Thursday, August 16, 2012

Strength & Courage

It's been awhile since I've posted but I have been busy.  We went on a week long holiday to visit family in  British Columbia and also got to do some sight seeing of those rugged, wild and beautiful Rocky Mountains on the way there and took a different route home.  Of course, it's always an adventure wherever we go and this time was no different.  We drove to Cranbrook and wouldn't you know it, there was a provincial ball tournament going on so no hotel rooms to be had so another hour later we are in Creston and checking rooms.  Can you believe nothing there either?  At this point, we are so tired that we pulled into the parking lot of a grocery store and that's where we spent the night.  Let me tell you... that was a very slow and deliberate wake up... a little on the painful side too.  I am way too old to be sleeping in the car!  But hey, if we didn't have these mishaps, it would simply be an ordinary vacation and this way, we have stories to tell.  Sometime I will tell you about the flights from Dublin, Ireland to Chicago to home - not now though because it's a lonnnnngggg story!  It's always funny when you take a pair of older farm folk and throw them onto international planes and airports.  Well... it's funny later on, not when it is happening.
My card today is a Whimsy digi image designed by Kathryne of StampArt Design and called Strength & Courage and it appeared in Whimsy's Inspirations Magazine, issue #9.   The free online version is available here and the printed, larger issue can be ordered here.
The sentiment is a freebie by Raindrop Echo; the papers are My Mind’s Eye and Kraft cardstock.  The image was coloured with Copics:
                                    Beak – Y19, Y17, Y15, Y11
                                    Eye -  Y19, Y11
                                    Feathers – E29, E27, E25, E49
The brads are  Basic Grey and Quickutz dies were used for the circles.Challenges:
Basic Grey- Bright & Bold
Bearly Mine - Fly, Fly Away
Critter Sketch - Digi Week
My Mum's Craftshop - Kraft It
Papertake Weekly - Spots & Stripes
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics
That Craft Place - Things with Wings


Doreen said...

Fabulous card Marilyn,love the image which is beautifully coloured...great

marion said...

Awesome digi, thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch this week with your stunning card. HUgs, Marion

Shirley said...

Your card is really stunning!

x Shirley

Angélique said...

Lovely card!
Thanks for joining us at BasicGrey Challenges.

Angélique - DT

cotnob said...

What fab cad, your image really stands out against your lovely papers.
Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.

sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning card, the image is wonderful and coloured so beautifully


MaxineD said...

Thanks for the story Marilyn, and what a stunning card - very strong image and sentiment and beautifulloy constructed.

Alyce said...

Wow Marilyn this is incredible! Love the image and incredible colouring. Sounds like you had an interesting trip! :)

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Marilyn. Love the image and your colouring is ace!
It sounds like you had one of those holidays that makes lots of memories and where would we be without those! :-)
Lorraine x

jimlynn said...

STUNNING!! Marilyn, this is over the top beautiful! Fantastic image and card!

Can't believe you guys slept in the grocery store parking lot! How funny....well, maybe not so funny - right! I'm thinking I'd be a little stiff in the morning too! LOL!
Glad y'all had a good trip anyway!


Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the colors and that bald eagle image is amazing!

coops said...

wow this is fantastic marilyn.i love the striking image and gorgeous colours ;D

xx coops xx

Sandy said...

This is a great card! I love that the image is great as the focus of the card. It's a great image for all the masculine cards I need to make! Great colors and papers!

Zo-Wie-Zo said...

Hi Marilyn! It's a beauty! I like the colours so pretty! Hugs Willie

Shannon White said...

Oh Wow! this is Awesome Miss Marilyn!! 8) LOVE the Super Bald Eagle image and your Fabulous coloring too! Just Stunning! Love the Terrific dp's and fab layout too! Just one Fabulous Masculine card! Love it! 8-)

Hope you have a Super Weekend my friend! 8-)


June Nelson said...

This is gorgeous, I love eagles, they mean so much dont they, brilliant card hunnie big huggies June xxxxx

Andrea said...

Oh wow this is lovely, thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly

Marie said...

Just stunning! It's something special about eagles and the look in their eye. Love it. Thanks for joining us over at the Bearly Mine Challenges this week.
Love n hugs

Renee said...

Glad you made it back safe and sound from your trip!

On another note this card is fabulous! Such wonderful coloring and colors! Love how you place everything on the card :)

StampArt Design by Kathryne said...

Hi Marilyn! Your card is lovely. Congrats on having it published in the magazine. It's so deserving. Your colouring is beautiful, the sentiment is awesome with it. The whole card is fantastic. The papers are perfect - your layout really makes the image stand out in such a striking way. It's gorgeous, Marilyn! xx Kathy

Joey said...

Marilyn this is fantastic, the layout is gorgeous and the bird just stunning, thanks for joining us at MMCS. Joey x

MiamiKel said...

Oh this is just stuninng, Marilyn - the coloring of the eagle just took my breath away! Outstanding!!

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tiggertastic said...

wo wee this is fantastic

Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog - Tiggertastic

Designing for:

Sketch Saturday , Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

cheiron said...

Fabulous image, fabulous coloring. Thanks for playing along with the Animal Antics Challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

cheiron said...

Fabulous image, fabulous coloring. Thanks for playing along with the Animal Antics Challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

NickelNook said...

ROCFL!! That stands for "roll on car floor laughing"! haha That's kind of tricky since there's not much room on a car you well know! lol
You've created another amazing card, my friend! Your colouring is incredible!...Nancy :o)

Sandy said...

Wow - this is so patriotic and I love the colors and the design!

Chrissy said...

Oh! Marilyn, this is an amazing card, great for a male, and fabulous colouring, fabulous clean lines, love it..and yes, I have so many funny little things in a container and wonder sometimes, what on earth I will do with it, then up pops Barry, so on went the for your lovely comment.


Plastic Card said...

This is really so nice. I like the design of this card. This is so inspirational.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous!!! Loe everything about this card. Oh My- I can't believe you had to sleep in the car- yikes- did you get any shut eye?