Sunday, June 27, 2010

This and That

Just a Few Cards!

This first card uses Mo's little day dreamer. I love this makes you wonder what she's thinking about.
Almost all my cards are 5" x 7", and when I cut a standard sized sheet of card stock, I always have two long, narrow pieces left over. I've got quite a stack of these scraps now, and in trying to use them up, I came up with this layout. I just wove some strips together, glued the weaving to a piece of computer paper,  and cut them out using my Cuttlebug and the Large Label Nestie die. I stitched around the edges to give it the feel of a patchwork quilt.

Card Stock: Scraps of SU! in assorted greens and turquoise and aqua.
Tool: Copics, SU! Soft Sky ink, Cuttlebug with Nestie Big Label and Mega Oval dies and embossing folders, MS Cosmo and leaf punches, Small five petal flower punch, mounting tape, Sewing machine
Embellishments: Brads, Wired gingham ribbon, Primas.

This image is from Isabella's Sketchbook. I've had it colored for a while, but just got around to putting a card together. I used up some scraps on this one, too. All the punched elements were from bits and pieces of CS.

Card stock: SU! Groovy Guava, Sage Shadow, Scraps of Certainly Celery, Barely  Banana, Guave, and Blue (?), PTI white
Patterned paper, Scrap of Basic Grey Kioshi
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, , Groovy Guava ink, Sponge dauber, Martha Stewart, Leaf, Fence, Grass and Hydrangea punches, SU! Flower Trio punch ( the five-petal  flowers was cut up into small leaves) Embossing stylus
Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Yellow seed beads

This is the first of two floral Sympathy cards.

 I bought this image, but, for the life of me, I can't remember where! I love violets even if they are purple. That's a color I'm not found of except in flowers!

Image: Unknown source, Computer-generated sentiment
Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with embossing folders, Micro Pen, Creative Memories circle cutting system, Mounting tape
Card stock: Bazzil textured and SU! in shades of lavender and purple, PTI white
Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Lace, Large and small pearl cabochons, Flower charm

 This image is from DZ Doodles. I'd love to have some real Japanese peonies, but I'm no longer able to do any planting, and my husband does not enjoy gardening at all, so I don't have much hope of any of my own.
Whenever I get a new floral stamp, I use Google Image to see what colors they come in, then print out a picture or two as a guide for coloring. I like to color them as realistically as possible.
I find that the MS Around the Corner punches never work for the size panel I want to use. I've solved that by punching a panel in the dimensions they give, then cutting the panel in half and adding some extra punched loops to increase the length or width. Then I just adhere the image panel on top, and it's an almost seemless 'fix'! It works with this set of punches, but I have yet to try it with others.

Images: Japanese Peony from DZ Doodles, SU! Natural Beauty butterfly,  Computer-generated sentiment
Card stock: SU! Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette, PTI white
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Stumps, Cuttlebug with embossing folder, Martha Stewart Around the Corner punches
Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Pearl Cabochons

Thursday starts my month as hostess for Mo's Challenge Blog! I think I have some interesting but not too difficult things for you to try! I hope you'll drop by and check them out!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 37

Why I love Digital Images!

Jack's Playroom

This is Sheila's last week as hostess for the challenge, and she says 'anything goes'! I wanted to do something out of  the ordinary, and decided to try another 'room' card using "Jack Waiting". (See my card using "Alli Wants In" in my last post.)

There are  many reasons why I love digital images, but this has got to be one of the best! This was certainly time-consuming and involved, but I would never have been able to make this card with traditional stamps and still gotten all the proportions correct. The main image is Mo's, of course, as are the plain blocks, cropped from her "Wednesday's Child" boy image. The others are from my image collection, some cropped, others used 'as is'. I was able to re-size them all so that they looked proportionate with each other and Jack.
I don't think I'll be sending this out ....I don't want to part with it just yet! 

Images: "Jack Waiting" and wooden blocks from Mo's Digital Pencil, baseball mitt from Elizabeth O. Dulemba, bear and clown from coloring book sites, alphabet block wagon from Digital Two for Tuesday, Shelf from MelStampz
StampsBirch tree from Eat Cake Graphics, Sentiment from Studio G
Card stock: SU! Wild Wasabi and Barely Banana
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Tools and supplies: Copics, Xacto knife, scissors, and mounting tape

This week should be fun! Lets see all your wonderful creations using Mo's fabulous images

Thanks for stopping by! I love your comments.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Windows on the World

Come Out and Play!

I just love Mo's new images! The main image of the cat in the window is called "Alli Wants In". I printed it out twice, colored all of one image and just the drapes in the second. I cut out the whole image and the drapes and placed  the drapes on top using mounting foam.
I used Basic Grey DP for the wall papers and SU! Very Vanilla for the moldings. I used an embossing tool to give the molding some dimension. 
The floor was done by streaking Creamy Caramel CS with ink pads in several shades of brown, then drawing the lines with a micro pen.
I adhered the window onto the card front, then positioned all the other elements using more mounting tape. The plant was made using leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I really like how this card turned out! 
The inside says, "I can't wait for you to come out and play!"

In this picture you get a better idea of the layering.

Images:"Alli Wants In" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Bronte from Mo's "I Dunno",  Teapot(free!) from KLM stamps, Hurricane lamp from Digi Doodles Shop, Clay Pot and Shelves(?)

Card stock: SU! Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel, and Riding Hood Red
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Tools: Copics, Embossing stylus, Mounting tape, Cuttlebug and Nestie Label die, Micro pen, Various brown ink pads
Embellishments: Leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts, Grosgrain ribbon

Jack Waiting

This card uses "Jack Waiting" from Mo's Digital Pencil and  the birch tree is from Eat Cake Graphics. An actual stamp! Imagine that! An Xacto knife was used to cut out the window panes, and the stamped tree image was placed behind it using mounting tape. I kept this very simple.
The sentiment is computer-generated.

Card stock: SU! Sage Shadow and Cool Caribbean, PTI White
Patterned paper, Basic Grey Kioshi
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with embossing folder, Xacto knife
Embellishments: Brads

I hope you like these as much as I enjoyed making them! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mo's Challenge #36

Horsin' Around!

Sheila is our hostess for the month of June, and  her challenge for us this week is to use dry embossing with one of Mo's images. This should be and easy one, so we're hoping to see a lot of wonderful cards and projects!
I used "Shire". Don't all little girls love horses? 
Our daughter is sending this as a 'thank you' to the woman from whom she bought our granddaughter's new horse. Her last horse, Wing Commander Stonewall's Son, whose nickname was Toy, had to be put down due to an incurable illness. This new one is a liver chestnut Morgan with the registered name of  Old Oak So Elegant. The breeder called her Oakley, but our granddaughter calls her Annie.
Next week I'll have pictures of her riding saddle seat on Annie in their first show together. She pinned fifth as they're still getting used to each other.

Card stock: SU! Sage Shadow and Chocolate Chip, PTI White
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Capella
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with embossing folders, SU! Photo Corner punch, Martha Stewart Branch and Leaf punches
Embellishments: Flowers, Pearl cabochons, Cotton lace, Grosgrain ribbon

I made this horse card, too, so that she could choose the one she liked best. (She chose the Mo, of course!) This stamp is from Lili of the Valley. I bought several of their stamps when I first came across them, but haven't used many of them yet. They're on my "things to do" list for this summer!

Card stock: SU! Cranberry Crisp, Bazzil Textured Moch Divine
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with embossing folder, Slice and Vintage Findings design card, Martha Stewart Branch punch
Embellishments: Prima flowers, Gold cabochons

Thanks for visiting! Let's see all those great embossed cards!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ah! Memories!

This could be a picture of our youngest son when he was that age! Boy, did he have a temper! He'd throw himself down in the middle of the kitchen floor, and I'd have to keep stepping over him to get anything done.
I wasn't sure which of us was going to make it through his childhood!  We both survived, thank goodness, and we have a wonderful relationship now that he's an adult.
I enjoy his company, and no one can make me laugh until it hurts the way he can.   

This card is for his birthday. Inside it says, "My, how you've changed! Happy Birthday!"
I used orange, his favorite color. I think he'll get a kick out of it.

Patterned paper: Basic Grey 'Green at Heart'
Card stock: SU! Dusty Durango, Only Orange, Celery, and Kiwi Kiss, PTI White
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Crimper, Oval Punch, Quikcutz Swirl dies
Embellishments: Brads, Ribbon

This image reminds me of our oldest child, and only daughter, when she was a toddler. She had a turquoise tricycle that she loved and rode all over the property. It was sad to have to take it to the dump, all rusted and beat up, after years of use by three kids.

This card is for a co-worker who will be leaving this year due to budget cuts.
Inside it says, " So sorry to see you go!"
I made the little daisies using one of the flowers in SU!'s first Flower Trio punch, I shaped the petals with an embossing tool. I placed a glue dot in the center and pressed it into Flower Soft to make the centers. I love white daisies and gingham! It's just so bright and cheerful.

Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket and Making Memories
 Card stock: SU! Real Red and Barely Banana, PTI White
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Nesties, SU! Flower Trio punch, MS Branch punch
Embellishments: Flower Soft, Wired ribbon

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mo's Challenge #35

Kissy Face!

The challenge Sheila has for us this week is an easel card using one of Mo's fabulous images. I chose "Kissy" because she's perfect for this sentiment I found! I'll be giving this to my daughter, who turns 40 this month.
I added some tiny paper roses to her bouquets and tiny pearls to her tiara. Of course, she's colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils!

SU! CS Textured Groovy Guava and Gable Green
Basic Grey Kioshi DP
Tools: Cuttlebug and Nesties dies, Martha Stewart border  and branch punches
Embellishments: Paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Lace and pearl trim, Pearl cabochons Computer-generated sentiment

I hope you'll join in the fun this week and make an easel card. 
You may be chosen to win one of Mo's images, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 7, 2010

For the Graduates

Just Three for Now!

I love Mo's little 'college' kids! This is Trinity, and I had so much fun coloring her with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and creating this card! She's available at Mo's store.
I needed some graduation cards and really wanted to use Mo's images, but she's been having trouble getting the drawings of graduating teens down just the way she wants them. I couldn't wait any longer, so came up with the idea of using a couple of her other images. Trinity was an obvious choice for a girl.
On the inside this one says, "Congratulations, Graduate! Best wishes for another new beginning!"

SU! Sentiment Stamp---Great Greetings
SU! card stock---Barely Banana, Always Artichoke, Baroque Burgundy
Patterned paper---Basic Grey's Wassailing
Embellishments---Flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts, Branch punch from Martha Stewart, SU! Scallop Circle punch, Gold cabochons, White gel pen
Tools---Cuttlebug with Shapeabilities Large Label die

This one uses 'A Thousand Stars' which is also available at the store. I couldn't seem to get the sky as dark a blue as I'd have liked. My darkest blue Prismacolor pencil lightened up as soon as I blended it! I'm going to try a different technique the next time.  On the inside this one says, "Reach for the stars, Graduate!"

Sentiment Stamp---Inkadinkado
Basic Grey patterned paper
Gold Metallic
Embellishments---Gold embossing powder, Spica Gold pen
Tools---Star punch, Cuttlebug with embossing folder

This last one is my least favorite. It doesn't use one of Mo's images, so I wasn't all that inspired! The image came from a coloring book site. The inside says, "Congratulations! You did it!"

Sentiment Stamp---SU! Great Greetings
Papers---SU! Real Red, Ballet Blue, and White Confetti
Basic Grey DP
Tools---Cuttlebug with embossing folder, SU! Oval punches
Embellishments---Ribbon, Brads

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mo' Challenge # 34

Are We Having Fun Yet?!

For this challenge, Sheila, our hostess this month, asked us to use Mo's images and merge two or more together on our project. There are several programs and tutorials out there that can be used to achieve this. I use PrintMaster and find it fairly easy and not too technical.. It's just a matter of sizing your images proportionately and 'erasing' the parts you don't want. You can also do it the old-fashioned way and just cut out one or both of the images and arrange them in a little scene.
I've used two images from a cute set of four ornery little ones.....Jill, Toby, Marcus, and Tasha
I want to use the little guy pitching a fit for my youngest son's birthday card. He turns 32 this month, and this was sooo him when he was a toddler! He will get a kick out of it.
(I have to say that he turned out to be a wonderful young man, though at the time, I wasn't sure I'd let him live to grow up!!)
The inside says, "Things can only get better!" 
As usual, the images were colored with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.

Sentiment Stamp---PrintWorks
Card Stock,---SU!'s Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Pale Plum, Wild Wasabi
DP---Basic Grey Kioshi
Punch---Martha Stewart Hydrangea
Die---Sizzix Branch 
Embossing folder---Cuttlebug
Embellishments---Prima roses, pearl cabochons

So, let's see what wonderful scenes you can create using Mo's fabulous images!
Thanks for stopping in!