Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Picking Lilacs Tilda...Goodbye Mommy and Daddy, again!

Well, they were supposed to be lilacs, but I don't have the right colors of Flower Soft.

I began working on this card last evening and actually ended up doing it twice. My first was done with Copics, but the colors just weren't right, so I thought I would stamp it again on water color paper and use Distress Ink and Dye Ink refills. It was much tougher than I anticipated. Since we were waiting for Lisa and Earl and the children to arrive after a gruelling journey from Florida, I had hours to work on this one. I still didn't get it finished until tonight.

Here is a view of my Copic attempt (image only, no card made - yet):

Here's my second attempt (Card Completed) and a much better match for my DSP:

Working with Copics is becoming second nature for me. They move around your cs so easily and blend so well. But after coloring the first image, I realized that the colors I'd used weren't a true match for my DSP. I was following an older Friday Sketcher's Challenge sketch and I had everything in place, but somehow the colors were just off to me. So I started thinking about using a water color technique and I dug out my little used SU reinkers. Sage Shadow, More Mustard, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana and a little Chocolate Chip were used for all parts of my image except the face, where I used Distress Inks.

Here's a closer view of my Tilda...

I really need several lessons on watercoloring with reinkers. I have a long way to go on that. I only have two colors of Flower Soft, Baby Blue and Summer, so I chose the Summer for my final card.

The ribbon is May Art, the brass clip is generic and the buttons are SU. My cs is SU also, More Mustard and Really Rust and Whisper White.

Goodbye again...

Now, here is a picture of Earl and Lisa just before they said goodbye to Jordan, Josslyn and Brielle. It was so hard, for them and for us! It will be another 6 months before they can see the children again, and the babies will be 18 months old! How I ache for them, but know that they trust us with the love and care of their precious littlest ones. The other little girl in the picture is Shayla, Earls' daughter who is 6.

They dropped off Lisa's other daughter in Alabama, so it's been a rather long farewell to the 5 children.

Thanks for dropping by, for taking the time to read this rather lenghty post, and for your wonderful supportive encourangement...


  1. that color matching can be terribly challenging! I found that w/the blue shirt I was putting on Edwin yesterday!!!! lol
    Your card is gorgeous! Love the unusual colors and the watercoloring? You are Very, VERY GOOD!!!!
    Pam Going Postal

  2. Oh, wow, your card is super cute!!
    Everyting about it is simply gorgeous. Hugs, Christina

  3. Now don't go bashing yourself for not having the right shade or pick the right shade. LOL Now we know you are not totally perfect (as your cards usually are!) I think the first Tilda should be matted with several shades of blues/lilacs that will tie it all together. You can always color over to change the look. Remember that big yellow rose I did when I first started, I think I used 4-5 SU markers trying to be happy with it and finally bleached it and WAS happy. Keep working on it, There is more than one way to do it. I look forward to seeing how you finish it and am sure we will learn from your experience. Thanks for the great photos of the family. They really are sweet and happy to be together. Martha

  4. GORGEOUS!!! I love both images, and you did a fantastic job with the watercoloring!!! It looks amazing! Beautiful work as always!

    What a precious photo and what a beautiful family! Big hugs to you!!

  5. She is just adorable! Great job on the coloring, too!

  6. Barb,
    Both images are super and your watercoloring doesn't look like it needs help to me :)
    And I wanted to send you a big hug for all you do for that wonderful family.

  7. Barb, your color of DPs are good choice for this card and love this image too and the Flower Soft added great details on her!

  8. you have brought Tilda to life, once again!

    Those girls look like their daddy!

  9. This is gorgeous! I love your coloring!

    Thank you for taking the time to comment and vote for my Tilda & Edwin card!


  10. Hi Barb,
    Both of your images are most beautiful. You will find paper to match the first one soon I am sure.
    You certainly don't need lessons is colouring with reinkers - it is simply perfect. LOVE the card.

    Thanks for showing us your beautiful family - what a lovely picture!!!

    Hugs, Candy

  11. Love this card and the Flower Soft. The coloring is great by the way! Also, what a bunch of cuties in the pic below!!

  12. Hi Barb...I love your card you did a super job coloring it! I think it is terrific as is all of your cards. Thanks for showing us the kids and there parents it was fun to see the people you speak of.
    Big hugs,

  13. Thank you for all of your support Barb. You have been very encouraging through this process.

  14. Very pretty coloring! Such a gorgeous card!
    Jodi =)

  15. Another beautiful card! How tough it must be for them to leave their children. God Bless them for serving our country. xoxox


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