Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mo's Challenge #89

What the Dickens?!

Cathy is our hostess for this week, and her challenge is for us to make a card or project inspired by a book or story.

Our family just loves the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol"....we watch at least one of the  many different films every holiday season! We especially like the Muppet version...Michael Caine is perfect as Scrooge, and the song that's sung when he first makes an appearance is wonderful!

On to the card! I love it when a holiday  image can be used for another purpose. Here, I've use old Ebenezer on a retirement card. I love the expression on his face! Aren't we all a bit nervous about what faces us when we retire?

Inside: "Goodbye tension. Hello pension!"

Images: "Scrooge" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Canvas BG stamp from SU!, Computer-generated sentiment (Black Adder font)

Tools: Copics, Sewing machine, Old Olive ink pad

Papers: SU! Soft Sage, Barely Banana, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Clock charm, Metal disc, Acrylic dome sticker, Satin leaves, Baker's twine

Now it's your turn!  I think this should be a real fun challenge! Can't what to see what you'll come up with!

It's always good to have you visit!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mo's Challenge #88

The "F" Words!

I mean flutter, fairies, flowers, and fancy folds of course! What were you thinking?! 
Lisa is our hostess this week, and she wants us to use any or all of these in our projects for Mo's Challenge.

I've used one from a set of five of Mo's adorable little fairies along with flowers and a butterfly, so I'm good with three out of four!
I don't do many fancy folds, because I sell most of my cards, and fancy folds don't fit nicely into the A7 card jackets I use for display. I do make them for family and friends, but most of the birthdays and other spring occasions have gone by.

Images: Little Fairies from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment from TLC(?)

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Martha Stewart border and butterfly punches, Cuttlebug with Nestabilities, Dauber, Mounting tape, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Gable Green and Taken With Teal, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Paper doily, Grosgrain ribbon, Pearl cabochons, Hand-made roses

Check out the other DT members' gorgeous projects, then show us your creation in this week's challenge!

Always happy to have you visit!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Having Fun!

It's Summer Vacation !

We got out of school last Thursday, and I'm looking forward to having more time to play! I've used most of my Mo images, but I have so many by other artists that I've never even printed out! I'm making it my mission to make cards with some of them this summer.

This image is from Dustin Pike. Don't you love him....ferocious and cute at the same time! I thought he should be breathing fire, so I added the swirls. 

The inside says, "Baby, you can always light my fire! Happy Anniversary!"

Image: From Dustin Pike, Word stamp from SU! 

Tools: Copics, Spica pen, Black ink, Cuttlebug with Marianne die, Martha Stewart Border punch, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Gable Green, Cool Caribbean, Neenah smooth white, Bazzill textured lavender, Basic Grey Yoshi DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Pearl cabochons

Belated Birthday

Here's one using an image from Rick St. Dennis.  Love the flower in his hat!

The inside says, "Sorry this was a little slow getting to you!"

Images: Turtle from Rick St. Dennis, Sentiment from an old SU! set, "Button Bear"

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Spellbinder die, Martha Stewart Branch border and punch, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set

Papers: SU! Summer Sun , Gable Green, Green Galore, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Prima daisies, Brads

"I'm  Keeping This!"

That's what our grandson said when he opened this on this 11th birthday! He's into WWII and all things military. His mother even painted one wall of his room in a camouflage pattern!
The army insignia was printed on the computer, cut out and glued to the metal disc, then topped with an acrylic  bubble sticker.  I didn't have any gold stars, so I pressed them into a VersaMark pad, then into gold embossing powder, and heated it. Works great!

Inside it says, "And enjoy your birthday!"

Image: Coloring book page (?), Computer-generated insignia and sentiment

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Gold EP, Mounting tape, Distressing tool

Papers: SU! Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, and Chocolate Chip, Neenah smooth white, and Camouflage DP (from Jo-Ann's)
Embellishments: Star brads, Metal disc

I've entered this in the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge...Masculine

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 87

Tag! You're It!

Our challenge from our hostess, Dawn, this week is to make a tag and use our favorite embellishments. I consider myself  'tag challenged' as I can never seem to place them on a card so that they look as if they belong. They always appear to be an after-thought!
 Anyway, here's my attempt, and it actually doesn't look too bad. LOL!

 The image is one of a series Mo has done of little girls and fruit. They are all just irresistible!
I made the tag using oval dies, and the 'seeds' are actually petals from a punched flower. I sanded the CS to rough it up and give it a little texture. The inside of the tag says, "Just for You."
  A few of my favorite embellishments are gingham ribbon, punched borders, charms and pearls! Of course, I love flowers and brads, too, but enough is enough, or maybe too much in this case!

Image: "Watermelon Girl" from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Mounting tape, Wire, Martha Stewart border punch, Cuttlebug with oval Nesties

Papers: SU! Gable Green, Garden Green, Green Galore, and Groovy Guava, Neenah smooth white,Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments: Wired gingham ribbon, Stitched grosgrain ribbon, Love charm, Beads, Pearl cabochons

So tag up and join us in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win one of her wonderful digital images!

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, June 13, 2011

For Family

Born on Flag Day!

Our youngest boy was born on June 14th, Flag Day, so I usually make a card with a patriotic theme for his birthday. This year I've used an image from Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Since his beloved Red Sox are finally on a winning streak, this image is doubly appropriate!

Like Mo, Elizabeth illustrates children's books. She offers free digital images for personal use on her web site.....a new one every Tuesday. I've tried unsuccessfully to get her to sell her digital  images. Although she's declined, she has made a few of her designs available as rubber stamps. I don't use stamps much any more, so I have to settle for using her images only on cards I give to  family and friends.

Images: "Independence Day" from Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Digital sentiment 

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder, Mounting tape, Black Multi-Liner pen

Papers: SU! Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Star brads, Denim ribbon, Gingham ribbon


Getting Older Isn't for Sissies!

My daughter-in-law,  wife of the above-mentioned son, turned 40 back in April, and wasn't too happy about it. LOL! She didn't want any of us to acknowledge it at all. So, I've waited until now to give her a gift  and this card.

Inside it says, "A very Happy Un-birthday to you, to you!"
I hope she takes it in the spirit in which it's given. I figured she must be over it by now!
I hope the bright colors will make her smile!

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Marrianne die, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set

Papers: SU! Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Neenah smooth white, MME Stella Rose DP

I've entered this in the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge

 Thanks for taking a look....I love having you stop by!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 86

A Great Recipe!

Our hostess for this week, Dawn, has a recipe for us as inspiration. 

A Recipe for Friendship

Take two people with common interests.
Mix together with love and understanding.
Stir in a sense of humor and a lot of compassion.
Bake for a lifetime...and enjoy the fruits of your labor
knowing that  you both have made a remarkable concoction
that will last forever!

I've used Mo's great new wedding image. I think the pointillism technique  perfectly emphasizes their effervescence . I love the combination of the very contemporary couple with the ornate Basic Grey paper and elegant swirls and pearls.
I've used Spica pens on her veil and shoes and on their rings for a touch of glitter.

Tools: Copics, Spica clear, gold, and silver pens, Cuttlebug with Marianne Swirl dies, Martha Stewart Lace border punch

Papers: SU! Mauve Mist, Going Grey, and Very Vanilla, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey Capella DP

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Flowers, Heart charm, Flower bead, Pearl bead, and Pearl cabochons

This card will be going to a young co-worker who's getting married right after school gets out.


Passion for Plants

 I love this image! In fact, I love all Mo's new images of adults...hope she keeps them coming!

Images: "Eileen" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment freebie from TLC
Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Martha Stewart Lattice punch

Papers: SU! Groovy Guava, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey Olivia DP

Embellishments: Gingham ribbon, Square brads, Tiny roses and rose buds

I hope you're inspired to join us in Mo's Challenge this week!
We'll be watching for you!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mo and More

First, Another Princess!

My daughter-in-law is always asking for princess cards to sell in her shop. Since Mo hadn't drawn any princesses, I kept putting it off, since I prefer her little girls to any others.  It turns out that all  I had to do was ask, and Mo came up with two adorable images that are perfect for birthday cards!

This card uses "Sienna." (My last post featured Cupcake Princess Violet.) I loved coloring her!

Images: "Cupcake Fairy Sienna" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment from Meljens Designs

Tools: Copics, White gel pen MS Border punch, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Neenah smooth white, MME Stella Rose DP

Embellishments: Crown charm, Flowers, Pearl cabochons, Beads


Lattice Rose

I've seen a lot of these lattice cards in recent months and thought I'd give the technique a try. It was fun to make, but I think the next time I make one I'll pop the latticed panel off the CS to give it some depth.

Images: Rose spray from "Hearts and Roses" digital set from Fred She Said,  Digital sentiment from "Spring Blooms" set from Paper Garden Project

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder, Nesties ovals and label dies, MS Ribbon slot punch, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Sage Shadow, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Sheer ribbon, Pearl cabochons,  Heart hat pin, Glitter

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 85


This week the challenge is to follow a sketch from our hostess, Dawn. 

This one isn't a stretch for me, because it's a classic that  I go to often! It's simple, but looks different every time. You can see what I mean with the two cards I made this week.

I asked Mo for some princess images, and she did two cute ones! 
This one is called  "Cupcake Princess Violet . The other is "Cupcake Princess Sienna", even tough she's carrying a cake!

This one uses Violet. She's just so girly....a real little princess!

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Nestie ovals, Martha Stewart Leaf punch,  Stickles, Mounting tape, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Barely Banana, Sage Shadow (On my screen it looks pale blue.),  Blush Blossom, Neenah smooth white, MME Stella Rose DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Ruffled lace, Slotted lace, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Pearl cabochons

This is a much different look with the same sketch using "Broked", which is  available in a three other versions; a pig-tailed girl, an A A girl, and an AA boy.
They all make cute Get Well cards.

Image: "Broked"

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Black Micro-liner pen, Cuttlebug with Oval Nesties, Doily, and Daisy dies, Nellie Snellen Embossing Leaf punch, Martha Stewart Zig-zag border  punch, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Crushed Curry, Certainly Celery, Neenah smooth white, MME Stella Rose DP

Embellishments: Brads