Sunday, February 8, 2009


Besides the weekly blog candy offered by Tina of High Hopes Stamps over at the High Hopes blog, also, Michelle has a huge offering of blog candy going on at her blog right now!! Don't miss out on your chance to win!

Time for another challenge over at the High Hopes Blog! This week it is a sketch challenge brought to you by the lovely Katharina Frei! I chose to use it for another Valentine, and I think this one will be going to my DH Mike, who is the King, at least in my part of the jungle! Or you could say, he is my mane squeeze, which is the saying I intend for the inside!
I used Saturday's IC166 for some inspiration as well. More deets on my SCS gallery.
I stamped my High Hopes Leo (who happens to be my all time favorite stamp that I illustrated) with Tsukeneko Tuxedo Black ink onto Magna paper and colored him with Copics. I started with the lightest shade and kept deepening the shades a little at a time, building up the layers. I would go back and blend with the lightest shade overtop. When I was done all the coloring, I went over some places with a white gel pen to highlight and to give his fur some texture. You can see it better up close.
I just got a Cuttlebug last week and so I went a little nuts with die cuts on this card (as you can see!).
I used my sewing machine just to pierce the card (its not working right to actually sew). I threaded a darning needle with tapestry thread and sewed the red thread along the edges by hand, once I had made a row of piercing. All the off-white layers are distressed with ink and with a metal ruler. One of the skinny panels is wrapped at the bottom with red paper strand I got at the dollar store. The puffy red heart is also a dollar store embellishment and I poked a hole in it with my paper drill and put a brad into it (same thing with the hearts on the main image panel).
Don't forget that if you play the challenge this week and post a link to your creation on the HH blog, your name will be entered into the draw for a chance to win two free High Hopes Stamps!
Thanks for looking today, and God bless you! And may you know His Big Lion-y Love for YOU!


  1. hi Crissy, this is gorgeous! I love Leo but I'm afraid i could never colour him so well! :) Love all the different elements too

  2. WOW!!!! It's a great card! I love lion!!!
    It's magic!!!
    Do you sell card ?

  3. Stunning card Crissy and your colouring of Leo is awesome! I love the grass and it looks so real. Love the distressed edges and all the gorgeous dies. I just love my CB! Have a great evening, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  4. This is too cute! Love the image and the embellies! :)
    Hugs, Christine

  5. This is just so gorgeous, Crissy! I just love your coloring and all the layers!! Big hugs :-)

  6. Oh, Crissy, this is soooo cute....I wonder why I don't have Leo. Hmm....he'll have to be on my next wish list :) I love how you've colored him ~ I still have not mastered those darn Copics...yet I keep buying them, lol!! Have a great week (& I just LOVE the picture of you on your snowshoes, you are just too adorable!!)

  7. Fabulous Chrissy!! The grass looks awesome, so life like!!
    I love my Cuttlebug, enjoy:-)

  8. This is one of my very favorite stamps too! Your coloring is beyond compare-this is just gorgeous!

  9. I just subscribed to the HH blog and I am getting to see some of the BEST artwork ever! I love your banner and this Leo is too cute. You have a gift when it comes to coloring :)

  10. Hello Crissy, I love the pretty card and I love the grass it is so life like.

  11. Trulyb stunning! I could look at it for ever! I love all the distressing and your colouring is SUPERB!!!

    Judy x

  12. Gorgeous card, Crissy. I just love your coloring especially how you colored the mane....awesome.

    Have a great day
    Karen x

  13. Oh My Gosh Crissy!! this card is Amazing...the way you colored Leo with copics is Brilliant...and the details on this card are Incredible...I love all the CB dies you have on here...So much dimension..I love it!!...Have a Great Week!!...Hugs, Ila

  14. This is so very cute Crissy!! Your coloring and depth are outstanding!!! Love it!!

  15. Awesome card! I just LOVE your coloring. Fantastic! TFS!