Friday, June 19, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring "Color/Photo Inspiration" Challenge/Catherine's Birthday Card

It's Friday and another very hot one here in Arizona. Yeah, temps in the one-hundred teens is really hot. Thank goodness, it's a dry heat. Riiiiight. Who am I kidding? When the temp gets that high, it does not matter if it is a dry heat or not. I can do up to 110, but after that I wilt. Like a very old lettuce leaf. Left out of the refrigerator. For several days...

However, that swimming pool does refresh, even in the heat. Just float around on the surface of the water and splash yourself a bit here and there. It is actually cooling. Problem is, the dog feels he has to be out there, too, and he really shouldn't be. He keeps running around the pool and panting. So I have that yet to work out. Guess I'll have to limit the pool to early in the day, or after the sun goes down so that Donovan can be out there with me.

We had my sister and BIL, Merrilyn and Ron, out for dinner on Wednesday. It was a very fun day. Mostly because I didn't have to lift a finger for anything. Gary cleaned inside and out while I was making cards. And he made the entire dinner, which was really delicious. We had cold honeydew melon soup, cold quinoa salad, and turkey burgers on the grill. And then chilled melon for dessert. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. Do you call me spoiled? Yes, yes, and well you should. I am.

I think we all enjoyed the fun in the pool and the lovely meal. I had to laugh, as Merrilyn seemed quite shocked at how "busy" Gary kept himself. He is a very antsy guy and needs to be on the go most of the time. That's why he is at the bowling alley, fitness center, driving range, or yoga studio so much...complete opposite of me in so many ways. I am the original slug.

Oh, well, we do have a lot of interests in common, too! And one of them is baseball. This year, we did not buy season tickets, as the Dbacks were sooooo bad last year. Not the least bit fun to watch. But this season they have a bit of a spark, and we watch most of their games that are televised. Gary won a ticket deal at his fitness center, so we decided to go to the game yesterday afternoon. We bought one ticket and got the second free. And sat in the nice diamond-level seats. And that's where the fun ended. The game was the pits. Oh, well, you win some, you lose some. (But did they have to lose on the one day we attended the game? Couldn't they have waited until today to lose 7-1?) Sigh...

On the bright side, Merrilyn and Ron took care of Donovan the dog while we were at the game. And, after we got back, the four of us, (sans dogs), went to Mika's Grill for a yummy dinner and a lively conversation. That helped sweeten the sour taste left in our mouths from our Diamondbacks.

OK, on to this challenge. We are sponsored by Norma Burnell of Fairy Tangles Art. Her prize consists of three of her wonderful digis, so be sure to play along with us again this week! You will love her images--they are gorgeous and unique!

This week we have a color/photo inspiration for you to work from. I love the beautiful blues, but didn't manage to match them as well as I had hoped...oh well. It's the thought that counts, right?

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I used my image by Norma Burnell the first week of the month. This week I needed a card for our friend's birthday. Catherine turned 64 yesterday, a mere youngster! This image, Sweet Pea Stamps Gardenia by Rebecca Sinz, just spoke to me, so I printed her on X-Press It BC and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: E53, E35, E57
Eyes: B00, B34, B37, W00, W3, W5
Lips: R00, R30, R32
Flowers: E40, E41, E42

I picked some DP from the Basic Grey Picadilly collection and paired it with Stampin' Up CS.  I added some lace, a Cheery Lynn Gardenia die cut, a pearl, a couple of Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco E die cuts, and a couple of Marianne Designs Flourish die cuts. I wanted the image to be the main focus, but needed to jazz it up just a bit for Catherine's birthday. She really liked the card, which was a very good thing for me! 

Okey dokey, that does it for this week. We have some fab inspiration for you by our talented DT: Carla, Kathi, Vannessa, and Karen--so do check them out! And please play along with us; we would love to see what you come up with for this week's inspiration challenge!

Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. Always great to catch up with your latest news. Seems like the dog is the one getting all the exercise at the pool lol. Love your awesome colouring on your beautiful card.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
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  2. Wow! That is a beautiful image and like you, I love those gorgeous shades of blue in the photo! Stunning card Penny, beautifully coloured as ever and lovely design, so pretty but keeps the focus on the image, as you intended.
    I feel ill just thinking about 110 degrees! I like the sunshine, but that's just too much for me!!! I think I would melt!

  3. Sounds like the perfect summer days, Penny! Enjoy!
    Your card is GORGEOUS!! Incredible coloring, as always! Beautiful lace and dies and papers!
    Have a beautiful weekend! :o)

  4. This is gorgeous Penny, a beautiful image and stunning colouring. I love your pretty detailing too.
    I hope you have a great weekend, take care in the heat!
    hugs Sue xx

  5. Fabulous colour and a great read Penny. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Stunning creation, Penny. Your coloring is marvelous and I love that rose embellishment that mirrors the roses in the image.White can be one of the hardest colours to paint/colour, but you have done wonderfully well with your white roses.
    Have a great weekend and try to stay cool. I can't even imagine having to endure such extreme temperatures.

  7. absolutly amazing!!! fab coloring

  8. Good morning sweetie, this creation is amazing, I so love your colouring and shading fantastic hugs Pops x

  9. Your card is so beautiful the image and the way you made the side panel
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  10. I would love to float around in your pool with you! Sounds nice in the heat you have. Your card is gorgeous, love her face and the framing of flowers. Your coloring is always perfect! Thank you for the sweetest comments on my blog, I appreciate them. Hugs Kelly

  11. Wow Penny your are so talented.

    Hugs Diane

  12. Stunning card Penny!

  13. such a beautiful card! your coloring is always absolutely spot on! :)

  14. Penny, OMGoodness! You have the best hubby, I do not think your house could get very dirty but bless Gary heart for cleaning the house WHILE you made cards. And then he made the entire dinner talk about spoiled.......
    Glad you had a goodtime with the kids, we had a wonderful time went to Washington Island by Door county and the kids just loved it.
    Love your card and choice of colors, the image is just beautiful and all the embellishments. Stay cool!!!!
    Hugs, Pat♥

  15. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!



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