Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tiddly Inks -- GDT -- "these are the days"

Hi there!!  
Today's card is for my guest spot at Tiddly Inks and the theme is "School Day Fun"!!
I chose "School Girl" as my image and I just love her wavy hair!! 
Super time consuming to color, but crazy fun, nonetheless!!! 
My girls called her "goldilocks goes to school"!!  LOL

It's back to school time for a lot of my fave peeps, but my kids and I are on vacation for one final hurrah.  Thanks to my hubby for always wanting me to spend my birthday in "forced relaxation" mode, as he calls it!!  I am a bit hyper and always on the go...(nope, I don't drink caffeine!) so he and the kids really prefer, "Island Nicole" when I am more 'chill' ~~ hee hee!!

I did something different on my card this time and used a piece from my paper stack as the sentiment.
This sentiment really spoke to me because when I was in college I sang "These Are Days" by Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) for my sorority and it always reminds me of school and savoring the moment!

If you haven't heard it in a while... 
Here is a little snippet:

These are days you'll remember 

Never before and never since, I promise
will the whole world be warm as this
and as you feel it, you'll know it's true
that you are blessed and lucky
it's true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you

These lyrics have a lot of meaning for me, but hopefully they do for everyone else, too!
Savor the small things & enjoy every moment before it's gone!

On that note, I would like to savor this moment and mark that I am blessed and lucky to have met all of you in blog land and that my blog is 4 months old!!!  YAY!!!   
Time for some candy...

Leave a comment on this post and I will pick a candy winner when I return.
You must be a follower of this blog to be eligible for candy.
Candy will be stamps from one of my fave brands.

Copics used:
E000, E00, E01, E21, E11, & R11
E50, E53, Y21, E31, E33, & E35
BG10, BG11, BG70, BG72, BG75, & BG78
YR12, YR14, YR15
R17, E07, E08, E09
E43, W3, W5, & C1

Challenges:
Connie Can Crop: #13 Back to School
Dutch Dare: #230 Back to School
Clearly I Stamp: #5 School Time
Fusion #15 Photo Inspiration

EDITED to ADD ~~ a friend told me about the "Inspired by a Song" challenge over at the Ooh La La Challenge Blog.  I am linking up there as I was clearly inspired by a song for this card!!

Don't forget to head over to the Tiddly Inks challenge blog to get more inspiration for this "School Day Fun" challenge!!
I hope that you will play along with a TI image this week!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
xo

72 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Nicole! I'm always in awe of your mad coloring skills! I love all the highlights you captured bringing her to life!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mona!! :) :) :)
      Her hair is awesome ~~ making it oh so fun to color!! :) :)
      xo

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  2. So very cute! Your coloring is outstanding too! Happy to have you GD along with us! :)

    Big Hugs
    xx Tracey xx
    ~Tiddly Inker DT~

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    1. Thanks, Tracey!! :) :)
      I was so happy to join in!! :) :)

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  3. Nicole this is a wonderful back to school card! I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Marlena!! :) :)
      You are a sweetie!!
      :) :)

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  4. This is a Gorgeous card Nicole! I absolutely LOVE those highlights in her wavy hair! From your coloring, to the sentiment, your layout and your paper choices, this card is absolutely PERFECT!

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    1. Thanks, Tina!!! You always make me smile with your wonderful and sweet comments!!
      xo

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  5. Your coloring has grown by leaps and bounds, so glad to have been a part of it! I love this card and the layering of the sentiment is a nice touch. Congrats on the guest spot!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda!! :) :)
      You have been a great mentor!!
      :) :)

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  6. So cute and love your coloring of the image.

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  7. Darling card! Love your coloring! Thanks for playing in the ClearlyiStamp School Time Challenge! Debbie McNamee CiSCDT

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  8. Happy Birthday, Nicole!! Your card, as always, is perfection. Perfect layout, perfect coloring, perfect balance of patterns! Love it! Have a wonderful chillax time!!

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweet Darnell !! :) :) You are so awesome to remember!! :) :)
      I had a wonderful chillax time!! (In fact... I am still chill-axing... so it's hard to get stuff done!!)
      HA!! Back to the grind this week, tho!!
      xo

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  9. Oh how cute is that image!! Your coloring is perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Melody!!
      :) :) Whenever you pop by it always makes me smile! :)

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  10. Yeal happy blog day Nicole woohooo!! Gorrrgeous image..loooove the papers..your work is so beautiful!
    Big hugs
    Tracy xxx

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    1. Woo hoo!!! You have been with me since day one, sweet lady!!!
      Love ya bunches and bunches!! :) :)

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  11. Love the coloring, but also the sentiment and little touches! You always add that little something that ties it all together, like the spiral hole punched edging. The image is great! Just what I think of for Back To School. Now a favorite and one I'll just have to buy! Hoorah for the blog and here's to 4 more months of fun and inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle!! :) :) I hope you got some new ones during the sale! :) :)
      Your comments always make me smile!! :) :)
      xo

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  12. Way cute and great coloring! Love the "spiral" book punch and that graphing paper...so schoolish! THANKS so much for sharing at Clearly iStamp's School Time Challenge!
    {hugs}
    Debbie

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  13. Wow Nicole!! You are the copic queen! This is just amazing!! I am so happy that you joined my challenge!! Scrappy hugs, Connie
    http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Connie !! (Blushing... as I am not a copic queen, but I am so honored that you think so!!!)
      You are too sweet!!
      xo

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  14. Just too cute...tomorrow is back to school/work for me and this card is just perfect for that. I agree with Connie, you are the Copic Queen.

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    1. Thanks, Kim!! You both are being far too kind!! :) :)
      Hope you have a great week back!!
      xo

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  15. Wowzers girl! Your coloring is superb! Did you ever see Empire Records? If you did then I said that just like Lucas. :-) You did an awesome job on your guestie card. He hair is just delish! Had to scoop up a few of those TI's during the sale. Could be another obsession in the making. Have lots of fun on your "forced" vacay. LOL Hugs!

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    1. HAHAHAHA!! You had me laughing there!! :) :)
      I'm so glad you got some new images!!
      ENABLED!! LOL!
      Forced vacay was fantastic ~~ hard adjusting back to my "real life" !!
      EEKK!
      :) :) :)

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  16. Wow! Love your coloring for everything but especially those curls:-) I wouldn't never be able to do that! So here's to 4 months into the blogging world.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennyfer!! I'm thrilled that you joined us in the last few weeks! Welcome!! :) :)

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  17. I love that you went with the notebook them in the background which kept with the school theme but kept the focus on the beautiful image. WOWSERS on your coloring. It doesn't look like only 4 months of coloring...you must be a natural.

    Thanks for playing in Clearly iStamp Blog Challenge #5- School Time! Hope to see back on Friday Aug 30th for challenge #6!!

    Kathy D.
    Clearly iStamp Blog Challenge Coordinator/Clearly Digi Stamps Design Team

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    1. Thank you, Kathy!! You are so sweet to say that!! :) :) I love coloring!! It's a new fun past time turned crazy addiction!! :) ;) :) LOL!!

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  18. Omgoodness!! She is adorable!! And I love the way you've used all that fun patterned paper, especially for the sentiment. CUTE CUTE! Happy 4 months for your blog and Happy Bday to you!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, Kadie!!! :) :) :)
      Hope to have many more blog months ahead!!
      xo

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  19. Super cute, Nicole!! Love the sweet B2S image and your fab coloring!! The notebook borders are a perfect finishing touch!!

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  20. Oh Nicole this is such a great card! I love your coloring and fantastic paper choices. So happy to have you as GDT this month. :D

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    1. Thanks, Tabbatha!! :) :)
      I'm so happy to join in!! :) :)
      xo

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  21. Your creation is so cute! The gal carrying the books is adorable - nice creation! Thank you for linking up to CDS challenge and I wish you the best in the random.org selection - have a wonderful day! Gail DT

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    1. Thanks so much, Gail !! :) :)
      I will hope for some good luck in the draw!! :)

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  22. Soo Adorabel Nicole!! Love your Sweet image and Awesome coloring too! Love this Lady! 8-)

    Hugs
    Shannon

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  23. Awww.... so cute!! Goldilocks goes to school :) :) I LOVE the curly hair! 10,000 Maniacs brings back such lovely memories for me too! Love that song! We actually attended their very last group concert at the Greek in Hollywood, CA. Nobody knew they were breaking up and then Natalie announced it at the end of the show and we were stunned!! Love me some Natalie Merchant and LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Nicole's Craft Nook!! Best of luck!!!

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    1. Thanks, Julie !! :) :) That's a crazy cool story!! :) :)
      Sad news for the 10,000 maniacs and fans, of course!!
      But, cool that you saw the final performance!!
      :) :)

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  24. awwww. how adorable your card!! love your coloring!!!
    hmmmmm 10.000 Maniacs, I like themm and used to listen to them a lot!!! wonder where my CD is!!! lol

    xx

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    1. They are AWESOME!! :) :) :) Hope you found your CD!!! :))
      xo

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  25. This is beautiful!!! I love the combination of papers you have used and the notebook die strip along the top. Your image is adorable and your coloring gorgeous! Thanks for playing with Clearly IStamp.

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather!! :) :) :)
      I really appreciate it!!
      :) :)

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  26. Such a sweet image and amazing coloring work! Congrats on your Fusion HM. :)

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  27. This is fabulous, Nicole! Love how you colored the schoolgirl. Hope you're enjoying your vacation!

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    1. Thanks, Lori !! :) :)
      It was fab!! Trying to get my head back in the game this week!!
      :) :)

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  28. Great card! I love the papers you used and the coloring is fantastic! Thank you so much for joining us at Clearly iStamp!--Hugs, Katy DT :)

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    1. Thank you, Katy!! :) :)
      I really appreciate it!!
      :) :)

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  29. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!! Your coloring is stunning! LOVE this!

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    1. Thanks so much, Laura!!! I love this school girl so it was a joy to color her up !! :)) :))
      Xo

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  30. I just saw your excellent card on the HM winners gallery at Fusion, Nicole, and had to come back and congratulate you on that honor!! Well-deserved!! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Oh, you are the sweetest!!!!!! Thank you, Darnell !!! :)) :)) xoxo

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  31. Beautiful, Thanks for joining us at OLLCB.
    Chris x

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  32. Your colouring is gorgeous on this image and your choice of song really fits with the image and sentiment. Thanks for entering our Inspired by song challenge at ooh La La Creations
    Alli x

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  33. Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing it with us at Ooh La La. Good luck from Lisbeth

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  34. Amazing! I wanna color like you when I grow up!

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    1. Awww, thanks so much, Stacey!!! You are too sweet!!! :)) :))
      Xo

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  35. Hey Nicole....I popped over here after seeing your comment at LRW (So sorry your day yesterday was so bad! I'm hoping today turns out better for you.) and decided to stay a bit, and I'm so glad I did! Love your cards, your colouring is fabby! I'm also glad as I learned about how YNS is going to start producing digis.....as I'm a total digi girl it's awesome news! Anyhoo, looking forward to seeing more of your creations in the future. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan!! :)) :))
      I'm so excited to have you as a new follower!! :)) :))

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  36. Congratulations!! Check out Clearly iStamp Blog!!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know, Kathy!! I really appreciate it!!
      :)) :)) I'm so excited!! :))

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Thanks for taking the time to write me a note!!!
~~Nicole~~