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 http://saturatedcanary.blogspot.com, 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! :)