Monday 14 November 2011

Color Me Creative & Gratitude

Today we are running a ‘Colours of the Sea’ challenge over at Color Me Creative.

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We are being sponsored by the lovely Michelle Perkett’s Studioimagewho kindly let us choose a mermaid image so I chose this pretty girl with her stunning flowing hair.  Thank you for my fab image, she was so much fun to colour, really therapeutic!

For this challenge I used the mermaid image to use on the front cover of a Gratitude Journal.  I’m a bit later posting my challenge this time because I’ve been quite poorly the past few days so trying to be grateful was a bit of a challenge when you ache from head to foot and feel like you’re dying lol, but I was grateful for a lovely warm, cozy bed, for my attentive family that kept me plied in painkillers, drinks and plumped pillows (and gave me the peace and quiet that I needed), for my little dog that curled herself up on the bed beside me as I slept and for my Kindle that meant I didn’t even have to turn a page when my arms couldn’t quite make it!!  We can often take so many things for granted and I know for me I often have to remind myself to live in the moment. There are truly so very many things to be grateful for if you take the time to look for them.

I have always been someone that tries to see the cup half full instead of half empty and I think part of this comes from the fact that I endeavour to be grateful for all that I have in life.  It’s so easy to get embroiled in everyday life that it’s easy to miss the small beauty in everything we do.  Often as a family we play a game where we have to list the top 10 things we’re grateful for.  I thought this little journal would be a great way to record these things.  Ok, so it’s only one page, but it’s a start!  Thanks to my teamie Stacy (Rodriguez) for encouraging me to make a start on my mini book!

So for my picture I used lots of blues and blue-greens and then accented with reds for her shells for some contrast.  I find you have to be a bit careful with some of the Copic lids because some seem darker than others but actually aren’t, for example BG15’s lid looks lighter than BG13, as does B28 & B26, so I just lie them down in a row of three and that way I make sure I pick up the right one!  It sounds basic, but trust me it’s frustrating when you keep picking up the wrong one!

I’m not sure you can see her sparkle but I added some Spica pen to the reds for a bit more shimmer, and then added some pearls using my Viva Pearl Pen. I’m slowly starting to get a better finish on skin colouring, I find if I lay down my E00 first and then add my darker E11 for the darker areas, then blend that out with E00 it seems to be a bit more even in coverage.  It’s a bit like foundation, only harder lol

The page size is 4 3/8" x 5 1/2". I stamped the sentiments using stamps from the Gratitude Journal set and added a strip of red plus a die cut behind the main panel for a bit of interest.
I am entering this journal cover into 3 challenges…

The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge using this sketch that I turned on its side..

I’m also entering it into the Alphabet Challenge to create something ‘Under the Sea’ and into Card Mad Fairy’s to add texture which I did with the pearls and hopefully with my shading to her hair.

Here are the details of the challenge….

** COLORS of the SEA!! **
Use colors associate with the ocean, it’s marine-life, shells and mermaids!

You may use any image you like but you must use colors of the sea to color it with your copics!!  (but we'd love, love to see you use an image that is sea-inspired)

We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, COPIC REFILLS OR COPIC AIRBRUSH SYSTEM (Or ProMarkers if you have them)

Use Inspiration Pictures Below as well!

A bit stuck for inspiration?  Pop by the rest of the team to see what they’ve created for you!

So go and grab yourself an image to colour, pick up those pens, and get colouring, you’ve got loads of time to join in the fun and to win a fab prize too!  For more details on that pop on over to the main Color Me Creative blog.  You could also be our guest designer too!

This time we have two guest designers, we couldn’t make our minds up!  We have Angela Woods & Anne Brown so pop on by and say hello to them too.
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There are loads of fantastic classes over at Color Me Creative to sign up to as well, you really won’t be disappointed.  It’s great being able to watch the videos again and again as you practice.

Over time I hope to share the rest of my journal with you as it progresses.  In the meantime have fun!


  1. Lovely mermaid card Ruby - love how you colored her hair!! Glad you are feeling better!! xxx Steph

  2. Beautiful card

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Alphabet this time

    hope you will join us again soon xx

  3. Lovely card and thanks for joining us at Cardmadfairy's digi days challenge.

  4. This is gorgeous Ruby, love her blue hair, and her skin looks perfect! Beautiful!

  5. Ruby, Your card turned out stunning. Love the colors. Great idea adding the DT to your blog post, I would of never thought of that.
    Hugs, Pat

  6. What a beautiful card---I LOVE your coloring--and her BLUE hair! FABULOUS! LOOOOOOOOVE!! You are amazing:) I can't wait to talk copics with you!!! on the look out for some mail--your stamp finally came!!!

  7. Your card is just gorgeous, as always. Thanks for playing at Alphabet Challenges.

  8. Oh, my gracious! This is so bold and vibrant! And I'm swooning over that glorious color story! TFS!

  9. oh my, oh my, oh my. this is stunning and amazing coloring.

  10. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing at Carmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge.


  11. The image is so beautifully has been sketched. your taste of choosing colors and concept is so cool. I am encouraged to initiate on this hobby when seeing your lovely blog.
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