Saturday, February 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

Okay, I know that i've totally lost my mind, but I got this sudden urge to do Christmas cards.  My plan was to do just the part that has to be colored.  Then I thought I would just put them on the base card and decorate, but then when I see that, I can't seem to leave it unfinished, and have to complete it.  I know that when the new Christmas papers come out next fall that I will be sorry.  But with the amount of cards that I do, I guess that it can't hurt.  And you never know when the urge might subisde.

I want to do more cards next year that are more Christ centered, and i just totally fell in love with this Baby Jesus and angel.  Note how the light source is from Baby Jesus with the lighter hair next to Him and the hay being lighter around Him.  I think I will be doing a lot of this little guy.  The stamp is from Mo Mannings digital pencil.  The flourishes and snowflake on the bottom have glitter on them, but it doesn't show in the scan.
 A more traditional Christmas card with non-traditional colors.  I love reds and greens but I like to throw in a few odd-balls here and there.  I loved her hair, but it really isn't that easy to color and get good depth with.  This is another Mo Manning digi stamp with die cuts from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cowboy weekend?

This is what I worked on this weekend.  This is a Freebie Friday digi stamp from Bugaboo.  The ribbons are from Target and the stars are from Office Depot. 
 This is four of a six piece set that I made for a friend that loves horses. Saw this stamp at Joann's and knew it had to be for her. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Challenges for 2Peas in a Bucket

Two Peas is one of my favorite websites that I've been a part of since 2002.  Sometimes I go for long periods of time without visiting there. but I always come back.  This week there has been a member generated  stamping "celebration" (Winterfest 2012) with lots of challenges and new ideas for creating.  The first one here was for "Buttons and Bows" where you are suppose to use both buttons and bows on a card.  Bows are one of my favorite things, and I have tons of buttons, so i just had to do it.  The little girl is a new digi stamp that i just got yesterday from Bugaboo.  I was a little dissappointed in their stamps because the lines are so bold, unlike most of the others I have gotten from Mo Manning.  But they are really cute once you get them colored.  I had quite a time with the tail on the cat though.  I kept coloring it the same color as the dress.  After two failed attempts I decided to make the kitty black, thus covering up the blue tail.  I used a little colorless blended on the center of the tail to give it a little depth.  The sentiment stamp was a dollar stamp that I got from Michael's yesterday.  It had a flower on it, but I did a little surgery on it, and now have two stamps :).  Ribbon is also from Michael's $1 clearance.  Felt flowers are cut with a sizzix die.  I had to run them through several times and them use scissors to finish them. 
 The cupcake stamp is one I got as  "freebie" from the UK Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine.  I've received so many compliments on this at 2peas.  This card covered two challenges.  One was to use die cuts or punches in an unusual way, and the other was to use two border punches or dies.  It is a window card, like the one I did earlier with the "Bunches" stamp, and I cut a die cut to look like a border punch.  Cupcakes are of course colored with copics and (not really clear in the scan) white gel pen on the icing.
 This was also for the two border challenge and the die challenge.  The banner was actually a border punch.  I cut it real close to the design, and then cut slits in it so it would curve.  I then attached the fibers to make it appear as a hanging banner.  The stamp is an older Stampin Up stamp that was given to me by one of our residents.
 There was actually three challenges for this card.  One was to use a background stamp, the other was the die cut challenge, using it in a different way, and the third was to dig out a stamp or stamps that you haven't used in a long time.  I masked the white part with a die cut, stamped it with a background stamp and then used my airbrush to add a little more contrast.  the hearts are from an old Close to My Heart set that I haven't touched for a couple years.  The flower is also fabric cut with a Tim Holtz die, Elegant Floral.  there is also a border punch used on the bottom. 
It's been a lot of fun playing along with the challenges this week.  I might get one more done tomorrow before Winterfest 2012 ends.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

More Mo Manning stamps

It's been a pretty good week.  Finally got the clean-up done in the park from the ice and snow and all the trees that came down.  The home we've been working on to sell is almost ready, and I had a busy week in the office.  But now it's Saturday and time to play!  I put these in order of which ones I liked best.  I really like the way that "Sorry" came out.  I've never tried to do red hair and was just experimenting with colors, but I like it, and I like the way the dress looks, and the flowers.  I think the gentleness of the pattern paper lends itself well to the stamp. 
 I like my little teacup fairy, she was actually pretty easy to color.  The punch used on the bottom is one I just bought today at JoAnn's on sale. 
 I like the way the coloring turned out on the stamp, but the card itself is just about too plain for me, but I will leave it.  I love the shimmery pink ribbon that I bought a couple weeks ago at Jo's. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Love You Bunches

One of my new digital stamps from Mo Manning.  I colored her yesterday, and then would you believe I dreampt about how I wanted to do it on a card?  It is a window card.  the border around the window is actually a full size spellbinders die circle that I cut the center from, leaving the bumpy border frame.  Then used the same dimensions to cut the window.
 Label for the stamp is another spellbindes die.  I'm happy with the way it came out, and maybe I won't dream about putting it together tonight.  The ribbons are from a new set that I just got at Costco.  Great steal if you are at a costco, 100 yards of pretty designer ribbons for $19.99.