Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TDS Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone! This weeks Wednesday challenge at The Digi Shack is a sketch challenge.

Here is my take on it.

I left off the right tab and added a sentiment to the horizontal panel in the back. The image is available at TDS for only $1 and it comes with the sentiment!

He's colored with Copic markers and if you look real close, you can see that I added a bit of liquid applique (fluffed it up with the heat gun) to the frosting on the cupcake!

Designer paper is from Paper Pizazz called Earth's Palette. American Craft card stock is used to layer the image. Embellished with antique copper brads and brown grosgrain ribbon.

I chose to make this card for one of my co-workers (I have no idea when his birthday is, but it's ready to go at least!). It's so right up his alley! He can make those funny faces that says "You have to be $@#*%#@ me!" and this images makes me think the same thing! It must be something with the eyes!

Please check out the rest of the design teams challenge cards and leave 'em some bloggin' love!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Green simplicity

Hello! Here I am playing around in the craft room on a very rainy Sunday! Well, I'm actually multi-tasking with doing laundry too! Thank goodness the laundry room is right next door to the craft room!

Anyway - here is my latest kraft and green PTI creation.

I colored the vase with Copic markers, which comes out darker than you would think, or not, depending upon your expectations! (grin)

I just got my latest shipment in and had to play around with the fresh snow hybrid pigment ink that Palette is making for PTI! I absolutely love it! Best white ink ever!!!!

The flowers are stamped in white and then I took the apricot Copic marker and colored in the flowers. It's very subtle but looks great in real life!

All green cardstock is from Bazzill - the crimper got dusted off and put to work on the strip behind the main panel. Raffia is tied a couple of times around it before adhering it to the base.

I've been pretty busy in the craft room this weekend. TAC is having a inspiration catty card call and I whipped up some samples for that. And on Wednesday, we have a sketch challenge coming up at the Digi Shack! I still have a design call for holiday cards to do for Victorine Originals, once I get the supplies. But, I think I'm actually ahead for once! Yea!

Hope you had a great weekend! Back to the grind stone - ugh!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yee Haw!

Hi everyone! Here's a recent card I did for a country boy's birthday! He's all country - music, clothes - you name it! He'll get a kick (pun intended) out of this card!

The boot is colored with Copic Markers, cut out and popped up with foam tape on a labels 8 die cut. I took that same label die and traced around it on the dark brown card stock and the cut it out by hand. I wanted a smaller layer than the next nested label gives.

The right hand border is done with the cornice punch from Martha Stewart Crafts. The sentiment is cut out with a Nestability, and layered with the same dark brown cs.

The inside sentiment says "kick up your heels and celebrate" which is stamped onto a tag.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps - The Angel Company
Designer paper - The Angel Company - Kamalaht (retired) and Rustic Chic
Card stock - Bazzill

Digi Shack Wednesday Challenge

Hi everyone! Today's challenge at the Digi Shack was to make a non-traditional card shape. No A2 or square cards. Here are my two cards for this challenge!

I used the labels 8 die from Spellbinders to cut out the card base. The image is colored with Copic markers and then cut out with a labels 1 die and layered with a muted yellow card stock. Green gingham ribbon is attached on the left hand side. The bow is tied using the bow easy and attached with a glue dot. I love the clean and simple lines of this card!

This one is cut out using the top note die from SU! I ran the card stock through the Victorian cuttlebug embossing folder first. Deckled rectangles were used to cut out the main image and the purple layer. The fairy Godmother image is colored with Copic's and highlighted with a stardust pen. When I saw this image, all I did was giggle! I just had to color her in lavender because that's what I remember my granny wearing a long time ago! Tee Hee!! The organdy ribbon is really a deep purple, but didn't photograph real well. I can just image all the smart aleck sentiments/sayings that you could put inside this card! The possibilities are endless!

All card stock is from Bazzill and both images are from The Digi Shack!

Don't forget to visit the Design Team members blogs to see what they came up with for this challenge! Thanks for stopping by and have a funtastic day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Digi Shack Manic Monday Freebie Funday

Head on over to the Digi Shack and pick up the free digi image for today. Link on the right! ---->

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday Digi Shack Challenge

Hi all! Today's challenge over at the Digi Shack is to print a digi image on designer paper. Or think of it as digital paper piecing. To do this, all you have to do is cut down your dp to fit through your printer, then cut out as usual. Here is my example.

The sentiment is computer generated - isn't that font awesome?

I made the back ground paper using distress inks in Pine Needles and Broken China. The inks are swiped onto a craft sheet, spritzed with water and then the cardstock is smooched down into it. My heat gun was used to speed up the drying process and then I ran it through the swirls cuttlebug folder because it looks like waves of water to me.

The designer paper I used for the fish and his guitar (yes, the guitar is paper pieced too and colored a bit with Copic's) is from Paper Pizazz. A glue stick was used to adhere him onto the labels 4 nestie cut out. Finally I sponged around the edges of the label and the tag with the Broken China distress ink. Lastly, I took two rhinestones and colored them turquoise with my Copic Marker to color coordinate.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the design teams blogs to see what they did with this challenge - and please leave them some bloggy love! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rita's anyone?

Hi everyone! This card is for a co-workers birthday that is coming up on Monday. She's kind of a party girl and loves her cocktails! I think she'll get a kick out of this card!

The stamps are from Penguin pants stamps and the glasses and sentiment are stamped in Memento ink. I used a Copic marker to color in the margarita mix! The bright designer paper is from Paper Pizazz. I liked the festive look of it and thought it went great with the Rita's!

I added a bit of "salt" to the glasses using a pair of scissors and a styrofoam ball. A little scraping and a little glue and we have salt! Click on the picture to see the full effect!

The sentiment tag is a nestie from spellbinders and I added some yellow pearls to match the dp instead of using brads.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green challenge over at the Digi Shack

Happy St. Patty's Day!

We're having a challenge over at the Digi Shack using the color green! Here is my card and we'd all love it if you played along!

The image is from TDS and is colored with Copic Markers. The designer paper on the left is from Paper Pizazz. I used the new scalloped die from PTI to do the border on the right hand side. The yellow card stock is ran through the CB swiss dots folder. I colored the satin ribbon with Copics to match the DP. The bow is tied using the Bow Easy.

Sentiment is from PTI. Don't forget to check out the other design team members blogs to see what they came up with for the Green challenge. Thanks for stopping by and don't drink too much green beer!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friendship flowers

Hi everyone! It's been three weeks since I got to participate in the weekly SCS sketch challenge. I think I was going through a bit of a withdrawal! Here's this weeks card!

The Gerbera Daisy bunch is colored with Copic Markers and then cut out with a circle nestie. As you can see I cut out one of the flower stems to overhang the circle. That was close up, intense cutting! Had to get out the 2.00 readers to do that one! And there's still some white showing, dang it!

The designer paper is from Kaisercraft called Shaken not stirred. It's a 8x8 paper pad with some really nice gray, black and red papers. I had a hard time choosing the dp to go behind the circle with the gerberas - and finally just decided to keep it as plain as possible so that the daisies would pop out.

Added a few black rhinestones (also from Kaisercraft) as interest to both of the panels. The sentiment was cut out using a labels nestie and then I daubered some black around the outside edge so that it would also stand out.

So, now that I got my fix, I can move on to something else! Thanks for stopping by and please tell me what you think!

Stamps: Gerbera daisy is from Flourishes, sentiment is from PTI.

Digital "Thinking of you"

Hi everyone! Here's another card made with a digi stamp from The Digi Shack. You can click on the link to the right to take you to the Shack! So see all the awesome images click on Digital Shop tab.

The image is colored with Copic Markers. I used the top note die on the pink designer paper and then sponged some pink grapefruit ink from Versamagic around the edges.

Sentiment is from The Angel Company and cut out to 3/4 of an inch wide and I used the cornice border punch to create the end of the tag. Flowers and buttons are added to anchor it down.

I just love this image, it's so fun to color! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Off Center!

Hello! Here's a quick card I put together playing around with the new stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.

The stamps are: Butterfly dreams and Turning a new leaf. I stamped the leaf in Versamark on Designer paper from Paper Pizazz and then clear embossed it. I created a mask by cutting out a butterfly with the die and then sponging on Versamagic Mango ink onto the paper. Then the Butterflies are stamped off center in the same ink but with the patterned butterfly stamps.

A few smaller butterflies were punched out using the Martha Stewart punch and I sorta popped their wings up to simulate that they were flying. The sentiment half circle is actually a name plate die from Quikutz - I just tucked most of it under the main panel. The orangy cardstock is called summer sunrise and it's also from PTI. Finally, I added some green gingham ribbon to both corners for a bit of balance.

I needed something spring like today, as I had all I could take with all that snow and cold weather up in Alaska last week! Beautiful, but I'm glad to be home to the warmer weather. =)

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you think of my "off center" butterfly card.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Banana Dance!

Hey all! Here's another Digi Shack image - totally fun to color!!!

I kept this one clean and simple and let the image be the spotlight! The designer paper on the left hand side is from DCWV mat pack from a few years ago. Layered everything with black cardstock and tied on a black grosgrain bow to go with the bow tie on the guy banana!

Image is colored with Copic's and glaze gel pens.

Wouldn't this make a cute anniversary card?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Card Sketch Tuesday #170

Greetings all! Here is sketch #170 and measurements are below.

Card base = 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
1 = 4 x 2
2 = 4 x 3 3/4
3 = 4 x 1 1/2

The main flower image is from Victorine Originals. I used markers directly on the stamp and spritzed with water and stamped it on watercolor paper. The sentiment is from Papertrey, Ink.

The designer paper is from Paper Pizazz and you can barely notice the subtle difference between layer 1 and 2 in my card. I found that cool organdy/satin ribbon in my stash that goes well with this color combo IRL. I think purples are so hard to photograph up close. I also got lucky and found some tiny purple rhinestones from Kaiser Craft to put under the sentiment. The Martha Stewart cornice punch was used on the sentiment layer and labels four nestabilites was used to layer, cut and emboss the main stamped image.

I made this yesterday and subconsciously I think I was making it for myself! I have caught a cold (first one in about three years) and I really feel like crud! and to top it off, I'm currently in Alaska on business. I flew out on Monday morning and I bet I'm just miserable in the cold and snow! Can you tell that I have this scheduled to post and I'm typing it early? LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. Oh and this will be my last sketch post - there are so many other places that offer sketches that I doubt anyone will miss mine! (grin) Thanks to those loyal followers who made comments regularly. I appreciate you!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Digi Shack Spring Blog Hop

Greetings! Well, today is the big day of the re-opening of the Digi Shack and to celebrate, the new Design team is having a spring blog hop!

If you made it to my blog, then you must have come from Jana's blog.

I'm hosting a color combo challenge and here are your colors: White or ivory is also fine to use in your creation.

Here is my example:

The Cherries are colored with Copic Markers. I used PSE with the digital image to create a row of smaller cherries, printed it on heavy cardstock and then colored it the same way as the bigger image. The scalloped border was cut out using the new small scalloped border die from Papertrey, Ink. Circle nestabilities were used to cut out the larger image and the layer.

The sentiment is from The Angel Company and is stamped in Palette Noir ink right on the red gingham paper which is from My Minds Eye.

From here, the next blog that you need to hop on over to is Lelia's.

Please follow this link to see all the new digital images
and don't forget to upload your creations to the SNR card universe for a chance to win some free digital images.

The Digi Shack

Shack Sisters Design Team

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Simple Vase sympathy card

Wow, say that title three times fast! What a mouthful! Here's a quick card I made with the new PTI Asian Fusion set.

Vase is stamped in Memento Bamboo leaves and then embossed with clear embossing powder on kraft cardstock. The flower stem is stamped in Versamark then embossed with clear ep as well. Bazzill green cardstock was used to layer and as a back drop to the designer paper (DCWV, Linen closet) that was cut using the labels eight die. Sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Palette Noir.

I used a Copic marker to color the silk flower, attached a button and used some scrappers floss to add some pizazz!

The back ground of the base of the card was done using one of the border stamps from the same set. I stamped it in Versamagic Wheat and then sponged around the perimeter.

If I was going to do this again, I think I would have used an ivory colored cardstock to stamp the vase on, but the kraft does add something a bit different and unexpected. What do you think?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Card Sketch Tuesday #169 and a sneak peek

Greetings! Here is sketch #169 - measurements are below!

Card base - 41/4 x 5 1/2
1 - 2 1/4 x 5 1/4
2 - Top note die or your choice - 4 1/2 x 3 1/2
3 - 3/4 x 5 1/8
4 - Rectangle nestability or 2 3/4 x 2 1/8
5 - 1 3/4 x 2 1/4

The cherry image is from The Digi Shack and colored with Copic Markers. I used the top note die from SU to cut out the red cardstock. The scalloped black border was done using the new small scalloped die from Papertrey Ink. (awesome die - need to get the other two now!!)

I added a piece of green gingham ribbon to cover the raw edges of panel #1. The green cardstock is from Bazzill. The black, red and kraft cardstock are all from PTI.

I did color two sets of the cherries and painstakingly cut them out and popped them up with foam tape to create that 3D look. Which you can see in the close up picture above.

I have no idea what inspired me with this sketch - besides the colors. I kind of like how it turned out. What do you think?

The Digi Shack re-opens on March 6th, and this cherry image is one of the new designs. Stayed tuned for our design team blog hop, with a few challenges, great images and a bunch of ideas for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for stopping by!