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!