Monday, June 18, 2012

BBTB2 Challenge - A Pearl Birthday

It is a BBTB2 Challenge Day, welcome.  Our challenge was offered up today by the talented Stephanie, she requested we use a pearl and birthday greeting in honor of her birthday this month.  This was a fun challenge for me, and I would like to share just a tiny bit about my Cricut.  Six years ago when I first saw the Cricut, it was a new kid on the block, at that time we were all working mainly with Sizzix and/or Quickutz both manual systems.  The industry was popping and alive with new ideas, concepts and tools.  I had a vision and a dream that I could really create my own embellishments, in whatever size and/or color I wanted. I was elated with the possibilities.  So fast forward, three Cricut machines later and sometimes almost embarassed to share how many carts, I feel like I am JUST realizing my dream, what a journy.  I am sharing this because if you have a dream or vision, no matter what, do not give up.  The process takes time, it takes practice, it takes commitment, but I promise if you stick to it, nuture it, it will grow. Don't let your dreams go.
For my card I used "Dreams Come True", for the shell, how appropriate is that, Lol, I also used TBBM for the tag.  I trimmed off the top of the shell to get the proper perspective and then went to work with my shell, I think I used 30 copic colors on this, the small spatters you see in the top portion of the shell, lower right was done with the airbrush and Tim Holtz Distress markers and it was the hardest part of the entire process, it takes some practice to get the spatter controlled and I was so nervous I would ruin the whole piece.  When all my colors were done, I then scanned it in and then printed it out and that is the piece I used for the card, this means that if I want a shell for a 5"X7" or 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" card I will have an embellishment sized for that card at my finger tips.  The background was created using Dylusion dyes and other Ranger products. The rectangle was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. Misc ribbon and a stick pin with pearls.

This process of scanning and saving your finished image means that you are able to carry your theme to the inside of the card, quickly and with ease.  Thanks for visiting my blog and remember to hold that dream. I so look forward to seeing what you will do with our challenge this week. Hugs

17 comments:

Carole Beath said...

the most soothing and beautiful colors sit upon this wonderful card. I love it...and as always, your story.
Carole

Jayne said...

Oh wow Sandi,you really are a marvel at colours and colouring.Wonderful card.
Jayne x

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Wow wow wow! What an amazing piece of art and so much love put into it. This card is gorgeous and you are right learning things takes time and practice.

Stephanie said...

OMGosh! I am always amazed at your coloring. It is so uniquely you. The shell with a pearl, wonderful take on the challenge. This is just so stunning. Love your positive story.

Glenda said...

Gorgeous colors and coloring! Love the shell with the pearl! Such a wonderful card!
Glenda

Brenda said...

You always wow me Sandi! This card is so beautiful and mesmorizing, so soothing I could just look at it forever! It truly is a piece of art. I only hope that one day I can color half this good! Hugs

Pam Sparks said...

very cool! Lovely coloring!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I so love this card.. love the sentiment, whoever is getting this will absolutely LOVE it. i need to try to remember this, would love to scrap lift it sometime.. hugs
and thank you for the answer to my question...

Jeri said...

Another beautiful work of art, Sandi. I always feel like your projects should be hanging in a museum I knew air brushing was going to come into play when I saw your card. Fabulous work.

Threadbear said...

Wow, gorgeous card -- love the coloring!! So interesting about you scanning and printing your work -- thanks for sharing!!
Linda

Kelly said...

Beautifully done Sandi, but that doesn't surprise me, it seems like anything you touch turnes into a masterpiece and this beauty is np exception. Love the colors!

Jennifer said...

Sandi, this is beautiful! Love the gorgeous colors and layout of your card too. Truly lovely artwork!

Jennifer

DonnaMundinger said...

I love how you're taking the Cricut to a whole new level, chickie! Fabulous work. I love it! xxD

Susan said...

Such a pretty card, Sandi. I really like the colors and that great DCT cut!!!

Susan

Christy said...

Love this Sandi! The colors are amazing! Im so glad you are happy and creating again.....Hugs!

shelly said...

just beautiful sandi youre such a wonderful inspiration :) thank you :)

~JulieH~ said...

Sandi this is so utterly beautiful! A real work of art, truly amazing work my friend.
Hugs
Juliexx