Apr 23, 2012

Dueling Darlings April Challenge - At Last!

Well, it certainly has taken me a while, but here is my April 15th card for the Dueling Darlings group on SCS.  This month's kit was amazing!  Terry sent us our kit and I was so excited when it came! (Then life got in the way and I am late posting, but not because I didn't LOVE her kit!)

The stamps Terry used were from SU's "On the Fly".  I just love this set and can't believe that I don't own it, ha ha!  She was very generous with her kit, including many swatches of DP, ribbon, brads, metal rings & dots, etc. So many great items to work with, how fun!

The base CS is black glimmer from American Crafts, and I used some of the striped DP that Terry included in the kit to frame the image.  The image is colored with Prismas and Derwent's Colour Soft pencils.

The fish is colored with Prismas and accented with Stardust Stickles painted on with a paint brush.  I was going for the fish scale affect, but my photographs don't show it too well.

The ribbon is attached through dark brass eyelets and twisted a couple of times (although it's a little off center in the photo)

Here's a close up of the fish which was cut out and popped out from the base of the card to give it some dimension.

Lastly, we were to tell of a special man in our life.  I am fortunate to have had many.  My mother is one of 7 children, only one of which was a brother.  He was my Godfather.  Several of his friends from High School married his sisters.  So I grew up in a family where all of my uncles and aunts had a long history together, and, for the most part, really enjoyed each other!

Special men in my life include my father, my Godfather, several uncles, my younger brother, my husband and my sons. Each are very different, but each contributes to who I am today.  I grew up camping, fishing, climbing trees, making forts, and fixing cars in my Dad's auto shop.  It was great, and taught me a wealth of things that keep me strong today. Every success that has come my way can be traced back to what I learned from my Dad and my uncles. I owe them a lot!

Thank you Terry for such a great kit and my apologies for being so tardy!


Barb said...

Darlene--this card was sure worth the wait! I love how you added the ribbon and twisted it. This image is so fun and it sure looks like all of you enjoyed playing with it1

MiamiKel said...

Oh Darlene, what a beauty! I tried not to stop by while waiting to create my card but I'm a diva. Haha, that sounds wrong :) you know what I mean! Love the bold wonderful colors , such a realistic scene you have made! Loooove this! (and you!)

jimlynn said...

Darlene, I just simply LOVE THIS!!! Fantastic image and the way you have that fish coming off the card is terrific! Love the way you popped it up too. So pretty and a great masculine card.

~Paola~ said...

Darlene this is such a wonderful card, no matter WHEN it was posted...the point is that IT is now and I love the fact that, in spite of Life's trials and tribulations U still took the time to gift us with this beauty.
Btw I absolutly LUV how U colored the fish..it is an awesome tecnique!....Thank you also for sharing such beautiful memories of all the men in your life! ♥

:: BlueInks :: said...

Oh, I really like the layout you used! The fish is colored so well and placed just perfect. Great take on the duel this round!

Terry Ladwig said...

Darlene....I am so sorry i am just getting here now to see this wonderful card! You did an awesome job!!

I love how you colored the image and the fish!!

I am glad you liked the kit and you sure did a great job with everthing in it!! I love it!!!

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Darlene...this card is the bomb...love how you colored it and the fish is so real looking....awesome job...I am so blessed to have you in my life...you truly are a blessing....mwahhh....♥♥♥

Melina said...

So sorry I missed this Darlene! I love your card! Great way to showcase that fish!!! :)