Saturday, January 30, 2010


Used another new set of Nesties for this one, along with a bee image from one of the new hostess sets from Serendipity Street. I added Stickles to the wings (of course!)

Be Still

Here's another card using the Anchor set. I colored it with Copics but next time I'm going to try it with colored pencils. This is a very simple card... no embellishments, just rectangles! I think it might even show up in the "Christian Card Buffet" I am hoping to have...


As soon as I saw this set, I knew I had to have it. As a Navy wife, the anchor sold me! I put this card together for one of the couples we are stationed with who will soon be moving to GUAM! The Bible verse is particularly applicable, don't you think???

New Stamps!

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I posted last. Oops! I was awaiting the delivery of my new stamps from TAC's new mini-catalogue, "Serendipity Street." The nice UPS man brought them on Thursday, so I'm hoping to spend this weekend getting ready for my upcoming "Birthday Card Buffet" and then for a "Christian Card Buffet" I'm hoping to have in March.

This is the very first card I made using the new stamp set "Wonder and Joy." There are so few stamps out there that are good for little boys, and I fell in love with this one. I also used my new set of Nestabilities.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More Butterflies

The sketch for this card came from Paperwings (see the sidebar and click on the link, it's a gallery for TAC stamps only). The color choices came from the Copic Colour Challenge. This time it was blue, green, and grey. I used B-21, B-24, YG-03, C-3 and C-5. It's not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Pretty Card

Love how this one came out. I used the True Beauty set from TAC, along with the gorgeous Angelee patterned paper. Colored with Copics. Very simple, actually! The thing about Butterfly sets is that they are great for Birthdays, Sympathy, Thinking of you, Mother's Day... you name it!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year!

Ugh. I can't even begin to tell you how far out of my comfort zone this card takes me. Which, I guess, is a good thing... it's the whole reason I've started participating in these challenges... but sometimes I just don't love what results. This is one of those times!

It started out with the Pile It On Challenge, which is to take their challenge and combine it with several others. This time, it's a New Year's Theme.

Then I saw the Sketch Saturday #85 sketch and knew it would be perfect for this image from TAC (which in itself is NOT my usual style).

And of course I decided to add in the Daring Cardmakers' Theme of Garnet (January Birthstone).

I used glitter on the angel wings, so that qualifies me for the TCP challenge this week, too.

To take me further out of my comfort zone, I decided to break into my pack of Penelope Paper from TAC, which I've had forever and have never used. It had the garnet color in it, along with purples and greens, so that's where the color palette came from... which is NOT one I'm used to. I was pleasantly surprised to find the "Happy New Year" stamp in the Trendy Greedings set... all in all, not in love with it, but they can't all be beautiful!

... later...

Ok, seriously, I was SO disturbed by that card that I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep without changing it. In my heart I knew the dark paper was all wrong, this card was crying out for something bright and cheery. So, I changed the paper and feel much better now! I promise I am not normally this anal, but what can I say...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Same Sketch, two cards

As you can see, these two cards both use the same basic sketch. But with different colors, different paper, and different stamps, you get two different looks. I love these cute little sets from TAC called "Ice Cream" and "Twinkle Toes". The patterned paper is from the Catelynne Pack which is so soft and perfect for girlie cards and scrapbook pages.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Birthday Buffet

Time for a card using a TAC image, don't you think? This one is a preview of some of the cards we'll be making at next months "EZ Birthday Buffet." You can make as many cards as you want for only $1.00 each... AND I'll have everything precut! I love this set and use it all the time. I colored with Copic Markers, but didn't do any shading because I wanted to keep it EZ!

The Patterned Paper is also from TAC and I used my Nesties, too. I added some stickles to the balloon and paper-pieced her pants.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Another Valentine

This is another FREE digital image (from Pinkpetticoat) that is absolutely adorable. It fits the bill for two challenges. The first one is #46 at Copic Color Challenge which involved the colors blue, pink, and green. I used R81, YG03, B21, and C1... no shading, actually, so it was a breeze to color. The second challenge is for #85 over at A Spoon Full of Sugar which involves hearts. I also used Sketch #249 from SplitCoastStampers for the layout. It never ceases to amaze me how so many crafters can take the same basic layout and make cards that are so different!

Of course I had to add Stickles and a flower! The patterned paper is from my stash, which I'm really trying to use up. I'm really pleased at how it came out and am pretty sure the recipient will like it, as well!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A Valentine

This is the first year EVER that I've been pretty set with upcoming cards. I made Valentine's for the girls, this one is for hubby, and I've even finished the Mother's Day cards! The adorable image for this card is a FREE digital image that you can download here from Pollycraft designs. I found it by doing a search for "free digital stamps" which is a great way to get some cool images without breaking the bank.

I made this for Digital Tuesday Challenge #40, which is Valentines. It's colored with copics. The sentiment is from the "Love and Laughter" set from TAC and the patterned paper is from my scrap stash.

And because it uses two of my favorite things (buttons and flowers... and, okay, three things... COPICS!) it's perfect for the Corrosive Challenge #45!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Love This One!

Gorgeous, right? Unfortunately, I can take ZERO credit for it. I totally cased this card. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to recreate it using the patterned paper I've had in my stash for awhile. The lettering is all computer generated, so I actually made several of these. One says 'Mom' which will be my MIL's Mother's Day Card (I can NEVER seem to plan ahead with those!) and I also made one for each of my daughters using their first names. They will be their Valentine's cards. This would also be a great wedding/anniversary card with 'love' or 'forever'. Definitely will be playing more with it to see what I can come up with (I have several sheets of the paper that I'd love to use up... trying to attack my stash!)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Sympathy Card

Ernie Withers passed away this morning. He was such a dear man of God. He had a Christmas Tree Farm and I have fond memories of getting our tree there. I knew I wanted to do a pine-ish card for his family. This was the only non-Christmasy stamp I had, so it got inked up for the first time in years! Ovals cut with my new Nesties. Love them. I did add just a little sparkle to the pines, but you can't see it in the picture. This is one of the few cards that actually looks better in real life!

Miki's Puppies

This adorable card is serving triple duty!

First of all, the colors were chosen according to Challenge 45 over at Copics Colour Challenge. The color combo is YG03 (the yellow green used for the trim on the jacket, and boots), BV02 (which I didn't have, so I used BV00 instead for the jacket), and B93 (which I also didn't have, so I used B21, which is the blue used for the trim and pants and mittens).

Secondly, it also fits the bill for the current challenge over at Copic Creations, which is coloring fur. The browns used for the puppy and jacket are E00, E31, and E33. The greys for the puppy were C1,C3, and C5.

Thirdly, this will be sent to my friend Tristin who is in the middle of moving to Spain! She and her husband have a puppy named Takoda just like these little Huskies, so I thought she'd like it. (Also I owe her something homemade from a Facebook thing I did LAST SPRING!).

This is a digital image from Mo Manning's Digital Pencil Too and it is called Miki's Puppies. (It's adorable, don't you think?) This means it also qualifies for the Pile It On Challenge! The snowflake is from Spellbinders Shapeabilities, and the ovals were also cut using Nestabilities (SOOOOO excited that TAC is going to be carrying these!)

Friday, January 01, 2010

All Hearts Come Home

Ok, so I've decided to work on Christmas Cards all year long during 2010 so that I don't have to make them during the next Holiday Rush. I am so in love with this one! It makes use of SCRAPS, which is wonderful. The sentiment is computer generated, and I think it's SO appropriate for this Navy Family. ("Though far and wide on earth we roam, at Christmas time all hearts come home.) And you'll recognize the ribbon... it's the same as I used on the pine branch card (hey, it was cheap, I bought a ton of it!).

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