Thursday, September 30, 2010

Phindy's Place - Give Thanks

Well, this weeks challenge at Phindy's Place is a Thank You card. I am happy to have finished my card before the challenge deadline. This week has been crazy but I just have to get my Phindy's Place entry done. I love her images, and this site. Mostly, I love playing along in her challenges!


The image I used for this card is one of Phindy's new winter cuties. It is called bear hug and absolutely adorable! I decided to make a winter themed thank you card to go along with this image. I colored my image with copic markers and added glossy accents to her shoes. I added diamond stickles to the bears bow and the girl's hair bows. I cut the snowflake for the back of my easel card using my SCAL program and my Cricut Expression. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up set Herb Expressions.

Here is a close up of the sentiment.


And here is a close up of the image.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

BE SURE TO STOP BY TOMORROW FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT AND ANOTHER GREAT BLOG HOP!

Fred She Said Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog. I am so excited to be participating in my first blog hop, especially as a Fred She Said DT member. Today I am posting a card using a newer Fred image called Sunflowers and Thankfulness.


I colored my image using copic markers. At the Fred She Said site you can purchase a sheet of sunflower and sentiments, which includes the individual sunflowers I used on the corners of my card. On the inside of my sunflowers I added vintage photo distress stickles. I wanted the sunflowers to have some dimension so I cut around some of the petals and put a small piece of mounting tape behind them. This allowed the flower petals to stand out a little from the rest of the image. The pearl looking embellishments are Bella's Baubles.

The word you need to collect from here is AND. Now hop on over to Darsie's blog to see another great project and collect your next word. One random winner who visits all the blogs and collects a word at each will win $20 CAD from FSS Store AND $20 GC for CropStop. How wonderful is that?! Good luck!
Thanks so much for dropping by today,
Marlena


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tiddly Inks - A Sketch Challenge

For this week Tiddly Inks is also hosting a sketch challenge. The idea is to use one of their images and create a card following the sketch provided.


The image I chose is called Flower Girl and is one of Tiddly Inks Gothic images. I am drawn to these images and absolutely love their look! I colored her using copic markers and added a few diamond stickles to her dress and flowers. I also added Glossy Accents to her boots. I wanted to tie the embellishments to the image so I cut and enlarged the flowers and leaves she is holding. I colored them using similar colors to the ones in her hands and also added diamond stickles to these flowers. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's So Many Sayings set. The flourished jewels on the bottom I created and hand glued myself. I don't have steady hands so gluing each one of those crystals on separately was quite the chore.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

7 Kids College Fund - A Sketch Challenge

This weeks challenge at 7 Kids College Fund was to follow a sketch and of course use a stamp carried at the store. The card was also to have a fall theme.

Here is a picture of the sketch you needed to follow.


AND, Here is a picture of the card I made to follow the sketch.


The image I used from 7 Kids College Fund is Giggling Tilda and is a Magnolia image. I absolutely love the Magnolia stamps and this one can be so versatile for any holiday, season, or occasion. They are currently pre-ordering the fall collection, which I have done since some of the images are just great. You can access 7 Kids here. The background image is called Harvest Basket and is a digital stamp from Isabella's Sketchbook, which you can find here.

I colored both images using copic markers, my medium of choice lately. For her dress I added diamond stickles to her cuffs and collar. I then went over the black dots on the rest of the dress with a glaze gel pen. This gave the dots some dimension. The flowers were made using several Fiskars punches and embellished with frayed burlap distress stickles. The large orange colored pearls I purchased at Michael's. The smaller ones on the sentiment are free when you order from SCACD. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's set called Loads of Love Accessories.

Here is a close up of the colored images.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Entry #2

Good morning and welcome back! This week for Phindy's challenge I wanted to be sure to enter more than one card. The challenge is for such a good cause, Operation Write Home, that I thought it was important to send more than one. The card I am entering today is using one of her new winter cuties. They are so adorable that I can't wait to get them all!


The image is called called delivery man and can be found here at the Phindy's Place site. I colored him using copic markers. I wanted to use non-traditional colors while at the same time making a holiday card. The buttons on his jacket are colored using a gold gel pen. The background is shaded using Night of Navy stamp pad from Stampin Up and a Tim Holtz blending tool. I shaded the bottom by masking off that part of the image to keep it white to make it look like snow. The top is sprayed with Tsukinko Shimmer spray to make it look like it is snowing lightly. The bottom has a white shaded perfect pearl medium mixed with water and then painted on the paper. I wanted to give the snow a shimmering effect. I did run into one problem while doing this. OWH doesn't want you to send anything that has glitter that comes off so you don't endanger the soldiers. Well, the pearl luster kept coming off onto my hands. To keep this from happening I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge onto my snow. It gave the snow some texture and dried clear so you can still see the shimmer I wanted. Also, the perfect pearl doesn't come off anymore so I can send the card to OWH!

This is image is just so adorable I couldn't resist using it. What child wouldn't want to sneak a cookie, whether told to or not? I'm sure that will be my son soon enough!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fred She Said - Halloween Rosey

This evenings post is a card using an adorable Halloween image from Fred She Said. It is titled "Halloween Rosey" and can be found at the Fred She Said store, which you can access by clicking here.


I colored the image using copic markers and then cut it out and adhered it to my circle shape by using mounting tape. I did this to add a little dimension to my card. The circle is shaded using the glorious green stamp pad from Stampin up. I sprayed some Tsunkineko gold shimmer spritz on the circle as well. The edges of all of the purple patterned paper are shaded using a dusty concord distress ink pad from Ranger. I purchased mine at Michael's. The black crystals are Zva self-adhesive that I purchased at SCACD. Purple and green together always seem to say Halloween to me, which is what made me decide to use these colors. Especially when you add some black in for fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Phindy's Place - OWH

This week at Phindy's Place the challenge was to make a card for Operation Write Home. This is an organization that collects handmade cards and sends them to soldiers overseas so they can write to their families at home. If you would like to know more about this organization, please click here. Today is the first of several cards that I would like to make for this challenge.


The image is called "Big Boots to Fill" and is of course a Phindy's Place image. The tool box is a free digital download from Tiddly Inks and the sentiment is from the Best Yet set from Stampin Up. I colored my images with copic markers and added a gold gel pen to the boys pants and boots where the buttons would be. I also added Ranger Glossy Accents to the boys eyes and screwdriver handle.

For this weeks challenge you don't have to use a Phindy's Place image. You can submit any image you want, as long as you send the card to OWH. If you think you'd like to participate in the challenge, which is for a good cause, please click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tiddly Inks - Our Pets

This weeks challenge at Tiddly Inks is to make a card using a pet image. There were several I agonized over using until I chose the image titled, Girls Best Friend. If you'd like to have a look at their animal images you can click here.


I made my card into an easel/pop up card. I wanted the girl and dog to look like they were sitting in front of the couch. The base of the card are nesting ovals. I layered them in various colors to look like a rug. I cut the couch on my Cricut expression using my SCAL program. I pulled the image for the couch from Google images by typing in couch clip art. Then I used my SCAL program to cut it. The whole card was cut using this program. I will add the template to the tutorials section of my blog.

In order to get the girl and dog to "pop out" I used a half in. by 3 in. piece of card stock. I cut a slit in the couch part of the card and folded the piece of paper over about a half inch. Then I inserted it into the whole and glued it down. I folded the other end of the paper in the opposite direction and the glued it to my image. That is how I got them "popping out" in front of the couch.

The image is colored using copic markers. In class 2 of Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative Classroom feathering is one of the techniques worked on. It is also this weeks challenge in the CMC Challenge group. I practiced this technique on the girls shirt. This card will also be entered into that challenge. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's Wild About You set.

I wanted the girl and dog to look like they were sitting on the couch when the card is folded up. Here is what the front of the card looks like.


Here is a close up of the sentiment and image.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Fred She Said - Paper Roses

Today's project uses a paper roses template for my Cricut from Fred She Said. I saw a project completed with these roses and instantly knew they were for me. If you'd like to access the roses template, you can click here.


This is the first of two projects I made using this pattern. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp that I purchased from JoAnn's several years ago. I used a rose red stamp pad from Stampin Up to stamp the sentiment. I also used the same color stamp pad to accent the edges of the rose. The rose is already layered in Fred's template, you just have to cut. I did resize a few more smaller layers to give the rose more dimension. Don't you just love the SCAL program! The leaves are accented with another stamp pad from Stampin Up. The color for that one is called handsome hunter. I also resized these to fit the size of my rose. The bottom border is a punch I recently treated myself to. It is a Martha Stewart deep edge lattice punch which I purchased at Michael's. The pearls are Reflections self-adhesive pearls, which were also purchased at Michael's.


The other project I made using this template was a gift can. I intend for it to be used to go with the card and to package some candy to put inside. The can itself is a recycled Bush's baked beans can. I ran it through the dishwasher, took their packaging off, and here it is. I added some ribbon to this project but the rest of the can is made using the same materials as the card. I wanted to be sure the paper stayed adhered to the can permanently so I used 529 glue for this portion of the project. It is meant for projects that involve materials such as metal. I purchased mine at Wal Mart. The rest of the project uses the glue I usually use, except for adding the rose to the can. I used hot glue because of the weight of the flower and the cylindrical shape of the can.

Here is a side view.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Go Green

This week at Phindy's Place the challenge was to either use the color green or to use recycled materials on our project. I chose to use green on my card. The image I used for this weeks challenge is called squeezes. It's more of a summer image, but just so wonderful, so I had to use it!


I made a card with a double fold that opens in the middle. The image is colored with copic markers. I added a little diamond stickles to the bow of her hair and some Glossy Accents to the cats eyes. The background is shaded using the Stampin Up ink pad, Certainly Celery. I also used Handsome Hunter to shade the outside edges of my side borders and around my scalloped circle. To embellish the card I put some crystals on all of the edges. The paper is from My Mind's Eye. I received this paper for free in a magazine that I get in the mail. I love the patterns of many of the papers inside the pack. Definitely a paper I will be looking for more of in the future. The scalloped oval is adhered to only one half of the front and opens to one side when going into the card.

Here is an alternate view of the card. Since it opens in the middle it was more difficult to get a nice picture of the colored image and the cards design.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fred She Said - Pumpkins and Sunflowers

Today I am posting a card with an image from Fred She Said. It is a beautiful fall image and I absolutely enjoyed coloring it. The image is pumpkins and sunflowers and can be soon found here, at the Fred She Said site.


I colored the image using copic markers. The sunflowers were colored twice and then I cut the second set out and attached them using mounting tape. I wanted to add some dimension to my card. The background is shaded using bashful blue and garden green stamp pads. Both of them are from Stampin Up. The vine was cut by grabbing an image from Goggle images and then cutting it on my Cricut Expression using my SCAL program. The sentiment is also from Stampin Up and is from their Give Thanks set.

As I said earlier, this is just a beautiful fall card and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the time to color it.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Marlena


Sunday, September 12, 2010

MelJen's and Back to School

At the MelJen's Challenge blog this week it was a back to school theme. Melissa, the owner of MelJen's, has many wonderful back to school images. You can see these images by going to Whimsy stamps. I couldn't link up the site at the time I posted because Whimsy was down for maintenance.

I chose professor owl for my card. This image reminded me of a bulletin board I used to make for my own classroom for the beginning of school. The title at the top said, "Look Whooooo's coming to Kindergarten."


I colored the image using copic markers, of course. The oval is shaded using my bashful blue stamp pad. The owl's glasses and gold clasp holding the diploma together both have glossy accents added to them. The sentiment is an Inkadinkado stamp that I purchased at either Michaels or JoAnns. The oval and scalloped oval are cut using Spellbinders dies.

To color the owl I actually pulled up a picture of an owl on my computer. I know many owls have so many multiple colors that I wanted to do him justice. It really helped to give me an idea of what and where to put his colors. I used Google images to do this.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tiddly Inks - A Birthday Challenge

This weeks challenge at Tiddly Inks was to make a birthday card. As soon as I saw this particular image I knew exactly who I would make the card for. My grandmother's birthday is October 28 and we have always teased her about it being so close to Halloween. I couldn't wait to get started on this one!

The Tiddly Inks image I used for the card is called Spooky Birthday. I colored her using copic markers and added milled lavender distress stickles to her gift bag. The card is an easel card. I created the cake for the card using photoshop and my SCAL program. Then I cut all the parts out on my Cricut Expression. The spider webs are sprayed with silver Sheer Shimmer Spritz. The card stock edges are shaded with dusty concord and peeled paint distress ink. I shaded around the white background using versa mark dazzle frost ink. It's hard to see in the picture but I wanted to give the background a little shimmer. The patterned paper on the bottom I made using Stampin Up card stock. The spider web stamp is also from Stampin Up. It is from their Seasonal Whimsy set. I again used dusty concord distress ink and versa mark dazzle ink to stamp the webs on the paper. I shaded the edges with the peeled paint distress ink. The sentiment was typed on the computer and then cut to size.

Here are some alternate views of the card.

This one is a front view only. It is what the card will look like before it is opened and stood up.

A close up of the colored image. Tiddly Inks now has some of their Christmas images on their site. They are absolutely adorable and you can get to them by clicking here. My only problem is narrowing down and choosing my favorites.
So glad you stopped by my blog today,
Marlena

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back to School

Well, we made it through our first day. It is always an exhausting one but I am so glad to have it over. After the first day things just slowly fall into place and the year usually runs smoother. Today I want to post a card from Fred She Said. I am so excited to have DT position at this site and love this back to school image called Apple for Teacher. I feel it has a classic look and gives teaching such a positive feel. If you're interested you can click here to get the image.


I colored the image using copic markers. The white circle is shaded with a distress ink antique linen stamp pad. The pages of the book are colored using light earth tone copics to give it an older feeling. I used a brown patterned paper and card stock with a little red for accent. The paper has a few jewels for embellishment. I absolutely love this saying, it just touches my heart.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

7 Kids College Fund Challenge

Good morning all! Today is the first day of school here and a very busy day for us. I am posting my card for the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge today. The challenge was to create a card using a specific recipe. The recipe was to use 1 image carried by 7 Kids College Fund, 2 designer papers, 3 flowers, and 1 sparkly item.


The image I used is called Charlotte and is Kraftin' Kimmie image. I colored her with copics and embellished with glossy accents on her eyes. I also added a little pink stickles to the dress of her doll. The designer papers are from My Minds Eye and Creative Memories. To add some extra sparkle I sprayed the flowers with some shimmer spritz. The flowers are prima and I cut the corner flourishes on my Cricut Expressions using my SCAL program. The pearls are Reflections self adhesive pearls.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today,
Marlena

Monday, September 6, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Paper Piecing

Good morning all and welcome to this mornings post. My card for the Phindy's Place Challenge had to have a paper piecing element. I have pieced whole images together before, but never a part of a digital or stamped project. I wasn't sure how I would manage, but it wasn't as difficult as I thought. It is especially helpful that I love cutting my images out after coloring and then attaching them to my cards.


The image is called Flower Wagon and I colored it using copic markers. The paper I used to piece on her hat and shirt, and also for my background, is a digital paper that I downloaded from Summertime Designs. She has a large selection of free papers which you can access by clicking here. The background of the image is shaded using my Stampin Up pads, Bashful Blue and Creamy Caramel. I find these two colors a nice combination for backgrounds. The flowers are from the recollections set, which I purchased at Michael's, and the "pearl" embellishments are Bella's Baubles which I purchased at SCACD. I really enjoyed coloring these images and used a technique I learned at Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative on-line classes for the wagon. I am taking class 2 and have learned so much in just the beginning of this class. I really can't wait to finish and take class 3!

Here is a view of just the colored image.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today,
Marlena

Sunday, September 5, 2010

MelJen's Designs Challenge - Stripes

The challenge this week at MelJen's Designs was to use stripes. I often think of boys, or male images, when using stripes. For that reason I chose to use Melissa's stamp, A Boy and his Wagon.


I used copic markers to color my image and my Bashful Blue stamp pad for the sky. The Sentiment is also colored with copic markers and is from a Baby set that I purchased from the Oriental Trading Company. The square brads are from JoAnn's and is their brand.

I'm wondering if this image is a picture of what will be my son someday. My husband is desperate to get him a wagon and I can see that child carrying around his most prized possessions in it. Time will tell.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today,
Marlena

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tiddly Inks Challenge - Goodbye Summer

This week at Tiddly Inks the challenge is to make a card that says "Goodbye" to summer. As hard as it is to believe, the unofficial end of summer is here. Labor day is fast approaching and the start of school is only a few days away. This year summer whizzed by and I honestly can't believe it is almost over!

The image I used from Tiddly Inks is called Tree Hugger. This image is perfect for the way many of us feel about the ending of summer. The girl is hugging the tree almost as if to say, don't go! Who is ever ready to see summer end and the cool, damp weather begin?


I colored the image using copic markers. The background is shaded with the color Bashful Blue, which is an ink pad from Stampin Up. The sentiment is also from Stampin Up and is from their Always stamp set. The corner flourish was cut on my Cricut Expression and I accented the card with self-adhesive pearls.

I've really come to adore the images from Tiddly Inks. They are fun to color and allow room for such a wide range of color choices. If you'd like to visit their site you can do so by clicking here.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today,
Marlena