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Friday, May 20, 2011

SCACD "Natural Beauty" Blog Hop!!!


Good Morning and happy weekend eve, my friends!!! After seeing a week of teasers from this brillinat, new collection...I bet you are ready to see the entire set:) Well...the wait is finally over because it is the OFFICIAL release day for the beautifully stunning "Natural Beauty Collection" by Carmen Medlin for SCACD:O) I cannot stress enough just how much I LOVE this set!!!! I have a feeling you will love it too:) We have a few special guests joining the SCACD Family in today's hop...be prepared for fun stuff and loads of inspiration...so, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, a yummy snack, sit back, relax, and let your fingers do the walking across your keyboard...OH! and with all the talented artists on this naturally beautiful journey...you may need a drool cloth...of course that is optional;) You should have arrived here from my new DT sister, Melanie's magnificent blog. If you didn't and arrived here first, then you will want to head on over to the top of the hop at Elaine's sensational blog.


Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to the gorgeous stamp - Siren's Call. Isn't this the dreamiest of images? I absolutely fell in love with this beauty as soon as my inky paws got ahold of it. I love the koi and all the "koi-like" details in her dress and jewelry:) Carmen really thought of everything when she created this lovely image!!! Also, being part Japanese, the symbolism of the koi made this image speak to me even more. The image was colored with Prismacolor markers, and the sparkly bits were added with DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultrafine Glitter Paint and Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens. I love the way the DecoArt Paint gives the illusion of sparkly water...and can be painted over the entire area without altering the color of the image beneath. To give the ripples in the pond a touch of added dimension, I outlined them with a Viva Decor Glitter Liner in Sapphire. For the background, I wanted the koi details to carry through...so I used a Martha Stewart border punch to give me the desired effect I was hoping for...I think it turned out okay...especially the dimension and texture it created. To make the "scale" background have an extra pop and shimmer, I painted each of the border strips with DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint, and the interior of the "scales" were painted with Smooch Inks in Pumpkin and Sundance. I wish the pics could truly capture all the lovely shimmer and sparkle on this card. I also popped up this beautiful Siren...along with the koi popping out of the pond to say hello:)


I also wanted to mention...especially if you find yourself loving this gorgeous set as much as I do...with every Natural Beauty Collection (7 images) set purchased, Susana will be giving away for *FREE* 1 tulled rose set from Prima (pic below - it contains 9 roses - Approx 1" each). Please note: Susana will pick the color:o) This special offer is only good for the 1st week of the release and ends May 29th. This SPECIAL GIFT is ONLY available at SCACD.



Okay...I think I have taken up enough of your time. THANK YOU so much for hopping along with us!!! And, if you saw my Preview Post for yesterday and didn't leave a comment answering the question I posted, you may want to stop by so you can be entered into my little candy drawing...you have until Sunday night to get your comment in:)



Now...head on over to Mary's phenomenal blog to see the Natural Beauty she has created!!! I know it is going to be a stunner!!!! ALSO, don't forget to get your order in for these beautiful, new stamps. I have a strong feeling they are going to be flying off the shelves!!! They are NOW available for purchase at SCACD...and for our International visitors, you can get yours at Quixotic Paperie (Please note: the Bonus Primas are only available when purchasing the ENTIRE collection at SCACD)!!! AND...if you find yourself lost along the hop, you can find the entire hop order on the SCACD Store Blog:) Have a beautifully blessed Friday and super wonderful weekend!!!

Before I head outta here, I am also playing along with the following AWESOME challenges:
HAPPY HUGS!!!
Carolyn

Card ingredients:
Stamp: Siren's Call by Carmen Medlin for SCACD Stamp Co. and Studio G sentiment; Card stock: Papertrey Ink; Miscellaneous goodies: Prismacolor markers, DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint, Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens, Viva Decor Glitter Liner - Sapphire, Smooch Inks - Pumpkin and Sundance, Martha Stewart border punch, Fiskars 3-in-1 corner punch, Papertrey satin ribbon, Paper Studio red rhinestones, Spellbinder's - Classic Large Rectangles and Classic Scalloped Rectangles, Petaloo blossom, dimensionals

22 comments:

Kim Dellow said...

So pretty, love the sparkle.

Colleen Holmes said...

Oh Carolyn she is very pretty and just love all the shimmering sparkles. Gorgeous!

Mary J said...

Beautiful, Carolyn! I adore the bling!

Crystal said...

Super fun colors Carolyn, WOW you did such a wonderful job with this beauty!

THERESA said...

Such a beauty, still is my absolute fav, the other are so,so near, maybe an inch apart,lol, love what you have done with her!!!
lotsa luv

Gillian said...

this is so pretty

Iris said...

Wow absolutely stunning Carolyn! And the matching background you made using the MS border punch is ingenious!

Hugs,
Iris

Brenda said...

Gosh, what can I say....this card is absolutely stunning. I can see why you love this image. I love what you did with the Koi. I love the punch you used that perfectly goes with the scales on her dress. Your papers and colors are the perfect choice!! Love, love the glitter. So much more I could say with all the fabulous details on this card!!!! Love it!!
hugs, Bren

sharman said...

Wonderful job. Traveler is still my favorite on though....

Shazza said...

ooohhh I love her, what a great card....she could be my new favourite of the release!!
x

Martha said...

beautifull7y done, thanks so much for playing with Clear It OUt

Lorraine said...

Ooh, so pretty! Love the colors, your coloring of that beautiful image and all of the shimmer & sparkle!

Sharon in Arizona said...

Hello again Carolyn - Another beautiful card - love the colors you chose and the design. The fish look so real. The other 2 stamps are beautiful too, but I still think my favorite is Naturally Styled. It's just so different from anything I've seen. At any rate, I will HAVE to get this set. Carmen has out-done herself (if that's possible). Her stamps are sooooo beautiful!!! Having a great time on this hop - I'm off to the next stop. Hugs

Susan said...

You've done a super job with this image and your layered border instantly made me think of the scales of the koi -- very creative!

Danni said...

Totally fabulous card from the colors to the way you used the border punch..gorgeous!

The Mama Monkey said...

Wow, this is stunning!!

Thanks for playing with us at Use It Tuesday!

kurlygirl said...

Beautiful! I love the colors and glitter you've used! Beautiful work!

Heather said...

Did you see my socks? They were plum clean knocked off my feet!!! WOW!!! This is BEYOND gorgeous!!! OK, so you need to teach me how to blend the colors like this because my markers do not do this!!! hahaha!!! AMAZING! and STUNNING! and just GORGEOUS! I LOVE the dimension and the way you added the punched borders.

You rock girl!!!

Nancy said...

OH WOW, she is gorgeous! Love your fab colouring! Beautiful design!
Thank you for joining Karen's Doodles, good luck!
Hugs, Nancy;O)

Cindy said...

Carolyn, this is jsut beautiful!! I love all the sparkles!!! What gorgous colors and so many details!!
What a talent!!!

Patricia St Martin said...

Your card is stunning. I love how you made it 3D and all the sparkles. The colors you used are absolutly wonderful.

Rachel B said...

Stunning! Your coloring is amazing and the glitz is fabulous. Thanks for playing along with us at Clear It Out.