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Hi everyone! I've been a bad blogger, but I have been so busy since last weekend and there simply was no time to blog! Sorry! But I do have something to share with you today! It's another My Time challenge...this time a color challenge! Here's a picture of the colors Lauren chose. These are some really festive colors, Lauren! I was trying to find a dp that included all these colors, and Basic Grey's Marrakech came really close, so I started with that. The stamp set I chose came from something I saw yesterday. I was out with my mom and on our way home, I spotted a woman in her garden wearing a big straw hat. I remembered an MFT set called Can Ya Dig It that looked just like that woman. So, of course I had to use it (and it had never seen ink...bingo!). So here's my take on today's challenge. I paper pieced the dress and hat with the Marrakech dp. The paper on the hat makes it look sort of like a straw hat! Love that! I colored her arms, legs, shoes, and gloves with copic markers. The ground was also colored with a copic marker. I then soaked a section of a wash cloth with the copic blending solution and held it over the brown to give it some texture. I stamped and cut out the watering can and shovel, then colored it with a silver Spica glitter pen. The bling is from Michael's dollar spot. I ran the So Saffron piece through the cuttlebug with the distressed stripes folder. The sketch is an older one from Taylored Expressions found here. I had the three elements on the upper left corner, but stacked two of them together.
I hope you can play this week's challenge! If you do, please link your direct post to Mr. Linky on Lauren's blog. If you post to SCS/PCP please use the code MTCC02 so we can find it! If you want to see more samples for this challenge, please stop by the blogs of the My Time design team. They have some fabulous creations to share with you. Here's a peek at what they did.
On another note, I want to tell you about an exciting "pay to play" virtual papercrafting event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. I was very willing to be a part of this event because my dad died 15 years ago from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Jen Tapler and Susanna Boyd have teamed up with many sponsors and challenge hostesses to create a temporary online community where members can take part in a variety of challenges, contests, classes and workshops, and download several free products (a special digital kit, a printable 3-D template, tutorials, etc.) in different papercrafting categories (stamping, cardmaking, paperscrapbooking, digi scrapping, etc.). All this for a suggested donation of $5.00. One hundred percent (100%) of these funds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association to help with their efforts to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected by this heartbreaking disease. All you have to do to enter the site (which won't be live until Monday, May 25) is go to the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's "give" link on the top of my side bar to make your donation. They are suggesting a minimum of $5, but you can donate more using the drop down menu. Once you've made your donation, register on the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's site. The challenges and other content won't be visible until Monday, May 25, but you can go ahead and join, set up a profile and visit the "Alzheimer's in our Community" group to share your own story about how Alzheimer's has affected your life in some way.
You can read more about this on Jen's blog (I took this content from her blog). You should also read this post on her blog about her father. Her father and my father sound so much alike. My dad was 60 when we first started seeing signs of the disease. He passed away 12 years later an empty shell of the man he used to be. Here is a picture of my dad around the time we started to see some change in him. This is actually a picture I took of him (and developed myself). It prominently sits in a frame on my TV cabinet so I see him every day.
I am hosting a challenge for this event, so I hope you sign up to join me and the other hostesses. I'm really looking forward to this! There are over $1,000 in prizes up for grabs! Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe for Card
Stamps: Can Ya Dig It (MFT)
Paper: Neenah white, tempting turquoise, so saffron, Marrakech (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black,
Copic markers: E00, 02, 37; BG05
Accessories: Prima flowers, bling, Spica silver glitter pen, oval punches, distressed stripes embossing folder,dimensionals