Monday, August 31, 2009

Miss Gigi on Holiday

It's another "magical" Monday and Nina has a great FREEbie for you over at "There's Magic in the Air." You've got to be sure to get in on this adorable image of Gigi, the Pig who doesn't appear to have a care in the world. We were challenged to paper piece this one, and I do love paper piecing. My DP's are Cosmo Cricket's Snorkel Collection from Taylored Expressions, found here, including her umbrella and floatie. I used my Dew Drops and the sentiment is from AMuse. My SIL has a birthday this week and she happens to love piggies, so this one is going to her with HB wishes. Today is my last post as Guest Designer, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this great DT and new adventure for Nina. I plan to continue participating as I don't want to miss out on any upcoming images. I know there are some great ones to come. Thanks for stopping by to see Gigi and be sure to check out what the rest of the team has done as well. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Tomorrow is Copic Creations Challenge #11 so don't forget to see what's coming up. Our DT has been busy and having fun on this one. See you soon.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Season of Joy

I played with another Christmas card idea that was inspired by Sharon Johnson from "No Time to Stamp." I used the Vintage Cotton Scraps from Crafty Secrets that I purchased from Sharon's blog, plus my Just-Rite Merry Little Christmas set (also purchased from Sharon) to create this card. The papers are from SU! The yellow is So Saffron stamped with a pine bough from my Verve Ornament set from last year. I wanted to keep the vintage look so I stamped the "Joyeux Noel" in my Tim Holz Distress Antique Linen. I think I should have gone a bit darker, but I'm still experimenting. I colored the candles with Copics and made my bow with my Bow Easy. I'm not sure if it pops, but then I guess vintage doesn't really pop. The Just-Rite blog has some wonderful Christmas cards made up by their talented DT and they're really worth the look. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day and week-end..

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Big One

Yup, another post! I know y'all are shocked that I am managing to post 3 cards in as many days, but I've just got to share what I've been working on. This one is called The Big One, and this adorable little fella is haulin' away a whopper. I thought this would be cute to give to someone having a "significant" birthday, so that's just what I'm going to do with it. Most of you probably recognize the artwork as Mo's from Digital Pencil Too. She has had non-stop posts to PCP and the cards that have been posted are really worth seeing. I used colors from SU's Earth Elements and my Nesties dies. I borrowed the scallop with brads and half-circle with brad idea from Stacy's card that she posted on Monday. I loved it and you can see it here. I have even more to post (shocking, I know) so stay tuned and have a wonderful Wednesday. Thanks so much for dropping by.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"Let It Snow....."

I had fun making this card with stamps by artist Tara Reed from Janlynn, Stamps Happen.
The trees are called "Whimsical Trees" and can be found here, and our cute little snowman is called "Snowman Santa" and can be found here. I stamped the set of 3 trees twice and colored them to match the fun paper I picked out from Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients. The kit included all the papers you see here, the rick-rack, "snow" and ribbon. I thought it would be fun to do this in not-so-traditional holiday colors, and I did end up liking it a lot. I then cut out both sets of trees, stamped our jolly snowman, colored him and cut him out. I used my new Polar White Flower Soft for snow. The sentiment and Snowflake are from my new Just Rite "Merry Little Christmas" set. Janlynn has some awesome Holiday stamps, so do check them out if you have a bit of time to browse. You won't be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with more Fall/Holiday cards for you. Have a wonderful day.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Could it be......Elvis?

Good Monday morning to you. It's time for another wonderful TMITA image and this week I'd like to introduce you to ELVIS......the adorable duck. The DT was given a color scheme to incorporate into their work-up of Elvis, and this is what I came up with. I paper-pieced his hat to match the background paper, which matches the colors in the challenge. I used a frame from a Nestie die-cut to go around Elvis, who is playing in a puddle on a somewhat cloudy day, but that doesn't bother him a bit. He's making the most of the rainy weather. I used my Crystal Effects for raindrops, if you can make them out. The sentiment is computer-generated. Be sure to get in on your FREE image from Nina at "There's Magic in the Air", and then check out what the rest of the DT did. Thanks for stopping by. I should have several more posts this week, hopefully, so stay tuned and have a wonderful week.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tea Party Cards and Pics

This is going to be a lengthy post, or at least a lot of pics, so please bear with me. I volunteered to make "Name Tags" for the tea party given for my sister's birthday by her granddaughters. I made 22 cards and there were 20 of us there for the party. It was so much fun - we got to take our granddaughter Shelby along and her eyes grew so wide when she walked in and saw all the American Girl Doll tables and settings. She also got to run around in a Disney princess dress for most of the day, so what little girl wouldn't have a ball doing that. I got my idea from Debbie Olsen's post here, except I modified it and did several different versions of it. I also purchased two Sara Kay stamps with dolls from 7 Kids College Fund and colored each one to match the DP's. All of this happened in two weeks, and believe me, it took up much of the two weeks. Everyone loved them and I was so glad I did it. I made computer-generated name tags, cut them with my Nesties Labels and Tags and sponged them all. The two names bear the person's name and their doll. At the time of the pictures I had not adhered all the names, pending the advice of my nieces. The first picture shows the 8 different designs with DP. I did one of the papers for 8 cards and then two of each of the rest. I loved using my Cosmo Cricket papers and Basic Grey from two different sets. The teapot was from PTI, the bows were all made with my Bow Easy, and I used my Nesties for mounting my images on. I colored each of the images of the girl and doll to match the DP's. Hope you like them. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lazy Days

Happy Monday - I hope you all had a wonderful week-end. Today is another "magical" Monday with another fabulous image by Nina called "Beached Boat". The DT was asked to make a Gate Fold card with this image, so here is my card. I colored it with my Copics and I happened to have some cute beach-related brads from Taylored Expressions and added them to my finished card. I stamped the "sea oats" on the two panels behind the image from Flourishes "Beauty in Nature." Hope you like it. I know you can't help but like this image by Nina. Be sure to get your FREE digital image this week at the TMITA site here, and while you're there check out what the rest of the DT came up with. They're a talented group.
The tea party was a great success and I'll try to get pics up from that soon. Thanks so much for dropping by.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #10

Happy Saturday to you and WOW!, we're already on our 10th challenge with Copic Creations. I have loved being on a team with such talented ladies and I've learned that I REALLY love to color with Copics!
This challenge was sponsored by Susanna's Custom Art & Card Design, and the theme was Reds, Pinks, and Hearts. It is also Susanna's birthday, so in honor of that I made this a birthday card. Happy Birthday, Susanna! It also happens to be my sister's birthday but I'll have more to share about that next week. The Copic Colors I used for the reds/pinks are posted with my card at the CC site, here. I used a DP I ordered from Taylored Expressions and my bow is once again simply made with my Bow Easy. Love that little gadget! This is the first time I've not had time to comment on the challenge participant's cards and I'm sorry, but I really ran out of time. I hope you have a wonderful week-end and I'll be back with another post for a Magical Monday and then hopefully some tea party pics.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Season of Friendship

Just a quick post today because I'm still not done with the big project - but I'm getting close. I had to make some generic cards for a friend and I pulled out this set from SU that I hadn't even inked up yet. It's simple - no coloring, but I like how it turned out. I'm sure I could do more to it, but I think this is how she will like it, so I left it pretty simple. The fence border punch at the bottom is from SU. I used my usual favorite Kaiser Half-Pearls and DP's from two different SU Autumn sets. I'll be back with the Copic Challenge on Saturday and the next TMITA card on Monday and I'll share pics with you of the big project. Phew! I usually get around to all that participate in the Copic Challenge and leave a comment, but I've had no time, so if you're one of those, I apologize. Hope you're having a lovely week. Hugs,

Monday, August 10, 2009

More Monday Magic

Welcome to another "magical" Monday. I hope you took the opportunity to get your own free download of Orson with Cake at the TMITA site. Today there is a new download, and it's Kacey. She's a delightful fairy waving to all of you, and we on the DT had a sketch to work around. I made mine with a "Fall" flavor. I used SU papers and made a computer-generated sentiment. The bow was once again made with my Bow Easy. Hope you like her. Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT did and don't forget to get your own FREE download this week. I'm working on a huge project for this week-end for a birthday tea party for my sister, so I'm not sure how many posts I'll be able to get up this week. I'll try to get pics of the project as so far it's looking pretty good but lots and lots of coloring. Have a wonderful week.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Child's World

Hi there! It's been a busy week for me since my son and his wife came back on Wednesday from 5 years in England. It's so good to have them home but they're only here for a few days and then they're off to Med school (in the states at least.) Anywhoo, not much time in the craft room, but I did manage to color two more of Mo's images (Maurie Manning from Mo's Digital Pencil Too.) The first she calls "Sumpin's Wrong", and I decided to title it that way because it works with "Haven't heard from you for awhile", "Haven't seen you for awhile" - "Miss seeing you" get the picture. I'm sure there are other such situations, but that's what came to mind. It was pretty simple and quick to color and I just love this image. The second one is my first attempt at
a non-caucasian skin-color. She just looks like an adorable African-American to me, so that's the way I colored her. She's reading the classic "Funny Bunny" to her little friend, and I also adore this image. I'm not going to go into all the ingredients for these cards, but if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I'm off to have a wonderful Chile dinner that my son made. He loves to cook and he's sure good at it. Hope you like these renditions of Mo's images. I have several more printed out and waiting to be colored. Hope you're having a wonderful week. Hugs,

Monday, August 3, 2009

Who Can Resist......?

Who CAN resist chocolate cake with pink icing and chocolate sprinkles, especially when it's being served by an adorable little monkey by the name of Orson. Isn't this the cutest image, and the first one to be featured by the talented artist Nina May from "There's Magic in the Air." I have the great honor of being a Guest Designer for the month of August, so I get to be part of the very beginning of this new and exciting venture which is sure to be a huge success. To share the details of this card, I'll start with the image itself which I colored with Copics and then sponged with Adirondack Cloudy Blue, SU's Pretty in Pink, and Adirondack Sandal. I then sponged the edges lightly with Creamy Caramel. I cut it out with a rectangle Nestie and adhered it to a piece of CS from "The Sweet Stack" by DCWV. I chose this piece because there was a cake on the DP that I thought enhanced the theme. I adhered blue silk ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Shop behind the image and attached a bow made with my Bow Easy, also from SJ. I sponged the same colors onto white CS and stamped the sentiment from PTI's "Mailbox Greetings" along with the hearts from the same set. I cut it out with a Curved Rectangle Nestie and adhered it with dimensionals. This is all on top of Blush Blossom, which is on top of a piece of blue CS from the June Kit from Taylored Expressions. Please refer to this post for the details on the blog challenges and the FREE downloads. I hope you like what Nina and the DT and other Guest Designer have come up with to make you smile. Have a wonderful Monday and a wonderful week. Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #9

Today is August 1 and that means another Copic Creations challenge, - our 9th challenge! Our sponsor for this challenge is In-Style Stamps, and the theme for this challenge is "Eyes." Our DT has an array of Anime images from In-Style stamps and they've done a fabulous job with their images. My image is Mieko and I made her to be a blue-eyed blonde. I cut her out with a scalloped Nestie and backed that one with another Nestie out of Close to Cocoa. Both of these were placed on top of SU's "Medallion". This is my first experience with this type of image and it was fun, and challenging to do the eyes. I hope you'll check out the rest of the images done by the DT.
Don't forget the brand new blog and challenge starting Monday, featuring the images by Nina May at There's Magic in the Air. I think you're going to love the fun images she will be sharing, and the best part is that each week there will be a FREE digi-download of one of her images. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week-end and try to stay cool in this hot month of August.