Monday, March 22, 2010

FSS Blog Hop...Our Third!

Welcome to our THIRD blog hop from Fred She Said!!! If you just happened to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking place, please go back to the Fred She Said and blog start your hop!
Please leave comments on everyone's Blog if you can, as we love to hear what you all think of what we are doing.
Along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog hop (which will be the Fred She Said Challenge blog), follow the instructions to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store!  How cool is that?!
Here is my Fred She Said creation using a New Release called Wedding Candle Roses:

Using a sheet of 90 # Watercolor paper, I sprinkled Walnut Ink Crystals on the paper, then spritzed it with water, then a very weak Walnut Ink.  Then I placed a Kitchen Paper Towel over the sheet and using my Iron, I then ironed the paper until it was dry.  That is part of where some of the "texture" comes from.  Any remaining crystals on the paper, I brushed off.  Then I printed my image on the paper and cut it to the size I wanted for my card (this one is cut to 5-1/4 x 8-1/4" then layered on a wrinkled Gold Cardstock of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2")  Then I colored the image with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, using many layers of pencil to achieve the "opaque" look.  The candle was colored with White, then highlighted with Blush Pink, Deco Yellow, Aquamarine, Lilac and Chartreuse to give it an Iridescent apperance.  After all the coloring was done, I Dry Blended the colors, then used Perfect Pearls and a bit of water to enhance the iridesent look of the candle, the shine of the candle flame and the shine of the frame.  Before placing the image on the backing paper, I rounded the corners then distressed the edges.  The whole thing was then mounted on the card with foam tape.  A few gems added to the inside corners of the card and it is finished.

My special code word is: YOU

Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:




CAROL L. (You are Here)









This blog hop will run from today, March 22nd until March 28. On the 29th, the winner will be announced on the Fred She Said blog.

Thank-you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit DARSIE B.

When you are finished hopping, why not check out the Fred She Said Store!

Hey, don't forget about the Challenge that is running over on the Fred She Said Challeng Blog either!  The theme is reall simple!  Just add 3 Hearts ANYWHERE on your card and make sure you use a Fred She Said image.  If you don't have one, there are plenty of Freebies here!  How easy is that?   Oh, and make sure when you enter that you link to the post where your card is, not just your blog (you don't want to be disqualified for something so simple, do you?)  Come and play with us and make some pretties! ;-)


  1. Carol, I love how this has a nostalgic/vintage feel to it. Your colors are amazing and your design elements spectacular. So pretty!!!

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol H :o}
    Chocolate, Crafts, and Bears, Oh My!

  2. Wow Michelle, what a beautiful card, I love everything about it.

  3. very that image, and your take is gorgeous!

  4. Very Pretty...but I really don't know what walnut ink crystals are...will have to look that up....but whatever it is, it's beautiful.....thank you for it....

  5. What a gorgeous background technique and a stunning card - thanks for sharing with us.

  6. what a great technique! And your card is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    Blessings, Pa

  7. Your wedding candle card is so pretty! I love it.

    Conroe, TX

    My Blog:Creative Heart Designs

  8. What a great wedding card. I love that wedding candle image. TFS.

  9. I don't know what to say except WOW!!!
    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  10. I love the vintage look to this! SO pretty!

  11. I love this, Carol! ... has such a vintage feel and the way the coloured pencils look over the walnut inks... really cool!

  12. Gorgeous frame... great vintage card. xx

  13. Love the background. So Victorian looking.

  14. Great vintage/love feel to this card! Looks great and love that image!

  15. I loved your card. It's so pretty.

  16. Superb card Carol.

  17. Oh WOW, your card is beautiful! I love the way you used the images and the background paper!