Friday, February 24, 2012

Murray and Her Easter Chick

Easter is just 38 days away, but Murray by the Saturated Canary, is already on the hunt for eggs and chicks.  It's no secret that I am ready for spring and this card nearly shouts it!    

The card stock is DCWV Lemon Flower mat stack. The image and the frame are cut with the Nestibilities Labels Eighteen.  The flowers are Prisma and the leaves are Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage dies.  The lower border is a combination of three Martha Stewart border punches: flowers, picket fence and tulips. 

I colored the image with Copics and this time I did color it to match the papers! 

Here is a close up of the three border punches. 

So, for two days in a row I have posted twice!  I'm having so much fun!  I hope you are, too, as the weekend nears.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Sugar Nellie's Simply Adorable Rebecca

I just can't resist the Simply Adorable girls by Sugar Nellie.  The fact that they are digital from Funky Kits is another plus.  This is Rebecca.  She is so pretty!

I didn't have a particular sketch or occasion in mind when I created this card.  It will be another one going into the new shop and I like to leave my cards blank on the inside for the buyers to personalize them. For this card I used the gorgeous Tradewinds matstack by DCWV.  The large flower is by Prima, as are the smaller flowers alongside.  The leaves are Spellbinders Shapeabilities "Foliage".  The rhinestones are Michael's Recollections and the little butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. 

These images are so easy to color.  I used Copics, but with a light touch so I didn't cover the lovely shading in the sketch.  

Thanks for stopping by again today.  The weekend is nearly here already and I hope you all have a great one.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Twin Gardeners

How about this?  This is my second post today!  That's because I have been making lots of cards this week.  I have a new outlet for selling my cards and since my stock was getting really low I've been really busy! 

During my downtime I did quite a bit of reorganizing and found some images that I had colored quite some time ago.  I can't waste a good image and, in this case, I have two Sarah Kay images that I had planned to use together.  They didn't fit on one project so I did two using the same "Chloe's Closet" (Making Memories) coordinating papers and embellishments.  

I am so into anything SPRING!  Can you tell?  Gardening is not something I am any good at, in fact it's a waste of good seed, dirt and water for me to even attempt to grow any kind of plant!  But I totally love and respect gardeners, otherwise I would probably starve!  These little cuties are all set to sow the seeds and nurture some yummy veggies!

This was colored with Copics well over a year ago.  I can see some things I would do differently now, but still not bad.

And here is the other half of the twin set.  I have so much of the "Chloe's Closet" set that I don't know if I will ever get it all used up!  But I had fun with this one, scattering pieces and trying to come up with random balance.  

Once again, Copic coloring.  As I recall, the inspiration for the color combo was a picture of a frilly bedspread in blue and yellow calico prints.  

I didn't have a particular sketch or challenge in mind with these, but I'm glad you stopped by for a look!

Sassy Cheryl Challenge #103 --- No Embossing!

Sassy Cheryl has put together quite a challenge this week --- no embossing!  What?!  No embossing??  But... but... well, ok.  It is a challenge after all!

Now if this card doesn't bring on day dreams of spring I don't know what will!  This is Cheryl's new digi "Sally Sits In Wonder".   With a couple of lady bugs for company she certainly looks content!  I used matching double-sided scrapbook sheets from my stash for all the dp pieces.  The little flowers are punched from scraps of the same paper.  The green lattice is a Martha Stewart large border punch.  I followed the rules and skipped the embossing; there's not even a scored line to be found.  But for texture I did distress the edges of some of the pieces.

I colored the whole scene with Copics, using the colorless blender to push the blue ink in the sky for clouds.

I think most of us are definitely ready for spring to arrive, even though winter has been pretty mild in most of  the northern climes of the U.S.  Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to hop over to Sassy Cheryl's to get more inspiration from her very talented design team.    

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Queen of Hearts

The characters from "Alice in Wonderland" are funny, crazy and colorful.  They make great subjects for artistic interpretations and Krista at The Saturated Canary has created a Queen of Hearts who is beautiful, sassy and a blast to color! 

I stretched my usual card size to fit a #10 envelope.  After all, variety is the spice of life, right? The card base is black card stock with a cream card stock behind the red dp from a valentine collection.  I accented the black swirl with a few red rhinestones.  The little swirls on the right side of the image were taken from the larger piece, but would have been hidden under the image.  It's a shame to hide a pretty swirl and they added just the right touch to balance the layout.

The image is colored with Copics.  I didn't write down all the colors (I forgot again) but I did remember to make a note of the colors I used for her hair:  B12, B18, C9 and 100.  I love coloring with reds --- such a rich color!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you are having a happy and creative week!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mo's DP2 Challenge -- Sentiments

It's been so long since I entered Mo's DP2 Challenge, but I have several new images so I'm ready to go!  The challenge this week is "My Sentiments Exactly" which is, basically, anything goes as long as there is a sentiment.  Since I often don't put sentiments on a card until I know who I'm sending it to, this was a bit of a challenge .... well, not really once I got the card made.

I just had to use this little cutie "Winter Fairy Halla" before spring officially arrives.  The sentiment I came up with was "Sending you winter kisses" --- easy peasy!  The dp is from my stash of single sheets.  The background looks like snow falling and the middle one looks like frost on a window.  Both had a touch of lavender in them, so that became my choice for the accent color.  The lavender glitter paper coordinates with the glitter ribbon and the Stickles in the image.  I love this net flower, soft and delicate like a snowflake.

The image is colored with Copics and accented with Stickles.  Oh, this image is so cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate the time you spend here.  Be sure to take a few more minutes and hop over to Mo's DP2 challenge to see the fantastic projects by the design team. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Card for My Grand-niece

My adorable grand-niece Sienna turned 5 years old --- nearly 3 weeks ago!  Yep, I'm a bit late with her card and gift.  I don't think she will mind, though.  A present is a present!

This is one of Saturated Canary's newest digis and she is just precious. Those big blue eyes and flowing blonde hair (of course, my choices in coloring) remind me of Sienna. The card is pretty simple, just using two designer papers from the Watercolor Bouquet stack by K & Co. layered on Bazzill cardstock.  The flower is a combination of stray silk flowers held together with a pearl brad.  The border is a MS punch.

She is colored with Copics and it is so much fun to color these images. 

Well, this is the second posting day in a row, after being off for awhile.  I would say I'm on a roll!  It made me so happy to see so many visitors yesterday.  Many thanks for your visits and comments.  Your encouragement is so appreciated.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Design D.I.V.A.S. Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop Is Back for 2012!

It's the third Wednesday of February already which means it's time for the Facebook chapter of the Design D.I.V.A.S. to have our Oldies But Goodies (OBD) Blog Hop.
 This is when we use neglected and forgotten items from our stashes.  The Design D.I.V.A.S. is a private Facebook group, which is a branch of the Original Design D.I.V.A.S. on the Splitcoaststampers website. The acronym for the D.I.V.A.S is, Divine, Inspirational, Virtuous, Artistic (or annointed) Sistahs. This is a very talented and supportive group, which I'm blessed to be a part of . Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoy the hop!  

If you arrived here from our talented Maria's blog Maria Matters then you are on the right track. To start at the beginning jump back to Cindy's Antics where you are sure to love her project! 

Now, on to my project.  This is the first project I've done since before Christmas!  I really needed a break for awhile, but I haven't exactly been laying around eating bon bons!  My studio has been under a new austerity program and many unused and neglected tools and materials will be on the auction block.  But I did keep enough to meet the criteria of 6 months of collecting dust.  Today I used a an image that I had colored months ago.  This is Joy by Sugar Nellie.  Also, the DP is from the DCWV At Home stack which I haven't used since last spring, about the same time I used the Martha Stewart Butterfly border punch along the bottom.  

I didn't get this done in time to take a photo with natural light so I'm not very happy with the color density.  But, I think you get the general idea.

Here is a close up, and the colors are more like real life.  The image is colored with Copics.  I love these images with the shading detail.  Coloring is minimal, which isn't easy for me to do sometimes.  But the lighter touch with the Copic is all that is needed for this adorable image.  There is a new element in this project.  I used the Nestabilities Labels 18 for the image and background.

The butterfly is made from the large and small MS punches.  Rhinestones swirls add a bit of bling.

Aaahhh!  It really did feel good to work on cards again!  I have a new outlet to sell my cards so I'd better keep at it!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are enjoying the hop!  Now, off you go to see what out talented Sue has for you at Sue's Sentiments.