Sunday, February 28, 2010

The DIGI Relay Race in Feb. at The Greeting Farm

Back at the beginning of February, The Greeting Farm blog had a digital relay race while the owners were at CHA in California. They gave everyone who wanted to participate a free digital image on Sunday. Then you had until 6pm on Monday to create a card with that image and upload it to their gallery. If you played by the rules, you were emailed the next free digital image. Then you had until 6pm the following night to upload your new card, which earned you the next free image, and so on. FUN, right?! Well the first free image given out was called Mer Ian. Here's the card I created for the first day of the Digi Relay Race:

Most of the paper is old Creative Memories paper (from a long, long time ago). To add dimension, I used pop dots to raise up the moon, Mer Ian and the front wave. I used Martha Stewart loose glitter on Mer Ian's hair and MS glitter pens for his scales. I added small gold pearls to his necklace and blue pearls to the waves. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart. I stamped it in black ink and then wrote over it with a Black Sakura Glaze pen.

So the next day after I uploaded my Mer Ian card, I was emailed a digital image called Toby Cub. Now, I don't have much practice at coloring animals so this was a stretch for me. On top of that, I don't have a lot of Copic markers so I had to make due with what I had. Here he is:

I used E00 and E33 for the lighter areas of Toby. The rest of him was colored with my Sharpie Markers. The patterned paper and sentiment came from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy, the corduroy brads came from Close To My Heart and the ribbon from Michaels. I also added glitter glue around the blue cardstock circle and around the sentiment.

My final card during this relay event used a digital image called Charlotte. Now, this event was supposed to go all week long so we would have earned 5 free digital images. However, there was such a huge turnout, the contest came to a screeching halt after only three days because the site kept crashing! I guess when you mention free, everyone turns up for a challenge, LOL! Here's my last card for the relay:

I was inspired by a layout (Winning Combination) in the CTMH idea book "Originals." The papers are from Close To My Heart Silhouette's paper pack. The sentiment is from CTMH "Shining Star" stamp set. The flowers were made by cutting a scalloped circle with my Nestabilities. After cutting out the circle, I cut each scallop towards the center and bent up the "petals." I then glued a red button in the middle (these were inspired by Emilee Smith, another CTMH Consultant). The black, glitter brad is from Paper Studio Spare Parts.

I colored Charlotte's skin with Copic E33 and her cheeks with R32. Her headband and scarf are E00. The rest of Charlotte is colored with Sharpie Markers. I then used glitter glue for her shirt, belt, pant trim, shoes, and eyeshadow.

I hope you enjoyed these creations! I have several more cards I've created using these adorable images from The Greeting stay tuned!

Love and Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Monochromatic WIN at The Greeting Farm

Okay, I'm soooo new to this blogging thing, but decided I would jump on the bandwagon. I'm hoping as I become more and more familiar with the blogging world that my creations and my blog will continue to evolve into something better! I've always been a scrapbooker at heart, but decided to try my hand at cardmaking. There's just something fulfilling about creating something quick and tangible. My scrapbooking pages can take days as I try to figure out a layout and papers and embellishments, etc. However, a card just takes a few hours and then it's done (sometimes for me though it can drag out into days, LOL)!

I found some adorable images last year and fell in love with them!! They are from an online store called The Greeting Farm. After buying several of them, I decided this year to try out some of their challenges so I could earn some freebies. The first challenge I tried was called Jenn Monochromania on January 4th and guess what....I WON!! YEA! To say the least it was a big accomplishment for me and really inspired me to try my hand at cardmaking. Here's my winning card:

You can view the winning announcement here.

The image I used from The Greeting Farm is called Joyce. It's actually a digital image, printed from my printer. I found some great monochromatic paper at my local Target store on clearance last year so I decided to pull it out and finally use it! The glitter paper came from Hobby Lobby. The flower and glitter brad are Paper Studio Spare Parts. I colored the image with copics, sharpie's, and a ZIG metallic writer (still building up my Copic markers so I had to use what I had on hand). I used a Martha Steward heart border punch on the bottom and then used the little left-over circle pieces to make earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, and shoe bling for my image (yes, it took some patience to try and pick up those little circle dots with tweezers and glue them to my image!). Here's a close-up of Joyce:

I hope you enjoy it!

Hugs and Happy Scrapping/Cardmaking,
Rosemary :)