Monday, January 13, 2014

Going MANGA with Through the Purple Haze and Crafty Sentiments!

This is my first Manga on my first showing as a Design Team member for Through the Purple Haze and I am STOKED!! I've stayed away from Manga be truthful...I'm 45 years old. WTF would I do with Manga??? Right??? But this was really kind of cool and I really like how it turned out.

This is a 'digi' image...another first for me...and I have to admit it's nice to be able to print something out without waiting for a stamp. Not that I'll be making a change but being an old fogey and NOT liking anything new, I can def. say I'll be okay with doing this...a little...for, bring my bedroom shoes, you whippersnapper you, and a blanket and leave me alone! Maury's on...

I spent about an hour on the card, then spent TWO hours trying to figure out how to put a sentiment on it without destroying the effect. I was cussing so hard I'm surprised the damn thing didn't burst into flames! I simply couldn't make it happen! You KNOW how frustrating that is, right? Finally, Tim Holtz to the rescue!

I'd purchased a block die which was labeled 'Small Easel'. You can use it like I did and scor-tape it to the back of a project to make decor in lieu of a card! TA-FREAKIN-DA!!!

I'm sure it will please you to no end to know how I created this card-and I'm not talking about materials...I'm talking about the all-important THEME!

Having 4 boys and no girls, I have an imaginary niece in my head that I make things for. HEY! Don't you judge me! I don't even have a name for her. Today, I got this email from American Idol, telling of some sneak preview. So, my 'niece' was going to audition and I colored the Crafty Sentiments Digi named 'Eve' to look like her and pretended I was going to give it to her to put on her dresser. Then, she would spend the night with me and we'd stay up ALL night eating crap-chips, dips, cookies-and we'd stamp. We may even go out to Steak and Shake a 3am if we damn well feel like it!!

Wow. I really need to start making some friends. 

As promised...more blog candy coming Monday and it will be a Gift Certificate of MY choice!! HA HA I LOVE POWER!!

I've also got the next segment of 'Diary of a Desperate Housewife coming this weekend so check back often! Yes!! Both of you!!!! are the deets for the decor:

Eve Digi from Crafty Sentiments
Spellbinders Majestic Elements Radiant Rectangles
Bella's BEST Paper in White
Mounting Tape
Glimmer Paper
Paper Flowers
Tim Holtz Small Easel Die
Stampin' Up Vanilla Cardstock

After coloring the image with Copics, I cut her out with a Spellbinders frame from the Radiant Rectangles set. I used hot pink metallic paper and embossed, then attached the image using mounting tape. I used silver glimmer paper, cut with another frame from the set, and used mounting tape to attach that to the back. I cut an identical piece of vanilla cardstock from Stampin' Up! and used my ATG to adhere it to the back of the glimmer paper. At that point, I could have used it for a card and stamped and written on the back, but I wanted it to be a piece of decor, so I stuck the small easel on the back and added some small paper flowers on the front.  The image and frame are so gorgeous, I wanted to be careful not to overdo it. Eve is a PHENOMENAL Digi...easy to color and very fun! Take a look at all the other images Crafty Sentiments has to'll love it and Digi images are IMMEDIATE! No waiting on the mail! Enjoy!!


  1. I loved reading all about your experience here... especially the American Idol reference. This looks fantastic. Faith

  2. Dear are now my new BFF...when can you come over?????

    TY for the compliment tho...coloring is my WEAKNESS...I try to practice an hour a day. I sit around with youtube and color away! I've learned that I would be supreme in this genre....if I were 14. DO those little ankle biters do it?????

  3. Hey Carmen! Interesting blog post--you are so funny! Manga? I love it and I've got 15 years on you!!! You are no old fogey!! hahahahaha I think you colored Eve just beautifully and so glad you are on the Design Team with me. Hope we become great friends!

  4. WOW Carmen! I love how you made a photo stand for your creation.. Just fabulous..


  5. I love the easel idea and such a lovely image x

  6. Love this Carmen, such a different idea but just gorgeous.xx

  7. Great card Carmen! Love the spellbinder die you used, and your coloring is great!!

    Can you please turn off word verification...? pretty please? ;)

  8. very pretty card Carmen your colouring is beautiful, I hope your niece loves it lol :D great to have you on the TTPH team xx

  9. I just popped by to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog on my little boy with the plane post. I am so glad I did. What a stunner this one is, so bright and vibrant, and that spellie frame makes a fabulous picture frame!