Monday, February 28, 2011

Friends forever...

Hello, I hope you've had a great day.  I don't know where the time goes.  I  can't believe that it's the last day of February already.  It also looks like March is coming in like a lion here in NC.  My daffodils and forsythia are already blooming.  I'm ready for spring, just not quite so warm yet (it was 80 here today).

The images in this card came from two different sources.  The little girls are by Mo Manning; aren't they adorable?  The swing, which looks like it was made for them is by Make It Crafty.  I got this when I donated to the "Help for Katie" benefit that was going on.  I've since gone back to their store and purchased four more background scenes.  Woo Hoo!  I tried to merge the two images in Photoshop Elements, however I couldn't understand how to get both  images on their own page.  So I did it the old fashioned way and cut the girls out, then I pop-dotted them.  I used Dorcas' tutorial  found here for coloring the sky.  (Obviously I need a bit of practice. LOL)

Close up of girls.  Two reasons I really love to work with digis; the first is that you can size them any size that you need (this one I needed to make them really small), and the second is that they can be flipped.  I felt that they would work better flipped, since the one little girl fit better on the right because of the slant of the swing.

This is how I decorated the inside of the card.  The base for the card is double-sided card stock; one solid green and the other with the grids as seen below.  I used one of MS's new punch sets on the polka dot paper.  I then added the blue and white.

Supplies used:
Images: Mo's Digital Stamps, Make it Crafty
Papers: DCWV and miscellaneous
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol
Sentiment by: Meljen
Ribbon: Michaels; Lace: Joann
Flower: hand made
Button: stash
Punch: MS

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Forgotten Scraps - flowers and spring
Digital Tuesday Challenge - punches
Top Tip Tuesday - bling (glitter on green card)
Party Time Tuesdays - anything
Creative Cottage Challenge - flowers
Paper Pretties - glitter
Mo's Digital Challenge - handmade flower
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - dots and spots
Do You Stack Up - anything
Crafty Sentiments - spring
 Little Claire's Designs - anything
A Gem of a Challenge - buttons, bow
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - distress
Crafty Catz Week Challenge - friends
Stamp Something - flowers
Pattie's Creations Challenge - make own embellishment - flower
Tellen's Place - buttons
One Stop Craft Challenge - flowers
Sugar Creek Hollow - inside & outside of card
Sentimental Sundays - anything & sentiment
Corrosive Challenges - distressing
I Did It Challenge - punches or dies
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - flowers
Lexi's Creations - flowers
The Pink Elephant Challenge - buttons, lace & ribbon
Stamps R Us Challenges - for the girls
Woodware USA Clear Stamps - anything
Craft Your Passion Challenges - girly girls
Prairie Fairie Fridays - inspired by a song - You've Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman

I hope you enjoyed looking at my card, and will leave a comment.



Anonymous said...

Really pretty card! Thanks for playing along at Top Tip Tuesday this week, hugs Samantha :0)

CraftyC said...

What a sweet card you have made. The colours and image are just so pretty!

Paige said...

Beautiful image on this lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays!

Eiglas said...

Pretty card with a great image.
Thank you so much for coming over to play at Top Tip Tuesday!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Very cute Debbie! Love that image! like how they are on the swing! Flower is pretty too!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Forgot to mention that I like your blog backround!

...just Barbara said...

Just dropping by to check out your great card! Thanks for playing along in the "Spring or Flowers" challenge at Forgotten Scraps. ;D

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

What a sweet and lovely card!
In addition to the sweet motifs I like your paper-layering and the distressed edges a lot!
A really, really beautiful card!!!

Dorcas said...

Very nice job, Debbie!

Re: merging.....if you go to my blog and click on tutorials and scroll down toward the bottom, I have saved a wonderful tutorial by a girl named Debbie who shows you step by step how to merget digis in (a free software). Ive tried it and it worked great.

By the way,I’m so glad you could play along with us at Mo’s DP2!

princesskitten said...

super idea to make the girls stand out - it really pops

kitten DYSU team

Miranda said...

very cute card Debra, gorgeous
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week

Craftyanny said...

oh this is a pretty card, love your image, so sweet
Thanks for playing along with Creative Cottage
Anne x

pinky said...

This is just beautiful, love how you have framed your image. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week.

WencheP said...

Beautiful card, wonderful colors. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Helen said...

Great card and I love the way you've put it together.

You've linked the post to our challenge blog at Little Claire but could you also please mention us in your list of challenges?

Thanks for joining in with the challenge.

Helen x

Janna said...

Hi Debra! Your card is awesom! looks so joyful :D Thanks so much for sharing your project with us at DYSU this week! Janna

Elaine L. said...

How sweet this is! I have both those images, but haven't used them yet. You've done a wonderful job with them. Glad you joined us in Mo's Challenge.

Chris said...

oh my, this is so sweet and beautiful.
thank you for playing with us at Paper Pretties.

Cathy said...

This is adorable, love your little girls in the swing. I had a little trouble figuring out how to merge in PSE7 but it is easier than the instructions let on. If you want step by step email me!!! Thanks for playing the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge.

Pattie G said...

What a cute card! I love the handmade embellishments and Mo's image too. Thanks for joining us this week at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
Hugs ♥

Rose Petal said...

Hiya. Such a sweet card. Love your papers and design. The image is beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Tellens Place and good luck.
Love Sandra xx

Tracey said...

This is so beautiful - I love it!

Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck :)

Nancy said...

Wow, this is an amazing sweet!! The details are incredible! Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow, Party Time Tuesdays, and Woodware USA this week!!

BTW, maybe to merge the two images, doesn't at least one of them have to be transparent (like a watermark)...have no idea, but that may be the case!

Where in NC are you? Charlotte here!

Anonymous said...

Wow, those images marry up so well! You have done an amazing job all around on this card. Thanks SO much for joining us at the Corrosive Challenge this week!


Dora said...

What a sweet card, love your distressing and the so sweet image. So cute. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments and good luck xx

Dawn Edwards said...

What an adorable Card. I like the girls popped up on the swing. Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

Janet said...

great card! thanks for joining the corrosive challenge:)

Sandi said...

Debra - I love this card, and your handmade embellishments!
Well Done!
Thanks for playing in our challenge!
♥ Sandi
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Lynne said...

What a gorgeous card!!! love the image and the way you've coloured it too - just perfect song choice for our challenge :) thanks for sharing it with us at Fairy Fun Friday
Lynne xoxo

Anonymous said...

Very pretty.Love the scene you've created.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
Lisa x

Heike said...

This is a lovely card.

Thank you for joining us at Little Claire for our first challenge.

Harriet Skelly said...

I love the scene you have created here! Thanks for playing with us at WoodwareUSA!

Aunty Sue said...

very cute card and thanks for joining CC this week

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Hi Debra, This is a lovely card with great colouring of the images. Gorgeous flower to finish it all off.
Thankyou for sharing this with us at Tellen's Place this week and hope to see you next time.

Heide said...

This is just wonderful, love the clouds and what a great idea to pop up the two girls. Thank you so much for joining us at SCH. Hope to see more.
Hugs, Heide

jimlynn said...

WOW! Your card is fabulous! And it really does look like that swing was made for this cute image. LOVE IT.
Thanks for joining us at Stamps r Us Challenges.

Pat said...

Hi DJ...what a completely adorable card! I love how you colored these darling Mo Manning images! I've been dying to make a card with these sweeties too! I love how you have them in the swing! What a perfect prop! I have to take a peek at the merging tutorial too...I actually have on my ' maybe I can figure it out...or maybe not! Hehehe! I tell ya,'s brilliant to pop up the girls with dimensionals! I love the look! I'm so tickled that you've joined us this week at Mo's! And WOW...look at all those challenges you've entered! You are sure to win! :-) Pat Frank

Zoe said...

Dj! Thank you soooo much for sending me to your card because it is absolutely stunning! I just love how you combined Mo's and my image and I thought your sky was great!! hugs xxooo

Dorcas said...

Hi again! :-D
I’m so glad you could join us at SS!

michele hileman said...

That is beautiful. Thank you for joining us at IDIC

Joynana said...

This is a fabulous card. The girls look like they are swinging right of the paper. Your coloring of the images is WOW. Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place.

seedlings mum said...

This card is stunning, love everything about it. And thanks for joining in our challenge.

Terry Oulboub said...

This is such a fabulous card DJ. I love how you pupped the images out as it really makes them come alive. They are indeed cute and how clever of you to flip them. Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place this week for our "Buttons" challenge. :~)

Carol Ann said...

What a delightful card a lot of card has gone into your card inside and out. Thank you for playing along at Cardmadfairy's digi days.
Carol Ann xx

Bev said...

fabulous card.. amazing design and style.. thanks for playing along with Pattie's Creations and hope to see you again soon... hugs Bev PC DT

Primitive Paper said...

A big "WARM WELCOME" to this weeks challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. I am having Spring fever this week and your card just reminds me of that even more. I always love looking at those cards you can tell much time and planning has gone into and yours is certainly tops!!! We welcome you back anytime to play our challenge at SCH. Blessings to you my friend....Tracy, SCH Owner.

gina g said...

Gorgeous card I love the colours image and papers. Thanks for joining us at the OSCC this week. luv gina xx

Anonymous said...

I'm back wearing a different DT hat.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion :D
Lisa x

LouDotMac said...

This is a stunning card - the image is sooo cute and I love that handmade flower - it adds so much dimension to the card.

Thanks for joining us over at Lexi's Creations this fortnight in our 'Flowers' challenge - good luck.

Lou Mac. xo

corinne said...

very nice ! thank you for joining us on craftyourpassion's challenge blog. Good luck !

Debbie said...

Just precious ... wonderful coloring!!! Thanks for joining us this week at TPE :)

Linda w said...

Really stunning. Love the colours you'ved've made the image look so bright and lovely. I'd have thought they came with the swing, they look so perfect on it. A total package of a card. Hugs lin

Pat said...

Hi Debra...I know this is an old post...but I just HAD to leave a comment because I just love, love, LOVE this card!! I have this image...but, dang, now I need the swing too!! hehehe! Gorgeous coloring and designwork!! Absolutely delightful! Hugs.
Pat Frank