Thursday, July 31, 2008

Winner!

Thanks for all the comments! The random number was 9, and that makes Judy the winner of this week's give away. Congratulations Judy! Next give away is August 13th!

Dare To Get Dirty Duck!

If you haven't already commented on yesterday's card, you have until noon CST today to do that so you could win it. I'll be back after that to announce the winner.
This is the card I made for Michelle's challenge at Splitcoaststampers Dirty Girl's challenges. Her challenge (and it's definitely a challenge!) was to make a masculine card. Usually when I go to make a masculine card I pull out my Lovely As A Tree set and then go to the store and buy one! LOL! Really, masculine cards are hard for me. I wanted to do something besides my trees so I rummaged through some old stamps and found this duck in some cat tails. I don't know if this is a mallard duck or not, but I colored him as if he were.



I don't know who makes the stamp since the one I have is unmounted and my unmounted stamps are not organized by company and there's no identifying marks on the back. I colored the image with colored pencils. The top corners are cuttlebug dies. The background is stamped with Stampin Up's mesh background stamp. I stamped the image with close to cocoa ink. I was afraid black ink would make the green color on his head hard to see.
See my little "thinking of you"? Notice that it's AIRBRUSHED?! Yes! I was lucky enough to get an air can and trigger to use with my copics for my birthday. (Thanks Claudette!) I will say using those things definitely takes practice. Lots of practice!
I hope all of you are staying cool in these hot dog days of summer. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday Giveaway!

Saturday morning I got a lot of stamping time in! I've been doing the challenges at SCS, and then Lauren Meador posted her sketch challenge on Saturday and I just had to do it. This is the card that will be given away to someone who leaves a comment on this post. You have until tomorrow around noon CST to post a comment and then I'll get a random number to choose the winner. Here's the card.



This uses the Pocket Fun stamp set from STampin Up and some of their designer paper. I tried to color the blue brad with my copic marker, but it didn't take the ink too well. It kind of looks blotchy. I love the little brads on the pocket though! I hope you like it enough to leave a comment and try to win it! Thanks for looking!

blog candy

would you like to win some blog candy? I found this wonderful blog by Karin who not only has lots of eye candy to look at, but she's got some wonderful blog candy she's giving away. Just click here to see for yourself.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ribbon Challenge

Here's a card I made for Splitcoast Stampers Dirty Girls Challenge. This one is TexasJodylynn's challenge which was to design a card around the ribbon you choose to use. I picked out this hot pink and black ribbon (it is hot pink, but the camera didn't show that color well for some reason).



The little black flowers are punched out and glued on to pink diamonds. I have hot pink glitter in the center of those. The flower was colored with a blending pen and ink from an ink pad. The center of that flower is black chunky glitter. It took a lot longer to make this than I thought it would. I had the whole idea in my mind, but just kept running into problems trying to make it look it right. In the end I'm happy with it! The flower is from Stampin Up's In Full Boom set, and the Thank You is from their Wonderful Words set. I've done a lot of the challenges, so I have lots more to show you but I'm going to spread them out. Don't forget that tomorrow is card giveaway day! If you have a blog, please let your readers know. Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Featured Stamper Card

Hey! Look it's two posts in one day! I took a break from doing the Dare To Get Dirty challenges to do Sunday's featured stamper challenge. The card I chose to CASE is here.
Here's my version of the card



I used different colors and different stamps. She used a swirl image on her base card and I chose to emboss my swirls. I brayered Bliss Blue ink on to my embossing folder before embossing with it.
I especially liked the way she threaded her ribbon through the holes which is what drew me to the card in the first place.
The stamp image is from Stampin Up's Art Of Life set.
Thanks for looking!

Got Dirty With Vellum

Last week the Dirty Girls at Splitcoast Stampers posted daily challenges for fan club members and I participated in as many as I could. You'll be seeing more of what I did for these challenges in the coming days, but here's the first one.



This was Laurie's from Just Give Me Stamps challenge. The challenge was to use vellum on your card. I stamped the flourish (actually it was two flourishes that I stamped one on top of the other) and then added vellum flowers. Little orange rain dots are in the center. The flourish stamps are from Autumn Leaves and the thank you is from Penny Black. The vellum flowers are from some cuttlebug flower dies and a punch I have. The background paper is colored just by directly applying my stamp pads to the cardstock. More challenge cards in the days to come! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

just checking in

Hey everyone! I've been busy stamping up a storm this weekend doing all the Dare To Get Dirty challenges that the dirty girls put out for fan club members at splitcoast stampers. I am trying to do every single challenge they put out there! Anwyay, lots to show you over the next couple of weeks because I'll be spreading them out. :) These challenges really stretch your creativity! If you aren't a member, you should go join! See ya tomorrow!

A Fairy Happy Day

I've had this little fairy stamp almost since I began stamping in the mid 80's. I'm re-discovering stamps all over again trying out my copics on images that only saw colored pencils before. This is a fun little free-standing pop up card. I found a wonderful tutorial for this here.



The image is from Love You To Bits. Of course, she's colored with copics and I added stickles to the "fairy dust" around her magic wand. The font I used on the greeting is Kayleigh. Notice the little transparant yellow rain dots on the greeting? My sister got me a whole slew of those in all colors for my birthday! I love using them, but some of them are so teeny they are hard to get off the sheet and on to a card. This card folds flat for mailing, but it sure looks cute sitting up there! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hey, wanna win a card?

I was blog surfing today and came across this blog Happy Everything
and Kristin is giving away the card she made for Lauren Meador's Saturday sketch challenge! All you have to do to win it is leave a comment on her post. How cool is that?! Plus, while you're at her blog take a look around at some of the things she's made. You might be inspired to start doing some stamping yourself!

Award

My friend Sarah surprised me with a blog award!

I was honored! Thanks Sarah! If ya'll get a chance to go visit her blog, you won't be disappointed. She makes the cutest things!

Zindorf morning

Can you handle another Zindorf card? I really love this card that Michelle did, and since I had the Art of Life stamp set I decided to try it. I followed her tutorial as best I could, although I didn't have some of the same ink colors she used. I chickened out when it came to darkening the flowers on the right side. I just knew it would look terrible if I tried that. Anyway, here's my card.




I think my Not Quite Navy ink pad was a little dry so my flowers don't look as dark as hers. It's fun trying her techniques, and I have to say I'm lots better at sponging than I used to be!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Last reject

This is the last thing I'll show you that was part of my rejected DRS Designs design team application stuff. I cut out the happy Birthday and mounted it on pop dots. I strung some thread through the banner and through the lady bug so it would look like he was holding it and it was being pulled by them. There's a cute saying on the inside about a ladybug bringing you wishes for a happy birthday, so it goes well with the image.

I'll admit I didn't do so well with this card. I would have turned me down too if this was the only thing entered! If I could have used some other stamps I had to fill in some of the space on the right it might have turned out better. It was fun trying though!
Hey, if you have a blog my friend Sarah at Scrampin' Mama is giving away a cool banner for blog candy! Even if you don't want a banner for your blog go check her blog out because she makes the cutest cards! Also, don't forget about the Magnolia stamps you can win at this blog Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

More rejects

Before I show you my rejects, let me tell you about a chance to win some cute blog candy! If you love those Magnolia stamps you are seeing everywhere then run to this blog and check it out!
Okay, here is another project I did for DRS designs design team application. I used four Easter stamps and stamped on coasters and then tied them together to form a box. The box could slide over a small pot of flowers or a small basket to be filled with Easter candy or eggs. All of the images were colored with copics and I flocked the bunnies.









I thought it turned out cute, but it just wasn't a winner. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

design team rejects

A friend of mine just started a blog, and she is giving away some pretty nice blog candy. If you'd like to have a chance to win, and just see some beautiful things go by and take a look here.

Not long ago I applied to DRS designs to be on their design team. I made it through the first phase, but alas I was not chosen. This is one of the cards I entered. I was given three stamps to use and could only use those three stamps. I cut the word stamp apart so I could use part on the front and part on the inside. Here's the outside of the card.



When you pull on the ribbon at the top, it opens to reveal this.



I'll show you the other rejects tomorrow. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Another Zindorf Inspiration

When I saw this card that Michelle Zindorf made for the color challenge on SCS I knew I wanted to try it. The first one I made turned out so pretty until I stamped the trees. I used a different tree image and my trees stamped over my sun and it messed the whole thing up.



My second attempt I did the trees right, but the sky just didn't turn out as good as the first one, and the hill is a little wonky.




Third time's charm right? Well, I'm not so sure. I decided to use the same tree stamps from Stampin Up that Michelle used, and I didn't have the same sun. I still don't think I've done the sky as well as I did on my first one I messed up, but three tries is enough for me, so here is the final version.



I got a little too much green on the one tree on the right, but otherwise it turned out okay. Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Featured Stamper card

The featured stamper on SCS yesterday was Susiestampalot. I chose to CASE this card from her gallery. I took her saying and ran with it.



The bird image is from Pink Petticoat, the dots are from DRS designs, and the tiny flower on the background is from Stampin Up's Simply Said set. I printed the words on my computer and clipped the bottom corners. The font is Snell. I added some yellow stickles to the centers of the flowers on the bird. The embossing on the blue piece behind the saying is the bird vine embossing folder from Provo Craft. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Boob Book revisited

Now that I have this blog, I've decided to let my picturetail account go. That said, there are still some things there that I don't want to lose so I'm moving some of them over here to share. I think they will be new to a lot of you, and hopefully if you've seen them before you liked them enough to see again. :)
The thing I'm sharing with you today is what I refer to as "The Boob Book". It came about when my best friend's daughter was going to have breast reduction surgery. When my friend told me about it the first words out of my mouth were "I'm elated for her!" then I joked and said "I'm elated she'll be deflated!" That brought on a flurry of thoughts and I decided to make her book.



The box is a round paper mache box I painted with a flesh paint. The top is half of a clear acrylic Christmas ornament. I left it clear except for the middle which I painted from the inside with a darker pink paint on a circle of sponge. On the top of that is a pencil eraser. When the top is pulled off an accordian of text comes out.





The whole thing is a bunch of rhyming text rhyming every word for breast I could think of and then some. I've had so many people ask me for the whole text that I decided to add it here. I warn you though, I got really corny with it!
For Amber, In memory of those E's may they rest in peace. and honoring your brand new size trust me girl, I sympathize. and you know, there's nothing you lack you've just got less of a RACK! There you go making molehills out of mountains. Now you'll really feel all those hugs because they won't be blocked by your huge JUGS! and that shirt you liked that didn't fit? will now cause you've got smaller TITS! In this day and age you need to know The Official Standard of International Breast Symbols for E-Mail purposes. (o)(o) perfect breasts (+)(+) fake silicone breasts (*)(*) high nipple breasts (@)(@) big nipple breasts etc...(these are all there and we've all seen them, so I'm not putting them all here). Maybe now your back can get a rest since it doesn't have to carry around your big BREASTS! What did one saggy boob say to the other saggy boob? If we don't get us some support people will think we're nuts! Now that you've got smaller TOOTERS you'll never get to work at HOOTERS, no, I guess with your small BOOBIES You'll have to stay at RUBY'S! (she actually did work at a Ruby's restaurant at the time) hey I just realized you can see your feet isn't that neat?! You see that guy there? The one in the dockers? well he's looking at your face instead of your KNOCKERS! yes, I'd have to say I'm elated you're deflated! okay, that's it. I quit. I can't think of another word to rhyme with TIT! But now that you've read this and I've heard your oohs and ahs. I do have one question for you can I have all your old bras?
LOL! Then I went to the computer and printed out a bunch of boob words in word art and printed out two whole sheets of paper and used it to wrap her present.



I had a blast making it, and I think she enjoyed it. I know that everyone she showed it to has enjoyed it, and I hope you did too! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Zindorf inspired

I don't think there is anyone in the stamping world who hasn't heard of Michelle Zindorf. She does absolutely magnificent works of art and on her blog she shows step by step photo tutorials. I am most fascinated by the highlights she makes with the white gel pen. She is a master of highlights and shadows. When I saw THIS card I wanted to try my hand at it; mostly because I have the stamp set she used! {grin}
Anyway, when I first made it, I didn't like it at all. The highlights I made appeared too stark. I left it on my stamping table and went on to something else. Later when I came back I didn't hate it as much. It seemed to look better from a distance than close up, but overall I was happy with what I had acheived. There is this quotation that I just love that I thought would go perfect with it, so I decided to print the quotation on to my piece. Mistake! The words just didn't show up on the dark ink. At first I despaired that I had messed up what took me so long to make! There was no way I was pitching it! So, I ended up printing the quotation on to some very vanilla cardstock and I cut it out, did a little sponging, and mounted it over the printing I had done previously. I'm happy with the results enough to post it here, and I plan on trying more of her tutorials!



So, what are your feelings about this card? The font on the quotation is Garamond. Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Halloween?!

I know it's only July, but the next big holiday coming up is Halloween and I want to get a jump start on some cards. Plus, somehow stamping Halloween cards makes me feel the nearly 100 degree weather a little less. I love Halloween because it is usually cooling off by then, and I love the smell of fall in the air. I've always enjoyed everything that goes with Halloween. so, that said expect to see a few more of Halloween cards in the coming days.



This card uses the Stampin Up wheel that goes with Home Is Where the Haunt Is stamp set. I brayered the background, wheeled the image down, layered it on some black and orange cardstock, and tied a Halloween ribbon around it! Simple, but it makes a fun card.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Winner of yesterday's card!

Goes to Penny! Penny wrote:

Hi Holly! I think your colouring is fabulous and this is no exception. I love your looking for rainbows card with the dots for the rain coming down - clever that!

Thanks Penny for leaving a comment. I've sent you an e mail and will mail your card to you as soon as I have your address!
Next card give away is July 30th!

Some Bunny Loves You

There's still time to comment on this card for a chance to win it. You have until noon today, and then I'll be back with the winner.

When I was making yesterday's card the scalloped circle that was punched out was just sitting there wanting me to make something with it, so this is what I did.



I think that little bunny is just adorable. He is by Rubbermoon. The white card is swiss dot embossed and scalloped at the bottom edge. I did my faux bow on the ribbon, and I added little pearls everywhere. These pearls are liquid pearls by Ranger. I added them to the scallops, the center of the bow, and the center of the teeny flower on the teeny tag. I printed out the saying before punching it out. the font I used is called Kristen.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sketch Challenge

Reminder that today is card giveaway day. The card to comment on is here.
Today was the sketch challenge on SCS and I've been doing Halloween cards, so here is my card. If you can't read what it says, you need to click on it to enlarge it.



the inside of the card:



LOL! I know you laughed! The witch, the outside verse and inside verse are all from Stamp Cabana. The cat on the inside is from Mostly Animals, and the background is Stampin Up! Thanks for looking!

It's Card Give Away Wednesday!

This was a fun card to make. I used a piece of cardstock that I cut a scalloped circle out of as a frame for the image. This little guy is from Penny Black.



He was stamped in black and colored with copics. I placed little square pastel brads in the corners of the frame and then hand doodled with a white gel pen. I used a swiss dots embossing folder on the card. The frame was popped up on the card with dimensionals, and the little circle was placed inside the cut out. A lavender ribbon tied at the top finishes it off.
For a chance to win this card, just leave a comment on this post. You have until tomorrow around noon. I'll use random.org to pick a number and will let you know on tomorrow who wins it!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Color Challenge

The color challenge on SCS today was Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, and Wild Wasabi. I didn't have those exact colors on hand, but I made do with colors I had that were close enough. Maybe I shouldn't have added so much bling? When I was coloring the owl with my blender pen and ink my paper started pilling and gave it a textured look that I liked! Kind of looks like feathers! LOL!
Don't forget that tomorrow is card give away!



The owl image is Penny Black and the dots are DRS Designs. Words are computer generated in Boopee font. Thanks for looking!

I Like Your Style

It's another Shy Bear today!



Isn't he just the cutest thing? I think when Lynne drew this the idea was for Father's Day, and this little guy had gotten some new slippers, a new cap, and a new tie and was just kind of overwhelmed with it all. I just thought it was a cute image.
I colored with copics, chalked the floor and added decorative paper for the background. The words were printed in Bradley Hand and Zapfino fonts and cut out with nestabilities. Then I used my postage stamp scissors and trimmed around the green layer. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the bear is popped up for a three dimensional look.
Don't forget that tomorrow is card give away day! If you have a blog I'd love it if you told your readers about it! Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Looking For Rainbows

Todays technique lovers challenge on SCS is to do a grid card. I didn't do a diamond or square grid, but just diagonal scores because it seemed to go with the rainfall better. I pierced the side above the words and used a blo pen to add speckles all over the background. I think the image is cute, but overall I don't really like this card. I don't know if it's the color or the lay out or what, but it's not a favorite for sure!



The font is Juice. Sorry, but I don't know who makes the image. It was one I received in a swap. Tell me what you would have done differently or if you would have scrapped it all together. Thanks for looking!

Happy Day

I think any day spent at the park with our dog is a good one, so this card reflects a happy day spent with your pet. Speaking of going to the park, let me tell you about something cool that happened the other day when we went. We were driving to a place to look at the river and we saw this deer standing in a small grassy area. As we got closer to it, we saw that there was a rabbit in front of the deer and then out of some trees comes this raccoon. It was so cool seeing all three of these animals at once. The raccoon came running to our truck and I thought it looked like he was expecting something, so I gave him a dog treat we had in the truck with us. He snatched it right up! The entire time the deer and the rabbit stayed there like they weren't in the least afraid of us. We drove on past, turned around in the little turn around area and they were all gone when we came back by. Okay, on with today's card! The image is from Maryese Carrier. The grass sprigs are from DRS designs, and I don't know who makes the "Happy Day" stamp. I stamped the main image in black and colored with copics. The sky is chalked and I doodled a double line frame around it.



The happy day is cut out with a scalloped sqaure nestability die and then sponged around the edges with Lovely Lilac. The very vanilla layer is embossed with my swiss dots embossing folder. A lavender ribbon is wrapped around the vanilla layer and tied and then a small prima flower is stuck on the bow's center. Remember this card where I resisted giving the girl pigtails? Well, this image does not have a nose or a mouth, so I added those! LOL! I can't control all of my impulses! Well, thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Featured Stamper challenge

The featured stamper challenge on SCS was Stephanie Hargis. You're supposed to browse her gallery of cards and choose one to CASE. Here's the card of Stephanie's I chose.
And here is my card:



Bet you were suprised to see two posts from me in one day huh?! The card is pretty simple and doesn't really require much explanation. If you do have a question about it though, ask away!
Thanks for looking!

Blooming Thanks

I needed a thank you card and while looking at the featured stamper on SCS last week I saw a card that I loved and wanted to make. A big plus was that I had the same stamp set, which is Bud Basics by Stampin' Up! So here's my take on Teneale's great card.


I added buttons with bright yellow embroidery floss to the flower centers and I brayered the piece below the flowers with Yo Yo Yellow. The ribbon color was great for my color combination don't you think? I made my version of poor man's ribbon blossom. The thank you stamp was from Stampendous and was stamped in Glorious Green. Overall, I'm rather pleased with how this turned out. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sugar & Spice

Okay, I like cute but even I will admit that this card is almost too sweet. I wanted to use my long rectangle nestabilites and found that I really don't have many long images! This one filled the bill though.


I stamped in black and colored with copics and cut and embossed it with one size, then I did two more sizes up with the last one being scalloped. I embossed the lower portion of the base card and added some decorative paper to the top portion. I used a couple of flowers from Michaels wedding department and colored four petals from one flower green for leaves and the other flower was colored blue. Yellow stickles in the center. I think it's a really cute card. I like the half embossed look and will do that again.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thirsty Mouse

Happy Friday everyone! You know the old saying "if you ask ten people, you'll get ten different answers"? Well yesterday three people gave me three different answers about the four letter or four lettered thing. Kat, my RST friend said it was four lettered. Jan, my sister said it was four letter, and Chesney, my daughter said it really didn't matter, but I should probably put in a hyphen if I went with four-lettered. So, I'm leaving it as it is! LOL!
The other day when I was going through some stamps that I haven't used in a while I ran across this one. I realized that I have never tried coloring my House Mouse images with copics before, and I had to remedy that.



Pretty simple card overall. I added stickles to the dew drops. I am out of my crystal lacquer and haven't been able to find any at my local stores. I pierced the side with a scroll pattern and added a small purple prima flower. I put a little bitty pearl in the center. Aren't those little pearls so cute? I got them at Hobby Lobby. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Diet Is A Four Lettered Word & A Tutorial!

After typing that title out I am thinking maybe I goofed and it should be "letter" rather than "lettered". I'm sure if my daughter Chesney is reading this she will let me know how it's supposed to be. I have a tutorial that goes along with today's post! In the midst of making this I thought someone might like to see how I did it, so I took some shots. First the card.



On the inside it says "it'll make you say a few four letter words too!" The font I used is one called Boopee.

A while back my sister Lynne drew a lot of these adorable bears called Shy Bears. They were all made into rubber stamps and sold by Merry Stamper. That company has since closed, but I do think the Shy Bear images have been sold to I Brake For Stamps. Isn't it a cute image? It's hard to tell in this photo, but the towel is embossed from behind so it's dimensional. It almost gives the effect that you've cut out the towel and mounted it on pop dots, but it's cooler than than because it's all one piece. Here's a close up from the side so you can see the dimension.



And guess what, this time I didn't color with copics! I colored this with watercolor pencils and then went over everything with an aqua brush. I did use copics on the floor. After coloring it I turned it over and held it up to a window so I could see the image, and I lightly traced around the towel. Then I placed the image face down on a mouse pad and used an embossing tool to lightly press in the towel part. You can also use the round end of a paintbrush or something similar. You continue adding more and more pressure until you have it raised where you want. At this point I fill the area in with cotton. I've also filled in with glue gun before, but I didn't want the heaviness in this. If the area you are embossing isn't a large one you can skip this step all together. I just don't want to take a chance that it will get flattened in the mail!



After that was done I used my quickie glue pen around all the areas that weren't raised and glued it to the "wallpaper". Glueing that part down completely makes the raised area even more pronounced. Here's a close up right after glueing it down.



It's a really cool look. I've got this image of grapes (another one my sister drew for Merry Stamper as a matter of fact) that I like to do this technique on. I hope you like the card and that if you've never tried this technique before that you will. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Balloon Girl

Today's card uses an image by Victorine Originals and I combined it with the balloon from Stampin Up's Eat Cake set. I stamped and embossed the girl on very vanilla cardstock and used my copics to color her. The copics do not do well on this cardstock for some reason. The colored very grainy looking. I had a hard time not adding pigtails to her!



The balloon was stamped with Lovely Lilac ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut it out and mounted it with dimensionals after adding some cord for the tie. The string was pierced through the cardstock and back out so it looks like she's holding it. The pale lavender layer is embossed with my swiss dots embossing folder and I added a faux bow in the corner that I love how it turned out! You wrap the ribbon around the corner and tape to the back, and then you make a circle with some ribbon and place it over your wrapped ribbon and tie them together with some cord. As always the sky is chalked! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Spoiled

Today I've got a special surprise! The card I made is using an image Chesney drew, BUT this image is a stamp being released this week by DRS designs! Isn't that exciting? I'll tell you what I did, but first here's the card.



Isn't it cute? I stamped the whole image on an ivory cardstock and then stamped the cat portion again on white cardstock. I wanted the cat to look really white. I cut the white cat out completely and added shadows with a pale blue copic. I colored her ears, eyes, and nose and added stickles to her collar. Then I colored the other image completely except for the cat. I drew a line where I wanted the floor to meet the wall and chalked the floor. Decorative paper was used for the "wallpaper". I printed out the saying using amienne and scriptina fonts and hung it on the wall with gold brads. I had to cut around chaise lounge so the wallpaper could be put in and then the white cat was glued over the image.
Turned out cute didn't it?
Want a chance to win some blog candy? High Hopes is releasing some new stamps and you can enter to win a set! Head over to this blog and check it out! Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 7, 2008

You didn't notice!

Well I mentioned that I had a subscribe button on my blog now and I found out today that it didn't work! I had to go and activate it. Anyway, it's activated now if you want to try it.
I'll have a new card tomorrow. :)

Birthday Sarcasm

I've already mentioned that I make a lot of birthday cards. I love funny and slightly sarcastic cards too, and I love combining both!
This card is a birthday card, but the sarcasm is on the inside where it says "I had to have something nice to wear in case you have a party! Happy Birthday!"
I used an image Chesney drew. I colored her with copics and tried a few new techniques I've learned from I Like Markers website. I added texture to her vest by dotting all over after coloring with my colorless blender. The skirt I colored with straight vertical lines and left the streaks so it would look textured as well. So what do you think? How'd I do?



I used some DCWV paper on my background and tied a ribbon around the whole card. I colored a brad with my copic marker and cut off the prongs and placed it over the ribbon tie. The background the image is chalked as are her cheeks. I have a hard time making blush look good with a marker! The saying on the front was cut with an oval nestability and embossed while still in the die. I popped it up on dimensionals. The font I used on this and on the inside is Kayleigh. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Chickie!

Some of you may recall that on Wednesday's card giveaway one of the commenters wanted a birthday card for Olphine, a girl from Haiti she is sponsoring. Well, even though she didn't win that day's card I did say I would still make a birthday card for her. This is it.



I loved the ribbon, so I chose my colors from that. The image I used is from Pink Petticoat, and rather than a stamped image it's a digital image. The balloon you see was actually an easter egg the chick was balancing on his beak. I cropped the easter egg, turned it around, and placed it above him so i could make it a balloon! I was rather proud of myself for adding the little tied part to the balloon and I drew the string to the chick's beak.
The chick was flocked with yellow flocking and the sky was chalked. The Happy Birthday, the orange dots on the background of the card, and the grass sprigs are all stamps from DRS Designs. The blue layer was embossed with my swiss dots embossing folder.
I hope Olphine likes her card Marlene!
Be sure to come back tomorrow. I have another card using an image Chesney drew to show you! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

What's Up Pussycat?

I hope everyone had a safe and happy fourth yesterday. We enjoyed ourselves by doing a little shopping, eating out, and watching fireworks. The only thing to spoil our fireworks watching was that our dog got into a bed of ants and in our frenzied attempt to get them off of her they got on us! We all got bit by these tiny little black ants! The fireworks were gorgeous though.
Today's card features yet another image my daughter Chesney has drawn. I think the wide innocent eyes of this little cat are just so sweet.



I colored with copics and popped the words up with dimensionals. The font is called Amienne.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 4, 2008

This One's For Jan

I had a call from my sister Jan on Monday commenting on the card I made here. She said it's the first time she hasn't liked a card I made. It didn't hurt my feelings because I had my own doubts about the card, and if you recall only added some of the paper after my daughter suggested it. Then later in the day someone left a comment saying they loved the paper! My sister did tell me while we were talking that she really didn't like Precious Moments anything, so that could have something to do with it. Anyway, she wanted me to make the same card again only do it the way I had originally intended before the suggested changes so she could see if she liked it better. The problem was I didn't feel like coloring that image anymore! LOL! But, digging out that stamp did have me pulling out other Precious Moments stamps that I wanted to color. So, knowing that Jan hates Precious Moments, this card is for you Jan!



Now how could you not like such a sweet image? I cut the girl out with an oval nestability, sponged the edges and popped her up on dimensionals. I finally got to use some cute flower ribbon that I've had forever and I picked a piece of decorative paper from my DCWV paper pack to go with it. I am just too patterned challenged to pick out two patterns, so I stayed with the one. The image is from Stampendous and the little grass lines are a stamp from DRS designs.
Have a happy fourth of July everyone! I hope you have a safe and happy celebration with your loved ones. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Winner of Wednesday's card

Well, we have a winner! I went to random.org and here's what I got
Here are your random numbers:

1 Timestamp: 2008-07-03 15:09:57 UTC

So that makes Weatkins our winner! Here's what she had to say:
weatkins said...
Am I first? I love it and I need a card since my sister's birthday is coming up soon!
I'll get that card mailed off to you on Saturday!
I also am going to contact Queen of the Click who wanted to win the card to send to Olphine, a child she sponsors in Haiti and will send a special card off to her for that!
Thanks for commenting everyone. Next card giveaway is July 16th but there'll be lots of cards to see before then!

Borrowed Sympathy

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I saw a beautiful sympathy card by Nancy Riley and then borrowed a friend's set (thanks Sherry!) so that I could CASE Nancy's card. I am really pleased with how this turned out. I used chalk inks for stamping the flowers. The background paper is embossed with my new cuttlebug bird swirl embossing folder and then I rubbed some white craft ink over it and then brushed on some pearl ex. I'm not sure if you can see the glimmer from the pearl ex, but it's beautiful in real life. The side is punched and embossed with my brand new fiskar border punch. I love that! The stamp set is Close As A Memory by Stampin Up!

Notice the little pin I stuck through the ribbon? Isn't that just the sweetest touch? I love it!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday Giveaway!

Todays card will be sent to one lucky person who leaves me a comment on todays post. It's a birthday card that I totally CASED from Robin Desko aka: Stampinfool on SCS.


The white layer is embossed with the birthday embossing folder in my cuttlebug then it was rubbed with light pink chalk. I cut the corners with a fiskars corner scissors and mounted some dark pink behind it. The candle flames were colored with a glitter gel pen. The images are Eat Cake from Stampin Up! and is stamped in pretty in pink and pink passion.
It was super simple and fast to do, so I'll be making more of these in all colors! Now go leave comments!
Thanks for looking!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Playing in the craft room

REMINDER - Tomorrow's card will be sent to someone who leaves a comment on it. Be sure to come back tomorrow!
Saturday night my daughter Chesney popped over. I was telling her how I've been trying to make myself use patterened paper more and that Lauren's sketch was really challenging me because there were two pieces of patterned paper in it. She was looking at what I had done and then she spotted a pack of DCWV patterned paper I had just bought that day. She became inspired to make a card of her own using one of her images. She put the paper together, colored the image, added some ribbon and left the saying to me. It was fun, and I think she should come play with me more often! So here is Chesney's card:

I love seeing where she adds shading to her images. The font I used for the wording is called Elegant.
Thanks for looking!