Wednesday, February 29, 2012

7 Kids College Fund Wednesday

Good morning everyone and happy hump day!  The first two days of this week have actually flown by, so I can't complain too much at the moment!  We are supposed to be getting snow today, yup snow!  Real snow too, accumulating snow!  We haven't had a real snowfall here all winter.  This is the strangest winter I can remember.  Even the weather man on the local news is using the winter's strange pattern this year to advertise his segment on the news.

Today at 7 Kids College Fund we are starting a new challenge.  Our challenge this time around is to make anything EXCEPT a card.  And don't forget to use an image and/or product carried in the 7 Kids College Fund store in order to win our prize.  For my project I used the Sarah Kay image, Margeaux is Painting and made a 6x6 inch art journal.  I wanted to use heavier pages on the inside so the journal would except many different mediums.  To do this I used a nice heavyweight water color paper as my pages.

Materials I Used for this Project:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R21, B18, B16, B12, B000, E57, E55, E53, E51
Cinch binding wire
MS Frond Punch
Floral Embellishments

Here's a close up of my colored Sarah Kay image.

Currently at 7 Kids College Fund there is currently a "Do Good" raffle to benefit the Singleton Love Foundation.  Click HERE to find out all the details on how you can support this organization and be entered in to raffle to win.

Time for you to stop by the challenge blog and check out the other DT projects.  These projects are fabulous!  I hope they get your creative juices flowing and you enter into our current challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mo' Digital Pencil - Lace

Good evening everyone!  It has been a long day for me but I wanted to post the card I made for the challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil.  This card has a funny story attached to it.  I colored the image, Bella and Bronte at Easter, put my card together and then photographed it.  Of course, then I had an errand to run so I am off and running and plan on blogging the card later.  As I'm driving I realize I put the card together and forgot to follow the challenge.  Huh, this could be a problem.  So, then I'm wracking my brain to remember what the challenge was, maybe I followed it by accident.  Yeah, not so much.  I forgot the lace but, thank goodness, I had purchased these really pretty lace butterflies and I was able to add them perfectly to my card.  Funny thing is I bought these butterflies specifically to use on this challenge card.  

The materials I used on this card are copic markers, flower punches in different sizes, MS lace butterflies, MS leaf punch, My Mind's Eye paper, pearls.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Well, that's my card for the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge, lace butterflies and all.
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Fabric

Good morning everyone and Happy Tuesday to all of you!  Today starts a new challenge over at Tiddly Inks!  For this challenge we want you to use Fabric somewhere on your project.  You can use ribbon, twine, burlap, lace, trim, what ever foots the bill!  For my project I used regular patterned fabric and made brads for my card using my i-top brad making tool.

The image I used on my project is called, Wryn.  AND, if you hope on over to the Tiddly Inks store you'll see a new release image of one of Christy's fabulous new Wryn images today.  Better yet, drop by Christy's blog, that's where she showcases all her new release images on Tuesdays.

The materials I used to make this card are copic markers, SU Whimsical Words sentiment, Antique Linen Distress Inks pad, Crystal Stickles, Glossy Accents, I Top brad maker tool, fabric, Flowers, MS Frond Punch, Spellbinder's dies, Big Shot and floral embellishments.

Here's a closer look at my colored Wryn.

Don't forget that our challenges at Tiddly Inks are now 2 week challenges.  You get twice the time to play along, but don't forget to use a Tiddly Inks image when you do!  I hope you can drop by and enter and maybe check out the other fabulous DT projects for this one!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Friday, February 24, 2012

Saturated Canary - Becca and Bo

Good evening!  I hope this Friday evening finds you well!  As the weekend is here my vacation is officially over and it's back to work for me on Monday!  I've enjoyed my week off and my batteries have had some time to recharge so I can't really complain.  What's even better is that I have had the opportunity to make projects to enter some of my favorite challenges, and even some new challenges.  The card I'm posting tonight I am going to enter into two challenges, Saturated Canary and the CMC challenge group.

Tonight's card uses the Saturated Canary image, Becca and Bo.

The challenge at Saturated Canary was to make a non-square or rectangle project, so that's why you see an oval card.  At the CMC challenge group it was to use bright colors with your copics.  So, put these challenges together and a card is made!

The materials I used to make my card are copic markers, Cricut Expression, Big Shot, Spellbinder's dies, SU sentiment stamp, flowers, IRock rhinestone embellishments, glossy effects and crystal stickles.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Phindy's Place Friday - Get Well Cards

Good morning everyone and Happy Friday!  Normally I would be excited that it's Friday, but since it means that the end of my vacation is here I can't help but be a little less so today.  It's been a nice, relaxing vacation spent with my kids though, so a girl can't really complain.  Of course, try me again on Monday when I actually go back to work, then you may hear some complaining.

Of course, I'm always excited to be starting an new challenge over at the Phindy's Place challenge blog.  This week our challenge is to make a Get Well Card.  This is the time of year that Get Well cards are usually needed since we are all closed up with each other and so many icky germs!  For my project this week I used the Phindy's Place image, Bedtime Story.

The materials I used on this card are my copic markers, crystal stickles, prima flowers, pearls, Spellbinder's dies, Big Shot, MS large border punch, MS Corner flourish punch, SU sentiment stamp from Cheery Chat set.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

I hope to see you stop by the challenge blog and enter this week's challenge.  You'll find it worth your while to see the cards that the other members of the DT have made.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Meljen's Designs Thursday

Good morning everyone!  Can you believe that today is the last Thursday in February. The year has just begun and yet it seems to be flying on by.  I guess that has always been the way but as you get older the years just seem to go by faster and faster.  Don't ask me how that happens, but it sure feel like it does to me.

Today at Meljen's Designs we are starting a new challenge.  Our challenge for this week is Buttons.  Use a button anywhere on your project and then stop on by the challenge blog and link it up   But, don't forget to use a Meljen's Designs image somewhere on your project.  For my project this week I used Melissa's image Raggy Puppy.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

The materials I used to make my card are copic markers, buttons, crystal stickles, glossy effects, MS Frond punch, Fiskars flower punches, ribbon, Spellbinder's dies and my Big Shot.  The copic markers I used are YG25, YG23, YG21, YG0000, BG 05, BG01, BG000, BG0000.

I'm entering this card in the challenge at the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge blog.

I hope you're inspired to play along this week.  If you're looking for more inspiration just stop by the challenge blog and see what fabulous creations the other Design Team members have come up with for you.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tiddly Inks - Wryn Blooms

Good morning everyone!  Today I am posting a card using one of the new Wryn images from Tiddly Inks, Wryn Blooms.  I am trying to post on my laptop while my youngest sits here and watches one of his favorite movies, Cars 2, for the zillionth time.  It would be much easier to type this post if he wasn't sliding back and forth on the couch with all of his might every 5 minutes.  Little boys do have a lot of energy.  I thought my daughter was active as a child, he beats her hands down when it comes to energy level.  I wish I had just an ounce of the energy that he has.

The materials I used to make this card are copic markers, glossy effects, Fiskars flower punch, Spellbinder's border die, pearls, Spellbinder's oval dies and Recollections border tape and glitter embellishments.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Here are the new Wryn images that Christy released today.

Wryn - Watcha Doin'?


Wryn - Birthday Girl

If you're as delighted with these new Wryn's as I am then click HERE to see them in the Tiddly Inks store.  And don't forget, we still have our BLING challenge going on this week.  Why not stop on over to the challenge blog and join in?
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Monday, February 20, 2012

Magnolia - Giggling Tilda

Hello everyone!  If you are in the United States I hope you are lucky enough to have the day off for President's Day!  The kids and I ran out to an appointment this morning but now were are vegging at home!  Funny thing is my little isn't taking a nap but my daughter, the teenager, is off in her bedroom fast asleep.  I guess going to the dentist was just too much for her this morning!

Today I am posting a card using the Magnolia image Giggling Tilda and the kitchen bench stamp, also from Magnolia.   For this card I used the stamp masking technique to make her look like she is sitting on the bench.  If you have never done this before you can go into the tutorial section of my blog and download a tutorial on this technique.

The materials I used to make this card are copic markers, B95, B93, B91, E27, E25, E23, E35, E33, E53, and the Colorless Blender.  I also used the Spellbinder's dies, Shapeabilities Foliage, Nestabilities Labels 1 and Nestabilities Labels 3 .  For my embellishements I used flowers, which I colored with my copic airbrush and Gathered Twigs distress ink, MS large border punch, MS Butterfly Punch and pearls.

Here's a close up so you can see my colored image a little better.

I'm going to enter this card into the challenge over at the Magnolialicious challenge blog, their challenge this time is to use blue and brown.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mo's Digital Pencil - Fairy Tabia

Well, it's Sunday afternoon and my second post for the day.  This one won't be as long, or emotional, as the last, but I'm glad you stopped by to check out my project.  This afternoon's project is one I made using The Mo's Digital Pencil image, Fairy Tabia.  This fairy is one of my newer images from Mo's and I think she is just gorgeous. 

I actually had this image colored to enter last week challenge over at Mo's Digital pencil but I never got around to putting a card together.  So, when the new challenge started I was already halfway there!  For my card I've also used the sketch from this week's Sketch Saturday challenge and I will be entering my card there as well.

I used my airbrush to color most of my flowers and then accented them with my SU Night of Navy stamp pad.  I wanted a different color of blue flower than I had so I made them.  The other materials I used for my project are copic markers, Glossy Effects, floral embellishments, SU sentiment stamp, SU border punch, Spellbinder's dies, Big Shot and Diamond Stickles. 

The copic markers I used are B39, B37, B34, B32, E25, E13, E11, E21.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

The two challenges that I em entering this project in are:

If this is your second time here today, thanks so much for stopping by again.  I love hearing what you think of my projects and would appreciate any comments you may have!
Thanks so much,

My Daughter's Eyes

Good morning!  We are having a nice sunny morning here and have opened our curtains so we can enjoy all this beautiful sun!  Of course, I would like to look at a nicer color than brown, but since we haven't gotten any snow to talk of this year I will have to wait until spring when the plants grow back.  Then it will be truly beautiful just outside my window.

Today I am posting a card that uses an image I drew myself.  I have been practicing and today's image was drawn from a picture of my daughter and myself from 2002.  Yes, I know that is a long time ago but it is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us and I had the idea of using the image to make my daughter's birthday card for this year.  I named this image, My Daughter's Eyes.  There are a few reasons for this.  The first and most simple reason is that my daughter and I both have blue eyes, although hers are the most beautiful shade of blue that I have ever seen.  Crystal clear and just plain gorgeous, seriously!  Plus, she has blond eyelashes and eyebrows and pale skin.  A china doll complexion that many would just love to have.  I don't normally post pictures of my children, I like to keep them in a place where I think they are the most safe.  BUT, since this picture is basically 10 years old and she is much older now I thought I would show you the original image, and then my drawing of the image.

Here's the original image, taken by my husband, who was then just my boyfriend.

AND, here's my uncolored drawing.  It is rough, and I know I still have more to practice, but you are welcome to the image if you like.  Just click on the image and then right click and save it to your own files.  I only ask that if you do use my image you give the credit to me as the artist.

For my project today I made a card and a mini-card so I could enter my card into the challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It is my first time entering this challenge and this week's sketch is a fairly clean and simple card.  So if you are looking for my normal amount of embellishments, you aren't going to find them.  Besides, a second part of this week's challenge is only using one embellishment, GULP.  Yes, that was pretty hard, but I did it!

So, finally, here is my card using this image.

I of course colored my image using my copic markers.  The other materials I used were my Spellbinder's dies, Big Shot, Glossy Effects, ribbon, and SU sentiment  stamp.  I also used the SU stamp pad Vintage Violet to enhance the edges of my circles just a bit.  My one embellishment is a charm that says, "made with love".  Since this is my daughter's birthday card, I felt this was the perfect embellishment.  I imagine the little card being used as a book mark since my daughter is an avid reader.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Now, I told you that there were a few reasons why I named my stamp, My daughter's Eyes.  The second is this, in 2004 I married my husband, my daughter's stepfather.  We wanted to include her in the wedding and instead of having a father/daughter dance or mother/son dance I had a special dance with my daughter.  The song we danced to is called "in My daughter's eyes" by Martina McBride.  It was so perfect for us and almost tells our story as mother and daughter.  Needless to say that when we had our dance there wasn't a women at the wedding whose eyes were dry, including my daughter and myself.  This picture of us reminds me of this song, which has since become our song.  Below is a picture from my wedding of this dance.

This is probably one of the longest posts I've ever written.  I hope my daughter enjoys this card, she is going to be 15 in just a few weeks, DOUBLE GULP.  But don't you worry, she knows that no matter how big she gets, or what happens in her life, she will always be my little girl!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Meljen's Designs - A Girl and her Kitty

Good morning and Happy Saturday to all of you!  Although I am feeling a little under the weather this Saturday I am excited!  School just got out for winter break and I am hoping for a week to catch up, enjoy my family and craft, craft, craft!  We only have a few appointments and then I hope to stay home and relax with the kids! Now, with a 3 year and a 14 year old I'm not sure how much relaxing I'll be doing, but a girl sure can try!  

Today I am posting a project using the Meljen's Designs image, A Girl and her Kitty.  I am such a fan of kitty images as I have always had a cat, in fact we currently are living with three of them right now.  The hubby isn't as fond of the hair they leave but I enjoy having them in the house and the kids do too!

I used some new tools, or "toys" as I like to call them, for this project!  I of course used my copic markers to color my image.  I also used a new lace border punch from SU and a SU Bravo Burgundy stamp pad.  It's hard t believe this color was one of the first stamp pads I ever purchased from SU many, many years ago.  I used a new Spellbinder's Foliage die, my Big Shot, SU Whimsical Words sentiment stamp, a Spellbinder's label die (I never remember what number they are), MS Rose Leaf punch, flowers and pearls.

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Of course we have a challenge currently going on at the Meljen's Designs challenge blog.  This week's challenge is Anything Goes.  Just use a Meljen's Designs image and you can enter any style project you want this week!  Looking for some inspiration, well the Dt have created some for you.  Be sure to stop by and see their fabulous creations!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Friday, February 17, 2012

Phindy's Place Friday - Bling

Good morning to all of you and Happy Friday!  I am so very happy today!  Why, you ask, well let me tell you! At 2:30 winter break begins and I have a week off from work.  It will be nice to stay at home and spend some quality time with my own family.  I have already promised my daughter a shopping day at the mall.

Today at Phindy's Place we have our new challenge starting.  Our challenge for this week is all about BLING!  Create a card or project that is full of sparkle and bling!  For my card I used the Phindy's Place image, Vivacious Viv!  This is one of Phindy's newer images and I think she is just great!  The card I'm sharing with you today is actually the card I made for my husband for Valentine's Day!  He didn't even mind the extra sparkle or bling!  Isn't he such a great guy!?

The MATERIALS I used for this project are:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R21, colorless blender, E11, E01, E000, E0000
Spica Glitter Pen
Crystal Stickles
Recollections sparkle embellishments(from Michael's)
MS Large border punch

Here's a close up of my colored image.  I am not terribly happy with the way I colored her, but here she is anyway!  I envisioned her skirt being more sheer, but it just didn't come out that way.  Her skirt is also where I used the Spica Glitter Pen, but I'm not sure you can tell by looking at this picture.

I hope you stop by the challenge blog and play along with us this week.  What girl doesn't like a little bling every now and then?  Plus, there is so much more inspiration waiting for you at the blog, created by the Phindy's Place other DT members.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

7 Kids College Fund - Monochromatic

Good  morning everyone, how are you on this fabulous Wednesday?  I am counting down the days until the end of the week.  Then winter break begins and I can have a few days to catch my breath!  It has been a long winter with warm weather and no snow.  Who knew such things could throw a girl off?  Well, they do and now I am looking forward to our week off.  Then, back to reality but hopefully much more refreshed and ready to start again.

Today at 7 Kids College Fund we are starting a new challenge.  Our challenge for this week is to make a monochromatic project.  Remember, to enter the challenge you much use a product carried by 7 Kids College Fund.  Please mention the product in your post so that you can be entered into the random drawing for the gift certificate to the 7 Kids College Fund store.

For my project today I used the Bildmalarna image, Rose Mimosa.  I also used several other products from the 7 Kids College Fund store which you can find a link to in my materials list below.  For my project I made a circle easel card using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program.

Materials Used:
Glossy Effects
MS Frond Punch
Prima Flowers
EK Success foliage punch
Wild Honey Distress Ink Pad
Inkdinkado sentiment stamp

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Now it's your turn.  Stop on over to our challenge blog, get inspired by the other great DT projects and then create your own monochromatic project to enter our challenge.  I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Saturated Canary - Princess Who Kissed a Frog

Good evening everyone!  I hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day!  Tonight I am posting a card using the Saturated Canary image, Princess Who Kissed a Frog.  

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R21, E13, E11, E01, E000
Diamond Stickles
Glossy Effects
SU Riding Hood Red Stamp pad
Worn Lipstick distress ink pad
Spellbinder's dies
Big Shot
Fiskars flower punch

Here's a close up of my colored image.

I'm entering the card in several challenges this week.  The challenges I'm entering are:

It's a short post tonight.  Kindergartner's sure have a lot of energy on holidays, even Valentine's Day and they zapped all my energy hours ago.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Sparkle

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you all have someone to share this special day with.  This is a very chaotic day in the world of an elementary school teacher.  When you have a class of 22 kindergartners, each with valentines to share, the energy level automatically rises.  It will be a very energetic day but the kids enjoy it and that's all that matters.  

Today we are starting a new 2 week challenge over at Tiddly Inks.  For this challenge we want you to use SPARKLE on your projects.  It's time for you to bling up those cards and really make them shine!  For my project this week I used the Tiddly inks image, Fairy Fae Catches a Star.  I made my card nice and sparkly it is ready to shine!

Even my sentiment is full of sparkle.  I'm not sure how well you can see it on my picture but I used a gold glitter embossing powder on this part of my card.  The other MATERIALS I used are copic markers, SU Bashful Blue stamp pad, Cricut Expression, IRock glittered embellishments, MS border punch, crystal stickles and diamond stickles.  I cut the flourishes on my Cricut expression using my SCAL program.

Here's a close up of Fairy Fae.

I actually did use slightly different shades of blue for her dress and her hair.  Of course, right now I just don't remember the shades I used!  Sorry about that, some days the old brain just doesn't retain all the information that I want it too!  The ladies I work with who are older than me tell me it just keeps getting worse as you get older.  Boy, am I in trouble if that is true!

Don't forget to stop by the challenge blog to check out all the other great images by my fellow DT members.  They are always so inspiring and I know you will just want to start creating and enter after you have seen them all!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,