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Sunday, March 22, 2009

She Dreams in Sketches!

This weekend I spent some time playing with one of my all-time favorite stamp sets - She Dreams from FireCracker Designs by Pamela! I am sooooooooooooo in love with these stamps!! You already saw one card I made with them on my Courtney's Closet post a couple weeks ago. Now I have three more to show you! All of the cards I made this weekend were to play along with various sketch challenges - hence the title of this post. :-) I should probably space out the postings instead of showing you them all at once, so I actually have something to post later this week - but oh well, I'm too impatient for that! :-) First up is my knight in shining armour! The sketch for this one was Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #60. To color in my knight, I did something I haven't done in ages - broke out my chalks! But I couldn't leave him be - something about this set just calls out "GLITTER!" to me (which may be one of the reasons I love it so!) so I added lots of various Stickles to my image - Star Dust on the horse, purple on the knight, red on his plume and silver on his sword. The purple background is stamped repeatedly with the 'My knight in shining armour' sentiment in Encore gold, then TP'ed with eggplant ink. The edges are also sponged with Chocolate Chip.Next I had to start getting the awesome dragon images inky. I just *love* the combo on this card - how the image is just the tail of the dragon, and the sentiment is so perfect - "Imagine the impossible". I think I've mentioned before, that Pamela is one clever gal! :-) The sketch this time is Jen del Muro's SFYTT. This card has lots of pretty shimmer IRL - the green of the dragon was colored with Copics then painted with Celery Shimmerz, and his underside is coated with Star Dust Stickles. The flowers and pearls are all from the SU Pretties kit - I colored the flowers with my Copic and then painted them with Shimmerz as well. The sentiment was stamped and then traced over with a Spica pen, and I also added Shimmerz to the edges of the sentiment & image panels. Soooo much sparkle IRL - the photo truly does not do this card justice!!The third card is such a cool dragon image!! This time the sketch is last week's challenge on SCS. The blue background DP is from SU's "Good Morning Sunshine", and I took my color queues from that paper pack - Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss & Chocolate Chip. I thought that paper looked somewhat like the dragon's eye, and then I embossed the Kiwi panels to look sort of like dragon scales. Again a lot of sparkle & shine - this time it's Gold Glimmer Shimmerz on the underside of the dragon, and a mix of Orange Peel and Gold Stickles on the dragon's flame. I also coated his eye in clear Glaze pen to give it a little shine. Oh, and I nearly forgot - speaking of that clever Pamela - I stamped just "Dragon?" on the outside - well the inside reads "Feel Better Soon!". Hee hee!Just an fyi since I did so much with Shimmerz today - Pamela has some NEW colors in stock, yay!! Check them out! Alright - wow - posting three cards at once really makes for a long post! Did anyone even read the entire thing? :-) Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you have a great week!
  • Stamps: She Dreams from FireCracker Designs by Pamela
  • Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Brushed Gold, GP white, PTI black polka dot DP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Encore Gold, Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: SU Pastels, Stickles, Spellbinders die, black organdy ribbon, safety pin, heart brads
  • Stamps: She Dreams from FireCracker Designs by Pamela
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey Archaic DP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Copics for coloring
  • Accessories: Stickles, Shimmerz, SU Pretties Kit, rhinestone buckle, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain, Spica glitter pen
  • Stamps: She Dreams from FireCracker Designs by Pamela
  • Paper: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, GP White, SU Good Morning Sunshine DP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers for coloring
  • Accessories: Stickles, clear Glaze pen, Shimmerz, Janome Sew Mini, mini library clip

27 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness gracious, Libby! These are all AWESOME cards! I can tell you honestly love this set because they really bring out some amazing creativity in you. I thought the stamps were smaller until I saw your cards but they're pretty good size. Wow! Your work with these stamps just has me stunned. I thought the first one was just incredible, but there's something about the second card that's very moving and intense. Really fabulous art!

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  2. ps: I read the whole thing.

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  3. What a cool set, I love the cards! I to move Shimmerz up higher on my wish list. I loved how you used it. All your cards are amazing.

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  4. wonderful cards and I really do like that set!!!
    Oh you are such a multi-talented person. That wedding cake is beautiful and I bet it tasted good too! :-)

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  5. Oh my! What a great take on the challenge! Awesome card :)

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  6. Wow Libby- what fantastic cards!!! I absolutely LOVE them all, I can' decide which is my favorite!!! I can't believe you colored the knight in chalks- I can never get clean coloring with mine!!! And I hear ya on the sparkle and glitter- I am so not a girly girl (at all) but, boy, do I LOVE glittler and sparkle!!!! Super awesome work (as always!!!!)

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  7. These are awesome cards!! I love every single one of them! I read the whole post and I love to read what you have to say! I can say that this set has really come to life for me now!!

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  8. This is FANTASTIC Libby!! The dragon tail is just amaaaazing. It looks so real, I thought it was gonna reach out and whip me! :)

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  9. Wow X many! Some great cards for boys/men and that always seems hard to do! Absolutely brilliant!

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  10. these are SPECTACULAR! I think my fav. is the green and blue one-"Dragon?"
    I LOVE the texture you did with the green paper, looks like dragon skin for sure! Also like the blue, looks like eyes all over...really great choices on all of them Libby!

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  11. esp loe the tail card! :) and PS yes, Yellowtail is GREAT! the Shiraz is my fave :)

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  12. Wow 3 cards!! That staamp set is great! TFS!!

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  13. Wow I love your cards, super job.

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  14. Libby, these cards are amazing! You are so creative!! I'm envious.

    Jimmye Sue
    Texana Designs

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  15. Here's another WOW to add to your WOWs. These are freakin' amazing. I especially like the one with the tail.

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  16. WOW Libby!! I just have to say that your creations are way cool here!! You did such a bang up job with this set!! Amazing details you've put into each one of these!! :)

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  17. Totally outrageous girl! These are awesome - I really love the one with the tail! Of course I read the whole post - wouldn't want to miss anything! ~chris

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  18. Great cards -- and of course I read the whole thing; always do! :-)

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  19. Fabulous cards Libby! And thank you SO SO much for all the supportive comments you've left on my blog recently, it really means a lot that you took the time out of your day to be so very sweet to me! You're the best!

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  20. that dragon is super cute!! love it :) I'm so envious of how creative you are, Libby :)

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  21. These are really creative....love the dragon....and your renderings are super!

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  22. All of these are so amazing, Libby...I can see why you couldn't hold back on posting them!!

    Your knight card is so cool, and who would have thought a card with a dragon's tail on could be so pretty! I love the colors, texture and layout of your dragon card, and the flame is very cool (or maybe I should say, hot!!)
    AWESOME!!

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  23. Amazing cards! You MUST dream in sketches cause these are fantastical! WOWza!!!!!! :O)

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  24. jen del muro (iheart2stamp.com)March 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    AWESOME!!!! These are all wonderful! Thanks for playing the sketch, too! Hugs-Jd

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  25. Wow! Looking at your cards it is like reading a book of fairy tales! Gorgoeus! I love all of the texture and embellishments you used!

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  26. WOW, Libby!! These are really fantastic!! The dragon tail looks so lifelike; the coloring & shadowing is really incredible! The texture paper and 'eye" paper you used on the "Dragon?" one was totally perfect!! And I loved the brads & extra bits on the knight card! All 3 are really superb!! (and yes, I read the whole thing, too! grin!)

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