October 19, 2014

October 18, 2014

Pet Sympathy - with a Twist (Pink for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge)

I am on a mission to finish up an order for pet sympathy cards (one more to go).  Added pink for this card, as today's Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge is Anything Goes with a Twist - of pink.

October 17, 2014

Pet Sympathy Cards

Hi, All!

I have some more pet sympathy cards for you today.  I love this little pup.

For today's cat card, I used Aurora Wings Sweet Dreams digital stamp.  Kadoodle Bug's Puppy Peeker - perfect for this type of card.




October 16, 2014

Colorful Image to Remember Kitty

Hello!

I'm here today with another pet sympathy card.  This time I created a card featuring a pretty kitten called Sweet Dreams.

October 15, 2014

Green Abounds

Good Morning, Everyone!

Happy Wednesday.  Whatever happened to "Ya know what day it is?" LOl!  I know - just could not resist.

I thought I would share with another pet sympathy card I made today - here it is.


I used a digital image from Kadoodle Bug - I was in a hurry, so I used their image as is.  But Kadoodle Bug also offers all their images in .svg files and digital stamps.

The sentiment is just created on the computer using Microsoft Word.

October 14, 2014

Easy Pet Sympathy

Pet sympathy cards are really popular with my customers - and for good reason.  They let your friends know you are thinking of them when they lose their pets.  They don't need to be fancy - today, I want to share an easy-to-make pet sympathy card.


If you make a pet sympathy card, I'd love to see - just leave a link to your blog post featuring your card in the comments below.  :D

October 12, 2014

So Sorry (Pet Sympathy)

Hi, All!

Today's cards continue my order for pet sympathy cards.  Did a little bit of everything - digital stamps and svg paw print files.  The first card is colored with the PrismaColor and baby oil method - actually pretty quick technique.  I see a little bit of baby oil residue around my flower - guess I'll have to work on avoiding that.





October 11, 2014

Suzy Bee's Challenge - Cards to Inspire You

This past week was extremely busy.  After a quick & crazy trip to Las Vegas last weekend, the week just hasn't stopped.  But dropping some things - finished with my One-Stroke class - quitting my day job (but not to become a painter - lol!).  I keep thinking I'm freeing up time - but I find as I'm making plans with others, we are now into February and March!  Guess it never stops.

But, as always, I try to get some cards in on the weekend - and here is the first card I've made in over a week.  It's perfect to let someone know you're thinking of them after the loss of their pet.

I'm also attempting to figure out just what is my favorite way of coloring digis - so you will see more of this little guy as I try to color him using Copics, Distress Pens, Colored Pencils - and whatever other items I've spent all my money on to find the perfect medium for me.  :D  This digital from 2 Cute Ink is colored using Adobe Photoshop.  While I love the perfect blending everyone else gets with their markers - I am thinking I may just end up coming back to this method for my favorite.  We'll see.

Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge this week is ATG with a Twist - Stripes.  I made this card this morning before checking out Suzy Bee's - but since I had a striped background, am entering it in the Challenge.  Will make more striped cards later today to include.  Be sure to check out Suzy Bee's for some amazing inspiration!

Here is my second card - this time colored using EK Success Pigment Markers.  These don't blend - though with patience you can darken areas by going over them several times. 

Here's card #3 - colored with Copic Markers.  So far - no front runner...LOL!  But because of my heavy hand, I do prefer markers with hard tips.  I find it very hard to "stay in the lines" with Copics - the tips are too soft - but I'm pretty pleased with the pup.



This next card was colored with PrismaColors colored pencils and baby oil.  I think what I especially like about working with PrismaColors is that I don't fear of my ink running out mid-project.  With markers, there really is no way of telling how much ink is in your pen - I'm not fond of refilling - but replacing gets expensive.  With light colors, it's even sometimes hard to even be able to tell if there is ink there.  Of all the images so far, I think the flower looks best using PrismaColors.  I want to add - I just learned about blending with PrismaColors.  Many people use Gasmol or mineral spirits.  In my YouTube search for this, I saw a video for using baby oil instead.  I tried both - I prefer baby oil...the end product is nice and smooth.  With my hard touch, with mineral spirits I tended to blend so hard, I would almost tear a hole in the cardstock.

Okay, last one for the night.  This next card uses Distress Markers.  The YouTube video I watched for this technique uses a craft mat.  I don't keep mine out all the time - it's stored rolled up as I purchased it.  So to pull out this huge craft mat when I want to do some quick coloring wasn't ideal.  I just purchased a Sizzix crease pad - the packing material included two plastic sheets - perfect!  Small enough to be handy all the time.

Now the big question - which method did I like best?  Well, I think I decided it's not the method so much as it is my creative mojo for the day.  Last week I wasn't happy with any method - the impetus for me doing this today.  Today - I liked all the methods!  But I think if I have to pick a favorite, it's going to be the PrismaColors and baby oil.  While I'm "satisfied" with all the results - the PrismaColors actually turned out closest to what I intended.  And while PrismaColor pencils are expensive - they are much cheaper than all the other methods.  I'm sure I will lose pencils long before any of them wear out - and I bought 60 colors at Hobby Lobby for about $15 with my coupon and employee discount.  I think I have a winner!

September 27, 2014

One-Stroke Flower of the Week - Cherry Blossom

I know my One-Stroke teacher will love this week's card, and I hope that my coworkers will be inspired to test the waters of One-Stroke painting.  This lovely card features cherry blossoms.  This has been my favorite flower - a simpler way to add a little floral flair to a simple card!

In addition, this card is accented with red - for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes with a Red Twist.  Be sure to visit their blog - and link up your card to join in the fun.


September 26, 2014

Feel Better Cards

Hi, All!

I'm still catching up making Get Well cards.  Here are another couple . . .

I used sentiments from Whimsy Stamps on these cards - I just love their word art.  :D

Inside Phrase:  ...but enjoy the mandatory vacation! 

September 22, 2014

Get Well Cards

Hi, All!

I'm still catching up on Get Well cards - here are three more.  These are all super simple - all using scraps from Christmas cardstock left over from last year.  

I also used a Whimsy Stamps Get Well Soon sentiment on these cards.  I just love digital word art!  :D




September 21, 2014

One-Stroke Chrysanthemum Card

Hi, All!

I have another one-stroke card that I created today.

This time the flower is supposed to be a chrysanthemum (thought I'd better tell you, since that's not exactly how they turned out).  I was also practicing thin vines....mine didn't turn out so well - so I used a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps to cover up my mess! 

September 20, 2014

Tiny Birdy

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog is sponsored by Bugaboo Digital Stamps this week.  Their challenge is Anything Goes - with a Twist...the twist being dots or spots.  

So for my entry, I'm using the digital image Sign It - Love Birdy from Bugaboo.  Since this is a simple image, I chose to paper piece it rather than color the image.  So I printed the same image on four pieces of coordinated cardstock - a "star-spotted" design for the background, a cream/white/tan/gray print for the "note", a gray tone-on-tone print for the hearts, and yellow for the birdie.  I printed a Get Well message on the "note" paper.  In addition to the "star-spotted" cardstock, I addded a green swiss-dot card background.

This digistamp from Bugaboo is great!  It is a perfect way to "frame" a message - it was easy to paper piece even though the elements are small.


Here are more cards using the same Bugaboo file...I really like the results of the paper piecing.



September 15, 2014

Paper Scraps Cards

Hi, All!

I have more Thanksgiving cards today.

I wanted to test myself to see if I possibly would be able to use up some non-traditional scraps that I had.  Generally speaking, I'm happy with the results.  

Sometimes it's fun to experiment by only using a limited amount of supplies.  It's a great way to expand those artistic skills.














September 14, 2014

Fun and Vintage Thanksgiving

Who doesn't love sketches? Perfect for card makers! Sketches make cardmaking so much fun and quick, because you can use them in a variety of ways with small variations. These cards follow Sketch #239 from Operation Write Home. Check out their blog and add your interpretation of their sketch to the linky party.



Autumn Greetings

Hello, Everyone! 

This weekend's project is all about Fall!  Funny thing is, I went to a "spring" paper pack to use for these wonderful autumn colors.  I hope these will inspire your creative spirit!  For more inspiration, be sure to visit Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog - join us for Anything Goes!
 




September 13, 2014

Cut-Out Card

Hi, Everyone!

It's Sketch Saturday Challenge!  Time for inspiration by Sketch Saturday's latest challenge #327.   I am pleased to combin two inspirations I had this morning - of course, the Sketch Challenge - but was also so inspired by a beautiful card I found on Facebook this morning with a cut-out front design.  I can't remember who made the card - sure with to give credit.  When I see it again, I will.  But here is a link to her original picture.  

So my card - turned upside down from the original sketch - is featuring a cut-out front - sure to delight with a twist on most cards.  To make this card, I used Valentine Borders from Miss Kate Cuttables and cut the card on my eClips.



Enjoy - and we'll see you back here for next week's Sketch Challenge - if not sooner!