Monday, August 30, 2010
I thought I should mix things up a little for a change. I'm always making square cards because they are so easy and I am lazy. The ornament shape that I used to make this card came from Lettering Delights Peppermint Holiday Expressions. The digi stamp is Delivery Boy Santa from Sassy Cheryl's. The stamp was colored with Promarkers and I shall be adding the stickles to his outfit that I see I have forgotten! The Ho Ho Ho stickers are from Jo-ann's and the snowflakes are from Cricut snowflake cartridge. The DP is DCWV and is polka dotted to fit in with the them for challenge #26 Polka Dots at Sassy Cheryl's challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Karen's Doodles on Facebook is having a Halloween challenge involving the free digi that she gave away. You can request the free digi as long as you promise to make and post a Halloween card using the digi by 8/31; this is my entry.
The house, fence; tree and gravestones are all from the Lettering Delights Hallowscream Things graphic set. All the sets are on sale for $1 right now, so if you're looking to experiment, now's the time. I separated the layers for the house and gravestone in Photoshop Elements; it was quite simple. For those that want to know more about converting these files, Jin at Under a Cherry Tree has a video tutorial showing how to convert files.
The digi stamp was colored with my Promarkers, the DP are a combo of Debbie Mumm holiday stack and Provocraft; the cardstock is Recollections, ribbon from stock; and the charm is Making Memories 2009.
This card is also entered into Karen's Doodles Challege # 25 Polka Dots.
By the Cute & Girly August Animal Antics.
Bee Crafty: Anything Goes.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I'd like to say thank you for the nice comments and welcome to all the folks that are following me from the Swap-bot swap. It feels so nice to have more than 3 followers! I hope you enjoy looking at my creations.
It's been awhile since I've posted any cards. The fact is that I've started quite a few. Sometimes I color some images, other times I work out the background, but for a different card than what I've colored an image for. Either way, I've not really completed any, except this one, which was a commission from my biggest supporter. That would be my sister. She is currently obsessed with fairies and now wants all kinds of fairy cards. I'm meant to make her a boy fairy birthday card for our newphew...the 6'2", turning 16 football player! We'll see how that goes. If I manage it, I will certainly post a photo.
I've also been very busy trying to de-stash all of my stickers and all of my Hello Kitty junk. I've been listing what I can on my Etsy and for the first time in a few years, Ebay. This is an ongoing process as I try to declutter my house.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Here's Santa Birgitta, a Swiss Pixie from C.C. Designs. For this card I slit two of the corners to tuck my DP into. The corner flourishes are free svgs from Heather M, the Poinsettia svgs is also a free one from Little Scraps of Heaven. The sentiment is a Recollections Sticker. Birgitta was colored with Promarkers and some stickles for her wings. The DP is DCWV and Heidi Grace.
This is entered into the following challenges:
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club #30 Poinsettia
Anyone for Anya Christmas in August
With this The Stamping Boutique image I like to think that Audrey is maybe making a birthday cake or a special birthday dinner. Here, she's celebrating The Stamping Boutique's 1st Birthday!
Audrey's been colored with Promarkers. DP is DCWV, LoveU is Cricut, and the sentiment is computer made.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Here's a free image given out by Tracey of The Stamping Boutique for becoming a member of her PCP group. It's going to be The Stamping Boutique's 1st Birthday so this image ties in well with the festivities that will be going on. "Festivities?" you say? That's right, there will be a birthday party going on Saturday 8/14/10. Challenges, digis, chatting and more. Here's a link to more information.
I've colored my image with Promarkers and stickles. I was trying for a lemon coconut look cause I love lemon cake! The card background is one I've had for quite a few months and never did anything with so I tried to match my colors to it. This is being entered into The Stamping Boutique's monthly challenge for August. Check it out, you can enter as many times as you like!
Here's a super sweet image by Sassy Cheryl called Love's Healing Hands. This comes in both a boy and girl version and both are equally adorable. Challenge 24 at Sassy Cheryl's this week is a color combo of Black, White and Pink with embellishments. I've colored my image with Promarkers and left the bear to be white. The flourish is by Penny Duncan Creations and has been stickled and pearled. MS heart border punch, roses from Crafta.com, and the sentiment is computer generated and framed with an oval bookplate(on clearance for .50/6 at Joann's! go get some), heart shaped brads to hold it down. Ribbon is Offray and the DP is Recollections.
This card also fits the requirements of challenge #29 Bear & Me at Just Cute Bears so I shall enter it there as well.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The theme at Karen's Doodle's this week is Summer Zest. Cards are to feature the colors of summer; yellow, orange, lime green and a touch of blue.
I chose Apple Girl because it's one of the few not Christmas/Winter images I have that would work for this challenge. The backing papers are DCWV, MS embroidered floral punch, ribbons from Joann's, flowers from AC Moore and the sentiment from Cricut. Colored with Promarkers.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Here's the other simple card I made for today. Again I've used a Stamping Boutique image, this one was a freebie. Prince Lonnie is the mate to Princess Jennifer and I think he's cooking up something special for her! He is colored with Promarkers and a bit of chalk for the background. The sentiment is one of those $1 stamps from Michael's. The papers are DCWV Summer Dream stack, which I broke down and bought since it was on clearance. A lot of the sheets will make great envelopes, so I can justify this purchase, right?? :)
This is entered into the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Snips, Snails & Puppy dog tails.
The Stamping Boutique Monthly - August.
Today I have some rather simple cards as I'm trying to up my quantity a bit. I have made these A2 size as they are being added to my stack of cards to send to Operation Write Home. As soon as I reach my personal goal of 20 cards I'll be able to send my package to them.
This card features Caroling Snowmen by The Stamping Boutique. Tracey has a lot of fun images besides her Audrey line(my fav) and this is one of them. I love it when snow people have some clothes on because it gives us a little bit more to color than just having snow. I've used one of my new Sizzix Holiday embossing folders (actually did it backwards), these are designed by Basic Grey. There are quite a few nice ones, but I limited myself to four. The papers Bazzill Swiss Dots and DCWV Metallic Silver. MS Lattice arch lattice punch, Recollections snowflake brads, Michael's ribbon, Sentiment is Studio G. Colored with Promarkers.
Challenges this card is entered in:
The Stamping Boutique's Monthly - August
Die Cut Dreams #29 Snowmen
Sunday, August 8, 2010
At least that's the song that goes through my head when I need to associate this card with a song for the Simon Says Stamp Sing It Baby! challenge.
The card shape is the castle from Cricut's Once Upon a Princess cartridge. I used two castles with a little rectangle to weld them for the card shape.
The bears, Kiki and Cuthbert are from Pollycraft. Their challenge right now is Fit for a Princess, so this should fit right in with that.
The dragon is from Dustin Pike. He had a fabulous sale about a month ago, 233 images for $10! This dragon was one of the 233.
The images are colored with Promarkers with a little bit of stickles. The paper is Core'dinations and Fresh Paint glitter paper.
I'm also entering this card in:
Creative Card Crew: Get Cute and Girly.
By the Cute & Girly's August challenge, which is Animals.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Here's another card made with several challenges in mind. This card features a freebie from Meljen's Designs; such a sweet bear. Challenge #19 at Meljen's is Clean and Simple. Clean and simple can be so relaxing when you are overwhelmed by your embellishment choices.
The next challenge is for 7 Kids College Fund's inaugural challenge: Pink & Dots.
And finally, I Heart Promarkers #26 a sketch plus use only 3 colors.
The stamp was colored with Promarkers. The pink DP is Recollections, the green DP is a free printable from Kara Henry. MS border punch.
Friday, August 6, 2010
The other day I saw a beautiful The Nutcracker themed shadowbox card done by a member of Mo's Digital Pencil DT team and wanted to make one just like it. Since copying is a no-no, and I want to enter challenges, I had to come up with my own idea.
I've never made one of these before, but they are similar to the recessed window cards that I like, so it wasn't hard to do. You actually have much more room to work with in the shadowbox card than with the window cards. The only drawback for me is that I don't like how the top and bottom are just left open. Unfortunately if you want it to be flat for mailing you can't really cover it with a box top type of doohickey.
Anyway, on to the details. I made this with a few challenges in mind, one being Karen's Doodles #22 Anything Goes.
I've used two images by Karen's Doodles, Santa Waving and Bigsby Cookies.
The next challenge is Digital Tuesday Challenge #70, 2 Companies, 1 card.
For this you mixed more than one company's digital images. That would be the Karen's Doodles as company 1 and the fireplace and little girl on the sofa from Stitchy Bear Stamps as Company 2.
The couch is paper pieced, while everything else has been colored with Promarkers, Copic Spica Atyous and stickles.
The third challenge is at OSAAT and is a sketch OR use pink somewhere on the project. I chose to use pink for the pajamas and the pink snowflake embellie.
The last challenge is at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #70 Out of this World. I'm counting on Santa as being something "Out of this World" to qualify for this challenge.
I should mention that the tree is a rubber stamp (Rubber Hedgehog) that I stamped and scanned so that I could re-size it. I've been doing this quite a bit lately with some of my rubber stamps. The convenience of sizing digital stamps has spoiled me, so I stamp and scan some rubber stamps for the same advantage. Of course, I do not try to profit from stamps I use in this method, so I hope it's not too big of a no-no.
Bigsby's table is from Cricut French Manor cartridge, the nestie svg shape is from Penny Duncan Creations. DP is DCWV and the sentiment and snowflakes are from K&Co.
This was a lot of fun to make, and I can see myself making a few more of these in the near future.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
My sister needed a Thank You card and commissioned me to make one for her. I chose to use the Mo's Digital Soaking up the Sun as this girl just looks sooo happy. It's possible that no one would ever guess my love for gingham and polka dots because I rarely use them in my cards. I truly love them, so I hoard them, using sparingly. I'm working on that, as you can see by this card.
She's been colored with Promarkers and some stickles.
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
It looks like Mudzie by Crissy Armstrong was trying to decorate the tree and ended up decorating himself instead! This cute image came from Squigglefly.com where there are bunches of great images to choose from.
I've colored Mudzie with Promarkers and glittered him up with some stickles. Some Christmas brads for the corners and a computer generated sentiment. Fiskars snowflake punch along the border to finish him off.
This card is entered into the following challenges:
Squigglefly Challenge #60 Use ribbon.
By the Cute and Girly Animal Antics.
Creative Inspirations #39 Anything Goes
Sparkle Creations Weekly Christmas Card Challenge#35
Monday, August 2, 2010
Here's a card I created for the Crafter's Digital Arts Center sketch challenge hosted by Karen's Doodles. Karen has also provided the free digital stamp of this cute kitty to use in the challenge. I wanted to make my card tall, so all the elements are kind of cramped, but they're in there! I think when it comes to coloring animals I prefer to use my pencils; for whatever reason I just do better with them. However, I tried to color this cat with my markers and he just came out bland. Ah well, a learning experience. The papers are K&C and DCWV, and the sentiment is computer generated.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I have a card made with a Stampin' Up! stamp that I had been coveting for a year. I finally found one on Ebay a couple of weeks ago. The snowman and the sentiment are from the Stitched Snowman set from 1995. I've colored him with Promarkers, embossed the sentiment and embellished with buttons, mini bells stickles.
This card follows the sketch at Christmas Stamping All Year Long and is also entered into the challenge for the week.