Wednesday, February 16, 2011 sure to wear a flower in your hair

I've been super-excited about this fortnight's Crazy Hair Colour challenge at Mad for Markers. To say that I've obsessed about what image to use would be an understatement; I knew what hair color scheme I wanted to use, however. See, I once decided to color my own hair some crazy colors, and after much, much thought I chose blue and purple stripes. Seemed like it would go with my clothes and my eyes. My partner-in-crime since age 5 (we were 18 by this point) helped paint on the color, which is the reason it came out so nicely. Of course, the sink in my folks' house is still a slight violet, but for the most part it worked out great! There were several cultural issues with my changed hair color, and in my advanced age I much prefer calling attention with cute cards than my own appearance!

I found this cute Clara digi stamp by Gayle Cook (Fairydoodler) on sale for free, which was just within my budget and was TOO perfect for this card. Because I'm not particularly confident with doing all of my own shading, I enjoy working with images that already have pre-shading. I'm so glad I found her art; I'll definitely be a customer.
So I started by coloring the hair and skin (since I had lived with the real thing), but for the "petal" dress I asked my wise and handsome husband for help. He suggested turquoise, which was perfect. I found a lovely turquoise-ish cardstock in my Core-dinations stash, and actually used the shimmer side for the inside of the card. For the outside, I stamped alternating blue and purple flower-themed border blocks to create a striped effect. Don't you just love when a card comes together? I had just obtained this border stamp, a Valentine's gift from that awesome husband I mentioned earlier. The stamped lines came out pretty well, considering I just eyeballed it.
I had figured I'd use a mix of bright purple and blue for the accent pieces, but then I discovered a piece Raspberry Cordial cardstock from Core'dinations' Chocolate Box collection. Yum! Really wish I had something better than my Hello Kitty foam-core emery board to sand with, however.

I used a yellow, textured Core'dinations cardstock for the flower, and covered the back with orange ink before running it through my Cricut (I used a raindrop shape to create the petal pairs.) I wore a flower in my hair when I went to San Francisco/the Haight for the first time (picked for me by a fellow traveler at an Oakland gas station) and that famous song actually came on the radio. I like to think they play it all day long...

Inspiration: Crazy Hair Colour challenge at Mad for Markers

Digi Stamp:
Clara by Fairydoodler

Supplies: Core'dinations, X-Press Copic, and Recollections cardstocks, HP printer & ink, Cricut & SCAL, 09 KutUps dingbat font for flower shape, Fiskars papercutter, CraftSmart ink, Recolletions brad, emery board, flower border stamp by Inkadinkado

Copic Ciao markers:
E33, YR00, E11, E50, E51; B05, B23, V17, V06
YG41, BG49, BG15, Y04, Y08, Y02, Y06
BG10, 0


  1. This is fantastic. Thanks for joining us at Mad for Markers

  2. Fabulous card, the hair colour looks terrific and your post was fun to read too.

    Thanks for playing along at Mad For Markers.

    Michelle :-)

  3. Great job. I love that big flower. Well done. Thanks for joining us at M4M.

  4. Your coloring is really stunning,,,,oh my and what a fun colors you used here,,,I really love it,,,,thanks for sharing,,,

  5. Oh wow!! I LOVE this.. the blue and purple striped hair is AWESOME... now wouldn't that be fun IRL!! Where is the picture???


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