Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Through The Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge and Gary's Birthday Card

We are being sponsored this week by Oozak. And, as always, our challenge is Anything Goes. We certainly had a lot of wonderful entries last week, and I expect we will this week, too! Looking forward to them.

So, Gary's birthday is tomorrow. He will be turning the big "65", which could be his retirement age. But, fortunately for my crafting budget, he has decided to work another year or two. I honestly think he would get really bored being home all the time. I hope he finds a part-time job once he does retire, so he doesn't drive me crazy all day! OK, crazier. You got me.

So I managed to make this card without his knowledge. I worked on it while he was in bed sleeping or at work. And, as he doesn't read my blog, he won't see this until he opens the envelope tomorrow.

He didn't want me to buy him a birthday present. He got a fishhook necklace, carved from petrified walrus tusk, when we were in Maui in January. That was supposed to be his birthday gift. So I bought some new sheets for our bed instead of a personal gift. Yeah, I know it will benefit me, too, but they are in the color that he wanted to use as an accent. And I have been waiting almost three years to find them. It's really silly that you have to wait until a color is "in" to use it in your home, don't you think? Oh, they are teal in case you were wondering. And if you weren't, too bad.

I am caught up on my DT comments, but woefully behind in my blog comments. I will get caught up though; I just had to get this card done first. It seems to be a bit impossible to do both at the same time. Perhaps if I grew another set of arms...

I chose another MayzyArt image to color for this card, called Baseball. I think he is really cute, and I thought it was appropriate to use it for Gary's birthday. We have partial-season tickets to weekend games for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and opening day is less than two weeks away. I attempted to color the uniform in D'back colors, and was more or less successful. (Whatever that means.)

The image was printed on Cryogen CS and colored with my Copics:
Eyes: B32, B34
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E33, E35, E37
Shoes, pants, and bat: E21, E23, E25
Socks, shirt, and hat: E02, E08, E09
Ball: C00, W0
Clouds: C0, C2, C3, W0, B60
Sky: BG0000, BG000
Grass: G20, G21, YG63, YG93, YG97, YG99

My thanks go out to Alyce Keegan for her tutorials on coloring sky, clouds and grass. Obviously I need more practice, but this will have to do for today.

I decided to do another sketch for this card. It saved me time in trying to design something myself. I found the following on Simon Says Stamp! Challenge Blog:

My DP layers for this sketch are from the Basic Grey What's Up collection. (I am going to enter their spring challenge with this card, as well as the Simon Says Challenge.) Card stock is from both Stampin' Up and DCWV. I distressed the DP using Distress Ink. I cut my tree using the Memory Box Grand Oak Tree die, and the fence using the Cheery Lynn Victorian Picket Fence die. I added a bit of Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon. And I also made up my own sentiment. Yes, it can be taken two ways--and I did that for Gary. (He has such a weird sense of humor. Mine, however, is quite normal. OK, you can quit rolling your eyes.) The inside reads: "...just don't hurt yourself." I hope he finds it amusing.

That does it for me until Friday. Be sure to check out the cool creations by my fellow teamies!


  1. Fab b'day card, love the image and your colouring.

    I love teal AND duckegg, both beautiful restful colours for interior design.

    hUGS Chris xx

  2. Penny, your card is adorable. I'm sure Gary will LOVE it. Have a great day together - or evening since he will have to work hehe. I'm sure that will keep him young.

  3. This is gorgeous Penny. I love that image. Your colouring is amazing and the papers, fence and tree look wonderful.
    I hope that Gary has a fabulous birthday tomorrow
    Hugs Sue

  4. Fantastic card, Penny! You did a fabulous job coloring the image and the whole scene! I am sure Gary will love it!

  5. Penny, this is a great masculine card. I love your clouds and love how you colored them. Your coloring is always beautiful and so is this design. Love it!!

  6. hmm, i can't believe you didn't get a comment yet..as always i am still grinning. I hope your hubby liked his card as i am sure he has seen it by now. :) My husband has been retired for 4 yrs...and at first it was an adjustment, but our retirement is not the norm as we watch our grandkids full time...so he was a big help to me. However, he is a Chemical Engineer and i was getting kitchen questions..like why do i have to "preheat" things...of course i didn't have the "right" answer for a chemical engineer. He has, however, taken on a consulting job...and it is helpful to him, but takes away from him helping out with the grandkids.

  7. Hi Penny! What a great take on our sketch! Thanks so much for playing along in the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!

  8. woohoo fantastic card Penny! love the gorgeous scene with fab coloring!

  9. First: congrats on Gary's birthday :-)
    second: great card again!! Fabulous coloring and lay-out!

  10. Penny, Stunning job on Gary's birthday card. Love the sky awesome job, Alyce's video are wonderful and she is such a talented artist. Love the Oak Tree, I just got one. All your layers of your beautiful papers. Your fence and the awesome sentiment.
    Hugs, Patricia

  11. Oh, I love this, Penny! I'll bet your hunny loved it too! Wonderful coloring and the tree and picket fence die cuts really add a lot of visual interest. Is that one of Mayze's images? I am learning to recognize them fairly well.

    Hugs, Anne

  12. You are a great student Penny because I thought you did a fantastic job on the sky, clouds and grass. Happy Birthday to Gary and I know he will be so happy with your thoughtfulness.

  13. This is an awesome guy card and I love your coloring!!!

  14. OMG, I am in love with this die cut tree, fantastic image and awesome coloring. Perfect guy card.

  15. WOW- did you color the clouds- or is that DP??? Amazing card- love the colors and the great design elements- Oh your hubby will love this- well, I know mine would!!! Be careful with the swinging.... : ) hehehe

  16. A fabulous card Penny, I love the scene you've created with the gorgeous details and adorable imaage!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us with Basic Grey challenge,
    Heather xx

  17. ROFL This is awesome, Penny - you're so clever and creative. :)

  18. Ha ha!!! Excellent sentiment :D Love the card too - such a great scene with your usual fab colouring and placement of bits n pieces!

  19. Hahahahaha! So Gary's mind works like Mark's. Figures. Doesn't it?

    Great card. Awesome coloring, great take on the sketch, and I love your use of die cuts (as usual).


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