August 23, 2008

Everyone Smiles....Cute Card Thursday #24 & Friday Sketchers #16!


This weeks FS sketch is by Carole from England. I really, really like this sketch!!! I love that it allows the pretty pattern of the paper to take centre stage. It's a shame covering up the pattern of beautiful paper with so many layers...I'll definitely use this one again. Also, I thought I would team up Carole's fabulous sketch with this weeks challenge on Cute Card Thursday. I haven't done a CCT challenge in a while and I thought it would be fun to make a card with "bright colours"! I definatley think this card qualifies as bright!!!

A while ago, I saw a wood mounted stamp with this sentiment on it at a LSS. I himed and hawed about buying it, but in the end I didn't get it and when I went back it was gone :(...oh, well I didn't really like the font but I love the quote. Now, If you have read my little bio on the sidebar of my blog you will know that I am an American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreter. I love my job and love the fact that I can bridge the gap between two people who do not share the same language. It is a very rewarding career but it is also extremely challenging at times! As a community interpreter, I can be called upon for a multitude of assignments...I can literally find myself interpreting anything from birth to death and everything in between...that can be a lot of pressure! This quote really touched my heart..."everyone smiles in the same language"...no interpretation required,smile!!!

So, for this card I made a 6x6 base from SU Whisper White cardstock and used BG Sultry pp and inked the edges with chalk ink. I got my order of new Magnolia stamps from Phebe from The Town Scrapper yesterday...boy, was that fast, Thanks Phebe! I inked up Cherry Tilda...(oh, don't you just love her cute little outfit? I wish I could dress my Hannah up like this) and coloured her in with my Copic markers.

Before I started collecting stamps, I collected QK and I have quite the collection! So, I thought I would pull them out and put them to good use on this card. I love the little rainbow and clouds and the mushrooms. I thought they would be perfect for this card. I cut the tags on my QK Silhouette and printed the sentiment on my computer using one of my favourite fonts "Digs My Heart". Then I added a little crystal Stickles to the die cuts and the flowers on the pp.

I thought I would let you in on a little Photoshop tip I just learned from Jennifer McGuire's blog on how to improve the lighting on your pics. In Photoshop Elements click on Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Levels and select the white eyedropper tool. Click on something white on the pic of your card and then click again. The card will brighten. If you want to adjust the lighting further you can do so by moving the centre slide on the graph. This is a fabulous tip and really improves the quality of you pic!!!

So, my friend Dana is coming over to visit and to keep me company well I pack!!! I have a ton of things to do this weekend! You see, my hubby and I are going to Las Vegas next week for a little get away...sans kids, smile! Our 13th wedding anniversary is on August 31st!!!! I am really looking forward to some HOT weather, seeing two Cirque Du Soleil shows and just taking it all in!!!! Not sure if I will be able to report back cuz you know..."what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas"!LOL!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and having a wee look-see! See ya when I get back!



16 comments:

mueppi said...

Your card is so lovely and sweet!
I love this image and your colouring!!!!!!!
Hugs Gisela

Andrea, said...

Wow fantastic card, the colours are wonderful. Thanks for joining in the CCT challenge

Sue said...

such a gorgeous ard,cute image and fabby colouring..i loves it:)

sue
xx

Juliet said...

Beautiful card, love all the detail. Have a fab time in LA (I'm not jealous, LOL) xx

stardustgemsandribbon said...

Oh Tara...I think this is my favourite of all your cards so far! I love how you have used the paper and Tilda is so cute and adorable just sat there! What a lovely sentiment...totally true. What an amazing job you have.
Have a wonderful time in Vegas!
Thanks for trying my sketch and for joining us again at friday sketchers.
Hugs
Carole ;o)

Kristine said...

WOW! That card is AMAZING! I love the colours you used and that DP is the cutest ever!
Thanks for joining FS!!
Hugs
Kristine

cats whiskers said...

Lovely card beautiful colours and your colouring is superb, thanks for the photo tip
Hugs Jacqui x

Rach said...

beautiful colours and an adorable image. hugs rachxx

Bev said...

Wowzers Tara, this is one fabby card hun - love the colours, papers and the super sweet image
hugs Bev x

Deb said...

beautiful card Tara, your colouring is fabulous and I so love the quote too, thank you for joining in the CCT challenge
have a great trip!

Jilli said...

Gorgeous card, love the papers and Tilda looks adorable sat amongst the flowers. The sentiment is beautiful! Jillix

Julie said...

Your card is really lovely

Debbie said...

Wow! What a beautiful card. Fantastic colours.

Claudia Rosa said...

super cute.
i love tilda sitting in these pink mushrooms :-)

Susan said...

I love this card, it's just so cute!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

OH this is just adorable Tara!! So bright and CUTE!!

Listen, I heard a rumour that you MIGHT be headed to London at the end of September....is that true???

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