Sunday, March 15, 2009

Giving This you maybe?

I'm all excited... I am going to have a draw, just like for blog candy, and pick a winner to receive this card! If you want to be eligible, just leave a comment on this post. You will have until next Saturday March 21 at 10 AM, EST. Isn't there some sort of download I can get to choose a random number? Random Interger or something? If you know about that, let me know so I can find it and use it, ok? (edited to add, thanks to the tips guys! I think I'll be all right now!)
I will announce the winner sometime on the night of Saturday the 21st. The winner will have until Thursday march 26 to contact me with their mailing address. I will ship anywhere. If the winner doesn't contact me by then, I will choose a new winner on Friday.
This is just a small token of my appreciation for all the kind bloggers who come by and pay me a visit and leave such sweet comments for me. I know it isn't much, but I want you to know, I have been collecting stamps and stuff and when the timing is right, I am going to have a huge giveaway of stamping candy! For now, I'm just giving a card. You'll just have to stay tuned to see when I'm going to do the BIG Candy Blow-out!
Anyway, on to my card: This is for the High Hopes Challenge 22, which was hosted by Diana Pickering, one of our divine Divas! She wanted us to refrain from using any Designer or Patterned paper. No problemo! I love that challenge, as I love to make my own! Don't forget, Tina of High Hopes Stamps gives TWO free stamps away EVERY WEEK! If you want to be eligible to win them, join in the challenge and post a link to your card on the High Hopes Blog!
Here's what I did to make my background panels: I took glossy white cardstock, and four inks: Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Memories Chestnut Brown, Memories Sepia and Adirondack Rust. Starting with the Rust, I turned the stamp pad over onto the glossy cs and swiped it until the color was rich, but not totally saturated. I did the same thing with the Sepia, and Chestnut Brown, making sure I did not cover the entire area. I then aded the Walnut Stain, but only sparsely, as it is a very dark color. By swiping it right from the inkpad, I got lots of nice lines that resemble wood grain. I love that! I let that dry for a few minutes and then took a very coarse sand paper and roughed up the edges and scratched up the entire surface. I cut a piece off that I used for the large base and on this piece only I went over the whole thing again with the Walnut Stain. Now it really resembled wood! I was happy! I left the smaller skinny panel without the final layer of Walnut, cuz I liked how it contrasted with its' white edges.
I stamped Miss Peggy first (using Tsukeneko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Magna Drawing Pad paper), then stamped her again on a post it note and cut it out for a mask. I masked her, then stamped Farmer Clem beside her. I also made a mask for him. I put both masks on and then stamped the farm background behind them. I should have stamped it over to the right a bit more. As it was, I had to continue the lines of the hills a bit with a black liner pen after all the coloring was done. I wouldn't have had to if I had been more careful and positioned the stamp properly, as part of the hills on the left side got cut off. Ah well, careful is not my middle name! lol
All four of these stamps are the current Project Of The Month and are now on sale at 25% off the regular price!
This is an oversized card (6" x 6" I think) so I made two tabs to join the front piece to the back piece. I made them by cutting 2 equal strips of paper, and rounding the corners with a small corner rounder punch. I scored them at the halfway point and folded them over. I punched holes through all pieces and threaded the white hemp through them and through the buttons and tied it in a knot. That is the only thing holding my card together!! It's actually quite sturdy though. I used mini brads to hold the tabs onto the back piece.
I colored the scene I made using Copic markers. Here is the (long!) list of colors I used:
On Farmer Clem's jeans:
Farmer Clem's Face:
E71 (for the deepest shadows and his stubble area)
On his shirt:
Other colors I used on him:
E 51
On Peggy Pig:
On the ground, hills, trees, barn and ground:
Colorless Blender was used throughout.

Here is what I did for the inside:

And here is a close-up of the coloring. The sky I had colored didn't turn out and so I cut along the top of the image and ended up popping it up against a blue piece of cs. I doodled around the outside edges with a white gel pen which I also used to highlight the cheeks of the characters. Thanks so much for looking and God bless you today, and may you see His amazing love and care for you in the little things!


  1. I am always so amazed by your coloring - and you draw the cutest images! Thanks for a chance to win a card with your mad coloring skills! =D

    For the random integer generator, go to and fill in the boxes. The first box should be how may entries you have, the second box leave one, third box is your # of entries again, and the final box is where you put how many winners you want to pick. Click "Get Numbers" and you've got a winner!

  2. hi
    oooh what a cutie! I would like to win the card!
    I really love all your work
    big hug sylvia

  3. Hello Chrissy,

    I would be very pleased to receive an original Chrissy Armstrong-card.
    I visit your blog often and I love your artwork and comments.

    Kind regards from the Netherlands, Mieke

  4. Wow, this card is amazing! Your coloring is so awesome. What I wouldn't give to be able to color like that....

  5. Wow Crissy, what a beautiful card! Someone is going to be lucky enough to get an original, how awesome! You really put quite a bit of work into this and it is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Chrissy, I would love to get one of your cards! You can find a random number picker at Pick numbers and then you'll see...

    Part 1: The Integers
    Generate ?? random integers (Type how many numbers you'd like... 1, I assume, in this case!)

    Each integer should have a value between ?? and ?? (Usually between 1 and the amount of comments you're picking from)

    Hope that helps!


  7. Amazing card, Crissy, I love it! I would love the chance to win the card, I'm a huge admirer of your work! :)
    Hugs, Christine

  8. Oh Crissy your card is so wonderful!! You have no idea how much I would LOVE a card that you have made!!!! For my blog candy I have used It is easy and free!!!!!

  9. Thank you for such a wonderful give-away!! I would sure love to win this card! Your work is just fabulous!!! And I really enjoy visiting your blog.
    Hugs, Yvonne.

  10. Wow, I'd love to receive this card! I so love your coloring and it would be awesome to be able to study it in real life! Thanks for the chance!

  11. My goodness, Crissy! This card is absolutely AMAZING!! I Love it! I just love the scenes you create. Your coloring, your details...and oh my...the "wood" you created is gorgeous!! You don't have to enter me in the drawing...I'm one of the lucky ones who already has some of your works of art! But I couldn't resist leaving a comment since this card is awesome! I miss you guys! Big Hugs!
    PS I saw your comment...I am still feeling ucky today. I have my image only halfway colored :-(

  12. Wonderful! Love it and it's so fun as well. It would be perfect for my Dad - who used to be a part-time farmer - now he has retired - so the only thing that keeps him busy - except us 4 daughters and my Mom of course ;-) - is the farm. Sending you warm hugs from Sweden - Anki

  13. This is so amazing! I have these stamps ordered and they should be here any day so I can not wait to get them. :) Great job!

  14. I love your work! This card is just adorable! Thanks for a chance to win this beauty!!

  15. Your cards absolutely blow me away!! Your coloring and designs are stunning! I would love to win this card and look forward to all your posts!

  16. Absolutley fabulous card, Crissy.
    Your coloring is so amazing, I just love the detail in your creations.

    Karen x

  17. Wow! Your detailed coloring just gets better and better! This is a real farm scene! Love it and would love if you picked me to win it!Cheryl

  18. Chrissy- this card is fabulous and I would love to get it in the mail! and as always, thanks for all your wonderful HH goodies, I love them!

  19. wow great card ALOT of details to colour in.

  20. great card Crissy.
    love your colouring in, i really must get myself some copics.

    I would love the chance toi win this amazing card, my sister is a huge fan of anything to do with pigs and would adore this card.

    Also thank you so much for the lovely comments you left for me

    Best Wishes, Kit

  21. Great card! That piggy is so cute. It looks like me... :-)

  22. It's outstanding Crissy, I would absolutely love to win this!!

  23. Wow! Your colouring skills are amazing, Crissy, you bring the images to life......truly fabulous!
    Hugs Tab xxx

  24. Hi Crissy, I have been looking at your artwork and trying to figure out how you can get your images to come alive. I am new to the watercolor/pencil medium and trying my hardest to make it look good, using you as an example LOL and mine still look like a 3rd grader colored it. Ack!

    Do you give classes? In Virginia? Thanks for the beautiful works of art and inspiration. I will continue to mimic you if you don't mind.....

  25. Wow, what a lengthy post Chrissy. Your card is beautiful and so are your other creations. I would be proud to own this card. Thanks for the chance!

  26. You are soooo talented Crissy - it blows my mind!! And how you have time to leave comments on SCS galleries and blogs amazes me!!!! I would FRAME this card if I won it!!! IT is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Wow! Incredible work! I'd love to win your card!

  28. I love this card Crissy and would love to have it!! :)

  29. Your work is beautiful and it is obvious that God has not only blessed you with your loving family but also with favor as an artist. Lovely work! It is a pleasure to hang out here on your blog!

  30. oh wow, BEAUTIFUL card :)

    love the coloring


  31. this card takes my breathe away!! your images and colouring are always superb. just think, a few more days till copic heaven. can't wait to meet you!!

  32. Cute card and way above my skill level. I would love to win it. Have a wonderful day.

    pscole3467 at gmail dot com

  33. stunning card Chrissy I just adore your colouring it's wonderful, thanks for your lovely comments on my cards hugs JIll x

  34. Hon this is just so awesome. I have been checking your blog out dear and not only do you draw the most gorgeous images you also have such beautiful cards dear. What a lovely blog and I will sure be back. Your family looks so nice dear Hugs

  35. this is so beautiful, Crissy, you know, I am so scared of scene background stamp, moreover to make a card with it, so , I admire your work, you know what to color and how to color. Stunning and gorgeous as always!!

  36. This card couldn't get ANY better Crissy! I love it! I really need to learn to do my own ground like you do. I drew some grass the other day under the Moosic Cow but that is about as exciting as I get! This is amazing!

  37. I would love to actually get the chance to hold this beautiful card in my hands. I am a huge fan of your work! Pick me, pick me!

  38. Oh my gosh Crissy, you've mastered the Copics! A fabulous card, so adorable! Your coloring is just amazing with those markers, I love it!

  39. Crissy--winning your card would be the ultimate blog candy. You are such an amazing illustrator and your coloring is so lifelike! You rock. Lucky person who wins this!!!