Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Three Penguins

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here's a card I made with one of Anna Wight's previously released cling mount sets, "Penguin Antics", by Whipper Snapper Designs. It was inspired by a gift bag I saw at Michael's a few weeks ago, as I was drawn to the circle-like placement of the penguins.

I cut a circle with a Nestabilities die from Neenah Solar White cardstock. I stamped the penguin image three times around the circle with Marvy black dye ink. I then colored the penguins with Copic markers. I covered the images with a Versamarker and added clear embossing powder and heated to create a resist. Then, I sponged Distress Ink Spun Sugar onto the circle. I dotted around the circle with a red Copic marker.

Panels were made using patterned paper from My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny and Lasting Impressions. They were framed using Georgia Pacific cardstock. The largest panel, the one using My Minds Eye, was run through the Cuttlebug with a snowflake embossing folder. I then took some Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink and rubbed onto this panel to add some shimmer and shine.

Snowflake brads and some Recollections pink rhinestones complete this card. The sentiment is also from the Penguin Antics cling mount set.

Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's a Boy Dog!

A co-worker of mine got a dog for her two boys over the weekend. I am so excited for them. Sloopy suggested I make a card for their new arrival, and I wanted to share the results of her suggestion.

The sentiment is a digital stamp from KLM Designs. I printed it on Georgia Pacific cardstock, cut it into a small panel and paper pierced around it.

I've been on a shape card kick, so I used my Cricut to cut a bone shape image using blue cardstock and Making Memories patterned paper. I paper pierced around the patterned paper bone. The dog was cut from a Cuttlebug die and I did a little sponging with Adirondack Latte dye ink around him. I added dog paw ribbon made into a bow to the sentiment.

A very quick and easy creation.

Now, trying to get Sloopy to ink her paw to sign the card. That will be the hard part. LOL.

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Warm Heart

Though my body froze, my heart was warm during the 37-7 whooping of scUM yesterday. So, so proud of my Buckeyes!!! Another year to be happy. After suffering through the 1990's, I will never ever take a win for granted.

Speaking of warm hearts, I wanted to share this card I made using Anna Wight's "For the Love of Snowmen" cling mount set from Whipper Snapper Designs.

On a small panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock, I stamped the snowman using Marvy black dye ink. I created a mask for this image with a Post-It note, and used a Post-It note to mask the ground. I then sponged the sky using Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Whispers Lilac dye ink, and Colorbox Chalk Ice blue. I removed the masks and then colored the snowman with Copic markers and shaded with Prismacolor pencils. For the snow on this panel, I added some Stickles.

The sentiment was stamped with Marvy dye black ink onto a panel.

Patterned paper from My Mind's Eye were used to create panel for this card and patterned paper from Penny Lane was used to frame the image, sentiment and panel. The large snow ground that goes across the bottom of the card is simply torn white cardstock with some added Stickles.

The snowflakes were cut using a Cuttlebug die, and small pink heart brads were put in the centers. Some Stickles were also added for a little sparkle.

Thanks for visiting today. Still more cards to share, so come back soon. Here's wishing everyone a great conclusion to what has been a FANTASTIC weekend.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Special Day...Go Buckeyes!!!

Happy Game Day!!! The one we wait for all year long! GO BUCKEYES!!!

Today is really special. Not only is it The Game, but it is also my Dad's birthday. How incredibly cool is that? A home game against M!ch*g@n on my Dad's birthday. My Dad and I have gone together to Ohio State games for 27 years. A very special father-daughter thing that I wouldn't trade for the world.

So, in honor of my Dad's birthday...of course a card needed to be made. And, given it the day of The Game, it needed to be Buckeye style. (A side note...growing up, my Dad never wanted a store bought card, he always wanted me to make one for him, so perhaps, may paper-crafting can be credited to him).

I stamped the football player bear from Darcie with Marvy dye black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and cut the image out with Cutter-bee detailed scissors. I tried to color the uniform to match what the current Ohio State uniforms look like and not sell out to Nike.

Then, came the hard part. But as Woody Hayes used to say, "anything easy ain't worth a damn." So, the construction of the Block O began using black and scarlet cardstock. I am the most straight-edge, ruler-challenged person on earth and so to me, this was a painstaking doozy. But, I somehow drew it, measured it and once I put all of the Block O layers together, I added a little dotting around the Block O with a white gel pen. I also added a ribbon with a football brad from Paper Studio. I then made a little pennant with a silver strip of cardstock and a piece of Ohio State ribbon.

The inside sentiment is also from Darcie and reads "May your day be filled with touchdowns". YES!!!

Here's to a great day! Go Buckeyes!!! Beat scUM!!! Here's hoping for a victory to make this already special day, perfect.

Happy Winter

I'm trying to brace myself for the colder weather that is blowing into my area, and hoping that this card can mentally prepare me to sit outside in the very cool temperatures at tomorrow's GAME. GO BUCKEYES!!!

I made this card using Anna Wight's new cling mount sets from Whipper Snapper Designs, "For the Love of Snowmen" and "Got Mistletoe?"

I stamped the snowman image (from "For the Love of Snowmen") with Marvy black dye ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. I cut around the image using a Nestabilities circle die. Brown cardstock and patterned paper from Bo Bunny and Making Memories were also used for panels of this card, including a brown cardstock scalloped circle cut also from a Nestabilities die. I paper pierced around the largest patterned paper panel. The sentiment is from "Got Mistletoe?" and was adhered to the card and highlighted with Copic markers. I used a Cuttlebug die to make the snowflakes and added Recollections pink rhinestones to the centers of some of them. A white sheer bow completes the details on this card.

When is spring?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give Thanks!

It is so important to stop and give thanks, today and every day. I have so many blessings in my life...my loving husband, my parents, my friends and Sloopy. I'm grateful too for all of you in the paper crafting world that provide me with inspiration and encouragement.

Special thanks to The Stamping Boutique for this freebie, such a wonderful digital image to help celebrate today. I printed it onto Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I cut around the image and pop dotted it onto another copy of the image that I had sponged around with Adirondack Butterscotch dye ink. A white gel pen was used to color in the steam from the yummy pumpkin pie. A Nestabilities die cut the circle and a scallop punch provided the scalloped circle. The sentiment is from a $1 stamp from Michaels. Patterned paper from Gooseberry Patch and brown cardstock provide panels for this card, and is finished off with a gold ribbon.

Stop and give thanks today for all of whom you are grateful, and have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dancing Gingers

First off, let me welcome readers from Stampin' When I Can. I am honored to have my blog listed on this wonderful resources for stampers.

Yesterday, I was able to just sit down and color. Aaah! I love to immerse myself in an image and just color, color and color some more. I decided to print off a Christmas time image from Sassy Cheryl's that is called "Dancing Gingers" because Christmas is a little over a month from now. (Gulp!) It will be here before we know it. And, Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog is challenging us with the theme of "Countdown to Christmas" which certainly helps me jump-start the Christmas card season.

I printed "Dancing Gingers" onto X-Press It cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. I am noticing more and more with the X-Press It cardstock that the Copic colors are easier to blend, so I'm beginning to appreciate everyone's positive reaction to this cardstock, especially when working with hard-to-blend reds. I cut out the scene with a Nestabilities die, and then took my Cutter-bee detail scissors to cut around the Christmas tree tops. I then used the same Nestabilities die and cut a piece of patterned paper from Paper Pizazz to act as the sky. I added some little details to the scene, like some detailing with my can't live without Uni-ball Signo white gel pen, and added some Recollections rhinestones on the tree. The big star in the sky is cut with my Cricut and colored with Copic markers. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onxy black ink and is from a Martha Stewart stamp set. Patterned paper from Making Memories and beige cardstock helped make panels to frame the main image.

I love using Cheryl's images. So happy she shares her talent with all of us paper crafters.

I hope all of my new visitors (and you regulars too) visit again soon. More cards to share, I promise.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Penquin Antics Skating Scene

I wanted to share this card I made using Anna Wight's cling mount set, "Penguin Antics", which was released in 2008 by Whipper Snapper Designs. Such a fun set with lots of penguin personality!

I was actually inspired by this card by WildSideDesign on Etsy. I was drawn to the large circle of a pond and the unusual green sky. And, I was attracted to the traditional Christmas colors. So, I attempted to create something similar.

Using a Nestabilities die I cut a circle. I then used this circle on a portion of Neenah Solar Crest white cardstock to create a mask for the pond. I then proceeded to add Marvy Light Green dye ink with a sponge to make the sky. I love this bright, bold color. After removing the circle, I then began work on the pond. I stamped the penguins, swirl and the tree image (all a part of the Penguin Antics set) using Marvy dye black ink. I colored the images with Copic markers. I used a Versamarker to color on top the penguins, added clear embossing powder and heated with a heat gun. This created a mask, which allowed me then to sponge on SeaShells Starfish Green dye ink to make the pond. A Copic marker created the shadow of the wobbly penguin.

On the stamped image of the tree and in the sky, I added a little snow with a "Snow Marker" from Marvy Uchida. Snowflakes cut from vellum with a Cuttlebug die also contributed to the snowfall, and were adorned with clear rhinestones from Recollections. Cute little sticker trees from Recollections also embellish the scene.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. As promised, there are more cards to share, so come back soon. Wishing you all what I am aiming for...a pleasant, restful Sunday.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thank You Daisies

I'm delighted to share a card with you this evening. Thank you, relaxing weekend!

This card was made with a new digital image from KLM Designs. I printed the image called "Daisy Border" onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers and added brown buttons and embroidery floss to the center of the daisies. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink. Patterned paper is from Lasting Impressions and was framed with brown cardstock.

This card was inspired by the current Inspiration Challenge #259 on Splitcoast. The daisy shown here Plaid Pony Vintage inspired my color choice.

Thank you for visiting today. I have lots of cards to share in the upcoming week, and I have FIVE days off starting on Wednesday...THANK YOU! Come back soon, as I hope with my upcoming time off, I'll add more to the "To Share" stash.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Fishes

Here's a card I made using a previously released Whipper Snapper cling mount set from Anna Wight, called "Cozy Critters." Her critters in this set are absolutely irresistible.

I stamped the fish using Marvy dye black ink onto a Neenah Solar White circle, that was cut with a Nestabilities die. I sponged Adirondack Willow dye and SeaShells Starfish Green dye inks onto the circle. I colored the image with Copic markers. I added a scalloped circle cut from deep red cardstock around this circle panel. Patterned paper from the Paper Studio formed the panels for this card, along with more deep red cardstock. Finishing touches include the crystals and the gold ribbon.

The layout for this card was inspired by Sketch Challenge #306 on Splitcoast.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. As I was making this card, it dawned on me that Christmas is just over a month a way. I need to become a card-making factory between now and then, so stay tuned for more sharing.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Snowman Laundry

For a Monday, it sure is a special day. Today is the day Whipper Snapper releases some new Anna Wight cling mounts sets. And with the holidays right around the corner, these are certainly sets that are not to be missed. The sentiment set alone, "Got Mistletoe?", will take care of your sentiments on holiday cards for years and years to come.

To help celebrate the release, I'd like to share a card I created with the two new sets, "For the Love of Snowmen" and "Got Mistletoe?". I stamped the snowman, mittens and sock onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Marvy black dye ink. I colored the images with Copic markers. I proceeded to cut these images out with my Cutterbee detail scissors. I then took a piece of off-white cardstock, as well as another piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and cut them using a Nestabilities die. The off-white piece was then run through the Cuttlebug with a snowflake embossing folder. The Neenah Solar White piece was cut to form the snow covered ground, which I then colored with Copics. I sponged around the die cuts with Adirondack Latte dye ink. I arranged my snowman and his laundry to make a scene, using red embroidery floss for the clothesline. Small heart shaped brads are acting as clothespins to hold up the winter garments. The sentiment panel was cut with another Nestabilities die and was sponged with Adirondack Latte dye ink. The sentiment is one of many from the set "Got Mistletoe?". The scene and sentiment were then placed on some Heidi Grace and Chatterbox patterned paper panels.

Thank you so much for visiting on this special Monday. Keep visiting for many more cards that I have made with these adorable, must-have sets from Whipper Snapper.

Make sure you go see some of the other fun creations being made with Anna's new sets in the Whipper Snapper Featured Designer Gallery on Splitcoast.

The Featured Designers will be posting there throughout the month, so visit often. They are the amazingly talented:

Dawn Lusk
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/DawnL
Blog: http://dawnanewday.blogspot.com

Denise Marzec
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/peanutbee
Blog: http://thepaperlandscaper.blogspot.com

Kelly Bee
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
Blog: http://kelly.studiobeemusic.com

and, of course, Anna Wight
SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Blog: http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/

And, unfortunately, this card is reminding me of all the laundry I need to do. Until next time.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Birthday Wishes

After what seemed like a work week that lasted an eternity, I was so excited that my X-Press It paper had arrived on Friday afternoon. I had to give it a test drive right away with my Copic markers, since that seems to be all the rage lately. Thought I would share with you my finished product and my initial thoughts about this paper.

I was delighted that the paper would actually go through my Epson printer, as Neenah Solar White cardstock does not. I printed this adorable image from Sassy Cheryl's called "The Rushed Gift", and proceeded to color with my Copic markers. What I noticed is that the ink stays wetter a bit longer than on Georgia Pacific cardstock and on Neenah Solar White, which gave me more time to blend and move the ink. I think this would be a plus for someone just beginning with alcohol markers. I framed the image with brown cardstock and other panels of patterned paper from Gooseberry and Heidi Grace Designs. I did a little paper piercing around the bigger patterned paper panel. I punched a scallop from a paper punch and added the sentiment from Stampendous onto a circle from Nestabilities with Versafine Onyx black pigment ink.

This card was inspired by Challenge #36 on Sassy Cheryl's Challenge blog, which was to "Think Fall". I tried to use fall colors in this creation, and think this will be a pretty decent birthday card to give during autumn because of the colors.

So, now I have 47 more sheets of X-Press It cardstock, a couple packages of Neenah Solar White cardstock, and tons of Georgia Pacific cardstock. Knowing me, I'll just reach for whatever is closest. ;-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

You're Sharp

Thanks to a conversation I recently had with my husband, this card emerged. We were talking about cheeses. He is a self-proclaimed cheese connoisseur, and I identify cheese as orange cheese and yellow cheese. He was eating some "extra sharp" cheese the other day, which to me is the orange kind, and we were talking cheeses. Later, I sat down to color this delightful new digital image from KLM Designs and the idea for this card kicked into high gear.

The image was printed onto Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I cut around the image with Cutterbee scissors. I placed the image on some panels of brown cardstock and patterned paper from The Paper Studio and Ally's Wonderland. The sentiment is computer generated and the sentiment circle was cut from a Nestabilities die, and the scallop is from a punch. Ribbon was used to put the finishing touches on this card.

Thanks for bearing with my humor. And, as always, thanks for visiting my blog.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Proud to be a Featured Sassy!

Imagine my complete surprise when Cheryl Alger of Sassy Cheryl's contacted me to ask if I would be her first Guest Card Designer featured on her blog. I did not hesitate a moment with my response...an emphatic YES!!!!!

I ADORE Sassy Cheryl's images. They are EXACTLY my style. They are cute, whimsical, and because they are digital, they can be enlarged. You all know how I like to color large, open spaces. I think Sassy Cheryl's images show great emotion and attitude, and she is able to convey motion and movement on a two dimensional image. How on earth she creates these "must have" images, image after image is beyond me. I'm just glad she does and that she shares them with the paper crafting world.

The card I created to be featured on her blog is a shape card. This is my first shape card ever, so I know I am taking a risk here. But, I do think I like the way it turned out and that I'll be making some more shape cards in the future.

I decided to pair the Sassy Cheryl's image, "The Sassy Artist", with the shape of an artist's palette.

To make this artist's palette shaped card, I drew the palette image onto a folded sheet of white cardstock, making sure the top of the palette was up against the paper fold. I then proceeded to cut the palette image out. I traced my palette onto a second sheet of Georgia Pacific cardstock and cut the image out again. I drew a small oval on the palette and cut this oval from the palette. I colored the palette with Copic markers, attempting to make it appear as a wooden palette. From there, I dabbed some various colors of acrylic paint onto the palette. When dry, I affixed the paintbrushes with a gold ribbon to the palette, and also placed the darling image from Sassy Cheryl's. I colored the image with Copic markers.

Thank you so much, Cheryl, for featuring me on your blog. You made my season, LOL!


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