Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Little Best Friends - SSW117

Three things for today:  It's the last day of August - where did this month go?  It's my birthday and I'm not even going to go there on the topic of age - it really is a matter of mind right?!  And my favorite of all it's a Wednesday and that means another Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge! We have a new sponsor this week and that's exciting too.

Elisabeth Bell Designs is the sponsor and I have just loved creating my card this week with the beautiful images this company has.  The lucky Grand Prize Winner of the challenge will receive both of the following images from Elisabeth Bell Designs:











You'll have to be sure to stop by the Sweet Sketch Wedneday blog to see what the design team created with these prize images.

And here is the sketch for this week. I love the combination of squares and the circle in this sketch - it has lots of layers which always adds interest to a card.

Now some of you might have thought you were on the wrong blog since my colors on this card are so pale and pastel but I can assure you I have not gone faint on this one.  I intentionally chose to go with softer colors because of the sweet delicate image of these toddlers on the beach.  I'm not going to say it was easy - you know I generally go for the bold and bright, vibrant color.  But I like how it turned out.  The sweet papers helped a lot here - they're by My Mind's Eye, the "Everyday Flair" collection.  The Elisabeth Bell image is called "Little Best Friends" and it reminds me of my daughter and niece when they were toddlers.  They are ony two months apart in age and totally inseparable even still today. 

And finally, I just have to mention the crocheted flower.  I made this little beauty and so proud of it too! I've always wanted to learn how to crochet something other than just chain stitches!  So I Googled crochet flowers, found a terrific video tailored to a total beginner (and it used normal everyday language-LOL) and this is what I came up with. Sort of...  I used white cotton yarn and colored this one with my Copics to get it to match my card colors.  I'm happy how it turned out for me! 

So that's it for today's post. Please join us this week in the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge - we just love to see what you can create!  Thanks for stopping by!

13 comments:

Kathie said...

Happy Birthday to you. I love your card it's really really cute. Love your colours you've used and your finishing touch of your little crochet flower well done. I can knit but can't crochet I have trouble because I'm left handed I must look at the video for beginners you never know I might get excited too. Take care and have a great week.
Hugs
Kathie

xox

Heide said...

Happy Birthday Sharon!!!
cute card, and love your flower. Thanks for the great tutorial it does make it look so easy to make these fab flowers.
Hugs, Heide

Emma F said...

Happy Birthday! I LOVE YOUR CROCHET FLOWER! That's so neat. And how great that you could colour it with a Copic Marker. Yay! The soft colours are wonderful, I totally love it :)

mulberry station said...

I love your soft pastel color scheme. That is the one thing I noticed first of all. Your image is colored to perfection, as alway.....last but not least.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Have a great one! Hugs, Nancy

mulberry station said...

I wanted to tell you too how much I love that little crocheted flower. It is gorgeous!
Nancy

Jeannie said...

This is just adorable and the soft and sweet colors are just perfect! I'm so glad you taught yourself to crochet this flower, it looks awesome! My Grandma taught me when I was probably 10 or so by crocheting around hankies for her. It's a memory I will never forget and so thankful to have learned it too!

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

Patti P. said...

First, Happy Birthday...hope it was a great day for you. Your colors couldn't have been better for this sweet image....love the bathing suits. I wish that I could crochet anything, even a chain stitich....but so proud of you and your flower...great job! Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend.
Patti

Cole said...

Happy (Belated now) birthday Sharon!!! And this flower is soooo awesome - wow girl! I really love your card too....it's sooo incredibly cute - too cute for words actually LOL! Have a fab weekend!

Karen Howard said...

Sharon, this is really pretty! Love these little girls and your card! Hugs, Karen

Genevieve said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sharon, hope you had a great day. Your card is so sweet! I love the soft colours & your flower is super cute, I haven't crocheted in ages, you have put me in the mood :)

Tc
Genevieve

The Stamper's Touch said...

Such a sweet card Sharon!!! Gorgeous colors, wonderful papers, and that crocheted flower...absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the link too!!! I'll have to get out my needle and yarn and get to work!!!

Linda

Arlana said...

Sharon love your fun papers and that added crochet flower is just too sweet. Have a sweet day!!!! Hugs Arlana

Jacki Randolph said...

Sharon this is so sweet, love how you did this image up in the soft colors and your crochet flower is the perfect finishing touch!