Swing Little Girl, Swing!


What a great weekend here!

My sweet friend’s baby shower was today and, as with most baby showers, we search registries, pick out toys, outfits, oh yes, diapers too! Lots of diapers actually! But not this time! My friend asked me to create her little girl a nursery decoration instead — oh, what an honor! Since her husband is in the military, the theme was jungle with browns and greens keeping the little girl still sweet and girly. After days of considerations, I chose Make It Crafty’s Lulu Swing image and already had a royalty free stock image for the background.

As I started to work on the images a few days ago, I was invited to join Alyce’s first ever Kit and Clowder Design Team! Pinch me, because I certainly cannot believe this! Honestly, everything I know about coloring is because of Alyce, who I’ve admired, listened to, practiced with and became good friends with. Counting my blessings for sure! I hope you too can join our Kit and Clowder Group on Facebook and the Kit and Clowder Online Coloring Community where we can chat, share our work and take the classes as well.

I would also like to introduce you to my fellow DT members, please go and check out these talented ladies’ blogs as well, full of ideas, inspiration and mostly gorgeous coloring:1795838_10153879328270324_1704830943_o

Andrea Tully
Amanda Reed
Amy Heffernan
Elise Dinolfo 
Rita Edwards (me)
Eulanda Silvey
Faye Wynn-Jones
Tracy Payne

And what a successful launch of this new group on Facebook, already 470+ members just in a couple of days and counting. But wait! I still had my image to finish Friday night! So back to my crafting room for a moment!

How did I create this card?

First of all, had to do a little PhotoShop magic: some bows just had to go! Then I placed Lulu on the Swing in my Silhouette Studio software, outlined and cut out the image by Silhouette Portrait cutter.


I also placed Lulu on the Swing over my background image and printed the entire piece together. Next I colored Lulu and everything on her swing with Copic C7 on the background piece to help my 3D look even further (photo below). Then I colored Lulu on the swing and assembled the pieces placing actual rope under the swing just for a little something extra fun! Lulu is sitting on foam squares to life away from the background.


And the end result is a signed greeting card inside a frame. I also created the baby’s name, cut out and placed onto the matting area, just not showing here for privacy reasons. I cannot wait to meet you, little baby girl! Be good to your sweet mama, daddy and big brother too!

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize my artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

I am also posting more detailed photos below, please check them out too.

hugs, Rita



The Copic markers I used:

Hair: E40, E41, E42, E43, E74, E49
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, E04
Dress: R81, R83, R85, R89
Trees: E11, E13, E15, E18, E43, E47
Green: YG03, YG11, YG61, YG63, YG67, G99
Sky: B000, B00, B01, B02

I’m entering her in the following challenges (not entered to all listed, some challenge I’m just keeping so I can remember to check the wonderful artworks):
– Make it Crafty Challenge# 7


10 thoughts on “Swing Little Girl, Swing!

  1. Oh Rita, this is so gorgeous and will be such a special welcome to your friend’s precious little daughter. Oh won’t it just look beautiful displayed in the new nursery ….and, I have no doubt, will be enjoyed for many, many years ahead.

    I love the movement that you have created as Lulu swings so freely through the jungle ….oh I do enjoy your thinking behind choosing a jungle theme …big smile factor there dear friend. The ‘rope’ is inspirational and is such a perfect touch to Lulu’s swing. As always I am in awe of your wonderful colouring. Lulu looks so beautiful and ‘free’ whilst your natural elements look …well, so Natural and as though you’ve just picked them from the jungle.

    Congratulations on joining the Kit and Clowder DT. I’m sure that you will have lots of fun sharing and swapping ideas and techniques with others who share your passion and talents for colouring.

    In the meantime, this is one very beautiful and special gift to welcome a new baby girl.

    Lots of love Ingrid xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Oh, sweet Ingrid! How did I not see your comment until just now? Thank you soooooo much for your sweet note you left for me! I had so much creating this artwork and now making a new one for “big” brother too, who’s a cute little 2 year old 🙂
      hugs and lots of love, Rita

      • Rita, I’m picturing Little Declan catching a big fish. Rainbow trout at the end of a line with lure. I like the rope effect you did with little girl. Gave me ideas with the line and lure.

      • I’m thinking that a fishing line would be hard to see but can add also a thinner rope type to the fishing pole too 😉 so happy you guys like the little girl so much!

  2. How I love the details on this beautiful card! You’ve put in a touch of awesome details to everything, Lulu, the swing and the scene, it’s been coloured perfectly! We would love to see more of your art. Job well done!

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