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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Harvest Greetings

It's still very warm here in Missouri, but the yard is already full of crunchy leaves and mornings are ALMOST cool enough for a light sweater, so I'm getting in the mood for AUTUMN!



I had a great time coloring this bright, bold image with the fall colors. I think it's one of my favorite colored images so far--the colors are just look so vibrant, and I'm very pleased with the shading I was able to accomplish.




I followed this great sketch over at Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog, and I think it worked perfectly for this image from Fred She Said. I did go with a circle rather than square as in the original design--with the round pumpkins, and round flowers, both in the image and on the background DSP, (from a paper pad from Paper Studios, BTW) a circle just seemed more appropriate.







 

While I love both my Cricut and my Scan N Cut, I am completely addicted to using shape-dies for cutting things out, especially using stitches or scallops! This time, I felt that stitches might get lost, so I just used the open scallop circle die for the matting of the image. The image is attached with foam tape for dimension and to give enough room behind for the crossing of the ribbons.






 

The rough almost burlap ribbon also just seemed "right" for this season and this image! However, the bow just didn't seem like it was quite enough, so I tied some thick thread around the ribbon behind the bow and let the ends hang out--this felt like it completed the card!











I wanted to keep the interior message simple and not overly seasonal specific, so I chose this one from Paper Smooches which reads "sending warmth & happiness". I stamped this using Versafine Vintage Sepia.


While this isn't he most exciting card ever, I really like the way it turned out! It feels vibrant and warm to me!  Thanks for stopping by and of course, I hope to see you over at Sketch Saturday, as well!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Owl Always Be Here for You--First Day of School

This is my son's first year of school! He went of the Kindergarten the other day, and as is so common, I'm pretty sure it was harder on me than it was on him!

With his reading abilities expanding, he's started getting a kick out of puns and such, so I made this cute simple card for him for the First Day of School, and tucked it into his backpack for him to find when he got to school.



 This cute Mommy and Me Owl are from ScrapN Dipity Designs. One of the things I like about using digital stamps is that you can print them at whatever size works best for your purpose. Never too big or too little!

 I colored the image with Copics, added Wink of Stella to the bellies, then fussy cut (since my SNC is still packed up). The base was sponged with Stampin Up inks, using Post-it tape to mask the ground/sky border. This was still too plain, so I went searching through my stamps and found some random little flower stamps, and drew in the stems, as well as the grass.



 
The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set that I was recently gifted and seemed perfect to get a chuckle out of my silly little boy. The sentiment was actually in one line, but I cut it to be two; it was stamped with Versafine Black and heat embossed with clear powder.






   Since I wanted this to be a very specific card, I printed the interior message on my computer, using the Hobby Lobby Heavy Weight white card stock. (I find this is to lighter than the Recollections Heavy, and perfect for card bases).







Unfortunately, I did have a little problem with my Multi-Media Matte glue, and ended up with some blotches on the card base. I was so frustrated. But I knew it was for a child, and I was running out of time! So I added a few sequins to cover the worst of the blotches, and went with it. :-) Thank you for checking it out, and please visit the Sketch Saturday Blog as well!





Saturday, September 9, 2017

Scent with Love Cheerful Greetings


The design for Sketch Saturday was pretty straight forward and this image from our Sponsor Just Me Digital Stamps, which included the little sentiment, lent itself perfectly.










I colored the image with my Copics, using a N5, N4, then a little of N3 for the lighter spots on her tail, and C7 (because I didn't have a darker N) for the darkest shadows. I added just a bit of shading to the white sections using N0.  The envelope was colored with BG15 & BG13--then some Wink of Stella over the top to add some GLITTER!  The little heart was colored with V17, then topped with Accent Essentials.







I used my Wonky Stitched Rectangles from Gina Marie to cut the image, then layered with a dark purple. However, the plain white rectangle just looked TOO plain. so I did some soft Pool Party sponging around the edges.

The Sentiment was printed on Recollections Card stock then matted on a dark teal to match the envelope. I do so love fish-tails!!

I finished it off with some Glossy Accent drops in the corner.




I have been sick all week, and just ran out of time to do anything more. :-( But I know I have a stamp that says something like "to bring you cheer" that I can use on the inside--next week when I'm feeling better!

Thanks so much for visiting! And don't forget to also visit Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog to see what the other designers came up with!








Saturday, August 26, 2017

Ice Cream Scoops


My favorite color is green...and I love to pair it with purple. The sketch over at Sketch Saturday is cute and easy to use.  I just flipped it on end to go better with the image I chose.
And this cute Digital Stamp from Bugaboo just went so well with my favorite colors. I colored her with Copic Markers, adding some Wink of Stella to Rather than using this die to create a dimensional frame, I created an inset frame--where the image is level with the frame. I'm really liking this look and have used a few times lately!the ice-cream. 
The image frame is attached with dimensional foam tape, which is also being used to hold the image in the frame.
 
 The sentiment was stamped with Memento black ink. I thought it went with the Ice Cream theme of the card.
 


Thanks so much for checking out my blog and don't forget to go check out the Sketch Saturday Challenge blog to see what the other Design Team girls came up with for this design!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Be your own kind of Beautiful

 I made this cute card for the August Challenge at Scrap N' Dipity. The challenge was simply "Anything Goes", so I was able to use this card that I'd made previously but hadn't had a chance to blog about yet.


The image was colored using Copic markers. I then added Wink of Stella to the bee-wings. Topped the bee-wings and the honey-pot  with Accent Essentials.





The background was stenciled with Stampin Up Hello Honey--it seemed very appropriate! And a stencil that I got from Michaels--afraid I don't know the maker of that. All the ribbons are from my scrap-jar.




The inside was stamped with Versafine Black ink. "Be your Own Kind of Beautiful"






This is my first time blogging on ScrapN'Dipity in a couple of months, and I'm so glad to be able to share again. I'd love to hear from you--let me know what you think of the ribbon feature!






Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stay Calm and Be Awesome!

I really like this image from Star Stampz, and like the general look of this card, but feel it isn't my best work. 
Next project WILL BE better! (Note to self! LOL)

Please visit the Sketch Saturday Blog and see what some of the other girls came up with for Sketch #476, using digital stamps from our weekly sponsor, Star Stampz.


As a mother of boys, I just had to pick this adorable dragon and the scared knight image. But somehow that dragon seemed like she needed to be purple, pink, and teal--not very masculine! I colored the image using Copic Markers.


I added Wink of Stella to the knight's armor--but it had a bit of an issue and released a TON of glitter on the helmet. I did my best to move it around to the other metal bits, so it doesn't seem too bad.
 I had wanted to use some Spectrum Glitter on the dragon, but those are still packed away, so I just used a gel pen to add in some details on her scales. Again, had a little bit of technical difficulties, but I think it will still work!
I didn't like the look of just covering the dragon's tail, or of having the "hill" below the tail...so I used an Exact-o blade to cut the lowest part of the dragon's tail, as well as the stick, so they could lay on top of the green hill.  

I decided that I wanted to ink in some green grass and blue for the sky, so I had to mask the images. Cutting the masks was a pain in the butt! LOL I recently learned about Moloto Masking Pens, which would've made it a LOT easier, but didn't have time to get one before this project, so I just used Post it Tape. Then Stampin Up inks for the shading.

The sentiment is from a retired Stampin up set that just seemed perfect for this fearful knight! Finally, I added some green sprigs to add some interest to the grassy area.

I'd appreciate your comments, and to have you check out Sketch Saturday as well! If you make a card using their sketch, please share it here too!



Friday, July 28, 2017

Ahoy Maties!

 
Gosh, it's been an awfully long time since I was able to be on here! We had to move my office, which included my craft room. So sadly, all my supplies have been packed up for the last several months. They still are, but I'm hoping to have my Craft Room back in order some time with in the next week or two. In the mean time, I just couldn't stand it any longer--I managed to find a few essentials and made a card for this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge.  


This week's challenge wasn't that much of a challenge--it was "Pick a Sketch"! So I found a Digital Stamp I liked from this week's sponsor, Paper Nesting Dolls, then found a sketch that would go great with it! I went with sketch #465, and turned it on its side.





Of course, I didn't use just an oval for the middle, or include a sentiment. But it's very similar otherwise! 




I first used Stampin Up Daffodil Delight to lay down a nice bright background, slightly darker at the bottom. Then laid the Tim Holtz "Rays" stencil over the piece, and sponged on Stampin Up Blush Blossom (a retired color) to make the red-ish rays.

The waves were cut with Simon Says Stamp Border Waves Wafer Dies. I admit, I should've put a sentiment in the lower left hand corner, but I didn't have one that said anything like "Ahoy Matey!" so I just went without a sentiment.



The image was colored using Copic Markers. I looked at several YouTube videos to get a better idea of how to color wood--this one seems pretty helpful! My ScanNCut is still packed up, so I had to fussy cut the image myself. I also touched up the metal parts with yellow Wink of Stella.



 And, because that just wasn't enough, I made this a hidden slider card! I had watched this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire a while back, and it was very informative!



















As I said, I didn't have any related sentiment stamps, so I printed the card sentiment on my printer. I seem to do this a lot, and it works well for me.



Again, I'm hoping to be back on track here now, so please come check back again soon to see what else I've got brewing!! And of course, don't forget to play along with me and the other DT Girls on Sketch Saturday