Sunday, October 28, 2012

OWH - Vintage Celebration

Working on the pile of birthday cards I need to make this time of year.  I thought I'd use one of my new vintage era Some Odd Girl digis to start off the collection

Since its vintage era I thought I'd go black and white (mostly)

I used the Argyle embossing folder to give some texture to the background.  The pattern paper is from a black/white pack I got a couple of weeks ago.  The sentiment is from  Birthday Bash Sentiments stamped in Real Red
I printed  the digi imag at full sized (8.5 " tall) and just colored the headband and feather and placed it in the corner as the sketch embellishment.
For Flapper Kaylee I used all the Cs (C0 through C10) and R24, 27, 29, and 59

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

October Means Pink

October means pink - pink ribbons, pink everything if you can handle it.  Pink in support of breast cancer awareness.  Breast cancer has had a small impact in my life (2 cousins) but I know people who have been through hell because if it (or are still going through it).  Even though life's been crazy I didn't want October to end without a pink card specifically for this.  I used my new Support Hope dies and stamps from MFT  and the Flutterby Wednesday sketch for this card

 Of all the sets I see in support of Pink October, the Fight Like A Girl sentiment always stands out to me.  Its a fight alright and you can never give up.  I also used my new bow making die from MFT.  Its super simple and makes such fantastic bows out of paper (I suck at ribbon tying so paper is a much better option for me :))
 To incorporate the butterfly for FBW I replaced the little bow decoration on the Support Hope bra.  Seemed like a good spot for one
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Color scheme: Basic Gray, Pretty In Pink, White

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sketch Saturday

Today is Sketch Saturday and as always they have a fantastic sketch.  I was feeling a little grungy vintage thanks for my score at Hobby Lobby (paper packs 50% off) so here's what I made

The patterned paper is from The Paper Studio (Tattered and Worn and  Poetic Postcards collections).  The focal image is from Precious Butterflies (SU!).  The "friend" sentiment and grunged stamps are from PTI ( Grunge Me and Framed)

That cute embossed edge is from SU! a new product (to me anyway) to emboss edges.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Flutter By Wednesday

Hi ho - I'm going to make this a quick post tonight because my little sore throat and cough that was almost gone blossomed into a full blown head cold over night ... I hate colds :(

So for this week's FBW we were challenged to use Kraft in our project.  I had a couple of ideas but decided on a kraft backdrop for my fave bold color combo

I used SU!'s crumb Cake for the card base and focal layer base.  The rest is Early Espresso (SU!) and Rasperry Fizz Pattern Pack (PTI).

For the focal layer I used Daring Adventure from SU!.  I loved the sentiment in the set (which is the main reason I bought it) and for various reasons I need to think "daring adventure" right now.  The butterflies are from PTIs Beautiful Butterflies

See - short, sweet!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Yes Olie this is for Stamp Camp

I usually have a stamp camp once a month for friends at work.  Because of some re organization at work September's camp was non-existent.  October's wasn't looking likely either until one of the gals who stamps stopped by my office and asked "Are we going to have a stampy day?"  How could I resist that?

It might be light on content but we will have stampy day in October :)  Here is one of the cards we'll make (using the bonus sketch from yesterday's OWH  Sunday Sketch)

I used my PTI Tree Tops set to make the tree and colored in the circles with various fall colored Copics.  The sentiment is from Round & Round (PTI anniversary set).  The background is splattered using Itty Bitty Backgrounds form SU!
Color scheme is Cajun Craze, Basic Black, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler and Bravo Burgundy

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Inspired by ...

The last CPS sketch ever and a gorgeous print I saw at church today.

The actual challenge this time was to use your favorite sketch,  I really liked the one Tami showcased on the CPS blog so I went with it.
One of the ladies at church today had on a beautiful bold graphic print in royal blue, white and black.  The first thing I thought was "Gorgeous" the second was "I can recreate that in paper" :).

After several attempts at inking up my embossing folder I settled for just embossing Divine Swirls on white CS and coloring in the pattern with a black Copic multi-liner.  I colored part of the pattern in using B19.  That's how the dress was - just patches in the pattern were filled in.
I used a butterfly stamp from SU (Butterfly Patterns) on the focal image stamped in Melon Mambo so it would pop off the bright blue.  Added some blingie rhinestones for heads on the little guys for some extra sparkle.
For the sentiment I used Thanks All Ways (PTI) and colored in the outline letters with RV19 - again to make it really pop.

Thanks to Tami for all the sketches you done.  You have truly helped me progress as a card designer and I appreciate all the work you've done over the years.

Thanks to Michelle for your incredible fashion sense.

Thanks to you, the reader, for taking time to stop by and read all the way to the bottom!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fly Away

Today was chilly and gray can tell fall is here and winter isn't far behind.  Since its WCMD, I decided to make a fallish card using the October SFYTT

 I used Leaf Prints (PTI) and lots of fall colors (Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler  Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze - all SU) for the leaves and splatters
The focal image is Fly Away fairy from SoG.  I glittered up the dandelion fluff for the FBW challenge this week.

Copic deets:
Fluff: Co, C2
Stem: YG95, YG97, YG99
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R81, R83, R85, BV20
Hair: E08, E19, E29, E59, (headband) YR65, YR18
Clothes/Wings: YR18, YR15, YR12,

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I wanna be a Some Odd Girl Guest Designer!!

Hey again ... Kristy over at SoG has made a call for both Design Team members and guest designers   The entrance criteria for the Guest Designer contest ... make a blog saying why you'd make a great Guest Designer and post your 3 most favoritest SoG projects.

I think I'd make a great Guest Designer because I'm already Odd ...

How am I Odd, let me count the ways
- I'm and engineer and a girl ...proof positive right there
- I truly believe dropping Lord Of The Rings quotes into an conversation takes a day from ordinary to awesome
- Ditto Star Trek ( or Stargate, Galactica, or Big Bang Theory)

But seriously, I LOVE Some Odd Girl stamps and would treasure the opportunity to be able to showcase their awesomeness.

Here are my favoritest projects that I've made so far:

First my Nouveau Girl - Fan (original post with all the deets)
I ADORE this card.  The image just made me think all art deco and the background stamps and punch just added to the theme.  The black and white coloring was an experiment for me but I got to practice a lot of what I learned in my Copic Basic Coloring class.

Next up are two of my newest creations

Snowball Tia's Warm Winter Wishes (original post)
This one turned out so bright and fresh.  I just love all the blues!

and finally
Kimono Kaylee Calms The College Girls (original post)
 which will most likely end up in a Mid Term Survival kit heading to one our state universities :)

So those are my projects and my plea.

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CPS Sketch - Clean and Simple

Hiya -  I've decided I need to spend  more time to crafting and less time worrying about things I have no control over ... thus the many posts already this month :)

I used the CPS sketch and my new Kimono Kaylee for this card ... check it

I used my old stand by Kanji (SU! retired) to execute the basics of the sketch.  I love the sentiments and this card could be used for just about anything - midterm calm down for college girls or maybe something else ;)


Then I colored up my new Kaylee digi .  I thought I'd practice some more on blending reds and I really like how the kimono turned out.  I'm trying to focus on really accentuating the folds and pleats like on the sleeve.  Still some work to do there but I like my progress :D

Copic Deets:
Hair: Y21, YR23, YR24, E35, E37, R59(hair tie), E57, E59 (chopsticks)
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R81, R85
Eyes: BG05, BG07
Clothes: C00, C0, C1 (socks), N04, N06, N08, N10 (sandals), R59, R29, R27, R24, R22 RV10, RV13, RV14 (kimono)

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October SoG Challenge

Some Odd Girl posted their October challenge yesterday - another sketch challenge!  Yay!  I love sketch challenges the best.

Since its starting to cool off here in the Midwest especially at night I thought I'd get a jump on wintry cards.  I used my newly purchased Snowball Tia from SoG and a few other crafty items in my rather messy craft room to come up with this card:

The snowflake is Damask Snowflakes die from PTI.  The hounds tooth is the BB: Hounds Tooth smaller pattern also from PTI.  The color scheme is white and Marina Mist (SU!).  I spritzed the snowflake with Vanilla Shimmer, Silver and Blue smooch spritz (SU!) to give it some sparkle.
The sentiment is from Winter Friends (SoG) and I stamped it on the smaller of the Double Banner die cut (PTI).  I hand cut the banner layer.

Copic Deets:
Hair: E08, E19, E37, E39
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R81
Eyes: G07, G09
Coat/Hat: B95, B97, B99
Scarf: R22, R24, R27, R29, R59

Mittens: E41, E42, E44
Pants: W1, W3, W7, W9, 100
Boots: E51, E53 (trim) and E55, E57, E59

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