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...