Friday, January 14, 2011

D2D challenge

Okay, one more post for the day. This is for Faith's regular weekly progressive challenge. If you haven't entered her challenge you MUST check out her blog and sign up. She has awesome images, including this one.  I colored the cupcake with Bic markers and paper pieced the cupcake holder. TIP Someone gave me a tip on adding dimension to my paper piecing by adding pop dots under it. I did, but I stretched them out a bit to cover the length of the cupcake holder area. I used a total of 3 dots. The dp is from Hobby Lobby clearance rack. Sorry I forgot the name of it.The dp and the image are adhered to dark brown card stock. The card is a pale pink card stock. Not very sturdy, so I'll add a white inside layer. The flowers were from Michael's (see post a couple days ago about that trip). TIP The flowers were the ones on the stems, I just took them off, added brads and a punch for the center and used pop dots to adhere. Much cheaper to buy flowers that way and adjust them to your card's needs. :)

My printer ink seems to be smearing when I color with any of my markers. If you have a tip on this let me know, please. I have an HP Photosmart printer and use inkjet cartridges.

 Lastley another challenges to enter this lovely card in;
Phindy's Place-Valentines
Wags 'n Whiskers-With Love

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

MelJen's challenge 41

Melissa and the gang at Meljens have a new challenge every Wednesday. This week it is to make a square or round card, NOT a rectangle card. I used my Wild Card Cricut cartridge and cut out a round/lace card. I was going to enter it in another challenge also that called for hot pink/lime green/bright blue colors..but I must use one of their images to qualify for a win. So, another card is to be made. Yay!!  But I digress. The little bear image is also a Meljen image. I used my Prismacolor and Bic markers to color it in. I added two little brads for her/his eyes and some rhinestone stickers (Recollections) for the flower center/bling. I think this card would be a good Any Hero card for OWH. Go to their website to learn more about Any Hero cards.
click image to enlarge

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G


We all like Hamburgers, or most of us do, but are they good for us? hmm, probably not in the traditional "American" way, juicy, fatty and loaded with our favorite toppings. But man are they good, if done right.
I have a yummy card for you today. I got the image from a challenge BDD is holding. GO, NOW, and check out their blog and the challenge. Okay, read the rest of this post then go!  I'm also going to enter it in the OWH mid-week throw down. On that challenge you're supposed to use unloved/unused items for your card. My unloved/unused item is the cow stamp. Can you see it?  I bought that stamp when I first thought about card making several years ago. I have hardly used it as it seems too small...but hey I think I found a way to use it and maybe even like it. I can see it on a boys card, as accent strip, or with another BDD image I have (a cowboy), see earlier post for that card). Does it still qualify for the unloved/unused part of OWH challenge? Yeah, I think it does!
 The image is colored with Prismacolor markers and some Bic markers. The sentiment is from my computer in Word.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Blue fingers part 2

Well I'm no longer a "smurfette". After a couple hand washing and a bath I'm back to normal! :)
There was a request to show my stamp catalog book so I took a few pics and will post here.  First the book is a small on to fit in my purse. It's only 4x6 inches. I got it a book store on sale. Can't beat that. I have another one slightly larger to keep tabs on my craft spending. NOT sure I really want to do that, might make me think before purchasing again...and that isn't good for an addict! LOL

This is the first page. I just stamped each rubber or clear stamp I have onto the pages. I did try to organize them. Holidays, bugs/animals, sentiments, flowers/trees and Christmas. That is what I have thus for. Though I haven't cataloged the Christmas ones yet. I have a plastic shoe box of those and was bored with the cataloging. Another day. I did add enough pages in book for them.

A shot of the tabs I used to "organize" them in the book. Just good old office supplies.

And this is how I cataloged the markers I have. I listed the name, number is applicable and a tiny mark to show actual color. Some I have two of so I marked a (2) before the name/number of the marker. As you can see I must SHOP for more Copics. I have mostly Bic's as my budget isn't big!

Hope this helps and gives you some idea on what I did.

Happy Crafting,
 Shirley G

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blue fingers

I've heard of a "green thumb" but blue fingers?  LOL that is me today. I did NOT make a single card, but I did wake up at 3am with a sentiment I'm going to use on a BDD challenge. Stay tune for that.
blue fingers

Back to my blue might ask, "how did she get those?". Well, I went shopping with my sister at Michaels (psst, never shop with my sis, she isn't one to say "you don't need that", she says "ya that's cute, get it and this one and that one"...oops I spent too much) and they had stamps for a dollar, well I had to get some (insert A LOT). Then I came home and thought I should catalog my rubber stamps in a book I can carry with me, just in case said sister takes me shopping again! Right? Right! Notice the tabs on the side. "Nerd" alert! :)
stamp catalog

Hence the blue fingers as I was cleaning the stamps with baby wipes to keep from getting up and down, up and down, to go to the sink.
So check back tomorrow. I'll have a few cards done and ready to share.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Monday, January 10, 2011

Best Friends

Okay, one last post for the day. This card was made with 2 Sister's challenge in mind. "Getting girly" is the challenge. I went thru my digital images and came across this sweet image from Cora, here. It is a vintage image so to me it had to be a CAS card, but girly. Hence the pink on pink on pink...and pearls. A girl has to have some pearls, right?  Hope you enjoy her.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Pink and Red

Hey all,
I'm entering another challenge. I so love to do this. It gets my mojo going! This one is at DeeDees and the challenge just started. It runs thru Sunday, so lots of time for y'all to join me in this challenge. I used an image from DeeDee and picked out my favorite pink and red papers...I did add some dark green to ground it.
I'll also me added this the the new sketch challenge at OWH. The markers I used are Copic, Bic and Prismacolor. I added a few blings to the corners and called it done. I wanted to add some "snow" but I'm sending it on to the troops at OWH and that would be too dangerous for them.

sending you my love

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Sunday, January 9, 2011

D2D challenge

The gals at D2D have a weekly progressive challenge. This week our image to use is from the Love Ewe set. If you are not already participating in the weekly challenges you can get this image from Faiths store, here. Though the image is probably more Valentine's I think it could be used anytime you want to send a "love" card. I used Word to print the image and just added the sentiment above the sheep image. The dp is from a stock pile I had. I colored the sheep with Prismacolor, Brick white with a touch of Copic Rose Pink R81(his nose and ears) and the heart is with Bic, Rambunctious Red. How's that for a marker name? :) The grass is with Copic Apple Green, G14 and with Bic Margarita Green. hmmm time for a drink?
Love Ewe!
Also entering this in another D2D challenge here.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

D2D challenge on CDAC

CDAC is here

Merge two or more imgaes. HUH?
I have always wanted to learn how to merge two images...but never could figure it out. I have two free programs and still can't figure it out. You can't merge in least I can't the way I want to. But wait, I remembered an old program I used years ago. It is The Print Shop by Broderbund...and by golly that worked. I have two butterflies from the Royal Butterfly image and the sentiment is from Butterfly kisses image..all D2D, of course. Uh oh, I might be a merging fool now! I love this. Thanks D2D for pushing me to learn something new and FUN> :)
A simple card for my first try.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G
 Each butterfly is a separate image and the sentiment is also separate.