Saturday, February 28, 2009

Video Tutorial on Using Digital Stamps

Okay the video is done! My friend came over this morning and I filmed her following my directions on how to download, save, open, re-size, and print your digital images. I think this will take the fear of it away for some of you (Pam!) and my hope is that you will find it easy to do.
My friend said it was easy for her to understand and follow. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything I wasn't clear on. I am planning on having a part two video that will go more in depth on setting margins and printing more than one image on a sheet of cardstock as well as types of cardstock to use. I'd love to get your feedback!

Some Days

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A few people have asked me about the Darcie images. They are clip art that are available on CDs from Sunshine Graphics. If you've been using digital stamps, remember that the clip art graphics cannot be re-sized the same way.

My best friend called me the other day and asked me if I could make a card for her to give to a co-worker who has had a rough time at work. I said "sure!" and then she told me she needed it by the next morning! I didn't have much time to make it, so I chose an image that didn't require a lot of coloring and made this




The image is from Diamonds Rubber Stamps. I had some black and white designer paper that had lots of sparkle on it and I just randomly colored in some of the diamond shapes with the same color red that I used on the bug.
The words were printed out on my computer in a font called Juice. The inside says "Don't let the ba****ds get you down! We love you!"
LOL!
My friend said she loved it and that's all that matters to me!
I hope that today all of you are the windshield!

I have a friend coming over today to help me make another video for ya'll, and maybe we'll get some stamping time in too! I have to replenish my birthday cards and I need to make a variety pack of cards that someone requested, so I have lots to keep me busy today! Tomorrow is the day we find our who the winner of the blog candy is! I've enjoyed reading all the reasons people like to make cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hoppy Easter

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Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe this month is almost over? I cannot believe how fast time goes by! A new month means a new featured artist at squigglefly, and March's artist is Chris from Catt's Scratching Post. Please pay her a visit and look at how wonderfully creative she is! Also, if you haven't visited Squigglefly lately, you should definitely go take a look at their new images! I can't wait to start using some of them. Plus they've lowered their prices on some of their other images. I am really looking forward to seeing the Divine Bovine entries. If you've been thinking about entering you'd better hurry because tomorrow is the last day!

I really like the card I have to show you today. I got a little jump on making Easter cards because I saw this image when I was searching through the St. Patrick's Day images and thought it was too cute not to color.



The image is from Darcie's. Isn't he just the cutest little bunny? Be sure to click on the picture to see it larger so you can see the flocking detail I put on him!
It didn't require a lot of coloring, but the little I did is with copic markers. I chalked the background and then mounted it on top of a scalloped circle that was embossed with the swiss dots embossing folder. The edges of the scalloped circle are sponged too to make it stand out a little more.

The ribbon is the last little piece I had of this particular kind and it wouldn't go completely around the card, so I cut the ends with a dull pair of scissors to kind of fray it and attached it with two little pink glittered brads.
The words are computer generated and the font is called Angelina. I cut them out with oval nestabilities and sponged the edges of that too. I thought they kind of resembled eggs which fit in with Easter well! It was a fun card to make!
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Card Winner

Hi everyone! Random.org picked #4 so that makes Pam the winner of the card! Congratulations Pam! I'll get this out to you in the morning. Thanks for all the comments!

Spring Gardening

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I know that many of you are still in the midst of winter like weather, but here the trees are budding and daffodils are in bloom everywhere so it's making me think Spring cards.


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This is another image from Darcies. I colored her with copic markers and chalked the sky and ground. The flowered paper was stamped with a little flower image from a Stampin Up set and stickles were added to the centers. It's my own handmade designer paper because I couldn't find any in my huge stash of paper that I liked with this! Well I probably could have, but I got tired of looking and just made my own.
The blue behind the image is embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder, and the little corners were snipped with my slit punch to make room for the flower brads.
I hope it brings a little bit of Spring time to you today! I'll be back later to announce the winner of the card. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! Today is card giveaway day, so if you'd like to be in the running to win today's card along with a matching envelope, just leave a comment by noon tomorrow and tomorrow I'll have random.org pick a number to choose the winner!

Today's card could be for Easter, or just a cute card to send to someone you love.



The image is from Darcies and is colored with copic markers. The card was made like the one shown in this tutorial. The words are computer generated, and I can't remember the name of the font and I'm really too lazy to go look at all my fonts to see if I can figure out which one it is! LOL!
I've got a couple of things I want to show ya'll, but time has been an issue. Hopefully I'll have some time this weekend to work on them.
Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you all a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Potted Clover

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Kat asked yesterday if the ribbon on my card showed on the inside of the card. Yes, it does Kat. Sometimes I will tape the ribbon on the front and cut the ends so it isn't really wrapped around the card, but this one is really wrapped. Also, sometimes I will wrap a ribbon like this and then line the inside of the card with some heavy weight paper so the ribbon is hidden. I didn't do that on this card though.

Another St. Patrick's Day card today made with another Darcie image.



The image was colored with copic markers and the background paper is just plain old copy machine paper that I stamped a dots background on. The dots are from DRS Designs. I thought they worked perfectly with the ribbon I had! Rounding the corners makes the card a little different than a run of the mill card too.

Tomorrow is card give away day, so be sure to come by for that! I have a busy work day today. Our accountant is coming to get all the information for filing taxes, and that always has me on my toes finding what he needs. I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Flowers For You

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Well we made it back from the wedding and I'm officially a mother-in-law! I wouldn't say the wedding went off without a hitch or two, but in the end it did get done beautifully. I couldn't have been prouder of my daughters or happier with my son-in-law. I was really happy to get back home though. We are just not travelers. We like being at home where all of our "stuff" is!
I don't have pictures to share just yet, but when I get to see them I'll share them with you too.
I do have a card to share with you though!



I thought I'd keep it really simple getting back to stamping after a few days off. This is an image a friend of mine sent me of Fluffles the cat. It was a quick one to color. I added stickles to a few of the flowers and then used a scoring board to score lines down the front of the card. A scalloped border and a little ribbon go a long way toward making this card seem not so simple.

Lauren Meader is the featured artist at squigglefly this month and she will be showing you some really cute cards she made with squigglefly images one day this week. Be sure to watch her blog so you don't miss them. Lauren's work is always so inspiring.
Have a wonderful Monday and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

St. Paddy's Day Bear

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Hi everyone! Tomorrow we are leaving for our daughter's wedding so I will be away until Monday. I hope you all miss me! LOL!
When we get back I will be so ready to start creating again. I can't even stand the thought of being away from it for so long!

St. Patrick's day will be here before you know it! I decided to have a look at what stamps I have for this holiday, and I don't have too many! So I then looked through my digital images and found some cute Darcie ones. I have to say that I've gotten a little spoiled using the digital images from squigglefly because they are able to be re-sized so easily and not lose quality. These Darcie images are on a disc I bought and they can not be re-sized without messing them up.
Anyway, I printed the bear out and colored him with copic markers. the background paper was made by stamping a four leave clover stamp I got from the dollar bin at Michael's over and over. Then I stamped a speckle stamp all over in yellow and added bits of stickles to the veins in the leaves. I think it makes a cool background paper!



I think I may still add a greeting in the lower left corner or some piercing or something. What do you think it needs?
Okay, I'm out of here until the 23rd! When I get back I'll be a mother-in-law! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Doodled Turtle

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The limited supplies challenge at splitcoast stampers last week was to stretch yourself a little out of your comfort zone by doing something you don't do a lot. I don't do much doodling on my cards, so I doodled quite a bit on this card. I also don't use too much red and yellow together (it makes me think of mustard and ketchup!), so this card has a lot of those colors and a lot of doodling!



I really like using this turtle from Squigglefly! He just such a versatile image!
I doodled his eyes, I doodled around the corners of the image panel, I doodled in two corners of the card, and I doodled in all of the red spots on his shell!
The "HI!" is from Unity stamps.
Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What Was That?

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Hi everyone! Today's card is one I made for Sketch challenge on splitcoast stampers. I'm a tad late seeing as how the next one is tomorrow! Anyway, I used the cute little tom cat from squigglefly.com. I think his face is just so cute. His eyes are so questioning and pleading aren't they?



I colored with copic markers, added a little chalk on the background and some metallic on his collar charm. The words are computer generated, and the font is called Amienne.

We are leaving Friday morning for Mississippi for my daughter's wedding, so my posts are going to be quick ones the next couple of days! Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Featured Stamper

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Hi everyone! It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day here! I have a busy week ahead of me and lots to do today, so quick post!

As you all know I love doing the featured stamper at Splitcoast Stampers. The card I'm showing you today is actually one I made for last week's featured stamper.



It was a fairly quick card to make. The little medallions were made by stamping the same image four times. It was easy to line up because it was a clear stamp on an acrylic block. You should take a look at your stamps and see which ones you have that will make a medallion if it's stamped in a repeating pattern.

Yesterday we took Riley out to the park. She had just been groomed on Saturday and looked so cute and fluffy and smelled so good too! Here she is all ready for her park outing.



We had a great time at the park. We went to a sand bar on the river and she hunted up mice and had a grand time. Here's how she looked after we got home.



Yep, all dirty and in need of a bath again! LOL!
Well, I've got to run. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Friends

Hi everyone! I made today's card for the Friday Sketcher's sketch this week.



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I used the butterfly cat from squigglefly.com; another of their 99 cent images! I hardly had to add any color to the cat; just a little blue around the eyes and outline the shadowed areas with a light grey copic marker. The background is chalked and the flowers from a Stampin Up set are added on and popped up a little. The little butterfly was printed two more times and popped up too.



Alright I promised a picture of the upcoming blog candy so here it is




To win this blog candy, just leave a comment on this post telling me why you like to create cards. I will have random.org pick a number on March first to find the winner. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Birthday High Notes

Happy Valentine's Day to you all! I hope you get to spend it with the one you love! My husband and I are going to go to a movie and he's promised me a cappuccino frozen custard! Yum! Today I have a card that uses an image from squigglefly called Hit The High Notes. I think it's both a cute and funny image. Can you believe this is just a 99 cent image? She looks like she could be singing or maybe praying really hard. In my card, she's singing Happy Birthday!



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I colored her with copic markers and added little freckles to her face with a fine point brown Sharpie marker. Aren't the freckles cute? I used a white gel pen to make the highlights.
The background is a Stampin Up wheel.

Tomorrow I'm showing you what the blog candy is. I've had a lot of fun shopping and choosing just what to put in it! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2009

PB Hedgehog Makes A New Friend

Happy Friday! Even though it's the 13th I'm still glad it's a Friday!

Yesterday after work Kristie sent me an e mail giving me her address for the card she won. I asked if she wanted a sentiment on it and she told me whatever I could think of and that sarcasm was fine. I had had a little trouble coming up with a sentiment for the card before, but all of a sudden an idea came to me and I asked Kristie what she thought. She liked it, so I did it and I wanted to share it with you all. Here's the card front with the sentiment



and here's the inside



I hope you like it Kristie!

I was cleaning up my desk the other day and I saw the Penny Black hedgehog stamp that I used the other day on this card and an idea for today's card occurred to me!




Didn't this turn out cute? I just love coloring this turtle in different colors. I colored with copic markers and printed the verse on my computer in a font called Kristin. Little punched flowers on either side of the verse have stickles in the center.
I tied a yellow ribbon around the designer paper (from K & Company) and then tied a few more small pieces on the ribbon just to make it a little fluffier. This time I left the cat eyes off the turtle. He's so happy to have received this flower from the hedgehog that he's smiling so hard his eyes are squinted. LOL!

I'm not the only one who likes this little turtle. Run by and take a look at the cute card Martha made with him at Creating Is Fun

For those of you who are still not sure about the whole downloading and printing thing, Squigglefly has made a short little video tutorial for you!



Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Card Winner

Hi everyone. I'm back with the winner of yesterday's card. Random.org picked #17 which makes Kristie the winner of the card!
Thanks for all the comments!

Another Catalog CASE

Good morning everyone! If you haven't yet commented on yesterday's card, you have until noon today to be in the running to win it!


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Yesterday both Crystal and Martha asked about the ink smearing when they use digital images. If you heat set your image after you print it, you shouldn't have any problems. I heat set really well and have been able to use copic markers, water based markers, colored pencils with odorless mineral spirits, and even water color. Now not all printer inks are alike, and a friend of mine was at my house one day with an image she had printed on her printer. She heat set it and was still having problems with it smearing. We sprayed her image with a light coat of a workable fixative and then she was able to proceed without any smearing. You don't have to run out and buy any sprayable fixative though if you don't already have some; just use a light coat of hair spray. You can also do this to seal your chalk! Please let me know if you have problems with your ink smearing after doing this!

Deb Wood asked me how I applied my chalk. I use some makeup songes, and I also use some little pom poms. I bought a bag of different sizes and I hold them with a pair of hemostats like doctors have. The little bitty ones are great for chalking in small areas, and they also make great little bunny tails! LOL! One thing I do that may surprise you though is that when I apply the chalk I don't worry too much about getting chalk on my colored image. I just rub the chalk over the whole thing and then erase the chalk off of the image. Just remember though that if you are going to erase and you've colored your image with colored pencils, you should spray your artwork before you apply the chalk so that you don't erase your colored pencil!
I love that you are asking these questions! Keep 'em coming!
Now I have a question for you. It's obvious that you like papercrafting and card making or else you wouldn't be here, so if you haven't tried using digital images yet tell me what's stopping you? Tell me what you're looking for in images or what you'd like to see offered in digital images.

So continuing my look through the new Stampin Up catalog I saw a card on page 22 that I liked. I took a look at the little flower in the Unfrogettable stamp set and thought it looked enough like the flower they used in the catalog, so I created this



What I'm most proud of is the large 8 petal flower I made with 8 circle punches. Didn't it turn out cute? I sponged around the edges to make the "petals" stand out more. The words are from a clear stamp set from Stampendous, and the little starburst flower pattern on the background is from DRS Designs. I was pleased with the way my little bow turned out too.
I've slowly been building up my blog candy and will have that up for you this weekend! I'll be back a little later today to announce the winner of yesterday's card. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It'll Be Okay

Today is card give away day, so if you would like to win this card along with a matching envelope so you can send it to someone (or keep it for yourself if ya want!), just leave a comment on this post by noon tomorrow and I'll have random.org pick a number for a winner.

Yesterday Martha asked in the comments if I knew of any more sites that have digital images for sale. See Pam, she gave the free download at squigglefly a try and now she's in love with digital images! LOL! They really are so versatile. I am aware of several places that sell digital images. Some of them sell regular rubber stamps and digital papers and embellishments as well. Here are some you may like.
Pollycraft Designs
Pink Petticoat
All That Scraps
Daisie Company
Fred She Said
Sketching Stamper
The Greeting Farm
And my personal favorite is of course
Squigglefly

I started out trying to do Lauren's Saturday Sketch but I got stumped on the two circle pieces. I think my two flowers might be cheating a bit for the sketch.



This is one of the very first images my sister drew for Squigglefly, and it's one I've loved but have never colored! I finally remedied that! It was so fun to color too. I used copic markers and chalked the background. The flowers are some of the shimmery bridal flowers from Michales and they are also colored with copic markers. The leaves are flower petals torn apart.
I just wanted to tell this sweet, sad little girl that "It'll be okay", so that's why I titled my post that way! LOL! I was going to put some kind of sentiment at the top on the left, but I decided that since this is a card going to someone, I'll let the winner tell me if they want a sentiment and I'll add it then. How many chances do you get to have a card that personalized?!
So don't forget to leave a comment to win the card! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Do I Really Need Another......

Before I get with today's card I was remiss yesterday when I was telling Pam how easy it is to use digital images. I went into this explanation on how to do it and I failed to mention that there is a tutorial on Squigglefly's site! Just go here to see it!

Also, if any onf you have submitted a card To Squigglefly for their Divine Bovine contest, PLEASE RE-SUBMIT IT! Something happened and they lost a few of the cards that have been submitted, so please send them in again. I so want to see these cards!

My friend gave me the new Stampin Up catalog the other day and I was thumbing through it mentally making a wish list when it dawned on me that I was making notes to get stamp sets that I really don't need! I have so many flower sets and single floral images that it's crazy to buy more! I then went back through the catalog and looked at cards that caught my eye and tried to think of what stamps I already own that I could use instead of the new ones.
This card CASES a card found on page 17 of the new catalog.



I used Stampin Up's In Full Bloom set and an unmounted butterfly stamp that I have had forever and I don't remember what company it's from. The panel behind the main image panel is wheeled with a Stampin Up wheel in versamark ink and then I brushed some purple pearl ex powder over it. Here's a close up at an angle that kind of lets you see the shimmer the pearl ex gives it.



If you don't have a catalog to look at, you can go online at Stampin Up's website and flip through the pages there. Pick a card you like and CASE it with stuff you already have. It's fun!
I'm off to work now. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Belated Birthday Turtle

Good morning everyone! Every Saturday Papercraft Planet has a sketch challenge and I love to play along when I can. I really liked this week's layout too! Here's my card



I colored the little turtle from Squigglefly with copic markers and then chalked lightly around him. I used some green cat eyes for his eyes. The blue paper around the image panel is Stampin Up's Pacific Blue, and the patterned paper is from the same collection.
The words are printed on the inside of the card in a Bradley Hand font. I punched little dots from the paper to stick to either side of the greeting. I think it turned out really cute!
I really have to respond to something Pam said in a comment on yesterday's post. She said she hasn't used a digital image yet because she's afraid she won't know how to print it right. Please go to squigglefly and download the free hummingbird image and TRY it! I promise you it is so easy and you will be so thrilled with how you can resize the images and see that you can color them the same way you do stamped images. I am working on a tutorial with pictures that tell you how to do this in more detail, but all you do is save your images on your computer, open up your word processing program, go to insert and choose picture, then from file, and choose the file that you saved the images in. Then click the one you want and click insert. The image will appear in your word processing program. Click on the picture once and a frame will be around your image. If you take your mouse cursor to the corner of the frame and hold your left mouse button down you can then drag the frame larger or smaller which will re-size your image. When you have it the size you want you just release the mouse button and go to print! Heat set your image just to prevent the ink from smearing and then go create a card with it! Please give it a try Pam, and anyone else who is having doubts.
Gotta run! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Inky Valentine

Hi everyone! Yesterday I went shopping for shoes and was almost in tears before my friend found a pair that I think works well enough so I bought them! The color that I was thinking would go well, just didn't work once I had a pair up next to the outfit, so we were looking at every color there was. Anyway, it's done and I'm finished shopping! Good thing too because the wedding is less than two weeks away! Today I have another valentine card; and it is probably the last valentine I will have time to make this year. I was lucky enough to get another one of Nicole's darling little girls to work with. This one is Angelica Isn't she darling sitting there in her special outfit just for Valentine's Day? I hand drew the bench she's sitting on. She colored with copic markers and the shadow, the bench, and the background are chalked. I stuck a little pearl on her purse. I brayered some red on to a cuttlebug embossing folder and then embossed the white layer behind her. It won't be much longer for Nicole to release her first images, so you should go subscribe to her blog now so you'll know when they're available. She's got some really cute images coming out that I know you won't want to miss! One more thing I want to share with you is a video my sister sent me. It is just such a touching story


Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Kuruku Loo Meets Penny Black

Good morning! I hope you have something fun to do this weekend. The weather here is supposed to be really nice, so I think we will probably get Riley out to the park and maybe I will get out in our yard and take a look at the flower beds. Other than that it will be the usual grocery shopping and house cleaning and hopefully crafting!

I had several people ask me where I found the googly eyes with the eyelashes that I used on the Marinated Steak card yesterday. I got those at Hobby Lobby.
This morning I have a card that uses one of the 99 cent images from squigglefly called Kuruku Loo. I thought this round cat looked a little like a balloon, so I shrunk him down to about 1" and made him one!



I stamped the Penny Black hedgehog, but I didn't ink up the flower he was holding in one hand. Instead I drew a line from the stem of the flower up to the foot of the cat so it would look like he was holding a balloon string.
I used a couple of clear flower stamps that I got at Michaels's $1.00 bin to add more flowers around the hedgehog. Everything is colored with copic markers except for the sky, and I chalked it.
I couldn't resist adding the realistic cat eyes. I love those things! I almost added googly eyes, but opted for these instead.
The card base is embossed with an Ellison texture sheet and a little bit of yellow stickles is added to the center of the flowers.
I printed the greeting on my computer with a font called Girls Are Weird (weird name isn't it?) and then punched it out with a circle punch and used a scalloped nestability circle to frame it.
It's fun combining images like this!
oh! One more thing - my counter just passed 35000 hits (can you believe it?) and to celebrate I'm going to have a blog candy give away, so stay posted to find out more soon.
Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bovine Inspiration

Happy Friday! I'm really happy to show you my latest cards using a couple of the Divine Bovine images from squigglefly. They are having a contest right now for the funniest and most creative card that uses one of the Divine Bovine images. I really want everyone to enter a card because I want to see them all! I just love these images because you can create the funniest cards with them. I have to tell you that not everyone agrees with me that these are funny. Some people I showed these to just gave me blank stares; they didn't get my puns. Still others gave me blank stares because they got the puns but didn't find them funny. And one person who shall remain un-named so as not to cause her further embarrassment asked me what Bovine meant. I hope that most of you are amused by these.

First we have




I love the look on the martini bovine's face! She looks like she just wants her friend to buzz off and leave her alone. The other cow is actually the shopping bovine from squigglefly. With digital images it's easy to size them so that they look like they go together.
I colored with copic markers and hand drew the "bar". The background is chalked. The card base is embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder. I printed the words out in a font called comic sans, and just free handed the word "bubble". It's mounted on pop dots for added dimension.

Okay, for the second card my sister actually suggested something for the inside of the first card that I loved, but I decided to use it for a whole new card instead!




I love these eyes! They aren't just regular old googly eyes, they have eyelashes!



This is really funny because when you move the card the eyes move and sometimes this cow really looks like she's had a few too many! LOL! I printed the words out in a font called Juice. My daughter pointed out that her glass was empty and I said "That's cause she drank it all!"
I hope that you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Did you smile, groan, or scratch your head?
Well, no silly puns tomorrow I promise! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pucker Up

I've mentioned before that I maintain a birthday list on the RST Group so I make a lot of birthday cards. This month one of the ladies is having her 50th birthday. I saw this new image on Squigglefly called Blown Kisses and this is the card that came to mind (click on the card for a closer look).





Don't you think that is just the perfect thing for this lady to be saying? LOL! I printed the saying on my computer in a font called Boopee. I printed the lady out, heat set it, and then colored with copic markers and chalked the background. I used the textile embossing folder on some rusty red coredinations cardstock and then sanded it down some to show the inner core color. It gave the cardstock an almost cloth texture. I was going to attach some ribbon to the spiral clip, but I couldn't find any in my stash that matched well enough so I left it alone.
I went back and forth on how to place the designer paper and finally went with it angled and the corners clipped.
Tomorrow's Friday! This week has flown by! I've got just a couple of finishing touches to make to my Divine Bovine cards and I'll have those for you tomorrow! I'm warning those that don't like puns now to stay away tomorrow! :P Thanks as always for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

All Your Chicks

Hi all! I am in such a good mood today! My daughter Ashley had to come to town yesterday for work, and she stopped by to have dinner with us before going back home. While she was here I showed her the outfits I had picked out to wear to her wedding and her rehearsal dinner. I even modeled them for her, and she gave me her approval. I feel definite relief! Still have to get shoes though!

A friend of mine said she needed a birthday card for her boss, and she wanted it to be from the group. I asked her if all the people in her office were female. When she said "yes" I knew the card I wanted to make! It's such a simple and quick card, and I think really cute!



I stamped the image from Stampin Up's Best of Cluck set and colored all the chicks different colors with copic markers. I printed the saying on the cardstock above the image with my computer using a Bradley Hand font.

The card base is in the new Pacific Point blue from Stampin Up as is the designer paper. I embossed part of the card with the swiss dots folder - got it on the right side this time! :) I added some glue to all the chicks with a Quickie glue pen and then flocked them all with white flocking. They are so cute and fuzzy! I had to use black fine line pen to re-dot their eyes and beaks after the flock dried though.
The ribbon was just the last of a scrap that went perfectly with the paper. Wish all cards went so smoothly!
Well, I'm off to work and I wish you all the best day! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dancin' Queen

Good morning! I've got a cute little card for you today. It uses another new image from squigglefly called Little Rocker. I think it's such a cute image. That girl is into her tunes! LOL! I thought "What's On Your Playlist?" might make a cute greeting too.




I colored with copics, chalked the background and added a little highlights with a white gel pen. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the whole card and snipped the corners of the card. The paper is more from the K and Company designer paper pack that I love so much. I threaded some dark pink embroidery floss (leftover from my cross stitching days) through two star shaped buttons and attached them to the card.
The sentiment was printed out on my computer in the Kayleigh font I used on yesterday's card and then punched out with a circle punch.
I'm working on an idea I have for a card using a couple of the Divine Bovine images so hopefully I'll have that for you soon. I am just so in love with the Divine Bovine series and I know there are more to come! If you don't subscribe to their newsletter you probably don't know that there is a contest for the most creative and the funniest card using a Divine Bovine image. I can not wait to see what everyone comes up with! You should subscribe to the newsletter so you don't miss out on the fun!
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Day Blooms

Happy Monday! I want to let you all know that Chris is giving away some blog candy to celebrate her 300th post! Go here and leave her a comment to have a chance to win. She'd love to see her comments hit the 50 mark and I'd love to see it happen for her!

The sentiment on this card is one I wish for all of you!



Doesn't this just make you think about getting out in your garden and planting those spring flowers?
I colored this image which is from squigglefly, with copic markers and chalked a sky in the background. It's hard to see the sky in the photo though. I cut it out with a rectangle nestability and then cut out a scallop nestability to go around it. I sponged coral ink on the scallop to match the card. The card was embossed on the bottom and I used some designer paper on the top. The paper is from K and Company and I just love it.
I used a peach colored twill ribbon to wrap around the card and tied it in a knot and then V cut the ends. The sentiment was printed out on my computer in a font named Kayleigh and then I used an oval punch to punch it out and sponged around the edges of it with coral ink. The last touch was the little bitty coral colored flower that is attached with a glitter coated yellow brad in the center. The whole oval is attached to the card with pop dots.
So, even if it's not looking like Spring is anywhere near you today, I hope your day "blooms with happiness"! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Another LiLi

Well what do you know? I'm back again! This is my second post of the day, so scroll down to see the first one. I went to play the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and just had to use the LiLi image from Inky Impressions again because it fit so well with the cards in the gallery. Here's what I came up with



I had such fun coloring her. The card is square and embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder. The designer paper is from K and Company. I punched out some flowers and sponged a little ink on the pink so it would show up against the same color pink card base. I pretty much kept the layout of the card I CASED and changed everything else.
Didn't it turn out cute though?
Okay, gotta run. Lots to do before heading off to work in the morning. I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday!

Hello There!

Hi everyone! I enjoyed making today's card. I combined two images from Squigglefly and came up with this.



I just shrunk the scottie dog down really small and then hand drew a leash. The ability to shrink down or enlarge images is one thing I really love about digital images. Wouldn't it be funny to have a really big dog with a leash attached to his little person?! Okay, maybe not. The "Hello" was computer generated, but I can't remember the name of the font.
The best part is the designer paper. It just went so well with this girl and her dog.
I have to tell ya'll about something that I saw in the grocery store the other day. I really should go back and take a picture of it, because I thought it was so funny. It was a package of two lemon covers. Little covers to put over your sliced lemon wedges! One size for half a lemon and one size to cover a wedge. I mean how ridiculous is that? I can't imagine that they sell very many of those things, and I really don't even know how the person who came up with the idea for this product ever managed to sell anyone on marketing it. I guess plastic baggies don't do a good enough job of protecting those precious left over lemon wedges! LOL!
Well, I'm off to walk Riley so I can come back and check out who the featured stamper is on Splitcoast Stampers. We're going to get the grocery shopping done and be back in time for the Super Bowl. I'll be stamping while my DH watches; so happiness for all! Thanks for stopping by!