Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kay's Birthday Card/St. Patty's/Irish/Green

Today is the second Guest Designer spot I have this month on the Outlawz Copic/Promarker Challenge. Since my niece's mom, Kay, has her birthday on St. Patty's Day, I decided to use this challenge to create a card for her. Kay enjoys making jewelry, and has given me some really lovely bracelets. So I chose an image that I thought would fit her, and decided to use "green" for this challenge.

BTW, I neglected to mention on my last post that I am reading books I swore I would never read. So much for swearing. #**$&^%*)(*##@@#! Guess that will teach me to speak more like a lady! And never say never. The books I started reading are from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. OK, OK, I realize that I am really behind the times with this series. But, remember, I had sworn never to read it. So it's not too surprising that I came to it long after everyone else had already seen the movies, for Pete's sake.

Normally I am repulsed by vampire stories. And I don't know why. I can't explain that, anymore than I can explain my deep aversion to sock monkeys. Oh, please, don't make me go there. They make my skin crawl. And funny isn't it how we say "skin crawling" to mean something horrendous, yet we get "goose bumps", (or "goosies", as JLo loves to call them), to mean something wondrous? Both are skin reactions to outside stimuli, but are soooo different. I don't get it. Anyway, I usually can't abide stories about vampires. So I avoided Twilight and the rest of the series like the plague.

About a month ago I inexplicably downloaded Twilight to my Ipad. I truly have no idea why I did that. It was not free, so that couldn't have been my reasoning. It's a total mystery to me. The devil made me do it. (Oh, that phrase dates me, for sure!) Anyway, I was searching on my Kindle app for a book to read the other day, and I clicked on Twilight. And I read it. Cover to cover, so to speak. And it mesmerized me. Why? I have no earthly idea. But you can bet your bippy, (oh, so dating myself!), that I immediately purchased the rest of the series, and I am currently immersed in the second book as we speak. Or as I type. Whatev. I am not sure if I want to see the movies, too, but I know I am inexplicably enjoying myself while reading the books.

Another note: I received the first season of Game of Thrones this week, and I am really jazzed about watching it. I had read that entire series of books before I realized they were doing the show on HBO. And we don't get HBO. Yet. After I get Gary to watch a couple of episodes of season one, I am hoping he'll let us subscribe so we can catch season two this spring. It starts on April 1, so I'd best get on the stick, huh? (And does that phrase have anything to do with manual transmissions in cars?)

Finally, back to the card. I'm sure you're relieved! I used The La-La Land Crafts Dress Up Marci image, which I think it just too cute! I love La-La Land stamps. :^)  I stamped it onto Cryogen CS with Memento ink. The patterned papers are from Basic Grey Porcelain and Graphic 45 Times Nouveau collections, combined with Bazzill CS. I distressed my paper with my Distrezz-it-All. My die cuts were done with Spellbinders Labels 4 and 11 dies. I added ribbon and pearls from my stash (manufacturer unknown), a SU stick pin, and Prima flowers. The image was accented with a Signo Uniball white gel pen, and I put Glossy Accents on Marci's necklace. Copics used were: YG0000, YG91, YG95, YG97, YG99, E0000, E000, E00, E11, E13, E25, E31, E50, E81, E84, E93, E95.

I am also entering this card into another challenge:

Basic Grey Challenge #64

Here's wishing everyone everywhere a wonderful weekend. Mine is going to be fabulous. I am curling up with a good book for part of it! ;^)

21 comments:

  1. Such a fabulous card Penny! Love all the detail in the layout and your colouring of the image is just wonderful :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn! I really appreciate that!
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  2. I love this card! Yes, that jewelry theme is perfect for Kay. She'll love this! All that green is awesome, and I love the use of those two ladies down the side.

    So you're reading about sparkly vampires, eh? The shame ... the shame.

    Btw, I've read lots of praise for the HBO version of "Game of Thrones."

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    1. Thank you, my DD! So glad you think she'll appreciate the card. :^)
      Yes, and how did you know they sparkled? Hmmmmm?
      Well, I hope HBO stuck to the books as much as possible, because they were awesome!
      Hugs,
      Mom

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  3. Re: sparkly vampires ... people who mock "Twilight" often refer to it having sparkly vampires. Is that really true? They're really sparkly?

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    1. Only if they get into the sunlight. :^)

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  4. Penny, You did a beautiful job on this. The details are stunning. Your coloring is fantastic.

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    1. Thank you so very much again, Jo! :^)
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  5. Fabulous card, Penny! Love the fun image and all the swirling pearls! Beautiful papers and details! You rocked the green challenge!

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    1. Oh, thank you, carla! I really appreciate that! :^)
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  6. Oh my goodness this is beautiful!! your colouring is fab, and that green looks great!!
    Thankyou for joining us this time over at basicgrey challenges
    hugs
    JAcqui P x

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    1. Thank you so much, Jacqui! :^)
      Hugs back,
      Penny

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  7. No wonder they're mocked for being wimpy. ;)

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    1. Hey, don't mock my vampires. Go pick on your own! :^P
      Your mudder

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  8. oh now this is adorable - love your coloring and the vintage!!
    could enter this one at Sugar Creek Hollow too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda! Have a great weekend!
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  9. #1 sister, BarbaraMarch 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Not sure about the vampires Penny but to each his (or her) own. I would have thought this was like you in an earlier time but I guess it is revisited! The card is SO wonderful, love the stamp and the ladies you know i love too. Can hardly wait to see my card!!!

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    1. Yeah, I still can't believe I am reading them. AND, enjoying them! Something must be seriously wrong with me! Glad you like the card--thank you! :^)
      Well, you'll get your card in a week, though it won't be on my blog until the end of the month.
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  10. She's absolutely adorable and beautifully colored. I love the swirls of pearls.

    "Bet your bippy"? I haven't heard/read that in ages.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathi!

      Yeah, that saying is an oldie, but a goodie! They used to say something similar on the old Laugh-In show. :^)

      Hugs,
      Penny

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