Saturday, 31 December 2011

Stampscapes - West Coast Shore - Craft A Scene Challenge #1!

Happy New Year Chicks!

I hope everyone had a safe New Years Eve!  I know I did... painted some more trim moulding and worked on this card!

Today is the first day, of the first challenge, of Craft A Scene!!  It's so exciting!  I can hardly wait to see what scenes everyone will come up with for each challenge.  This will be a learning experience for all of us!

I came up with this scene while playing with a few stamps two nights ago.  I finished the first scene but then touched it with my inked fingertips and ruined it.  Thank goodness I did!!  Out came the stamps again and this time around, I'm a lot happier with the colouring.

When doing a scene, always remember that nothing is ever the same in nature so this means that no scene is ever wrong!  Myself, I'm a realist and have a very hard time coming up with something abstract, or adding images that aren't seen in nature, including choice of colour.  There was a scene I called Raspberry Sunset and that was the wildest thing I've done yet!  Boy do I ever live on the edge!  haha!

There are some very incredible scenes done by well known Stampscape artists out there.  Always take a second and third look because that's how you learn.  Also, when you are out for a walk or on a long drive, look around you at the colours in the sky, depth of field for trees and water... everything!  The more you look, the more you will learn.

Now... Onto this scene!  I only used 3 stamps for this one.  I have coloured the rocks as they would be found on the beach near me.  The jutout of rocks and trees is also coloured as I see them here on the West Coast.  The gulls.. they're just black and used to break up the large sky!

I started colouring with grey and light brown for all of the rocks.  The sky was started with yellow, then very light blue and finally pink for a setting sun.  I have a list at the bottom of this post.  You have probably noticed that my water is a darker blue than most use.  The reason?  Light blue is found in the tropics and darker navy/gray is in the northern hemispere where I reside....the land of igloos!

This is a closeup of the rocks.  I lightened the picture up a bit with Picassa so you could see the different tones.  And rocks are never the same colour throughout either...unless it's granite, marble, know what I mean.  The salt, minerals, plant life, etc. play a huge part in how the rocks will be coloured in your area so keep your eyes peeled!
I apologize for the quality of this photo.  For some reason, my camera wasn't focusing properly with any of the pics...maybe because I forgot it in the car overnight and it froze??  haha!  Notice the rocks...  More brown near the water's edge because of the mineral content in the water.
I know this scene needs 'something' added but I wasn't sure what.  I would have liked to see more movement in the water but am still experimenting with the 'wave' stamp.  I'm also going to hunt down a dark gray ink pad to add to the light gray that I already own which should mix for the perfect stormy sea colour!
Well... I have rambled on wayyyy too long now!  Here's the recipe!
Stampscape -  207E  -  Pine Island
                      205F  -  Boulders With Lichen
                      302A  -  Gulls
Memento - London Fog, Morning Sky, Bamboo
Adirondack - Aqua, Pink Sherbet, Lemonade, Stonewashed, Denim
Ranger Distress - Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood, Crushed Olive

Paint Pen
Glossy Paper
ColorBox Stylus
Stampin' Up!, Recollections, Staples 110 lb. White

Thanks for looking and I wish you everything you could hope for in 2012!



Gail said...

I don't think it needs anything else!
But what do I know!?
Got your card yesterday....LOVE!
Happy New Year my friend!

Myrna said...

Happy New Year to you and yours.
I think this is just perfect.

Sherri said...

Gorgeous scene as always! You make it look so simple! Happy New Year!!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous. TFS.

Olga said...

I'm speechless, this is absolutley gorgeous, that sky looks so real!!!!!

stampinganja said...

So absoluteley beautiful!! Love it and I love how you write about making the card, so true, I have learned a few things already!! Thanks for sharing!! Looking forward to more!!

NancyD said...

Sheree, it is absolutely fabulous and I love it!!! Makes me think of a spring day on our coast! NancyD

Lorraine said...

Oh my word, this is just gorgeous! I love the scene you have created! Happy New Year to you & yours!!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Sheree love you raspberry sunset and remember it well have done a few outlandish ones myself and just may do so again - ha ha! and love the way you have constructed this card and great mini tut., thanks for sharing and all the blessings of 2012 or you in all things,
Shaz in oz.x

Anonymous said...

Sheree, this looks like one of the 1000 islands, just gorgeous, gorgeous! Happy New Year, hugs, Lori m

Hi...I'm Cindy said...

this is gorgeous I wish I had stamps like that, you make it look like u took a picture, love it