Friday, November 30, 2012

Punked Out in Purple

Back today with another digital stamp. This time, it's the Chibi Punk girl from The Greeting Farm. I put a pink polka dot brad on her shirt to hide the skull that was originally there just to make her a little less "goth."  The best part about this card is that it used up a lot of scrap paper that I have stashed in my bins. They are overflowing, so I am trying to use them up as best I can. The dark purple stripe is actually the B-side of some bright striped Echo Park paper, but I love how it worked with the other vertical stripe.



Well, that's it for now. I really do have to get some scrapbooking done. That is why I came to the craft room in the first place!  

Hope you have a crafty day too.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Christmas Confession

I am feeling oddly guilty about not making my holidays cards this year. I spend a lot of time making cards, but somehow the idea of cranking out more than 100 handmade holiday cards overwhelms me. So I am digging through my photos from this year to find a couple that I can put on a photo card...so much easier and less stressful.

Now that's not to say that I didn't make ANY Christmas cards this year. Early on I sent a batch to Operation Write Home and this little cutie (and some slightly different versions) was part of the shipment.

I used some Paper Smooches  stamps (of course!) from Party Posse to make my little tree and the sentiment was crafted from the Paper Smooches Alphadot set. What you can't see in the photo is that the toenails are all coated in glossy accents so they really sparkle. The rest of the supplies are listed below.



Supplies: Cardstock by Neenah and Bazzill, Embossing folder by Sizzix,
Stamps by Paper Smooches (Alphadots and Party Posse),ribbon by Offray, Glossy Accents.

 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

Yesterday, I entered my first ever sketch challenge over at the Operation Write Home Stars and Stripes Blog and I was pretty excited about how the card turned out and everyone's lovely comments...and I think it went to my head a bit. 

Inspiration Photo
So today, when I got the email announcing the newest Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge I actually decided to give it a whirl! I really do love Paper Smooches stamps and have quite a few in my collection, so I figured at least I had to try. But I have to admit, the inspiration photo for this Picture Perfect challenge really threw me. These aren't colors I work with often and they certainly didn't seem to match any of the stamp sets that I have in my stash. How could I work a cute robot from Little Fella, my favorite turtle from Party Posse, or the professor from Smarty Pants into a sophisticated design about love?


After a couple of attempts, this is the card that I came up with and I have to say for my first photo-inspired challenge, I am pretty pleased with it. I was able to  use 5 different Paper Smooches stamp sets including Geo-Graphic, Hang Ups, Pip Squeaks, Smarty Pants, and Word Salad. 

Sorry about how dark the photo is, the lighting in my craft room isn't great at night, but I was so excited to get it posted!

Have a great night and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:  Patterned paper from K&Company Jubilee and Echo Park's This and That Charming Boy collection by Lori Whitlock. EK Success Punch, Paper Smooches stamps set including Hang Ups, Pip Squeaks, Smarty Pants, Word Salad and Geo-Graphic, Inks from Memento and Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Copics in Y19, C3 and YR07, blue and red colored pencils for paper background.

I've Gone Digital

In one of my earlier posts I mentioned that I had just started playing around with some digital stamps. Well, now a few weeks later, I am totally hooked. There are so many great artists out there who have amazing artwork for sale. Since my stamp collection is bursting at the seams, digital artwork is a wonderful way for me to add to my collection without having to find more room to store them. I am particularly drawn to images of people (especially those big-eyed boys and girls that are so much fun to color).

There is no way for me to list all of the sources out there for digital stamps, but I can give you an idea of where I have shopped lately. Make sure to stop by and check out the artwork (and please remember when you are purchasing digital images to pay attention to the Angel policy for each artist. In short, please don't share images, it's just like stealing.) Here's a very short list:


Today's card features an adorable little pup designed by Kristy Dalman at Some Odd Girl. Isn't he adorable?

Stamped image from Some Odd Girl.  Copic colors: E23, E31, E33, G24, YG23, YG25, R20 & R24.



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #148

I've been in quite the crafty mood today and decided to play along with this week's Operation Write Home sketch challenge. The sketch (#148)  for this week incorporates a tag and since I already had my Cricut up and running it was easy to make a tag to scale using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge set at 2 1/4. It comes out a bit longer, but I just trimmed the bottom.


I had hoped to use another digital image, but had trouble printing them out and then cutting the tag around it, so instead decided to pull out one of my Paper Smooches stamp sets that hasn't been used in a while, Space Cadet. The papers are all from K&Company's Confetti paper collection.

I am pretty happy with the results since this is the first time that I've attempted to play along with a sketch challenge. And the best part is that it is another card in my box ready to be mailed off to the OWH shippers. A win-win!

Well, I hear the Christmas carols playing so it must be time to decorate the tree! Have a great night.

Learning to Layer


I love cards that have lots of layers and dimension to them, but when it comes to patterned paper, I struggle to mix them up. Today, I wanted to make a Thinking of You card (the last in the batch headed out for Addison's card drive) so what better way to try my hand at layering.

I headed to my idea book for some sketch inspiration and ran across this card created by Nancy Riley of iStamp. So I pulled together some patterned paper that I thought went well together, snowflake eyelets that I've had forever, and the new Cyber Cafe stamp set that I just won from Emily Leiphart during a Paper Smooches blog hop. (Thanks again, Emily).

And here's the final result. I think it came out great!


Supplies: Patterned paper from Recollections and Me & My Big Ideas, solid paper from Bazzill,
coffee cup stamp from Cyber Cafe by Paper Smooches, sentiment created on the computer,
die cut for sentiment from My Favorite Things sentiment strips set.
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Not So Random Act of Kindness

Recently, Glennon Melton of the blog, Momastery, posted her Monkee-See, Monkee-Do Holiday Hands drive. It is far too complicated for me to describe here, but basically it is a site where they pair up people (or Monkees as Glennon refers to them). People who have a need at the holiday season post their requests and people who can help them out respond.

One story struck me instantly. It was a message from a husband who just wanted to give his wife a little something for the holidays. She loves to craft and has had to put that on the backseat to take care of her family. Well, of course, I responded right away.


So today's card is a Joann's gift card holder. I followed this tutorial by Kim Score on SplitcoastStampers.com. And here is my version (awfully cute). I can't wait for the recipient to get this. Hope it puts a smile on her face!
Front of card

Inside card (would have been better if I'd chosen double sided patterned paper)

Supplies: Nennah Classic Crest Solar White, Pattern paper from a Recollection paper pack, (I think),
Digital Stamp is Cozy Ian from The Greeting Farm, the black mat behind the stamped image is from Cricut Accent Essentials,
Inks used were Memento Tuxedo Black and Teal Zeal. Snowflake punches by Martha Stewart.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Card for Addison

It's been a busy week and I just got into the craft room for the first time in a week. I am supposed to be getting my layouts ready for next weekend's scrapbooking crop, but I wanted to get a card put together for Addison, the little girl featured in my last post and I wanted a chance to color my new digi stamp from La La Land Craft. So real quick, here it is:


Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pattern paper from K&Company Sweet Nectar and the  Paper Studio. Ribbon from the Ribbon Boutique.  Digital stamp: Telephone Marci from La La Land Crafts. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud. Copics.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Kelly Bertram's Card Drive for Addison

Catching up on my Facebook reading this afternoon, I came across a post on the Lawn Fawn page about a card drive to benefit a 6 year old girl, Addison, who is battling ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia). 



Cancer stinks! I know too many people who have been affected by this disease, but to hear about a child fighting this fight...it's just really not fair.

So what can we do to help? Kelly Bertram has started a card drive on her blog, Kelly's Place, hoping to gather 104 cards (one for each week of treatment that Addison will undergo). Addison has two sisters, Avery (5) and Ansley (2) who will also need love and support through their sister's illness.

Guess I better get going! Those digi stamps I just downloaded should help put a smile on their faces.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

You're Never Too Old to Learn a New Trick

I purchased my first Copic marker just about a year ago. And since then, I've gathered quite a collection. But I have to be honest, I am still not quite sure what to do with them. I understand the basic principle of selecting gradient shades and how the alcohol inks blend, but anything I might have once learned about the actual process of coloring and shading from high school art classes is gone. I have even bought some books and found a great blog with tutorials (I Like Markers by Marianne Walker) but I haven't had the time to sit down and actually practice the techniques.

So I am making an early New Year's resolution. 2013 is going to be the year that I learn how to color :-) For me, the most intimidating things to color are images of people. That is why I have NO people stamps. But recently I've been seeing a slew of cards with cute little guys and girls on them and I decided that I wanted some too. Rather than make the financial investment in something that I...1) may not like and 2) be really bad at, I decided to buy some digital images first to practice on. Yesterday I stumbled upon a great site, Redonkulous Designs with creations from owner Sheryl Brown. Best yet, she had a little karate boy that I can use when I create my scrapbook page for Noah's karate demo team. So I purchased the little guy, downloaded him and proceeded to color him to the best of my ability (trying to visually follow along with a sample card from the site.) My first attempt came out like this :

And although he is still awfully cute (thanks to the image itself, not my coloring.) You can see that I really need to work on my blending technique. All I can see are the bands of the different colors and the splotches (especially around his mouth). And oops, forgot to color his eyebrows in!

Thanks to a lovely note from owner Sheryl Brown, I found out that there was a video tutorial for coloring this little guy, done by Kimberly Brown of the blog Justwordz.ca. You can find the tutorial here. I grabbed a cup of coffee, turned on the videos, and dutifully followed along, trying to substitute similar Copic colors for the ones that Kim used in her tutorial (wish I had the fine nibs like Kim used with the Pro Markers). But you'll see that my second attempt is much better (still not as good as Kim's, but a huge improvement).


So needless to say, I am quite proud of myself today and can't thank these two ladies enough! Not bad for a days work!

Hope you find some time today to do something crafty!