Sunday, August 14, 2011

Here's an old biddy trying to be cool!!! :)

I have two bits of news for you. First - I hit a respectable 40 years today! I am officially old enough to forget about diets and pronounce my ample padding a normal order of things and just get on with it.
I wish.

Secondly - Whimsy Stamps & Make it Crafty have come together to create a fun Urban Themed digi collection!

Ann Vento has whipped up her magic and designed an incredible collection of
funky wall sayings, city landscapes and of course a range of super cool street signs.

Make it Crafty is trying something new offering all the different elements for you to build your own urban backdrop.

Then of course, what better characters to incorporate into such a scene than the fabulous KennyK rubber stamps available from Whimsy Stamps!

Our incredibly talented Design Teams have had a blast playing with all the different elements to bring you LOTS of inspiration!

We have broken it in to TWO HOPS
HOP A Starts Here & HOP B Starts HERE at my blog!

There will be a winner for EACH HOP and if you hop your way through BOTH, you’ll go in the draw for the GRAND PRIZE TOO!

HOP A & B Winners will each receive a $15 voucher from both Whimsy Stamps and Make it Crafty

GRAND WINNER will win our full Urban Digital Collection
4 Digi Sentiment sets by Ann Vento & the Urban Elements Collection from Make it Crafty


You are currently on HOP B and should have arrived to the very beginning, you lucky duck - just keep hopping along to enjoy wonderful masterpieces of amazingly talented crafters.

I combined Hot Weave Kenny K stamp with different urban background elements from Make It Crafty. I also used a sentiment from City Talk digital sentiment set by Raindrop Echo Designs. Then I printed barbed wire from the same set in full scale on pearlescent paper and heat embossed in silver. Afterwards I went at it with different ink pads and silver leafing pen.

I have also used a new Bottle Cap sentiments rubber stamp set by Whimsy with a matching bottle cap die. It looks cooler irl - because of the shine the sentiment doesn't show very well on photo :(
The image is mainly coloured with Copics - there are some little shading areas addes with Caran D'Ache Swisscolour pencils.
Once I had decided on silver colour theme I just started piling on all the silvery stuff I got my hands on, lol. Those corners are actually silver foily stickers, I splodged them with BG72/75/79 and added some silver brads. Noth half bad!

Your next stop on HOP B is CAROLE, but before you go make sure you leave a comment below!

You have until August 21st 8PM Australian QLD time to make your way through the hops!

Be there... or be square!

Challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life - 2W, 1E -  #50 No patterned paper
Colour Me Creative Copic's Challenge -3E, 2W - must use copic's - #24 Colour your embellishments and must be Friendship themed
Charisma Cardz - 3E, C10 – Distressing
Crafty Sentiments - 1E, SIO - Punches and Die Cuts 
Do You Stack Up? - 3E - Emboss it
Ruby's Rainbow - 2W, JFF - #9 Gems
A Spoonful Of Sugar - 1E - #162 Happy Birthday
Paper Take Weekly - Grow Your Own- use hand made or altered flowers  (my flowers are made from jewellery findings, brads and glass effect gel)
Sweet Stamps 1E, C10, SIO - Bling It Up 
The Burtonesque Dolls - 2W, JFF - 2nd week - The Lighter side of Burton



Thanks for popping by!


97 comments:

Nina said...

Stunning card Annika!! I'm one of your biggest fans (yeah right, me and half of the world)

Carly said...

Wow wow wow! Yep Wow

Therese said...

Ohhh...this is sooo COOL! Your colouring is far the best I`ve ever seen...it`s just breathtaking! Love the embossed barbed wire and all the silvery embellishment! You rock, Annika! :))

Sue said...

Happy Birthday. What's a diet?LOL

Alina said...

Happy Birthday, Annika, enjoy every moment!

Your card is out of this world, the background looks stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hugs, Alina

Trudie said...

Fantastic start to Hop B. I love what you did to the Barbed Wire background. In fact I love everything about this!!! Have a wonderful birthday xxxx

Trina said...

Happy birthday!

Vicky said...

Happy 40th Birthday Annika, hope your having an awesome day.

I love your design, so blown away with how you heat embossed the elements...

Absolutely awesome job Annika
xXx
Vicky

Birdie said...

Happy Birthday and only 40! Wish I could say the same.

Love the shading on your card; can envision an alley light by a single light overhead...

Marlene said...

I LOVE your silver accents! What a fabulous card!

corry'kaart said...

hallo annika
wat een geweldige kaart heb je gemaakt en erg stoer met dat zilverkleur in je kaart,helemaal geweldig mooi!
groetjes van corry

Renkata said...

OMG Annika, this is awesome.

Debra said...

I LOVE what you did with this card it is amazing! I have been looking for urban digi backgrounds and these are excellent!

Netty said...

Hi, just popped by to wish you a very Happy Birthday dear Annika, have a great day. xx

Tine said...

Hi Annika, and a very happy birthday to you. Wait until you get to 50, then you can talk! LOL. Another stunning card (fab image of course!), and great colouring. Enjoy your day.
Tine :)

Carole of Brum said...

Wow Annika, it's incredible - love the light and shadow on your character and a fab idea to have the trash can on it's side. But omg how did you heat emboss from some printing??? Can't even imagine how you did it (I'm SUCH a novice really, lol) but it's totally brill. I'm only sorry I'm next on the hop and EVERYONE will still be thinking of this, he he. And Happy Birthday, hope it's a good one. CoB

Cleota said...

I've been looking at these cards for a couple weeks now and am just in awe of your talent. I've all the elements of this. Your coloring is superb and I love the barbed wire!

JLJ Designs said...

Love all the silver!

Jen

Cindy2 said...

I love the barbed wire background - where did you get it? Your card rocks.

SabineV said...

oh i love that background how fun!!! thank you for sharing.

Sabine
z_bina67athotmaildotcom

paola said...

Amazing coloring as per your usual style of fabulous Annika, totally radical!
smiles
Paola

Tracy said...

Fabulous colouring and I love your embellies. Hope you have a wonderful birthday! Tracy xx

BlackBird said...

Congratulations

Julie said...

Happy Birthday!Welcome to the 40 club i joined in april!LOL!
Brill card! Love everything about it! julie x

weewiccababe said...

firstly, happy 40th birthday, they say life begins now :)
and wow, that card must've taken ages, stunning
Debz
xx

Mary M. said...

Awesome card. Fantastic coloring. Love these new images. Happy Birthday.

Cec said...

Fabulous card with fabulous colouring. Love all the metal embellishments. Happy 40th - enjoy the day.
Hugs!
Cec

Scrappymax said...

Wow this is fabulous and your colouring is awesome.
Max x

Wendalyn said...

I love your card it's fantastic.. Looks like real silver.

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Wonderful card and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Stephanie said...

Happy 40th Annika! I love all the details..amazing!

Archies Mum said...

Wow what an amazing card, love all the detail you've added awesome. Happy 40th birthday welcome to the 40 club.

Aartje said...

Wow, this is so cool. The details are super. I love it.
This is the beginning of a super bloghop I think.
Love Aartje

Leanne said...

Hi Annika!
Woo Hoo! Happy 40th! I love ur take on turning 40. hehehe Hope ur having a gr8 day!
Ur card is off the hook cool! The layout and the coloring and the use of the elements to create this scene is soo cool. And the bottle cap is a funky fun touch. TFS! ;)

Lynette said...

She just pops on that background. Love the colors you've chosen.
Great card.

Katie said...

Happy Birthday Annika! I love everything about your card :) Amazing coloring as always!
xx Katie

Shelby said...

Awesome as always Annika! I really like the skin tones you used with her...looks like you put a bit of green into that combo and it really makes it look life like.

Toni said...

OMG Annika shes fab and pops right out love it got to get some tips on colouring darker skin shes amazing love it xxx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A fantastic card!!! I am so loving these images. :) X X

Please visit: Delphinoid's Cards and Craft Blog

Shazza said...

this is amazing Annika, your colouring is just superb x

jackid said...

Love your colouring on this it's perfect but then so is the card
Jacki xx

Janette said...

Oh wow, fabulous creation, I am so loving all these fabulous cards.xx

Julie M said...

This is completely amazing, Annika - such complex colouring - metallics are not the easiest, but you are soooo good at them.

Happy Birthday to you - a friend's daughter is your birthday twin (but she's 21 today!!!).

Best wishes as you go back to work tomorrow - keep crafting and blogging though!

Julie x

Christina C. said...

Oh my gosh...what a stunning masterpiece you created! Simply GORGEOUS!!!
Happy, happy birthday, dear Annika!

Monique said...

Wow. Your card is awesome !

Hugs Monique

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

I love this card. Your coloring is to die for :O)

Crafteezee said...

Wowzers Annika, you never cease to amaze me. Love the embossed barbed wire background and all the silver elements. Just wicked! Hugs Tracy x

Debs said...

Annika your work is amazing..totally love it :0)..hugs Debs x

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MaRyKaY said...

wow I love the way you color. I hope to be half as good as you some day. stunning work indeed

Frea said...

Hi Annika, what a smashing card!! Love this background!! It matches so perfectly with this sassy girl. Hugs, Frea

Ilona said...

Awesome card - perfect colouring and great silver accents!

Hugs
Ilona

MaRyKaY said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I forgot to tell you on my last post so had to put in another.
And many mooooreeee

Sandy said...

Awesome card! Love the silver accents....

Sandy

Danielle said...

Hello Annika, I am still in the girly, lacy, pink period, soooo I do take a deep breath when I look "street art". What I have righ now under my eyes, is quite an exception! You are able to make beauty out of a garbage can! and this young lady's smile is just extraordinary! Just beautiful an awesome work. I love it... OK. I'm old... but you have given necessary inspiration to try my hand at such kind of images!!! LOL.
I love your card.
Hugs.

CraftyLoops said...

Wow, this is incredibly awesome. I love this card and the charms are terrific. Lee x

Lesley said...

Fab card, great image and colouring! Thanks for taking part in RRC xx

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Hi Annika
A gorgeous and fantastic card
love the image and background
Hugs Dianne xx

Debbie Pamment said...

Firstly - HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweetie!!! Being in the 40s ain't that bad....
And now your card - WOW - your colouring is ALWAYS incredible - I have been in awe of your work for soooo long and silently stalking - but now I'll happily shout out how amazing you are!!!
xXx

Sandy said...

Great card, love the barb wire background and all the extra embellishment,
Sandy

Sammibug said...

Wow, this is so cool! The coloring is amazing! It almost looks like a painting! I'm so so impressed! The embellishments are fabulous and I love love love the bottle cap die and stamps!

Kerys said...

WOW! I just LOVE the silver theme - and that barbed wire background paper is fab! Love that image - I've got that one and just made a card using it too (No where near as good as yours!!) Love the way you've put the background with it! Thank you so much for the inspiration! :-) x

Linda Carson said...

Happy 40th Birthday!! Been there, done that, got a t-shirt to prove it!! That's one seriously fierce piece of artwork! Love it!

cat said...

love the card...just the right amount of silver to keep us guessing. love it.

cat s.

Marilyn said...

First of all, Happy, Happy Birthday!
Now the card... absolutely breathtaking Annika! Your colouring skills and creativity is the best!

Lynn said...

OOOOH Annika!! Your work is priceless and not to mention the fab colouring and the perfect detail:)
Love it all:)
Huggs
Lynn xxx

scrappintlc said...

Wow, seriously gorgeous. Beautiful coloring.

Shime said...

Very pretty card. Love coloring and embelishments!

...just Barbara said...

Happy Birthday! Oi, 40?! I don't think I can count that high yet! I'm still counting the anniversaries of my 29th birthday. ;D

Love your card! What is that holy mesh called? Love that - perfect for this theme. I normally don't like KK images, as you know, but now this is another one I need to get! Absolutely love the screwed flowers. ;D

Cecilia Reyes said...

Happy Birthday Annika!!!!!!

Your card is fabulous... love the colouring as always...

The black paper coloring is certainly strange...

Sandy G said...

Gosh this is fabulous. Love all the silver especially like that cool back ground.

EmbossingQueen said...

Happy Birthday Annika! Welcome to the 40's, life just gets better once you reach 40 (apart from all the extra aches and pains. Lol.) I love your card, as always! The barbed wire background looks fantastic. The colours you have used are amazing. Thanks for sharing your art work with us once again.

Beth said...

Happy Bday! Love your card!!!

Sweetncrafty Gal said...

what a lovely card hun, im very sorry but we can't include you for this week's prize at charisma as our limit
is 10 linkings to challenge blogs including charisma, so sorry, hope to see you next week
hugs carlyann xxx

Boxofcolours said...

Blinged to the max!! You rock girl - I love it ~ Jane

P.S I will be picking your brains on how you got the barbed wire embossed later.....

Laila said...

What to say? ;-)
I just love it ♥

WencheP said...

This is just AWESOME! This is just the coolest card I have seen EVER! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up and good luck.

-Wenche

Cowgirlscrapper said...

Fabulous! really nice card.great job !

Kim Kelley said...

Happy Birthday! I will be hitting the big 4-0 in September..so I know what you're feeling! HUGS
Your card...coloring...embellies are gorgeous!

Rufus said...

Happy Birthday! Cool card! Love the barbed wire in the background, and all the little details.
R/

Sharon Peele said...

Annika, your card is amazing!! I love your coloring and the background is awesome!! Wonderful job!!

Lisa aka Myran said...

Awesome card Annika! So many cool embellishments and amazing coloring. Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

BrigitteG said...

woww this card totally rrrrocks !! really amazing work here :) love this !

Delphine said...

WOW WOW WOW, Annika! Amazing card! I love all the silver and the barbed wire background and embellishments are brilliant! And happy belated birthday:-)! Hugs Delphine xx

Peggysue said...

Wow, incredible card! It is just fantastic. Thank you for joining our EMBOSS IT challenge at DYSU. It’s a pleasure to see your work!

Patricia St Martin said...

Your card is stunning. Your coloring is out of this world. I love all the elements you used on your card. Card is so wonderful.

Jenn said...

Great card, love it.

LaJanette said...

Super cool card! Love all the details. Your coloring skills are amazing; love all of those folds in her clothes....Super!

Hugs;
Janette

Littlehamsterz said...

This is such a great card. Very cool ^^ I just love all the metallic elements.

Denise and Louise said...

Awesome card - fab image and great embellishments.
Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU this week xx

Minna said...

Thats just cool!
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kbrandy4 said...

Absolutely Awesome Annika and a Happy 40th Birthday to you. Don't worry Girl, life begins at 40!!

Hugs Hazel xx

Angela said...

This is beautiful Annika. You have created an amazing scene and your coloring is brilliant as always! Love the bits of flower hardware you used. Really gorgeous!

ps. Just got back from vacation out of state but wanted to wish you a Happy belated Birthday!

biggi-al said...

Oh the card looks really great. Thanks for joining us at CUYL.

Regards from Birgitt

DonnaMundinger said...

AMAZING! Love all of the silver embelllies and your coloring ROCKS! xxD

Sonia said...

Wow Annika.. Amazing creation with perfect colouring.. love it!
-Sony

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