Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 29

Something for the Guys

Peggy's challenge for the DT (and you, too!) was to make a masculine card using one of Mo's Fabulous images. 
I know many have a hard time with masculine cards, but I love making them! I love the earthy colors and the stripes and plaids that are perfect for men. I've chosen to make mine for a "tween-ager". It's hard to find  images for that age group, but this one fills the bill nicely. Video games are such a big part of the lives of today's boys. Mo has several other suitable images for the men and boys in our lives. Check out her store!

He's colored using Copics and Prismacolor pencils, of course. The DP is from Basic Grey, and the Rust, Chocolate, and Artichoke CS is from SU!. The chipboard asterisks were made using Cuttlebug dies, as was the chipboard ribbon slide. The sentiment, stamped in Really Rust, is from Hero Arts. The grosgrain ribbon is from Ribbons & Bows, Oh My. They have great quality ribbon and often have wonderful sales.

So get busy and create something wonderful for the man (or men!) in your life, then come on over and share it in Mo's Challenge!


Here's another card with a masculine theme.
This is a card I made for my husband's 69th birthday. This great  image is from a coloring book site.
 I've used Basic Grey DP, and SU!  Pumpkin, Garden Green, and Chocolate CS.
The inside says," Happy Birthday, you old rooster! With love from the old biddy."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Just Us Chickens!

Feeling Fowl!

This is a digital image from a coloring book site that I go to often for unusual, different images. I saw these chickens and just had to print it off and color them! I had a difficult time coloring the feathers with Copics. If I do it again, I think I'll use my Prismacolor pencils with OMS. This card will probably go to my daughter for her birthday. She raises chickens for their eggs, and she really loves it. She calls them her "girls.
I think it would make a good Mother's Day card, too. The inside could say, "Happy Mother's Day from your brood!".
The Basic Grey DP is from the "Origins" collection, which is all in shades of browns, yellows, and greens.
The SU! card stock is Marigold, Banana, Chocolate, and Moss. 
The punches are Martha Stewart's leaf and branch. The sweet little yellow roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. You can't beat their selection, or their prices! Their shipping is reasonable, too. 
I picked up the cotton lace at Joann's and the brown gingham is SU!. The gathered yellow gingham is from Reasonable Ribbons. I bought it in about six colors when I saw it, and wish I'd bought it in every color they had!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fun With Borders!

Sorry Shanna

This is my latest "Mo" card....."Sorry Shanna". I think she's the cutest thing! I haven't come up with a saying for the inside yet, though. 

I've colored her with my trusty Copics, getting inspiration from the colors in the Basic Grey DP. The card stock is SU!'s Tempting Turquoise and Gable Green. They are retiring Gable Green along with many other of my favorite colors. I'll be putting in a fairly large order to stock up on the ones I just can't do without! 

The punched borders are both from Martha Stewart. (I should own stock in her company! LOL!) I've threaded some thin strips of CS through the fence punch. I really like the look.  I also punched both a red heart border and a white one, then glued the red hearts into the white border.

The pretty little flower buttons are from an old nightgown I tossed recently. I couldn't throw them away!

Thanks for taking a look! 

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 28

   Leap Frog Fairy

 Our hostess for Mo's Challenge this week is Peggy Marsh. The challenge is a recipe: one ribbon, two buttons or brads, and three designer papers, and, of course, one of Mo's images!

I love frogs (That's another one of my collections. LOL!), so I chose this Mo image called "Spring Fairy Puddle".
I think this image personifies joy! Have you ever seen such a happy little face?! This image certainly was a joy to color, too. I took my colors from the new Basic Grey DP collection, "Green at Heart" (Appropriate for a frog, don't you think?), and colored it with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The SU! CS is Kiwi Kiss and Melon Mambo. I love using designer paper for inspiration when coloring an image and choosing card stock. I end up combining colors that I never would have on my own.
I threaded a narrow piece of CS through the middle of the Martha Stewart Lattice border punch and finished the card off with buttons tied on with linen thread and a bright grosgrain ribbon.
The sentiment is part of a cone flower set, a free digital download from Paper Garden Projects. It comes in both jpg. and transparent png. formats.

This challenge should be a fairly easy one, so let's see what you can do with it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Avast, Ye Brigands!

Mo's Pirates!

Mo's new pirate images are wonderful! It's so much fun to merge them in different ways.
Here are two I did recently. One uses Captain Hugh, and the other uses Mate Kate. Both are paired with  images from the accessories set, which comes with the barrels, treasure chest, map, parrot, stand, and palm tree. The compass rose is clip art that I found in Google.

I bought the gold coins on the Captain Hugh card in Walmart when they still had a sewing section. They were sewn onto a length of decorative fringe. I fashioned the eye patch with black CS and narrow ribbon. I didn't have any black, so I colored it with a black Copic marker. The Hero Arts sentiment on the patch was stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with detail gold EP.
I made the "plank" paper by streaking Caramel CS with various shades of brown ink pads. I drew on the lines and nails with a Spica Multiliner pen. The other SU! CS is Real Red and Pacific Point blue.
The inside says, "Wishing you a birthday full of wonderful memories to treasure!"

I used a lot of rhinestones on Kate's card, and
a tiny key charm to "unlock" her treasure chest. 
The CS is SU!'s Summer Sun, Brilliant Blue, Pacific Point, and Real Red. I used a scrap of Basic Grey DP along the bottom, cut to resemble waves.
 The digital sentiment  is part of a free digital set at Paper Garden Project. I omitted "Hello" from it before printing it in red.
Inside: "I'm so fortunate to have discovered such a great friend. I treasure our friendship."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 27

An Ode to Mum!

This week's challenge is a sketch! Peggy has presented us with this great sketch to inspire us.

I loved the image Mo's image of "Mum" and just had to have it as soon as I saw it!  She's paper-pieced with SU! Designer Series paper in Celery, and colored using Copics and Prismacolor pencils.

The sketch allowed me to use up a few of my many Basic Grey DP scraps. I used SU! Celery, Real Red, and Banana CS. The Celery is embossed with the Swirl Cuttlebug folder, and the leaves were cut using the Spellbinders Daisy die. The flower is a gardenia from Blue Hills Studio. The cotton lace and narrow red satin ribbon is from my stash. I added a few red mini brads, and it was done!

We'd love to see your take on Peggy's sketch in Mo's Challenge!
Pick an image by Mo and get started!

Friday, April 9, 2010

More Digital Artists

It's no secret that I love digital images! Mo's are still my absolute favorites...her images are so well drawn, and so full of personality! You can feel their emotions coming right off the page. Nothing else can touch her designs, in my opinion.
Every once in a while, though, I venture out to see what other artists have to offer. 

Isabella's Sketchbook

This card uses an image from an artist fairly new to the digital scene. It's from Isabella's Sketchbook. Check it out. You're sure to find something you like!
Of course, the image is colored using Copics. I used my Cuttlebug and Swiss Dot embossing folder on the large white panel and to cut out the image panel using one of the new Spellbinder label dies. 
The lacy panel was done with the Martha Stewart Punch-Around-the-Corner Eyelet Lace set. I don't like the fact that the panels can only be certain sizes, so I cut and over-lapped it to make it narrower. The ribbon and bow hides the seam nicely. 
I picked up the daisy trim about a year ago, but this is the first time I've used it!
The white daisy in the upper corner was made using one of the new Nellie Snellen Punch and Emboss flower sets. I got mine at 7 Kids College Fund. They are a great idea, but very hard to punch! I actually stepped on it to get it to go through the CS! The embossing step isn't any easier...I found that dampening the CS gives a better impression. I finished the daisy off with some ribbon leaves and a single daisy cut from the trim. Another one decorates the bow.

Meljen's Designs

Melissa Jenkins has some very sweet images. This teddy bear Thank You is
 one of several designs available as a free download to members of her PCP group.
The Copic and CS colors I used were again taken from the Basic Grey DP. The SU! card stock is Dusty Durango, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, and Wild Wasabi. 
My Nesties weren't big enough, so the circle was cut using the Creative Memories cutting system. The lace trim is computer paper punched with the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch. I snipped it along the bottom so that  it would more easily adhere to the back of the circle with 1/8" ScorTape. I glued some green twine around the circle edge using Crystal Effects for a more finished look. 
Some Prima daisies, a brad, pearl cabochons and a bright turquoise bow pretty it up.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mo's Challenge #26

A Tough One!

I was really worried when I saw Peggy's challenge for the DT this week.....use black, white, and kraft!
Yikes! Then she said she'd forgotten to tell us we could use other colors with the challenge colors. Whew!
My original thought was to use red for the fourth color, as I really love that combination. After I chose this image, Karate Boy (also available as a girl), I decided to stick close to the main three colors with just a touch of yellow in his hair and  tiny star brads, and brown gingham DP.


I printed the image on PaperTrey Ink's white CS. He's colored using Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is a stamp from Hero Arts, and the black and kraft CS is from SU!.I hand-scored the black panel to the right of the image using my ScorPal, but it doesn't show up very well in the picture.
Check out all the great DT samples in Mo's Challenge Blog for some inspiration!

I'm pleased with the way it turned out!
Now let's see your creations!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter, Everyone!

 Always the Last Minute!

I was finishing these up for our grandchildren today! It seems I'm doing things later and later every holiday. They didn't even get cards for Halloween this year! I had them made, but never got the insides done.

This one uses a digital image from Karen's Doodles. I added a little life to the iris of his eye with lines drawn with a brown Multiliner pen. He's colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The DP and buttons are from Basic Grey, and the CS is Guava, Banana, and Celery from SU!. The paper "rick-rack" is from Doodlebug, and the punched border is from Martha Stewart.

Here's one using a digital dragon image from Dustin Pike. His dragons always bring a smile! Most of the info is the same as the first card, but the SU! card stock this time is Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, and Green Galore.

I love color, but I think I overdid it this time! This is another Dustin Pike digital image. I've had it colored for over a year...I think it may have been one of the first images I colored using Copics!
Again, the DP is Basic Grey (Trying to use up all my scraps!), Turquoise, Green Galore, and Yo-Yo Yellow CS from SU!. The yarn is something else I've had for years. The button brads add even more gaudy colors!

I've entered the dragon card in Dustin's Easter Challenge

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 25

Happy Easter!

We have a new hostess for the month of April! Peggy Marsh has asked the DT to use just pastels for this week's challenge. I needed a few more Easter cards, so I chose to use Mo's "Savannah on Easter". I think this is just the cutest image! Gotta love those bloomers!

I just got an order in from All That Scraps, and it included the two new 6" x 6" paper pads from Basic Grey. I used a paper from the "Kioshi" collection along with SU!'s Groovy Guava, Sage Shadow, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, and Pale Plum. These are almost all of pastels in the DP. The plum panel is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. Savannah is colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, and cut out using Nesties. A Martha Stewart punch finishes off the right edge of the green panel, which is trimmed with a narrow peach satin ribbon, Prima daisies and tiny white roses. Some pale yellow and lavender cabochons balance the design.

This little bunny duo is from Cottage Collectibles. Don't you just love the carrot backpack?

Easter Eggs

While I'm in a pastel Easter mood, I'd like to show you these pretty eggs. Believe it or not, they have not been colored! They are straight  from my daughter's flock of  chickens. They are part Auracana and are called "Easter Eggers" because they lay eggs of pale blue, green and pink. 
The basket of eggs is being watched over by one of my "Muffy" bears who is all dressed up as the Easter Bunny!

We'd all love to see your pretty pastel creations! Please join us in this week's Mo's Challenge.  

I've also entered this in the following challenges:
Dare You 2 Digi :  Easter
Everybody Art:  Spring
Little Red Wagon:  Spring