Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Little Bird Told Me

I made this card for my good friend Debbie.  Yesterday was her birthday.  We met when our children began preschool together, and our families have been friends ever since.  I am so grateful for her friendship.  On the card, I colored the bird and branch with Copic markers, and added black Enamel Accents (Ranger) for the eye.   I also used Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the bird and roses.  The paper is from Linen Closet by DCWV, and the dies are as follows:  Oval, Nestabilities; bird and branch, Stampin'Up, Rolled roses and scalllop borders, My Favorite Things.  I believe the blue metallic flowers are from Colorbok, and the sentiment stamp is from Ladybug Crafts Ink.  The pearls are from my stash, and I am not sure where I got them.  I tried to enter this card in the MFT wednesday stamp club challenge, but I had trouble uploading my image in time.  They have begun using a sketch for their challenges, and that is where the design of this card came from.  Can you guess where my image inspiration came from?  (Hint:  Look at the right side of my blog.)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Here they are!

One of the things I am challenging myself to do for the next few months (at least until the good weather comes) is to make all of the cards I give. So, yesterday and today are my SIL and nephew's birthdays, and these are the cards that I made for them.
First, this simple card on kraft paper was such a cinch to make! I copied it from one I saw in the January Cards magazine. My patterned paper was from DCWV Citrus, and I used the Thank You text cling stamp from Hero Arts to create the text paper. So little of it shows, that you could have used any text, including newsprint! I love the look of definition text, and I have both the Hero Arts Friend Definition and Thank You definition. I just don't think I could bring myself to rip up and old book just to get this effect. So, if you wanted to get a more "old book" feel, you could always use Ranger Distress Inks in Old Paper to add that to the edges of text paper. I am off subject. Sorry. The colored cardstock and baker's twine came from Martha Stewart, and the orange circle is actually cardstock inked with CTMH White Daisy and Hero Arts Graph Background. The stamp on the stars that peeks out from under the buttons is from CTMH, and so are the "happy" and "birthday" stamps. The buttons are from Basic Grey, and my stash. Oh, and those stich lines going through the stars and the circles? I did those with a black 0.3 Multiliner pen from Copic. Much easier that rethreading the machine!

The card for my SIL was really pushing the envelope of my comfort zone.
These are NOT colors I enjoy working with, but they are colors she loves, so I said to myself, why not see what you can do? I am happy with the way it turned out. I used a stamp from LCI, and that doily die-cut was made from a die from My Favorite Things. The patterned papers are from Kate Knight, and the text paper I created from a Hero Arts digital Friends Definition stamp (free from Two Peas in a Bucket!) I got my inspiration from last week's Finally Friday video on 2Peas with designer Kristina Werner. Ok, now the fun stuff. I colored the image with Copic Markers, used Distress Stickles and Dimensional Pearls from Ranger to highlight the image, and inked up my punched flowers with Pansy from Close-to-My Heart. Then I used Pebbles Shimmer Chalk to add a hint of sparkle to my die cut and the frosting. I also used Glassy Accents from CTMH and Enamel Accents from Ranger to bring shine to the cherry on top, and the little girl's eyes. Again, the stitch lines were made with a pen. My favorite white pen is from Signo. Hope you like it!
I am entering this card in LCI's Anything Goes Challenge this week. Why don't you play along, too? Check out their new stamp release by following along on the blog hop! For details, just click on the LCI Blog Hop banner on the left side of my blog!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year, New Stuff

A new year has begun! How many of you have already broken some of your resolutions? Not me. I didn't make any! I did start some new things though. I have begun Becky Higgins' Project Life. I started this a few years ago as Project 365, but lost all of my momentum during a home remodeling project. It was overwhelming to try to take a picture and journal about it each and every day of the year. The nice thing about Project Life is that although it works very well for a picture each and every day, you are free to make each page a monthly layout, or use several pages to document something special like a trip. You can also start on any day. I began January 1st, but you could start on your birthday, Chinese New Year, or tomorrow! So head on over to Becky Higgins' Blog and check it out! Right now she has two chances to win a kit, too!

I've also been inspired by Ali Edwards over at Big Picture Classes to choose a word to inspire and guide me through this year. She is teaching a class that goes all year, and is based on this concept. Although I've elected not take the class, I have chosen a word. My word for this year is STEWARDSHIP. I will practice good stewardship of my family, marriage, friends, home, belongings, finances, and talents. This weekend, that means taking care of all of my Christmas decor, letting go of the things I haven't used in a few years, and spending time with my family at basketball games. My daughter and I made an almond cake with raspberries that was to die for this evening, and my son and I will spend some quality time together tomorrow having a Nerf gun battle! He doesn't know it yet. I plan to gather my guns and ammunition while he's sleeping, then attack when he wakes me up way too early! Now I think I should send my kids to bed, so I can spend some time with my sweetie. (I just have to make room on the couch by moving the ornaments I haven't put away yet!). No photos today, but by Sunday, I should have a couple of cards to share with you! May this year bring you joy, good health, and wisdom.

Arctic Winter MFT & Lawn Fawn

Today I’d like to share with you a card that I made especially for winter time.  I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that it stays dar...