Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday Sketch #93

Operation Write Home Sunday sketch is a great weekly inspiration for me.  I needed to make an anniversary card for a friend at work (she was married 10-10-10 and so I am giving her this on 11-11-11, her 1 year, 1 month, and 1 day anniversary)

She had a peacock wedding that I made invites for so I am giving her a gold feather for her anniversary ...

The peacock feather stamp is from Stampendous.  I never noticed that the centers of the feathers are like little hearts ... awwwww.  The sentiment is from Fillable Frames #4

Colors are Black, gold and Bermuda bay (retired).

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fun with Digis: Weekend Two-fer

ETA:  I am Queen Of The Hoedown this week:  WooHOo

I get to play with stamps today!   La la la la la - LA

Its a rarity these days so I used my time wisely and got a two-fer (Hambo Hoedown AND CPS #241)  I love when multiple challenges come together :)

Meet the Newscaster ....
I used SU! Newsprint designer series paper for the background and digitally fiddled with the stamp set save Mr Newscaster as a GIF so I could overlay on the repeated sentiment from the same set.  Photoshop is Awesome I tell ya!  No other changes

I colored with Copics and used a silver paint pen to give some extra pizazz to the blazer buttons

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Stamp Camp Cards

Couple of simple holiday cards for my upcoming stamp camp

First is a multi-layered card using Christmas Poinsettias stamps and dies, and the Photo Finish Strip die.  Colors are Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke

Second up is a super simple single layer card using Stocking Prints.  Colors are Real Red and True Black.

The college girl is home for a visit so the blog gets short changed tonight

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Fun With digis - Day 2: Paper Smooches

I've been collecting Paper Smooches digi stamps for a while now.  I forget about them all too often because my computer is upstairs and my stamp room is down stairs.  Oh for the day that the office/computer room/craft room will be combined (when I move to my condo after the kids are all off living their own lives :)

But I wanted to play around with them and when this cupcake was first introduced, some one (on the design team I think) made it into an ice cream cone.  I remember that and have wanted to try it.

Here is my attempt:

Made the ice cream kinda sherbetty colors, but it just sounded good and looked kinda summery now that fall has a firm grasp on my town.

In case you aren't a follower of PS (which you should be because Kim Hughes makes the most adorable hand drawn images) the cone part is just an extra layer of the cupcake paper.  I drew horizontal lines on it to waffle it up a bit.

I don't have any Stickles (gasp!) and I lost my 2 way glue pen (the horror) so I used a liquid glue and some glitter to sparkle it up.  I'm gonna have to get me some Stickles :)

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

OWH Sunday Sketch

I haven't felt much like crafting in the last month - super tired but I feel like I'm on a roll this weekend so I'm keepin' the mojo going with the OWH Sunday Sketch.

I also was asked (and gladly accepted) to prep cards for the "free time" at my church's fall women's retreat.  There will be several hours for just talking and relaxing, and I've had people asking when I'm going to do a "cards for soldiers" party again ... seemed like a perfect opportunity :)  By the time the retreat rolls around the Christmas card deadline will be passed, so we are going to make Valentine's / Love You cards and get a jump start on the next season

Its actually pretty simple (at least I hope so since we've got some novice stampers too)  The row of hearts is from Around and About sentiments (PTI).  The sentiment is from Well Scripted (SU!).  Te ribbon is SU! (retired by now I suspect).

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fun with digis - Day 1: Hambo Hoedown

I decided to use some of the digis I've been collecting and make some more "no reason" cards.  Well not exactly no reason this time.  A good friend plays along with the Hambo Hoedown and I decided to join in the fun. 

Everybody meet Cool Cat ... Cool Cat this is everybody

Cool Cat really spoke to me and I wanted this to have a postcard feel - you know "the weather is beautiful, wish you were here" kinda thing. 

I started out cutting the wavy pieces for the background layer.  I thought it gave it a beachy/water theme.  Then I colored in everything trying to recreate the peace, calm, serenity and relaxation of my recent Florida vacation.  I tried a sky shading technique I saw many months (maybe years) ago on Debbie Olson's blog - coloring next to the image, feathering it out and then using a colorless blender to smush it around.  

Notice the little bit of pink on Cool Cat's arm, cheeks and belly.  That's reminiscent of the Florida vacation too.  I think I'm finally finished peeling :)

The color scheme is Marina Mist, Spring Rain, Night of Navy, and too many Copics to mention :)

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Thank You

This has been a stressful week.  Big deadlines at work and most everyone pitched in extra to get things done.  No one does more than our engineering assistants.  They get the products of our work at the very end, make it presentable and get it out the door to meet the deadline.  The later they get it the more they have to push to meet the deadline, because that date isn't moving. I so appreciate them. 

This is one of the thank you cards I made to give them next week along with snicker doodles of appreciation.

I did very little stamping on this card, but I love all the texture on it.  I used the Bloom Builders 3 die (cut out 4 times to make all the layers), the Picket Fence die  (cut out 3 to make it all the way across the card) and Giga Guidelines for the sentiment, stamped in dark chocolate.

Color scheme is Tangerine and Turquoise.  Quite fall-ish I think.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cards for no reason

Well not really no reason, I have someone to thank and some birthdays to celebrate, but no contest, no online anything.  Just cards.  Cuz I felt like it :)

First up is a birthday card for my sister-in-law.  I'm late on my brother's birthday card so I'll just mail them together most likely, but I thought I'd do an elegant one this year instead of the normal fall themed card.

Besides, I haven't used my vase set in months ... I think it felt lonely :)

Next is my brother's card ... I did at least leave him a Facebook message so I didn't completely forget it, just didn't get the card in the mail when I should have.  I always do a fall themed one for him ...  thought the acorns would be good this year.  He's kind of a nut :)

And finally a thank you for someone at work.  This one was just in my head and I needed to get it made before I forgot it.

I love the Autumn Abundance set ... its so color-able!  This was also the first time I inked up my Simple Sunflowers (for the background).  Its a sad thing when I had a set for like 2 months and it hasn't seen ink yet.  Means I'm too busy!  Hope the Christmas sets I just ordered don't suffer the same fate!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

October SFYYT

Not a lot of time today so no preamble

Here's the card:

Most everything is Papertrey Ink
Paper: Fresh Snow,Spring Rain, Kraft, White, Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Real Red (SU)
Stamps: Up Up and Away
Other: Picket Fence die

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