Friday, April 23, 2010

You Brighten My Day

Stampendous is hosting sketch challenge each Saturday on their blog. Sadly it is only open to US participants.
Here is my take on their challenge this week include acrylic flowers and bottom portion of card. I stamped the acrylic with stazon ink and colored the opposite site as well as adding glitter.
These is my first time of using these Stampendous stamps.
Happy weekend!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Go Green!

This GREEN PROJECT recyles an empty envelope and uses scraps to transforms it into a storage box for my handmade cards ready for the mail.
Similiarly I recycle tissue boxes by cutting off the top and laying the on their side to create storage boxes for scraps. I use they to store scraps that are the full card front size. These storage boxes make it so easy to recycle scraps!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Welcome Baby Anton!

Thanks to the card positioning systems challenge I finally have Anton's special welcome complete and in the mail.

Congratulations to Anna-Karin and DH!
Wishing your family much happiness!

Spring is here!

Well at least some of the snow is melting here and the Canadian geese started to arrive on Sunday. Unfortunately as typical we will slide through spring with lingering cool days too cold for any of the usual beautiful bulb flowers...o-ooh how I miss them! So the arrival of birds here is a huge deal for those of us who miss the spring flowers.

When Anne Goal posted her challenge theme of birds this month, I knew I was playin'! The second part of this month’s challenge is to pass on a gift/donation which also feels like a seasonal ritual. No, I not talking about my IRS donation..LOL! Hand-in-hand with major spring time cleaning to remove the dust that isn't seen during our months of darkness come the passing on gentle used items. So my bags are ready for the women's non-violent living shelter and lots of recyclables for the homeless shelter.
Kirsty at the Stamp Shack offered a color challenge this week that inspired the beginnings of my card. While her colors were bright and bold, I chose to get more acquainted with my new distress inks. I used Ranger's distressed crushed olive, forest moss, wild honey, bundled sage, tumbled glass and Momento's rose bud. The marigold prima is painted with perfect pearls. The paper flowers and leaves are cut to the center and edges rolled for added dimension.
Thanks for dropping in!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Just duckie Easter Bonnet

I don't often create humorous cards but when Melanie Muenchinger created a challenge to use the scraps on your table she got me into the laughing spirit. Sometimes I just can't bare to immediately trash "almost good" stuff that I really should. This duck image is great but when I was heating the embossing some black flecks flew onto the duck's neck. Now how does on ever recovery that kind of problem?..experts always encourage embellishments so that is how I started with a string of pearls. The flower that was not the right shade of pink for another card was folded for a half and glitter added. And the duckie's picture came together with that minuscule piece of ribbon I couldn't trash...all placed on the background that was not the ideal layout for a previous card and now it is fabulous wallpaper for the duck's picture. Oh what fun to save all those great snippets from the landfill! Thanks Melanie for a terrific challenge and the chuckles!
Happy Easter!

Springtime/Easter wishes

It finally reached 40 degrees here today and some snow is now seriously starting to melt. I can't wait to see our snowshoe hares as they begin to turn brown for the summer! I love this new Hero Arts bunny stamp and had to initiate it with several different approaches by taking a bit of artistic liberty in changing the color through this series of cards.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy some sunshine!

A little watercolor softness -

A randomly misted background with a splash of flower soft-