Friday, July 8, 2011

A Dead Hippo

Greeting from rainy Florida.  No thunder or lightning though, which is strange for us, especially during the summer.

Do you ever get a mental block about a stamp?  I get a mental block about coloring the fish on this stamp.  I avoid using it for ages, because of that.  Then once I force myself to use it I end up liking the way I color the fish better than than the way I color the rest of the image.  (Rolling my eyes at my own foolishness.)  I colored/painted this with my watercolor pencils and a few gel pens.  The stamp is from Inkadinkado and I've had it for ages.  The rest is card stock from my scrap stash.

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You may be wondering what a dead hippo has to do with my card.  The answer is, "Not much, except that the odor of a dead hippo under my home does tend to affect my creativity in a negative manner.".  We live in an old, wooden home that is built on stilts and from time to time an animal dies under our home and the odor is very unpleasant.  A few weeks ago a hippo died under the bathroom floor.  How do we know it was a hippo?  Hubby figured it out, because it's taking longer for it's odor to clear away than any other animal we've had die under there in our 30 years in this home.  Makes perfect sense to me!  I just hope that it was a skinny hippo, so that we get some relief soon. ;)

  •  I had some delicious, fresh grapes for a treat today.
  • A coupon to get 30 pictures developed for free!!!  I'm going to have a lot of scrap booking to do with all these pictures I'm getting developed lately. :)
  • Life's simple joys - an exceptionally funny day with the dogs, relaxed time to chat with hubby and daughter, seeing a squirrel do some amazing acrobatics on a tree limb.
I hope your day is also filled with blessings and simple joys.

Inky hugs!


E.T said...

Love how you coloured the fishes! The different shades look amazing! Hope you are well.

Ira said...

Fabulous looking card Shelly, looks like you had a real good look at those fish, the colours are superb! Have a lovely weekend, hugs, Ira

Cheryl said...

FANTASTIC and love your colouring!!!
Hugs xx

Rhonda said...

Love the coloring...sorry about the HIPPO! Maybe he will turn into a mouse soon. ;-)

Tammy said...

WOW Shelly this is beautiful!! I LOVE the way you've colored the fish and the rest of the image! This is a perfect guy card! Good luck with the hippo smell :( and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hugs, Tammy :)

Shore Girl said...

Wow! You did a marvelous job coloring the fish. Something I struggle with ---- coloring stamped images to my satisfaction.....and to think you did it with watercolor pencils!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

I think you did a fantastic job colouring the fish - I love the different tones you used.
I guess you're honoured that the Hippo chose your home as his last resting place, but I do hope the smell goes soon. :-))
Caroline xxx

Saron said...

This is sooo beautiful!! Thanks for joining Art
Impressions Challenge!!

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