Friday, March 22, 2013

Jellypark Friends DT Pretty Pastels Challenge

Yup, our new challenge is Pretty Pastels, perfect for creating spring and/or Easter cards. I am not a big fan of pastels. I prefer more vibrant colors, usually deep, rich colors. Which is actually pretty silly for a Copic user. Pastel colors are much easier to work with. Especially yellows. So did I do yellows on this card? Nope. But I did do a lovely lavender.

Before I get to my card, do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I do. And it all involves eating. Now there's a real shocker for you. On Saturday, we are going out with our monthly dinner club to the Blue Hound in downtown Phoenix. Gary and I went there with friends several weeks ago and loved it. I am really looking forward to a repeat visit. Then, on Sunday, we go to our daughter's for dinner, so that Gary can have a small family birthday celebration. Oh, btw, he really liked the baseball card I made for him. (He also took the double meaning for the sentiment, as I suspected he would.) And he loves the new sheets. I washed them and put them on the bed yesterday, and he told me he really likes how they look. SCORE! 

Anyway, that's what we are up to. Hope you have some fun plans, too. Of course, I have cards to make--one today and one tomorrow, so I'd best get on the stick. My broomstick, of course.

But before I go, I must share my card deets--whether you like it or not. I chose a darling image, Jellypark Friends Girl on a Swing, for my card. I had this idea in my mind about using her on a die-cut branch. Lo and behold, that's actually what I did! Will wonders never cease! First I printed her on Make It Colour Blending Card; then I colored her with Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E31, E35, YR20
Barrette: V000, V01, C0
Swing: E31, E35, YG21, YG93, and Twin Touch GY48

I added some Copic Spica to her dress and shoe button. Then I put Wink of Stella Brush Silver on her barrette. 

The colors were based on my DP from the SEI Couture collection. I have hoarded this for months; I finally broke down and grabbed some to use. I really love this collection. Even though it is pastel. Go figure. If it is going to be pastel, it should have lavender in it. (Because my favorite color is actually purple. You know, the color of royalty. I figure I must have been Queen of something in another lifetime.) But I digress....I paired the DP with DCWV CS. 

I cut branches with the following dies: Memory Box Leafy Branch and Woodland Branch. Then I printed a sentiment from Create with TLC and die-cut it with Spellbinders Classic Ovals and framed it with Spellbinders Lacey Ovals. Voila! My card was done. I had to make a simple card, because I had a couple of sinus headaches this week that kept me from crafting much.

You know the kinds of headache those are, right? The ones where the pressure and pain increases if you bend forward. Try coloring without bending over. (It's kind of hard for me to color lying flat on my back.) So it was difficult to work on this card. You know what helped? The dinner we had for Gary's birthday Wednesday night.

Back-story: we were supposed to go to Turkish Kitchen, which had rave reviews from several sources and made the Best New Restaurant list in the Phoenix Magazine last fall. It sounded really good to Gary, and he picked it for his birthday dinner; I wasn't really in the mood for Turkish cuisine, but it was his birthday dinner, so off we went to Chandler. All I could think of was that I wanted to go to Hot Pot instead, which isn't far from the Turkish Kitchen location. But I kept my mouth shut. Yay, me!!!

Well, the TK is gone! Out of business. What? What the heck happened? Who knows, but Gary was so disappointed. (Me, not so much.) Then he said that we should go to Hot Pot since it was nearby. Hahahahaha! I got my wish. Without saying a word. Must have been mental telepathy, huh? Or  I could be mentally telepathetic. Whatev. I got to eat where I wanted. I asked him to pick out all the ingredients for our hot pot, including the broth. Ummmmm....I did not want the Thai curry. And that's exactly what he chose. But, this was a very good thing. Because the spicy broth cleared my sinuses out. And relieved the headache. Cool beans, huh? The whole evening worked out perfectly. The service and food were great and I felt better. Too bad about Gary. (Like he never gets what he wants--not!)

Hope you check out the fab creations by my DT'mates. And then, pick out your favorite pastels and give them a whirl. And have a great weekend, whatever your plans are!


  1. ohhh love the lavender!! i know that pastels can be hard but i think you have done a beautiful job. the pleats in her dress are fabulous too :) hope you have a fun weekend eating away ;) hehe!

  2. Penny,

    Such a cute card. Love the purple! Now that you got that pastel out of the way for this year, on to the vibrant. Love that you cut her out, too, really makes for an adorable card.

    :) Pam

  3. Oh Penny - your card is so darn sweet and the die-cut tree branch is absolutely perfect! Don't you just love it when a plan works out? LOL Your dinner sounds fabulous, too - happy belated birthday to Gary! :)

  4. Gorgeous card Penny. I love the sweet image and you have coloured her so beautifully. The layout is fabulous and the perfect sentiment.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  5. It's a beautiful card Penny, fabulous colouring as usual and I adore the die cut branch, lovely detail. Enjoy your foody weekend, I made a Thai curry this week so I can empathise with the sinus clearing lol. Mel :o)

  6. This is so cute. I love the die you used, perfect for a swing to hang from. Great idea. Beautiful coloring, beautiful design and beautiful card.

  7. fab card!love the pink/green combo so elegant!
    gorgeous image and dies

  8. Hey, Penny.. First let me say any errors in my post is from my phone not me! I am currently in the car going to CO. I totally enjoyed your post! Card is awesome too! So glad the birthday meal cleared your sinuses.. Hope you continue to feel better! It wouldn't be fun coloring with a sinus headache!!

  9. This is so pretty Penny & I love that sentiment :o)
    Have a great weekend.

  10. Penny, Gorgeous! Love your daring image and the scene you created. You did a fantastic job coloring her in the soft colors. Wonderful sentiment. Have a wonderful dinner Saturday and a super week end. Also glad the spicy broth cleared your head.
    Hugs, Patricia

  11. So lovely! Am I right in thinking someone said they didn't 'do' CAS???? I beg to differ! Such a pretty scene - would be lovely in a frame for a little girl's room. I understand the purple connection - I have traced my ancestors back to royalty so that explains it for me. Maybe it's the same for you?
    Hope your foodie weekend is super tasty!

  12. Hi sweetie, your creation is absolutely gorgeous, have a great weekend huggles Pops x x x

  13. Lovely design and coloring, Penny!

  14. Oooh. I love, Love, LOVE this. So I pinned it. :D

    Great coloring, fabulous color scheme, and I love the brilliant use of the die cut.

    Your post cracked me up -- "mentally telepathetic." -- ha!!!

    I've got sinus issues too and use spicy food to clear 'em. Wasabi works wonders!!!


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