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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thanks poppies

Cream cardstock stamped in blue with a $1 stamp from JoAnns and colored in with colored pencils. Blue marker to create the border around the images. Red Background cardstock is the TAC printable. Light Blue cardstock for base and I continued the faux stitching/dots around the edge in light blue marker.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Olive the cat with flowers

Well lets see, where to begin...I got this digi-stamp of Olive from DigiStamp Boutique and colored her with colored pencils. I tried to make her look like a yellow tabby but not sure I got that done well. I used my Creative memories corner rounder, and mounted it on lavender cardstock(edges inked in purple). I used a scrap of the white with flowers and a circle I had cut from the pink floral (cut in half) and inked the edges in purple. I added it all to a piece of Medium Glorious Green cardstock (slightly short on top so the image sticks out).

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lamb Card sk062709

I'm submitting this card for Paper Craft Planet's sketch challenge sk062709
It was a really easy sketch. I just cut some Medium Glorious Green cardstock that I got from Hobby Lobby then ran it thru my cuttlebug then stuck it down on light blue cardstock. I cut the sheep image into an oval, cut a larger oval from Hershey's printable paper (yes, that's the chocolate people) to mat the sheep on and stuck them down too.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

simple 4th of July card and Calendar page

Here's what I made with this sketch - a Fourth of July Card. I changed the circle to an oval to fit my color pencil image. And since I used a ribbon that I got at Target, the horizontal element lost some width (wish it was that easy for me to lose width - LOL) The red background is from Lindsay's digital stuff ( I used Elegant Black and White kit but printed it on red so I guess that makes it Elegant Red and Black. :) I then mounted it all on light blue cardstock. EDITED to add: I used gold paint for the sparks on the firecrackers.
This calendar page is accompanying it. I'm still using the same green/magenta/ etc papers but I'm using Red/White/Blue accents and the same ribbon on the card.

Late Father's Day Card

I won't see my dad until next weekend and since he doesn't have internet access, I might as well post his card now that I have my computer back up and running.

I created this sketch for a guest designer spot (hopefully it'll show up soon and I can officially post my sketch and the card I made for it (this is the second card I made with this sketch)):Then I turned the sketch on it's side. I made the hexagon shape be a cut-out to see the inside of the card. I added a patterned paper to the inside then stuck stickers inside to spell out "Happy Father's Day" On the outside, I used watercolor pencils to create the water and waves. I also colored the island. Next I took a piece of plastic that I cut into a cloud shape to create a sky. I didn't use ink and a sponge, but tried to do it with watercolors. I added a prima flower and added Matte Accents to the center. Lastly, I added the "Just for You" rub on sentiment. I'll sign it before I give it to him.



Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pinks and Brown Sheep

I colored this sheep from lucylearns with colored pencils, then cut it into an oval with my CM cutting system. Using the same oval but different blades I made the mats. I used some printed primas (with weird old catalog looking print) topped it with a pink Oriental Trading paper flower and a Making Memories brad. The background paper came from an English card making magazine that I got at Barns & Nobel.
The Carousel Horse is from a coloring book page that I copied at work and shrunk down to a card size. I colored it during free moments with some apparently very waxy colored pencils. I tried to use Oderless Mineral Spirits and a blending stump back home. Some of the colors (like the blue green and the green) really smeared. They didn't look the same when I finished. It wasn't as bright anymore. Oh well, It's for me the horse lover anyway. I mounted it on the printed digi-paper and then attached it to the light blue cardstock.

Cutie Just-Married Sheep

I was following Cutie Sunday Sketch for this card. I used several scraps of green/purple printed papers. I also found a great wedding sheep image that I printed out, added glitter to the "bride's" tiara, cut it into a circle and then inked the edge with purple ink. (I got it on my fingers and smeared it too much trying to stick it down - guess I need to learn patience. LOL) I used the same purple ink to stamp Congratulations across the bottom then added the three purple eyelets on the top. I attached it to a green cardstock base.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sheep-y Congrats

I printed the background (freebie I picked up last year when I thought I'd get into digital scrapbooking) on pink paper to make the pink pinker. The sheep is cut out from a google image (there's not much you can do with sheep unless you make them into black sheep) and mounted on a little green (grass?) circle. I attached the purple prima flowers with light blue eyelets that I got from Jo-Anns a few years ago. The Congrats stamp is from Oriental Trading Co. I inked it up and the ink beaded up and didn't smooth out when I stamped it. I inked it up again and tried to stamp on top of the previous stamping (easy to do when it's clear). I actually did it three times. I wanted the edges to be purple and the middle blue but it didn't exactly end up like the flowers. I inked the edges of the pink paper with purple ink and then mounted it on light blue cardstock.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Butterflies and Paper Roses

All stamps are from the Butterbees set from TAC. The butterflies are foam stamped with circles that I colored a few of with water based markers. I stamped swirls to look like the butterflies paths and to make a flower stem for the flower. I created the paper roses following the idea in July 09 issue of Creating Keepsakes (but I didn't spray with glimmer mist and when I tried spraying it with a small amount of water, it just became a soggy mess that eventually dried but I got good enough results just crumpling red tissue paper). The background is a digital paper printed on pink paper to make it more pink (just a miscellaneous freebie from some where).

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Never Ending Card - Fun With Folds Swap

I used this tutorial (see it work here) to make this version.

I stamped the pink background swirls (I think it ended up very pretty) after assembling the pieces, then I stamped the red sentiment on the wrong side (ugh!) so my card opens in a different manner from the video. After the stamping, I added flowers and then put a dot of Matte Accents in the center.

I think it looks a little plain, but I don't know what else to add. I'm afraid if I add too much dimension, it won't flip/fold correctly.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's been a while but I do have some cards to show

It's been a while because of the computer...DH came and took the CPU out (and he needed the monitor/speakers too), but left a mess when he did so I figured that I'd get started on the Great Re-arrange (at least in the computer corner-I'll save the magazines and other areas for later still). The computer update: we are waiting for a photo card reader/writer. We had been talking about getting one, and this made us go ahead and buy one. It should arrive in the mail Monday and hopefully, DH will get the computer back to me that evening (and we finish installing/updating/reloading etc. and it may take a long time to upload all my PSE4 photos or at least find out was was my last save and bring the un-backed-up photosand with only) and with any luck, Tuesday I'll be able to get the craft room back into working condition (my pencil cup, etc are waiting on my crafting table to go back to my computer monitor) and get back to crafting.

Anyway, I have the last of the Independence Day Cards to show. I followed the sketch at PaperCraftPlanet SK053009 I used this cute star ribbon I found at Target (probably in their dollar bins, but I found it in the candy/gum because someone else decided not to get it). The red star in the circle is TAC with Matte Accents on it. The red cardstock around it is more of that printable paper from TAC. I used gold fabric paint to add squiggles. The light blue paper under the ribbon has been embossed with my cuttlebug. The glittery flower was the final touch.

Next I have a couple of birthday cards to show.

This card uses Linday's Digital Card Kit. I printed it out on blue paper (the blue paper was an accident because the printer pulled it in with a white sheet - the blue sheet was suppose to be for a different digital paper) . I cut it out (including the scallops). I need to figure how to make my printer print from edge to edge (but that has to wait till I get the computer back) because I got a card piece that is smaller than what I normally make (even when I make smaller cards). I attached it to a 4.5"x4.5" card front after I inked the edges of the front with blue and brown to match the digital paper and to make the cream cardstock not so bright. I ofset the placement to the right side so I could attach the funky stars on the left. In the scallops, I again used my matte accents to make "bubbles".
And the inside:

This is for SIL (party tonight).Sorry for the blurry photo. Hopefully, I'll have my scanner back up and running soon. I stamped the image in pink ink, and colored it with colored pencils. The flowers are attached with brass colored brads. I used pearl paint to make beads for her necklace and bracelet. Then I attached it to bright yellow cardstock.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Oh My! Lemonade stand Award too!

Penny gave me this award. She's the one that designed my blog header and she even creates SVG files that can be used with the Cricut. Check out her amazing cards.

Here are the rules for this award.
  1. Comment on this blog. (Check)
  2. Cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog. (Check)
  3. Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude. (see below)
  4. Link to your nominees within your blog post. (Check)
  5. Comment on their blogs to let them know they received the award.
  6. Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation (Check)
Let see... Let's go for some new people this time...and I'm not going to look to see if they have this award already.

Ramblings of a Working Wife and Mom - A good friend that I crop with.

SusanBlueRobot - not only does she have freebies and tutorials, she has a little robot friend. Also, she's got some blog candy going right now!!!

Chris's Designs - C0-moderator with me on SureCutsALot Users and very very nice.

creativechaos - Jeanne has good eye-candy and free SVGs

Inkyrat Creations - Myra is a lovely lady that has taught me some new tricks. I hope to use her "punch along with me" characters some day soon. AND I can't forget that she crochets and has a cat (That's not a cat hair, that's an embellishment!)

My Crafty Life - Dan is wonderful to listen to even if you don't know anything about Inkscape.

Denise's Scrapbooking Room - Lots of free SVG cutting files you can download.

Tammy Brown - I used to teach in her yahoo group but my system just isn't able to handle that. I need to remember to check out her blog more often, because she's got great scrapbook sketches/layouts.

Esther's Tear Bears are so cute.