Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Card-a-Copia: Flutter By Wednesday #177

This week's Flutter By Challenge was to use Halloween colors.  I profiled the "richer" version of those tones using rust, olive, eggplant, with black and gold accents.  The digi features a monarch-winged fairy, so I used three different Stickles to pull out the colors even more.  

I struggled some with the design. The tag has an image stamped in VersaMark that was hard to see.  It felt like it needed something else, so I used the by-products of my swirls that looked a bit like seeds or small leaves in the dim confines of my stamp room at 9:30 PM last night.  Sadly, in the daylight, they just look stupid!  I can't pull them off without making more of mess, so stay they will.

Stamp: CU Papillons Grace (Scrapper's Delight), swirl (Michael's), floral (Studio 112)
Ink: Copics, Tea Dyed (Tim Holtz), VersaMark (Tsukeniko)
Paper:  white card base (Georgia Pacific),  Mimosa guava and Mimosa daiquiri (SEI), vines (unknown) 
Misc.: tag (Scrap-n-Book), Alpha Rain Dots (Cloud 9 Designs), button (Karen Foster Design), Stickles, brads (Dollar Tree), organza ribbon (Midori), swirl (Sizzix), gold gel pen

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Can you say "Whoo-hoo?"

My Jellypark image of the little girl with the bouquet was announced as a Top 3 winner in their latest challenge - Whoo-hoo!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Card-a-Copia: Flutter By Wednesday #176

Flutter By Wednesday has a terrific guest designer for this week.  Please check out Amanda's work when you have a chance!

Oooh, do I have a doozy for this weeks Flutter By Wednesday challenge!  This card is designed for my dad, who is a connoisseur of beer - specifically, an exotic beer known as Bud Light!  The image is probably designed for a holiday card, but I was excited about the "angel" image, so I went for it.  (And who knows, maybe it'll end up at Dad's house for the holidays!)

Stamp:  Glad Tidings and Good Beer (Squigglefly - Suzanne Urban)
Ink: Copics
Paper: plaid (Michaels), green pattern (unknown)
Misc.: pastels (Stampin' Up!), Stickles, Crystal Effects (Stampin' Up!), gel marker (Tsukineko)

And just when you think Maxine has nothing substantive left to say, another one rolls out of her mouth!  I know all "old" people say the next generation's music is an abomination, but I really think rap music is offensive on multiple levels.  Give me a tune I can hum along with, please, and lyrics that make sense, for God's sake!  OMG, I am now officially an old person.  (Where's my Lawrence Welk record?  I going to put it on the hi-fi and dance the hokey-pokey with my friend, Gladys. )

And tattoos?  Don't even get me started!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Card-a-Copia: Flutter By Wednesday #175

Seriously, is there anyone out there who doesn't like Mo Manning's art?  I especially like her older work which is a slightly different style than she's producing now.  For this week's Flutter By Wednesday challenge, I'm using her Baby Fairy Flora image with some sunny paper I bought for early summer cards and had a square left over.  (Just a smidge of a square and it didn't have the name of the paper on it anymore, so I don't know the maker...sorry!)

Stamp:  Baby Fairy Flora digi stamp (Mo Manning)
Paper:  patterned (unknown), brown and coral (Core'dinations)
Ink: Copics, clear gel pen (Tsukineko)
Misc:  Flower (Prima), brad (Close to My Heart), flower punch (Martha Stewart)

Also, take some time to welcome our guest designer for this challenge, Barbara, from Forgotten Scraps.  Whoa, Nellie, can this gal color!  I gaped at most of her cards and wished I had her gift.  Lots of nice work to check out. 


Today was a thirteen-hour day at work; I am bleary-eyed and exhausted from reading over student essays which are always gut-wrenchingly and mind-numbingly horrible.  I do not understand how they get to me as 11th graders with such horrific writing skills.  No wonder the English teachers at the post-secondary level are pulling their hair out!  The little sign below is in honor of good writing, which includes punctuation, People, PUNCTUATION!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Card-a-Copia: Challenges!

I'm taking on some added stamping "chores" by trying to be more involved in challenges.  I'm starting small - two challenges in addition to design team responsibilities.  My first challenge card for this week is for the Jellypark's "add pink and a ribbon" challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness month; I'm hoping twine counts as ribbon.  (See previous post about the hundreds of yards of twine I recently came into!)

Stamp:  Girl with Bouquet (Jellypark)
Paper: white card base (Georgia Pacific), Pitter Patter Sophie (Making Memories), My Girl Glitter (KI Memories)
Ink: Copics, Blush (Close to My Heart)
Misc.:  twine (Whisker Graphics), button (unknown), sentiment (computer generated, CK Ali's Hand font)

The second card is for the Ribbon Carousel "Anything Goes" challenge.  I'm still working at my coloring, and, with the exception of the hat, still see the need for practice!  One of the things I often forget I can do - which helped with the pumpkins here - is to lay color on one marker from another to adjust how it looks.  

Stamp: Saiya Fall digi stamp  (Kelley Kids)
Paper:  white card base (Georgia Pacific), Fall (Miss Elizabeth),  Core'dinations), rust/purple (Core'dinations)
Ink: Copics, Tea Dye distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Misc.:  fibers (Basic Grey), gems (Studio 112), sentiment (computer generated, Pea Lacy Chunky font)

And below, just a little massive rationalization for those of us who like to sample the Halloween candy - in all available varieties and sizes - before the big night, just to make sure it's OK for the trick or treaters!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Card-a-Copia: Crafty Contagion #1

This is my card for a new challenge blog called Crafty Contagion.  It started with my regular monthly crafting group which is filled with lots of talented gals.  I know you'll want to play along, too!

Even surrounded by 2,400 yards of twine, I had a devil of a time coming up with a good idea for a card using it!  Finally, the image from Lia Stampz inspired the paper which, in turn, inspired the colors of twine.  

Stamps:  Asha with Present (LiaStampz)
Inks:  Copics
Paper: Hills Collection "Calypso Punch" (KaiserCraft), dk. blue (Core'dinations), green Whirlybird "Best Friends" Scattered Flowers (My Mind's Eye), pink (recycled envelope)
Misc.:  twine (Whisker Graphics), hole punch (Stampin' Up!), gem (KaiserCraft), sentiment (computer generated, Pea Missy Cursive)

And I got some good news this morning.   One of my cards is featured in JellyPark's online magazine this month.  Take a couple minutes to look through this cute publication!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Card-a-Copia: Flutter By Wednesday #174

It's deliciously Fall in the Pacific Northwest.  After our whack-a-doodle summer, it doesn't seem that different from the past three months, but I'm not complaining because I'm a cool-weather-leaves-turning-overcast-skies-cawing-crows-misty-morning kind of a gal!

In honor of the leaves that will soon be turning gold, red, and orange, I bring you this image of fall flowers from Delicious Doodles.  The floral watering can and the flowers have a touch of Prismacolor pencils on them because I couldn't get the depth I was looking for from the Copics.  I popped the can up with double mounting tape in the middle and a single layer of tape on the sides to give it a more rounded look.  I finished off the card with some interesting rust-colored gems from the Dollar Bin at Joann's.

Stamps:  Floral Watering Can digi stamp (Delicious Doodles)
Papers:  white card base (Georgia-Pacific) Back to Basics "Coffee Dot" and Forever Fall "Impressions" (Bo Bunny)
Inks: Copics, Tea Dye distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Misc.:  colored pencils (Prismacolor), ribbon (Michael's), gems and butterfly sticker (Studio 112), flower (Prima), sentiment (computer generated, Clive Barker font)

Are you feeling a little Fall where you are?  Join us for this week's Flutter By challenge and let your '70's colors shine through!  

And since we're all getting accustomed to the new season, I thought you might appreciate this thought from Maxine: