Saturday, May 14, 2011

On the Horizon

     I had to laugh when I read my friend Linda's blog post and she said she was having withdrawl symptoms when Blogger was down cause I was too!  It was like we all got frozen in time and couldn't go forward.  I did get a lot of work done though.
     I really should be working on a mini album I've started, but you know how it goes.  When the inspiration strikes one must act. {grin}  This card was created because of inspiration from several challenges.
     The image is colored with Copic markers.  I created the beach scene background and I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  Did you notice the sea foam near the shore?  That's just a tiny little bit of puffy paint.  I used Annika's cloud technique again and tried some stippling for the sand.
     I couldn't believe it when I googled poetry about the sea and this Emily Dickinson poem popped up.  It fit so well with the image. 

By the Sea
I started early, took my dog,
And visited the sea;
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me.

     I hand stitched around the sentiment.  There was no way I was going to attempt to do that on the machine!  LOL 
     Hope you like the card.  I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:

City Crafter--by the sea
Make It Crafty--dotty backgrounds
Mo's Digital Pencil--here comes summer
Inspire Me Fridays--anything goes
Stamp Something--anything goes
The Outlawz Copic Challenge--color something cuddly
Moving Along with the Times--2 B's (brads and beads)
Cooking It Up with Katie--brads, letters, stamped image
Creative Belli Blog--anything starting with S (sailor, sky, sea, sand, spyglass)

Have a great weekend!


Papers: Recollections, DCWV, Bazzill, Colorbok
Stamp:  Mo's Digital Pencil "Out There"
            skin E000, E00, E02R20
            hair E31, E35, E37, E39
            clothing N1, N3, N5, N7, W1, W3, Y28, B18, B21
            spyglass N1, N3, N5
            dog B18, B21, YR20, YR21, Y26
            sand E50, E51, E53
            water B000, B00, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07
            sky B000, B91, C0, C2
Tools:  Nestabilities Labels Eight (S5-019), sewing machine
Miscellaneous:  Tulip Puffy Paint, beads from my stash, Darice Hemp Cord, Recollections brads


heidy said...

OMG Tracy,I love it!!!
Hugs Heidy

Iulia said...

Hi Tracy! I had to pop in to observe this gorgeous image more closely. I saw it on Paola's blog and I'm completely in love with it. LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you colored this scene and the foam and clouds look simply amazing! I really have to find some time and watch Annika's tutorials. I work with Promarkers but I still find them so useful.
Love your card, makes me think of the seashore and I become nostalgic:)
Have a great Sunday sweetie!
Hugs, Iulia

Ros said...

Well that tiny bit of puffy paint creates a stunning effect with your beautifully coloured image ... fabulous ... thanks ever so much for playing along at CCCB

Brenda Brown said...

What a fabulous scene you have created Tracy and such a beautiful card. I love the colours and layers.
Thanks for joining in our 2B's challenge at MAWTT we are so pleased you have shared this with us.
If you pop over to my own blog you could stand a chance of winning more prizes
Click the give-away picture in the sidebar.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Lisa Jane said...

what an adorable little scene .. i too got lots done cos blogger was down lol
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Dana said...

I just saw this at The Outlawz and had to come over for a closer look! This is perfect!! I adore it and just cannot say enough with how impressed I am. Your sea looks totally amazing, as well as the clouds and beach! Great, great job!!

Roxann said...

This is a truly beautiful card. I love everything about it! Saw it first at The Outlawz and hopped over to your blog. Great blog, too!

Lynne Armstrong said...

Like it!! Tracy...this is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...I LOVE it! Ditto everything Dana said. Your colouring is awesome and that background is brilliant. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for entering it into our Outlawz challenge this week. Hope to see you back very soon :)

Katie said...

Super card!
Thanks for Cooking It Up With Katie :)

Dorcas said...

OMGoodness, girlfriend this is too fantastic!!! Just tell me what I have to do to trade a card for this.LOL Seriously! Super wonderful, just Loooove your background! You go girl! Thanks for joining us at Mo's!

Sleepy Stamper said...

I agree what a wonderful card! I've tried the cloud technique as well but I have to say you are a better student of Annika's tutorials than I. Great card!

Alina said...

wow, Tracy, my compliments for your colouring, really awesome! very beautiful card!
hugs, Alina

Nancy said...

Tracy! Your coloring is so beautiful and the background is absolutely incredible! It's a gorgeous card...again! I love the added texture of the puffy paint and the pretty beads! The poem is just perfect! :o)

Maria said...

This is stunning Tracy! Beautiful colouring and wonderful dotty sand. Love the beads on a string too. Thanks for playing with us at Make it Colourful. Hugs, Maria

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh.. another wonderful card. I just love this.. Perfect for our challenge.. Girly you coloring is awesome... Thanks for playing with us again. We just love your creations..

Pat said...

Hi Tracy...this is gorgeous, darlin'!! I love the scene you created...your coloring is stunning! I love how you made the "foam" from the tide coming in...brilliant idea!! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's challenge at Mo's. Pat

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just gorgeous! The image is so sweet!

It was horrible with no blogger, I really hope it doesn't happen again....I felt cut off from all my friends really silly!!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Regan said...

Adorable card! I love the colors you used and you colored the image beautifully! Great work!

♥Jan♥ said...

Blogger down - I actually got some work done on my kitchen backsplash ! Your poem is so perfect, it is as if the boy and his dog were illustrations with the published poem. I think this card is a WINNER !!! (how do you do it, card after card, they are always so first class...)

Kim Duran said...

Wow! You are so talented. Every card of yours just gets me every time. I am always amazed!

Sheila said...

Wow, this is stunning. Fabulous image and I adore the background - must find this site to see how to do the clouds! TY for joining us at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days, Sheila:)X

DesignerDiva said...

Oh Tracy I love this image it's the cutest thing EVER!
I've been away and missed all the excitement of blogger 'EATING UP' everyones posts!! Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for Brenda's BB challenge and good luck
Hugs Laurie x

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

LOL, can't imagine my life without blogger, LOL!

Love this cute little sailor boy, perfect for our challenge this week at CCCB!, thanks for sharing Steph!

~ blogging from Singapore : )

CanadianScraps43 said...

Wow this is just outstanding. To the texture of the shore line to the blending of your inks, this is just drop dead gorgeous. If you don't get a Guest Designer spot at Mo's I don't know who will. I laugh at your description of yourself your sidebar where you say you may not be that great of an artist. You must be kidding right! Your cards are stunning and drool worthy and that exceeds anything that you say about not being that great of an artist. God has blessed you with some pretty amazing talent and all I can say To God Be The Glory for you and your talent. Hugs.

Linda Breedlove said...

Oh, too cute. This is such a great card!

sandra's crafty corner said...

wow that is soooo beautiful, and very nostalgic, thanks for joining in at cardmadfairy's digi days, and good luck xxx

Dori Shelton said...

This is so gorgeous!!! I love the layout and your coloring is just beyond great!! Thanks for joining us at Cooking it up with Katie!

Debs said...

Gorgeous card - the image is adorable and your colouring is amazing.
Thanks for playing along with us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
{{Debs}} xx

Kristina said...

This is so sweet and totally adorable! I love the beads, fantastic!!

Elaine L. said...

This is a wonderful card! I love the 'foam' and those beautiful blue beads. Your coloring is lovely, too. Glad you shared it with us in Mo's Challenge.

cnelson said...

This is sooooo DARLING! LOVE it so much! Thanks you so much for playing along at CCCB!

Unknown said...

What an amazing Copic artist you are Tracy! Love your clouds and look at those tiny pebbles on the beach, every little detail to perfection!! Really adorable, that's what your card is! Hugs, Ira

SAMARA said...

Tracy this is fantastic! I love the little boots on this sailor! The indents in the sand (shadowing) are so real (and yes, I noticed the foam...brilliant!) and your clouds look like the stampscapes/landscapes techniques...they look so great here. I can SO imagine this scene have brought it to life. The quote is indeed perfect. It just makes the entirely beautiful card you created more rich and imaginative...just like a sailor at sea...or looking out to sea. Ahoy Captain-ess! Samara xox

Ellibelle said...

This is beautiful!! Love your coloring and how you made the cloudy background! Gorgeous sketch too!
So happy you shared your card with me at word play weekend!!

Beccy said...

Fabulous card Tracy the image is soo gorgeous. the clouds looke brilliant and your spotty shore is perfect for this weeks challenge. Well done for finding such an apt poem.

Thanks for joining in with the Make It colourful challenge this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Beccy x

Val said...

Beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining the 2Bs challenge at MAWTT this week.