Sunday, 21 August 2011

Cici is Grounded!

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope all are enjoying a pleasant weekend. Saturday morning can only mean one thing.....a new challenge at Make It Colourful! This week is a good one and a useful one too - we want you to add some ground to your image. It's a useful thing because it stops your image looking as though it's floating in the ether somewhere, and it's really easy to do.

Make It Crafty is sponsoring this challenge and there is a FABULOUS prize on offer for the winner....the Urban Street Elements Collection!!!! I'd be entering just for the chance to win that, I can tell you.

There are a number of ways of adding some ground for your image....pop over to the main challenge blog for some more ideas.

So this is my you know I usually do lots of ground for my images, I'm not one to leave any white space uncoloured, he he. So I challenged myself to colour just enough ground for my image and no more. I chose this image from Make It Crafty again (I used her last week - sorry for the repeat but I really love colouring this stamp) and I quite like leaving a lot of white space around her.

How I did the ground:  I added grass round her feet by using 3 shades of copic greens (G21, G24 and G94) and used little upward flicks of the markers to make the blades of grass. I practiced first and found it better to start with the lightest shade and then use the medium and lastly the darkest shades. 

I used blue green shades for the dress and flower to fit the themes at Copic Creations and Crafts For Me (see below for the shades I used), but I like those colours anyway. I also changed the colours of the flowers from pale blues to blue greens to match the flower in Cici's hair. The little dragonfly is a lasercut chippie by Make It Crafty, kindly sent me by the gorgeous Zoe, and I used a fluid chalk ink pad to colour it red. A few blue-green gems add a bit of bling.

Image: Cici by Make It Crafty
Colouring: Copic markers (Blue greens are: dress-BG72,BG75. Flower-BG000,BG01,BG05,BG09 and BG10,BG13,BG15)
DP: unknown (a gift)
Flowers, card candy, leaves, lace and gems from my craft stash


I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Copic Creations - blue greens
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me - blues or blue greens
Creative Inspirations - use your favourite stamp
One Stop Craft Challenge - bold and bright
Papertake Weekly - bingo (Gems-FREE-lace; Blooms-FREE-lace)
Truly Scrumptious - lace it up
Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes

I hope you like it. For more ideas for grounding your image, check out my fellow teamies cards.

Have a lovely weekend, and happy crafting!


Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Carole - just love the bright colours of your card and love how the flowers in her hair match the flowers on your card....beautiful colouring as always.


Bron said...

She is very cute, and her little patch of grass is awfully realistic - thank you for the instructions. Oh, and congratulations on winning at Crafter's Companion! Good to see that even the random generator thingy knows a crazy talented crafter when it gets to pick one! Hugs, Bron xxx

chrissy xx said...

Stunning again Carole. Yes! This is one cutie! LOve the depth of colour on her 'fascinator' it's a perfect match for your flowers! LOve everything.

Janette said...

Hi Carole,
This is stunning, I just love the sweet image and the way you coloured it is beautiful.....will go and look at the challenge.xxxxx

Jenny said...

Fabulous card. Thanks so much for the grounding tip - I am off to practice! hugs jenny x

Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous work yet again!!!! What beautiful, vivid colours you've achieved, Jo x

Trina said...

The coloring on her hair flowers is perfect! Lovely card!

Delphine said...

This is so beautiful, Carole! I love how you have placed Cici in the corner and not the middle of your square, and your colours and colouring are just gorgeous! I love the embellishments too! Have a great weekend! Hugs Delphine xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is really sweet Carole,fab colouring as always.
Kevin xx

MagsB said...

How cute this is! I love the blue-green flowers! Thanks for the 'grounding' tip!

luv, Mags x

Vicky said...

Just so beautiful Carole...your colouring is simply amazing and love your layout too hun..

have a lovely weekend...hugs Vicky xx

Barbara Sproatmeyer (LM2) said...

LOL - She's gorgeous even when she's grounded! :D Love the colors and the shading is wonderful! The flower you colored is spot on with your embellishments (planned, I'm sure) and I love the layout! Fabulous all around - love the pop of color that the cherry gives! *Hugs

Joan Ervin said...

What a darling image, Carole...your coloring is spectacular, as always, and just look at all that white space!!!! The coloring is so perfect on the blue flower that I thought it was one of the flowers you added...this is simply amazing, gf!!!!

Jackie said...

Superb in every way, very cute image and your grounding is perfect :o)
Jackie xx

debby4000 said...

Absolutely adorable Carole.

melsanford said...

Gorgeous card! I love the image and the ground looks fab! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

LindaS said...

Adorable card and wonderful coloring. The grass is so perfect.

Shelby said...

Saw your card on copic creations and just wanted to pop by and let you know what a great card this is. I looooove the coloring of the flower petals...just perfect.


gina g said...

Beautiful card Carol i love the sweet image.

Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

Justyna Cieslinska said...

Beautiful card.
Justyna x

NGCARDS said...

A brilliant card hun and a great stamp! Thanks for joining in with our Favourite Stamp Challenge over at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge Blog! xxx

Teresa said...

Omw Carol you've done it again, this is beautiful, I love your colouring, no I really love your colouring, so when can I come for lessons :o)
Take care, hugs Teresa xx

Joanne said...

What an absolute little cutie! FAB coloring job Carole, you blow me away, really. Very nice! I love the bright flowers, so cute! Mahalo for your sweet comments on by blog - Yes I am very excited about the DT position, they are a very fun and talented group of ladies and should be great fun to work with. Luv & hugs, aloha, J:)

Gibmiss said...

Hi Carole
Gorgeous card the cute image ....hope you are well
hugs sylvie

Nicecrane Designs said...

You colored the funny pict perfect,,,,love those eyes ans waht a creative colors OMG ,,,and I really love your insect,so cute, so unique,,,,,plas plas plas,.....