Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Friend

I've been having so much fun coloring my new images I almost forgot the whole point of this... making cards.  Today I made this very feminine and Spring-y card using my new stamp from Elisabeth Bell called "New Friend".  Isn't she sweet?  I'm still a beginner with Copics but I'm totally loving them.  I do notice things in my photos that aren't obvious to the naked eye (at least MY naked eye).  I need blend just a bit more on the skin tones... otherwise, I'm pretty pleased with her. 

Hope you like her too...    Here's what went into this card...

Paper - PTI white cs (base), bordering blue, tea party (retired), pretty in pink
Inks - image stamped with Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics (E000, E00, E11, BV20, BV23, Y21, Y000, R81, R83.
Accessories - circle nesties, doily edge punch.

Bye for now...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Work so far....

I think that's shorthand for "I haven't made up the card yet"... (smiles)... We've been watching the Olympics until all hours of the night and I've transported all my Copics and some stamped images downstairs and have been coloring each night while watching TV. I've been gone much of this week so I haven't gotten the cards made during the day but wanted to share this adorable little image from Stampavie called "Lucy with Kitty"... it's such a blast to color with Copics. I love, love, love those things. 

I've probably colored 50 stamped images these last few nights .... here's a few more ... I'll post them as "real cards" when I finally get them done.
Can you tell I'm have fun with these things? 

You have a great day and I'll be back soon with more!!!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Verve Wishing You

It's a happy day around here and I hope it is for you too!  Today I'll be meeting my college roommate for lunch and a little shopping.  We went to school together at UC Santa Barbara (I won't tell you when - hee hee) and we don't get to see each other very often as she lives up in northern CA.  Should be fun! 

Today I want to share the last of February's series for Verve - At Home with Verve to be exact -  this card was a bit of a problem for me since I needed to make it a masculine card for a 21 year old... so this was a toughie for me. 

I started with Kraft cardstock and some Wild Asparagus paper from ages ago and started building the design.  I wanted to keep the color scheme muted - the blue ribbon is not quite as bright IRL.  Using my circle nesties (they are getting a lot of use lately) I cut out the scallop circle in rust and the standard circle in vanilla and sponged the edges with really rust while the paper was still in the die.  I also stamped a few leaves on the bordering blue panel with versamark so it would be there but not overly distinct.  A little hodgepodge hardware and that's about it.

Have a super day... it's very pretty and spring-like here today... lovin' it!!!

Toys used...
Stamps - Verve's Wishing You & Leaves (plain Jane)
Paper - SU! Kraft, bordering blue, very vanilla - Wild Asparagus DS
Ink - SU! bordering blue,  really rust
Accessories - generic ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flourishes "Year of Flowers"

Today I've decided to spend more time on this blog and less time playing around in Farmville... wish me luck... that silly game on fb is quite a 'time-sink'.  There's a new addition to my ever growing list of addictions (maybe I should say passions) ... this one is Copic markers!  Wow... are they fun.  In my opinion, there's nothing quite like these alcohol pens.  With regular markers you get nice coloration but it is rather opaque.  With Copics you get an almost transparent coloring and I love them.  Once I started my collection of the Copic sketch markers (just 74 at this point) I had to get these floral images from Flourishes.  The set has 12 clear stamps... a different flower for each month of the year ... these are three I've made into cards.

The designs are all pretty similar... the fun of making these cards was in the coloring. 

Have a great day and thanks for taking a look.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

At Home with Verve

I'm going to try to do a better job of keeping up this blog... honest!  It doesn't seem like two months have passed since I posted; it apparently has been quite a while.  I wanted to change the look of this blog to make it pretty and kept running into walls... guess I got discouraged!  I'll work harder and try to 'pretty it up' soon.  Meanwhile, here is my latest card... I'll post some of the older ones that got overlooked when I was having my learning curve problem.  Well, I'm still in that 'curve', smack up against the wall, but here I am anyway. 

Today's card will eventually be a birthday card for someone.  It's a 5 1/4" square and was made for the At Home with Verve weekly challenges on SplitCoast.  This time we were to be inspired by a dining room and I chose this one.  Pretty pink... looks like an English Cottage-type space to me.  Here is my card which is a pretty literal interpretation (as it turns out).  I used my new Basic Grey "Lemonade" 6 x 6 paper pack and SU's pretty in pink cs.  I chose Verve's Petals & Stems stamp set for the flowers and pierced around the edge of the Nestabilities green circle.  I also sponged the labels nine Nestie with pretty in pink and a dauber while the paper was still in the die.  The so saffron swirl is a Sizzix die "flourish #3" and I also used my Stickles "Fruit punch" on the flowers and the Martha Stewart Butterfly (punch).  The ribbon is so saffron gros grain (1/2" I think) from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by....