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8/23/2014

Sparkle n Sprinkle Kit of the Month - Sunflowers

Happy Saturday! Today's card was sent to a VIP and has been received, so I can share it with you. The card was made with a kit from Sparkle n Sprinkle - the August technique of the month club to which I subscribe. There's a nice video showcasing this month's set.
 

- image stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Faber Castel Polychromos pencils. All the cardstock and card base were part of the kit, as was some embossing power and glitter - which I did not use on this card. I added the ribbons, sentiment and the ladybug (a MB die- more about that further on).

Here's what was in the kit.













 
 
 
This is what the 60 pencil set looks like. Dick Blick has the individual pencils available, so if I develop some proficiency with this particular brand, which did blend a bit more smoothly for me, then I may add to the set over time. The colors are very rich and vibrant. Also the nib did not seem to 'wear down' as much as some of the other brands I have. I'm told by folks who have been using them, that the lead doesn't break as easily when they are sharpened. I'll let you know how it works for me.
 
The sunflower colored quite easily and I felt that the shading was ok. Decided to use a light blue to color the background. I didn't get the strokes blended as nicely as I'd wished, so hunted up the Dove blender pen - which was rather dry. I didn't know how to open the end of it to add more blending solution. Had to find a video first! LOL. The cardstock base on which the image had been stamped began to pill up just a bit with the blender pen. I stopped when I saw this happening. The MB lady bug was stamped with a white snippet, colored with copics, added some glossy accents, and I think it covered up the little problem area quite nicely.  If I practice, I think I'm going to like these pencils a bit better than the other brands I've tried to use. My next effort will be using some mixed media or watercolor paper, as I want to see how the Dove blender handles the color on the right kind of cardstock. (that's one of the things in progress - but not ready to share just yet).
 
This will be a scheduled post as I'm trying to catch up on some things: housework and finishing up some commitment cards. And hopefully a little more gelli play. So happy Saturday. Thanks for your visit and Big Hugs.
 


37 comments:

Veerle said...

Hi Mary,
Well done on your colouring it's very beautiful. I switched from Derwent over to Faber Castell and I am very happy with my Faber's. You can even use them without any solution, then the colouring still looks nice. I like your card a lot. Have a nice weekend, love from Veerle xxx

Irene said...

Hello Mary

Your card is fabulous, I love it.
I too use FB Polychrome pencils and love them. Have you tried Tim Holtz Pen Nibs as paper stumps.

Wonderful detail and colouring.

luv
irene
xxxx

Sarah said...

This is wonderful Mary!! I LOVE sunflowers but we live on a hill which means that they take a battering so I've not planted any for a few years now. They are such cheerful flowers as your card so beautifully demonstrates xx

Sue said...

Gorgeous card Mary and love your gelli print on the previous one!! I haven't used my pencils for ages I think I might get them out and have a dabble now I've seen yours its really lovely lots of huggles Sue xxx

Sue said...

What a lovely card.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous Mary. I love the beautiful flower and fabulous colouring with the pencils.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Hugs Sharon. x

Faith A said...

BEAUTIFUL colouring well done using these pencils. Such a bright cheery card.

Kathleen said...

The colouring is fabulous and so is the image, gorgeous card.

Kath x

Jennifer Johnston said...

Hi Mary, I love this bright, cheery sunflower card. Our grandson is growing quite a few of these flowers and they have grown really tall. Wow! I wish I had all those coloured pencils! the colours are so beautiful, so many different shades. Have a great weekend. Take care Hun.
Hugs Jennifer xx

Jennifer Johnston said...

Hi Mary, I love this bright, cheery sunflower card. Our grandson is growing quite a few of these flowers and they have grown really tall. Wow! I wish I had all those coloured pencils! the colours are so beautiful, so many different shades. Have a great weekend. Take care Hun.
Hugs Jennifer xx

Pat said...

I love the sunflower Mary and the cute ladybird. You have coloured it beautifully and the yellow ribbon matches in perfectly. Hope your weekend is going well, apart from housework which is what I call a necessary evil..lol. x

Sally H said...

A stunning card, Mary and your colouring looks amazing! I have a set of Lakeland pencils, but I need to practice with them!

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card love the sunflower image and fabulous colouring -I am not good with pencils but having said that not tried these pencils
Carol x

jimlynn said...

That looks like a great kit! Love the card and that CAS design to it too. Your coloring with the pencils seem perfect to me and I would have never known that cute little ladybug covered up anything. VERY nice!
Lynn

Diane said...

Fabulous coloring and design Mary.

Hugs diane

Jean Straw said...

This is a gorgeous sunflower and you have coloured it beautifully. I am drooling over your tin of lovely new pencils, they look so yummy. I use Derwent Coloursoft which colour nicely but they do break easily and some of mine are getting rather short. I have had them for two years.
Jean x

Bonnie said...

This is a beautiful sunflower, Mary! You are so proficient is so many coloring mediums (media?)! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card, Mary!! The flower is so beautiful!! You colored it perfectly!! The sentiment is one of my favs!! Love this!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

aussie aNNie said...

gorgeous card Mary, love sunflowers and the brightness...awesome card and hey you cn't play with your gelli plate till I do.xxThe Journey is the Start

Carol L said...

That's a gorgeous sunflower image and you've colored it beautifully! Nice job with those pencils too! I'm so glad water coloring techniques are making the rounds again, as I did them years ago and really love doing them again!
Have a great weekend!

Maxine D said...

Mary this is an amazing card - love the clean crisp colours and your colouring and blending is fabulous!
Blessings
Maxine

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Mary, I love the sunflower, you have coloured it so well
Kevin xx

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Love your coloring

Brenda said...

I love this card Momma Mary and it sits right next to me so I can see it all the time! I didn't realize it wasn't colored with Copics, what a surprise to find out it was colored with your colored pencils, you did a fabulous job with them to my eye. Much better than I could do. lol Thank you so much for sending it to us, I just love it! Hugs, Brenda

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love your take on the kit. You've done a fabulous job on the coloring, Mary. I never bother trying the pencils. Always go for the crayons!

Jacee said...

Lovely bright happy card Mary, fabulous!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Benzi said...

Very nice job coloring this pretty image, Mary. I really like your new set of pencils and hope you'll love them. I haven't used a pencil in a long time...mine always broke as they sharpened....it was a different brand. Ugh! Of course, I use my Copics now but pencils could be so fun. Maybe I'll give them another try someday. Your card is beautiful.

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful card Mary the coloring is just gorgeous and I just love sunflowers :)

Brenda in IN said...

Your coloring and shading is perfect on this card. I love sunflowers and this is so pretty. The ladybug is so cute sneaking up on the flower!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Your sunflower looks so beautifully colored Mary . And Thank you so much for following my blog
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts School Projects

Sandy said...

Wonderful Sugar! Did you know that Blue Jays will take the seed and transplant them some place else!
Sandy xx

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Mary. Gorgeous sunflower ... LOVE this image and you've colored it beautifully. I haven't used pencils much, but was lucky enough to received an old set that my son no longer uses. Must find time to give them a good testing. Love the papers you've used to back this beautiful image. Loll xx

scrappymo! said...

I am drooling over your pencil tin...it is fabulous.So many lovely colours. I use Prismacolours but only have a few...24 I think. Then I have a couple extra and then some cheapo ones too...they don't blend as nice!

Your card is lovely and the colouring is wonderful. The ladybug looks as though it was designed to be there!

Sheila H said...

Your coloring is beautiful. I love sunflowers :)

LesleyG said...

LOvely card and beautiful colouring in, and the ladybird a happy accident looks fab! xxx

Pumpy said...

Wow, what a parcel you received, the card is gorgeous, popular flower sunflowers, I always think of David Niven when I see them the top of his coffin was covered in Sunflowers. A bit of silly information. I have just bought Prismacolor nice but I think yours will prove to be better.
Also have internet problems, so it not silly Africa alone. !!!

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card with great coloring!