Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello, Birthday Girl

 Hello Crafters! 

More than halfway though the week. Yahoo! 

I'm 2 days away from vacation. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah! 
Speaking of praising the Lord would you like to hear a funny story?
Of course you would. Why do I even ask?

One of the many joys of my job is the strange bizarre calls we get. My father was sad when I got married and moved out because I'm the best daughter ever and he misses me uncontrollably . . . actually it's because he misses the stories. My Dad worked at the crack of dawn for his whole career so he still gets up way too early. Because he still wakes so early I would get off from night shift, come home, and regale him with all the ridiculousness that occurred on my shift the night before. Some of the stories I could never tell you on this blog. Some of you would never want to hear them anyway. 90% of them are gross and pee your pants hysterical. To me anyway. And my Dad.  :) 

Anyway, last night I received a call from a woman who said that there was a woman sitting on a bench across from her job who she thought was crying. "It's so loud and sounds terrible. I didn't even know what that sound was but I can hear it clear across four lanes of traffic." 
I, of course, send an officer out to check on this woman who is clearly in a very sad state. Or is she? Hmm...
He's out there for two seconds and then calls me and says she's not crying. 
She singing and Praising Jesus. 
So terrible she could hear it across four lanes of traffic?! 
That's probably what I sound like in church. 
Thank God Jesus loves all kinds of music right :)

Today's card is for the current CASE This Sketch. It was drawn by Leigh Penner and their guest artist is Marika Rahtu . I absolutely adore both of those girls so I had to make sure to play along. I'll probably be the last entry I'm cutting so close. It's okay I'm late to everything. My poor husband. 

and my take 

I used the dogwood from Wplus9's Flora and Fauna set. I've attempted to use this stamp several times before and never liked the results. This time I decided to try no line coloring. Even though I struggle with it. BIG time. 

No joke, it's really freaking hard to make no line coloring look good. Yikes. I always feel like edges of my images are blurring together. I stamped the images on a panel I had die cut with a decorate edge. I stamped them all in Falling Star ink from Wplus9. It's a super soft gray. 

I colored with my copics and added some details with my white gel pen. 
The sentiment is another Wplus9 set called Hand Lettered Hello. I love how it's an outline. It looks so cool!! 
The whole panel was added using craft foam to a white cardbase. 
Done :) 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Everything you touch with a coloring medium turns into perfection Kelly!
    This looks amazing
    Thanks for joining us at Case this sketch!

  2. this is so gorgeous Kelly! I love all the glittery details along the edges of the flowers!

  3. I can just bet you would have your dad laughing hysterically in the wee morning hours. Some people are blessed with terrific storytelling abilities and you are one of those people. We are lucky recipients here on your blog. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. I have never tried no line coloring and I'm going to believe you that it is hard to do. :) I am glad you persisted in trying as the result of your efforts is simply beautiful. Your coloring skills are amazing. :)

  4. Oh my, this is amazig. Can't believe that you didn't get along with that stamp beforehand. It looks so great. And that story of your's amazing too. But I'm also happy that the woman that called you was so concerned and didn't ignore what she thought was a crying woman.

  5. Oh, this is gorgeous, Kelly! What a fabulous take on the sketch!

  6. Love your story and can only imagine some of the stories you must have shared with's the little things isn't it? Anyhoo, your card is so bright and beautiful. I was wondering if you could share any insight on how you get such terrific photos of your cards? Thanks so much for inspiring me not only with your talents but with the push to learn my camera better. I spent most of my day with my DSLR trying to understand it and still can't get my photos that fabulous!

  7. Funny story! I imagine you have hundreds of these stories, it makes life real interesting! Your no line coloring is exceptional! Gorgeous colors, Kelly!

  8. I love how you colored the flowers and the how you added those gel pen details - awesome

  9. Did you just hear that, Kelly? That "clunk" was my jaw hitting the floor!!! OK, OK, maybe not the floor, but at least the top of my desk :-)
    Another "jaw-droppingly" gorgeous card. The dimension and intensity of colour you get with your amazing colouring skills never ceases to amaze me.
    Love the story. Reminds me of hearing people sing hymns in church. Not everybody is on key, or knows all the words, but there is no sweeter sound when it comes from the heart.

  10. I've never got good results from no line watercoloring. This is fantastic! I love the dimension you've achieved! Such pretty dogwood blossoms!

  11. I think you can call this a success! gorgeous!

  12. Wow Kelly - this is just gorgeous!! I love your flower cards - truth be told - you converted me to colouring flowers. I started off colouring images of people/cute things and now my favourites are flowers and butterflies! Thank you so much. Also, I love your stories and humour on your blog. You're hilarious :)

  13. Amazing my friend! Gorgeous colouring and love your take on the sketch!

  14. So lifelike and so beautiful!!! Stunning flowers and just amazing details!!! Love hearing your stories and your humor cracks me up!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!