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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stampscape - Spotlight

Today's card is one I made a while ago. I always have trouble with masculine cards. I also want to be one of those amazing people who work wonders with scenery. Practice, Practice, Practice... someone needs to tell my kids that I need time to practice ;-) Someone sent me some stampscape images to play with. I decided that this would probably be good for a masculine card. I hope the woodsy, cabiny feel comes through even though I used *gasp* ribbon!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

My first Magnolia

This is my very first Magnolia image. I had to draw a mouth on her though. I still can't quite get used to the images with no mouths... She is called Witchy Tilda, but I thought she sort of looked like a pilgrim too, so I went with a fall theme. She was so much fun to color. I also got to use the wonky squares nestabilities. They are FUN!!! I thought this would be a neat hostess thank you for all those Thanksgiving goodies. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, September 24, 2010

I Love Elisabeth Bell images!!

TGIF to one and all. I hope you are all feeling better than I am. I think I caught a bug from my husband... (that meanie :-) ) Today's card is using an Elisabeth Bell image that I got from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design. This image is from the Never before seen section. When I saw it, I had to have it. I'm weak.. I know. I colored the image with Copics on Neeah cardstock. I used copic spica pens on the candle holder. I used Shimmerz on the candle and Twinkiling H2Os on the snow and ice. The windows are covered in Cyrstal Effects to give the glassy effect. Thanks so much for stopping by. Time for me to go back to bed now :-)

Stamps: I will leave the light on; Cornish Heritage Farms (sentiment)
Paper: Lipstick Red, Chocolate Brown (Gina K); Nennah Solar White
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Ladybug Red (Memento)
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Copic, Copic Spica, Labels 8 Nestabilities, Shimmerz, Twinkling H20s, Crystal Effects

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another Christmas card

Happy Thursday!! Thank goodness it's almost the weekend. This training class is really messing up my schedule. Today's card is a combination of two challenges. The Critter Challenge for this week is "No Color" or in other words only neutrals. I went with browns and cream and white. I pulled out one of my old SU stamp sets for this. I really love this image. The sentiment is from a different SU set. Since the sentiment is a line from the Messiah, I went with the music dp background. The second challenge is the sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner. This was a fun one, but a little difficult at the same time.

Have a lovely day!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sketch - Christmas - STV

Today is a CAS Christmas card that I made for the StampTV Sketch challenge from last week. Although it's hard to see, the white panel is clear embossed. I used some snowflakes and the word "joy". The dove is gold embossed in what I hope is the center of the panel :-) The dp is Basic Grey and the ribbon is from Michaels. I used the bow-easy to tie the bow, I love the bow easy!!!

In other news, I was just accepted to the Copic Certification class. I am soooooooo excited!!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A little Valentine's Day

I thought this was a cute Penny Black image. The challenge was to make a Valentine card with a little humor. For me? With all the stamps I own? I could NOT come up with any humorous Valentine's sentiments. Obviously a gap I need to fill :-) Enter my fabulous peeps at WRAK. I received this "feline" sentiment through WRAK. I think it's humorous... but it may just be me! Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Colorful Mojo with Friends

Challenges. I suppose challenges are supposed to be difficult, or they really wouldn't be challenges... Whew! This weeks color challenge from StampTv really threw me for a loop. Pink, Brown, Teal and Orange. Pink, brown and orange, no problem. Teal, brown and orange, no problem..but all 4? THAT was a challenge. I happened upon the Mojo Monday sketch for this week and a friends blog card and EUREKA an idea was born! Big shout out to Lori for the inspiration. She doesn't even know she inspired me.. LOL!

Still, I don't think this is going to become my go to color combo, but I think I eked it out! I used 2 different patterns of DP in between the solid colors of card stock. The little piece of pink (all I could fit in) is cut using one of the piercebilities templates from Spellbinders. There isn't any embossing or piercing, obviously, but I liked the shape at the bottom. The image is colored with copics and I used 3 different color buttons for the center. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Friends are Forever (GKD)
Paper: Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango, Innocent Pink, Chocolate Brown, Ivory (GKD); Safari Mat Stack, Cafe Mediterranean Mat Stack (DCWV)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Accessories: Copics, pierceabilities by Spellbinders, buttons, and twine

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

StampTV Sketch

This card is for the StampTV Sketch challenge for last week. I think I need some help in the sponging arena... somehow my "sand" looks a little too dark in spots. I loved the colors together. The kraft with the ocean mist just looked so calming, so I had to go with the sea theme. I used the Spellbinders impressabilities plate (shells) on the top section of the ivory panel. The bottom was scored for a little added dimension. I think I may have gotten a little layer happy in the middle. There are 6 layers of rectangles and the 3 oval layers. Overall, just looking to make a nice birthday card that would work for just about anyone! TFL!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Missin' you

Isn't she adorable? This is the Demure image by Elisabeth Bell. She designed her for Sugar Nellie. She just looks like she is saying "I'm missing you and thinking of you"! This is another card for the troops that I made for the WRAK challenges. The challenge was to follow this sketch. I did change the sentiment location but the majority of the sketch is still there. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Demure (Sugar Nellie); Botanicals (Gina K)
Paper: Turquoise Sea, Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown, White (Gina K); Cafe Mediterranean DP (DCWV)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Accessories: crochet lace, copics, dimensionals

Monday, September 13, 2010

Good Monday morning! See what happens when I take a weekend off? Monday post is late, at least for me... These two cards were made for the 2-fer challenge from the WRAK Labor day challenges. The challenge was to use the same sketch and make two birthday cards.. one for a boy and one for a girl. Again, I decided to practice with coloring. I chose two images, different companies, both designed by Elisabeth Bell. I love her people images. This card was also made using the critter challenge sketch from last week, which I forgot to upload to the challenge blog... and the OCC challenge to use numbers or letters on your project.

This image is from Whiff of Joy. It's Oakley. I originally had him sitting on a tree stump, but it made the image too wide, so you can just imagine him sitting on the stump. Honestly, as I was coloring him, I was thinking he was Irish..have you ever done that? I mean something like giving you images a background? It may just be a little of my eccentricity.. LOL! I've been reading some books by an Irish author so I think that's where it came from. Anyway, Oakley is colored with Copics. I used the stars from Tami Mayberry's star set (GKD) for the embellishement (as they say, stars are masculine flowers). The sentiment is from Melanie Meunchinger's birthday set (GKD).

This card uses Daisy on a trike (Sugar Nellie). I was too tired to create a background for Daisy, but I did think she was just cute and my daughter is learning how to ride a trike. I used Bazzil wings flowers for the accent on this one.

I hope that the difference in colors and embellies makes up for the fact that I really kept to the same sketch. In retrospect, I probably could have used a scalloped oval or something on the girl card to separate them a bit more.


Stamps: Oakley (WoJ), Daisy on Trike (Sugar Nellie), Oh Boy, Year of Flowers, Fanciful Tags, Melanie Ms Happy Birthday set (Gina K)
Paper: Ivory, Red Hot, Fresh Asparagus, Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown (Gina K); DCWV Designer Paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Lady Bug (Memento)
Accessories: Star Punch large and small, Bazill flowers, Basic Grey button, twine, nailhead, copics

Friday, September 10, 2010

CAS for the troops

WRAK challenges are always fun. I find all sorts of things that I had forgotten about. When I saw this embossing folder, I thought it was perfect for a CAS card and it could be masculine too. I am ALWAYS trying to come up with ideas for a masculine card. This could be used for just about anything just change colors and sentiments. I'm thinking it may be perfect for a stationery set. :-)

Stamps: Fanciful tags (Gina K)
Paper: Slate Gray, Red Hot, White (Gina K)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento)
Accessories: Birdcall CB EF

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Challenges

Happy Thursday. It's almost the weekend!!!!!!!!!! YIPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEE!

This card is going to be sent to the troops as part of the WRAK Labor Day Card Challenges. This is for challenge 5. THe challenge was to use an autumn color scheme. This card also fills requirements for StampTV color challenge for this week, brown, red, yellow, kraft and a neutral. I used the Mojo Monday sketch by Julee Tilman as well. Although you really can't see it, there is a little stardust sparkle on the sunflower that was added with the sakura gel pen.

Stamps: autumn splendor, botanicals (Gina K)
Paper: Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown, Kraft, White (Gina K), DCWV DP
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Big Scalloped Circles, Classic Circles Nestabilities, Large and small tag punch, double stiched ribbon, twine, copics, sakura stardust glitter pen

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Snow Bear

Happy Wednesday everyone! This weekend I worked on some cards for the troops. Over on SCS, the WRAK group had a card roundup. They provide 12 challenges, we get to make the cards and then we forward them to OWH (Operation Write Home). This is a great organization. They send blank handmade cards overseas so that our troops have some fun cards to send home to their families.

The 9th Challenge was to use a new technique, Embossed Foil. This was a lot of fun. I will have to say, although I did add some ink to mine, I thought it looked really good with just the foil!

I also got the chance to use the stamp I won from the Copic Challenge forum party. It is adorable, isn't it? I just love bears! Because I wasn't really thinking when I made this card, I added flower soft to the hat and the snow. I'm not sure that this will be considered like glitter and not allowed or if it's ok. It does add a nice bit of texture. I will re-make the card without the flower soft before I send it off. Anyway, I hope this card will brighten someone's day.

Stamps: Bear and Robin (stampavie)
Paper: In the Navy, White (Gina K)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Night of Navy Craft (SU)
Accessories: Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Copics, dimensionals, Heavy Duty tin foil, Snowflakes EF, Clear Emboss powder, Polar White flower soft

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's Winter again!

It's time for another OCC Sketch! I just got the new Cosmo Cricket winter paper pad that I won on the Copic Challenge Chat thread. It is so awesome! Just had to use some for this card. I added the Bo Bunny DP for a little extra bling. I thought the green added a little pop to keep the card from being too purple. Though I have some friends that would disagree with the notion that there is too much purple... ever. I'm also running out of chocolate pearls, which could be a complete disaster! I guess I'll bbe placing a Limelight order soon. The image is colored with... you guessed it, copics. Thanks for putting up with all my winter/Christmas cards.

Stamps: Just Rite
Paper: Lavendar Moon, Plum (PTI), Green Apple, Ivory (Gina K), DP (Cosmo Cricket and Bo Bunny)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Light Orchid grosgrain ribbon, Olive organdy Ribbon, chocolate pearls, copics, CB Snowflake EF, Big Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Corner rounder punch

Monday, September 6, 2010

CardPatterns 79 - Thinking of You

This card was created using the sketch from the cardpatterns blog. It is Sketch #79. I also used this as practice for the Copic Challenge. The copic challenge for this 2 week period is to use blues and color blue jeans. I know I need to practice a bit before I submit my entry for that one ;-) So, the attempt here is to have the light source coming from the top left. I used the "nasty rag" technique on Mimosa's jeans to add a little texture. I'm really trying to make an effort at showing the shading. I've decided, while taking these copic classes, that I am afraid of shading. I try to really blend so the effect is sort of blurred (so you can't see my mistakes). I'm trying to be very mindful of this. We'll see how this works. Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Bildmalarna Mimosa, Warmest Regards (SU)
Paper: Little Boy Blue, Kraft, White (Gina K)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon, Copics, Chocolate Pearls

Flowers?? Is this for real?

Happy Labor Day!! My birthday last month. My daughter brought me flowers. If you only knew my husband. He and his family don't believe in buying flowers... it's not practical. *BIG EYE ROLL*. I was floored to see my little one bring in the boquet. It was so thoughtful, even more so because of the flower prejudice ;-) I took a few pictures so I wouldn't forget. They really are pretty.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Shhhhhhhhh! new stamps!

I promised myself and some other people, that I wouldn't buy any new Christmas stamps this year. I probably have enough Christmas stamps to last, I don't know, FOREVER?? I've been wanting to try out the JustRite stampers for a while. I would forget, then remember.. you know how that goes. However a few weeks ago, I was reading Denise's blog, The Paper Landscaper, and saw that she was previewing the MOST ADORABLE stamps from Just Rite. I had to go visit the site... and before I knew it, new stamps had jumped into my cart.

Well, this was the first card I made for the OCC sketch challenge. This is a fairly simple easy to recreate Christmas card. The most time consuming part was coloring the garland border on the sentiment piece. That really didn't take that long :-)


Stamps: Christmas Nested Frames, Christmas Nested Sentimenst, Whimsical Christmas 2" (JustRite)

Paper: Cranberry Tart, White (GinaK); DP (October Afternoon)

Ink: Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)

Accessories: Copics, Circle Punches, Ribbon (Limelight), Chocolate Pearls and dimensionals

Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

StampTV Inspiration

If any of you frequent StampTV, you may have seen this card there. This is the card that I made for the 8/18 Inspiration Challenge. If any of you have NOT been to StampTV, what the heck are you waiting for???? I just love StampTV. There are great tips, great people, great projects, great challenges.. etc. So the inspiration picture was a Curio cabinet. The cabinet was separated into various sized and shaped cubbies. That is where I drew my inspiration. The DP and sentiment layer are blocked in the same way the curio cabinet was. In the curio cabinet, there was a small vase of flowers that were yellow and white. I am using the poinsettia and the brad to reflect that portion of the picture. Thanks for hanging around for my Christmas phase :-)

Stamps: A Very Merry Christmas (GinaK)
Paper: Lipstick Red, All Spruced Up, White (Gina K); DP is Basic Grey
Ink: Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)
Accessories: Prima Flower, brad, ribbon, Copics

Friday, September 3, 2010

Birthday with MOJO

I've taken a short break from Christmas cards. This is a card I made for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch challenge. It's the 4th week so it was a circle or square challenge. I went with the square. The card is 5.5*5.5. I HAD to use my favorite Lacey nesties (shapeabilities). I also wanted to try my hand at the Just Rite stamp I got. Wow! If only you knew how long it took me to realize that I needed to put the letters in from right to left, instead of left to right you would laugh soooooo hard! I used the highlighting with nesties technique on the main image. I really went out of my box with these bright colors. I have such a hard time combining brights. I'm actually pretty pleased with this one. Definitely had to stretch and that's a good thing!

Stamps: Just Rite with 15 pt TNR Alpha, Organize it (Gina K)
Paper: Sweet Mango, Turquoise Sea, Chocolate Brown, White, DP (Gina K)
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Tangelo, Desert Sand (Memento)
Accessories: Lacey Squares Shapeabilities, Copics, sponge daubers, Lacey Circles, standard circles, rhinestones, ribbon

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fall with Critters

Let me start with my excuses LOL! For some reason, I was unable to measure ANYTHING accurately the first time day before yesterday. I really don't know what my issue was.

This card is a combination for 2 challenges. The Critter Sketch challenge for this week is to make a fall card. It just so happened that the color challenge over at stampTv was to use yellow, brown and ivory. I think those are pretty fall colors and so, the card was born! I used the new Lacey Squares Nestabilities, I have to say, that these new Lacey Circles and Squares are my new favorites! I LOVE them! I stamped the image and then used 3 sizes of the squares to cut it out. The second and third layers are all popped up with dimensionals. I hope that the idea to "spotlight" the image comes through. I found the DP at JoAnn's when I went shopping with my "evil" friend Lee who somehow always twists my arm and makes me spend money ;-) Isn't it GORGEOUS!! Of course I forgot to write down who makes it. I'll have to add that later along with a better picture if I can manage to figure out what settings to fix on the camera! Thanks for visiting today.

Stamps: Autumn Splendor (Gina K)
Paper: Sweet Corn, Chocolate Brown, Ivory (Gina K); DP
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Accessories: Lacey Squares (Spellbinders), dimensionals, Copics, Chocolate Pearls

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Our Creative Corner Sketch and Color

One of these days I may come up with some original titles. This is a double challenge but they are both for Our Creative Corner. This combines the OCC color challenge for this week with the sketch challenge. I really had a lot of fun coming up with this card. I pulled out my Gina K stamps again. This time, I used the Sending Sunshine set that was designed by Theresa Momber. I used buttons again too.. I'm abnormally pleased with using buttons. I figure I will figure out how to really use them well one of these days :-) I colored the main image with copics. I think, if I were to repeat this card, I might stamp the tree from this set on the Old Olive -- just for a little more oomph. Overall, though I'm pleased with how this one turned out!

Stamps: Sending Sunshine
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron (SU); Cranberry Tart, Ivory, Chocolate (Gina K); DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Rich Cocoa, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves (Memento)
Accessories: Copics, buttons, organdy ribbon, twine