Wednesday, 6 July 2011


If the answer's yes then what are you waiting for!  DT CALL currently going on at SUNDAYS WITH CRISSY. 

As I've said in my previous posts I would love the opportunity to be part of this talented design team and who wouldn't want to be able to use Chrissy's images - I for one do better work when using stamps that inspire me.  I am finding that I want to push my boundaries and aim higher to achieve cards I'm really proud of.  Being fairly new to Card Crafting everything I do is fresh and new which is one of the wonderful things about crafting, there is always more techniques to try and always skills to improve on.

After spending nearly 3 hours trying to get my sewing machine to work (bobbin threading) last night - that's what happens when you haven't used your machine for over 4 years!  Decided to use this technique again before putting machine away.

Thought I'd try colouring dark skin for this project which I find extremely hard to do!  I thought I'd cracked it once but forgot what colours I used and have never hit upon the combo since!  I went for the pinky browns for Maya's skin tone which I think gives a softer look.

In my eagerness to get myself noticed and hopefully be picked to join Chrissy's team I have been trying lots of different techniques and really pushing the boat out so if you score points for effort then I'm way up there!

To date I have attempted reptile skin and  a lighter africian skin tone which has definitely stretched me as I found both quite difficult to do but being determined I persevered.  Machine sewing which was a biggie for me as I haven't used my sewing machine for several years and a bit more layering than I'm used too.  I've also changed the way I do things by finding the papers I want to use first instead of colouring image and then looking for papers that will match!  I've had a go at dying ribbon with distressing inks which is a technique used on this card.

Included both photo's - light one is too light - not like original.  Darker one is more true but not sure if detail show up.

Digi stamp - Maya blowing bubbles

Copics and Promarkers
Primsa and Polychromos just on hair on skin
Spray varnish
Gel pen
Diamond glaze - on bubbles
Distressing inks
Free Vintage papers from Far Farhill
Plain Cardstock - Crafters Companion
Gold - Create and Craft
Faux brads
Americian seam ribbon
Beaded pins
Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into

Sundays with Crissy - DT Call
Simon Says Stamp - Stitching
Stampavie and more - more than 3 layers
A spoonful of Sugar - Stitching
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Partytime Tuesday - Anything goes square cards


Liz said...

Sharon yes yes yes
" May YOUR wishes come true!!!!" I am certain Chrissy will choose you as one of her team if she dont I will be very very surprized your work gets better and better every time I pop over to visit you love just love this card with that fantastic distressed bow and beautiful colouring the tops I will be sending a little prayer up for you let me know Chat soon

Hugs Liz xx
Chat soon hun

Lorraine A said...

Oh WOW !!! Sharon ,,, this is BRILLIANT !! your colouring is amazing ,, I never tried dark skin tones before but you have cracked it ,,, perfect ! everything about this card is stunning ,,, the distressed ribbon ,, sewing ,, everything !!
GOOD LUCK with the DT call :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Crissy Armstrong said...

Really nice job colouring and shading on this image. I love the crinkly bow and your sewing -- perfectly done, wow. The brighter picture gives us a better look at it for sure. hugs!

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful card, Sharon! Your coloring of the dark skin is gorgeous! LOVE that big bow too! Best of luck in your quest to be on Crissy's DT! Thanks so much for joining us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
hugs, Sharon

Mandy said...

Oh wow Sharon your card is beautiful hun, I love the sweet Maya image and your colouring is fab.
Good luck with the DT call :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our A Stitch In Time Challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Michele Spera said...

What a beauty! Love what you came up with!,thank you for joining us at Sundays with Crissy

Tracey said...

This is just incredible!! I love seeing this image around the web since it is my wee girl! Just a simply beautiful card!!

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, this is just gorgeous, fabulous colours too thanks for joining us at Sunday's with Crissy this time big hugs love pops x