Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's a new year

Can you believe it? Me either.
I was going to spend the day making birthday cards, as it's my birthday, for OWH. Well the boyfriend came home last night, a week early. He works away from home a month at a my plans changed and I didn't have as  much crafting time as I planned. But I did manage to color quite a few images and get two cards done. The images are from CDAC where I entered them in their challenges.  Both images I had a ton of fun playing with. Hope you enjoy them also.
Gary was from Boni, here.  And my friends from here. Or just go check out the current challenges at CDAC and pick up the images there.
Gary the giver

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G
my friends

Friday, December 31, 2010

Birthday Wishes

OWH-Holiday Vacation Challenge #11: Goodbye 2010 is to use 10 or 20 items on your card. Whew, I did it...but I had to think on it a bit.

1-4, pieces of paper, including the image
5-two corners of pearls
8-button on flower
9-crown sticker on giraffe
10-row of pearls on ribbon

Wow...I like all the bling on the card. Very girly! Sorry to a certain shipper, lots of PINK! ;)

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rodeo Randy

I have had so much fun today with this guy, I had to make two cards of him. The first one, eh, wasn't too thrill with the layout. So, I'm only going to show you the second one. One of the cards I will be sending to my brother, who lives in TX. He used to be a cowboy, not a rodeo cowboy, but a real life cowboy!  Ahhh how I glamorized his life as a cowboy...then he told me about getting up in the wee hours to muck the horse stalls and going to bed late after mucking them again. Okay, so not so glamorous, I guess! 
The images (Rodeo Randy, the sentiment, and the barbed wire) are all from BDD. She has some AWEsome images. Please visit her store, you're sure to find, oh about a million images you want. :) Thanks Boni.
Randy is colored with my Primsacolor markers, Zig markers and one Copic (his hat). I tried to make his shirt plaid...not so much. Sponged on some yellow around his upper body for the sun and brown chalk on outside of whole image.  Don't you just love the saying? I have to keep repeating it in a southern, hick tange....Thanks again Boni! LOL
I'll be entering this in OWH#10 for Holiday Challenges and in the current  Dudetime challenge.

Rodeo Randy
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dec 29, OWH challenges

There are two challenges on OWH S&S page today. I'm gonna post both my pictures on one blog. My goal for the new year is to cut down on how many post I do. I think I was a bit excited at being a new blogger, and I might have overdone it a tad!
So the first challenges is a Missing You for Kids, I actually made two cards, but they are in one picture (see I'm cutting it down everywhere!). This is a bit hard for kids are grown, don't have grand-kids around me and I'm way too serious to remember fun/play as kids. But I gave it a shot anyhow.
Kids missing you
 And the second challenge today is Holiday Challenge #9, anything BUT pink.  I can do that...only thing pink is the froggy's tongue and cheeks, oops sorry about that. I love how his googly eyes just pop, like he can't wait to get to that fly!
Anything but pink
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Top 10 cards of 2010 blog hop

Well, I stumbled on this from OWH S&S page. SO I thought why not, surely I have pictures of 10 cards I made this year that I like...don't I. I must considering how many times I post a new blog... :)  So below will by my top 10 cards for this year, in no particular order. Have fun browsing.
Well POOOH, I'm too late! Oh well, enjoy anyhow.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

D2D Cardinals

Oh my word. I love this image and I really like what I have done with it. I hope y'all do to.
First the image is from D2D, big thank you to them for this wonderful image. The sketch (#49) is from OWH.  Now to what I have done with it.
 I colored the cardinals with my Copic R29 and then with my Zig Pure Red. The beaks are with a Sharpie orange and Bic Summer Melon. Scarfs are Bic Hot Aqua (one on right), the left one is again theSharpie, orange and Copic  YR18. I used Prismacolor- Eggshell and Goldenrod for the "dirt" and for the sky I sponged on Stampabilities ink in Baby blue. I used make-up sponges and a cotton ball to get around the cardinals.
The blue background paper is generated from my computer and then stamped with a Stampabilities stamp called Vine Background with same ink as the sky. All card stock from my junk pile.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

A few Valentines

I thought I'd share what I did yesterday afternoon with Meljen's latest freebie. First thanks so much Melissa. I love Charlie Brown and this Valentine tree is soooo cute. :)  I wanted the image to be the focal point so I embraced the white area. NOT an easy thing for me to do. I second and even third guessed myself before I adhered the image to the card front. I do like how it turned out though. :)
Enjoy and have a great day crafting or whatever you are up to.
3 have pink, 3 have red accents

hmm, not as clears as I'd like
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Vacation Challenge #7 OWH

Today we are supposed to make a card with a new toy from Santa and/or Christmas. Well I said I didn't get any new toys. That I had bought myself a couple digital images today from Just Ink.  Well, oops I lied. I didn't mean to, I just forgot that I had bought a couple of Cricut lite cartridges on black Friday.  But I had already made my card with my new image, so I'm leaving it at that! Hope that's okay with everyone.
WOW, do I love this image. If you have been reading some of my post here and on my facebook page, you'll know I have cats. And they drive me insane, particularly at 3am when they want to play...on my bed, until they get me out of said bed. Then they are ready for a treat and a NAP. Now you can understand my insanity! LOL
But they are my fur babies and I would give away/trade them for the world.
 So having said that, this is my dedication to all us "crazy cat ladies"...

I wasn't crazy about how I added the sentiment, but whatcha going to do? For the record, my hair does NOT look like that, yet!

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Puppy love

My first card for today, all before breakfast. I'm entering it in this challenge, Craft your Passion-(red/green/cream) and will use the image for OWH Valentines. The deadline to get your package of Valentine cards to OWH is coming up, January 7, 2011.
The image I used is, again, from Arthur's clipart. He's colored with mostly Prismacolor markers. I added a couple buttons, some ribbon and some glossy accent to the puppy's eyes. Enjoy
click to enlarge

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Sketch Challenge #49 at OWH

I have two cards, actually, for this sketch. I had so much fun making the first that I made my next card using the same sketch. So I'll just post both here on same post.
#49 sketch                                

Both images are from Arthur's clip art. Both are colored with copics and zig markers. I used my computer to generate the sentiments.

                          Happy Crafting,
                           Shirley G

Random challenges

A boy and his pig
Hi all, I checked out Karen's blog and she has a huge list of challenges that are going on right now. If you like to participate in challenges, you must visit her blog. There were a few that I could use the same card for, so that's what I'm doing! The image is from Arthur's clip art. I fell in love with this image. Look how sweet it is. I added a couple more hearts to it. The butterflies are also form him, I believe. It's colored with a mixture of copics, zig and prismacolor markers. The heart border is from The Paper Studio.
Challenges entered;
Alys Sunday- anything goes
Corrosive Challenges- bling it on
Karber Monthly- boy or girl
One Stitch at a time- anything goes

Enjoy and Happy Crafting,
Shirley G


Inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere. Where do you get yours?  I used to just look at an item for what it was intended for. NOW, I look at everything as "can I use that on my cards?", or "wooo I'd love to copy that on a card", to "hey that would be awesome on a card...must remember!".  Of course half the time I do not remember an idea, unless I have a) just seen it and went right to my craft area, or b) wrote it down, in which case I find the notes, weeks later!
This is a card I made for OWH, deadline for Valentine cards is January 7th, 2011. So last couple crafting days I have been working only on V'day cards. Well, I got inspired by the oddest thing for this card. Now, don't was toilet paper! It's "quilted" in this pattern and I thought, "hey, that would be awesome on a V'day card" right to the craft area I went. You're laughing, aren't you! ha ha....I did.
Tell me what you think, was it a good inspiration?
My heart is yours
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G