Sunday, September 5, 2010

#9 Sparkle and Shine!

Edit Added (see below the piccy of Crissy's card):
Hi Precious Peeps!
My challenge for you this month is "Sparkle and Shine".  We pretty much already make our cards sparkle and shine most of the time, so you have no excuse to not join in! :-)
As usual, I have some blog candy up for grabs, sponsored by the wonderful online store, LSL Diversified.  Since they are only online (not brick and mortar) they can keep their prices low. I have ordered from them many times now, and am I ever impressed! They have the lowest Copic prices I have found in Canada - $5.50 per each sketch marker!

And great sales every week too.  Also, if you don't see what you want in her catalogue, she'll try to order it in for you!
Not only are her prices low, the service is exceptional. I have ordered and received my packages from her within three business days.  Of course that would be different for U.S. or International orders. 
Here is a word from Lora of LSL Diversified:  

Hi my name is Lora Sinkler-Lake and I am the owner of the on-line store LSL Diversified.  I am offering a variety of products at a great price and would love to have you pop by for a visit.  Customer service is a top priority for me so if there is something you would like to see please feel free to ask.  Check back often as new lines arrive almost weekly.
 Here is a piccy of the beautiful blog candy Lora is offering from her fine store today:

Now I have another change to announce about how we are going to run the challenge blog.  You may have noticed I have been making some adjustments as we go along.  Up til now I have been adding all the designer's creations in one post.   Well from now on, we are going to be making individual posts for each member of Crissy's Crew to be posted throughout the month.   However, in this post I am featuring Michele's card too.  
Also, I will be posting on the FIRST OF EVERY MONTH from now on, announcing the challenge for that month. Stay tuned throughout the month to see what each of my ten designers on Crissy's Crew has to offer to inspire you for this challenge!  You won't want to miss it!
My initial post announcing the new challenge will have the "inlinkz" option for you to upload a link to your creation.  But all month long, you will be able to see the creations of each of my design team members, to inspire you along the way!
Please always use the "inlinkz" option found on my post only, and do not add any links to cards in the comment sections on any future posts. 
Now let's start with our Guest Designer Michele Spera's card.  She used "Say a Prayer" from the digital line at Wags 'N Whiskers.  Didn't she do a great job colouring my image and adding some sparkle and shine! I just love her colour choices, and the shine she got on the angel's hair. Great job, Michele!  Click HERE to go directly to Michele's blog to see more eye candy by this wonderful artist!
Michele's for Sparkle and Shine

Here is a piccy of my card for "Sparkle and Shine" and a link to my blog
I forgot to let you know that I have altered my original sketch of the butterfly in Photoshop.  The original Whimsy sells has a few more decorative things on the wings, leaves actually.  I wanted a larger space for the paint to flow and so I brought the image into Photoshop, selected the eraser tool, and erased the lines that made the leaves.  I want to encourage you, that if you purchase one of my images, I give you full permission to alter it, remove lines, add lines, layer it with other images from other companies, flip it, resize it, really anything you want to do with it, the sky's the limit. 
You can't see it well, but I put gold stickles all over the outer edge of the main layer and the swirls for my sparkle, and the rhinestone flourish is my shine.  :-)
The butterfly image is one of my creations for Whimsy and it is one of my latest digital images.  I called it, "These Three Remain".   I called it that because I have the words, "faith, hope and love" on the wings of the butterfly.  And one of my favourite verses in the Bible is, "1 Corinthians 13:13  
and now there doth remain faith, hope, love -- these three; and the greatest ofthese [islove
I printed These Three Remain onto water colour paper and I painted it using my Tim Holtz Distress inks, for a nice change.   I got a plastic palette, and just smudged the ink pad directly onto it to create a "pool" of ink.  And just used water colour techniques to paint.   I got a lot of nice texture in the wings by using a lot of water and dragging my ink filled brush across it in  a striped fashion.  You can see the effect of this esp. on the wing on the left.  I just love how using water colour gives unexpected results!
Something I'm not too happy about is the photo:  I find reds and purples the hardest to photograph because the shades never show up correctly.  The ribbon and roses actually do match the main image!  The photo distorted the shades quite a bit.  Oh well!

And now I would like to announce the winners of my Artist Choice Award from Challenge #8!

All four of you get to grab the "Artist's Choice Award" trophy badge from my side bar, and display it on your blog!  Thanks for playing along and for making such eye catching creations!
And now, the winner of the blog candy from Challenge # 8, chosen by Random Integer Generator is... drum roll please...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2010-09-05 13:25:57 UTC
The second entry to use one of my digi images is...
Congratulations Stephanie!  Be sure to contact me to collect your candy!
And now, over to you!  You have until Sept 30 at midnight to add a link to your creation for this challenge.  Enter as many times as you wish, but remember, only creations using my digi's get you entered for the candy! See my side bar for complete list of the rules of play. 


  1. Another batch of Gorgalicious creations by the fantastic DT!

    Hugs, Marjo

  2. A lovely challenge, thanks for the opportunity to participate! I love the DT inspiration!

  3. Love the creations! I love the bling on projects.

  4. Love the inspirational cards by the DT. Thanks for the challenge

  5. Thanks for a fun challenge! I think we ALL love any thing that has sparkle and shine! I used a combination of Stickles and Gems on my card!

    Happy Crafting,

  6. Hi!
    Thanks for this wonderful challenge. Love all DT Creations, very inspirational.


  7. This challenge was lots of fun. I love all the creations from the DTs they are all so talented!

    Happy Creating,
    Mary C


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