Sunday, May 29, 2011

Up, Up, and Away!

Hi everyone!

Can you believe that I'm actually posting a creation? I feel like my blog has been filled to the brim with all these giveaways, which I'm happy to do, but I'm also a bit sad that it's on the empty side as far as cards go.  Today I'm glad to be posting a card :)

This card uses the brand spankin' new stamps from the Little Darling's line.  I'm also entering this into their Little Darlings Challenge/Contest HERE.  I've used the Up, Up, and Away image which is just so cute!  They've been showing the movie "Up" lately and this images just totally reminds me of Ellie :)  I painstakingly colored the hot air balloon exactly how I wanted to color it, but after I covered it with Crackle Accents, it totally smeared my watercoloring and what you see is what happened.  I think it still turned out okay though, I guess : /

I've also used a bunch of other products that is available at the Love to Stamp store, including the Webster's Pages paper, the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Postage Stamps, and the Whimsy Stamps Music Notes background (behind the image).   I cut out the mini postage stamps with the Mini Postage Die.  I'm not sure if the Love To Stamp store is always going to have the Whimsy Stamps products at a discounted price, but right now they're 15% off so go grab the ones that you've had on your wish list!

Oh, and I wanted to share that lately, I've been trying out a bunch of different papers for watercoloring!  I asked the oh-so-talented watercolorist Minna what kind of paper she uses, which was Canson Montval, so I went to go shop for it at Dick Blick, but while I was there, I picked up a whole bunch of others to make sure I wasn't missing out on the greatest paper ever, lol.  I think I have almost all possible watercolor paper now.  For this image, I used Lanaquarelle Watercolor Paper, Hot Press, 140lb/300gsm.  This paper is actually really great, very smooth, but for some reason, I felt like the colors dried to different colors than what I was used to.  I think it might be because this paper is bright white, not off-white like most watercolor papers.  It also was somewhat difficult to work with because it stayed wet for a long time.  I think I will put together my reviews of all the watercolor papers I have and make it available for everyone so that you don't have to waste as much money as I have, lol.  I'm also now using the Zig Water Color Brush (Detailer Tip) which is SOOOO much better than the Sakura Koi water brushes and the Niji water brushes.  I recently ordered the Pentel Aquash Water Brush which is going to get here sometime next week - can't wait to see how that one performs!

Wow, geez, enough rambling from me!  Hope you like my card! 

Stamps: Little Darling Up, Up, and Away, Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Postage Stamps, and the Whimsy Stamps Music Notes Background; Medium: Distress reinkers on Lanaquarelle Hot Press Watercolor paper; Paper: Webster's Pages Spring/Yacht/Country 6x6 Paper Pad; Accessories/tools: Whimsy Stamps Mini Postage Die, Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die, Sizzix flourish die, May Arts net ribbon, burlap, Crackle Accents

This card is also for the following challenges:
  1. Dream Valley Challenges - Stamp Something
  2. Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes
  3. 2 Sisters - Anything Goes
  4. Stamp Something - Use a sentiment
  5. Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes (also used my favorite medium: distress inks!)
  6. Shelly's Images - Let it all hang out (hanging flourishes)
  7. Cooking It Up With Katie - Swirls, sunny, sentiment
  8. Crafting for all Seasons - Anything goe
  9. Penny's Paper-Crafty - Summer
  10. Litlte Darlings Challenges - Contest


Cindy Haffner said...

FABULOUS Ann I just love all your layers!!~

Kellie said...

Ooooo wow this is absolutely amazing!


Sylvia said...

Ohhh... this is sooo adorable! Amazing card, Ann!!!

{hugs} Sylvia

angelique (anlou) said...

hiya sweetie
your card is gorgeous
i just love the image
and all the lovely details
hugs angelique

Chrissy said...

Like it...I LOVE IT. The colours are beautiful, and the layers, your colouring, all amazing.Love the swirls...mine never look that good.Wonderful scene..


Regina said...

What a lovely card! The stamp is so fun!

Lena Katrine said...

WOWIE! This is awesome!!! Such beautiful colours and details, and you've coloured the image in to perfection!
Thanks for playing along at our Little Darlings Contest - best of luck!
Hugs, Lena Katrine

Stamping Seasons said...

Wonderful card. Love your colouring and there is always so much detail to look at.

Shirley N said...

Beautiful scene, wonderful details, gorgeous coloring!

Yolanda said...

Lovely scene you've created! I like the balloon cracked and all, it gives a nive change to the 'perfect' images. I use the Zig water colour brush for a long time now and it's good to read you like it too. I use 2 different sizes. Come and see my colouring if you can spare the time some day :). You can find me here:

Hugs Yolanda

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Anne, love the shabby feel to it and your colouring is beautiful as always
hugs Mandy xx

Suzie McFloozy said...

O Ann this is gorgeous. It's great to see you creating again !

Your colouring is fantastic and I love how the card looks so textural x
Thanks also for joining in with us at papercrafting journey and cooking it up with Katie x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Iulia said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Ann! What a great idea to add those crackle accents! Great colorwork and perfect layout ! Loveit!
Hugs and have a happy week!

1LuvnMama said...

I don't care what kind of watercolor paper you use, but every since creation is a masterpiece in my eyes! :) I luv all the flourishes you added and the clear crackled paint! Just gorgeous!

vicmbee said...

gorgeous card Anne and cute image..thanks for joining in the 1st Emerald Faerie challenge.

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Tracey said...

WOW! This is gorgeous Ann!

Anonymous said...

This is stunning, wow!! I absolutely love it and all the layers and details on it. I would also really appreciate you sharing your water colour paper experience with us!

Patti P. said...

This is so the balloon image and I think it looks just gorgeous, but we are own worst critics. That is one wonderful bow as well. I love hearing others opinions about tools, so helpful. Tfs

Margreet said...

Hi Ann, what an adorable scenery yoy've can see they have fun....gorgeous bow and swirls!
xxx Margreet

Esme said...

Wow! Love the effect you've got on the image! The flourishes are fab too!
Esme x

Shazza said...

like it? I LOVE it, it is beautiful x

Karen Wilson said...

This is ADORABLE!! Love all the little embellishments and especially the sentiment! TFS! I've missed your creations too!

Crea Astrid said...

What a beautiful card is this. Nice details.

Hugs Astrid.

Kendra said...

This is gorgeous! Love the image, and the bow, and the coloring is amazing! Thanks for playing at Dream Valley!

sallysbitz said...

This is just stunning x
Love the whole theme.

hugs sally x

PS ... I have candy up for grabs too.

Jan said...

Lovely card thanks for joining us at CFAS, hope to see you again soon xx Jan DT member

Auntie Em said...

Your card is so pretty! I love the lacy ribbon which adds to the airy look and the little kids watching her fly past. Too cute!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Marie-Anne said...

What a gorgeous card!


Betty Benton said...

Wonderful card -- I love her goggles -- she's out for a day of speed racing!!

Angie said...

Hi Ann!

OMGosh! The moment I saw your card I got the feeling that the hot air balloon was flying over a field or farm. It's a beautiful country setting and you've colored my 'Up, Up and Away' perfectly! Thank you so much for joining in on the Little Darlings Challenges contest. Best of luck to you :-)


Renkata said...

ohhh wow such a great DP , amazing card Ann.

stampinfranni said...

Amazing card. Love it!

Fot said...

Beautiful card, Im in love with all of your creations <3
Deborah ( aka ~ Scrappingmamma )

debbie said...

Yeh, so glad to see another beautiful creation!

LindaS said...

Gorgeous coloring. Love your mix of dark and light colors/papers.

Hannah Clark said...

This is just GORGEOUS! I love your colouring and the crackle accents you used on the balloon! The flourishes and mesh are just perfect! Great card! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Beautiful card.....crackle looks great and I see no smearing...very sweet.

netsoojmik said...

Great card! And I'd really like to read all of your experiences with the watercoloring on different papers!

Gr's Kim

JoyfullyOrange In Heaven said...

Awesome Ann!! I know how you feel about not having had time to create and it stinks! I will be back on the wagon tomorrow or day after and I am hoping for a few straight hours to just make cards!! Your giveaways have been so awesome, and you are very appreciated for them!!!!

Hugs and blessings, Deborah

Lillian Child said...

Amazing card creation!!!

nancy said...

I just love your cards, and the little postage stamp sentiments----they are the cutest things ever---Nancy

Carol said...

A fabulous card, love all the details. Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time and I hope we see you again soon. Carol DT x

Anonymous said...

Whoa - what a cool card! Love the postage stamps - and that lacey bow is just perfect!

Angela said...

This is gorgeous Ann! I love how you paired up this sweet image with the Webster's pages. They go perfectly together. Beautiful coloring too! Thanks for joining us at the Little Darlings Challenge blog! hugs, Angela

Lorraine said...

Oh this is beautiful! Love the design, stamps, swirls, trim and your fab coloring of that sweet image!

Rhonda Miller said...

How cute. TFS.

Fot said...

FABULOUS i just love the colors .. Your amazing ..

Calypso said...

I love how the hot air balloon turned out....even if it smudged a little I think it looks fantastic. I also the love the scene that you've created for this card. Amazing.

Jen Leeflang said...

Oh my gosh - I love your card!
Thanks for joining us on Shelly's Images this week!
luv n huggz

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...

MY JAW HIT THE FLOOR OMG!!! This is utterly gorgeous!!

Your watercolouring looks great and I look foward to your end cap on all your testing of paper, tehee!

OH back to the card.

LOVE IT AND BEST OF LUCK IN THE CONTEST at Little Darlings Challenges,Ruby♥

Lin said...

Oh WOW gobsmackingly gorgeous!

I had a bit of a do with watercolour papers myself recently. I like to colour lots of digis and having bought a new printer which does a u turn for the paper fees instead of straight through like my old one, I had to find new watercolour paper. Hard work!

I would be interested if you did a review!

Anyhow, lush creation, great colouring.

Thanks for joining in the fun at Dream Valley.

Lin xx

Lisa said...

Wow Ann this is outstanding! You are so gifted! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something this week!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous! Love the lacey ribbon and the balloon looks awesome! Thanks for joining us over at PCJ.