Friday, 3 June 2016

Kool Kidz

Hi folks! Hope this post finds you well!

We're nearly at the end of half term here at Casa Mia and the whole week has virtually been spent with hot lemon and honey drinks (yuck, I hate honey!) and a box of tissues in tow ... yup, I succumbed to the dreaded "the-holidays-are-here-so-let's-jump-the-school-staff" bug!!!!!!! ;o) At least yesterday evening found me well enough to accompany Mother in Law and PapaMia to an Aled Jones concert (yes he of Walking in the Air fame, and he can still manage the first few lines of the song some 30 years later!) at Portsmouth Guildhall. We were treated to a very entertaining evening of wonderful music (a mix of choral, musicals and pop) and Aled was a very engaging and amusing speaker between the numbers! At least nobody told me to "Shushhhhhhh" so I can't have been coughing too loudly :oD

And now I feel much, much better today, so I'm able to bring you my card for the current challenge at Feeling Sketchy. Our sponsor this time is the lovely Heather Valentin from Lacy Sunshine Stamps who is offering a prize pack to the lucky winner of this challenge.

Here's the sketch we'd like you to use as your inspiration this time:

and here is my take on it using a sponsor image:

Now I have to confess to having had rather a "senior" moment with this project. I chose this image as I thought it would be perfect for our nephew who will be 12 later this summer - a basketball dude with a graffiti wall behind? Perfect! Only when my image arrived did I look more closely at it and see that on his t-shirt is a "No Bullying" slogan. Don't get me wrong ... I most definitely don't have a problem with that (heaven knows I've had to pick up the pieces at the end of a school day for many, many, many years so I know how devastating it can be not only to the victim, but to their families too) but I wasn't sure how right this was going to be for my nephew! Oooooops!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a wonky rocker card cut out of black cardstock using my Ultimate Pro together with the largest wonky "circle" from the nest on my Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats Embossing Board which I then handcut, carefully! Once cut, I scored and folded the "circle" so that it had 2 scallops on the bottom as "feet" to make my rocker base.
  • Image - is the very cool Kyle - Kidz Street as drawn by Heather at Lacy Sunshine Stamps.
    Once I'd realised that the whole image on this card base size was going to be far too small for me to colour, I decided to do a close up which I then debossed using the circle which fits inside the wonky "circle" from the nest on my Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats Embossing Board and then cut it out by hand. I coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours:
    • Skin - FS2, FS4, FS3, FS9, TN4, FS8
    • Hair - TN3, EB3, EB8
    • Basketball - OR2, TN6, TN4, TN8
    • T-Shirt - EB1, EB2, EB6, EB8
    • Trousers - BT3, BT4, BT6, BT7, BT0
    • Baseball Cap - OR2, TN6, TN4, TN8, True Black
  • Sentiment - is one of the Graffiti Words from the image which I imported into my word processing package and then cropped in tightly to the word. I coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir Pens in OR2, TN6, TN4, TN8 (to match the basketball). I love the ombre effect these colours give, don't you?

I hope you'll come over to the Feeling Sketchy blog and check out the other fabulous creations by my talented teamies, and then don't forget to come back and show us your take on our sketch. We'll be back with our next challenge on 15th June 2016.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

In the meantime, hope you have a great weekend and take care!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. a cool kid Helen - great card! Hugs rachel x

  2. Love the card and how you covered the shirt, because the card was meant to be a birthday card, even though bullying is bad.I love the Dream idea because you want to foster that idea.

    So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  3. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Dragons Lair Designs.

  4. What a great card for a youngster.
    Thank you very much for entering the "Dragons Lair Designs" "One for the Guys" challenge for June. Good luck.
    Gwyneth DLD DT Member

  5. Lovely card, thank you for taking part in the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge.

  6. What a fab card, so perfect for the boy in your life. Thanks for joining our Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge - For the Boys , hugs, Carol DT

  7. Fabulous card and great colouring. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragons Lair Designs. Pippa DLD DT


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