Sunday, 31 January 2010

Introducing the amazing Miss Abby!

Welcome to the show!!  Today I am introducing the brand new, just released - drum roll please!...... Miss 'Abby the Mermaid'.  Abby is the latest of the beauties, designed by Maigan Lynn, to be released by Queen Kat Designs and will be available in the QKD Store from Wednesday 3 February. 

I hope you are enjoying today's Monday Blog Hop and you should have arrived here from our new DT member Kimme's blog if you didn't you might like to start at the beginning of the Hop by going back to the QKD Blog.  After all, you wouldn't want to miss a single one of the inspirational projects created by the DT especially for today's Hop, now would you? 

Our challenge for this week is to work with the sketch on the right, I am always amazed at the different interpretations of the same sketch when I see the work by the rest of the DT.  I had to give some thought as to how I was going to follow a sketch with round elements, when the Abby image is so long and thin!  However, I decided to turn the sketch on it's side and move some of the elements around, but I think it works!

I adore the simplicity of Abby, I do love intricate stamps, but sometimes, you know, it is nice to have more or less just the central character to colour and Abby certainly stands alone in all her amazing beauty.  To me, she invokes a dreamy, imaginative mood.... sweet innocence and honesty. 

I selected these lovely papers in muted shades of aqua, pink and mauve as I felt they were perfect for the dreamy effect I wanted to create.  These colours speak to me of Amethyst and Rose Quartz crystals, two of my favourite crystals to have near me, especially when I am in a creative mood.  The papers are magazine freebies and the aqua paper is in fact from a Christmas selection - just goes to show that Christmas papers aren't just for Christmas !   The design is supposed to represent snow, but I think it looks like water too.

I coloured Abby with Copics and ProMarkers, adding touches of Spica glitter pen on some parts of the image.  I also took the liberty of using just her tail from the whole stamp to create some round embellishments, rather than adding flowers or buttons (I hope she'll forgivie me!!). 

The lacy hearts panel was cut using a Martha Stewart border punch and I used the tiny hearts that are punched out from the border to scatter around the main image to tie everything together.  The sentiment is from a set by QKD and I selected the word 'imagine' to stamp along the length of the strip.  Again, I think this sentiment really suits the mood of the image and the colours and, as it isn't a specific message, this card would be suitable for many occasions.  Finally, I added a little Glossy Accents on each of the bubbles to give them a 'watery' feel and three of the clear gems from my stash - I love these as I think they look just like droplets of water.

I am now sending you off to see the fabulous creation that Steph has to share with you today, thank you for joining in with today's Hop, I hope you're having fun and finding inspiration along the way, don't forget to join us again next Monday when we will be showcasing yet more newly released stamps from QKD.  There is also the Tuesday Hop taking place tomorrow, when the rest of the DT will be unveiling their creations using more of the newly released stamps.  I know they'd love to have you join in tomorrow, the Hop starts as usual on the QKD Blog.

I love to get feedback so if you'd care to leave a comment before you hop along to the next blog, I'd be so happy.


Christine Riley said...

How cute! I love these mermaids from QKD! Too cute, great card. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, your sweet comments meant so much to me.
Hugs, Christine :)

2amscrapper said...

I like how you turned the sketch on its side and used dreamy papers. Lovely!

Annie said...

this is such a pretty card Wynneth and love the new little mermaid. I'm not going to be able to make it around this afternoon - still recovering from Friday. Hope all is well with Tilly at the vets this morning.
hugs, annie x

Kathyk said...

FABBY card (as always) and loving the other "hop" cards today too. Canine cuddles to Tilly - hope all well with her today.

stephanie said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors and the design.

Nancyroo said...

oh my! I love those mermaid tails! awesome card!

Lara said...

Just beautiful! Love how you colored her!

Kimme said...

She's so soft and pretty! Great interpretation of the sketch too.

Shannon said...

Beautiful card!!

Anita said...

So soft and pretty, I love it Wynneth.

CraftyMomOf2 said...

WYNNETH!!! Another jaw dropper!!! I don't even know what to say except S T U N N I N G !!! You truly have an amazing eye....gorgeous!


Debbie x said...

absolutely gorgeous! love the colours and clear gems and think the images of her tail work beautifully x

Keely Yowler said...

Oh, Wynneth! She is just gorgeous. Love how you used the tail for the circle accents.

MrsETaylor said...

Wynneth, your coloring is amazing. I think you need to teach me a few pointers.

Juliet Diley said...

She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Nina said...

Wynneth, this is just sooo gorgeous. I LOVE how you colored her! Bet it looks even lovelier in person.

Love that you used her tail for the circle accents too! Cool! =)


Alex said...

I was looking at this in the gallery and it made my jaw drop! You are AMAZING and so talented! LOVE what you do with the mermaids, you have a wonderful way with them!!!