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I'm a wife, a mother, and a full time illustrator. I have a son who is 8, and a daughter 5. Drawing & Digital painting is my life, but wish drawing digis was my full time job b/c I get so much satisfaction from it! For now it is a hobby that is mainly for my babies, and my escape from the strict guideline of the lisenced properties I work on in everyday life! I LOVE my day job too. I create small MMO games for major featured films, anything ranging from Dreamworks Madagascar, Ice Age, Tin Tin, or Puss In Boots to projects as small as My Little Pony, Barbie, and Hello Kitty to name a small few. I enjoy painting traditionally and digitally, and there are days where I wish I had four arms so I can do everything! Family comes first for me - life is just too short, so I try to find a happy balance between crafts and my full time career.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

My First Handmade Card!!!

So, it is Redonkulous Designs DT Day so be sure to check out what my teamies (Kim, Tracy, Sharon, & Kate) have done today with my digis.  Also be sure to enter my Redonkulous Designs Challenge this week to win some free digital stamps!

I decided to get my hands dirty this week and start my post with my first handmade card.  This was quite a challenge for me, and I have to be honest, I literally stared at the papers and embellishments for hours and hours.  I made papers to match my marker colours, so of course this took some time too.  I played with my new cuttlebug and die cuts.  After cutting and embossing and throwing away some things, I realized what a mess I made of my poor living room...I really need another office for this kind of work! 

So here is my card!  Sorry about the paper choices - they really slap you in the face don't they?  But I have to say, I love bright and colourful cards.  I Know, I definitely need more practice.  On the plus side, I am getting better at colouring thanks to Kim and her tutorials.  I am struggling with layout and my lack of embellishments you can see!

Did I mention that I had a terrible crafting accident!?!?!  Not too sure if I am cut out for this - BAHAHAHAHA!!!!

 Here's what happened - I purchased some Pearl Pens and they were not working and dried up.  I was so angry and thought 'well this is just perfect...and just my luck again!'  First dried up pro markers, and now 6 dried up glitter & pearl pens at $6 a piece!!!  Well, it wasn't long for me to realize what a dummy I am, and noticed it was just the first little bit in the tip that was dried up.  So to get it unclogged, I squeezed REAL hard, and suddenly there was a terrible explosion!!!  Well, lets just say I looked like the Tin Man from the Wizard of OZ with my silver pearl pen splattered all over my clothes, my face, my table, the floor, and of course the practice page I was colouring on!!!  Thank goodness it was my practice page!  My husband and Kolby's faces were priceless, and the room was absolute silence after the incident...but suddenly a burst of laughter!  I was wearing my good clothes too; note to self - where rags, goggles and a helmet while crafting, AND don't stick your face too close to the project!  I managed to salvage some of the mess...phew!

I leave today's post with a  picture of my newest digital stamp "SEXY SAM" "Fifty Shades of Sexy" (thanks for the name Kim).  This hunk will be hitting my online store later today...for now, it's back to bed for me!   My little monkey has me on the night shift - LOL!



Kate said...

Super cute. You did an awesome job coloring besides the little accident you had, LOL! You will be a pro in no time. At least it wasn't glue that exploded that happened to me before, LOL :) Enjoy your crafting time and I hope that family is doing well.

Tracy said...

Your colouring in fantastic....but I'm not surprised.
Sorry about your mishap, teehee.

I think I may need this new image of yours ;)

Shazza said...

great job, you can colour!!!

Kimberly said...

Oh it is done just fabulously...i love the colour choices and your papers are fine. Oh boy i can just picture your face when you burst your bottle....funny but very frustrating...and practice looks just fab...i was thinking...i should do you some die cuts in white and send them your can colour with your promarkers to match your colours...i'll work on it and send it out in the next day or two...i just gotta get my 50 shades stuff done for the girls at work...i sold 10 pieces...YEAH!! and Tim said i wouldn't sell a thing...alot he knows eh????

Kimberly said...

Oh...and your new image is fabulous...what sentiment would you put with that...50 shades of sexy??? ha ha

Sheryl Brown ♥Redonkulous Designs♥ said...

OMGosh! Kim, I'm Changing the name of this Digital Stamp to what your comment just said - and to think I almost went LIVE with it a few seconds ago! :)

Lucy said...

Oh My! He's rather scrummy! Will definitely be buying him!

I'm so glad you shared your card! I tell you what if my first card had looked like that I'd have been delighted! Your colouring is amazing! I agree with Kim - I usually cut white paper & colour the edges with my promarkers to make the papers to mat & layer.

The colouring of your 'practice page' is amazing! It's a real shame you had a tin man accident but I must admit it made me laugh out loud! Hope it all cleaned up well.

Looking forward to buying Mr Grey x

Karen said...

Hahahaha - with me it's usually my glitter glues that dry up and end up exploding all over my pictures.. (and I've only been card making for six years so I've no idea what my excuse is!! Ho hum!)

Love your card - much much better than my first attempts that's for sure! :0)


Kim. said...

Oh dear Sheryl you did give me a laugh though just the thought of you wearing your pearl pen rather than using it lol.
Love the card, the bright colours look lovely and as a first attempt I think you did a brilliant job especially with the colouring.
Kim xXx

The Scrapping Factory said...

love the card, and you really made me laugh saying that you looked like tin man hahahaahahaha....Fabi xxx

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