Friday, August 28, 2015

Card-a-Copia: It's Back-to-School Time!

Every year I design a back-to-school card for teacher friends and family.  I am especially enamoured with this year's card!  I lucked into this image, Math Geek/Science Geek/Nerd from SLSLines on Etsy and just love it!  I'd like to see more from the artist in this style.

Image: SLSLines (Etsy)
Papers:  unknown*
Inks: Copics
Misc.: brads (Stampin' Up!), sentiment (computer-generated)

I colored up this JellyPark image some time ago and had been waiting to find just the right papers to put it with, which is super strange for me to do because I usually go from paper to image.  I love how happy the paper is and the image looks as if it just said "You're awesome!"

I paper pierced the circles - oy, vey! - for added interest.

Image:  (Jellypark)
Papers:  unknown*
Inks:  Copic markers
Misc.:  ribbon (Michael's), "threading water" punch (Fiskars), brad (Stampin' Up!) 

Not gonna lie - I pretty much CASE'd this entire card!  I loved the image, My Moon, and what the person who designed it did.  I added a few things to make it my own, but I borrowed liberally!  I made several of them to send to former students who are having babies.  (And O. M. G.!  Nothing like that to make a middle-aged woman want to cry for her lost youth!)

I almost like how the hair turned out!  Those were some mighty tiny flicks there, People!  Some day...

Image:  My Moon (A Day for Daisies)
Papers:  unknown*
Inks: Copic markers
Misc.: sequins (Joann's), twine, sentiment (computer-generated), Wink of Stella

That's it for this post.  May the flick be with you...

* as soon as I uncover the rest of it on my desk, I'll add in the names!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Card-a-Copia: After a Lengthy Hiatus...

In August 2014, I took a new job as librarian in a different school district.  I'd done all the coursework for the position but didn't know diddly-squat about the daily goings-on including how to use the library software, which is kind of a big deal.  I hit the ground running and finally took a breath about eight weeks ago.

In addition to the new job, "My Style," the site that my background comes from, stopped supporting the background.  I, in the meantime, started tinkering around with a new blog and tinkered myself into a corner I couldn't limited-HTML-skill my way out of!

Fortunately for me the old background finally came back three months ago, so it's ON WITH THE SHOW!

It will take some time for me to "back fill" the blog with the cards I haven't yet published from an entire year, so I thought I'd start with more current things and then add in the older stuff a little at a time.

It's also been awhile since I considered being on a design team.  I'm giving it a go again with Tiddly Inks, one of the first places I discovered when starting with digital stamps.  Christy's style has changed some over the years, and I'm still a fan - especially of her Wryn series.

Drum roll, please!  (Cue curtain) Ta-dum!

This card uses an image I'd been futzing around with for months.  I took time today to finish a card showcasing Wryn - Howdy Cowgirl, and it's going to be a perfect card for one of my nieces.  You can see I'm still working on hair, but I'm making some progress.  (If that's you, too, give me a big "Amen!")   I like the colors together as well as the complexity of the card.

Image:  Wryn - Howdy Cowgirl (Tiddly Inks)
Papers:  Giddy Up! "Rodeo Queen" (Carta Bella)
Inks: Copic markers
Misc.: stickers (Carta Bella), ribbon (American Crafts)

The second card features Wryn - Hanging Around.  One of the things I like best about the Wryns is that the character s a delicious blend of girly and tomboy, which pretty much sums up all four of my brother's girls!

Image: Wryn - Hanging Around (Tiddly Inks)
Papers: unknown
Inks: Copic markers
Misc.: ribbon (Stampin' Up!), circle die (Nestabilities). Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), sentiment (computer-generated)

Next is a project I made using Wryn - Have Heart.  Ugh!  More hair!   I cut out the inside of the Polaroid frame to fit an enlarged Wryn in and added a new background.  The fussy cutting took awhile because I wanted to get into the small nooks and crannies.  After much trial and error, I finally found a white gel pen on my table that worked - what is WITH those things anyway? - and added dots to Wryn's dress as well as stitch markers on the middle banner.

Image: Wryn - Have Heart (Tiddly Inks)
Papers: Oh Snap "Camera Journaling cards" (Echo Park), Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Inks: Copic markers, white gel pen, burgundy Copic Multiliner
Misc.: Wink of Stella

Finally, here's an oldie I still love that uses Pinky.  I wish this card wasn't such a pain to mail but since it is, only people I really like get one!  I made several different sentiments to go wth it.

Image: Pinky (Tiddly Inks)
Papers: Creative Imaginations, Not Quite Navy (Stanpin' Up!)
Inks: Copic markers
Misc.: border punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Stampin' Up!), rhinestones (KaiserCraft), heart charm (Dollar Store earring), sentiment (computer-generated)

So, that's it for today.  My goal is to feature one new card and add two cards from the past year in each post until I get caught up!  Stay tuned for design team news...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Card-a-Copia: Jellypark Charity Cards

I've been absent for quite some time because the host of my blog background stopped working.  After attempting a new blog to replace it and running into self-inflicted problems, I just stopped posting until I had a Plan C in order.  I did a quick check tonight and it appears that all is back in order, so here I go again!  (Although I really liked the new blog design and if someone could help me fix my misguided attempt at HTML code, I'd probably switch over there permanently.)

Claire Keay over at Jellypark has been offering free images (there are five in total) for people who will make and send cards to kids 00ver in the U. K. who have long-term illnesses.   Stamp #1 is my favorite and is going to get a lot of use!  Seriously, who DOESN'T love a sock monkey?

Stamp: Jellypark Charity Stamp #2
Paper:  patterns (unknown), solid teal (Core d'inations)
Inks Copics
Misc.: hearts die (Simon Says Stamp), Crystal Effects

Stamp:  Jellypark Charity Stamp #2
Paper: Unknown
Ink:  Copics
Misc.:  clear Wink of Stella, washi tape, computer-generated sentiment

Stamp:  Jellypark Charity Stamp #3
Papers:  unknown
Inks:  Copics
Misc.:  art air gun (Stampin' Up!), gel dots (unknown), clear Wink of Stella

Stamp:  Jellypark Charity Stamp #4, Smile (Michaels)
Inks:  Copics, Purely Pomegranate (Stampin' Up!)
Misc.:  hearts (Simon Says Stamp), pearls (Recollections), twine (Divine Twine), clear Wink of Stella

Still experiencing a serious case of too-much-to-do-and-too-little-time-to-do-it-in.  In the next seven days, I have to finish my two online classes, finish packing up my school room, wrap my arms around what it means to be a school librarian, and move boxes into my new space at Curtis High School!  That's a whole lot of life in one week, People!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Card-a-Copia: Randomness

A few more cards from my absence from blogland, mostly general greeting cards but a few sympathy cards as well.

Stamp: Parachuting Rabbit (digi from Zlatoena)
Ink: Copics
Misc.: twine, pearls (Recollections), sentiment (computer generated)

Two sympathy cards from the same paper.

Stamps: none
Inks:  Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
Misc.:  pearls (Recollections), ribbon (unknown), Glossy Accents

The Yadda-Yadda Buffet: The Kids

Caught the dogs in a few cute pictures.  I cannot imagine my life without them.  On the other hand, I'm not sure I'd have adopt one in the future.  It's a conundrum for sure.

Chance (you can tell from the blur of his tail that I was lucky to get this shot!)

Muffin, sweet Muffin
Teddy, living up to his name

Card-a-Copia: Eat Cake Graphics

I am once again Eat Cake Graphic-ing!  This card started because of some paper I picked up on sale.  From there it was just a matter of stamping and coloring the dogs.  I also added a bone and a ball to the "Polaroid" framed images.  

More Eat Cake Graphics to come!

Stamps:  Zero, Webster's Tilting His Head (Eat Cake Graphics)
Paper: kraft, "Oh Snap" Camera Journaling Cards (Echo Park)
Ink:  Copics
Misc.:  Glossy Accents, white gel pen

The Yadda-Yadda Buffet: The Family 2013

Went back to Bill Langfitt and had photos of the puppies taken.  They look great...and Bill wasn't incapacitated in the process!

I had seen Bill's photos of six big dogs all sitting nicely together and thought maybe we could manage the same with my crew.  He managed to do just that, and all it took was a little Photoshop to get my lovies to all sit together.   A little further down, you'll see portraits of Chance and Teddy that look a little familiar!