Monday, April 4, 2011

Help For Japan

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!)
2. Maria
3. Lisa C.
4. Mary Lou
5. Melanie
6. Sylvia
7. Pattie G.
8. Donna
9. Lori:
10. Vicki
11. Debbie E.
12. Ellie
13. Jackie
14. Deb R.
15. Marley
16. Linda
17. Erin
18. Sandra
19. Tina
20.  Annika

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


  1. Absolutely beautiful card Crissy! I love how you colored this oh so sweet image you have designed! Thanks for taking the time to organize this very special hop for such a worthy cause!

  2. Crissy, this is just beautiful! The bubbles DO pop!

  3. Amazing colouring Crissy and I love the bubbles too!

  4. This card is stunning..And the image is just adorable.

  5. wow Crissy this image is so precious and you have given live to her.
    Very beautiful card.

  6. This is beautiful! I love the look of the white paint on that dark red! Plus, your coloring looks fabulous!

  7. Absolutely STUNNING creation Crissy!! LOVE the edges and the red colors are just perfect!! Darling charm too!! You've made such an adorable image!! ;)

  8. wow what a stunnig card Chrissy, love the colours and design, beautiful image.
    Hugs Linda

  9. What a wonderful card!

    Thank you very much for arranging this hop for this great cause.


  10. beautiful card Crissy, love all your details and especially your fabulous colouring!
    Happy Crafting, Debxx

  11. Absolutely gorgeous Crissy...your colouring is amazing and such a beautiful image.
    Thank you for taking time to arrange and organise the hop.

    Take care
    San x

  12. So beautiful card Crissy,I love the image and the colours.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  13. Wat a great idea to help Japan. I will put the picture on my sidebar. Lovefrom Holland Aartje

  14. Your colouring is perfection honey - no other word for it. I keep looking at the shading on that white dress! Wow!
    Love this card.xx

  15. Amazing card - coloring and design. I especially live the red and the white frame is a clever touch. TFS.

  16. Gorgeous card Crissy, and thanks for putting the blog hop together. I know how hard you worked on getting everything setup...well done to you.
    Donna xx

  17. I'm so glad whimsy is doing this for Japan, how wonderful. I ordered the Kimono Bear, so cute! I hope everyone helps!!! I added it to my sidebar also!!!

  18. Awhh Crissy this is AWESOME!!!! Love the rich red color along with the sweetness of this beautiful angel:) I will always cherish this image!!!
    Most of all I really do like the crackle paint and great idea to foam tape it!! Perfectly embellished!!!
    I loved being a part of this caring and giving cause!!
    Thanks so much for coordinating this wonderful cause hop~~Marvelous!!!
    Blessings and Hugz

  19. This is so gorgeous!! Thank you for letting us play the blog hop and thank you for helping to rebuild my home country.

  20. wow! this is stunning! Your card is beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us at the Crazy Challenge this week and I hope we'll see you again!

  21. Absolutely stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week. Jill

  22. Hi Crissy

    What a fab creation love it all! - and so girly! Thanks so much for joining us this week over at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck.


  23. Hmmm, where to start.... fantastic image with a fantastic cause. Perhaps one of the BEST colouring jobs I've ever seen! Amazing layout to your card! Really, the whole thing is PERFECT!
    Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck!

  24. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the intense red and white combo. Now I want that stamp.
    Thanks for playing with us at House of Gilli.

  25. Crissy, I **LOOOOVE** your image and the card you did with it is just FANTASTIC!!! If only I would have just half of your creative talent *sigh* :)
    You are amazing!
    {hugs} Sylvia

  26. Oh Crissy! So much to love about your creation! Your use of crackle paint and popping up the corners is wonderful. Your embellishments totally rock and your colouring extraordinaire needs no comment as you know I am always in awe. As always your images are a true joy to work with and full of inspiration. A big thank you for your generosity in creating another beautiful digi for such a good cause. Hugs, Maria

  27. Absolutely fantastic card! Thanks so much for playing our Let's Get Girly challenge on Kaboodle Doodles. ~chris

  28. Absolutely fabulous card I love all the details and colours
    Thank you for joining in at Craft your Passion

  29. Hi Chrissy!
    I'm always been such a fan of your work, and this is just... WOW!! Thanks so much for playing along with the Kaboodle Doodles challenge. It's great to have you join us!

    Lorie KDDT

  30. A beautiful card and a wonderful cause. I love the colours you have used and the bubbles certainly do 'pop'.

  31. She is soo pretty! I love the red with the white! : )

  32. A gorgeous card Chrissy and beautifully colored. Great cause! "Hugs" Carol

  33. Crissy, this is a wonderful card. I love the powerful contrast in color. It is powerful but the image is so sweet. Thanks for doing this.

  34. gorgeous card and beautiful image...and such a great cause!! Thanks for joining us at Paper sundaes this week.


  35. Oh Crissy this is a gorgeous card. I wasn't planing to do a hop, but now I'm here why not. I placed the logo on my sidebar as well.
    And before I forget, thanks playing along with There's magic in the air.

  36. Wow, this is a beautiful card! I love the distressed edges, fabulous colouring & the lace, flowers & charms are perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes this week :)

  37. I had a blast using this image on my own card--but coming to the designer and seeing HER take on her own image...that is fun and your coloring is amazing! Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!