July 26, 2012

Grounding Your Images

How's everyone doing?  I've been pretty busy - between working long hours at my day job and working on cards for magazine submissions and my design team work days have been flying by at an enormous rate.  When we were kids, each day seemed to go by like a month....now, as an adult each day goes by like a minute.  The older I get, the faster it goes by. 

My mother's 82nd birthday was last Friday and we did some fun girly things...she got her nails done, she got her hair done and we met some friends for dinner.  All in all it was a great day....too bad that with her dementia it was all forgotten by the next day.  But she enjoyed herself as it was happening and as long as she had fun in the moment that's all I can ask for.

Now on to some craft stuff.  I submitted five projects to CardMaker Magazine and they picked one of them for the Spring 2013 issue.  So I'll have a project appearing in the next three issues (November, January and March).  I can't show you the project they picked but I can show you the ones they rejected.  I hate the word 'rejected'.....I should start referring to them as those just not selected.  The emails they send when they don't select a project is very polite "we regret we are unable to use your project at this time'.

On my post showing the Father's Day card I talked about coloring in a sidewalk to ground my image.  One of the projects I submitted showed the different stages of making and coloring in the sidewalk.  They didn't select the project so I can post the images now. 

Here's the image just by itself.  This little image is from CC Designs and is called Sugarplum Polka Dot Emma.  She's colored with COPICS (Skin: E11, E00, E000, R20; Hair: E25, E31; Bathing Suit: Y11, Y15, BG02, BG05; Sidewalk: C00, C01, C03; Grass: YG61, YG63, Y67, G28).

She appears to be floating in air.....

I drew in and colored the sidewalk.  It's looking a little better - at least she's not floating in the air any more....but it's still missing something don't you think?

Now I've colored in some grass and she looks so much better....hopefully she's not burning her little feet on the sidewalk.

Here's a look at the finished card.

I'm entering this card in the following card challenges:
The Poodles Parlour   (Anything Goes)
 Delightful Challenges  (Dog Days of Summer)
The Pink Elephant  (Summer)
Love To Create  (Spots and Dots)
Simon Says Stamp  (Anything Goes)
Crafts and Me  (Anything Goes)

I'll be posting some of the other projects not chosen.....check back soon! 
Hope everyone has a great weekend - I'm hoping for a cooler, dry weekend here in the mid-west.
Thanks for stopping by....



  1. Well congrats on getting published
    I am so glad your mom had a great day dementia is a horrible illness but like you said she enjoyed it at the time which is all that matters
    anyway thanks for playing along with us at poodles this time with fab card
    Jacki xx

  2. Thank you for sharing your technique for "grounding" images - it is something that I struggle with. I love your card - too cute (lovely circles on the side!).

    Thank you for joining us at The Poodles Parlour this time!

    DT Member
    Celestial Things

  3. The sidewalk and grass really did it! Wonderful drawing and coloring. It's a really sweet summery card.

  4. Great card and great grounding technique! Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  5. Gorgeous card, love the Design!

    Thanks for sharing with us this week at Love to Create Challenge, good luck!

    Jo xxx

  6. Gorgeous card, love how you shared the grounding technique!! Thanks for playing along with us at Love to Create Challenge!

  7. What a gorgeous card, and thank you for the Copics tutorial!