Thursday, June 21, 2012

Friend Make Life Wonderful!!

This has been a crazy week.  I decided to go visit my daughter since she was having some minor surgery.  She loves to scrapbook so I filled my trunk with goodies and headed her way.  I arrived Friday night and we decided to do all of our running around before the surgery and then we would have time to play together after.  We visited a few craft stores, had an awesome meal at Red Lobster, and even fit in a pedicure (her birthday present to me).  We had so much fun together.  Her surgery was Monday and went very well, and I spent five hours in the waiting room coloring stamped images for my cards.  It sure helped the time go by.  I had planned to head home today, but it seems like every time I make this trip, something very exciting but not very fun happens.  This trip was no exception.  I am crafting in the back room while Trisha is resting when the neighbor comes to the door.  Apparently two quite large teenagers were walking past and her large black dog went after them and bit one of them.  In an attempt to get away from the dog, they both jumped onto my car, causing major scratches and dents on the hood and roof and totally wiping out the windshield.  What a mess. 

Well, enough personal info.  I have a fun card I created in the midst of all of this chaos.  Actually, it might be the chaos that inspired it.  Sparkle N Sprinkle recently released two new sets, Zendoodle Rainbow and Zendoodle Flowers, with some wonderful Zentangle designs.  I have always loved the look of Zentangles but have never tried it.  With so much time on my hands at the hospital, I decided now was a good time.  I stamped some of the images from the Zendoodle Flowers set to get started and then just went from there.   

I stamped Zendoodle Butterfly, Zendoodle Daisy, and Zendoodle Leaf with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the background.  I decided to leave it black and white and only bring a little color in my layers to enhance the main center image, Zendoodle Friends.  This image was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with BlackDetail embossing powder.  I colored it, cut it out, and added it to a black layer that I cut out using Spellbinders’ Label Eighteen.  I added Sunny Daze, Cyclamen, and Waterscape glitters with a glue pen and popped this sparkling image in the center of the card with foam tape.

Here is the second background I did.  Some of the patterns are the same but I started to try some different designs and also shade in more black areas.  I think this really makes the designs stand out more.  When I finished this one I ended up going back and adding a few more details to my first one. 

This was a really fun technique to try.  Make sure you check the SNS blog for an upcoming Technique Tuesday where April will share the details of this technique.  Also, go here to see all the great Zentangle books available at SparkleN Sprinkle.

Hopefully my windshield will be fixed later today so I can head home for the weekend.  In the mean time I am enjoying my time with my daughter.  Hope you enjoyed your time here.

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Stamping For The Weekend Challenge #11 – Bugs and Butterflies
Stamping Scrapping June Challenge – Bugs (used Spellbinders’ Label Eighteen)
Stamping Sisters In Christ Challenge #144 – Create Something That Reflects You (My card reflects my somewhat chaotic life, my creative side, and my sparkling personality, along with my love of the beauty around us created by God for our enjoyment.)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #137 – Embossing
Creative Card Crew Challenge #13 – 1-2-3 (One Die Cut, two Zendoodle Butterflies, and three Zendoodle Leaves)
Crafts and Me Challenge #89 – Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches Weekly Challenge – Anything Goes


Sandra H said...

Absolutely beautiful Marie, so pleased the op went well too for your daughter and nice to know you did this amazing card its just so stunning:)x

April said...

Beautiful, Marie! I love how it turned out! Great job!

Hugs, April

carol said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for joining in with CRAFTY CATZ x carol

Aunty Sue said...

lovely creations thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz this week.

Donna Ellis said...

Amazing job with the doodle stamps, Marie! The coloring is so pretty! I especially like the black and white background you customized. It's fantastic!

Susan Flynn said...

Love the way you have kept the background black and white and then popped the image with colour. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges for our Anything Goes Challenge. Hugs Susan x

Angie said...

I love the bright colors on your card! I just came to your blog through MFP a Heinrich CO. and saw the windshield. WOW!!! I still can't quite figure out how teenagers could bust a windshield! What on earth were they doing??!!! So sorry but it sounds like you have a great attitude!

MariLynn said...

I am glad that your daughter's surgery went well and that you got to spend time with her doing fun stuff as well. Sorry to hear about your car. I love the contrast of the color on your card and the zentagle background. Thanks for sharing how this card "reflects" you and thank you for sharing with the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Brenda said...

Love how you added the black & white zentangles! Great job with the coloring and layering :)

Helen said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your daughter, despite your car issue! Glad she is doing well. I love your card! it's so pretty and your coloring is awesome! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ! ~H

crafty amy said...

Wow this is amazing I LOVE your zentangle it looks incredible :D Thank you for joining us at Crafts and Me and good luck.

Amy xx