Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sew Grateful

Sew Grateful...that's what I'm going to be when this week comes to a conclusion. Quite the busy week at work, with zero time for stamping.

I do have one card to share with you that I made in response to this week's Digital Tuesday Challenge, of which The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring this week. Challenge #103 is to use buttons. I reached immediately for "Patch", an adorable image from The Stamping Boutique.

I printed the image onto X-Press It cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I then used a Nestabilities circle die to cut and emboss the image panel. The rest of the card uses Heidi Grace patterned paper, and a scalloped edge of a scrap of pink Bazzill cardstock. I added a little stitching along the side with pink floss from Sew Easy. The sentiment is computer-generated, and some buttons were added to complete the card.

Sew ready for the upcoming weekend. ;-)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Shaking It Up

You may recall that I am making some cards for Terry Medaris Art Stamps...the only catch is *NOT* to use Prismacolor pencils, which I typically do for Terry's images.

Now, mind you...I am not a watercolorist, but I was curious what would happen if I gave it a try.

I stamped the image "Shake It Up" with Stazon Jet Black ink onto Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored the image with my very neglected, intimidating Peerless watercolors and an Aqua Brush.

Patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, an unknown source (the striped paper) and black cardstock form the layers of this card. A circle clip, along with a ribbon, was attached to the card.

My thoughts...watercoloring is tough. It is going to take much more practice to get it right. But, I do really like the bright, vibrant colors of my Peerless watercolor palette.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tulips for Mom

The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring a Mother's Day card challenge at the Crafty Creations challenge blog today. I thought it would be fun to play along.

I fell in love with this new image called "Tulip Fairy" from The Stamping Boutique. I printed it onto X-Press It cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. A little sparkle was added on the fairy's wings using a Sakura glitter pen. Lavender cardstock and patterned paper from Hot Off The Press make up the layout for this card. The image panel and the lavender have corners that were rounded by a corner punch. A soft sheer lavender ribbon adds some dimension to the card, and the sentiment is from Hampton Arts.

I hope my Mom doesn't read my blog, LOL!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oh My!

I hinted in my last post that I was working on something pretty amazing. Here's the big reveal.

THE Terry Medaris of Terry Medaris Art Stamps contacted me to make three cards for him to take to the various shows and classes he does. ME???!!! For HIM???!!! And here's the catch...he asked me NOT to use Prismacolor pencils, as he wants his customers and students to see his images colored with different mediums. Usually when I make something with one of Terry's images I mimic his coloring and use Prismacolor pencils because he is just so awesome and I know I can do no better. I'm not in his league when it comes to coloring and color choice. I'm not even in the ballpark.

So, really my two mediums of choice, as you know are alcohol markers or colored pencils. So, okay...I can do an image and color it with Copics. And that is what I am sharing with you today.

I stamped this image called "Indian Maiden with Blanket" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored it with Copic markers. I used patterned paper from Lasting Impressions and framed the image and patterned paper panels with black cardstock. Black brads, a circle clip and a black sheer ribbon complete the card, along with some paper piercing of two of the panels. Terry's images speak for themselves, so I tried really hard not to detract from the Indian maiden.

What to do now? I've already used my comfortable Copics, and my Prismacolor pencils are not an option. YIKES! Check back soon...I have a couple of ideas, but oh I am being stretched outside of my comfort zone, yet totally floored and honored at the same time. THE Terry Medaris!

Monday, March 7, 2011


As promised, here is the card I made for this past Saturday's circus-themed blog hop for The Stamping Boutique.

I chose to work with the image called "Popcorn". I printed it onto X-Press It cardstock. I colored it with Copic markers. I added some Tulip Puffy Paint to add texture to the popcorn to make the image "pop". I cut around the image and put onto a circle cut with a Nestabilities die from Lasting Impressions patterned paper. White cardstock and black cardstock were also used, also cut from Nestabilities die cuts. I added some white gel pen dots and a ribbon to put the finishing touches on the card. The sentiment was computer-generated.

I wish everyone a great week. It is going to be a busy one. I am currently working on a project for ....... Shh! Secret! I'll share as soon as I can.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Happy 40 Years and 45 Days

Finally. I am healthy. My husband is healthy. We have been absolutely plagued by germs for the past month and a half. Chris turned the Big 4-0 back in January, and we are FINALLY both healthy enough to FINALLY celebrate. So long overdue.

I decided to do a German theme for his birthday. Mainly because of the little German in our life...the Sloopy Dog.

The image for this card comes from Kenny K Downloads. It is called "Hot Diggity". It was a freebie way back in August, and I've been looking so forward to coloring it. I printed it onto X-Press It cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. Patterned paper from Lasting Impressions and black cardstock form the layout for this card. I really wanted this adorable image to take center stage and not be cluttered.

The sentiment was computer-generated. It is a German phrase which means "Hot Dog". A circle punch cut around the sentiment and a scalloped circle punch formed a border around the sentiment, highlighted with white gel pen dots. The finishing touch is a white dog bone clip.

And, as a special bonus...Would you like to see the cake I made? Recipe from the book "What's New Cupcake?"

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Chris!

A One Stop Blog Hop!

Sometimes, blog hops can be exhausting. Going to blog, after blog, after blog, after blog. Well, on this rainy, lazy weekend...The Stamping Boutique has made it easy for you!

Simply go to The Stamping Boutique's Challenge Blog and you will see some beautiful creations from the Design Team, all together...a "One Stop Hop".

There is a fun twist though. There are no names, just pictures. You are invited to vote on your favorite creation. There will be a Design Team winner and a commenter winner. How fun is that? You have until 11:59 pm EST March 6 to vote.

Just curious...Can you guess which one is mine?

I will do a blog post on Monday showing my creation, so check back to confirm your guess.

Have fun at the circus (the theme of this hop, using Tracey's wonderful circus images).

And above all else, enjoy the weekend.


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