Sunday 24 January 2016


Hi, I've got a few cards to post for various challenges, but I'll try and space them out over the next day or so, so as not to bombard you :)  This card I made this morning and when I started my only intention was to do a bit of coloring.

Meet Maude.  Maude is one of my older stamps, I think I bought her in about 2004 and she is from Art Impressions.  At the time I bought her, I also bought two matching sentiments - the one on the card and another which says "I'll rise but I refuse to shine"!  Love them!

As I said above, I just wanted to do some coloring and decided Maude needed a pink dressing gown.  Once I'd done that, I realised if I was careful how I colored the rest of the image, I could enter her in the latest Color Throwdown challenge.  Consequently, Maude got a kraft nightdress and a teal coffee cup :)  I then went looking for a sketch and found the perfect one at Retro Rubber Challenge, where you are required to use your older stamps.

I didn't spend a lot of time on the coloring, which is one of the things I love about AI stamps - they are drawn so that the coloring doesn't have to be perfect!  After coloring Maude onto a panel of X-Press It cardstock, I then cut the sentiment stamp apart as it is actually on two lines.  I used my Misti to line up the words and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then cut a strip of Desert Storm and another strip of Audrey Blue.  The image panel is popped up on foam tape.  Here's Maude in all her morning glory:

Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Maude, I Don't Do Mornings (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  X-Press It, white, Audrey Blue, Desert Storm
Accessories:  Copics


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Retro Rubber Challenge.


Susanne Vargas said...

Ha! That is totally me in the morning! Love Maude, those sentiments, and the way you colored her! So fun!

Debbie Mageed said...

Hi, Karren! This card made me laugh! I doubt there are too many people who can't relate to this one. Your coloring looks wonderful and, dare I say, cheerful! Absolutely adorable! Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber and hope to see you again soon!

Hannelie said...

This could be a selfie taken by... ME!
Hilarious !!! LOVE it!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh my gosh!!! When did you manage to take this picture of me??!!! LOL!!
This image really made me laugh, I need my coffee first thing in the mornings before I can start dealing with the day. Fabulous coloring and the sentiment says it all.
Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic card.
Maria Rodriguez.

Katy McGloin said...

Karren, you gave Maude so much life that I am sure she resents being put out into public like this, LOL... Love the coloring and especially love her bunny slippers. I often run around my house in the same exact outfit (minus the bunny slippers) and the inevitable cup of coffee. Thanks so much for sharing this adorable card with Retro Rubber and letting us know its history. I hope to see you often in our gallery.

Patrice said...

Love! Hahaha this is me, I am so NOT a morning person. I really need to find this stamp! Your colouring is fabulous, and I love that Audrey Blue strip of c/s - it really pops. Looking forward to seeing what else you've been creating. You know, bombarding us is okay *wink*. xxx

Christine Traversa said...

Hahaha! This is great! What an awesome older stamp! Great card! Thanks so much for doing the challenge!

Vickie Z said...

Fun image and sentiment! Lovely coloring! So glad you joined us at CTD!

Wanda Cullen said...

Oh my...I'm totally loving Maude! A woman I can identify with - lol! Thanks so much for joining us at Color Throwdown!

Jane Knudsen said...

I think you snuck in and took a picture of me! What a funny card! I love the colors and your coloring! Beautiful!! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber!

Diane Roberts said...

Love this!

Claire Grantham said...

Love this - totally me I do NOT do mornings :) Love the colouring its perfect. Thanks for playing with us at Retro Rubber this week. Claire DT