Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Animal Cookies in My Soup

This post really has nothing to do with animal cookies -- not that I could ever imagine eating them in soup (besides, I think the song was animal crackers, not cookies) -- but I was brain dead for a title, and just using the name and number of the challenge seemed a little old and stale to me. So, with that being said, it is another challenge at Inky Impressions, and the theme this week is ANIMALS (see, it all did tie in, ha!). We want to see a furry, finned or feathered friend on your creation -- pets, farm animals or wildlife.  There are lots of cute animals available at the Inky Impressions store HERE both in digi and rubber. There will be a prize of $10 to spend in the Inky Impressions store for one lucky, random winner.

 If any of you have actually read my blog profile (smile), you will know that we have quite a few animals with which we reside, so there is a definite soft spot for the furry friends. If truth be known, I'm slightly more partial to the feline kids, but I try not to let the pups realize it -- after all, one of them weighs more than I, so don't want to get on his bad side!

Anyhoo, enough of my praddling. Time to get on with the business at hand. As always, you do not have to use an Inky Impressions image, but if you are so inclined, we will reward you with an extra name in the hat which increases your chances to win our $10 gift certificate.

I have used our "Kitty with Bow" image (found here). Isn't he/she a beauty? I've colored her in yellowish brown with my Copic markers because she reminds me of a sweet kitty baby I once had. My card base is a 5.5" white square. My DPs are from My Mind's Eye, and I've matted them all with brown card. My decorative oval is by Marianne Designs (CR1204 - available from Dutch Paper Crafts). Once again, I've used the "out of the box" cutting technique for the image, leaving the tail outside of the image oval. The ribbon is the very last of the brown gingham that I had, and is from Bo Bunny crafts. I computer generated the little sentiment and punched it and the mat with circle punches.

I hope you will take a few minutes and go over to see the lovely cards the DT have made this week. Not only does Inky Impressions have adorable stamps/images, but we have two fantastically talented teams of designers. Oh, that reminds me. If you have not visited the Inky Impressions Inspiration Blog, you need to put it in your bookmarks. We have a brand new team of ladies who will be focusing their efforts solely on the inspiration blog. I know many of you will recognize some familiar names on the team -- they are all well known within the card making circles! 


Don't Be Square

It's Wednesday again, and you know what that means. It means it is time for another Flutter By Wednesday challenge. This week we are asking you to be a little more creative and make a SHAPED card -- no squares or rectangles -- a shape other than the norm. Let us see your creativity at work -- but do remember -- your card must still use either butterflies or fairies. After all, that IS what we are all about (smile).

I've used a lovely Marianne die (LR0240) as my card base. I folded a piece of white card in half and placed the top of the die slightly over the fold so that it would not cut, giving me a front and back. I then cut a second piece (one layer only) using the full die and adhered it to the front so the fold line was covered. This allows the full die design to show and also strengthens the fold.

I then colored A Day for Daisies image called Wild Rose Nymph using Copic markers. I added a little crystal Stickles to the wings and let that dry, then cut the image into an oval using the "out of the box" technique. I adhered the oval to the top of my card. I then used Wild Orchid and Recollections roses and rosebuds along the side. I also used green leaves cut with an Impression Obsession die (DIE047-J), white fern punched with the Martha Stewart fern punch, and a Magnolia Doohickey heart swirl.

I was really pleased with how the card turned out, and I hope I've inspired you to check out this week's Flutter By Wednesday challenge. You will also not want to miss seeing the great cards the other DT members have made. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TMS Challenge #213

Tuesday Morning Sketches has another great sketch for you, and our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps. Here is the sketch:

I have used Bugaboo Brat Ballerina found here. She is a digital stamp which I printed off onto X-Press It brand card and colored with my Copic markers. I have altered the sketch slightly to fit my image because I did not want to fussy cut her. Instead of two tilted squares, I have straightened the back square and cut my ballerina using a Spellbinder oval die. For a little added interest, I also changed the two outside fishtail banner pieces to slanted cuts.

I've used a white card base and green card for matting all my pieces. My DP are all from a K&Company pad (no pattern name given). The three flowers are by Recollections, and the leaves are from two punches, McGill and Martha Stewart. The pearls are by Recollections.

Bugaboo Stamps are cute little images that hold a special place in my heart. They were some of the first images that I colored when I first started using Copic markers. I still have a lot to learn about coloring with Copics, but I am thinking that this image is a whole lot better than my earlier attemps (smile). I'm especially fond of cute little girl images, and the Brat images from Bugaboo are all darling; they often remind me of my granddaughter.

As your time permits, stop by the blog and have a look at the lovely cards the design team members have made for your inspiration, and as always, we hope to see you participating in our weekly challenge.

Crafty Sentiments - Girly
Craftin Desert Diva's - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - For a Child

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For the Men

This week at Inky Impressions, we want to see cards for the men. Yes, our theme this week is MASCULINE CARDS. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a house full of males who keep insisting on having birthdays year after year. I struggle with trying to find images or make male oriented cards. Yes, you heard me, I said struggle. It is so much easier to make a cute little girl card or a pretty female card full of flowers or -- well, you know. I was thrilled to find a couple of Inky Impressions images featuring golf because I have several family members (hubby included) who like to walk the links and take swings at a tiny little white ball. 

This little guy, Golfing Brandon, is a digital stamp and can be found in the Inky store here. Isn't he cute in his old fashion checkered knickers? I've colored him with my Copic markers.  My card base is white with a layer of blue matted with navy card. The DPs are from My Mind's Eye "Playdate" 6 x 6" pad. I cut the Brandon image into a square and matted it with navy and red. The side strip is also from the same pad, matted with the navy. The pennant across the top is from the same pad. The pennants were printed across the page as part of another design, so I hand cut them and glued them to a piece of Baker's twine. I tied a bow at each end of the twine and glued the two ends across my card. Then I placed tiny foam dots under each of the pennants to give them a slight lift.

The red corner die (on the strip) is Joy Crafts 6002/0125. I printed the sentiment off from my computer and then cut it using a round punch (Creative Memories). I then cut the next size larger circle from red and mounted the sentiment circle to it. The three little yellow buttons at the bottom are from my stash.

We do hope that you can join us this week in our challenge at the Inky Impressions Challenge Blog. As always, you do not have to use an Inky Impressions stamp to play along (although we would, of course, love it if you did, and as a thank you, you will receive two entries into the prize drawings). We are very proud of the Inky Impressions rubber stamps and digital images, and I know you will find them all to be as charming or nice as I find them. Stop by the store and have a look.

CMC Copic Challenge - Anything Goes
The Kraftyhands Challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
A-Musing Studio - Birthday
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie - Anything Goes
Craft Desert Divas - Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiments - Make It Colorful

Emboss It

Sadly I want to start this blog with an apology. That's not ever a good things, right? Well, I just have to say that my head has not totally been in the "game" for about a month now. I'm distracted and muddling along. I am getting names mixed up, forgetting things, starting something and never finishing -- yep, totally not all there. Last week I forgot to include the sketches for both TMS and for FBW in my blog write up. This week I totally forgot the "twist" to our challenge (and the theme of it) is EMBOSSING. I had to back track after my card was finished and ready to get photographed. I'll not bore you with what all is causing my distraction, but I resolve to do better (sigh)!

Now, with that off my chest, let's get down to Fluttering (hum, maybe I've been fluttering too much - LOL). This week, as I said, the theme/twist for our challenge is EMBOSS IT (wet or dry). I ended up dry embossing a piece of green card (and sanding the raised areas), then punching my butterflies from the embossed piece. The embossing isn't as evident as it would be on the background or even the fish-tail strip, but it is there (see second photo).

My image this week is a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter. I do have that image in line form, and it had been my intent to color it with my Copic markers, but it didn't happen, so I was glad for the option that The Paper Shelter gave me. I cut the image into a rectangle shape and matted it with brown card. My card base is white, and my DPs are from the Lost and Found Market Street 6 x 6" pad. They are both matted with the brown card. The butterflies are punched using Martha Stewart punches. I like to give butterflies "dimension" by either bending their wings upward (as I've done here) or layering them. I've also added dimension by using two green jeweled swirls as "trails" for the two larger butterflies.

I do hope that you can join us in this week's challenge. Just using embossing on your card, add a butterfly or a fairy and enter it over at the Flutter By Wednesday challenge blog.

Happy fluttering!

Card Crafter's Circle - Winged Things
Come and Get It - Wings

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Sketch #212

Happy Tuesday, ya'll! Did you catch my southern drawl there? Funny thing is that I really don't have very much of a southern accent, and I don't tend to use the traditional southern pronoun (ya'll) in my every day speech. Sorry to disappoint all my readers if you were thinking this little southern gal might sound like Scarlett O'Hara!

It is Tuesday, of course, and we have another really nice sketch for you to try this week. Here it is:

Super, right? Well, we also have a nice sponsor this week, DRS Designs was kind enough to supply the DT with images AND agree to provide one lucky person a nice prize. Can't get any nicer than that!

My card was made using Golfer Duff. This seems to be my week for golfing images (as you will see in my next post), but I don't mind because I do have a few fellers in my family who happen to think chasing a little white ball all over and whacking at it is lots of fun. Humph, they also think watching someone else whack around a poor, helpless little dimpled ball is also quite fun -- yes, the golf channel is often airing on at least one of the televisions. OK, so much for that, on to the particulars of my little card.

I colored Golfer Duff with my Copic markers after stamping him on X-Press It brand card with Memento ink. My card base is white, and my DP (My Mind's Eye) is matted with green card. The fish-tail strip is actually the other side of the background DP. Gotta love it when you can make a card using only one piece of 6 x 6" DP and card stock from the scrap bag! The golf ball on the side is a white circle that I embossed with a "Swiss dot" embossing folder. I made the hole flag by cutting a white triangle and matting it with yellow. The hole number was stamped on. The sentiment was printed from my computer and matted with the same small scrap of yellow that I used for the flag.

I hope you will have time this week to join in our challenge. In the mean time, if you will, hop on over to the TMS blog and have a look at the other wonderful cards made by the TD. 

ABC Challenges - Lots of Layers
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Cards for Men - Birthday
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps Challenge - Dog Days of Summer
A-Musing Studios Challenge - Birthday

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Inky Impressions New Release Blog Hop

Good day my lovely friends. Today Inky Impressions is introducing six new images with a wonderfully fun blog hop, and we are going to give some lucky person ALL the new images for free. Yes, all you have to do is visit each of the DT members blogs and leave a comment. The winner will be selected by random drawing from all the comments left, so the more blogs you visit, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have. All of the new images can be found in the Inky Impressions Store.

Listed below are the links for the Inky Impressions blog and all of our DT members. 

Jenée (me)

Now, let me share the card I've made for you:

Isn't that a beautiful beach scene? Looks so serene and inviting, doesn't it? There is a little kitty fitted out in swimwear, sun glasses and sipping a cool drink that can rest on the lounger. However, I thought the empty lounger was a perfect symbol for a missing you type card. I wanted to put the sentiment, "Wish you were here" on the front of the card, but ran out of room (smile), so I just shifted it to the inside (second photo). 

I colored my image using my Copic markers. The DPs are from My Mind's Eye. The sea shell charm and jute string are from my stash. The added sea shells are Close to My Heart stamps that I've had for, gosh, over 20 years. I stamped them with brown ink and fussy cut them. The three shell images on the front are adhered with dimensional dots while the ones on the inside are adhered flat to the card. I cut my card base using the largest die in the Marianne LR0242 set (purchased from Dutch Paper Crafts - see my side bar), and then cut the patterned layer with the next die in the set (which I also used to cut the inside). 

I hope I've shown you the versatility of this image and how lovely it is. Now hop on over to see what Jessie has to share with you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Inky Impressions Challenge

Hello my dear followers. I don't have a new Inky card for you this week, but I did want to hop on and remind you all of the new Inky Impressions Challenge that starts today. This week the theme is ANYTHING WITH WINGS. Now, this could be your image or it could be an embellishment. Of course, we'd like for you to use one of our darling Inky Impressions stamps (rubber or digi), but it is not mandatory for you to do so to participate in our challenge.

You might remember that Inky Impressions was kind enough to be the sponsor last week for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge. Since I used the sweet Wishing Well Fairy image for my FBW DT card, I'd like to share it with you again just as a reminder of how cute the Inky Impressions images are. Here is my previously posted card.

Thank you for allowing me this repeat. This will not happen very often (pinky promise). Now, run on over to the Inky Impressions blog, have a look at what the DT team for this week have made to inspire you, and then join us in this week's "Anything with Wings" challenge.

Oh, and do stop back by tomorrow. Inky has a new release debuting tomorrow, and both teams will be joining in to share the new images with a special blog hop and great prizes.

Pastel Fairy

This week at Flutter By Wednesday, we have a sketch for you to use. This sketch, created by our own DT member, Kathy Curry, is a great one with loads of potential. I think you will like it, so here it is:

Sketches are always great starting points in our card making. Once you decide the basic design, then picking papers, cutting the image and picking embellishments seem to fall into place much more quickly. For my card this week, I've used a A Day for Daisies image of this sweet little flower fairy comforting her caterpillar friend. If you've followed me for a while, you know that I really like ADFD fairies, but that I usually color them in deep, rich colors. This image, however, "spoke" pastels, so I have used soft pink and blue as my palette.

We are asking,as usual, for you to use either fairies or butterflies on your card, but also to use Kathy's sketch. Stop by the Flutter By Wednesday blog and have a look at the inspiration cards shared by the DT members, and if you have time, stop by their blogs and leave them a little love. We enjoy your visits as much as we enjoy visiting you.

Happy fluttering!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Buttons OR Bows

It is Tuesday again, so Tuesday Morning Sketches has another great sketch for you. This week is a judged challenge which means that not only will you need to use the sketch provided, but there is an additional twist. We would like to see what you do using buttons or bows or both. Now, being a fan of ribbons and bows, it had been my intention to use both on my DT card. Well, I don't know where my head was, but I totally forgot my ribbon/bow. It never registered with me until after I'd completely finished my card (sigh)!

Our sponsor this week is Clearly Digital Stamps, and I've used this adorable image of little duck swimming in an upside down umbrella. Too cute, right? With the amount of rain we've had this year here in Georgia, this image is perfect!

My card base is white with a layer of red DP matted with black card. The two DPs and the image are also matted with black. I've become especially fond of using black as my mat color. It really makes the colors POP. It is also a good neutral whenever I'm using several different colors for my papers. After matting everything, I simply adhered the pieces according to our LO sketch and added the three small buttons at the bottom. Clean, easy and quick! 

This sketch is a fantastic one to tuck away in your idea file. (I don't know about you, but I have a notebook containing various sketches and ideas that I go to when my Muses have jumped ship and left me on my own.)  Your card can be simple (as I've done) or dressed up to add more dimension or sophistication. The design works well with various embellishments, if you choose, and it also can be altered by changing the square (image) to a circle. A lovely decorative die behind your image, again, adds an entirely different look.

I hope you will have a chance to go over to the Tuesday Morning Challenge blog and have a look at the cards the other DT have made. As always, there is a wonderful array of various styles and talent exhibited by the DT members. Then get busy and make an entry for this week. Remember to use the sketch AND add either buttons, a bow or both!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Noor Joy Craft Doily Dies

Good day to all of you. I'm starting this blog entry off with a video for you, but will follow with still photos. Darlene, at Dutch Paper Crafts, has featured my Noor Joy Craft die release this week. The release is a set of four circular dies that are just stunning and create gorgeous backgrounds for your card images, so please take a few minutes to look at the video. Any or all of the dies can be purchased from Dutch Paper Crafts by using the sales email listed on the DPC blog (or clicking the hyperlink here). As always, Darlene provides the best prices and beautiful dies.

The first die is 6000/1001

Brown Male:  

  • The images is from a free vintage print found on the internet.
  • Image cut using a Spellbinder circle die.
  • Corner – Noor 6002/0135
  • Ivy Leaves – Marianne LR0206
The next die is 6000/1002

Brown Birds: 

  • Image free from internet.
  • Cut using Spellbinder circle die
  • Corners punched using Martha Stewart Corner punch
  • Roses are handmade using a 6 petal flower punch.
  • Leaves are cut using a Spellbinder flower die
Next die shown is 6000/1003

Burgundy Roses: 

  • Roses handmade using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and sponged with Palette brand Bordeaux ink.
  • Image free from internet, cut with Spellbinder die.
  • Inside I used Noor 6003/1003 for the “sentiment” area and Noor 6002/0136 corners.
The last die is 6000/1004, and I used it twice

Lady on Pink: 

  • Image free from internet, cut with Spellbinder die.
  • The Noor die has been cut and embossed and then the embossed area was stenciled using Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distressing ink before removing from the die. I used a small facial (make-up) sponge to apply the ink.
  • The round image is adhered to the smallest die in the QuicKutz Nesting doilies die set DC0429.
  • The corners are QuicKutz Flourish Borders DC0317
  • Roses are handmade using punches and brushed with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar ink.
  • Inside I used Noor 6002/0136 and Noor 6002/0146.
Red and Black:

  • I used 6000/1004 for this card. After cutting the die, I wove 1/16th” ribbon through the edges.
  • The stamped sentiment piece is Spellbinder Fancy Tags Two.
  • The roses are handmade.
  • The rhinestones are from Recollections.
  • Inside I’ve used Noor 6002/0147 and QuicKutz DC0317 for the corners.
I wish that I could direct you to the images that I've used on my cards, but they were obtained from free sites, and I did not make note of where I got them (my bad!). Because I wanted this release to have a bit of a Victorian look and feel, I simply did a Google search for the images using keywords, Victorian, birds, ladies, etc. Once I found the images that I wanted to use, I saved them to my computer, brought them into my word processing program and sized them to what I needed.

Despite my cards having a more elegant, formal look, let me assure you that these dies will work equally as well with more contemporary images. I've used them and seen them used as background for anything from little kids to animals.

As for my roses, I have posted a short tutorial in the past (check my archival listings). However, there are numerous wonderful tutorials available on the internet for making roses and other flowers. It is just a matter of a little practice. Once you start making them, you will find they go together rather quickly and make lovely additions to your cards. Here are some helpful blogs showing tutorials (I have to admit that my roses are kind of a combination of several people's techniques, but some of the blogs I'll set were helpful in getting me started): (Although she is using a die in her tutorial and I used punches (except for the Tim Holtz tattered rose die), this technique is probably closest to what I do.)

There are also a lot of great You-tube video tutorials that are quite helpful. Just do a search for paper roses.

My descriptions of each card in this release have been brief due to space and time. If you need or want additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have or provide you with further explanation/information. Thank you for staying with me this long. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Let's Do the Islands!

I have to smile at this week's challenge theme for Inky Impressions. Our theme is VACATION. Why does that make me smile? Not for the reason that some of you may think. The reason I am smiling is because as of Monday (5 August), school started back for the kids, so vacation time is over. If I were still teaching, I would have been back to work for two full days now (not counting the week of pre-planning prior to the students arriving). Ah, there are some benefits to being retired (smile).

For my card, I've used Hula Lili (LI09-HL02). Isn't she pretty? Before I go further and tell you about my card, I'd like to share a side note with you all. I am allergic to Hawaii! The beautiful flowers found all over the islands and my allergies do NOT get a long at all. Quite a few years back, my husband and I spent a week on the big island. In less than 48 hours after our plane touched down, I was sneezing, eyes oozing and in full allergy mode! Managed to still have a very nice week despite of things, but we continue to laugh to this day over the fact that I'm allergic to many people's dream vacation spot, beautiful Hawaii!

OK, walk down memory lane is over. Time to get back to business at hand (smile). I've used a white card base and some very old (think about 15 years old) designer paper which I bought specifically to use with our pictures from Hawaii. The paper is from a company called "The Paper Patch" and has white hibiscus printed on it. The companion piece (the side strip) simply has matching white dot swirls. I matted the side strip on white after punching one side using a Martha Steward border punch. I've tucked a Wilton paper doily under the strip and behind my image. Keeping with the white hibiscus look, I've used three paper flowers. Behind the flowers, I've tucked a Cheery Lynn leaf flourish which I cut from white. I added pearls to the center of the flowers and to the right upper and lower corners of the card.

I typed my sentiment and printed it off to white card. I then took one of my Spellbinder label dies and placed the top of the die so that it would cut around the wording, giving me a decorative mini-label which I tucked to the side of my image. It reads, "Have a Swingin' Vacation." Now I realize that many of us do not send cards to people going on vacation, so this could easily be changed out to read, "Have a Swingin' Birthday" (or swingin' graduation, retirement or whatever fits your need).

Whether your vacation is over, just starting, half-way through or just a future dream, we do hope that you will come visit us at the Inky Impressions blog and have a look at the great inspiration cards shared by our DT. Then we do hope that we will have inspired you enough to join us in this week's challenge.

Until next time, Aloha!

Challenges Entered

A Little Bit Crafty - Summer Sun

The Pink Elephant - Texture
Crafty Creations - Texture
The Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

MilkCoffee Challenge - Coloring

We're Back

Good morning blog friends. Flutter By Wednesday is back. After taking a break for the month of July so that the DT could enjoy a bit of summer and so that our fabulous leader could move with her family to another state, we are fluttering back with wonderful new challenges and inspiration for you. This week we are being sponsored by a company near and dear to my heart. Does the little fairy image look a bit familiar? Yes, we are being sponsored by Inky Impressions Stamps! If you play along with our challenge this week, you have the opportunity of possibly being randomly selected for a $10 gift certificate to spend in the Inky Impressions online store -- a super nice prize!

I have colored my little Inky Impressions fairy using my Copic markers. She was printed onto X-Press It brand card (which reminds me -- note to self: time to order more X-Press It card). After coloring, I fussy cut. 

Then, starting with a white card base, I have put a layer of green card and a layer of DP. I put a strip of coordinating DP across the middle after matting it with the same green card. I used Noor Joy Crafts die 6002/0146 (purchased from Dutch Paper Crafts) to cut the background from white card and Joy Crafts 6002/0125 to cut the corners from green. I used Cheery Lynn B117S (mini Fanciful Flourish) along with a Recollections rose and Wild Orchid cherry blossoms to finish off the front.

We are very excited to be back and to resume our weekly Wednesday challenges for you. I hope you are ready to flutter by again as we always enjoy seeing the beautiful creations our followers share with us. REMEMBER, whatever you enter MUST have a fairy or at least one butterfly visible on your card or image.

Now, hop on over to the Flutter By Wednesday blog and get reacquainted with our wonderful design team. Then go create!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Butterfly Teeka for Tuesday Morning Sketches

Good morning friends. It is Tuesday so that means another wonderful sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.. This week we are being sponsored by Imagine That Digital Designs who generously provided the DT with some of their nice images. Before I tell you about my card, let me show you this week's brand new sketch:

The Imagine That digi came with both a colored and a b&w line drawing, giving you the option of coloring your own image or using the pre-colored image for your art work. Because of my previously mentioned hectic schedule, I opted to use the pre-colored Teeka Butterfly image. I printed off the image and then fussy cut it. I also added a little glitter to her wings using a Jelly-Roll glitter pen.

My two designer papers are from a DCWV paper pad (12 x 12") which I cut and placed on a green card base. I then added lavender lace between the two papers across the center of the card. My circle die is called Nesting Lace (DC0435) by QuicKutz, and my corner is by Noor Joy Crafts (6003/0135), both from Dutch Paper Crafts. I printed off my sentiment from my computer, cut it and then matted it with lavender card to finish off.

Hop on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog and have a look at the other DT member's cards, then use Debbie's sketch and show us what you can do. We always enjoy seeing what we've inspired all of you to create using our wonderful sketches.