Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Daughter's Eyes

Good morning!  We are having a nice sunny morning here and have opened our curtains so we can enjoy all this beautiful sun!  Of course, I would like to look at a nicer color than brown, but since we haven't gotten any snow to talk of this year I will have to wait until spring when the plants grow back.  Then it will be truly beautiful just outside my window.

Today I am posting a card that uses an image I drew myself.  I have been practicing and today's image was drawn from a picture of my daughter and myself from 2002.  Yes, I know that is a long time ago but it is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us and I had the idea of using the image to make my daughter's birthday card for this year.  I named this image, My Daughter's Eyes.  There are a few reasons for this.  The first and most simple reason is that my daughter and I both have blue eyes, although hers are the most beautiful shade of blue that I have ever seen.  Crystal clear and just plain gorgeous, seriously!  Plus, she has blond eyelashes and eyebrows and pale skin.  A china doll complexion that many would just love to have.  I don't normally post pictures of my children, I like to keep them in a place where I think they are the most safe.  BUT, since this picture is basically 10 years old and she is much older now I thought I would show you the original image, and then my drawing of the image.

Here's the original image, taken by my husband, who was then just my boyfriend.

AND, here's my uncolored drawing.  It is rough, and I know I still have more to practice, but you are welcome to the image if you like.  Just click on the image and then right click and save it to your own files.  I only ask that if you do use my image you give the credit to me as the artist.

For my project today I made a card and a mini-card so I could enter my card into the challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It is my first time entering this challenge and this week's sketch is a fairly clean and simple card.  So if you are looking for my normal amount of embellishments, you aren't going to find them.  Besides, a second part of this week's challenge is only using one embellishment, GULP.  Yes, that was pretty hard, but I did it!

So, finally, here is my card using this image.

I of course colored my image using my copic markers.  The other materials I used were my Spellbinder's dies, Big Shot, Glossy Effects, ribbon, and SU sentiment  stamp.  I also used the SU stamp pad Vintage Violet to enhance the edges of my circles just a bit.  My one embellishment is a charm that says, "made with love".  Since this is my daughter's birthday card, I felt this was the perfect embellishment.  I imagine the little card being used as a book mark since my daughter is an avid reader.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Now, I told you that there were a few reasons why I named my stamp, My daughter's Eyes.  The second is this, in 2004 I married my husband, my daughter's stepfather.  We wanted to include her in the wedding and instead of having a father/daughter dance or mother/son dance I had a special dance with my daughter.  The song we danced to is called "in My daughter's eyes" by Martina McBride.  It was so perfect for us and almost tells our story as mother and daughter.  Needless to say that when we had our dance there wasn't a women at the wedding whose eyes were dry, including my daughter and myself.  This picture of us reminds me of this song, which has since become our song.  Below is a picture from my wedding of this dance.

This is probably one of the longest posts I've ever written.  I hope my daughter enjoys this card, she is going to be 15 in just a few weeks, DOUBLE GULP.  But don't you worry, she knows that no matter how big she gets, or what happens in her life, she will always be my little girl!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,


  1. marlena this is just such a beautiful post and your card holds such special meaning, I love it because it holds memories.
    Its gorgeous hun
    huge hugs Lou xxx

  2. OMGosh, I have to dry my eyes before I can comment! What a sweet post, and your daughter is sure to love this card. Not only is it beautiful, it's got so much meaning in it. Love your drawing and the coloring is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us for the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge this week!

  3. Simply beautiful card and very touching post. Great drawing and coloring. Thanks for sharing this with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  4. Practice makes perfect girly!!! Your drawing is so sweet (and totally looks like your photo)! I'm sure your daughter will love that you made her card so special and personal. Good on you for being able to make a card with one embellishment! That sounds really hard. lol

  5. You can draw, too? Wow, Marlena, that drawing is so close to the original, it's amazing. Such a lovely photo/drawing, and the card is so special, I'm sure she'll treasure it. Beautifully colored as always! Happy birthday to you DD!

  6. What a beautiful and very personal card! Gorgeous!! Thanks for joining in this week's challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  7. Wow! I am in awe. The card is beautiful and so touching. What a wonderful image that you drew, these are memories that your daughter will cherish for a lifetime. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.


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