Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Bestest Friend...

Click on any image to enlarge Isn't he cute? I can just see him dragging this dog around with him everywhere. I've wanted to use this digi image for a while, but just haven't gotten around to it. It's one of Mo's digital pencil images. The papers are all from my stash. The background paper is from K and Company, the ribbon is from Michaels $1 bin. The flowers are from a bunch that I purchased at Michaels also. This is the first card that I actually stitched on, but it didn't contrast enough with the page to show up very clearly.

I'm entering the card in the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash Challenge - image is new, but not used until now, other items from stash.
Stamp Something - doodle
Sketchy Colors - orange, turquoise, white and brown The Shabby Tea Room - scraps
Cute Daisy May - boys
Paper Take Weekly Challenge - anything goes

I thought I had another, but dummy me used the wrong layout. Oh well, maybe next time.



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Penny Black Fantasy Tree

Click on any image to enlarge I've had this stamp for a while, not really knowing exactly how I wanted to use it. One of the challenges I wanted to enter was "spring", so instead of just black or green for the leaves, I went with the pinks on the Penny Black stamp that I also used for that challenge which also wanted a sketch. I used George to cut the circles. A second challenge called for spots or dots, and I have that with the papers, tree, and on the ribbon. Another challenge called for a sketch and blue and brown, again I wasn't really sure how I'd get this worked into a "spring" card but, I think with the K & Company's wonderful papers, I found the right mix. I then painted some bronze perfect pearls on the tree and added bling to the blooms.

This is also the first time I've used buttons on a card. Now that I've started however, it won't be the last time. I also used Ranger alcohol inks on the background of the image and on the buttons to color them. (More new techniques for me.) (Maybe I've been watching too many videos on YouTube at one time.) LOL

The challenges I'm entering are:
Crafty Creations Challenge - spots and dots
Paper Cutz Challenge - 1 ribbon, 3 buttons
Secret Crafter - spring colors or stamp
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - sketch & Penny Black stamp
Squigglefly - buttons
Polka Doodles - sketch and blue & brown



Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Happy Hello

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I've been wanting to do a birdhouse recently, but wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it. This didn't turn out exactly how I wanted, but I think my friend will enjoy it.

I used SYI for the house, and HD for the bird, which I cut two at 2" and then cut the darker one apart and placed in areas I thought might enhance the bird. The wreath around the entrance was made with a MS punch. I pop dotted the first layer of the birdhouse and the perch.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Cute Daisy May - anything goes
The Pixie Cottage - green
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - green
Paper Cutz Challenge - anything goes



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Gumballs Anyone?

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I just had to do another gatefold card for this card. These are more images that I reduced from a coloring book. After coloring the boy and girl with my prismacolor pencils I remembered seeing a gumball machine on its own, so I got the idea to use it on the front of the card. I didn't want just a plain back showing on the inside, so I colored two, matted them both, and pop-dotted the top one so the right side of the front would slide inbetween it when closed.

The papers are more from a beautiful stack I purchased for $7.95 by K&Company with 360 pages. (What a deal!) I used the new MS pansy punch. The sentiment is done with Sweethearts and PS. I wanted more of a 3-D effect, so I punched some foamies with my "1/4" hole punch and drew a highlight mark on them for more gumballs. Of course, by now I've run out of room to put my message to my friends, so I did a hidden pocket under the picture and used a gumball as the pull.

I'm entering this card at Polka Doodles Challenge and at
Saturday Challenge



Saturday, March 6, 2010

First Gate-fold Card

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For a while I was only making easel cards, so I decided that I would learn some new designs (new for me). So this is my first, but not last, gate-fold card. I think it is such a nice way to send your message to others.

The floral paper is from K&Company's Best. It is such a beautiful backdrop for my card. The image is from a coloring book that I purchased at Target. I purchased three for $1 each and now I have a stack of new images to color, after printing them at 50% of the full size. I cut the circle on the front from Storybook, as well as the design. I colored the image with my prismacolors and gamsol.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge (buttons, bows, brads or bling) (I chose bling)
Pollycraft Monday Challenge (distressing)

Cricut Cardz Challenge (gate-fold card)