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4/08/2014

Sparkle n Sprinkle Red Hat Lady

Good morning. Please help me welcome two new followers:

Maarit of Violet's Corner
Thanks so much for becoming followers here.
 
Have been MIA for the last couple of days after our trip to North Carolina for a very exciting craft garage sale. We left Friday morning, made a stop at Spartanburg's Scrapbook Creations, where 2 stamps were being held for me. Of course I also found some of the new Elizabeth Crafts embossing folders. Had a nice little brunch, and headed on up the road to Greensboro, which was about a 3 hour drive. We had the opportunity of going into the Event Room to look over what had been brought into the sale at that time, which was helpful in deciding what my main interests would be the next morning when the sale was opened.
 
Customer numbers were to be given out at 7am on Saturday, so we thought we'd be early birds and arrive at 6ish. At 6:15, we were assigned #14 & #15, so that shows you how many folks got there much earlier than we did! Once numbers were assigned, then off to find some coffee & breakfast, and be back for a 9am opening. Only 25 people were allowed in at first, and as those folks began to leave, the next 25 were allowed in the room, due to Fire Regulations...plus size of the area. There was so much stuff on lots of tables, that it was sometimes difficult to get to see something that really caught the eye. I managed however!! We had a good time, but were tired when we finally got back home that evening, and we've been sort of dragging around ever since. It was fun though, and I did snap up a few things I wanted.
 
Here's today's card, which has been in process for a bit...just being slow to finish it.
 
 Sparkle n Sprinkle Hat Ladies (00-222P4) bought at an estate sale. The set caught my eye, because I have a cousin who does the Red Hat Ladies bit.
 
Stamped on Xpress, Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with copics*. Spica & WoS sparkles added
 
Versamark applied to the drape at her shoulders, then sprinkled with SnS Morning Glory EP and heat embossed
 
- Image was fussy cut and adhered with dimensional tape over a lavender S/B Label 18 die cut
 
- Cut a piece of SnS Adhesive sheet to the size needed. Used a TCW Mini Kaleidoscope stencil, versamarked the surface that would be against the adhesive. Sprinkled Amethyst Silk Glitter over the stencil, brushed off the excess, and burnished. Removed the stencil, sprinkled Lavendar Silk Glitter over the remaining surface. Cleaned excess & burnished. I had already removed the center portion of the adhesive sheet (where the main image would go) prior to applying the stencil.
 
- adhered the glittered piece to the white top fold cardbase. Then placed the die cut with the image over the cut away portion.
 
Decided that I didn't like the white edges at each side of the glittered piece, so used a narrow S/B border left from the sentiment matting to cover the white.
 
- Elizabeth Craft die sentiment on a snippet of red glitter paper. This was thick, and did not cut well (paper problem, not the die..this was thick paper that had sort of a 'backing' on it.).
 
- card base had been edged with S/B Curved Borders Two. Inside is trimmed with the matting lavender, using another of the Curved Borders so that it shows through the front die cut.
 
 
 
 
*If you look closely at this image, you will see why I had to fussy cut for the card. I was being very careful with the red, but it still managed to bleed outside the hat area. Sometimes the colorless blender will move the red back inside the lines...sometimes it won't. My mistake on this piece was that I should have done the background area first...instead of doing the red first. The image was finished, looked fine. When I went to do the blue background - just using the marker & not airbrushing since I didn't want to make a mask, there were several bleed areas. Had been pleased with the facial coloring. Used darker markers than I normally would choose - my normal would be E0000, E000, E00, & E01. I used E11 and some darker E colors, just experimenting - and was pleased with the look. Until I messed up the reds when doing the background! Fussy cutting was the only way I could think to save the image.
 
Sorry this is such a long post!  This image will be submitted to:
 
 
 
So thanks for your visit today. Have a wonderful afternoon, and come again soon. Hugs
 
 



38 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!! She is so beautiful!! I love how you colored her!! What an absolutely fabulous card!! Your craft and estate sale trip sounds so fun!! I'm glad you were able to find some treasures!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Irish Cherokee said...

Beautiful job Mary! The coloring is very good. Sometimes fussy cutting is an absolute need. Like your image.

Christine Harrop said...

Fabulous card Mary. Good save with the fussy cutting of your image. Glad you had a good time over the past couple of days and I hope you got some wonderful goodies. Hugs Christine xx

Donna Ellis said...

OH MY! How impeccable your coloring is, Mary! She is beautiful! And that fussy cutting! no way I could do that. Beautiful card, and wonderful colors and shading.

Now to put on my other hat. Thank you for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month! I hope you will submit more of your pretty cards to the challenge in the future! hugs, Donna {Creative Smiles}

Patricia said...

Great card Mary, beautiful lady on a fantastic design

Patricia XX

Benzi said...

You colored this Red Hat lady so pretty, Mary. I see that pretty, curved border...just love that die set.
Your trip sounds so fun and glad you returned with new goodies. Have a good rest and start crafting so we can see all you got.

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a great time Mary. I love that image and that hat is wonderful!! xx

Kathleen said...

Great image and lovely card.

Kath x

Jean Straw said...

A lovely card Mary, a beautifully coloured image and I love your pretty sparkly background. It sounds like the craft sale was fun, glad you had a good time.
Jean x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful image and beautiful coloring!! Great card

jimlynn said...

Was wondering what had happened to you - a craft show sounds heavenly though! Glad you had fun.

Love this beautiful card and your coloring on the lady and hat is outstanding. I know it shines too. Gorgeous!

Lynn

Rita said...

Hi Mary. I loved your story about t the garage sale. I used to love mooching around these places too. Anyway, your card is fabulous and I do love that hat. Perfect colouring. Hugs Rita xxx

Pat said...

This is such a pretty lady and love her red hat. The background is really well done with the fine glitter on the adhesive sheet. The sentiment also cut from red works wonderfully. A beautiful card Mary. Sounds like you had a good time and found some new goodies which I'm sure you will enjoy. x

Sue said...

Awww this is so pretty Mary , your outing sounds like you had great fun and got some goodies to use. huggles Sue xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Mary, I like the design the image and the colours.
Kevin xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

You did a fantastic job with the coloring of this image Mary! I just love it! Your fussy cutting is impeccable! Good luck with the Creative Challenge over at Sparkle N Sprinkle!

aussie aNNie said...

Hope you had a good time away..this is just gorgeous Mary, bright and cheerie...it was good to hear from you again and apologies for not being so active on the commenting either so busy this life style.xxx

Carol L said...

I'm glad you had a fun time at the craft garage sale. I hope you got a lot of goodies! Your coloring on this card looks amazing and I would have used it without fussy cutting! The bleeding is barely noticeable IMHO! Gorgeous card with the red & purple! I have a friend who's in that red hat society too :) They really get into their colors don't they?!

scrappymo! said...

Your red hat lady card is beautiful. Good save with the fussy cutting.I am hopeless with red. Every time i use it i seem to have it bleed...even on Express It paper!!! So fussy cutting it is...lol

Your card turned out so lovely...the background is wonderful.

Sounds like lots of fun at the garage sale. We have 4 each summer here. They are outside so can be cancelled at a moments notice and moved to the following week. DH does not like to drive 4 hours home from the lake to find out it is cancelled so i only make it to about one a year. I usually buy any "extras there...
Everything is so cheap as the store does not take a cut...they just offer their back parking lot and advertise it for the sale. There are about 25 different vendors each time and bargains abound. Wish you could come!!!

Diane said...

Wow stunning coloring Mary, you certainly are an inspiration with all your talent.

Hugs Diane

Gail said...

Very nice! I'm glad you 'saved' it!

Di said...

BRILLIANT Mary! Your colouring is absolutely fabulous and the end result really beautiful. Luckily you salvaged all your hard work - and I find that if red bleeds it's impossible to blend back in too.

Gosh that sale sounds like good fun - and how organised to allow folk in as they did, good for you getting there so early!

Hugs

Di
xx

Karen Petitt said...

A craft garage sale? Sounds fab!! So sorry I've not been visiting Mary RL gets in the way too often lol! Beautiful card, your colouring is fantastic and fussy cutting her has made her pop beautifully Karen x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful red hat lady, your colouring is gorgeous. Sounds like you have some fun snapping up some more 'goodies' to play with :) Enjoy, Shirleyx

Brenda said...

Wow! This card is gorgeous Momma Mary! I love that lady and how you colored her. She looks great cutout so that was a little boo boo that was meant to be maybe. lol Cause I love her on that SB's mat! Your card base is really pretty too. I'm glad that you got some great crafty goodness at the sale, but I'm sure you are both glad to be back home and resting up. Hugs

Anne Temple said...

Wonderful card and you've colored the image beautifully. Love the gorgeous background you created as well. So glad you shared her with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge this month. Congrats on being a SNS Featured Artist too. Plus, your name will now go in a special drawing for a prize package for being a Featured Artist.

Hazel said...

Mary you sound like you had a great time at that sale. Your card is beautiful. Hazel xx

Redanne said...

Sounds like you had a good and worthwhile time at the garage sale. I like the idea of taking numbers so it is not too busy. Your card is beautiful and your colouring is wonderful Mary, I love the red hat in particular. Hope you have rested up now. Hugs, Anne xx

Sheila H said...

Your card is virtually a portrait, Mary. It is exquisite and so artistic. Your coloring is wonderful. I love the fussy cutting - excellent save! Sounds as if you had a great time craft shopping.

Pippa said...

Lovely card Mary and great colouring.

Petra Swart said...

Oh my, she is so elegant, Mary!! The purple and red is a stunning combination!! Lovely feminine card!!

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

How lovely and pretty is this !!! Great colors Mary , you always combine the perfect colors !!! Hope you have a wonderful day !!

Hugs,
Mayra
Mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh this is so fabulous, I love your coloring and the great design

Kim Heggins said...

wow...you are amazing, this is one gorgeous card and your coloring is just about as perfect as it can be.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Thank you for the warm welcome Mary, love the fabulous card, especially the warm colours and the gorgeous image.

Warm hugs
Maarit

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful elegant image and fabulous colouring love the shawl collar and red hat
Carol x

Bonnie said...

I'd been wondering how your trip to Greensboro went! I'm glad you found some bargains and can't wait to see them.

What a wonderful job on the skin tones and the hat on this image! I've about sworn off red with the Copic coloring because I just can't seem to stay in the lines and end up with a pink halo. Fussy cutting seems to be my technique when I've colored. LOL, maybe someday I'll learn to stay in the lines.!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the coloring on your red hat lady. I really like the red with all the purples as it is so striking, but then I remembered that those are the official red hat colors. The ladies knew what they were doing. This is just an awesome card.