Monday, April 30, 2012

Gotta ... stop ... buying crafting things! ... well, maybe

Okay, since Cody moved out last month, I have been buying things here and there.  I think it's an empty nest thing that is causing me to become a shopaholic.  No, really, I DO!  I know I have a problem, and that is the first step, right?! :)

Well, my coupon clipping and savings of $60+ this month at Target makes me feel a little better about this, but ... my crafting budget is a little out of control.  Hubby just gives me a frown when he brings another package downstairs to my office while I am working (as the mail carrier makes it a point to blow the horn - hence reminding him there is a package out here on the porch).  *sigh* Love ya, Joann, but shhhh girl!!  You're tellin on me.  lol

So, anyway ... I think this will be my last purchase for a while (well if Becca doesn't tempt me with another luscious card - 'ohh, another Spellbinders die I don't have').  hee hee not really her fault her that her cards are SO dreamy!

I just purchased 2 more digis (cost was under $10 so that's not too bad, right?).  I found this great artist, Krista Smith from, and her images are A-DOR-Able!  :)  I fell for Ellie's birthday on Hazel's blog.  Check it out!  Krista's digis can be purchased on Etsy - HERE - if your crafting budget (unlike mine) is still in the black this month :)  lol

I did get a little crafting time in before I pack for Atlanta, so I used the Ellie's Birthday image first.  The paper is June Bug from BasicGrey.  I used Copics to color and shade, pale plum and perfect plum from SU for the cs.  Copics used were the following:  E00, E000, E02, E21, R20 for the skin; V06 V15, BV01 and BV02 for the balloons; B00, B02, B14, B18 and B29 for the blues in her outfit and hat; Y13, 21 and 23 for her hair; C1, 3 and 5 for shading.

Here is the closeup of Ellie.  I was going to make this brighter in PhotoShop, but I think it just washes out the color and you lose the details if I do that, so I apologize if it looks a bit dark.  :)  I also added a dab of liquid applique after the photo was taken and couldn't get a good shot of it, but I think that was a great accent.  Who doesn't love fun party hats?!  :)

This little sweetie is waiting for me to color her in when I return ...

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Stampin!! :)

P.S. - I am also entering this into Krista's Birthday Challenge going on over at her Saturated Canary Challenge blog.  Stop by and see all of the great creations by her Design Team! :)


Linda Palmer said...

I love Krista's images and you certainly did a beautiful job on this one. Your coloring is fabulous Kelly. Love your card.

Kristine said...

ACK... you're such an enabler Kelly!!! LOVE those adorable stamps and are new to me. Can't print anything right now as I still don't have a printer, so that's my next crafting purchase. But yes, who doesn't love Becca's amazing inspiration and talent?! Always a new Spellbinders that I can't afford though. lol.

scrapbookertink said...

This is so pretty, love the design, take care, Doreen x

Loopylou. said...

too cute kelly, love those nestie shapes and the buttons too, they look so cute!
thank you so much for popping in and sharing it with us over on the SC challenge blog
hugs Lou xxx

Chris (catt871) said...

Such a cute card Kel!! I LOVE the purple!!! LOVE Krista's images too!!!!