Saturday, January 8, 2011

Right Here with You

I was very moved by this recent wordart freebie at Create with TLC: "You're not alone; I'm right here with you." So when I needed a sentiment for my card for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch I had the perfect one. Just by chance I'd chosen another lovely TLC Creations freebie as the digi stamp.

In case you're not aware, the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge blog is maintained by the same team that does the Crafters' Digital Art Center (
CDAC). Coincidentally, the image I used for this card was given as a freebie in celebration of CDAC's reaching 240 members by TLC Creations, who I first learned of through CDAC.

I love using these woodcut-like images to practice with my copic markers, as the shading decisions have pretty much been made for me. I'm learning, slowly but surely. I'm still nervous about backgrounds, so I cheated a bit and added a blue-tint gradient to the image in InDesign before printing it. It's not very apparent (especially since I shadowed everything with a light Copic marker), but does make a difference.

I wasn't sure about using actual buttons as suggested in the sketch, until I saw this that this week's Delightful Challenge is
Buttons. Challenge delightfully accepted! Sewing on the buttons didn't take too long and I love the look, so I will try this again (when I can find the bag of craft buttons that's somewhere in this house.) I shaded the horizontal strips with red ink and then "aged" the frame elements with an emery board and distress inks, which was more work than one would think...I need to find a better sanding method. I added some berry bling with glitter glue around the button brad.

While I was making this card, it started to snow. Such a peaceful scene, inside and out!
Digi stamp: Picking Berries Vintage by TLC Creations
You're Not Alone by TLC Creations


Midnight Madness Sketch
Challenge #85
Delightful Challenge
: Buttons

Supplies: Recollections & Core'dinations cardstocks, HP printer & ink, Adobe InDesign, Fiskars papercutter and scalloped scissors, ZipDry glue, Tim Holtz scissors & Distress ink (Fired Brick, Antique Linen & Mustard Seed), Stickles (Xmas Red, Cinnamon & Candy Cane), Metallic red Sakura Gelly Roll pen, emery board, button brad from Oriental Trading Co., Michaels variegated craft cord & needle, Copic Ciao B color set


  1. Hello cat - it is always great to see you at the MMSC! What an adorable card - I love that sweet image - and those buttons - they are fabulous! Gorgeous Cat - Love it! Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - we love to have you as part of our MMSC family! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  2. This is very cute! My gosh! The coloring on your rocks makes them look so real! I too love TLC Creations. Very pretty card.
    Hope to see you again for the next challenge.
    Keep crafting!
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  3. What a beautiful card and I love the snow in your picture. We are just thrilled that you came out to play with us this week. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at the Midnight Madness sketch challenges.
    MMSC Hostess

  4. This is such a wonderful card! Thank you for joining us at Midnight Madness. Valerie PSDT

  5. Wonderful Card. So pretty. Thank you for joining in on the fun at Delightful Challenges! Huggles

  6. This is just so bright and delightful! I love the image you used and what a perfect sentiment. The vivd colors just bring a smile to my face - all the colors are just fabulous together! Thanks for joining us for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, hope you'll join us again next week for another exciting challenge!

  7. Great image and sentiment!!! Your papers are perfectly matched to this image. The colors are so bright and cheery. Thanks so much for joining us at Midnight Madness, hope to see you in the next coming weeks.


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