Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fishing You a Happy Day! -- UPDATED

Hi, everyone!

February 3 Update: A special welcome if you are visiting from Elizabeth's Coloring Page Tuesdays. Elizabeth was so kind to permit me a little creative license to use her image for a kiddie Operation Write Home card. Imagine my surprise when she told me she was going to feature these little fish on her site. Please see below for details about our collaboration and the making of this little card. Thanks, Elizabeth, for your support and this unexpected recognition!

I'm really making a concerted effort to make more masculine and kiddie cards this year for Operation Write Home. So, I thought I'd look for some inspiration from one of Elizabeth O. Dulemba's coloring pages. And, after some serious fussy cutting and paper piecing, the card below was born.

Distress Ink core paper: Glossy Accents
computer-generated sentiment (Mistral)
AC paper trimmer (for wavy effect)
EK hole punch

Elizabeth is a huge fan and supporter of OWH, and I had used one of Elizabeth's images before for a couple of OWH birthday cards a few years ago.   All she asks in return is that her work be credited. Information can be found at her Angel Policy.

When I decided to make a card with her Storytime Fishes image, there were a few changes I wanted to make. So, I e-mailed Elizabeth, asking if I could: 1) delete the book and coral to make room for my sentiment and 2) move her copyright information a little to the right and up from its original location.

Thanks, Elizabeth, for being so supportive of my vision of this little card. I'm sure it will bring a smile to the face of one of our hero's little ones.  :)

As for card-making details...
  • After playing around with the image, I printed it on five different sheets of Distress Ink core paper (blue, red, yellow, and two shades of brown).
  • After some serious fussy cutting and paper piecing, the little fish really started taking shape.
  • I really like the shine of the Glossy Accents -- kind of gives the fish a wet look.
  • And, I love the way the two fish seem to be looking out at the recipient and down at the sentiment -- and how the one left fish even seems to be waving. 
  • The only thing I'm not thrilled with are the three tiny circles in the top right corner. I really felt the card needed something to balance it out, but I did not want to put any tiny brads or gems on a card for a little one. So, three little brown/tan circles it was.
Think I'm these little guys need to swim right over to the OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge to make cards 4 kids.   :)
Parting Thoughts

Elizabeth is one talented lady. If you haven't visited her page before and you like coloring images for kid cards, I recommend that you pay her a visit at   :)

As for visiting, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Sybrina, two very cute cards. A lot of effort that paid off a lot. Good idea about not putting brads or other items on cards for small ones. Thanks for the link to Elizabeths site. Enjoy the day.

  2. Cute fishes card! I like the glossy accented look!

  3. The fish are adorable! I like your wavy background and the glossy accents...they really do look wet! TFS!

  4. Sybrina, You did a lovely job with it! And truly, I love supporting OWH - it's a great cause. If your followers would like to subscribe to my coloring pages (a new one each week), they can do so at - and I'm always eager for new additions to my gallery at ! Cheers and happy coloring, e

  5. And I meant to say I will be featuring your card in my February 4, 2014 Coloring Page Tuesday newsletter! Cheers, e

  6. This is such a lovely card, so cute and loving