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Chicknsheep_2 Still A Spring Chick:

Images:  Tiny Bird, Cluster of Daisies, "Still a Spring Chick" (A Muse Artstamps); Sheep (The Saltbox Studio)
Paper:  Cryogen White; Surf (A Muse), Textured Celery paper (Bazzill Bling)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Coloring Tools:  Alcohol Markers in Nile Blue, Pale Porcelain Blue, Cream, Honey, New Leaf, Sand, Africano, Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Pale Greyish Blue, Clear Blender (Copic)
Embellishments:  Dotted Peach Sheer Ribbon (May Arts); Buttons (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: Mega Scallop Scissors (Retired, Making Memories), Copic-proof Multi-liner in Black (Copic)


I finally got to play with my Saltbox Studio Sheep set!   I dunno why I think sheep are so cute–I have no animals whatsoever!   A dear friend of mine out in E. Washington lives on a farm and has told me stories about her sheep . . . that must be why I find them enchanting!  I’m such a wuss, tho; I would never last on a farm . . . *sigh* . . .

Once I finished the scene, which ended up being larger than I anticipated (it was beggin’ for an A-2 canvas), I didn’t have a layout in mind . . . on a whim, I visited Anna’s blog today–I just love her coloring, and fun designs with animals and thought mebbe she’d spark me–she has a way of doin’ that, UKWIM?! *chuckle*  And, as luck would have it, as I sat happily drooling over all her eye candy, I spied a wonderful layout in one of her galleries that worked perfectly for this piece.  YAY!!! 

I had colored in the "rolling hills" of this scene with the chisel end of the New Leaf Copic Marker–man, was that a cake-walk!  Love it!  But, the only green card stock I had that seemed to truly have the *right* shade and intensity of green I wanted was from a pack of Bazzill Bling I’d gotten in a box of swag for having something published a while back in Cards Magazine.  It has a shimmery finish to it.  I typically prefer a totally smooth solid card stock, but, the added texture and shimmer on this was a nice compliment to the shimmery Cryogen White.

Wanna know sumpin’ tricksy?

I was lazy (moi???!!!), and didn’t wanna go digging around, trying to find matching thread for my buttons . . .  So, I used my Fiskars trimmer to "shave" these super narrow strips of Surf card stock and slipped ‘em through the button holes, trimmed off the excess, folded the ends down and stuck a mini glue dot on the back and plopped ‘em onto the card.    I am not the genius that thought of it, but,  whaddid I tell ya’?  Tricksy!

I also wanted to take a moment to thank you for your kindness, and all the encouragement and positive comments about my latest news. MONDO cyber hugs radiating out to you!

  1. Totally adorable Julie, that’s the same thing I tell myself every morning at 5:45 a.m. when I have to roll out of bed, “you’re still a Spring chicken”, ouch . . . groan! Love that you shared you went to Anna’s gallery for inspiration. I go there myself, awesome, awesome gallery!

  2. This card is so bright and lovely! I love the spring feeling it gives me!

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