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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A DRAGON BIRTHDAY!

Hey All!


Today is High Hopes Stamps challenge day and BIRTHDAY!  Be sure to read the wonderful details of the prizes for this week's challenge below!  Today's challenge is a sketch challenge.  I'm kinda getting used to playing with sketches and today's was a simple one to follow for me.  I have a TON of birthdays in the month of October.  Jay's, my Mom's, my sister's, my best friend's, and my aunt's.  So birthday cards are on my mind right now.  I thought this would be a perfect time to knock one off the list.


Here is the sketch:


Here is my card:


As you can see, I flipped the sketch to accommodate the horizontal image.  I love this sweet dragon!  This image is called "Warm Wishes".  I used a couple of coloring techniques on this image.  The dragon is completely colored with distress ink - Crushed Olive.  I used my Aqua Painter to color him.  The cake is colored with my colored pencils and oms.  I was very disappointed in the quality of the photo, because of the "dragon scales" panels and how they photographed.  That is not exactly the color.  The reason it looks shiny is because it is shiny LOL.  I took green card stock, ran it through my CB with an embossing folder (this one always reminds me of reptilian skin, and then I painted it with Yasutomo Shimmer Paints.  This is a wonderful product, and boy does it add shimmer!  That is why it was so hard to get a good shot because it is so shiny.


Anyway, there you have it!  NOW HERE IS THE EXCITING PART. . .It is High Hopes BIRTHDAY!!!  They are giving away a GREAT PRIZE this week!  One winner will win 10 STAMPS and 2 people will win 5 STAMPS!  Go to the HIGH HOPES blog for all the details.  I hope you play along, and if so, I wish you lots of luck!


Thanks for visiting!  I'll be back tomorrow with the latest edition of the Wednesday Evening Post with lots of stuff to share!


Hope you are all well!


Best,


Curt O'Brien


"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

24 comments:

mudmaven said...

Too cute Curt! Love that shimmer too. Hope all is well with you, Jay and those gorgeous hunks of dogginess! ~chris

Stacie said...

Thanks for visiting me and checking out my rosette tutorial during the hop! Hope you find it useful! Your card is really fun! I find it hard to photograph shiny/shimmery cards also and I always know they look better in person! Sounds like alot of birthdays to celebrate...have fun!
-Stacie

Patti J said...

What an adorable card! Whew...sounds like you have lots of cake in October!!! I love your cuttlebugged pieces, and as always, your colored pencils made art out of cardstock!!! Have a great day, my friend - so glad you are posting on Tuesday's now too!

Jackie said...

Your dragon is adorable! I love all of the shimmery goodness on that card. It sound like October is going to be party central for you. After you finish all of the birthday cards, anyway :-). Don't go into a sugar coma with all of the cake!

Sue said...

Hi ya Curt
fabuloous card, luv the wee dragon so cute, as ever awesome colour work, luv the embossing will have to check out them paints, hope all is well with you n yours hun, luv sue,xx

Sue Ann said...

I did not know there was a stamp out there that looked like my son Anton .... joking! I LOVE GREEN AND I LOVE THIS CARD ...... and chocolate cake too boot!!! I am going to have to try the distress inks with my aqua pen sounds like something I might love~~ great take on the layout!!! This card is UBER FUN~~

Dawn said...

Awww what a great card Curt. Love that image and the embossed scaley bits!!

Dawn

Lee said...

Hi Curt.I love this cute dragon,i adore High Hope's images.Love the sketch and the way you've done the scales.Hugs to all.Lee x

Dawn said...

Wow I love that shimmer!
I was just thinking about the card you made for your mom last year, I laugh about it still today. That mouse with the lipstick.
I always enjoy your cards. I love that you create and NEVER try to look like anyone else.
I am sure who ever receives this beauty will love it!

Becky said...

Curt this is just adorable, fabulous coloring, and I love the embossing.

Carmen O. said...

What an adorable card! I just love that dragon. There is/was a book called Happy Birthday Hector that was about a dragon. I loved reading it to my boys as it rhymed. You really brought this little guy to life. I love the embossing and painting you did. Great job!

Leigh said...

Fabulous card Curt. Love the way your embossing represents the dragon's scales.

Shirley-anne said...

Another fun card from your good self . Love those shiny scales . Love your colouring .

Sharli said...

Hi Curt! I love the dragon "blowing out the candles" (RIGHT!) what a fun image and you're coloring is Right-On! I have some distress inks - I should try them with the blender or water brush. I never even thought of it (why is my imagination so limited?).

The embossed and shimmered paper is amazing! Wowie!! Love this card!

Lelia Pierce said...

Fantastic job! I love the embossed panels! :O)

XXX

Bonnie Weiss said...

Looks like you have mastered coloring with Distress inks too ... looks great!

Heide said...

I going to have to break out my High hopes stamps, and join the celebration! The first thing I thought when I saw your card was your were matching the dragons scales. Perfect card.

Diane said...

Woowho...what a lot of shimmer....great...just great!!! Love that dragon image, perfect color for him!! I hear ya on the October birthdays...have tons too, my daughter's, a grandson, my brother and my brother-inlaws are the same day, and mine (which we won't talk about)...and my husband's exwife's...hahahahha...wonder if he will mix them up again this year!!!

Sally Cicada Designs said...

Hey there!! It's me!! I am no longer MIA and thanks for leaving your sweet, encouraging comments!! I am loving this dragon birthday card and the way you used the CB on it. Brilliant colouring too!! I am hoping I will be able to play along too this week!!!
Hugs,
Sarah :D

lisa808 said...

Love the shiny dragon scales!!! Fun card.

Linda said...

Great card Curt! I never saw Yasutomo Shimmer Paints. I love how they look. I only have two HH stamps. I really love them.

Celeste said...

So adorable, love the sentiment too. I really like how you paired the CB folder with this image.

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Curt, what a really cute card!

Lacey Stephens said...

This is awesome, Curt!! Great take on the sketch and I love your shimmery paper...very "scaley"!! LOL
~Lacey
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