Sunday, January 17, 2010

First Digi

I'm usually pretty slow to try new things, so don't be surprised that this is my first time using a digital stamp.

This cute snail mail image was a freebie from Doodle Palace. And, may I report, it was an incredibly easy process. Just save, print and color. I was able to resize too. Go me! I guess I have been hesitant to jump into digital stamps because my computer/printer combo leaves a lot to be desired right now. That's a different story in itself.

Once I printed the image onto Georgia Pacific cardstock, I colored the image using Copic markers. I cut the image out. The heart was cut using my Cricut and dry embossed using my Cuttlebug. Patterned paper, colored cardstock, ribbon, paper piercer, and heart-shaped brads were also used to create this card.

This card is going into my Valentine's Day stash. Thanks for stopping by to look.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Roses, Again

I'm still on a Rose Bowl victory high, but know that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I know I used this same image a week ago to complete a card, but I thought it would be fun to see if I could make a Valentine's Day card with it. I actually started out thinking I would make this card to complete the current Copic Colour Challenge, but no. That attempt went seriously wrong, so I tried to salvage my attempt into something. And this card is the result.

The stamped image is from Rubbernecker. I stamped it onto Georgia Pacific cardstock with Marvy dye black ink and colored the image with Copic markers. Not liking my results, I cut the roses and stems from the main image...stamped the image again onto a cream colored cardstock and placed the colored roses on top of the image stamped on cream. I did some more Copic coloring, and added some highlights using colored pencils...let's call it multimedia coloring.

I layered the card with colored cardstock and patterned paper, and did some paper piercing. The sentiment is from a $1 stamp from Michaels.

Thanks so much for visiting. I think I was able to save the card so that the intended recipient can still appreciate the effort.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hey Cowgirl!

You can probably tell that I had to go back to work this week. The cards come at a slower pace when that happens. I sure do appreciate all of you who stick with this blog, even during these slow times.

I was delighted, however, by the gift of a snow day yesterday, so I was able to do some creating. This is a card I made for a dear friend, who just happens to be celebrating her 51st birthday today. The Cowgirl theme, well, that's just an inside joke.

The image is from Terry Medaris. It is stamped with Stazon jet black onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and is colored with Prismacolor pencils. The star was cut from a template I made using my Cricut (that the recipient of this card gave me for Christmas!!!). The sentiment is computer-generated. Patterned paper and black cardstock were also used to complete this card, along with a piece of twine.

Thanks for looking. Happy Trails to you, until I post again.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bright Hearts

This was a card that was inspired by the Inspiration Challenge #213 on Splitcoast. I was inspired by the following pendant found in the Spirit Lala Etsy store. I was attracted to the bright, bold colors and also the collage effect. I had an image from Stampotique of a heart within a framed polka-dot background, and this card took off from there. I used other heart images from Hero Arts, Hampton Arts, Stampabilites, Stamps by Judith and $1 stamps to build around the main Stampotique image.

The Stampotique image was stamped in Stazon jet black and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The background was colored with Copic markers, as well as most of the other collage images. The Hero Arts image of the heart branches was stamped with Marvy markers after coloring the background with Copic markers. A white gel pen was used to highlight around many of the images.

Thanks so much for coming to visit this blog. I hope this card brightens your day. It took me on a fun, creative journey.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cupcake Baker

This is a card that I made for Limited Supply Challenge #253 on Splitcoast. The challenge was a "Happy New Year" Challenge, which meant we were to make a card using the following guidelines:

Happy---make a card in 15 minutes or less
New---use something new to make the card
Year---card must reflect an annual event

So, I followed these guidelines. "15 minute"-ish. Let's just say, it was a quick card. For me, at least. For "new", I colored the image with my new Coloursoft pencils. For "year", I thought it would be helpful to add a birthday card to my stash.

The main image is from Hampton Arts, which came from a grab bag I purchased a long time ago. I stamped it with Marvy Dye ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with the Coloursoft pencils, which I'm telling myself have a learning curve to them. Patterned paper, cardstock, Nestabilies die cuts, patterned paper, ribbon and a paper piercer were also used to create this card. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.

Hope everyone is having a sweet start to the new year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010, Dachshund Style

Happy 2010. This certainly promises to be a great year.

In order to create this card, I finally opened up the box containing my new Cricut. I am so grateful to my colleague who gave me a Cricut for Christmas. Yes, you are reading that right. She gave me a Cricut! For the past two weeks, however, I have been afraid to take it out of the box, not knowing exactly how to work a Cricut. But, when I had this idea for a card...I needed some die cut numerals, so I had to overcome my fear.

How fun the Cricut is! How easy the Cricut is! Wow!

I cut the numerals 2010 from black cardstock using the George cartridge that comes in the box. I then proceeded to glue them onto a white strip of Georgia Pacific cardstock where I had stamped the New Year's Eve dachshund image from Cowtown stamps using Marvy Dye black. I overlapped the last zero over the dachshund, and then stamped a duplicate image onto another sheet of paper and proceeded to color the image with Copic markers. I cut this image and lined it up on the strip so that the dachshund appears to be stepping from the zero. Neat, huh?

The sentiment is computer-generated. Patterned paper and a dog paw brad were also used to complete this card.

So, there you have it. This card meets the requirements of NYE09B on Splitcoast, which was to somehow showcase or use a noisemaker on your creation. And, this card also fits ssnotime120 Stamp Simply #120 challenge, which was to use something new. For me, that was my Cricut.

Here's hoping that 2010 is a real "weiner" for you.


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