Friday, October 24, 2014

Joyeux Noel

Off to a pretty good start at making my holiday cards this year ... it's been awhile since I actually sent cards out for Christmas, maybe this will be the year! 

This beautiful image is from Krista Smith's Saturated Canary line called Winter's Day that I recently got from Magnolia-licious.  This stamp was no longer being made in digital form, and I had a heck of a time finding the rubber stamp - seems everyone and their brother was looking for it at the same time.  SCORE!  It felt kind of strange to actually stamp with rubber for a change.  This beauty was colored with Copics.
 
I used some Stampin Up Cardstock (bashful blue, pretty in pink and crumb cake) to match the designer paper I printed from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Ice paper pack.
 
I used my new Spellbinders die that I got from Little Darlings of the frilly view finder, Lovely View, for the blue piece in the back.  I also used a scalloped eyelet border punch for the pink layer beneath the striped designer paper (from the same Christmas Ice paper pack above). 
 
I layered some cream crocheted lace over this striped paper and stamped the sentiment, punching with a small oval then matting on another small frame in blue.  Diamond Stickles dot the die and the snowflakes to finish it off.  Here's a close up:
Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  YR21,E29,25,21
     Jacket/Boots:  E37,35,34,31
     Clothing:  B16,05,02,00; R89,85,83,81
 
Hope you enjoyed this card, please come back soon to see what else I have up my sleeve.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Cornelia

This wonderful image from Saturated Canary is called Cornelia.  Krista Smith has so many beautiful digital images over at her Saturated Canary shop, you have to check them out.  If you're anything like me, you'll end up leaving with a cart full of goodies.  (Please be respectful of the artist, however, and don't copy or share any images you may purchase).
I colored this little darling with Copics and then went old school and used my Creative Memories oval cutting system for the image and the mat.  I just couldn't find an oval that was the right size to include her.
 
I made the card for the Wednesday Sketch challenge over at The Outlawz network.  Here is the sketch for today:

I think I followed it literally, right down to the buttons and bows' placement.  I used papers from Bearly Mine Designs' Fall Fancy (background) and Mini Dots (cross strips).  Here is a preview of the paper packs:

I used Stampin' Up cardstock, Suede and Pumpkin, for the mats.  The ribbon is also from Stampin' Up, chocolate grosgrain.  I sponged the oval with Ranger's vintage photo distress ink.

Here's a close up of this lovely little Indian:

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  C9,7,5
     Clothing:  E37,35,33,31
     Boots:  YR23,27,E35
     Basket/Corn:  Y23,15,11; E37,35,33,34,31

Hope you enjoy ...
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teddy's 1st Christmas

This little cutie is a digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Teddy's First Christmas.  The image is from the Crissy's Digi's line.  I love how Teddy seems to be taking care of that bluebird; very sweet.

Whimsy is having a design team call ending on November 7th.  The DT runs for 6 months starting in January, 2015.  I'm submitting this card for their consideration.  Whimsy Stamps has several different artists, so there's a little bit of everything to choose from.  They have rubber stamps, digital stamps, dies and embellishments ... they have the works.

I love digital images because you can see something you like, go online, order it, download it, print it and it's ready for coloring.  That being said, I also love the rubber stamps ... While you have to wait for the mail to come, sometimes it's worth it in the end, as you have the flexibility to do all kinds of things, one of them being embossing - speaking of which, one of these cards I'm going to try the white emboss with coloring.  I've seen so many beautiful cards done that way!

For this card, I went a little more 3D than I normally do (liking the simpler, clean lines that fit inside an envelope for mailing), I had just gotten these beautiful flowers in and was dying to use one.  I didn't realize they were this large, but one fits just perfection, and, this flower perfectly matches the Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler paper.  I tried to cut some snowflakes, but my Cameo is really giving me a headache and won't "connect" no matter what I do ... so not this one ... For the green background, I used a piece of digi paper from Bearly Mine Designs' Christmas Traditions paper pack and matted it onto some SU's garden green.  I then laid a 5" doily down before bumping the image up with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped in black and punched before matting on green label with red satin ribbon threaded through.  Added a final red flourish beneath the flower and ... VIOLA, it's done!  I hope you like it ... This is my first Christmas card this year!

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'Love' Saturated Canary's Mermaid

This is one of Krista's new releases over at Saturated Canary, part of a new princess series.  This one is called "Love".

I colored her with Copics (see list at end of post) and layered her onto some Stampin Up pool party & indigo papers.  The designer papers are from Bearly Mine Design.  The background is from an older freebie Donna had available.  The strips (representing bubbles) are from the Boys Zone paper pack.

I finished with a flourish border in indigo and some lace to simulate waves.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,25,21,Y21
     Body:  YG00, BG49,15,34,32
     Top/Ribbon:  W7,B28,26,24,21

Very pleased with the way the mermaid turned out ... not sure about the sentiment, but it's stuck down, so it is what it is now.

I'm posting this card to the following challenges:
     Creative Card Crew - this week is "BOWS" ... she has one in her hair
     Party Time Tuesdays - Anything goes
     (Pin)spirational Challenges - Anything goes
     Crafty Creations Challenge - "Thinking of You"

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek.  Come back for another look at what's coming up ...
Holiday inspired cards.
 
Thanks for stopping in, Have a WONDERFUL day!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Queen of De-Nile

I love how this cute image turned out.  She's a digital image from Saturated Canary called Queen of Nile ... or De-Nile, lol ... I love how her hair turned out ... Think I'm getting the hang of black hair with a sheen.
 I colored this with Copics and left her off of a mat.  The base is Stampin Up's apricot, I think, with Navy that I used my Silhouette to create the doily mat, Sentiment and cat border.  I also used some paper from the wonderful Bearly Mine Designs' Mini Dots paper pack that I sponged for the background. 
I also cut a circle out and sponged while still in the die, then added some navy grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up.  This little queen is headed out the door to trick or treat.  Hope she gets some asp-ecially good candy with peanut butter and chocolate that she can share with me.

Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  C9,7,5,3,BV02
     Clothing:  E44,43,42,40; YG97,95,93,91
     Sandals: E37,35,33,34,31
Thanks for stopping in ... Hope you come back to see what I have up my sleeve next time ...
Have a WONDERFUL day!

Beware Zombies in the night, even pretty ones

It's so hard sometimes coloring up these beautiful Saturated Canary images and make them look grungy or decaying.  Even Krista Smith's  "uglies" are beautiful.  This digital image is called Zombie Niamh.  She was colored with Copics using a bit of subdued or grungy colors, based on the state of her clothing and herself.  The picture (for a change) is actually more vivid than the card actually is in real life.
 
I distressed the edges of her layer before cock-eyed matting it onto the Cajun SU cardstock, and then sewed around the edge w/a rust color.  I had a really pretty peachy-coral grosgrain ribbon that I snipped, stretched and distressed with Vintage Photo ink to make it not so pretty.  I then layered a 1/4" strip of black grosgrain ribbon.  The flourish with bats and fence were made with my Silhouette.  I had a "trick or treat" sentiment die cut, but when I got this far, I saw that skeleton peeking over the ribbon (totally by accident), as if he was trying to rip through the ribbon, and wanted to leave it as is.
 
The designer paper is digital from Bearly Mine Designs, from the set called Halloween Fantasy.  It's on sale - 50% off until 10/31/14, at which point it will be retired, so get it while you can!!!
 
Here's a close up of how Niamh looks.
All I ask is that you steer your eyes clear of that raggedy cat.
 
(STOP LOOKING, lol!)
 
I tried making him look a bit shaggy like Niamh, but not wholly satisfied with him.
I'm IM-patiently waiting for Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder to finish up her tutorial class showcasing animals so I can sign up for that also.
Copics Used:
     Skin:  YG00,E21,oo,000,C1
     Hair:  E29,25,21,YG23
     Dress:  B97,95,93,91; R29,27,24
     Boots:  W7,5,3,1,00
     Cat:  C7,5,3
 
Hope you enjoyed my Niamh for Halloween!  Come back soon!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Pair o' Princesses

This is one of Saturated Canary's new digital releases called Friendship.  I love the medieval look and feel to these new images ... and can't wait to sit down and color them all ... I love books and movies from the Camelot, Robin Hood, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones genre, so this was right up my alley ... Thank you, Krista Smith, of Saturated Canary for creating such lovely images that allow me to expand my coloring skills.  Thanks also to Alyce Keegan of Kit and Clowder for helping me hone and perfect my coloring.  I'm having so much fun coloring, especially these beautiful images from Krista.
These images were colored with Copics on Xpress Blend it paper.
For the Background paper, I wanted some old time looking material, so I chose some burlap from Grepic (Etsy) digital paper and then fed it through again using some Bearly Mine Designs' script found in the Black & White Essentials paper pack found here. 
I finished it off using some Not Quite Navy from Stampin Up that I border punched on each side.  I finished off with a soft creamy crocheted ribbon/bow.
 
Copics used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000,R20
     Hair:  E29,27,25,21; E49,47,44,43,42
     Left outfit:  B99,97,95,93,91; YR27,23,Y26,23; E37,35,33,34,31
     Right outfit:  R29,27,24,22; W7,E59,57,55,53; YG67,63,61
 
Hope you enjoy looking at these two beauties as much as I enjoyed coloring them up.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm over the moon with Excitement!

Okay, can I tell you how excited I am? 
Krista Smith and her wonderful Design Team over at Saturated Canary have chosen me to be one of their Guest Design Team members through December ... I'm over the moon, giddy about it!  Can you tell?
 
I only recently started back into card making, and found Saturated Canary digital images while I was taking some classes from Alyce Keegan at Kit and Clowder's Facebook Page. 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kitandclowder/?fref=nf
 
Krista Smith, the artist, has stunning images that just MAKE you want to color them up and create beautiful projects with them.

Join us at the Saturated Canary Inspirational Blog
or their Facebook page and Join up.

I truly hope that the projects I make meet the standards of their WILDLY fabulous design team, even if it is only for the next 10 weeks. 

Have I said how excited I am?
 
(Pinch me, am I dreaming?)

Saturated Canary's Freedom

This wonderful new image called "Freedom" from Saturated Canary was available to anyone who made a purchase at their store over this past weekend.  It hasn't yet been released into the store, but check out all the other wonderful images that Krista Smith has available.

The digital image was printed on Cryogen iridescent and then colored with Copics.  The sentiment is computer generated.  After coloring, I matted her on some SU Cajun Craze and took some K&C tapestry paper & matted onto some SU Artichoke.  The base is Bazzil cardstock.  I used my sewing machine to attach the image to it's mat and the designer paper to the green mat. 

I was thinking of jazzing this up a little, but left it as it is ... after all, the Medieval times were a bit sparse, weren't they?

Copics Used:
     Skin:  E04,11,21,00,000, R20
     Hair:  E29,25,YR24,Y26,21
     Shirt:  E09,08,YR18,27,24,21
     Cape:  YG99,97,95,93,91
     Belts, Leggings, Boots:  E37,35,33,34,31,43,42,41

Hope you enjoy!
Make sure you check out Saturated Canary's Facebook page as well
as their store for more fun and beautiful digital images.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

50% Sale on Halloween Paper Packs until 10/31/14

Just letting you know that Bearly Mine Designs' digital paper packs, Happy Hauntings and Halloween Fantasy are now on sale, through October 31st - at which point they will be retired.

Now's your chance to snag them up.  They're WONDERFUL paper packs with so many in each selection.