Thursday, February 9, 2012

GRRRRanddaughters' Valentines

Can you tell, from the title, that I had a bit of a problem with these cards? Actually, 'bit of a problem' is a 'bit' of an understatement. BTW, they are identical; well, as identical as they can be, when they are not mass-produced.
 
Ahem. It has taken me three days to make two cards. Really. I am not sure why I have been so conflicted on the design for them. I tried so many combinations that I was sick of it. Sick of it. Then I  just completely reversed direction on what I was trying to accomplish and came up with what you see below. Not truly happy with this design, either; but, what you see is what you get. I hope the girls are happy with them.

I am wondering if my creativity is on hiatus right now due to my reading material. Yes, I am still reading--like a fiend. Somebody help me. And the series I am now reading is sooooo dark, it is unreal. It is science-fiction at its best or its worst. I haven't yet decided. But I am not recommending this series to anyone. I will say that Paul Hughes is a sick puppy, but a brilliant one. And his Silver Trilogy is definitely an illness. But brilliant in the most inhumane way. Arrrrrgh. Don't read it. Unless you want to have weird dreams and difficulty focusing on anything else.

So I am now putting the finishing touches on these cards. I will only show one, because they are basically the same. And, as soon as I am done, I will be back to let you know what went into this design, besides my sanity.

OK, I'm back. This is several hours later, though you wouldn't know that, would you. :^)  I was almost ready to load my photo and finish this up when I discovered something else not quite right with the design. So I redid a portion, and I hope this finally will be done. Please. Be done.

I used Magnolia's Wild Tilda image and sentiment. I stamped them with Memento ink and used Cryogen CS, as well as Stampin' Up CS for the card. The DSP is My Mind's Eye Love Me. I used several dies again (what a surprise). The small oval and the musical pieces are by MFT. The large oval is by Cheery Lynn. The small heart border is by Memory Box. The heart is by Spellbinders. I used Stampin' Up ribbon. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. I accented the image with a Signo Uniball white gel pen. I decided against adding any bling. Who knows why; only the Shadow knows. The image was colored with the following Copics: R81, R83, R85, YR20, E0000, E000, E00, E11, E13, E31, EE35, E40, E41, E42.

I am planning to enter a few challenges. If I remember to upload this to all of them. You know how that goes with me. Bwaaahahahaha!

http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge
http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/saturdayscarpbookingchallenge/forum/topics/paper-a-la-mode-challenge-february-4-i-heart-you
http://7kidschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
http://magnolia-liciouschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
http://scrapbitzcopics.ning.com/group/cmccopicchallengegroup/


So now on to Gary's Valentine. Gosh, at the rate I am going it may be a miracle if I get it finished before Tuesday. Nawwww, just kidding. I have plenty of time. Um, come to think of it, he is home on Saturday and Sunday. And we do get the girls overnight Saturday. Uh-oh. Help. I really am running out of time. Keep the faith for me, somebody.

And, everyone everywhere, have a terrific weekend! (And don't read the Silver Trilogy. By Paul Hughes. You have been warned!)

28 comments:

  1. This card is adorable, the die stands out beautifully with that cute Tild image. Thanks for taking part in the challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs.

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  2. Thank you so much, Sandie! I love Cheery Lynn dies! :^)

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  3. Hi Penny! Such a cute little Valentine! Tilda is so dang cute...and how cute that her outfit is pink and white! Such pretty coloring! I'm so glad you've joined us for this fortnight's challenge at 7 Kids! Hugs. Pat Frank

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  4. Thank you, Pat! I love this image, and it was fun to color. :^)

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  5. Sweet Tilda with beautiful details on thiThank you so much for playing along with us at Magnolia-licious Challenge. Hope to see for the next ones :o)
    Hugs,
    Cabios card.

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    1. Thank you very much, Cabio!

      Hugs back,
      Penny

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  6. An adorable card, such lovely colours and details, Tilda looks stunning in her pink and white outfit.

    Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge
    hugs
    Heather xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather!

      Hugs back,
      Penny

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  7. Penny, what an adorable card, I just love this little Tilda. Great design and wonderful coloring. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.
    PS I fixed your link on the challenge blog so your card appears as a thumbnail.

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  8. Thank you for the compliment, Sandy! And thanks so much for fixing my link. I didn't know how to repair it! :^) I knew what I had done wrong in uploading it, but didn't know the fix. I really appreciate that!

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  9. Such an adorable card (both of them!) - I love that sentiment with the Magnolia (so funny!) and the layout looks well worth the trouble :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lily! I love the sentiment, too! :^)

      Hugs,
      Penny

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  10. Penny love your Tilda!! What a delightful design and great coloring!! Good luck and thanks for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs!!

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  11. It's adorable!!! love the lacy die on there, and the little gal is tooo cute!!! Good luck and thanks for playing along at Cheery Lynn Designs!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jodi!

      Hugs,
      Penny

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  12. This is such a pretty card! I love that stamp and am so very tempted to buy it - I don't own any of the magnolia stamps...I am afraid if I start I won't ever stop if you know what I mean....
    :) LOL! Love the way you used the wonderful Cheery Lynn dies!
    Jill

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  13. Hey, Jill. For some reason, my blog won't let me reply to you. :^(

    Anyway, thank you so much! And I do know what you mean--I can't stop buying the Magnolias--they are too darned cute! Thanks again!

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  14. Beautiful Tilda card with sweet details.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cabio! :^)

      Hugs,
      Penny

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  15. The girls loved their cards! In fact, when Kelsey got home she panicked because she thought she lost it (but it was in her bag).

    I think the cards are beautiful, as you already know. That little stamped image is just too precious!

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    1. I am glad they were happy with them!

      Thank you, my dear. Yes, I love the little Wild Tilda, too! :^)

      Hugs,
      Mom

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  16. Just beautiful. I love this new Tilda! Thanks for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge!

    Julie

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie! :^)

      Hugs,
      Penny

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  17. Wow, Penny, you may have had trouble with these cards but it really turned out amazing. I wish I were receiving it!! Love your coloring style and the lacey die cut is so pretty!! Thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
    xoxo, Christine

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    1. Christine, that is such a nice compliment! Thank you very much. :^)

      Hugs,
      Penny

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  18. Simply adorable. Perfect colouring, image and embellishment. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Copic and don't forget a new challenge starts tomorrow,
    Hugs
    H xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Hazel! I appreciate the compliment! :^)
      Hugs,
      Penny

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