Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Best Yet"

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I am sharing my card for yesterday's Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge. The image I used is a digital image from Guylou's Inimitability I copied it into Microsoft Word and then resized it so that I knew it would fit into the Label One Nestability that I wanted to use. I printed it out and let the image dry while I worked on the rest of the card. I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Ocean Tide from PTI. I added a layer of Mostly Mustard that I embossed using the cuttlebug argyle embossing folder. I cut the Ruby Red piece using Label One Nestabilities. I colored the image using Copics: Y21,Y26,E07 (flowers) G24 (leaves) BG72, BG75 (Basket), G21, G24, E07, E09 (Apples). After I colored it in, I sponged the top with Soft Sky ink and then used my applicator to sponge on Weathered Wood and Tea Dye distress inks around the top and bottom. I also edged the bottom in "Vintage Photo" and also did the top with Weathered Wood again.

My card for today fits the following challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch 57
My Time To Craft: in the Garden
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Digital
Daisy Doodle: Digital Anything
Fab N Funky: Use Material. (I used a piece of ribbon)

I didn't have time do any crafting this morning, so I probably won't be back again until Friday. Until then, enjoy your crafting time!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dragonfly MMSC

Good Morning!!
Today I am sharing my card for this week's MMSC #69 sketch. I am using Priscilla's dragonfly image. The patterned paper on the card is from Basic Grey's Indian Summer Collection. The brown and rust color paper is from a pack of neutral card stock that I bought at Michael's. The yellow is Crushed Curry from Stampin Up! I used Petite Scallop Circles as well. I used a variety of Copic Markers to color in the dragonfly. I coated the wings with some crystal effects and then put a few pieces of bling on the wings to make it even prettier. This card fits the following challenges:

MMSC: Sketch 69
Crafty Cardmakers: Glitter and Sparkle
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Digital images
Daisy Doodles: Digital images
A Crafty Little Place: Anything Goes

A White Mojo Monda

Hi Everyone!

Wow! Can you believe it? I'm actually posting my Mojo Monday card on Monday! I was able to get it all done before Jonathan got home from pre-school this morning. It was a really simple card as you can see. It's actually a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square card. I like doing this size when I do a square card because it still fits inside a regular size envelope. I know it appears that it has a black base; but it really doesn't. The base is actually white. I actually photographed the card sitting on a piece of black paper. I was actually quiet pleased with the results. You all know, I don't usually photograph cards very well. The card really was simple, so I'm not sure it really needs a lot of detailed explaining. The flower in the middle is from SU's "Fifth Ave Floral". I stamped it in black ink and then used R35, R59 and C1 Copic Markers to color it in.
This simple little card fits the following challenges for today:

1. Mojo Monday: Sketch 154

2. Lexi's Creation: Use Embossing

3. Pollycraft Monday Challenge: Add a little nature ( I used a flower)

4. The Pink Elephant Challenge: Make a card that is mostly white

5. Let's Ink it Up: Use yellow on your card

6. Sentimental Sundays: Make a Clean and Simple card

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cupcakes and Swirls

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Unusual post for me on a Sunday; but I figured since this card was actually completed Friday night, I thought why not, right?!
For this card, I used Kraft card stock from SU, Melon Berry and Aqua Mist from PTI and Luxury White from Gina K. This card fits a variety of challenges also:

1. Get Sketchy: Sketch 53
2. My Partner in Crafting Crime: "Food or Drink" Don't my cupcakes look yummy!
3. Papertake Weekly Challenge: A recipe: 3-2-1. I used 3 colors of card stock (I didn't count the white), 2 pieces of ribbon and 1 button.
4. A Crafty Little Place Challenge: This was another food challenge!
5. Stampavie and More: Use swirls. I used the Cuttlebug Swirls folder on the white piece
6. Totally Stampalicious: Texture-Licious. This challenge was to incorporate at least 2 types of texture. I used embossing and my cupcakes have swirly glitter icing on them that I did by swirling some glue on to the tops of them and then sprinkling a mixture of glitter and clear embossing powder and then I used my heat gun to set it.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

OCLDT28 "I Miss You"

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I am here to share my card for yesterday's Our Craft Lounge sketch. I really look forward to doing these sketches each week, especially since my collection of OCL stamps has grown quite a bit. I remember when I only had two sets. Now, that was a challenge!
The mailbox was stamped with Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa on Very Vanilla paper that I had cut with Label One Nestabilities (and the rust piece as well.) I used Copics to color it in and then I sponged Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie and Peeled Paint inks around the mailbox and then edged it all in vintage photo distress ink. The rest is pretty self explanatory. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Happy Crafting!!


OCL: Sketch
Just Add Ink: Ribbon
Paper Cutz Challenge: Use metal (brads, eyelets etc)
Stampin for the Weekend: Anything goes!
My Sheri Crafts: Miss You Theme

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cup of Tea

Hi Everyone!

Yay!! It's Friday. Do you all have any big weekend plans? I think mine consists of sleeping a little past 5:00 AM!! Boy the first week of school was hard to get up and going!
So, today I am sharing a card that I am actually entering into a variety of challenges that I found through the Daily Dare. For this card I used a digital image from the Priscilla Styles store. This adorable little teapot also has teacups that you can get as well. I printed it and colored it in with Copics: R20, RV32, RV34, Y91, y95, YG03, Y21.
Check out the links for the other challenges as well. Have a great weekend!

1. Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

2. Color Throwdown: Rose Red, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Pear Pizzazz (I used Simply Chartreuse from PTI)

3. SCS Sketch

4. Belli Challenge: Use something round and metal for an embellishment

5. Stars and Stamps: Die Cuts, Ribbon, and embossing

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Friend to Friend" Mojo Challenges

Hi Everyone!

Well, I am finally posting my Mojo Monday card! It has been a busy crafting week for me. I really need to go through my cards and start figuring out what I'm going to do with all of them. I have entirely too many in my stash right now. The Mojo sketch was fun and easy to work with. The squares instantly made be think of the "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp set from SU. I also combined this with some other challenges as well, including the SCS color challenge this week to use Razzleberry, Pacific Blue and Olive. I actually haven't ordered any new Pacific Blue since it was an in color last time. I just happen to have a couple of scraps in my folder, so I was able to use that. I did use my Swiss Dots Folder on the white background piece; but it's not showing up very well in the picture. Anyhow, this is all fairly straightforward, so I'm off for the day to do something creative before everyone comes home.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OCL and CPS Flowers

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing with you my card for the OCL/CPS (Card Positioning Systems) challenge. OCL is sponsoring that particular challenge this week, so be sure to enter for your chance to win something yummy from OCL. The challenge was based on this sketch, which was a snap to work with. Sometimes it's refreshing to just have a simple sketch without a lot of different shapes and elements to it. For my card, I used Melon Berry, Rich Avocado and Scarlett Jewel (PTI) for my color palette. The stamp set, I chose was OCL's Fabulous Florals. I stamped the larger flower on Vanilla paper with Baroque Burgundy (yes it's old old; but it still works) ink pad from SU and cut it out. I also stamped a smaller flower from the same set in Old Olive ink and cut that out as well. I adhered both flowers together onto 2 scallop circles. I put a copper brad in the middle of the whole thing. I used my Stamp-ma-jig to get the Olive swirls positioned the way I wanted them and then I added the flower in the center. I stamped the smallest flowers using Stucco chalk ink from Color Box. The ribbon with the buttons was added to the side and then the faux white stitching lines. Finally I stamped the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts "Thinking of You" with the same Burgundy ink on Vanilla paper.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MMSC68 and an Exciting DT Announcement!!

***If you are here visiting for the first time, please forgive the unsightly nature of my blog right now! I'm in the process of redesigning and it's a mess right now. Should have it straighten out by tomorrow. Thanks!!***

Good Morning Everyone!!

Well, I am just beyond excited to share with you the most amazing news!! I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen to be a member of the first ever PriscillaStyles Digital Store Design team! How cool is that?!! Many of you know Priscilla through the MMSC challenge. This design team is for her digital stamps store. I am fairly new to the experience of digital stamps; but I have to tell you, it is pretty cool working with them and Priscilla has some incredible images in her store. You will notice with this announcement that I've added some more items to the side bar of my blog. Please take some time to visit the other DT members and of course, be sure to check out Priscilla's store. The other new addition worth mentioning is the Crafter's Digital Art Center. This is an awesome site and if you are into digi stamping, I highly recommend that you visit and join it. It's kinda like a SCS for digital stampers!
Anyhow, I will be having lots of PS images and goodies to share with you over the next three months and I'm going to start today with this week's MMSC68 challenge.
For this card, I chose to use Priscilla's sunflower image, which was free by the way! (through CDAC) It was a no brainer to think of what colors to use: Yellow and Black!! I decided also to throw in some gray as well. I started with a standard size Summer Sun (SU!) card base and then added a layer of gray. This is a piece of Coredination card stock that I embossed with the swirls CB embossing folder and then sanded over it. The strip of black on the side measures 1 7/8 x 5 1/4. Next, I matted a 7/8 x 5 3/8 piece of gray on to a piece of white card stock (I did the stitching on the grey with the yellow thread before attaching it) I used Label 8 Nestabilities and Petite Scallop circles for the center piece. I shrank the sunflower image in Microsoft word, so that I knew it would fit into a 2 3/8 in circle. By the way, I do NOT have a special printer. Just a regular ol Cannon Printer/scanner. I printed it on Gina K. Luxury White Paper and to be safe just set it aside to dry while I was working on the rest of the card. I used E29 and black for the center of the flower. The petals were shaded with Y21, Y35 andY38. Finally I added the ribbon pieces to the back of the yellow center piece and attached it all with dimensional adhesives.
This card also fits a couple of other challenges that I found on the Daily Dare:

1. Papertake Weekly 3-2-1 Challenge. (I used 3 pieces of ribbon, 2 Nestabilities Shapes, and 1 image)

2. Scrapping With I Did It Creations: Flowers

3. Scrap-Creations: Ribbons, Flowers, Brads or Pearls.
Have a great day, and happy crafting!!

4. Stamp Something: Digital Stamp

Monday, August 23, 2010

Aloha Kona! (and a little secret)

Happy Monday Everyone!

Wow what a busy day so far! First day of school for the kids, so mad rush this morning between 6:15 and 7:30 this morning. This is the first year that all three of my kids are at the same school at the same time. At least in the morning, anyhow. I have one in Pre-K until 10:45. So, you know what I did this morning?! Stamped, of course!!! I put this card together for the OCLDT 27 sketch using my new set "Kona" (I chose to make her a girl for this card!) Isn't she adorable?! I stamped her on Gina K. Pure Luxury white card stock with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I colored her in using Copics (YG03, YG63, C1) The shorts and flip flops were done in R22 and R24; the center of the shell was done with Y21. I paper pieced the towel with pattern papers from Me and My Big Ideas, which is also the other patterned paper used on the card. The card base is Cameo Coral and is standard size (4 1/4x 5 1/2) The other colors I used were Pumpkin Pie (SU) and Simply Chartreuse (PTI). Finally, I added the big Prima flower with the button and completed the card.
So, speaking of OCL. Be sure to scroll down and check out my "Hot Betty" card if you missed it on Friday. Guess what else? I totally won a new OCL set!! Yippee!! I was the winner of Broni's Blog Hop for the new set Shades of Fall It is such a lovely set and I can't wait to see what I can do with it. Congrats to all the winners!!
Ok, so now on the secret I referenced in my title. Obviously, it's a secret, so I can't tell you just yet; but be sure to visit tomorrow when I'll have a special announcement to make. For now, though, I'll give you just a little hint: PS. (Yep, that' s it. That's all you get!)
I'm off to do some things before it's time to pick up the other two from school. Have a great day!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mother and Daughter Crafting Time

Hi Everyone!!

Before I talk about my card, I just want to tell you, in case you aren't aware that OCL is having a fun blog hop with lots of chance to win yummy candy from their brand new holiday release. There are some AMAZING and FUN sets in this collection. I have been lucky, since the last two time OCL has done a blog candy blog hop, I've won a free set! We'll see if the third times a charm! You have until Sunday to complete all the hopping. Good Luck!

Ok, speaking of OCL. I have two cards to share with you today, using my new "Spin Cycle" set that came in the mail yesterday. No, these are not part of the new release, this is a set that was released last year, (I believe) Still, it's new to me and I LOVE it!! I have wanted this set since I bought the original "Hot Betty" set. I think that all the laundry equipment and sayings make Betty the cutest little housewife around.

This card is also for this past weeks Color Throwdown. I haven't been able to do very many of these lately, because I opted not to buy any of the new SU colors; but this one I was able to do! I chose to do a bit larger of a card because I decided to use the Top Note Die and I wanted to be able to show more of the background. The Chocolate Chip base measures 6 1/4 x 4 1/4. I ran a 6 x4 piece of Certainly Celery card stock through the Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder. The Aqua Mist (PTI) and the light blue piece measure 6 1/4 x 1 1/2; and 6 x 1 1/4. I had completely forgotten the Kraft as part of the challenge, so I slipped a little piece of it in there. Red was not part of the challenge, but I thought it was a good complement to the colors. I stamped the images in Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa. The Copics used were E33, E35, E07 (hair, ironing board), E000, E00, E01 (skin), R22, R24 (Apron, laundry, Coffee Mug), G24 (skirt, laundry), B02 (Betty's top and ironing board), Y35, E25,R22, R24, G24 (laundry pile). She was so much fun to play with and I can't wait to use her some more.

Now, the second card is actually one that Reagan made. She saw me crafting with Betty and asked if she could play too. Didn't she do a great job!! She even colored Betty in with Copics. It was fun sharing that time with her. We were in our PJs yesterday until almost 1:00 in the afternoon!!

So,that's all for me today. I'm hoping to do some more crafting later; but may not be able to do until later tomorrow night. Have a great weekend, I'll see ya'll on Monday!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MMSC 67 Lighthouse

Hi Everyone!

Well, I'm a couple of days late with my card for this week's MMSC challenge. I don't often do square cards; but for this sketch, it just seemed to be the best way to go. I just realized I didn't do the inside of this card. I will, though...I promise!
I started with a 5 1/4 x5 1/4 square Sahara Sand base. The Pure Poppy (PTI) on the left measures 1 7/8 x 5. I embossed the background using Martha Stewart's Clear Pattern Stamps with Versa mark and clear embossing powder. On the right side I embossed a 3 1/4 x 5 piece of Ocean Tide (PTI) using the "Spots and Dots" folder. The Lighthouse image is from OCL's "Coastal Wishes" stamped on Gina K Pure White Luxury card stock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I used Copic Markers (B00, G21, G24, Y67, W3, C1, E07, B45, YG91, E25) to color in the image. I finished the card using the embroidery floss. The flower and button in the middle is from Making Memories "5th Avenue" Buttons and Blossoms collection.
So, that's all for me today. It's been ages since I've gone around visiting other people's creations, so I'm off to do that for a while. Have a fantastic and creative day!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A New Challenge..."Just Because"

Good Morning my wonderful paper-crafting friends! Wow, what a hot day yesterday! Our AC broke late Monday afternoon and I wasn't able to get anyone to repair it until about 4pm yesterday afternoon. Believe me, San Antonio is not the place to be without AC!! Anyhow, I wasn't going to stamp anything; but then I decided that I really needed something to distract me from the fact it was sooo hot in my house. This card is for a new challenge that I found through Anne's "Creative Antics" blog. I had seen the sketch from EBTKS 21 a couple of days ago and I really liked it, so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm also using my brand new Paper Trey Ink papers. I couldn't believe how quickly they arrived in the mail. This is the first time I have ordered paper from a company other than SU! I have to say I am so far very pleased. I intend to be using it a lot over the next week! For this card, I started with a standard size So Saffron base and then added a scallop circle in Melon Berry using Petite scallop circle nestabilities. I cut a 2 7/8 circle from vanilla paper and stamped the tree from SU's "Lovely as a Tree." I used "Peeled Paint" and "Antique Linen" distress inks to sponge color over and around the image. A piece of Simply Chartreuse paper measuring 2 1/8 x 4 1/4 was embossed using the Argyle Embossing Folder. Before I adhered it to the card I wrapped a piece of Melon Berry Satin ribbon around it. Finally, I added the copper eyelets to the scalloped saffron edge at the bottom. The sentiment in the top and bottom corners are from Hero Arts "Everyday Sayings." The inside is super simple, so no explanation really required there. Still, I am proud of myself for sticking to my plan to make sure I do the inside!
Well, that's all for me. Have a great afternoon and I hope you are able to find time to be creative today.

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Can't Smile without You"

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was really low key actually. Just hung around the house mostly, trying to stay cool and save money. DH and the kids are at the pool right now, while I am at home trying to complete some online job applications for teaching. Ran into a bit of a road block, however, so I thought I'd take a small break and share a card I made this morning.
Now, I have to apologize for the not so great photos. I opted to take pictures this time instead of scanning. I'm not sure why I decided to do that because every time I do, this is what happens. So kudos to all of you out there who are able to take such great photos of your cards.
One of my favorite blogs to visit is Beate's Fresh and Fun blog. No doubt, many of you are probably also familiar with her. First of all she's ridiculously talented! I have a hard time picking my jaw up off the floor when I see her AMAZING work!! Secondly, I love the fact that she gives so much detail about her cards and that she does the inside of her card as well. I decided therefore, to take a page from her book and do the inside of my card and I'm really going to try to make a special point to do that from now on. I don't know, it just makes the card feel really complete. So, on that note, let's talk about my card.
This is for Friday's OCLDT 26 challenge. If you are unfamiliar with this challenge, I encourage you to check it out. Each Friday there is a sketch posted and a chance to win a prize. Check out all the details over at "The Lounge" For my card today, I chose to go with some softer colors . I started with a 4 1/2 x11 Sage Shadow Base and added a 4 1/2 x4 1/2 layer of Chocolate Chip. Before I attached it, I used my Fiskars Threading Waters edge punch to scallop the edge. I ran a 4 1/4x 3 3/4 piece of Pink Pirouette card stock through my Cuttlebug using the Bloom Dots Embossing Folder and then layered it on to the Choc Chip piece. I used my Petite Scallop Nestabilities for the Kraft Circles and the white image circles. The pink circles in between measure 1 7/16. I stamped the small flower images from OCL's "Fabulous Florals" with Sage Shadow ink and then colored in the petals on the top flower with my Copic RV32 marker. The sentiment is from OCL's "Say it Big" was stamped directly onto the Kraft Circle using Color Box Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.
For the inside of the card, I kept it really simple by just layering a scallop piece of Chocolate Chip on the bottom with some white card stock that I stamped with more flowers in Sage Shadow ink. Next I put another layer of pink and then the layer of white. Easy Peasy!
Well, that's all for me today. I'm off to work on my applications and perhaps do some more crafting later. Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Red, White, Get Sketchy

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I hope you all are ready for a fabulous weekend. My house is in absolute shambles because I decided to craft this morning! It's 10:30 and I'm still in my PJs! So, I'm here very briefly just to share my card for yesterday's Get Sketchy Challenge. I finally located all of my parts and pieces to my Cricut machine from the move, so I decided to use a digital cutter kit for this card. This one is by Jenn Allyson and it is available at Two Peas. I used Choc Chip, Real Red and White for my colors. Easy as pie and I hope you like it. Have a great day and I'll see you all on Monday (or maybe sooner...)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The "Joy" of Card Making

Ok, ok I know it's a REALLY bad blog post title; but sometimes that's the hardest part of blogging: thinking of the title!

One quick note before I chat about my card. I have recently begun to do some writing for Associated Content. This morning I found out that my first article has been published. Yay! If you could all do me a favor and please read the article, I would greatly appreciate it. It is a very short piece on supplies for college freshmen (and why they need umbrellas!). I'll be honest, it's all about the money. The more people who view the page, the better chance I have to earn a bit of money. So please please help me out. Yes, I'm begging!!!
Ok, now onto the card. I made this card for Tuesday Morning Sketches. It is actually a Joy Fold Card; but I had a really hard time getting it to photograph while it was open, so you'll just have to take my word for it. I used Crushed Curry, Going Grey, So Saffron and Ruby Red for my color palette. The pattern paper is from a package I bought from Wal Mart EONS ago. I used Loads of Love stamp set from SU stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used Copics to color it in. The tires are C1, C2 and C5. The body of the truck is R59 and I used the colorless blender to take away a bit of the color on the truck. The hearts in the back were colored with R35. Everything else is self explanatory, so I'm off. I am 3 days behind with my Google Reader Subscriptions and I'm off to catch up with everyone. I hope you all have a great evening and I'll be back again soon.

Oooohh guess what?!! I just ordered new paper from PTI (my first time) and 2 new OCL stamp sets. YAY!! Can't wait to get them!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Soft and Subtle Mojo

Good Morning Everyone!

I am sharing my card for yesterday's Mojo Monday sketch challenge. This is also for Our Creative Corner challenge to use embossing. I used softer colors for this card including Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, So Saffron and Pink Pirouette. The flower and sentiment are from SU's Garden Whimsy. I stamped the stem with Mellow Moss ink and the flower with Perfect Plum.
For this card I also utilized my cuttlebug quite a bit as well. I used the Swiss Dots and Floral Fantasy embossing folders on the Plum and Pink background pieces; and I used Label 8 Nestabilites for the two center pieces.
This card is so simple and straightforward, I don't think a lot of detail is necessary. So, thanks for looking. Drop me a comment, let me know what you think. I love to read them, they are the highlight of my day.

Monday, August 9, 2010

OCLDT25 Happy Garden Thoughts

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a very fabulous weekend! Ours was great with some time spent at the pool and yesterday was my daughter's 10th Birthday. She got a new bike and a new iPod, which she was attached to all day! We went to see the movie "Ramona and Bezzus" and it was absolutely adorable! I highly recommend it has a family movie. Then we went out for ice-cream
at Dairy Queen. I wasn't going to do any crafting yesterday; but DH had some work to do, so I decided to get together the things that I wanted to do OCLDT25 sketch today. Well, then I started cutting and then I started stamping. Then before I knew it, I had all the pieces together, so I thought, well I might as well go ahead and put it all together! For this card I used, a standard size "Rich Razzleberry" base and then added a strip of Not Quite Navy on the left side. I used Label 1 Nestabilites for the Olive Green and white piece for the image. The image is from OCL's Garden Thoughts. I stamped the watering can in Tuxedo Black ink from Memento and then used Copics to color it in. YG91,YG95, Y21 for grass. V12, V15 for the flowers, BV04, C1, C2 and C5 for the watering can. The sentiment was stamped with Razzleberry ink on to a Saffron piece that I cut with Petite Oval Nestabilites. Finally I added the flower and the button and the card was done.
Have a great day everyone!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Summer Drinks and a Tree

Hi Everyone!

Been a couple of days since I've been in Blogland. Sorry about that! I have been keeping up with what's been going on through Google Reader, which I've only recently discovered, if you can believe that!!! Such a cool thing. So it's been me, a cup of coffee and Google reader in the morning. I have been so busy the last few days because I decided to clean out my craft room and sell some things because I finally got my hands on a new SU catalog and I WANT sooooo much stuff!! It was a bit hard to let some of it go; but I am much more excited about getting some new things!! I made these two cards today to share with you. The first is for today's Get Sketchy Challenge. The sketch was easy to work with and I enjoyed it. I used Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Dusty Durango, and Bermuda Bay for my color palette. I used my birds and swirls CB folder for the Apricot piece and stamped the tree from "Lovely as a Tree" in Really Rust ink. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I used Memento's rich cocoa ink for that one. Finally I added the three antique copper brads on the side and the card was done. The second card I have is just a random card I decided to put together. One of the things I love about getting a new SU catalog is I'm reminded of the sets I have, that I haven't used for a while because maybe I've not thought of an idea for them lately. The set "Cheers to You" is one of those sets. So, this card is based loosely on a sample that was in the catalog for this set. I decided that I wanted to use some bright summer colors, so I chose Regal Rose, So Saffron, Turquoise, and Melon Mambo. I stamped each one the glasses in black ink using my Stamp-a-ma-jig (such an AWESOME tool!!) onto watercolor paper and then I used my aquapainters with pencils, ink pads and watercolor crayons to fill it them in. Next I added the ribbon at the bottom with a little bit of yellow string and the sentiment. It was cute and easy to make!
Ok, so that's all for me. I will see you all on Monday, have a fantastic weekend!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Snowman and a Bird

Hello Everyone!

I know you are probably surprised to see a Christmas Card today. I was actually surprised to be making one. However, I guess when you stop and think about it, it's never to early to start on them! I did this one for Saturday's OCC Challenge. The challenge was, of course, to create a Christmas Card. I also combined this challenge with yesterday's Mojo Monday sketch. I used Real Red, Celery, Bashful Blue and White for my color palette. The snowman and sentiment are from OCL "Tweet Winter Wishes" I stamped it with Memento Black ink and used B00, R24, C1 and YG03 Copic Markers to color him in. I used an Only Orange marker from SU for his carrot nose. The Snowflake ribbon is from a Christmas set I got at Michael's last year. I used Petite Scallop Nestabilities for the scallop circle behind the sentiment, which I stamped with Real Red ink. Now, I have to tell you this card was perfect until I decided that I wanted to round the top right corner of the card and my corner punch...yeah, should have LEFT it ALONE!! Other than that, I was very happy with the way this turned out.
My second card for the day is today's MMSC card. For this one I used Tangerine Tango, Saffron, Basic Grey and a piece of Coredination card stock.
I used my floral fantasy cuttlebug folder and then sanded the Coredination paper to make the white come through. I really liked the effect. I used some Weathered Wood distress ink around the edges. The image in the center is from SU's "Serene Spring" I know this set retired; but it still remains one of my favorites. I stamped it again with Memento Black ink and then used Y21, YG67, YG63,C1, C2, and C5 Copic Markers, along with a ColorBox Chalk ink to shade it in. I added the two prima flowers on the side to complete the card.
Now, I realized once it was finished that I forgot the sentiment!
Ok, that's all for me today. Hope you all have a fabulous day!