Monday, April 11, 2016

Take your Selfie.....

Hello everyone: Well, I've been having a field day making cards for the Power Poppy You Pick 3 challenge, which means you must pick only 3 markers, either at random or on purpose and color your image using them so here is another card for this fun challenge, I hope you give it a try. If you don't have any Power Poppy stamps you can still participate, you can WIN a free stamp set from Marcella, how about that for an incentive, eh?  Here is my card.

This image is from Power Poppy's "Best Day Ever" which has super fun images of warm, sunny days at the beach or the back yard. The challenge asks to pick just 3 markers so, this time, I closed my eyes and picked Garden Green, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky, I actually mixed the yellow and green ones to color the scarf and the glasses, just so they wouldn't just disappear into the background, the result was a very lovely color that really stands out. The image is stamped with my new favorite ink for Photopolymer stamps.....Versafine Onix Black, I love the crisp, detailed image I get the first time. You do need to allow it to dry or, if you are impatient like me, grab your heat gun.
I framed this sweet image using the retired SU labels collection dies.

This close up shows better the mixed colors of the scarf and the glasses, the pattern paper is from Lili of the Valley and the seam binding ribbon is from SU (retired) in Daffodil Delight. 
Now, about the seam binding ribbon.....I love it, it makes the prettiest bows and it's easy to tie but, it frays like crazy and I just don't like how the ends look so, as I was struggling to make this knot, an idea came to my mind.....why not put a piece of Scotch tape on the ends to prevent fraying!! so, I grabbed the tape, put a piece on one end, and cut it in an angle, then tied the knot and, before cutting I put the tape on the ribbon making sure it was placed at the same distance as in the other end and cut. 
PERFECT!! no more fraying, I just cut the sides so they wont show, since the tape is a bit wider than the ribbon and, well, there you have it. I hope this little tip will help you the next time you are using seam binding ribbon.
Ok, the sentiment is from the same set, I stamped it inside the banner from Spellbinders and sponged it with Garden Green ink.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.

This sentiment is also from the set and the pretty shells are from a retired Flourishes set called "Seaside Life".
Here is another look at my card with the markers I used.

It's really amazing how an image can be colored with only 3 colors.
Here is the Power Poppy banner that inspired my card.

And here is the retired Flourishes set I used for the shells inside my card.
I just noticed that there is one shell stamp missing, it better be inside the clear stamp box!!!!! Grr!!
Thank you for stopping by, hope you give this fun challenge a try, it goes on the entire month of April so there is plenty of time for you to have some fun with it.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Patti Willey said...

Wow did you really select those color with your eyes closed? They look great! I love the straw hat and reading glasses! Looks like some fabulous down time to me! Nice and relaxing! Great tip for that darn seam binding, it frays on me every time too!

Sonny said...

I have a card from you with this image and love it ! I missed getting that DD seam binding when it was on the CR...maybe I `m glad I did !! Great tip on the edge fraying problem .

Aileen Ryan said...

Love this card, that image is so cute. No way I would shut my eyes and pick unless I laid out the three colours first then shut my eyes hehehe. I would probably get black, spew green and flouro pink. Love the colours you used, it really does look wonderful.

Aileen Ryan said...

Dont ask me what flouro pink is it was meant to be flurouo

ChristineCreations said...

This one is really fresh and fun Maria! Lovely! Great tip on the seam binding too!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Patti, I'm behind on this post replying but I'm catching up.
I promise you, I did closed my eyes, it was just pure luck that I picked this colors, I would have liked Old Olive or Wild Wasabi but this garden green looks good too.

Maria A. said...

I love this seam binding ribbon but it does fray a lot, this idea just came to me as I was struggling to make this little knot.
Thank you for stopping by, my friend.

Maria A. said...

Flouro Pink??!!! Ha,Ha!!! It's fun to really pick the colors with your eyes closed, this is one fun, fun challenge, you should give it a try, if you don't have any Power Poppy stamps, you can win one set and, as you can see they are absolutely gorgeous.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Christine, it's so much fun to pick the colors with my eyes closed.
Glad to share that tip, it just came to me as I was trying to make the knot.