch. I always change something, even if I just rotate or switch sides. Not sure why, I just always do! CS is a DCWV card blank and some SU! Chocolate Chip, DP is Basic Grey - Mellow (Again...I just love this paper!) and a Christmas sentiment DP from a DCWV Holidays stack, ribbon and buttons are from StuffMart. Again, I used the MS Lace Border punch. I chose to go a little simpler with the card so that the image would really stand out. I just love this guy! It is another SNSS digi called, "You Light Up My Life!" This one you can only get by participating in the Christmas in July Celebration going on at SNSS this month. Hurry! After this month, you cannot get this one or the other two Christmas digis. (Do Not Open Till Christmas and Stanley the Penguin)

Since he is supposed to be made of snow, I used a C1 marker and B00 marker to line the edges and softened with colorless blender. I also *try* to keep in mind where I want the light to come from, so I know where to put my highlights, as you can see on his hat.


Riet said...

What a beautiful cards Shannon,l love the images and colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.x

Sandy said...

I think both of these are just BEAUTIFUL!!! I do love the greens in the Showers of Blessing card. Your snowman is wonderful too.

debra said...

Hi Shannon
Yes my punch arrived about 4 weeks ago did send you an email to thank you. I have used it on my last card on my blog as the WOJ guest designer this month it is great.
thanks Debra
ps loving all your beautifulcreations just had a quick peek.

Lorie said...

Hi Shannon! Your cards are just wonderful! I LOVE your Copic work, and wish you could teach me!

Barb said...

Shannon, both cards are terrific! I like the textures and dimension you put in your work. Very nice!


Ceal said...

Both cards are beautiful! I love the greens and the way you made her a shadow. Great coloring on both cards

Anonymous said...

These are both beautiful. I adore the first card! It is so rich looking. Fabulous job!!

Kathy said...

Both cards are so pretty Shannon! Love all the greens!! The first one is gorgeous and your coloring of the image is fab ~ love the deep color! Also that image in the second is so cute and I love what you have done with it!!

Leah said...

I love both your cards! The coloring great on both too:)

Anonymous said...

Both cards are incredible, Shannon! I really like the color scheme on the Showers of Blessing Card, and how you cut out the snowman so it stands out on your Christmas card. Your coloring is inspirational!