Monday, November 30, 2009

Magnolias on Ice

I have been longing to ink up my Tilda and Edwin On Ice stamp, and when my new issue of Magnolia arrived I couldn't put it off any longer. I had also just received the background Park,Pond scene from Alota Rubber Stamps and I think it's a great scene for the two of these cuties to skate on. My DP's are from American Craft, "Merrymint" and I glittered up my die cuts in the upper corners to set it apart a bit. I colored everything with my Copics - have I mentioned that I LOVE my Copics!...and I used a bit of liquid applique to add some dimensional snow to my pine trees. I'm so envious of all of you who manage to keep up with your cards so faithfully through the busy holidays. I wish I could do that but I am just pulled in too many directions. I did manage to donate 28 cards to our church to send to our missionaries, and I have another 25 or 30 that I'll send out personally to family and friends, so I'm not exactly sitting around,-- just not getting to my posting or commenting as much as I'd like. Tomorrow is December 1 and that means another Copic Creations challenge. Be sure to check out what our DT has in store for this challenge and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Just-Rite Snowman

This adorable snowman is from Just-Rite Stampers. I loved this set the first time I saw it and love the cards I've seen made with it. I used my Basic Grey DP's and my MS snowflake corner punch. I embossed my main CS with my Snowdots Embossing Folder. The sentiment comes from PTI's Mailbox Greetings set. I colored my snowman with my Copics. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday. I want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving day.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Flourishes' "I Believe" Santa

Wow, it's been over a week since my last post, but last week was a busy one for our family. My best friend was here for most of the week. While she was here, my precious 16-month-old grandson who lives with us was admitted to the hospital for 2 days with viral bronchialitis. Not a fun time. Needless to say, I was not stamping or blogging.
I did this card awhile ago but I was so inspired by this card from Linda Duke for Flourishes that I decided to go back and color mine. Linda's card is exquisite and I know mine doesn't hold a candle to hers, but I'm still very pleased with it. I had stamped it in one of my distress inks and just colored the berries and holly leaves at first. After seeing hers, I decided to be daring and try to color it. It was already in my card and ready to go, so if I messed up, I'd have to scratch the whole card. I colored it with my prismacolor pencils. Haven't used them in awhile. I do like how it turned out and I still think this image is incredibly beautiful and detailed. At our house, Santa is acknowledged but not emphasized, so I chose to use "Merry Christmas" instead of the "Believe" sentiment that comes with the set. I hope to be back before a whole week goes by again, and I hate that I've not had time to visit and comment on your blogs, but the holidays keep me busy. I'm so happy that 3 of my 4 kids and their families will be with us for Thanksgiving, and all 4 of my kids and their families will be home for Christmas. This will be a first in a long, long time. There will be 19 of us for that. Thank you for stopping and looking. I do love and miss your comments and just generally keeping in touch. Have a wonderful week and Thanksgiving Holiday and good luck if you dare to go out on Black Friday. LOL Hugs,

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #16

It's mid-November and time for our 16th Copic Creations challenge. The theme of this challenge is "Gold", or coloring gold objects. Our challenge this time is sponsored by "I Brake for Stamps" and they have a very generous prize for the winner of the challenge. You can see the CC Blog for details. My card is one of their images called, obviously, "Santa." There was a lot to color, but I thought it was such a beautiful image and I am pleased with how it turned out. The DP's are mainly SU's Candy Cane and the two solid green CS pieces are both from SU! The copics I used for my gold items are YR21 and YR24. The DT has done some beautiful coloring on some beautiful images. I hope you check them out and then join
our challenge and color some gold. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

House-Mouse "Kit" Challenge

This week's challenge at House Mouse was somewhat elaborate. The DT were all furnished a kit, but we the challengees were supposed to try to duplicate as best we could the ingredients in their kits. Those ingredients were:
Colour theme - Brown and Cream
1 x spotty/patterned paper
Brown Ribbon
Silver thread
Stamped image
Swirl die-cut (or something similar)
embossed card (brown or cream or both)
Pearls (or diamontes)
I had to make a card for my daughter's 3rd anniversary and this HM stamp was perfect, so I decided to see if I could make the card go with the challenge. She loves brown, so I used my PTI DP for the color/spotted paper. The ribbon is also PTI. The one thing I do not have is silver thread. I also have no charms but I used my ribbon slide from Flourishes and decided that could be my charm. My background is a Divine Swirl embossing folder for my Cuttlebug and I used my Kaiser half-pearls for the pearls. Hope this counts for the challenge, but even if it doesn't, I love how it turned out anyway. Thanks for stopping by. Thanks, America, for the challenge. It's nice to be participating.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Babies and Christmas

I have two cards to share with you today and they're both stamps from Flourishes. The first is from their Baby Love set and it is for our very dear friends who were blessed today with a new granddaughter. Their oldest grandchild is 16 if I'm not mistaken, so this has been a thrill for them to anticipate this new little one, and a girl at that. We are so happy for them. The papers used are from SU's Pink Pirouette. This set came out a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with it.
The next card is from their Christmas Wreath set, and I think it is one of the handsomest wreaths I've ever seen. I've already seen it colored several different ways and every one that I've seen is gorgeous. Flourishes is preparing to release their November sets this week so peek previews are already out there. No, I'm not doing a commercial for them. I just happen to love and have need for these images right now, so I'm thrilled that they're sitting here waiting for me to ink up. It's also time to donate my Christmas cards to our church for the Women's ministry to send out to our missionaries, so I need to go through what I've been saving up and get them ready to pass on to them. We are getting ready for Tropical Storm Ida and the rain is steadily increasing. Schools were cancelled today and much more is supposed to be closed tomorrow. I'm going to clean up and watch a movie and hope that we don't lost power. Thanks for stopping by. It's always a treat for me to see what others are doing and share with you what I've been doing.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Favorite Things Challenge at Flourishes

I love the challenge at Flourishes right now, and I actually had a chance to participate. The challenge is to do a card illustrating a line from Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things". If you don't remember the lyrics they can be found on their blog. I decided to do......oh, heck, I'm sure you can figure it out, although I upgraded from "strings." This is Flourishes "O Christmas Tree" set and I tried to keep the feel more country with this cute little tree. I love the plaid paper, which is from My Mind's Eye "Merry Days of Christmas" collection. The ribbon for the ribbon loops is from Sharon Johnson's ribbon store. My daughter is about to start rehearsing for our local production of Sound of Music, so I was excited to do this and get into the spirit. The DT has done some beautiful cards for this challenge. Be sure to check them out if you can. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week-end.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas Treats

The other day I saw this adorable image on Cindy Haffner's blog and learned that it comes from Whimsie Doodles. It is a digi-stamp set, and there are 3 versions of the muffin bottom and 2 tops, the Christmas tree and a Snowman. I thought it was just so cute, and they do have some sweet images. The "Sweet Treats" sentiment is from one of my Just-Rite stamp sets and the holly leaves are punched with my MS punch. I colored it with my copics. The main DP is from Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly. The ribbon is from SU and the slide is from Flourishes. Thanks for stopping by. I'm getting so anxious to post Christmas images, but I certainly don't want to overlook Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful week-end. Be sure to keep the families of the victims at Ft.Hood in your thoughts and prayers. Our SIL was just there last month. I'm so thankful he's home with us currently.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #15

Wow, November 1 and time for our 15th Copic Creations challenge. The theme of this challenge is red hair. I used an adorable image from Mo's Digital Pencil called End of Summer. Until today, it has still been summer here. It was warm and muggy all week long. I'm happy that the temps dropped today, but we were wondering if there would be an "end of summer" here. So while this isn't exactly autumn leaves and pumpkins, it would be right in tune with things in our part of the country. I used two colors for her hair,....YR18, and E07. I decided I liked the blend so I didn't add any more than that. I loved coloring this image. She looks so carefree and happy. I used little flower brads in the corners and attached brown Kaiser pearls in the centers. My sentiment is from SU. Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT did here. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.