Sunday, April 29, 2012

Congratulations Smarty!

Hi everyone.  Today I have a card to share with you.  I am happy with the way it turned out and had a lot of fun coloring it.  I love to color and continue to practice to improve my shading.  I love to challenge myself.  Whenever I feel unhappy about something I have created, there is a song that pops into my head from Sesame Street.  Do any of you remember this one?  "Practice, practice, do it again.  Over and over till you get it!"  Those are the only words I remember but I remember them often and it reminds me not to give up.  So here is my card.

These stamps are from the April Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company.  I never have a concrete plan when I start stamping.  When I saw the candy stamp, it brought back childhood memories of the "Smarties" candy that is still so popular today.  I thought it would be fun to color.  So I stamped the first image and decided I wanted a pile of candy, so I used the masking technique which you can find here.  I love using this technique because it gives so much dimension to the images and it challenges me to practice even more.  If you haven't ever tried masking, you should give it a try.  You might like it.  Challenge yourself to try something new and step out of your comfort zone.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

I am entering this card into the the Unity Kit of the Month sketch challenge.  You may use any KOM with the sketch they provide for the challenge.  I am also entering it into the Unity Color Challenge, pink, green and off white.  I hope my shade of green qualifies.  I know it's a stretch, but I could blame it on the computer, right?

I think this would be so fun to use as a congratulatory card for someone's graduation, or good report card and of course candy is always cause for celebrations.  I hope I have inspired you to try something new.  Have a great day!  As always, I appreciate your visits.  Thank you for stopping by!

Hugs and smiles,


  1. Janice, you should be happy with the way this card turned out, it's fantastic. Love how you piled up the candy and your coloring is beautiful. I think your practice is paying off. Love, love it. Thanks for your comment on my blog also. My grandson loved it. We were there yesterday for his birthday. I was also happy with the clouds.

    Thanks again, Anne :)

  2. smarties are addicting:-) great card Janice!

  3. WOW great job coloring all those candys!It looks BEAUTIFUL my friend,all the details are AMAZING as always!!!Have a great evening!!:)

  4. i love smarty's, this card is soo cute

  5. Janice ~ Okay this card just put a HUGE smile on my face! How CUTE is this card! You got the colors down PERFECTLY! Practice shadin?? I think your coloring is AWESOME! Oh and you did bring back memories of that song ~ great it will be in my head all day now! LOL! As awlays sweet friend you ROCK!

  6. How cute! I love those smarties! I think it is just the cutest! Awesome job! Hugs- Glora

  7. I agree this card is adorable and you should feel you proud of how awesome it looks. Back to looking at more!

  8. what a cute, cute card! love all those smarty's you stamped. great work with the layout and the colors.