Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Good Morning Friends! I hope you're all doing well as we count down the last week of 2009. Can you believe this? Where does the time go?

I have some very exciting news to share. I received an email from Arlana, owner of Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge blog, inviting me to join the design team. Of course I didn't hesitate to accept! I love her sketches, Arlana challenges me, unbeknownst to her, to create my sketches to be fun to work with and user friendly, yet challenge your creative skills. So I am proud to say that I am the newest member on the design team for Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Here's the sketch were using:

Arlana sent me a very adorable image from this week's sponsor, Squigglefly. She must know how much I love snowmen! So here's my take on the sketch.

This is Marching Snowman and I'm not sure where he's off to, but he's certainly on a mission to spread some well chilled happiness. I colored him with Copics, attempting to keep to a more earthy, natural palette. Hard to do when I am still working on my collection of Copics, but it did come out pretty nice. The background paper came from My Time Made Easy, Lauren is offering 12 Days of Snowflakes digi-paper for free and it was just what I needed to complete this card.

I was also able to combine this sketch with a wonderful challenge from Digital Tuesday. A sweet little girl who lives in Florida wants to see snow, so her Mommy challenged us to use diamond glitter for lots of snow. This is a close-up of my snow and Aliyah, I'll have you know... it looked like it snowed glitter in my craft room now! LOL

Now be sure to check out Sweet Sketch Wednesday and link up so we can see what you created. I'll be looking! Thanks for stopping by - have a SWEET day.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Good Morning,

Late post today - I was hoping that I'd be able to get day 8 and 9 done for the TGF sketches, but I'm still working on them. So I'll just post my little ol' card that I made for my challenge blog (what a novel idea) in hopes you'll want to join us. The sponsor is Pixie Dust Studio.

The picture isn't that great. I broke one of my lamps last week and I haven't had the chance to replace it. I couldn't believe it, too. I bumped it and it fell and the housing for the bulb shattered!

Anyway, this is my card. I used two images from Kathy's recent release of Forest Friends. I used some very old paper from SU! - the woodgrain paper pack to create my frame. I really wanted an old, distressed look so I inked everything up with Antique Linen Distress Ink (I need a new one, I was really working to get ink off that pad). The sentiment is from CC Designs and then embellished with primas and pearls.

I hope to see you join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Contest at Inktegrity!

Good Morning! Well, what's left of it anyway.

I have some exciting news for you Inktegrity fans and followers. See this cute image...

This is Mikey, the latest addition to the Inktegrity family of animals. He won't be available until January 15th, but Joni is running a little contest called "What Can I say?"

Now that you've seen a part of Mikey, she needs YOU to come up with a Valentine's Day related sentiment for him. She will pick 3 winners who will receive Mikey and Sammy (you'll meet him on January 13th).

Here are the rules:
All sentiments need to be Valentine's/Love related
Contest begins today and ends on January 6th
There are also bananas in this image

So put those thinking caps on - go visit the Inktegrity blog to submit your entries!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

On the 7th day of Sketches...

Happy Sunday to you! It's a gorgeous day here. The sun is shining, it's fairly pleasant outside and a lot of the snow is melted away.

Day 7's sketch was great fun - this one is by Jessica (Whimsical Butterfly) and it holds so many possibilities. I used a kit that I'd received in another card kit swap that my friend Jackie hosted, so I'm sorry, I don't know the name of this fairy. I still can't get into the store or galleria - so I'm thankful that my sister is uploading for me.

I colored her with Copics and then glittered her wings with Martha Stewart glitter. I actually bought a bottle of the glitter and poured it into a plastic storage container and then poured the remaining half container of Dazzling Diamonds glitter in with it. I LOVE the results!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope the rest of your weekend is great!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

TGF Sketches Day 6 & Friday Sketchers

Hello. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We did. It was very enjoyable despite the threat of an ice storm, but it was actually warmer at 10pm than it was at 4pm. Crazy!

I have two posts for today - and check back, who knows, I may end up being very productive and get more done!

The first is Sketch Day 6 from The Greeting Farm. This was a fun sketch from Cindy Haffner - I had fun using it and my card actually came together very quickly. I used the frog from Down by the Pond. You can't help but smile looking into this guy's face. I colored him with Copics and then used Broken China and Certainly Celery to lightly ink over the image. The paper is actually Christmas DP, but it worked really well for this everyday card. I got a Slice for Christmas so I used that to create my sentiment.

This next card is using the sketch from Friday Sketchers. I enjoyed their blog hop immensely - this is one extremely talented Design Team. I can't compete, but this was fun.

I don't know which Tilda this is nor do I know the paper. I had participated in a Magnolia Card Kit swap and this was one of the treasures I have in my kit box. It was time to play! I love the colors! Brown and blue is one of my favorite color combos. It's all on a base of Very Vanilla. She's colored with Copics.

I hope you enjoyed my cards that I have to share with you today. I wish you a happy weekend!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 5 for TGF Sketches

Hello! This is my 2nd post today. I finished my card for Day 5 of the 12 Days of Sketches from The Greeting Farm and I liked it so much, I had to post again and not wait until tomorrow.

I used Valentine Anya & Ian and I am so excited that I was finally able to play with this digi! Aren't they the sweetest couple?! The base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock. The decorative paper is American Crafts and other card stock used is Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue. I also used American Crafts rub-ons. The sentiment is computer generated that I created. I added a couple extra elements, but we all know how I feel about sketches... they are simply a jumping off point.

Well, we're off to go dig out my Mom's car so that she's mobile again. Then back to get ready for company and the final touches for Christmas. Enjoy your day - thanks for stopping by.

On the 2nd day... 3rd day... 4th day of sketches...

...TGF gave to me. Are you playing along with TGF's 12 days of sketches? This is a countdown to the New Year. I can't upload these to the TGF Galleria myself because for some weird reason the site will not load for me. So my sweet sister is uploading them for me so that I can play along - but I thought I'd share them here to.

This is for Sketch Day 2. I used Miss Anya. I have to say that I am thrilled to be participating in this challenge because my TGF stamps have been very neglected. So this girl was happy to be taking a dip in the ink again. I used rub-ons from American Crafts, I scored this big pack for $2 at Big Lots. The base is Kraft card stock with the white rub-ons. Then I stamped the image on Very Vanilla for contrast.

Sketch Day 3 was tough for me. The image is from the For Someone set. I love this image, so versatile. With reds it would look like a poinsettia plant. The base is Chocolate Chip and the other color is Pale Plum. It worked very well with the pretty dp. The swirl is Thickers chipboard.

Sketch Day 4 is by far my favorite. I love these colors, they are so happy and very striking with the black contrast. I found a favorite green combo in my Copics for her dress. This is YG00 Mimosa Yellow and YG03 Yellow Green.

I hope you like my take on the sketches... can't wait to play with today's sketch! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Good Morning! I thought I'd share a card today that I made for my challenge blog, Tuesday Morning Sketches. I hope you join me and my wonderful team - our awesome sponsor this week is Soft Pencil. They carry some very adorable digi-stamps.

I took this picture in hopes that I'd capture the snow in the background, but instead its too white. But you can still see the very cute image, the soft snowflakes that I embossed with white embossing powder and my very favorite Inkadinkadoo snowflake stamps. I colored the image with Copics and then added a touch of glitter.

Oooh! I am also very happy that I can enter my card in a theme challenge, too! Digital Tuesday says SNOWFLAKES.

I hope you join us over at my challenge blog. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Countdown

Good Morning! It's Monday and we're counting down the days to Christmas. We're actually done with the shopping, sort of and the tree got decorated last night.

Beginning Friday, December 18th, The Greeting Farm is doing a 12 Days of Sketches challenge. You all know how I love sketches! So of course I jumped on this. I am very frustrated though because for some reason, I can't get into TGF store (my hubby will like that) or the Galleria to upload my cards. But here's the card I made with the Day 1 sketch that was provided by Cindy Haffner.

This is Elf Anya - I so happy when I was able to get her on the recent one day sale that Marie had. I have to admit, I often have a hard time with traditional Christmas colors, but with Anya's face - who cares about the colors! LOL

My card is a pocket card and quite by accident. I had a piece of left over card stock that I had printed out some digi stamps and had cut one image out in a circle shape. That part became the notch to the pocket card. The Happy Holidays sentiment is from Keep Cozy set and the inside sentiment is from All The Scraps.

Now, today I am back in my craft room. I have two sketches to work on, Tuesday Morning Sketches work to do and I am planning on just enjoying my markers today. I wasn't in the craft room at all since Friday afternoon. I had a Christmas gift I had to finish and I finally did yesterday morning - but then Sunday was filled with laundry, movies with my hubby and decorating the tree. Oh, but I did promise the kids a snowball fight today!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Guest Designer for The Crafty Pad

Good Morning! Happy Sunday to you! Did you hear about all the snow we got? Well we're digging out from about 16-17" of snow. It's gorgeous outside right now - the sun is shining and the snow is glistening.

A couple of weeks ago I won a challenge over at The Crafty Pad. My prize was an adorable digi and a Guest Designer Spot. My card is featured with today's new challenge! This is Roshell and she along with some other ducky friends will be released in January. The challenge is easy, use stitching. Real or Faux, either work.

I used a sketch from my Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge from last week for my layout. I wanted a very clean card and this color combo worked perfect for that. My stitching is faux stitching with a white gel pen. I colored the image with Copics and then finished it off with a perfect sentiment from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.

I hope to see you join in the challenge! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Friday

Good Morning Everyone! I have a quick post for you today. It's too late for Friday Sketchers for last week, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. This is my last card for the monthly card swap.

This was a great sketch to follow. I used the image and paper provided by the hostess. Sorry, don't know what either one is. Cute, though! I used MS snowflakes border punch and then used Create a Snowflake one and two for the embellishments.

And now to check out this week's sketch... maybe I'll get this one posted on time. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursdays with Lindsay

Good Morning! It's bright and sunny and very chilly here in WV. So with that kind of weather, it leads to thoughts of snowmen, hot chocolate and peppermint sticks.

This fun snowman is from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter set. The set comes with a few snowman images, sentiments, snowflakes, mugs of hot chocolate and hot chocolate packet. It's perfect for Christmas and Winter greetings and pages. It's only $5 and don't forget that for every $5 you spend, you get a free stamp. And you still have time to get in on her holiday sale, buy 2 sets, get one free!!

Yep, I also played along with a couple of great challenges...

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - The Sketch. Arlana did it again!
The Color Dare - Really Green Chocolate. I love that title! Use Really Red, Green Galore and Chocolate Chip. This was a very fun color combo.

I hope you enjoy my card and don't forget to visit Lindsay and the rest of the team for more awesome ideas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MyGrafico Wednesday - Another Farewell

Good Morning! Yep, this is another farewell post. My term with the MyGrafico Challenge blog comes to end with this posting and I must say, it has certainly been a pleasure. To have worked with Martha and the team has been inspiring and so much fun.

Here's the sketch portion of this week's challenge. We're using the adorable set Vroom! - way cute. Please be sure to visit the blog for the sketch details because my card is a very loose interpretation of it.

Mary created a wonderful sketch and it was a challenge to make it work with a train. I think I created a very cute little boy's birthday card. The image is from the set Zoom Vroom set by Cocoa Studio. I printed it twice just so I could pop the last car up from the card. I added the Happy Birthday right under the car when I printed it. Then I used a much neglected Cricut to create the Birthday Boy sentiment.

I hope you join us this week and don't forget to head on over to the challenge blog to join in the fun and leave the DT some love. As I said, it's been a pleasure. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter Friends

Hi Everyone,

OK - better late than never right? I am finally done with my card and am ready to post for today! This is one of the three sets being released today from Inktegrity. This is Bear Hug and he's just the sweetest snowboy ever!

Of course I had to play along with a few challenges, which is why I took so long to post - not to mention being distracted by a movie streaming in on my computer. I really need to use my iPod more often.

Lord Have Mercy! - This awesome sketch
The Pink Elephant - Winter/Christmas theme
ColourQ - Going Gray, Bashful Blue, White (or Very Vanilla)

Thanks for stopping by today. I promise I'll be more on time the rest of the week.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunshine Monday - Farewell

Good Morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. I did enjoy mine, I took my kids Christmas shopping. It was interesting to say the least, taking Hollyanne and Levi at the same time when they were shopping for each other.

Well, it is with a saddened heart that today is my last posting for Sunshine & Giggles. I have enjoyed being on Janice's team these last 6 months and working with some very talented stampers. Janice is such a sweetheart. So I want to take this time to tell Janice, Jennifer, Nicole, Tenia (original DT member) and Joni THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for this experience. I am certain that the next team will be wonderful and I know that there are some great things coming in the future for Sunshine & Giggles.

There is nothing more charming than seeing a child sitting on Santa's lap conveying all his gifty desires - whether it's your children or memories of yourself as a child. Do you remember this image? I used it on an altered bottle filled with m&ms. Well, the kids got the m&ms and I was left with this image. So, it needed a more permanent place - it became the focal image of this card. The card went together in just minutes, which is what I need to get my own Christmas cards done!

I hope you continue to follow Janice and Sunshine & Giggles. Be sure to stop by Joni, Jennifer and Nicole's blogs, too. I'm sure they have something wonderful to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 11, 2009

15 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 15

Good Morning! The final day has come. And it's Friday! Whoo-hooo. I think we're getting our Christmas tree this weekend.

I had set out to create a card that had a more heavenly quality and less whimsical. I did a search on digi-images and I didn't come across exactly what I was looking for, so then I went the coloring pages route and I came across this image at CDK Kids dot com. It really loses some of it's beauty by being printed so small, but it's still very pretty.

I colored the image with Copics, which wasn't my original intention. I had wanted to pull out my Prismacolor pencils that I neglected this whole series. But Copics were the better choice for the small areas. The sentiment is computer generated and says He is called Emmanuel, which means God with us.

I used the sketch (loosely) from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Arlana has such a talent for sketches and she and her sisters are sweethearts. I changed it only a little Arlana, I hope that's OK. :o)

Thank you so much for joining me on the journey of 15 days of Christmas cards. I probably won't stop there, but who knows. I have some snow-people in my collection that are still begging to be played with. Winter just started, so we have a long way to go. Enjoy your weekend although I hope to see you here!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

15 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 14

Good Morning! Welcome to day 14, which is also Thursdays with Lindsay and it's also the MyGrafico Challenge blog posting. Whew!!

First off, let me mention that Lindsay is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale at her Shop Handmade Store. When you make your purchase of the two sets, Lindsay will email them to you and get your order for your free set. Pretty easy, eh?

I created a really easy Christmas card by using the Cutttlebug Christmas Tree folder as the main image, but leaving it white and enhancing with Teal pearls. The circle image, the dove is from Lindsay's Christmas Cupcake Wrappers set. I played around in PSE to change the color. I'm sure I didn't do it per any tutorial, but I managed to change the outer dots to a berry color and in the inner dots to a teal color. This card is using the current color challenge from The Color Dare Challenge, which is to use Razzleberry, Taken with Teal and Kraft. I don't have Razzleberry ink but I was able to color match it pretty close for the dots and the ribbon. The card has a base of white and the mats are Kraft and Taken with Teal.

This week MyGrafico Challenge Blog decided to use the recipe set from Lindsays Stamp Stuff and that was fun since I am on both design teams. So I set out to create my friend a recipe box. I took an instant coffee can and covered it with this really fun paper. Her kitchen is sort of multi-colored fiesta hues, so I thought this purple and orange would fit right in. I printed the circle sentiment twice so that I could pop-dot the heart in the center to give it a little dimension.

Then I proceeded to make the cards. Yes, they are folders. I did this by importing the recipe card image into a word document twice and flipping one of the images upside down. Then I butted the images up against one another and cut them out. Using a circle punch I notched out the bottom end which removed the the tab. Some I typed the recipes onto the cards first and then printed them out. Some, I just printed with the lines on them so that my friend can add her own recipes. I'm still not done with the box, there are several other recipes that she requested of me, so I need to get busy typing.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card and recipe box. Please be sure to visit Lindsay and the rest of team to see what they have to share with you. And don't forget the challenge at MyGrafico, you could win the entire recipe set.

See you tomorrow for the last day of my Christmas Cards Series.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

15 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 13

Hello! Welcome to day 13 of my Christmas Cards series. I'm actually going to stick in another card (non-Christmas) with it because it's inspiration from the same sketch.

I used the awesome sketch from Friday Sketchers - what a fun sketch! And I got a lot of help from Papertrey Ink. I was browsing around looking to spend money that I don't have and just happened onto the Try It Now paper section of their store. You get these digi paper swatches and they were perfect for the "quilted" part of this sketch.

I used a beautiful angel image from Nutcrafters and she's colored with Copics. I also (not sure the camera picked it up) colored in her halo with a Versamarker and then add gold embossing powder. I also colored her wings with the same marker and added Iridescent Ice embossing powder. She's quite lovely in person. Then sentiment is computer generated and I have to say, I've had a hard time getting the song out of my head since I made this.

For the embellishments, I colored a satin flower using Olive Copic. Then I punched out the flowers (Spring Bouquet punch) and inked the edges to create the poinsettias. The centers are 1/8" circle punch dots.

Now for the other card:

I actually made this card first and posted it in my SCS gallery. But I decided since I used the sketch again, it would be OK to post it here [now]. This image is from Pixie Dust Studio and I entered in their 2nd challenge which is a color challenge: Gold, Brown and Cream. The paper swatches are again from the Try It Now section of Papertrey Ink. The deer is colored with Copics, the sentiment computer generated and the final touch, the gold ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my cards and that you'll come back tomorrow for day 14.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

15 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 12

Good Morning! I hear we're in for a freezing rain storm later today on into tomorrow, so I've got dinner cooking in the crock pot, yummy comfort food and extra blankets. There should a be Netflix movie in my mailbox. Days like that make me grateful for being unemployed. I still would rather have a job though!

OK now that I've rambled on - welcome to day 12 of my Christmas Card series. I absolutely love this card. Of course you all know that snowmen are very near and dear to my heart and when The Greeting Farm released this set, I knew it had to be in my collection.

Are these not the most adorable little faces!? Oh my goodness, they melt my heart. I used a fabulous sketch for this card from Just Us Girls. I did omit the embellishments part of their sketch because I ran out of room. Please click on the photo to enlarge, I want to be sure you see all the glitter on those pretty snowflakes. The snowflakes are from Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is from All That Scraps.

I hope you like my card and I look forward to your visit tomorrow.

Monday, December 7, 2009

15 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 11

Good Morning! Welcome to Day 11, thanks for stopping by. I so appreciate the visit. This is also Sunshine Monday. As my term for being a Design Team member of Sunshine & Giggles comes to an end this month, it's only fitting that my very favorite image from the Winter/Christmas collection be a part of my Christmas Cards series.

I am so pleased with how this card turned out. It reminds me of a really pretty Christmas dress. This is Poinsettia. I used black card stock for my base and then layered dp from the DCWV Christmas mat stack over that. I also used the same paper in the burgundy and another in green to paper piece her dress. And I was excited to start using my new MS border punch. The hearts fit in so well, even though this is a Christmas card. I colored her with Copics and then finished it off with some gold ribbon.

Be sure to visit Janice and the rest of the team (linked in my sidebar) to see what treats they have waiting for you. I just learned that Janice isn't posting today, she and her son are a bit under the weather. See you tomorrow for day 12.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

15 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 10

Good Morning! I hope you've had a good weekend so far. Saturday was a bit crazy - Hollyanne is in her first Christmas concert today, she's a first year (and probably last year) violinist.

Anyway, I have another new release to share with you. This is another of Inktegrity's newest images just released this past week. And who could resist this yummy mint chocolate chip (my personal favorite) sundae adorned with delicious gingerbread house cookies.

I also used the sketch (again) from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I really loved this sketch from Arlana. I also participated in The Color Dare challenge, too. This was quite a challenge for me, too. The colors: Kraft, Very Vanilla and Dusty Durango. The challenge for me was how was I going to incorporate those colors into a Christmas card. And then it occurred to me that these colors are homey baking colors, if that makes any sense.

I also used a gingerbread girl image from the Daisie Company. This was a tough on the old eyes to color something that tiny and then cut it out. Whew!

I hope you enjoyed my day 10 card and that you'll come back here tomorrow for day 11, which also happens to be Sunshine Monday. Thanks for stopping by.