Sunday, February 28, 2010

anyone for anya? sketch #7

I am busy packing and getting ready for my annual girlfriends trip to Florida.  Can you tell by my card?  Yup my mind is already there, in flip flops and sunglasses, strolling down the beach or sharing a laugh with my bestest buddies.  This weeks Anyone for Anya? challenge is a sketch challenge, so grab the sketch below and play along.

Our sponsor this week is:
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us.  Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
What I used:
The Greetings Farm; Miss Anya
SU always artichoke, GP white
Basic Grey Marrakech designer paper
SU baja breeze striped grosgrain ribbon
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stumps
Copic markers for flesh tones and shadows
Sakura glaze pen

Thursday, February 25, 2010

easter blessings sneak peek...

Are your ready to see a bit of the new Our Daily Bread Designs March release?  Here is my first sneak peek!  For this card I used "Easter Blessings", a wonderful set with a lilies of the valley image.  The Lord Have Mercy sketch was my inspiration for this card.  

What I used:
ODBD Easter Blessings
SU old olive, very vanilla card stock
My Mind's Eye Everyday Tango designer paper
Versafine Black, VersaMagic Tea Leaves
clear embossing powder
circle Nestabilities
SU earth elements brads
recycled brown ribbon (was wrapped around a set of pillow I received for Christmas)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

color throwdown 81

Today is my last day as a guest designer for the Color Throwdown.  I have to say I have had a wonderful time playing along with this team of incredibly talented ladies. This weeks color combination is brown, light pink and olive.
 My card this week uses one of the Hoppers from Stampabilities House Mouse collection.  This little guy is a lot of fun to color.  I used my Prismacolor pencils of course, blending with odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump.  
Make sure you pop over to the rest of the teams blogs.  They have created some fun stuff.
What I used:
Stampablities; An Apple a Day
SU Bella Toile background
SU pretty in pink, chocolate chip, old olive, vanilla card stock
brown gingham ribbon
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
SU soft sky ink, sponge

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

papertake weekly sketch #35

Good morning all.  Are you ready for another challenge?  This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is another fabulous sketch from our own Dawny P.  I love blues and this paper from My Mind's Eye Home collection is the prettiest blue, so I colored my adorable Sarah Kay image to coordinate with it.  As usual I used my trusty Prismacolor pencils and just a touch of Copic markers for the flesh tones and shadows.  So what do you think?
Our sponsor this week is:
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
What I used:
Stampavie Sarah Kay; Kiss for Chloe
GP white, SU baja breeze card stock
My Mind's Eye Home photo mats
Prismacolor pencils, OMS, blending stump
copic markers for flesh and shadows
Basic Grey brads

Testing the siggy

Sunday, February 21, 2010

something sort of different...

Okay todays Anyone for Anya? challenge is entitled Something Completely Different but I didn't quite manage completely different, just sort of different.  I added my verse, sort of out of the box, something I never do and I added a half circle layer to my card as well, which is once again something I never do.  I bet you can do a lot better job on it, so why don't you join us and play along?!?!?
Our sponsor this week is:
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.
What I used:
The Greetings Farm; Max
GP white, SU basic black, baja breeze card stock
SU Night and Day designer paper
scrap of My Mind's Eye designer paper for the half circle
Memento black
red gingham ribbon
black corduroy brads
Spellbinder circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities
Coluzzle cutting system

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

color throwdown 80...

Hello everyone!  Are you ready for another Color Throwdown?  This weeks colors are light green (I used river rock or sage shadow would be good too), rust and burgundy.  The colors were inspired by the Vintage Valentine paper from Fancy Pants.  Danielle and Tammy both used it on their samples and it is a really pretty strip.  For my card I hunted through my scraps until I found a bit of Stampin' Up! Ginger Blossom designer paper and used that for the base of my design.  I wanted to make the Scripture on this card the focal point so I just added a couple of layers of color and a fancy border from Martha Stewart around it and some simple embellishments.
Make sure you pop over to the rest of the teams blogs.  They have created some fun stuff.

What I used:
bravo burgundy, really rust, river rock, very vanilla card stock
SU Ginger Blossom designer paper
Versafine black stamp pad
SU river rock stitched grosgrain ribbon
jumbo brads of unknown origin
Martha Stewart deep edge punch

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

check this out...

Hello everyone!  It is time for another Papertake Weekly challenge.  Our challenge this week is entitled "Check This Out" and it is all about the checks.  Checkered paper, or ribbons or what ever you come up with.  I used this adorable image from Stitchy Stamps; Digital Ink, our generous sponsor this week.  I chose this image specifically for my friend Lynn who loves all things Raggedy Ann.  I colored the image with Copic markers, added some checked designer paper, pink ribbon and buttons..
What I used:
Digital Ink image
pirouette pink, riding hood red, GP white card stock
SU Bella Rose designer paper
pink striped ribbon, pink buttons
Copic markers

Monday, February 15, 2010

framed art...

Good morning all.  I am really excited to share with you today a project that I have made with one of the February new release sets, my favorite this month, "You Will Find Refuge".   I have to say I am really very proud of this one.  Anyone that follows my blog, knows that I have a major issue with three dimensional projects, I almost never do them because they never, ever come out the way I pictured them in my head.  But one thing I can do is framed art.  I love doing them as gifts.

I started with a really cheap black frame that I picked up on clearance.  Usually I sand the frame and then paint it.  But today because I wanted a very distressed look so I didn't, the paint doesn't stick as well if you don't sand first.  I painted the frame with a thin coat of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in antique linen.  When the paint was dry and crackled I lightly sanded the frame to distress it.  I then ran a Tim Holtz Distress pad in vintage photo over the painted surface and quickly rubbed it into the paint.

For my image I stamped the chickadee in Versafine Black on vanilla card stock then colored with Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump.  The image was cut out with a circle Nestabilities, then I masked the chickadee and sponged a sunny yellow around him.  He is layered on a chocolate brown scalloped circle.  The background paper is from Basic Grey the Indian Summer collection.  I used the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder on it then sanded it and sponged with Tim Holtz antique linen distress ink.  I added the verse, some chocolate ribbon and some fun corduroy brads to finish it off.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

flower power...

Good Morning all.  Do you want a good chuckle at my expense?  Well here is my story.  I waited until the last minute yesterday to make my card for this weeks Anyone for Anya? challenge.  Being in the states I am a bit behind London time and my card should be in by midnight.  No problem that is 7:00pm here and since I usually work at least 4-5 days ahead it is rarely, if ever, an issue.  Well I had a child home sick from school for 3 days this week, then the hubby was off from work Friday, as was I, so we spent the day goofing off.  Saturday rolls around and I had planned to finish up the last of the books for the businesses so we can go see the tax guy, which takes most of the day, but I still have plenty of time to do my card.  I updated my calendar and to do list for the next 6 weeks then headed to my office.  I probably should have actually LOOKED at the to do list because I made a really adorable card, took a picture, loaded it on to my computer, watermarked it and went to load it to the blog (it was now 6:57pm) and GUESS WHAT?!?!!  I had used the wrong challenge!  This weeks challenge is Flower Power, and not a flower in sight!  And it isn't like I used the next weeks challenge, I used the current challenge for another team but the wrong image.  So back to the drawing board... **sigh**

Because at this point I was desperate for inspiration and much in need of a card quickly, I hit the sketch challenges.  I found the sketch from Sketch Saturday to be exactly what I needed, though I did switch out the circle for an oval and was off.  And that is my story...
Our sponsor this week is:
What I used:
The Greetings Farm Miss Anya
vanilla and baja breeze card stock
Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday designer paper
Memento black
Prisma color pencils, OMS and blending stumps
Copic markers
decorative brad, Prima flowers, vanilla narrow grosgrain ribbon
swiss dot embossing folder, Nestie oval

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love Me Do...

Welcome to the LOVE ME DO blog hop sponsored by Stamping Bella!  If you have just happened upon my my blog you may want to go to Bloggabella and start at the beginning. 

I made this card for one of my Valentines.  I kept the card fairly simple because I wanted the adorable APTEE'tude image to shine.  I colored her with my trusty colored pencils, blending with OMS and added glitter to her sting of hearts.  I layered some Cosmo Cricket scraps together for the back ground, scalloping one edge and sewing around the edge. 
How about a prize?  In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop!  One pre-selected blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $25 Gift Voucher to Stamping Bella!!!  The fun part is...we're not telling you who it is!  So as you hop, make sure you leave comments, show the sistas some love, on every post so you have a chance to win!  We will announce the winner on Friday in the SplitCoastStampers Stamping Bella member forum.  MWAH!

Thanks for stopping by, now it is time to hop on over to Dee's blog Scrappin on the Farm.  It Dee's post isn't up then please go to Jessica's blog Farm Fresh Designs

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

color throwdown...

Good morning all!  It is Wednesday morning, time for another Color Throwdown challenge.  This weeks colors are Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow and Riding Hood Red.  Isn't that a sweet color combination? 

 I thought they would be fun colors to make a Valentine card with.  I used an image from Moe's digital pencil that was a freebie over on Paper Craft Planet.  I colored my image with a mix of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.  Added a bit of texture with a Sizzix plate and a Cuttlebug embossing folder, a touch of Riding Hood Red ribbon and some jumbo white brads.
Make sure you check out all the teams blogs:

  • LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings

  • Broni - Splashes of Watercolor

  • Tammy - Stamp Happy

  • Cathy - Crafty Thoughts

  • Barbara - Paper Pursuits

  • Danielle – Wild Dragonfly Designs

  • Kristin - Mindless Creativity

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    papertake weekly Kraftin' Kimmie...

    Good morning. You all know I love a challenge and what is better then a challenge? How about combining two challenges? This weeks sponsor for the Papertake Weekly challenge is Kraftin' Kimmie, so I thought it would be brilliant to combine our sketch challenge with Kimmie's "Be a Little Ripper" challenge. Now I turned our sketch to accommodate a long tall image like this Lola Davinci of Kimmie's. I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils blending with odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump to match some scraps of My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas. I used copic markers for the shadows and flesh tones. If you look very carefully you will notice that my olive green edge is ripped above the sentiment.
    our sponsor:
    our sketch:
    Pop over to the challenge blog and check out what the rest of the team has done.  We would love for you to play along with us.

    Sunday, February 7, 2010

    Good Enough to Eat!

    Good Morning all!  Todays card that I am sharing with you if for this weeks "Anyone for Anya?" challenge.  Our challenge this week is entitled "Good Enough to Eat" and it is a color challenge.  We were to use food color combos such as lemon and lime, strawberries and cream, or coffee and cream.  I chose to use Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron card stock from Stampin' Up! to make up my warm (and yes, yummy) color combination.  I pulled the colors from some My Mind's Eye Home designer paper (that I had picked up in a mat pack which is perfect for card making) then colored my Anya image to match with Prismacolor pencils.  For inspiration on this card I also used this past Friday's sketch from Taylored Expressions .

    Our sponsor this week is:
    Make sure you pop over the the blog and check out the challenge and what the rest of the team has done.  We would love for you to play along and maybe win a prize.

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    bellarific friday sketch challenge...

    This weeks Stamping Bella challenge is a sketch challenge. I colored my Gratty'tude with Prismacolor pencils to match this really fun Lime Rickey designer paper. I added some of the matching brads and a bit of bermuda bay polka dot ribbon as well as some glitter.
    What I used:
    GP white card stock
    Memento black stamp pad
    Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
    Copic markers for flesh and shadows
    glaze pen and fine crystal glitter
    bermuda bay polka dot ribbon
    Nestabilities oval die

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    sing to the lord a new song...

    Good morning all. Since the very first time I saw the new Basic Grey Origins designer paper I knew I wanted to use it with bird images. I thought that I would take a break from the newest Our Daily Bread Designs stamps and pull out an oldie but goodie "Sing to the Lord" for this one. Betty Wright has challenged us to use this set and add dimension and texture in her Stamping in Time challenge. Now I cheated just a bit on this one. Because I wanted to use the Mojo Monday sketch, I need the bird to be facing in the opposite direction then he does. So I stamped the image on vellum paper and embossed the image then colored it with markers. I then turned the image over, so that my bird faces in the opposite direction. The verse is also embossed on vellum and overlaid on designer paper like the bird image. My verse is popped up on foam tape to add dimension and I added ribbon and brads in addition to the embossing to add some texture.
    What I used:
    vellum, old olive, soft suede card stock
    versafine black stamp pad, close to cocoa stamp pad
    clear embossing powder
    eyelet edge border punch
    crushed curry polka dot ribbon
    Nestabilities circle and scalloped circle dies
    Basic Grey brads

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    the color throwdown...

    I am really excited to announce that the team at the Color Throwdown blog has chosen me to be their guest designer this month. Isn't that fun?
    The colors for this week are Kraft, Pink Pirouette, and Soft Sky. Isn't that a wonderful combo? This weeks sponsor Starving Artists have generously provided me with several images from their DoodleFactory Classic Decor line. I chose the large chandelier and colored it with Copic markers, then added lots of stickles and a couple of highlights with my glitter pen. I dug through my scrap stash and managed to find a bit of pink pirouette designer paper to add some interest and some white satin ribbon to dress it all up.

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010


    Good morning everyone. I am spending one of my last free mornings at home today, before I start back up at work tonight. Between doing all of that stuff that needs to be done to keep a family of 7 running smoothly and babysitting for one of my little buddies I found some time to bang out a card for a couple of challenges. I did this one for todays SplitCoastStampers color challenge and I used Mercy's Lord Have Mercy sketch for inspiration. I colored up the sparrow from Our Daily Bread Designs, "He Watches Me" to look like a gold finch, something I have been wanting to do since I received the sets. What do you think?
    What I used:
    SU french script
    white, bravo burgundy, basic gray card stock
    SU Nouveau Chic designer paper
    Versafine black stamp pad, basic gray stamp pad
    Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stumps
    crushed curry polka dot ribbon

    love actually...

    Good morning all. If you are looking for the Our Daily Bread Designs blog hop please scroll down one post.

    If you are looking for this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge you are in the right place! Our challenge this week is entitled "Love Actually", so your card should be all about love. This image from Rachelle Anne Miller reminds me of my children on one of those rare days when they show their love for each other. Our sponsor this week is Sunshine Stamps.
    This card was also inspired by the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge and the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge.

    What I used:
    Rachelle Anne Miller - Lily & Milo Rainy Days
    GP white, old olive card stock
    Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday designer paper
    Nestabilities circle and scalloped circle dies
    old olive wide grosgrain ribbon and brads
    Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stumps
    glaze pen and fine crystal glitter
    scallop edge punch

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Our Daily Bread February New Release!

    Hello and welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs February Release Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Grace Nywening's blog Th-INK-ing of You, you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start at the Our Daily Bread Designs blog to be sure you hop in the correct order, because we are having a Scripture Hop, and you will be collecting our Secret Scripture Words as you hop along, so you will want them in the order given!

    You have until Thurs. Feb 4th at 8:00PM EST to complete the requirements to be eligible to win.

    There will be THREE BLESSED WINNERS... who will each receive a $15.00 Gift Certificate to the Our Daily Bread designs Store to go toward the stamps of your choice! Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualified entries.

    Here is what you need to do to be eligable to win:

    Hop from blog to blog in the order given below, writing down the secret words you will find clearly written in their post, and leaving a comment on each blog.
    In the email, give her the secret words you found in order .... they will spell out a Scripture verse.
    • For an extra chance to win, send her another email telling her the Scripture reference where the verse can be found.
    If for any reason a link is broken, simply return to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog to see who is next on the list, leaving a space for the missing words. Most often if you can't get on a blog or leave a comment now.... if you wait a little while and try again you usually can.

    Now on to my projects. I went just a tincy wincy bit crazy with these sets and I made 4 cards to share with you! One using each set. My first card uses and is inspired by the Friday Sketchers challenge for last week. I used Memory Box Sweetbay designer paper, watercolor crayons and a Martha Stewart edge punch.

    My second card uses "Sing for Joy". This card was inspired by the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge #23, which was to use a touch of green. I used Memory Box Spiceberry designer paper , Copic markers and the Victoria cuttlebug embossing folder.
    My third card uses "He Watches Me". This card was inspired by The Sweet Stop sketch challenge. On this one I used Basic Grey Wisteria designer paper,the matching brads and watercolor crayons.
    My fourth card uses "Find Refuge" and was inspired by last weeks SplitCoastStampers sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown challenge. On this one I used a touch of Basic Grey's Origins designer paper and my Prismacolor pencils.

    My secret Scripture words are him, "The.

    From here, hop to Sandee Shanabrough's blog Simply Southern Sandee. And have a Blessed Day!