Thursday, July 5, 2012

Unconditional hugs

     Hello my friends!  Today is new challenge day at Mo's Digital Pencil and I've chosen to use one of the sailor boys for our "Anything Goes" challenge.  Yep, that's right.  It's the first challenge of the month so that means anything goes.
     I just love these little sailors and you can find the set in Mo's store right here.  He's colored in Copics of course and I used some My Mind's Eye Portabello Road papers to keep in the vein of the vintage look of his clothing.  Isn't his face just so sweet and so is his bear's!  Normally I'm just passably happy with how the hair turns out on my images, but I am really happy with this one.  He has easy hair though so maybe that's why it came out better.  LOL
     Come join in the fun for your chance at a $5.00 gift certificate from Mo's store.
     I have a little tip for some of you today.  I don't know about you, but I love to look at your posted cards up close.  Since Blogger made those major changes a while back, the default setting on everyone's blog makes clicked on photos pop up in those dreaded black light boxes that will not magnify.  It's super simple to change that so that visitors can blow up your card photos for a better look.
     Here are the simple steps:

  1. In the top right hand corner of your blog click on "Design".
  2. On the left hand side of the design page you'll find a list of options, click "Settings".
  3. In the secondary listing choose "Posts and Comments".
  4. Under Posts you'll see "Showcase images with lightbox", choose "NO".
  5. Save the settings and you'll be good to go.  :-)

     Keep me in your thoughts today.  Our sweet friends have come in from Florida for a visit and their six year old will be spending the day with me tomorrow.  Keeping up with her is going to be a job for me.  LOL  It's been a while since I've had to chase my 21 year old daughter around.  I just love this little girl to pieces though so it will be worth it.
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards--anything goes
Crafts and Me--1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration--anything goes
Craft Room Challenge--friendship
Digital Tuesday--kids
Papertake Weekly--anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday--one for the men
Kaboodle Doodles--a boy's life
Make It Monday--anything goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge--one for the boys
Graphicat Sketches--sketch
Craft Your Days Away--teddy bears
Sugar Creek Hollow--vintage children
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe challenge--bears

     Have a blessed day!

  • Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost and Found--Portabello Road, Recollections, Kraft Outlet Light Kraft
  • Stamp:  Mo's Digital Pencil "Sailor Boys 3", Michael's $1 bin alphabet
  • Ink:  Copic, Walnut Stain Distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Tools:  Stampin' Up Small Ticket Corner punch, Martha Stewart Photo Corner punch
  • Miscellaneous:  Offray ribbon, buttons from my stash, Kraft Outlet Hang Tag String


Joey said...

Tracy this is beautiful hun! gorgeous colourwork and love those buttons. Joey x

Heidi said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!
I love the colours and the image is so cute:)
Beautiful design.
Hugs, Heidi:)

Sara H said...

Beautiful card! I just LOVE how you use kraft paper and your colouring is always gorgeous! love it =)

Unknown said...

This is just beautiful Tracy you colour these images so beautifully well done Hugs Elaine

Unknown said...

Thanks for the hint on the light box tracy , have done it Hugs Elaine

Ivonne said...

I love this card Tracy, I just can't stop looking at it. So delicate and so gorgeous. Love the papers and the vintage look. The coloring is perfect as always. LOVE it! Thanks for the blogger tips and good look taking care of the little girl, I am sure you will have a blast. Hugs, Ivonne

Pat said...

Oooh...what a gorgeous card, my sweet DT sistah! Absolutely stunning! You totally nailed the hair too! I love the papers...and design...and the buttons are perfect! Oh...and thanks so much for the info on changing my blog setting. I wondered how that had happened! hehe! Hugs. Pat Frank

Sue said...

Absolutely stunning Tracy. The image is delightful and your colouring is beautiful , especially the hair. The colours and layout are just perfect

Hope you have a good day
Hugs Sue

Jennifer Scull said...

he is just so sweet! and that bear is super cuddly.... makes me want to grab them both for a big ol' hug! that paper pack is one on my list - gosh it looks gorgeous. love what you have done with it here!

thanks for the tip, too. I'll go check it out right now.

have a most wonderful day! :)

Nancy said...

The first thing I noticed about this card was the gorgeous job on the hair! Beautifully done, my friend! It's a fantastic showpiece of a marvelous image! I love it! :o)

Arabella said...

This is so gorgeous Tracy! I love those sepia tones and your colouring is fab!


Pia S said...

I spotted your beautiful card on MIM and had to come over to your blog to have a closer look. This card is absolutely adorable, the image is so sweet, and what a great color work! Love the papers and the design. Love it!

Debbie said...

Tracy, can I close my mouth now..OMG this is just amazingly beautiful. You nailed every challenge you entered this into.

You rock girlfriend

Ann Marie Governale said...

Just gorgeous... you know there are so few "boy" cards without those lovely flowers and bling... this is so perfect- embellies, layout and, of course, coloring. Love it! xxx Ann Marie

Country Mouse said...

I love your cards Tracy! This one is stunning!!! Found you on MIM! Thanks for sharing~~~
I'm #100 :)

Dorcas said...

Oh be still my heart! Tracy this card is just so gorgeous. OMGoodness when I saw it my heart just lept. You are a true artist!
ps) thanks so much for the blogging tip. Ive just gone in and changed my settings, didn't know I could do that and I really hate the black box!!

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Sarah said...

Tracy, this is such an awesome card! Love the soft colors. Praying for an extra burst of energy for you, LOL! Have a blessed day! Hugs

Allisa said...

Simply adorable card. Thanks for the tip on the photos. I was clueless as to why I could no longer enlarge blog photos!

Joan said...

This card is spectacular! I love everything about it.

pinky said...

What a sweet little boy and bear! Perfect for our challenge this week at Crafts4Eternity.Thanks for joining us.

Lisa Minckler said...

I remember that's the way I used to have my pictures set, but I went and changed it back and still they don't come full page like yours do. They are staying off to the left. Is that because I'm loading them as a .png and not a .jpg? Hmmmm....

What a wonderful card you've designed Tracy and best of luck with your playmate :) I bet a nap will sound wonderful when that's all over with ..LOL!

Grenouille Greetings said...

I absolutely love this card! Fab colour work and wonderful image. Your layout and the buttons and the colours have a real wow factor for me with this image! Hugs, Lesley

Unknown said...

Sorry Tracy, but I'm really drooling over this one! You are Mrs. Copic in person, that much I can tell you! It's over the top gorgeous!! Big hugs, Ira

Audrey Pettit said...

Awwww, this is such a sweet card, Tracy! I absolutely love the image and love the design. Your coloring is stunning. Totally nailed the hair...and everything else!

Carla S. said...

This is so adorable, Tracy! I love the papers and the buttons! Awesome coloring of the darling image! Have fun with your visitors!

michele said...

Fabulous card Tracy! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Denise said...

This is gorgeous. Love that totally adorable image and beautiful papers.
Denise xx

Brodders said...

Such a gorgeous card :) Thanks for joining in with us at Papertake Weekly - Jane x

Marlies said...

A beautiful and adorable card! Lovely buttons, a sweet image and great colouring! hugs, Marlies

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Hope you enjoyed your 4th, Sweetie! We had a very relaxing day. PTL
I love your card & that little ones face is just as sweet as can be. Your hair coloring is FABulous! Wowie!

btw.....loved your tip on folks not using those dreaded little box pics on their blogs. I want to see pics up close & personal. LOL I did this with my blog pics awhile back. Although mine took a little bit different route than yours. Under "Settings" my choice was "Formatting" instead of "Posts and Comments".

Good luck with your little one tomorrow but I know you'll do well & she'll adore spending time with you. Let her color or craft with you.

Happy Huggies & Blessings ~

Anita said...

This is such a gorgeous card and your coloring is amazing. Thanks for the tip on fixing the blog - I have always hated that black box!

Kathlene said...

Hope you have a happy day with your little friend...I now take care of my 6 year old granddaughter and 4 year old grandson from Sunday evening til late Monday afternoon and it IS a challenge keeping up with them, but oh so worth it (and I know I'm older than you LOL). Your card is adorable; I love how Mo does little men. I actually made a card this week using the little aviator I saw here. SO cute! Love your blog, sweetie. Hugs, Kathy

Renee B. said...

Gorgeous card Tracy...I just want to pinch that little guys cheeks! He is adorable. Thanks for the tip on the to do taht right now. Have a wonderful day with your little'll be exhausted when it's all over but it will be worth it!
Hugs, Renee

Unknown said...

Your card is amazing!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Christina Hicks said...

Gorgeous card, he and his teddy are adorable. Good luck with the 6 year old, but they are so fun at that age. Especially if you are a crafter, just give them some crafty stuff to do and they are happy lol.

Lisa xx said...

what a super cute boys card! thank you for joining in with the cutie pies

Maria Therese said...

Awwww this is just the sweetest card ♥♥

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous and adorable card.

Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

What a gorgeous card, Tracy! TFS the tip also.

Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles’ “A Boy’s Life” Challenge!

Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz

Unknown said...

This is such an adorable image!! And I absolutely love the distressed look and fabulous papers and embellishments you've used, it's just gorgeous!! So glad I popped over from MIM
Nat -x-

Jude said...

Hi Tracy, This is so gorgeous, love all the detail and the soft colours.
Thank you for the photo tip, have now adjusted mine.

And have a great day with your friends little girl.


nwilliams6 said...

One of the absolutely cutest cards I have ever seen. I am going to go do that blogger change right now! TFS!

Nikki Byrne said...

Stunning card :o) Love the image and everything about it! Just gorgeous!!! Thank you for joining us at Craft-room this week for our friendship challenge and good luck. Hugs

Nikki DT

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is really awesome sweetie. I saw you on MIM and thought I would take a better look.


Jennifer said...

This is such an adorable sailor! Love how you've framed him! Thanks also for the tips re: the pictures. Very Helpful!

Unknown said...

Wow, you really brought this image to life. Love your paper choice and the layout too! Thanks for joining us at Tip Top Tuesday.
Lisa S. xx


Very nice, the dp is perfectly shown off by matching with his little suit and your coloring is outstanding! Thanks for joining us this time at TTT!
Tammy Louise

Ros Crawford said...

Such a delightful card ... I love your creations

Nancy said...

Gorgeous card, such a sweet image and your colouring is amazing!

Julia said...

Absolutely in love with your project! Thanks for sharing!
I saw this on Make it Monday!
These are my entries: # 129, #158, #160, #162, # 250 and #252 would love it if you could visit.
There is also some candy HERE!

Debi said...

beautiful card and image thanks for sharing with us at the Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

Michelle said...

Hi Tracy

I'm finding it hard to form words with my chin on floor, lol!

Your card is just outstanding! Such a gorgeous image and as always your colouring is just perfection. But the layout too, is just superb.

Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :o)

Jinny Newlin said...

Ever so cute! LOVE that plaid paper, and your little guy is just precious! I don't know how you don't smudge the edges of your digis, girl. They hate me! Just beautiful!

Gerrittina said...

Wauw, your colouring is amazing. That hair...I just love it.

SusanLotus said...

Cute and elegant at the same time! Love it!

cardmaking bird said...

Great tip - thanks loads! And such a beautiful card! Hugs, Marie xx