Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to The Outlawz' Colleen!

Good morning, everybody! This past week was really hectic at work and I was so tired when I got home each evening, I had just enough energy to feed myself and my menagerie before I collapsed on the sofa. But things are starting to look up a bit so I'm hoping that I'll not have to work quite so many hours going forward. I love the overtime pay but I really like crafting a little bit every day which is something I haven't been able to do in a while. 

Colleen's Card (mine is below)

My friends at The Outlawz asked me to be a guest designer on their Greeting Cards challenge this past week and in honor of their founder, Colleen Holmes' brithday they hosted a case study of two of her own greeting cards that she made recently. I chose this one to case for my project. 

The idea of a case study is to use the case card as inspiration and you have to change at least 3 things, however large or small, but still be able to see some of the elements of the original design in the new one. The things I changed were rather small because I really, really LOVE Colleen's card. The most obvious thing is the image, which, like Colleen, I colored with Copics. I stayed with the overall color scheme but used different papers. Colleen used a dark panel over a lighter background and I reversed that order. I also changed the small flowers to a different type and even though I used a circle shape, I didn't use the lacy circle Spellbinders die. Instead, I used a lacy paper doily behind my circle to create the scalloped edge. Like Colleen, I didn't put a greeting on the front of my card though that's a requirement for entering the challenge. Being a guest designer, I'm not eligible to win so I guess it doesn't really matter so much. The truth is that I completely forgot about that rule when I was making my card! LOL

So here's how mine turned out.  I hope Colleen liked it. I really enjoyed casing one of her beautiful creations for this project and also being back among my friends at The Outlawz. I'm so sorry that it took me this long to get this posted but better late than never, I suppose! Happy belated birthday, Colleen! You're a great mentor and a wonderful friend! Love ya, sistah!


And because the weather has been so gorgeous and the flowers are blooming, I couldn't resist playing around with some different camera shots in natural lighting while I was at it!


Thanks for stopping by today. As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.  I'll have a layout and a card coming up this week so don't forget to check back.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  
Until next time...

Happy Crafting!!

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous. Your coloring is fabulous. She looks like a chine doll. Also your photographs came out lovely with all that lovely nature behind them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anne, you are one of the few people I know who can make these stamps really look like something! This card is beautiful!

  3. Your take on her card is fantastic. Honest to goodness, and may lightning strike me if I'm lying, I was just thinking about you before I got on here this morning and was going to send an email to check on you. I've missed seeing all your beautiful coloring. Glad to hear about the job.

  4. Another fabulous the colours and your skills are out of this world...and really iris in bloom crocoses are just starting...have a great day.


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