Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

All good things must come to an end, and I guess that rings true for the year 2010. How awesome a year it was...our wedding was wonderful and we had much happiness and the fortune of good health.

I can only hope 2011 is as great, and thought I would celebrate its arrival with this card. I made it with a digital freebie from Tiddly Inks. So cute!!! I printed the baby in the hat onto Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I then proceeded to cut the image out with Cutter-bee scissors.

Patterned paper from Hot Off the Press provide the background panel along with black cardstock. I did a little paper piercing and added a pre-cut black scalloped border from Bazzill along the side. The sentiment is from a Studio G $1 stamp, and the year was handwritten by me with a white gel pen. A little background "noise" or "clutter" was provided with a couple of stamps from Stamps by Judith, stamped randomly with Distress Ink Fire Brick red dye ink and Hero Shadow Ink Silver. A little curly party ribbon completes the card.

Here's wishing you a very Happy 2011. I so appreciate you visiting my blog and allowing me to share my creations with you. Many, many thanks!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

How Sweet! Candyland!

Still on my sweet kick in cardmaking. Perhaps, it is because I'm excited about the "Sugar" Bowl....NOT!

Anyway, one of the regrets I had during the holidays was not enough time to color this amazing image from The Stamping Boutique called "Candyland Winter Background". Doesn't this image just scream to be colored? Last night, as I was feeling remorse about it, it occurred to me that I could attempt to use this image on a Valentine card. I mean, really...isn't Valentine's Day one of the "sweetest" holidays out there? And so that is what I set out to do.

I printed the image onto Georgia Pacific cardstock and had an absolute blast coloring it with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I used some various Stickles to add some glitter to the scene. I then decided I would try my hand at creating a glitter frame for the image, using Art Institute glitter and tacky tape (and I am happy to report not too much of a mess). I then created the layout using patterned paper from Lasting Impressions, Bo Bunny, and an unknown source. One layer is a piece of white cardstock run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.

Sheer white ribbon, metal clips and a heart cut from a Nestabilities die embellish this card. The sentiment of "How Sweet" is from a Studio G $1 stamp and a white gel pen did some dot work around one of the panels and the die cut heart. A corner punch rounded the corners of the card.

Since I went to the effort of glitter, I'm guessing I should enter this card into the current Copic Creations Challenge, Challenge #41, which is to add sparkle to your Copic work. Also, I was inspired by today's Ways To Use it Challenge on Splitcoast, WT303, which was to use silver in some way, hence the clips.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I promise all of these sweets are zero calories. Really.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

All Just Frogs

How enjoyable it is to have the chance to participate in a sketch challenge, on the day the sketch is posted. Love, love, love having time off!

This digital image is from Just Inklined. I printed it onto Georgia Pacific paper and colored it with Copic markers. I then proceeded to cut the image out with Cutter-bee scissors. The layout is from SC313 on Splitcoast. The striped pink paper from Penny Lane and the heart paper from an unknown source help make the panels for this card, along with white and black cardstock. A small pink brad was affixed to the computer-generated sentiment. Inside the card reads "to realize that they are all just frogs."

The sentiment cracks me up, though isn't quite true. I found my prince...but, yes...did have to kiss a few frogs around the way.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

So Sweet

Not only am I craving sweets in real life, I guess I needed to get a sugar fix through paper crafting too (a lot less calories that way). I wanted to do something small so I could check to see if I still remember how to color (yes, it had been that long), while making something that could be used for Valentine's Day.

I stamped the adorable cupcake from Starving Artistamps with Marvy black dye ink onto a scrap of Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. A little sparkle from a Sakura glitter pen was used on the cupcake sprinkles. I then turned to the current Mojo Monday challenge, MOJO171, for the layout. Patterned paper from My Favorite Things, white cardstock, white cardstock colored with a Copic marker and ran through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder, and red cardstock were used, along with some help from some Nestabilities dies. The sentiment is computer-generated, and some white gel pen dots were places around the scallops. A ribbon was added and secured with a heart-shaped brad.

So fun to create something just for fun! Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

2010 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas!!!

I must apologize for my lack of blogging this month. As I last shared, I was going to be making Christmas cards. Sounds time-consuming, though easy, huh? Well, let's just say I totally got stuck, frustrated and the stamp that I thought that I was going to use, just wasn't working. I kept coloring it and it looked like one of my Kindergarten students had colored it. So, I formed a plan B, which required me to order a stamp online...which took 13 days to arrive after I ordered it. I panicked, couldn't do the image justice when it did arrive with the impending holiday deadline (and a sinus infection that made me so tired that coloring seemed like an Olympic sport), I tucked it away for next year's Christmas card (barring a Buckeye card...WHICH I DOUBT IS GOING TO BE NEEDED NOW!!! I AM LIVID OVER THE SITUATION! KICK THEM OFF THE TEAM *NOW*....GOOD RIDDANCE).

So on this past Sunday and Monday, I made 30 of these cards. Very little stamping, but I like the end result. I used a Cottage Cutz die to cut this adorable dachshund from brownish-red cardstock and dressed him up in some warm winter wear with some patterned paper from Hot Off The Press. I then sponged some Marvy dark brown dye ink on the ear and around the Nestabilities cut kraft paper. Patterned paper from Hot Off the Press was used for the panel. Sheer brown ribbon was added to the card, along with a sentiment from My Favorite Things, stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia Pigment ink.

This card was Sloopy approved, so I hope you all approve too.

I want to thank all of you for sticking with me and visiting my blog. Now that I have some time off, I should be posting more regularly.

And, speaking of Sloopy, I thought you all might like to see the little girl kissing up to Santa. Hope Santa was as good to you as he was to her. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peace on Earth Pets

I am delighted to share this card with you today. I really, really like how it turned out. Am I allowed to say that?

To make this card, I used two of Anna Wight's cling mount sets from Whipper Snapper being the current new release of "Got Mistletoe?" for the sentiment, and the other being previously released "Cozy Critters".

I stamped the adorable dog and cat from "Cozy Critters" with Marvy black dye ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored the images with Copic markers. I cut around both of these images with my Cutter-bee scissors.

Then, with a Nestabilities circle die I cut a circle from a piece of patterned paper from Karen Foster Designs. I then sponged on Adirondack Willow dye ink to appear like land forms on the earth. I then sponged Adirondack Sailboat Blue dye ink onto a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and then placed my "planet earth" and my cat and dog onto the earth. I stamped the sentiment from "Got Mistletoe?" with Marvy black dye ink onto the earth. A white gel pen supplied the stars in the sky.

This card makes me smile. I'm thinking it might just be my Christmas card design for next year, so if I send you a Christmas card next year, act surprised, like you've never seen this.

Speaking of Christmas cards, I must *BEGIN* this year's card, so I apologize ahead of time if I don't blog for a few days. I've got to get them started, and I promise to share the results of my efforts when the time is right. Also, I'll bop in to share any tangent I go off on in my creative efforts. I hope to be back soon, as I don't think this year's design is that time consuming or labor intensive. If you need me for anything just email.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Traditional Red and Green

Seems as though I have been reaching for the color pink a lot lately as I've been making holiday cards. I thought I might go a little more traditional with my colors on this holiday creation.

I used Anna Wight's "For the Love of Snowmen" and "Got Mistletoe?", two new sets from Whipper Snapper Designs to create this particular card.

I stamped the snowman image onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers. I then used a Versamarker over the image and added clear embossing powder and heat set to create a protective resist. Then I stamped some snowflakes onto the image panel with Versamark and added Judikins White Diamonds embossing powder and heat set. I sponged Distress Ink Peeled Paint onto the panel to create the background. I used a punch to round the corners of this image panel.

Black cardstock frames the panels of these cards, made from kraft cardstock and patterned paper from Making Memories.

The sentiment is from "Got Mistletoe?" and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. A ribbon was added put the finishing touches on what I hope is a traditional looking card.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope all of you are having a very pleasant week.


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