Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 63

Welcoming the New Year!

The challenge at Mo's this week is "Bless the Beasts and Children". We were to use images of children and animals in our projects. This was an easy one as Mo has so many cute images of children with animals of all kinds! You could also merge images.

I've used the image of Bella and Bronte as babies. Aren't they cute?!
This post is short and sweet as I'm really late finishing this card. I've been on school vacation for the holidays and really haven't felt much like coloring. I think something must be wrong with me! My Muse has deserted me, and I'm just not motivated at all. I'd better get going soon because I need to make a lot of cards! My stock is very low, and my customers are asking for more birthday, get well, and sympathy cards. 

Tools: Copics, Gold  and Silver Spica pens, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder and Swirl die from Marianne, Slice, Martha Stewart Branch punch, Sewing machine, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Summer Sun, Glorious Green, Neenah smooth white, Gold metallic,  Dotted DP

Embellishments: Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Here's another card using the same image.

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Circle and  Lacey Circle Nesties, Star punch, Slice, Spica pens

Papers: SU! Real Red, Pacific Point Blue, Barely Banana CS, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP, Gold metallic CS

Embellishments: Rhinestone brad, Prima flower, Gold metallic ribbon

Have fun and join us in Mo's Challenge this week for a chance to win an image from Mo!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

My Very Last Christmas Card for 2010!

I realized that I had one more card to make this year. I had made pouch boxes to put money gifts in, but came up one short. I had this adorable little bear all colored up, so I've used him instead of making another pouch.
This is one of Rick Dennis's wonderful little bears. He has such a sweet face and so much personality. Rick does adorable bunnies and other animals, too. You'll see more of them in the spring! 
Rick is looking for more members for his design team. (I'm already a member.)  It's a six month commitment with only one project required per month. Check out his blog for more information if you're interested. Also check out his Etsy shop to see more of his images.

Images: Bear by Rick St Dennis, Holly branches for DZ Doodles
Sentiment from Ladybug and Friends

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Cuttlebug with Nesties, MS Branch and Snowflake punches, Nellie Snellen Embossing leaf punch set, Crystal Effects, Line tape, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Real Red and Confetti CS, Neenah smooth white, Green gingham DP, Doily, Gold metallic CS

Embellishments: Red pearl cabochons, Red roses from Wild Orchid Crafts

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 62


This week's theme is Fantasy/ Fairy Tales. I've used one of Mo's plump, womanly fairies,"Fairy 3".
I love this image! I always imagine she must be saying, "Do these wings make my butt look big?"!
I'm really not too happy with the way I've colored her, but, with all the holiday preparations, I just didn't have time to make another card. I do like the colors, though! I think blue and yellow are always cheerful.

Image: "Fairy 3" from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, White gel pen, Gold and Clear Spica pens, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Mounting tape, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Neenah smooth white, Martha Stewart DP

Embellishments: Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Satin Ribbon, Wing Charm, Pearl cabochons

We'd love to see some of your "fantastic" work! Make something wonderful with one of Mo's great images and enter the challenge for a chance to win!

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Joy and Sorrow

The other day I had to make two cards for two very different reasons. I was asked by co-workers to make a wedding card and a sympathy card.  While I was making those, I decided to make a baby card, so I guess I covered all the bases.

 Oh, Baby!

This card uses Mo's new "Baby Girl" with wispy hair. She Also comes with curly hair or bald.
I cropped a digital sentiment and rearranged the words so that it would read "lovely little blessing".

Image: "Baby Girl" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment from Tameko

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Corner rounder, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Mounting tape, Glue dots

Papers: Neenah smooth white, PTI White, Pink gingham DP

Embellishments: Picot satin ribbon, Silk flower, Pink pearl cabochons, Gathered lace trim

In Sympathy

I never seem to have enough sympathy cards on hand, because, given the choice, I'd much rather make cards for birthdays or other happy reasons. Unfortunately, death is part of life, so every once in a while I'll sit down and make a few. 

This one uses a gladiola image I got or free somewhere. I wish artists would put a small signature on their images or name the files in some way that would make it easier to give credit! 
I love glads! They are my birth month flower and they last so long as cut flowers. They also come in almost every color of the rainbow!

Image: Digital Gladiolas

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey Capella DP

Embellishments: Lace, Satin Ribbon, Pearl cabochons

Oh, Happy Day!

This is so pretty IRL, but appears a little washed out in the picture. The digital image is Mo Manning's "Bride and Groom".  It's a great image and surprisingly easy to color. I've used my favorite "Out-of-the-Box" technique to highlight her train.

Image: "Bride and Groom" from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Cuttlebug with Nesties., Mounting tape, Martha Stewart Leaf, Branch, and  wide lace punches

Papers: SU! Blush Blossom and Certainly Celery, PTI Cream, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey Capella DP

Embellishments: Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Satin Ribbon, Pearl cabochons

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mo'sChallenge # 61

Winter's Coming!

Winter Wonderland  is the theme for Mo's Challenge this week! We haven't had more than a few flurries so far here in Central  New Hampshire, but I know it's coming! England has been blanketed already, and the snow is several feet deep in California's Sierra Nevada range,so I guess we've been lucky so far.
 My husband took up skiing two years ago, at the age of 67, and he's looking forward to the first major snow of the winter so that he can hit the slopes again. Our youngest son and our grandchildren all ski or snowboard, too.  I can look forward to time alone to color when they all head north!

I used Mo's "Snowman" as my image. There are so many snowman images and stamps out there, but he's one of my favorites! I put him 'inside' a snow globe by merging the two images. (I have no idea where I got the globe even after an extensive web search! If it looks familiar to you, please let me know.).
I covered the globe with VersaMark, sprinkled it with clear embossing powder, and used my heat gun on it. I did it twice to get a smooth finish. By happy accident, there were a few grains of white detail powder mixed in with my last bit of clear powder, so it came out looking like tiny snow flakes all over the image. I don't know how it happened, but I think it looks great!

Images: "Snowman"from Mo's Digital Pencil, Unknown snow globe, Digital sentiment from Lady Bug and Friends. 

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Quickcutz swirl die, Circle punches, Martha Stewart Branch and Snowflake border punch, Nellie Snellen Embossing leaf punch set, mounting tape, Clear embossing powder, VersaMark pad.
Papers: SU!  Sage Shadow and Garden Green, PTI Vanilla, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP.

So, get all warm and cozy and create your own Winter Wonderland using one of Mo's images for a chance to win in Mo's Challenge this week.

Primitive Style

Here's a Christmas card with a primitive look. I think this style is so far out that it's coming back in again! This is a free image from Cheryl Seslar. (I can't, for the life of me, find the site again) There were many images of this type....Raggedy dolls, Santas, angels, etc. The word 'chimney' on the image was incorrectly spelled 'chimeny'.... probably on purpose.... but I couldn't use it that way, so I brought it into my PrintMaster  program and fixed it. 
I aged the edges of the image panel by using the direct-to-paper method, rubbing a Caramel ink pad around the edges, then used a small spotted stamp and the same ink to create the look of age spots on the paper.

Image: primitive stocking by Cheryl Seslar, SU! Itty Bitty Backrounds

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Corner rounder, SU! Creamy Caramel ink pad

Papers: SU! Old Olive and Marigold Morning, Neenah smooth white, Chatterbox DP

Embellishments: Crocheted flower, Buttons, Natural hemp, Ribbon scraps

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mo's Challenge #60!

Royal Flush!

Our challenge this week is to use "Glitz and Glitter". I chose to use Mo's great image,  "Queen of Hearts" from her Alice in Wonderland series. This old battle-axe is large and in charge!

The glitz comes from the gold metallic swirls, and the glitter, though not really visible in the photo, is from black and gold Spica pens, that give it just a hint of shine. I hope to get a better picture if the sun ever shines around here again!

Inside it says, "Not another birthday! Guess you'll just have to 'deal' with  it!"

Images: "Queen of Hearts" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Read and black Spica pens, Cuttlebug with Quickcutz swirl die, SU! Oval punch, Martha Stewart Heart border punch

Papers: SU! Real Red, and Basic Black, Neenah smooth white, Gold Metallic CS

Embellishments: Mini playing cards, Gold brad

So get fancy, and show us all your finery! 
Enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win an image from Mo

Another "Queen of Hearts"

This card uses an image from another great digital artist, Rick St. Dennis. I made the card for him to feature on his blog promoting the Operation Write Home blog hop. At this time OWH is looking for Valentine's Day cards, hence the very early Valentine theme! The cards are sent in bulk to overseas bases so that the soldiers can choose one to send home to loved ones. Check them's a wonderful organization.

Rick is in the process of getting together a design team to help promote his digital designs. I think his images are adorable and have made several cards with them. He's chosen me as a member of his DT and is looking to add a few  more designers. Check out his blog for more information. He also has a line of rubber stamps made by I Brake for Stamps.

 Image: "Queen of Hearts"  from Rick St. Dennis
  Tools: Copics, MS Border punch, SU! Heart punches, Cuttlebug with Creative Craft embossing folder,  Gold metallic pen, White gel pen

 Paper:  DP by Paper Pizazz, SU! Real Red CS, Neenah smooth white CS

 Embellishments: Pearl hearts and hat pin, beads and pearls, Satin Ribbon