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Monday, February 20, 2012

Paper Playtime Challenge #68.... Just Keep Swimming!! :)

Hello, hello, my FABULOUS friends!! :)  I have BIG NEWS to share with you today!!  I was recently invited to join the Paper Playtime Challenge Design Team!!  Woot-woot!! :)  Along with some super-talented BLFs (Bloggie-Land-Friends), I'll be creating some inspiration projects for the "Say It With Sentiments" Challenges!!

If you're not familiar with the Paper Playtime Challenges yet, please consider this your "official" invitation to pop on over there and check it out...  They have a challenge on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month!!  On the FIRST Monday it's a CRICUT CREATION CHALLENGE...  And on the THIRD Monday it's a SAY IT WITH SENTIMENTS CHALLENGE (that's ME!!)...  Each challenge will have a FUN theme, so I hope you'll check it out and JOIN US for a good time!! :)

Now...  On to my inspiration for the challenge (I hope I'll get to see what you create too!!)...

Do you ever feel like you're swimming with the SHARKS???  When I first saw these wonderful new digi stamp sets from Dustin Pike (Ocean and Ocean Backgrounds), I was over-the-moon excited!!  I immediately imagined sitting down to color stacks and stacks of these, cuz it sure does feel like plenty of my friends are struggling with all sorts of things right now!!
This is an A2 sized card; however, I wanted to make an easel card so that it could easily be displayed on a shelf...  To create an easel card, you will need to cut a 4.25"x11" strip of base cardstock.  Score at 2.75" and 5.5", then valley fold on BOTH score lines.  For my front, I cut a navy base and layered the shark background on top before attaching on the bottom HALF of the card front to the SHORT fold of the base (this allows you to fold the card up and open for display purposes).
As I only have a wonderful set of Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils for coloring my digi stamps, that's what I use for all of my coloring (plus a blender pen)...  I've found that the more coloring I do, the easier it is...  It's also really relaxing (and I feel like I'm accomplishing something if I color while watching a tv show!!), so maybe all we ever needed to know we really did learn in kindergarten...  Coloring is awesome!!  :)
The Wiggle always makes me Giggle, so I added my fishie-fishie to a homemade Wiggle Wire...  To see this little guy wiggling away without a clue of what's behind him...  Well, that is how life is sometimes, right???
I picked up these super cool Gelly Roll "Glaze" pens at my LSS...  I used the white glaze to color the teeth on the shark -- In real life they look extra intimidating -- all shiny and sharp...   I love the texture that they add -- like heat embossing except without the powder and burned fingertips. :)
Look at this fishie...  He's just smiling and swimming (I bet he might even have YOU smiling now)...  He knows it doesn't matter what's creeping up behind him...  Worrying about it isn't going to change it...
So he's got to "just keep swimming"....  Of course, I hope the recipient of this fun card realizes that whatever challenge or obstacle is in the way....
You don't have to swim alone. :)

Thanks so much for visiting me today!!  I really do look forward to your visits...  I'd love for you to leave a comment (be sure to leave me a link for your blog if you have one, so that I can come and visit you too!!)...

Until next time,

17 comments:

Jenscrapstoo said...

Amy, I Love this card!! You really have done a wonderful job on the colouring and the sentiment is just perfect!! Love IT!! :)
Cheers Jennie

Nikbee said...

Congrats on your new DT post. I love your card. The image is fab and I love the little fishie on the wire.
Nikki x

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Amy this is amazing, I love this card and what it stands for, what a great reminder to not give up no matter how hard things seem you just have to keep "swimming" love the part where you said your not alone!! Great colouring job, I am going to have to find some watercolour pencils so I can start colouring all the digi's I have on my computer!!
Kristan
GCDT-Sister

Amy said...

This is too cute Amy! What a fun card and sentiment!! :)Amy

Rhonda Emery said...

this is so darn cute love it

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Super Job Amy and big congrats. They are so lucky to have you on the team.

Karen said...

This is such a cool card! I love it! :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Sharon said...

I love it!! Your coloring is fantastic. :)

girlia said...

Amy this is such an amazing card. Love your wobble. The sentiment is priceless.

Lisa said...

You know I LOVE, LOVE this card - even it if scares me a little :O Poor fishie!! Keep swimming!! You did such an amazing job coloring this, Amy!! I have not gotten into digis...I think it is because the nuns told me that I couldn't color very well...damaged my childhood psyche. Now I don't enjoy it. As usual, I digress :P You are so creative adding a wiggle wire to make him swim!! Love this my DT sister x 3!! :D

Lisa
indymermaid.blogspot.com

Boots And Bling Time said...

Amy, this is just fantabulous! Love this digi and your card. I am definitely going to have to check out this digi company!

papertrails leaver said...

I am saying it again Amy, this is really fun! Love the sentiment and that shark almost swooping down on poor Nemo is all I can think about paired with Dory saying this! Great to be working with at PP!

Sherrie K. said...

What an awesome and FUN card Amy!! TFS!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

ScrapMyWay said...

Congrats Amy on your DT with Paper Playtime. I guess I'm going to have to PLAY! LOVE your wiggly fishy card but then again I LOVE everything you create!
Creative wishes & hugs,
Claire S.
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

PinkBlingCrafter said...

OMG! Amy how fun and cute is this easel card!! The coloring is fantastic too:)
Hugs,
Norma

Letillia said...

OMGoodness Amy I Love this card!! You never Seize to Amaze me you are just soooo Talented it is just AWESOME!!! Your coloring is Spot On and then your homemade wiggle and the gely pen teeth I just love ALL the Elements of this card! You Go Girl!!!

Letillia
divaof5.blogspot.com

scrapdiva said...

great card

 
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