Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today is Ellie's birthday. Happy Birthday, dear friend! I made you a card, which you should have by now, as I am hand-delivering it this morning.

Oddly enough, People, I made a card that I couldn't begin to get into an envelope. Shocking, I know. I, myself, am stunned. (Not really. I should throttle my layers back just a smidgen, don't you think?) Anyway, I figured I could pack the card into a box, but didn't have one the right size. So then I decided to just hand it over to Ellie in person. Good thing she lives only three miles from me, huh?

I chose a darling Lacy Sunshine image, called Eleanor - Hummingbird. Well, the Eleanor name is self-explanatory. And the bird and flowers in the image are for Ellie's fabulous backyard, which is complete with a gorgeous garden and bird feeders. The image seems to suit her to a "T".

I printed Eleanor on MICBC and then colored her with Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers:
Skin: E000, TTR131, TTR139, TTYR133
Eyes: E23, E25, E27
Hair: C2, C5, C7, C9
Glasses/Necklace: BG72, BG75, BG78
Clothing: Y32, Y35, Y38, E02, E08, E09, BG11, BG32, BG72, BG75, BG78
Flowers: Y32, Y35, Y38, E02, E08, E09
Hummingbird: BG11, BG32, YG61, Y38
Grass/Leaves: YG61, YG63, YG67

I added white gel pen to the image, and Wink of Stella Brush Clear to the bird and a chipboard dragonfly. My design began with the CLP sketch for August #61. 

I chose DP from the MME Collectable Remarkable collection. (Yes, that is the way MME spells "collectible".) I distressed the DP with my Zutter, and then paired it with Stampin' Up CS. I used several dies for my die cuts: MFT Double Scallop Border, Leafy Flourish, Medium Leafy Flourish, Large Leafy Flourish; Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip; LaLa Land Crafts Folding Banner; Poppystamps Simple Banner; SCACD Classic Corners; Spellbinders Marvelous Squares. Other embellishments are Wild Orchid Crafts stick pins, lace, a mini clothespin, a safety pin, some baker's twine, SU brads, a birdhouse charm, TH mini staples, some feathers, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Yeah, not so much on the partridge. Or the pear tree.)

I am entering this card into some challenges, as it was not made for a DT assignment:

Lacy Sunshine Favorite Things Challenge  (my favorite things are die cuts!)

And that's about it, Peeps. I will be back on Friday with another Jellypark Friends card. Ellie, I hope your day is fabulous!


  1. Oh wow Penny this is a little piece of art and I am sure your friend was over the moon receiving this, hand delivered and all.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. what a beautiful card, Penny! she is going to be thrilled! plus she gets the gift of seeing YOU on her birthday, too! that's the real birthday treat. :)

    have a great day!

  3. This is awesome, Penny! Love the colors and layers and details! Very cute image! I am sure your friend loved it!

  4. Penny, this is so adorable. I love this image and all your wonderful embellishments!!!! I'm sure Ellie will love this too.

  5. Stunning card Penny!! I love how you always add the flowers and embellies.

  6. This is gorgeous Penny. I love the image and such gorgeous detailing. I bet Ellie was thrilled to receive such a special card.
    hugs Sue xx

  7. This is so gorgeous Penny. You've outdone yourself as you usually do. I love all the details especially the layout and papers. The glasses just make this image precious.

  8. Wow Penny, couldn't you find the biggest card ever challenge anywhere????

    Actually girlie, it doesn't look as big as it sounded, LOL :))))

    I love the cute image, which you've coloured beautifully! I love the depth of your colour palette, and yes this is how Canadian's spell colour/color ;)

    I am certain your friend was over the moon when she received it too!

    Cheers :)S

  9. Hi Penny, this is fabulous. Love the image and the colours are wonderful. Super layout.
    Know what you mean about the envelopes hun, been making boxes all week!!
    Bet your friend loved it.
    Hope you're well.
    Hugs Sue W.

  10. Dear Penny,
    Not only am I over the moon about this card, I happen to believe that it is THE BEST CARD EVER!!!!! Made even more special by the in person delivery, and by you, not Grumpy, oops, I mean Gary!! :) I love you dear friend, and as I said this morning, I am SO very glad that I am on THE list, and get to have one of your creations of my very own! You are so dear to me. Thank you! Love n hugs~

  11. Hand delivery is so much more special anyway! A lovely confection of wonderful embellishments, flowers, fab colouring (I'm with Sandra on the spelling!) and your usual great layout skills - awesome work :)

  12. You have really brought Ellie's garden to life on this card. She must have been as pleased as purplicious punch.
    Blessings on your day,

  13. Wow she looks like she is ready to jump off the page. How cute. Thank you for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and best of luck.

  14. I'm lost for words..... All of my favorite colors! Your image is knock down dead gorgeous! I want to echo what everyone has said about your card... You really out done yourself on this one girlfriend.
    Hugs, Pat

  15. Very striking. So many details. Your image so perfectly colored. Daisies are beautiful and love the CLD border behind the bird cage. You have used a beautiful array of colors. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge. Good Luck to you

  16. What a fun card! Thank you so much for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  17. Beautiful card, love those colours, thankyou for joining us over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge - hugs Lynn DT

  18. Beautiful!!!! Thanks so much for participating in our LACY SUNSHINE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  19. WOW your coloring is totally stunning! I just adore all the fabulous details you have added!!!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Lacy Sunshine challenge. Hope you will join us next time. DT Crafting Vicky

  20. Such a fabulous card! I love the adorable image, the way you colored it, and all the die cuts! Great design makes for a fun and festive card!


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