Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings ~ Who's The Man?

Hello! Thank you for visiting.

It's time once again to get into a Duel with some Darling friends.
The Dueling Darlings are a group of ladies on SCS. This month our hostesses are  LJ for the Divas and Terry for the Dazzlers.
I am a Dazzler (GO TEAM). Terry sent us a great masculine kit. I love this SU! image...I don't have this set, so it gives me a few extra to play with too!

Stamp set: SU! On the Fly
Metal Accent: Paper Studio
Shiny Dots: Colorbok
She sent the black and white patterned papers. Also, some things she sent I didn't have a chance to use: Ribbon and mini brads from Michael's.
I added a strip of black card stock and some Marina Mist card stock. The green thread, I just bought yesterday and thought it went well to bring out the green in the trees. (thread made my Peaches and Cream) I decided to use the rectangle accent like a lure. Ummm, well, that was my intentions. Looks, of course, like a charm....but a manly charm! LOL! My sentiment is from SU! Fundamental Phrases...stamped in Marina Mist ink.

I colored my image with Copics and Watercolor pencils.
The clouds and sky are made with a sponge dauber, bashful blue ink and a white gel pen.
The sun is masked with crumb cake and so saffron inks.
I added some birds flying around the trees and remembered this time to make the trees reflections in the water! Yay me :)

I hope you like my creation. I will be giving this to my son for his birthday coming up in June. Terry and LJ wanted us to say a little something about "our man". Well, of course my great husband is my man but there is a little man I would like to honor in this post, our son, Aaron. As most of you know, Aaron is Autistic and struggles with a language disorder. He is almost 12, as tall as I am! and loves everybody! He is making great strides in school, but of course can't wait until Summer so he can "Ride the Scooter" everyday (his words....he loves that thing!).
Just recently my husband took Aaron fishing with a family friend. They went out on his boat and oh my goodness, Aaron had a ball. It was the first time he had ever been on a boat. He knows how to swim so he wasn't frightened. He loved wearing the life jacket and his new sunglasses. Here's a pic of our "little man" from that day.
You know, since he's as tall as I am, I guess we could take the "little" off the front. Nope! He'll always be my little guy. :) I love you AARON!

Thank you for stopping by. Please go check out the other Darlings creations. Their blog links are located in my left sidebar.

Until next time...
Blessings...

Melina

17 comments:

Athina said...

What a sweetie your son is! Looks like he had a ball fishing. I know he will feel very special when you give him this great card!

Olga said...

now that is one fantastic card, love the image and the picture!!!

djones said...

Oh my goodness what a fabulous card. Your coloring of the image is amazing. You totally rocked it!!! Love everything about this card.

Liz said...

Love the image on your card ! your son looks very happy !!! "little " never goes away mine are 21-26 lol

Carol W said...

Oh Melina, what a cute Little man you have...he is so happy and cute...I love your card. This is a great set (I don't have it either), and you colored it so well. I love how you incorporated the marina mist into the layout and the lure is the topper on the cake...great job on this challenge....

Michelle said...

Love your card! Love the added clouds and sun! Your story about Aaron's fishing trip is so sweet. What a handsome guy you have there.

Judy McMullen said...

Oh my, Melina! What a fantastic card!! Your coloring of this terrific image is so beautiful...you've created the most delightful scene and your not-so-little man is going to love it!! Love how you placed the fish out-of-the-box too! Perfect embellishments for a wonderful card! Great job!!!

Jamie Sanchez said...

Great card Mel! Love all the color!! Awesome awesome awesome.

What a great adventure for Aaron! I work at a dayhab for special needs kids (aged 19-52) and I love each and every one of them. I love that they are delighted in the simple things in life that most of us take for granted.

:: BlueInks :: said...

Um, excuse me. Is there an artist in da house?!?! Yeppers. Wow, you created quite the scene on your card. The sky was handled great.

Love the picture and story of Aaron's fishing trip!!!

Barb said...

Melina--what a great card! I think the colors are just perfect and the layout is wonderful.

Loved the story of the guys in your life!

Liz Williams said...

How he will love this card!! I love the cute picture of your "little" man, quite the handsome fella he is!!

Terry said...

Love it Melina!

Love the sun, the sky, the coloring, the layout, the story anout "your guy"and evrything!!!

Great job on this challenge....let me know if you'd like any more images ☺

Heather B said...

I love how you did that fish!! Great card!!

~Paola~ said...

awww Melina...your card is absolutly STUNNING!!!
Love EVERYTHING about it-from your coloring to the detailed sky and the layout....your 'lil' man will surely treasure this...thanks for sharing such a beautiful ode to your son Aaron.I work w/ special needs teenagers and everyday they teach me something new...patience and perseverance in primis...but mostly they teach me to love unconditionally. ♥

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Oh Melina, your card is amazing! Love every single thing about it!!! But the best part of your blog post is the way you speak so lovingly of your little man! Aaron is surely a joy in your life, it oozes out of your words! I know you will make his birthday a special day, in part by giving him the fabulous card!

Thank you for sharing the picture of Aaron!

Carolina Little said...

Melina, awesome card for an "Awesome" litlle man. Love your card and your story. God bless you and your family!!!

Darlene said...

Melina, this card is so special! I am in awe of your sky-sponges and white gel pen, huh? I doubt that my attempts will be as successful as yours! Loved reading about Aaron's fishing trip, how very fun to see the picture of him too!