Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Hello! We are getting such beautiful weather lately! Sunny and cool and windy! Doesn't feel like NE Georgia in April a-tall! Is it unusually cool where you are?

This card was inspired by the artwork of Alina at simcards. She does these adorable circle flower thingies which inspired my distressed circle "flower" and she does an awesome job coloring her images and adding touches of white here and there. She also recently used the spiral punch, so that inspired me to pull mine out and use it.

The placement of the clear gems was inspired by sweet Donna at 3 Umbrellas. She does such whimsical things with gems and pearls!

I used the Forest Branches embossing folder on the main image. I'm iffy about that one, but I think it kinda works. Think "wind".

I used Stampin' Pastels (chalks) to color the sky and around the girl. So much softer and easier to apply than markers.

Well, I just realized that I can't give you my Copics color list because I put them away and didn't take note of which ones I had used! Oops! Sorry about that!

The main image was one of those I mentioned having colored a few days back. I hope to get another card made with another one I am happy with. I had a couple of duds that will likely end up in the trash, though!

Hope you have a lovely week! Thanks for coming by! Happy coloring!

Stamps: Pure Innocence 006 digi by Heather Ellis, word stamp from CTMH Geometric Thoughts

CS: PTI white, black, Basic Grey Recess (retired), Basic Grey Obscure (retired), and Basic Grey Lemonade 6X6' pads

Ink: Computer and Memento Tuxedo Black, various Copics

Other: Cuttlebug Forest Branches and Stylized Flowers embossing folders, spiral punch, Nestabilities Classic Oval Large, Classic Oval Scallops Large, paper piercing tool, circle punches, small and large oval punches, gems, Stampin' Pastels, kneaded eraser, 3D-Dots, black gingham ribbon, thin black grosgrain ribbon

Friday, April 23, 2010

Inspired by my littlest

After all the coloring I've done, I ended up making a card with an image I never set out to use on a card. Funny. My youngest wanted something to color with my Stampin' Pastels (chalks) as she had a blast the other day when I let her play with them. So I thought this big silhouette image from Stampin' Up! Inspired By Nature would be just perfect. Well, I stamped me one, too, and boy, was it fun to color!

I stamped it in VersaMark ink and let it dry for maybe 30 minutes or so. I find it's easier to color if the ink is drier. I began by laying on the main colors I wanted the flowers and leaves and stems to be. Then I kept adding little touches of other colors. Once I liked the way it looked and decided to make a card out of it, I added more touches of color to match the background papers (Basic Grey Recess 6x6 pad - retired) and finished it off by going over the edges of the images ever-so-slightly in black chalk. It ended up looking like a watercolor! I used an eye shadow applicator to apply the smaller touches of color, as it was more precise that way. But for the big washes of color I used mini pompoms and an alligator clip. That's just my preference. You might like to do it differently.

*Edited to add* After coloring, I used a kneaded eraser to remove the excess around the images. It comes right off.

After I finished coloring the image, I put it through the Cuttlebug using the Script embossing folder. Then I spritzed it with Stampin' Up! Basic Black ink using the Inkworx air art gun (which, I think, goes by a different name now).

The word stamp is a Dawn Houser image by Inkadinkado. I thought it had just the right feel for this image.

Stamps: SU Inspired By Nature, Inkadinkado 8361-L (Dawn Houser line)

CS: Black, PTI white, Basic Grey Recess

Inks: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, Stampin' Up! Scallop Trim border punch, Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, sewing machine, Inkworx air art gun, SU Basic Black marker, clear gems, black polka dot ribbon, foam mounting tape, Stampin' Pastels, eye shadow applicator, mini pompoms, alligator clip, kneaded eraser

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Eternal Summer even though it's still Spring

I know it's not Summer yet, but I thought this saying from Flourishes' Poppy Patch set went perfectly with this image from SU Seaside Sketches.

We had a lovely, rainy day that washed away all the pollen, praise the Lord! Oh, how gorgeous it was this afternoon! Cool, fresh and sunny. And green! No more yellow everything!

My allergies didn't get a break today, but I'm hoping tomorrow will be better. I really want to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts.

It's kind of hard to see, but I cuttlebugged the hooey out of this card. I used D'Vine Swirls on the top background to mimic waves, and used Distressed Stripes horizontally on the bottom to mimic the seashore. Then I used Tiny Bubbles on the main image. It mimics...bubbles. That one you probably can see.

The papers are all from the retired Basic Grey Obscure 6x6 pad. I love their vibrant, fresh colors. They really pop when contrasted with the black!

Thanks for looking. Hope your weekend is a beautiful one! My 13 yo is giving a tea party for her AHG scout friends on Saturday. I'm hanging out close by, but I'm letting her do nearly all the work. She loves it!

Stamps: SU Seaside Sketches, Flourishes Poppy Patch (saying)

CS: PTI white, black, Basic Grey Obscure designer papers

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Copics: W3, W5, W7, R24, R29, R30, BG10, BG11, BG13, YR00, YR20, Y21, E31, E33, E35

Other: Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls, Distressed Stripes, and Tiny Bubbles embossing folders, Nestabilities Standard Circles Small, Standard Circles Large, Classic Scalloped Circles Small, Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Classic Squares Large, ticket corner punch, small flower punch, sewing machine, black polka dot ribbon, clear gems, 3D-Dots, foam mounting tape, SU paper piercing tool, sponge mat

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nature is the art of God

Oh, my allergies! One not-so-nice thing about our Bassets is that they go outside quite often during the day and pick up lots of pollen on their coats and bring it inside. Ugh! I usually don't suffer this early, but I'd better get used to it. It's the new norm for me.

Between sneezing, blowing my nose, doing school with the kids, and keeping up with the dishes and laundry, and feeling utterly exhausted, I snuck in a little card-making time today. I wasn't up to being too elaborate with the design, so I kept it relatively simple. I colored the herbs yesterday when I had some free time. Today, after making this card, I colored an image from SU Seaside Sketches that I will need to make into a card soon.

My absolute favoritest Copics so far are the Warm Grays. I use them to shadow almost everything I color. They are so versatile!

Now that I have a wide array of green Copics it was even more fun to color this image. I don't know that the colors are true to life, but I'm happy with them.

Hope you have a great week and the pollen isn't getting to you yet! The trees are exploding with it here in North Georgia. But all this green shor is perty!

Stamps: SU Sweet Herbs, Saying by Jody Poesy (no longer making stamps)

CS: Black, Basic Grey Recess designer paper, PTI white

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Versafine Onyx Black (saying)

Copics: E33, E35, E41, E44, YG13, YG17, YG63, YG91, YG93, YG95, W3, W5, W7, R02, R24, Y21

SU markers: Almost Amethyst, Orchid Opulence, Going Gray

CTMH marker: Orchid Bouquet

Other: Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large, Cuttlebug Floral Screen, ticket corner punch, narrow black grosgrain ribbon, black gingham ribbon, 3D-Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Because I just wanted to color a rose...

...that's why I made this card. I've not felt too good all day, but I managed to get this done. I had wanted to do an Easter card, too, but my energy is not with me. Just too dragged out for some reason.

I used the Out of the Box nestie tutorial again, and made it harder on myself by making several parts of the image overlap outside the oval. A bit tricky, it was, but I like challenging myself, even when I'm not feeling so hot.

For the red background I did direct-to-paper with SU Ruby Red ink over Ruby Red card stock. After it dried, I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Floral Screen embossing folder. Then I dtp'd over it with more Ruby Red ink and let it dry.

I used both Copics and SU markers because my Copic markers are too light. It worked out just fine.

Well, that's about as much as my brain can muster right now. I pray you have a wonderful Easter celebration tomorrow. Christ is Risen!

Stamps: SU Stipple Rose, SU Roses in Winter

CS: SU Barely Banana, black, SU Ruby Red, PTI white

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, SU Ruby Red

Copic markers: W7, R24, Y21, YR23, YG63

SU markers: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Basic Black (for edges of image that protrude from oval)

Other: Cuttlebug Floral Screen embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Oval Scallops Large, Classic Ovals Small, SU paper piercer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, X-Acto knife, black gingham ribbon, 3D-Dots