Hello and welcome to a very special blog hop today! The illustrators of Whimsy Stamps have come together to draw a special set of digi images for the purpose of raising money for the relief effort in Japan. All proceeds from the sale of these images will be donated to that cause. Kenny K, Raindrop Echo Designs, Meljens Designs, and Crissy Armstrong all contributed art work.
For the whole month of April, you can purchase the images as a set or individually (your choice) by visiting this page on the Whimsy store site. Please consider helping this special cause by purchasing one or all of the digital images we are offering.
This is the first stop on the hop today. I have the blog rotation order posted below if you need to refer to it.
The amazing ladies of two design teams have come together to host this blog hop for you! Crissy's Crew from Sundays With Crissy and Denise's DT from Whimsy Stamps have joined forces to design some amazing jaw dropping creations for you. You have seven days to hop through all the blogs and enjoy all the lovely creations from these talented people.
The hop runs from now through til Sunday April 10 at noon. There will be several opportunities to get some blog candy! Four random commenters will get a chance to receive one of the three individual images or Ann's sentiment set. So be sure to leave comments all along the way for your chance at a free digi! Also, if you post the "Help for Japan" button on your blog's sidebar, you can enter into the draw for the grand prize! The grand prize will consist of the entire digital set made just for this cause as well as a gift certificate donated by Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs worth 10$ to use at the Whimsy Stamps store! To enter, you must help us advertise for this cause by posting the "Help Japan" button on your blog's side bar (just grab it from my side bar or from the top of this post) and then get your name on the Inlinkz option near the bottom of this post so we can be sure to find the winner.
Now on to my project:
I must tell you that I was totally inspired by a card Claudia of Pretty Pressings posted in February. I found the contrasts just stunning and I wanted to copy a lot of what she did because it really caught my eye. I used my Heartfelt Angel and coloured her with a mix of Tombow Pens, Distress Inks and Twinkling H20's using water colour techniques. My sentiment is from the set that Ann made that is part of these special digi images. I wanted to shorten the saying a bit, so I brought it into Photoshop and cropped the second sentence off.
I used white crackle paint along the edges. This curled the paper a bit, so I couldn't tape it down flat. So I worked with it and gave it some dimension by using foam tape. I thought you would see it on the side view but apparently not. The black layer is hiding the shadow I guess.
Here is your close-up. The bubbles turned out cool I think. I just used some Glamor Dust glitter on them. But I think the light washes of background colour around them makes them pop (pun intended, lol).
Next you'll want to visit Maria's blog to continue hopping. But before you go, make sure you enter your blog (or just your name if you don't have a blog) so you can be entered into the blog candy!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your support of this very worthy cause.
Here is the hop order for your convenience:
1. Crissy - that's me!)
3. Lisa C.
4. Mary Lou
7. Pattie G.
11. Debbie E.
14. Deb R.
Entering the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes: Spring Blossoms
House of Gilli: Ribbons and Pearls
Kaboodles Doodles: Lets Get Girly
Paper Playtime: Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge: Flowers
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
There's Magic In the Air: Lets Use Flowers