Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Just Magnolia, Grey and Pink

My friend Christine from "dolcreations" inspired me with her own card to get in on the current Just Magnolia challenge. The challenge is to use grey and pink, with black optional. I used my Tilda with Hood stamp and colored her with my Copics. I was wanting to try the Flower Soft for the fur and it turned out okay. I used my Lace Tree embossing folder for my Cuttlebug and brayered it with pink on my silver paper from SU. I used Flourishes Poinsettias and Boxwoods set for the poinsettia and heat embossed it on two shades of pink and cut it out. The background DP is Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly and the sentiment is stamped from my Inkadinkadoo alphabet. I added pink sparkly rhinestones to my tree and poinsettias and I was pleased that I finally got to ink up a cute little Tilda. This challenge ends tomorrow night, so I need to get this posted. Tomorrow is our 13th Copic Creations Challenge and I think you'll love what the DT has in store for you. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Well Done

I made this card for my granddaughter mainly, but it could be for anyone who has good news, or has succeeded in something. This image was offered as a freebie by Maurie "Mo" Manning at Digital Pencil Too and I thought it was just too cute. I'm loving my Cosmo Cricket papers, so I picked the papers and then colored my happy little girl with my copic markers. My granddaughter got a prize for reading the highest number of books, and she's just in K-5. She's a good little reader and I was very proud of her for reaching her goal. My sentiment was done with my Just-Rite Font and stamper. I also tried a new technique for me which is cutting an image that extends beyond the edge of your Nestie. The next time I'll be VERY careful if I have a thin piece which extends as you can see the wrinkles in her arm, but it did work, so I'm happy. I added a small ribbon loop with the sentiment with two ribbons from SU! "Mo"has added so many new images to her store and they're all just awesome. Thanks for stopping by and remember that it's time for another Copic Challenge this week, so stay tuned.....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Victorian Charm

This card was done with one of Flourishes newest sets, Cottage Home. My background paper is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops and it reminded me a little of Victorian wallpaper with the cherubs on it. The heart-slide is also from Flourishes and the ribbon is from SU. I used my Martha Stewart fence punch and matched it to a "cobblestone" sidewalk which is the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder for my Cuttlebug. I really like how this turned out, although the coloring took me awhile, mainly because I was deciding as I went what colors to make the house. Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to try another one of my new Flourishes sets and then finish some cute Halloween projects. Have a wonderful rest of the week-end.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Eldon has a Flower for You

Happy Friday morning! I want you to meet Eldon. He is this week's "freebie" from TMITA done by Nina May. I think he is adorable and he's on a special date, complete with flower. I have done so much with Fall colors lately that I went with the same idea in coloring Eldon. The challenge this week was from Curt and he called for adding ribbon and a bow. I cheated a bit and added a bow-tie instead of an actual bow. I used Basic Grey's "Acorn" from Indian Summer for the main DP and the orange piece is from Basic Grey's "Offbeat". The main CS is SU's Rich Razzleberry. The ribbon buckle is from Flourishes and the velvet ric-rac is from Sharon Johnson's Ribbon Store. I'm still pondering my sentiment. I'll probably make my own from my Just-Rite letters to say "A Flower for You" so that I can punch it out with my word window punch. Perhaps I'll just use "For You." Meanwhile, I thought I'd get this posted before my day gets busy and I fail to post it at all. I did want to share this in case you want to get your very own Eldon. He's available through Sunday I believe. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Not-Too-Scarey Halloween Card

When I first saw this card done up from My Favorite Things, I decided this set was a must-have. I just love these two little characters "twick or tweating" from "Trick or Treat with Who's That Girl". I paper-pieced "Who's That Girl's" dress and the rug from Basic Grey's "Mellow". The DP's are from the same paper pack. I embossed my sentiments in white EP and the pumpkin in black EP. I painted Shimmerz over the pumpkin and attached a gold half-bead to hang it from The bat is out of silver paper with MS's punch. I'm really tickled with this set and the end result. I don't ordinarily do much with Halloween but I'm sending this to my nephew's kids and I plan to make a few more for the grandkids and maybe some cutsie Halloween items for them to share with their friends at school. I hope you have a wonderful day as you start your week. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Flourishes Sketch Challenge

I actually jumped in on two challenges this week, besides Copics, of course. One was Flourishes' and they had a simple sketch challenge, but the cards the DT did were gorgeous and motivated me to get in on this. (It's one of those rare Saturdays when things aren't quite so busy.) I used Flourishes "All Wrapped Up" and my Wassail DP from Basic Grey. I cut out the packages from this paper, as well as the ribbon and bow, and then continued to use it for background paper. My main CS is gold from SU. The ribbon and buckle are both from Flourishes and I've been enjoying these gorgeous buckle embellishments. Be sure you check out the gorgeous cards the DT did and jump in on this one if you've got a bit of free time. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a happy relaxing day and rest of your week-end.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Repeat Performance on House Mouse

House Mouse was the first challenge I ever participated in, and I was so excited because I loved these little guys. I'm sorry that I've had to let my participation slip some, but I can certainly join in this week since the challenge this week is to feature your favorite entry from the whole year of challenges. Wow, HM has been running challenges for a year already - where does the time go?! I think my favorite card, and a pretty challenging one, was this Chipboard challenge. I love the image, and I love how my chipboard ended up being the sun breaking through the rain. If you have a favorite that you've posted, pick it out and re-post it for this week's challenge. It's fun to revisit some favorites from the past. Then post it on the HM blog and while you're there check the updates to this wonderful challenge. Happy Anniversary, HM, and thanks for such wonderful challenges!! Have a wonderful Friday and week-end and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #12

Good Tuesday morning to you all and welcome to our 12th Copic Creations challenge. This challenge is all about Fairies, Copics and colored pencils. We were furnished with these beautiful fairies from Janlynn, Stamps Happen. This one is Willow Flower Fairy from the Flower Fairies series. I am so impressed with the detail that these stamps have. I think they are so beautiful. I colored mine a bit differently than the image on the stamp suggested, but that's the beauty of stamping, isn't it. The challenge this time is to color with Copics AND colored pencils. If you happen to have a greater range of colored pencils than Copics, it's a great way to finish out your coloring. It's also helpful if you need to shade in such a tiny area that the Copics might not work. I did the mouth on my fairy with my Prismacolor Pencils. Had I been super careful and lighthanded, I probably could have used my Copic marker, but why chance it when you can add the pencil. There are several tutorials being offered, so check them out and give it a try. I hope you get to see what the rest of the DT came up with because these fairies are just so pretty and so are their cards. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Autumn Blessings

I realize I have been MIA, but I am back and have some cards to share with you. We went to Arizona to see our son and his family and had a wonderful time with them. I have managed to crank out a few cards in the last few days with my newest Just-Rite stamper sets. Fall is such a colorful time of year and my daughter's favorite, so I couldn't way to play with this new set called Autumn Blessings. The DP with the leaves is from PTI, and the DP with the apples is from Basic Grey's Boxer in a single 12 x 12 sheet. The gingham ribbon is from Sharon Johnson and I've learned that these ovals fit the Large Classic Oval Nesties (not Petite), as shown in the card with the apples. The card in the top left was done with leaves from SU's Autumn Leaf Prints and the leaves at the bottom were embossed and cut out. I'm really enjoying this set, as well as the Merry Little Christmas set and Holiday Demi Phrases. What a wonderful way to personalize your cards. I'll try to post some of my projects made with those two sets before long. I hope you have a wonderful week and I'll be back with our next Copic Creations challenge on Tuesday.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thank you Berry Much

Todays post was fun to make. I used Taylored Expression's "Berries and Cherries". This set has some great sentiments and images. I colored the bowl of cherries and cut it out. The circle used in all three images is part of the set stamped on Baja Breeze. I used Blush Blossom and my MS punch for the top border and a DP from Basic Grey's "Offbeat." The cherries at the bottom are all part of one stamp and I simply colored them with markers and stamped. This card has already gone off to my nephew and his wife for graciously offering their condo for us to stay in while attending the fabulous tea party of a few weeks back. I felt like we were at some fabulous time-share and we've been privileged to use it twice. Thank you for taking a look at this card made with such a fun set. Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #11

Today marks the 11th challenge for Copic Creations, and this challenge is sponsored by the very talented Maurie "Mo" Manning at "Digital Pencil Too." The DT were furnished with their choice of image based on their favorite colors to work with. I love the autumn colors so I chose "Kai in the Leaves" for mine. I have deemed her to be a little girl but I went with blues for her clothes to match her fashionable pumpkin sweater. Doesn't she look like she's having fun in those leaves. The Copic colors that I used for the leaves are Y15, Y17, YR04, YR24, E07. I stamped leaves along the outer edge of the CS in More Mustard, Really Rust and Close to Cocoa. I used leaves from PTI's First Fruits set. The sentiment is from PTI's "Mailbox Greetings". All of this is mounted on Garden Green CS from SU. I think the DT has outdone themselves this time, so be sure to check out their wonderful creations for this challenge. Thanks for stopping by and join us if you can. Have a wonderful day.