Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thrilled to be the Guest Designer, Just Bee-Cause

I was absolutely delighted when Jenny Gropp of Our Creative Corner asked if I'd like to be guest designer for this week's sketch challenge. Thank you so much, Jenny, for this opportunity. I had so much fun.

Decisions, decisions with this sketch. I was really in the mood to color a new bee stamp I picked up earlier this summer from Stamps Happen. The problem was, the stamp had three bees on it, and I needed to fit the image in the oval. I then remembered my recent purchase of a Memento ink marker, which allowed me to directly ink one of the three bees with the marker, and stamped the one bee into the Neenah Solar crest oval shape cut from Nestabilities.. Problem-solved. Cropping, if you will.

I then proceeded to color this adorable little bee with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. Patterned paper, colored cardstock, brads on the bee's antennae, computer-generated sentiment, and some flower embellishments were also used to complete this card.

I had possession of this card for about three or four hours, and then needed to use it. I'm thinking I'll be making some more "Just Bee-cause" cards, bee-cause you never know when you might need an all-purpose card.

Thanks for the great sketch challenge. I can't wait to see what everyone else creates!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Waggy Birthday

Maybe I just have a lot of time on my hands. This is a card I made for Sloopy's friend, Gracie. Her birthday is in a couple of weeks.

I used last week's Sketch Challenge #235 for the layout. I had this card in mind last week, but needed to make a few Nestabilities purchases before I could complete the card. Great excuse to go to Marco's.

The adorable dog image is a Sue Dreamer image from Inkadinkado. I bought it a couple of years ago when I was visiting Sioux Falls, SD on business. It was way over priced, but I remember that I just had to have it. You've been in that situation before, right? Well, I thought it was about time that I use this image and thought this particular sketch would be perfect for it.

The party hat dog is stamped on Georgia Pacific cardstock circles with Marvy Dye black ink. The circles were cut using Nestibilities. I colored the image with Copic markers. I also cut hot pink cirlces from colored cardstock using Nestabilities. Patterned paper was also used to complete this card, as well as paw print ribbon and bone brads. The sentiment, "Waggy Birthday" was computer-generated. The little paw prints on the sentiment are from a small portion of a Stampendous stamp.

I'm not sure how much Gracie will like this card. Sloopy isn't so sure either. But, it was fun to make. It's all about the process, they say.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Candy Apples

Don't think I am rushing summer. Please don't, because I'm not. I know I posted about football season yesterday, and today here's a Halloween card. But real life, let's slow summer down a bit.

I made this card in response to the Copic Colour Challenge #20, which was to use colors E47, YR68 and YG23. To me, these colors together looked very fallish, and so I opened my unmounted drawer labeled "fall" and thought these apples would be perfect.

This yummy image is from Impression Obsession, along with the sentiment. I stamped the image with Marvy dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers, using the challenge colors and then some. I put some highlights in with Prismacolor pencils as well. Patterned paper from Lasting Impressions incidentally with names like "Cashew" and Fudge" and black cardstock were also used to create this card.

Now, back to summer.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Two months from today, this will be me. Football season starts in just two short months. I can hardly believe it.

I created this card for the Copic Creations Challenge #7, which was to color brunette hair. I immediately thought of this fun Suzy Toronto image from Art Gone Wild. I love everything Suzy Toronoto, just like I love everything Buckeye. So, with that, I love this card.

I stamped the image with Marvy dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. Patterned paper, colored cardstock, and Ohio State ribbon were also used on the card. The little pom-poms are actually from a chalk set (which I sadly never used). I just colored the white pom-poms with a Copic marker and adhered to the card. I like the effect, though it is not a new idea. I did the same thing last year with this image.

But, this was the first time making this girl a Buckeye fan with her scarlet and gray. I think I'm going to make another card just like this, so that I can use them as thank you cards to two former co-workers. They are letting me buy their football tickets this year.

Two months from today!!! Go Buckeyes!!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July, Friends!

Today I was able to play along with today's Our Creative Corner Challenge which was to use the colors red, white and blue. Perfect color challenge for today!

I inked up one of my favorite images ever, that I just purchased from Paper Garden. I ordered it earlier in the week, thinking it would be great to have it for next year's Independence Day. But, with the service being so fast and awesome, imagine my surprise when it was in my mailbox in time for this year.

The image is from Eat Cake Graphics, and I think the reason I like it so much is not only for the adorable picture, but because the sentiment rings so very true. Let us not forget that.

I inked up the image with Marvy dye black ink and stamped it onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. I used colored cardstock, brads, paper piercer, and a ribbon to make this card.

Thanks for visiting! Freedom for all.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thanks, Again

I promise this will be the last dachshund thank you. For the time being, at least. As I addressed all of the recent cards, I realized that I needed one more. So, here it is. It is using SCS sketch challenge #234 for a layout. The dachshund image is from Cowtown Stamps and is stamped using Marvy dye black onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. Patterned paper, colored cardstock, paper piercer, ribbon, brads and Cuttlebug embossing folder were also used to complete this card.

You would have thought that 12 thank you cards would make a dent into my blue scraps. Not the case.


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