Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Anniversary, Wedding, and Love

Kim is hosting Stampotique Designers Challenge this week and her challenge theme is Anniversary, Wedding, and Love. Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
"It's Kim and I'm excited to be hosting this weeks challenge.  June here in the states is often a time of many anniversaries and weddings and so I challenge you to create with an Anniversary, Wedding or Love theme.

While you all are busy creating, I'll be celebrating with the love of my life our 18th anniversary so can't wait to see what you all come up with.  Have fun and hope you love every minute creating!"
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my card.

I recently purchased a set of Faber Castell's Polychromos colored pencils and brought them and some stamps, papers, and digi images out to my mom's house so that I could be productive and try them out while my mom was resting. This scene is my first try using them and I am moderately pleased with the result.

Stampotique's Henny Penny and Rooty Toot (both stamps are by Kira Nichols) are clearly besotted with each other. They were stamped using Jet Black Archival ink and colored with Polychromos pencils. When I color with Prismacolor pencils, I usually use a citrus based paint thinner as a blending agent. However, the thinner smudged the image, so I didn't blend the colored pencils at all. I don't know if the ink or paper was at fault, but since I didn't have my gazillion trillion billion black inks as back up, I just went with the flow.

I digressed. I bet you're shocked, though you probably really ARE shocked that I didn't use Copic markers to color the image. I know I am.

Oops. Digressed again. Bad me. When I got back home to Kathi's Kraft Kave, I added the sky background with chalk pencils, then "carded" the colored image using a sketch from Sunday Stamps. Sketches make life easy and I'm lazy. I had already chosen French Country 6x6 pad for my patterned paper, so it was just a matter of cutting, die-cutting, and layering. Gotta love that. I used dies from The Fishtail Stack and from a Blueprints set by Die-Namics. I didn't add a sentiment because I wasn't sure of the occasion and/or recipient of the card. I added a little clear plastic adhesive heart to finish the card.

Here's the sketch.

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:


  1. Henny Penny and Rooty Toot steal this farm fresh card today, Kathi! Beautifully done!

  2. Well who would have thought Chickens were romantic?? Brilliant card Kathi, love it :)

  3. Fabulous main image, its a great card and design. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.

  4. Very cute card! Love the chickens! Reminds me of Kaua'i--that island is overrun by them! Love the fun DP you chose for your country theme--and the fishtails are fab! :^)
    (BTW, I was shocked you used pencils!)
    Hugs, Penny

  5. So very cute Kathi, the image is perfect for your theme.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  6. I love so much Rootie Toot and Henny Penny besotted with each other like that, that I'm not shocked at all with anything on your card Kathi haha! And I do not have copics, so even less shocked... :)
    Well, gorgeous card, thank you for all your digressions :))) Seriously, thank you for speaking about the materials used, I've never heard about citrus based paint thinner to blend pencils colors before, but I'm not a specialist like you of colorization techniques using pencils. TFS! Coco xx

  7. Cute card you made, love that your shared the sketch as well, on the blending I think it's the paper used as it has happened to me before!

  8. Your card made me smile Kathi, who knew that chickens could be romantic :D I love your version of Henny Penny and Rooty Toot!! Great card :D Gay x

  9. What a wonderful country theme card! Really like the sunflower background paper! Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

  10. Beautiful! Those chickens are so cute and fab design!

    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope you come back again soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams

  11. This is wonderful. I absolutely love the background, and your chickens are adorable. Love how you matted the gingham - it makes it pop out from the card. Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps.

  12. Your card is so beautiful Love the delightful coloring and pretty images. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  13. I always love cards with birds and especially chickens, so love this one! Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x

  14. The gingham is so cute with the sunflowers ... fabulous sketch card design ... congrats on your shout-out