Friday, December 07, 2007

Think pink inspired!

German Phrase of the Day: Ich bin ein wenignervoes. = I am a little bit nervous. This works for me. I've been obsessed with getting on a design team lately - am I the only one not on one? And right now, I'm working on some projects for a DT call, plus I did my card yesterday for the My Favorite Things Guest designer spot. Well...last night at about 10:30 I came up with an idea for another...and it just HAD to be made.

I finished this card around midnight, then had to shoot it, TRY to color correct it, and then upload to SCS so it would be there for the 8:30pm EST deadline. The colors came out crappy, and now that I have the charger back for my good camera (thank you Nancy!!) I can reshoot today. And guess what?? I can even see the sun today!! Amazing I know. I haven't seen this much sun in Deutschland since I don't know when!! I'll upload better photos when I have them! ETA: OK, new photo is on top, last night's is below to show the vast improvement! What a difference natural light makes, huh??

The colors I used are actually Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranate. Hard to tell I know! The images are from Kim's Think Pink set which was created to promote awareness of (and fund research for) breast cancer. My MIL was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after my husband and I got engaged, and we were happy to have had such a long engagement (18 months) since by the time of our wedding she was finished with treatments and doing great.

Ok, back to the card. Main images is stamped with Palette Noir ink (I'm loving this stuff!) onto watercolor paper, then colored with my aquapainter and WWC. I gave the ladies a bit of a turquoise "glow" for the background because I didn't like the starkness of all that white. I also added a bit of sparkle to their matching pink ribbons with my spica glitter pen from Ellen's store. The pretty in pink layer underneath them was stamped with linen and then sponged around the edges before stamping Think Pink in Purely Pomegranate. I mounted this on some sponged Purely Pomegranate and voila, my ATC is done!

For the card I started with a pomegranate base (sponged of course) then did a layer of white to break of the pinkness of it all. For the Pretty in Pink piece, I decided to create my own designer paper, so I stamped the ribbon from the set to make a design. I have my large cutting mat on top of my stamping table, and I used the lines on that to line up the ribbons. Super easy to do when using clear stamps!! Next, I stamped linen over the top, and then sponged all the edges. I was happy with the soft effect it ended up having.

Now, the fun part. What inspired the whole thing was I wanted to use some satin ribbon, organdy ribbon, and a hat pin from my pretties kit. So, I tied on the satin ribbon, adding the organdy and silver cord for the second part of the knot. Sliding the hat pin in got a little tricky since the point wasn't perfect...but I eventually got it through with minimal cursing (had to be quiet since everyone was asleep!!) Then the final step was to attach the ATC over the ribbon with some dimensionals. Voila...another ATC turned into a card, and it's VERY pink! :-)

And just to update you on our lovely weather the time it took me to write up this entry (and charge up my camera battery) it went from sunny to schieslich (ugly) and then...while uploading and editing photos...THIS happened!!I guess this means hail season has started again. Gotta love a German December! At least I have Christmas markets to attend...which are of course this weather...hmmmmmm. Guess I'll have another Gluehwein! ;-)

Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Think Pink by My Favorite Things
CS: watercolor paper, whisper white, pretty in pink, purely pomegranate

Palette Noir, purely pomegranate, pretty in pink
Acc: silver cord, white organdy ribbon, purely pomegranate satin ribbon, spica glitter pen, pretties kit, sponge, dimensionals



  1. Yes, it really is pink and I love it. Can't believe your weather! When you move home, consider the weather . . . and NO! California does not have the best weather. You also have to consider the air quality. Anyone on the EasT Coast, please advise my child as to the attributes of your area and air quality.

  2. I really like your card - my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer this fall - small and early so no chemo which is great. Believe it or not I miss Gemany - we were stationed there for 6 years - both my kids were born at the Stuhl (Landstuhl that is - I worked there also) We have been back stateside 9 years and I have lost most of my german - but have you heard this one
    "Ich bin einen Krankenswester" (I think the last word is probably spelt wrong but I can't find my old german dictinary...)

  3. Your card is lovely. I can see the pink very well. :) What a difference a camera can make.


  4. It's georgous! Keep trying on the Design Team's it will happen one day. I'm not on one either but who knows maybe one day I will be too. For now, I have plenty to do and lots of fun doing it.


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