Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 339 Photo Inspiration

Hey there! Time for another Tuesday Throwdown challenge. This week our challenge is a photo inspiration.  Our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe, where you can find digital images, SVG files, and a bit of something for everyone.

I used their printable stamp set One Spring Day.  The photo inspiration we were given is:

Here is my take, accomplished with Copic markers and bit of blending solution. All is mounted to a white card blank.

I've shown mine, now get creative and enter yours!

Monday, April 17, 2017

PIP Challenge 1716 April 17 - Sasayaki Glitter

Happy day after Easter and what a glorious day it was! Weather was perfect and while not with extended family, I still had those near and dear with me. Now if we could just stop this silly bug from passing among us. I certainly hope open windows yesterday aired them out.

It's Monday and that means playtime at Pammie's Inky Pinkies challenge blog.  This week's sponsor is Sasayaki Glitter and she has kindly offered the winner a digi of choice. Be sure to check out her etsy shop and on facebook at Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps.  The image I used is Smile.

I knew as soon as I saw her that I would be matching her with a favorite sentiment fromGinger's House. Colored with Copics, a bit of glitter and some Amuse Studio Stardust Finishing Spray applied at random to background with a cotton ball, MS Teardrop Lace border punch on contrast paper and I have a special card for a special person. Seriously love this card in person, not sure photo does it justice.

Short and sweet, so not like me I know. Just giving you time to go shopping and get creative. Challenge is issued so don't forget to enter!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 337 - Tropical Critters

It's all about Tropical Critters this week at the Tuesday Throwdown challenge. Our fine sponsor is My Grafico, purveyor of all things digital,  who kindly provided Koalas Digital Stamps for the design team to use.

Personally, while they are a cute and cuddly looking creature, I've never understood wanting to own an animal who would rather spends it's time up in trees eating leaves.

I decided to make my koala brown because I just discovered there really are brown ones! The inner ears are a combination of Copic and Prismacolor pencil. Fur and eucalyptus leaves are colored with Copics. Sentiment is computer generated on Bazill cardstock using Frangipani Rose font. Design paper is from DCWV "The Green Stack." Added a slight curve to the ears and paws with my stylus for some subtle dimension. Texture accomplished on the fur with a small bit of a terry towel and blending solution.

Here is my Tropical Koala and it's dedicated to all my friends "down under."

Thank you to the gals on Tuesday Throwdown for letting me join the fun, to My Grafico for such a cute image and most importantly to you for taking the time to stop by and taking the time to let me know what you think. Your comments mean a lot.

Well, time to get off the computer and go finish a book I've been reading. Due back at the library Wednesday.  Time for you to join the challenge and get your Tropical Critters entered.

Monday, April 3, 2017

PIP Challenge 1714 April 3rd - MHK Designs

It's Monday, Monday, Monday!!! That means it's time for another Pammies Inky Pinkies challenge, where it's always "Anything Goes." Our sponsor this week is MHK Designs where you are sure to find something to fuel your creativity.

This week, I choose to work with Bunny Love. I copied the image three times and lined them up in a row . I will admit I struggled for a bit with the tulips - I wanted them springtime bright but wasn't happy with my attempts at painting them. Glittering with interference glitters on the black ink turned out extremely pretty but distracting to the vintage look I wanted to achieve. After a few e-mails to Mynn and a discussion with a dear friend who made me realize I really didn't need to color the flowers, but color the space between. Brilliant! I only regret I didn't stick with my original choice of pink because I had far more embellishments that work with pink than with orange/yellow. Guess that's why you should pick your colors before you start?

The sentiment is also from Bunny Love and the line color was easily changed from black to green. Everything is printed on a ivory cardstock and lightly colored with Copics or Prismacolor pencil. I haven't been feeling up to snuff lately which is why I nixed scoring some lines as a finishing touch for those bunnies. Just didn't think the hands were steady enough; I compromised with ribbon. I do think the scored lines would have given it a more clean and vintage look. Either way, my grandson loves this one. When asked what he likes he smartly replied "Everything, I just love everything on it Grandma!" Guessing the Easter Bunny might be extra nice this year...

Thanks for stopping by and I'm always grateful for new followers and comments. Means the world to me. On your way out, be sure to check MHK Designs and then hop over to the PIP challenge blog with your entries.

Parting thought: A timely diet hint can never hurt this time of year...  If you care about your weight and health during the Easter, you should only eat the white part of the Cadbury creme eggs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 335 - Add Dimension

Unlike Julius Caesar, we've have made it past the Ides of March! Personally I mentally celebrate every "Ides of" during the winter months knowing it brings us closer to warmer temperatures. That said, welcome to a Tuesday Throwdown sponsored by Sami Stamps. The challenge this week is to add dimension to your creation. Not always an easy feat for someone who generally does clean and simple.

I chose to work with Sami Stamps SneakyWhiskers2. Seeing this image immediately took me back to when we lived in the country. The previous occupants moved and deserted their outdoor cats, two of which were expectant mothers. Thankfully we were located in the country and surrounded by cornfields so they earned their keep by mousing. My last count was 17 little and 5 adult kitties. They are the inspiration for my card.

I filled a card sheet with the kitty images, cut a small border around them and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I didn't want them to be too realistic looking, going for a more humorous look to match the sentiment. The grass was cut with an Amuse die and the fence is something I've had in my stash for years - a doll house supply on clearance for less than a quarter at the time. Sunflowers also from old stash and butterfly was punched twice from some watercolor experimenting with Peanut, glued together and edged with black marker.  Assembly took a while as I wanted the kitties to pyramid a bit; Zot dots to the rescue. Simply rolled the small dots to give dimension and added to the chest of each kitty and pressed behind the previous row. Once assembled, I printed the sentiment on a 5 x 7" card and added clouds. The last row of kitties have rolled Zots on the back and Zot's zip glue lines were added to the fence which adhered everything to the card.

I honestly love this card and the curious look on the faces of the kitties. I certainly hope it brings a smile to yours.

Now that I've shown you mine, I can't wait to see yours! Head over to Sami's as there are lots of great images to use for dimension and then be sure to enter into the Tuesday Throwdown, Challenge 335. You can't win if you don't enter.

Parting thought:
 "Cats are smarter than dogs. 
You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow"
Jeff Valdez

Monday, March 20, 2017

PIP Challenge 1712 March 20th - Bugaboo Stamps

Good morning! Welcome to my blog and PIP's challenge 1712. As always, it's anything goes and Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor. I picked Girls Portrait 1 as the image I wanted to work with. It's a bit outside of my comfort zone and usual style; maybe that's why it was so much fun to work with.

She's colored with Copics, listing of colors at end of post. The card base is white and 5 x 7". The frame is cut from brown Bazzil card stock while the background Bazzil in a teal color. She is fussy cut, tucked in at the bottom, behind the frame and her hair and face are mounted out a bit with Zot Dots so it appears as if she is gazing out her window. The sentiment from The Angel Company is a quote of Erma Bombeck. Here is my take on Girl Portrait 1 (just love those unexpected skulls!)

As promised the colors used were:
  Skin: E000, E01, E50, E51 and RV23
  Eyes: BG34
  Shirt: YR31, Y00, Y32, Y35
  Bow and trim: RV10, RV23, Y35, YR20
  Hair: E33, E35, E57 and Y32

Parting thought and quoting Erma Bombeck again:
  My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 333 - Thinking of You

It's Tuesday and time for a Tuesday Throwdown challenge with our sponsor Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps. The theme this week is "thinking of you" and I am using her adorable image Shy and Froggie.

This cutie is colored with Copics and then cut with a small border. I was fortunate enough to find two sheets of card stock that are almost a perfect match to my coloring. I know, I know ...  I should plan the papers and then color but I love coloring to much to think that far ahead. The blue panel was punched on one edge with Martha Stewart's Trellis Punch. Shy and Froggie were added along with some greenery, hopefully giving you the feeling of them being in the great outdoors. Sentiment stamp (The Angel Company) added to upper right for balance.

Still a fairly clean and simple card and I'm loving this duo!

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to visit our sponsor, Sasayaki Glitter, and enter your creation in the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 333.

I like to think this parting thought is true:  

Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers.
~Author Unknown

Monday, March 6, 2017

PIP Challenge 1710 - March 6th - Newton's Nook

The sun is up a little longer, the snowfalls aren't lasting as long so spring must be on it's way. That's my inspiration this week for Pip challenge 1710. Newton's Nook is the sponsor and I'm happy to say they are located right here in Wisconsin and have a wonderful on-line store you can find here. Don't forget to admire Newton, the awesome cat who allows his humans to use his name.

Keeping the "spring" train of thought and my insatiable desire to see flowers, I used their Garden Starter stamp and Garden Window Die Set. I have to say I was very pleased with how easy the dies were to snip apart. I had originally die cut the banner and smile die for use with my card but apparently I put the resulting images "somewhere safe" as I couldn't find them when assembling. Since my work space at the time was being shared with 2 others, I didn't feel right in asking them to clear the table so I could haul my machine out to cut again. So I rethought what I wanted to do and the result is below. I am in love with the stitching and embossing details the dies provide.

Card stock is a light cream color and the green paper is from an old mat stack. Ribbon is from stash. Sentiment is from The Angel Company.  Flowers are colored with both Copics and Prismacolor pencils. Listing below.

I had so much fun with the stamps and dies that I am working on another idea that came to me while assembling this one. Blog post in the making?

Thanks for dropping by and I appreciate when you leave comments (those little things in life.) Thanks to Newton's Nook for sponsoring this challenge.  Remember to enter your creations!

Supplies used:
Flower petals: Copic Y32, YR82, Prismacolor PC1002, PC921, PC922
Flower Center: Copic Y04, Spica 19
Leaves/Stems:  Copic YG01, G00

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 331 - Favorite Embellishment

Welcome back! Time for a Tuesday Throwdown challenge, this time using your favorite embellishment. Our sponsor is Power Poppy and I have to say I am in love with her images.
Heck, I sat and admired the images for days before attempting to color; they are that gorgeous.

The image used today is Ruffled Wild Orchids. Took a break from Copics and used Prismacolor  pencils. I even managed to jot down what I used. This is the first time I have not used Gamsol with my pencils; all blending was using the white pencil and I am happy with the results. Colors used will be at the end of the post.

After coloring, I put my daughter to work (again) to cut the image (such good mother/daughter bonding time) while I tried to figure out what I wanted for an embellishment. Since I am usually a clean and simple card maker this was a bit of a challenge. I found the "negative" of a die cut which I turned into a frame. One of my favorite ways to embellish is digging through those paper scraps. Does that count? Okay, this frame is one of my favorite embellishments, tend to use it a lot.

Once the background was decided, the rest came together quickly. The card is 5 x 7". The orchids are popped up half way up the frame to give some depth. The sentiment, which also comes with the image, is raised from the card. Additional embellishments are 3 black "flowers" doodads mounted to the side for balance. Here is the finished product.

Now is the time I ask that you visit the sponsor's shop (you won't be disappointed) and remind you to enter the Tuesday Throwdown challenge this week so why are you still reading this blog? All kidding aside, I appreciate everyone who stops by, love comments, new followers and certainly look forward to seeing some entries.

I didn't forget - here are the Prismacolor Pencil numbers I used.
  Greens: 988, 911, 1005
  Yellow: 1011
  Pink/Reds: 1014, 929, 993, 994
  Blender 938

Parting thought: "Where flowers bloom so does hope."
                                       Lady Bird Johnson

Monday, February 20, 2017

PIP Challenge 1708 Feb 20th - Bugaboo Stamps

Oh my, it's February 20th and not only is it time for a PIP challenge, it's my daughter's birthday. Being the smart "old woman" that I am, I decided to combine the two for my post today. I want to thank Bugaboo Stamps for my image Scene it - snails which can be found by clicking the link. Snails hold a special place in our family because of my daughter so I just had to use this for her card.

I had fun using so many Copic colors and yes I made a list. Colors at the end. I think I met my goal to make one (the middle one) stand out from the rest, much like my daughter is a standout. Why she even has glittered eye lashes! The snail, not my daughter...

Since my craft room is fair game to everyone in the house, my daughter saw the image and remarked that she wanted me to color another one for her so she can get a tattoo done exactly like it. I guess that's a compliment not every mother hears. To keep her from figuring out this was going to be her birthday card, I asked her to cut out the image, help me pick the sentiment and ink color. She did an excellent job and I did too because not once did I laugh through the whole process. Why, I was even bold enough to have her glue it all down. I'm telling you it took everything I had not to roll on the floor with tears from laughter.

The background paper is from DCWV "The Green Stack" and I love that the little white line is like a snail's slime trail. Everything is mounted to a piece of Bazzil brown card stock, cut for a finished card size of 6 x 6".

Here is my our finished product and her birthday card.

Copic colors used: Bottom snail E31, Y32, Y35. Body YG91, BG90
  Dotted snail RV52, RV04, V755 (LePlume marker). Body BG13, BG23
  Small snail Y26, CG892 (LePlume marker). Body same as large snail.
  Grass YG06 and blender pen
  Flower Y38, BV34, B60, touch of G0000
  Butterfly C7, C3, Y19, Y13
  Lady bugs R17

I want to wish her the happiest of birthdays and as much joy as she brings to my life. Love you!

Parting thought:  Her smile makes me laugh. 
                           Her laugh is infectious.
                           Her heart is pure and true.
                           Above all, I love that she is my daughter.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Shhh, it's a surprise

Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday.

Little man wanted a Ghost Buster birthday card for his mom. I found the images on-line under free coloring pages. While I would love to say the card will be a complete surprise, I'm pretty sure she has an inkling because little man, much like his mother at this age, can not keep a secret. After assembling the card, he promptly announced to her that "we made Slimer a bobbler!" Out of the mouth of babes...

Presenting little man's birthday card for his mom:

I know she's going to love it.

Side note: Ecto 1 colored with Prismacolor pencils and Slimer with Copics. Cake is a sticker and Slimer indeed bobbles.

Be sure to wish her a happy birthday tomorrow, if you can.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy birthday Legs!

My friend, Legs, has a birthday today. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday, dear Legs, happy birthday to you... One of the things we have in common is our love of reading. She always steers me to books to read and I have never been disappointed by her recommendations.

When I saw the stamp "I Like Big Books" from SugarPea Designs, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her birthday. She has received the card so I am safe in posting.

The card is 5 x 7" and the base is cream cardstock. Background paper from The Angel Company (no longer in business) and the image was colored with Copics.

Once again, happy birthday, Legs! Hope your day is fantastic.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 329 - Heart Strings

It's Tuesday Throwdown time and this week's sponsor is My Grafico. The challenge is to use string, twine, etc. somewhere on your creation. Believe me when I say that truly is a challenge for me. Remember, I am prone to the CAS look when making cards.

My Grafico graciously supplied us with Love Owls for this challenge. Since we are so close to Valentine's Day I  used that as my theme. Colors are on the neutral side allowing the pink to pop.

Did you know that pink means unconditional love and nurturing?

I colored the owl with Copic C1, C3 and C5. The pinks are RV02, RV04. Black colored pencil and Copic Y26, Y32, E84 for the eyes. Talons are Y26 and Y35. Image is cut with a border and the balloons are raised slightly on foam tape. Sentiment stamped in gray ink; hot pink and bubblegum pink pieces of waxy floss are attached to the balloons and knotted. Still a fairly CAS card and I must say, I love the pop from the pink.  What do you think? Comments are always welcome.

Thanks for stopping by (double thanks if you would decide to follow my blog) and don't forget to enter the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. We love seeing everyone's creativity.

Parting thought:
                             “A dream doesn't die because it has no truth. 
                                   It dies because you fail to nurture it.” 
                                                               Susie Clevenger

Monday, February 6, 2017

PIP Challenge 1706 Feb 6 - Sasayaki Glitter

Welcome to another PIP challenge, this week our sponsor is Sasayaki Glitter. She has some of the cutest images at her Etsy store. I actually couldn't make up my mind between the two images we were provided so... I used them both!

First up is: Mouse and Hedgehog.  I couldn't resist coloring Mr. Hedgehog like a porcupine with all those wonderful "quills" on his back.  I colored with Copics and the numbers will be listed at the end. A bit of detail cutting, including separating the mouse from the image so I could mount him back a bit to observe the butterfly landing on the nose. Papers are from DCWV's "Nana's Kitchen" stack. The sign is cut from one of those sheets and hung with a bit of wire and an enamel eyelet. Everything is mounted to a white 5 x7" card blank.

Next up is Winter Flamingos, which I really had a grand time coloring! Again Copics were used and colors listed below. The die is "Puzzle Effect" from Spellbinders and paper is from The Angel Company (no longer in business.) Small snowflake is from my stash I created a few weeks ago. A bit of glitter and white flocking were used on the snow/snowflakes and glaze on their eyes. The blue card base is 6 x 6" (finished size) of Bazzil paper  I hope you get as big of a kick out of these snow "loving" birds as I do. I can safely state that these birds will soon be thawing as they are on their way to Florida for sand, surf and sun.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the end result as much as I did in creating. Don't forgot to check out Sasayaki Glitter and join us on the PIP Challenge this week. Remember, anything goes!

As promised, here are the colors: Hedgehog BV23, B60, E01 & C1
                                                      Mouse: E02, W1, W3
                                                      Butterfly: N1, Y13, B000, B02
        Heart cup: B01, B02, R17    Dotted & solid cup: G21, YG23
        Stripe cup: B02, R14, R17   Flower cup: Y13, R14, B00

Flamingo 1 & 3: RV13, R43, R12 & R02    Flamingo 2 R32, R21, R22
Touch of black on beaks                               Eyes Y13, Y00        
Hats YG06, YG03                                        Scarves YG01, YG11
Boots YG01, YG11, YG03, RV04               Snow B0000, B000

No parting thought for today since I've rambled on long enough!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Jan 24th - Challenge #327 Anything Goes

Welcome to another Tuesday Throwdown challenge. This week it is a favorite - Anything Goes and our sponsor is Sweet n Sassy Stamps, who generously provided me with  "Peek-a-boo Sophie". Seems I can't get enough flowers this time of year.

I kept the colors used to a minimum, aiming for more of a "pop" effect with her flower head wear. After fussy cutting a bit of a border, she is mounted to a textured green card blank. The card blank is very close to a spruce tree green and unfortunately does not photograph true to color. The dark green really does allow Peek-a-boo Sophie to take center stage and all the colors to pop. Some day I will get the photography part better.

Here she is in all her glory.

 As always, please be sure to check out our sponsor's site, without them these challenges wouldn't be possible. Then hop over to Tuesday Throwdown and enter your wonderful creations for challenge 327!

Parting thought:  Flowers are the music of the earth.  
                                                                                       Marty Rubin

Monday, January 23, 2017

PIP Challenge #1704 - Jan 23rd - All Dressed Up

Two more weeks closer to spring! Speaking of spring, I'm happy you stopped by because I want to invite everyone to join us on the PIP Challenge blog this week. Our sponsor is All Dressed Up and she kindly supplied "Flower Fairy" which I used on my card.

I have been saying I just have this thing for flowers lately (spring fever?) and Flower Fairy certainly has me covered.

She is colored with Copics, wings are glittered in a very soft and pretty glitter called "Honeydew". The frame is a Spellbinder's die "S4-478 Blooming Collection" and cut from a mauve color shifting metallic card stock purchased more years ago than I care to admit. I used a bit of purple glitter ribbon to trim the lower, inside edge of the card, tying it all together. Once again, my photography is a bit washed out. She really is a beautifully soft fairy.

Please remember to visit All Dressed Up and to enter PIP challenge #1704, Anything Goes. I can't wait to see your fabulous creations.

Parting thought:
                             Are those the magic fairy wands glistening on the tree 
                                        or only winter icicles that I see?
                                                          Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #325 - Snowflake

A new year, a fresh start. Today is my first challenge of 2017 at Tuesday Throwdown. - snowflakes. Our wonderful sponsor is A Day for Daisies. I am using the I Love My Swing digital image.  Please stop by the store. There are so many lovely images, digital and clear polymer, for any occasion.

When I saw this image I immediately thought of a period oh so many years ago, when I spent time in Fort Collins, Colorado for the baptism of my godson. While it was winter, the weather was perfect. The snow fell in big, fat, sparkly flakes that muffled the sounds of everyday life and the temperature did not require bundling up, even at the midnight hour. It also reminds me of my childhood; the hours my sister and I spent on the swings at our local park, singing Camp Fire Girl songs to "entertain" anyone close enough to hear.

I took some liberty with the image by covering her springtime flowers with sparkly snowflakes.   Using my Copics, I attempted to capture the early twilight sky when we are changing from winter to spring. The snowflakes were punched (over and over) from an old Fiskars corner punch because it was the only snowflake thing I had. They are sparkled with Art Institute and Fun Stampers Journey glitters. Sentiment is from The Angel Company.

I hope you enjoyed my take on snowflakes and remember to check out  A Day for Daisies. To play along with us at Tuesday Throwdown just click on the link.  We love seeing all the creativity!

Parting thought: "Snow always inspires such awe in me. Just consider one tiny snowflake alone, so delicate, so fragile, so ethereal. And yet, let a billion of them come together through the majestic force of nature, they can screw up a whole city."   Betty White

Monday, January 9, 2017

CHALLENGE 1702 Jan. 9 Digital Delights by Louby Lou

I don't know how many are aware that there is a new challenge blog in the blog-a-sphere. It's called Pammie's Inky Pinkies or PIP for short. I am thrilled to say I am officially a PIPette! Of course, I won't discuss my inky fingers, mainly because mine are usually glittered,after being inked.  This week is the second challenge for PIP and our sponsor is Digital Delights by Louby Lou. Digital Delights offers, digi stamps, papers and cut files

 I used "Dig You Dolly" for my card today. After all, who can resist a bunny?

I colored Dolly with my Copic markers, using the warm grays. The shovel and flower make me think of spring (which I am soooo looking forward to) so I stayed in a springy color range for the rest of the card. The little flowers in front, which are not as bright, but more opalescent, are sequins from Fun Stampers Journey. My base card and overlay are called a "bib" card for obvious reasons.

Here is my card showcasing the ever so cute Dig you Dolly from Digital Delights.

Isn't she a smile inducer!

Now that you've seen what I have made head over to Digital Delights by Louby Loo, shop a bit (Valentine's Day is next, people) and when you are done shopping, get creating. Can't wait to see those entries on the PIP challenge blog.

Parting thought:  No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it turn.
                                    Hal Borland