Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'm Back from my Road Trip

Hope everyone had an excellent week! I was off visiting old friends with the Roguette. She had a blast hanging out and having fun.

I figured this card was apropos for my return.  I've always loved this sentiment.  Haven't a clue where I got it though - one of the tragedies of having just a few too many stamps. The little girl is an image I got from a friend.  It's a hAnglar and StAnglar...too cute!

I tried a new coloring for the hair.  What do you think?

I am entering this cutey in the following charming challenges:

Card Makin' Mamas - Make it Girlie

Belli Challenge - Children

Paper Pretties  - Create a Card for a Girl

Have a fabulous Springy weekend! Okay, off to plant some flowers!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring Fashion Colors

It's time for a new Rebel Challenge on RRD!  We're going colorful this time with colors that are popping up in Spring Fashions on runways across the country. 

RRD is daring you to use 1 or more of these colors as your central color theme for your creation!

For this sample for the challenge, I picked the lilac, violet and navy blue coupled with my Milliner Misses set. I did a little Cuttlebug highlights, a Technique Junkie technique to finish it off with a little pizzazz.  Here's how my stylish sweetie turned out!

Come and play along!  I know you won't be able to resist making your own fab color combination!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Inky Goodness

I love playing with different inks!  This card has a Distress Ink wash with a border of pounced alcohol ink diluted with blending solution and, finally, images stamped with Archival Ink.  I love the way it came out!

Stamps: Paperbag Studios and  Invoke Arts.

If you want some quick facts on some of the most common types of ink and to see a few more of my inky cards, check out my FYI article on Unruly PaperArts.

In the meantime, I have entered this card into the following challenges:

My Time to Craft - Fairy Nice

Make My Monday - Vintage (Men and Boys)

Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes (No Cute)

Hope your day has some inky goodness included!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Life is Getting Nice and Springy

I am really loving that Spring has come to our little part of the world.  The air feels fresh and fabulous and the beautiful flowers are starting to show up in beautiful bunches! 

This little bunny with her sweet bonnet always makes me smile!  I  colored her in with copics and put her on this beautiful designer paper I had in my scrap basket.

Stamps: rabbit (Penny Black); sentiment (Inkadinkado)

I am entering this fuzzy female into the following fab challenges:

Penny Black and more - Oh So Cute

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Spring is in the Air

The Craft Place Challenge - All About Spring

Hope your day has been filled with Spring breezes and budding blossoms!

Bottle Cap Badge

I am getting in on the Altered Item of the Month in the Unruly PaperArts FB group.  For April, the challenge is to alter a bottle cap or jar lid. 

The Roguette, my darling and daring daughter, consumes frappochinos as if they were the special nectar of the gods so I get to keep lots of fab sized bottle tops.  When I collaged onto this particular lid, my idea was to create a badge type embellishment for a later canvas - thus the feathers.  The other lid I have created, which is taking FOREVER to dry, uses the inside of the lid and will probably, with the magic of adhesive magnetic strip, end up as a fridge decoration.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wake Up!

I just saw that The Sweet Stop with their lovely sketches is celebrating their 3rd Birthday by letting everyone pick their favorite past sketch.  I loved the one that Cathy McCauley used for her sample, so I had to give it a go!

Stamp image: Rooster (Squigglefly); sentiment (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am also entering this card into these other fab challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday - Spotty, Dotty

Paper Pretties - Use Lots of Layers - 6 layers

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge - Anything Goes

Hope your day started with a hearty hello!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Just Us Girls Sketch

These kraft papers keep calling me but I wasn't sure how I was going to put them together until I saw  the sketch at Just Us Girls and You're the Krafty One Challenge on Drunken Stampers.

Here's my take on both challenges:

 A very simple card with a simple thought - Je t'aime.  I think my husband's going to like it!  What do you think?

Happy Easter to All

I had such a lovely day with my family but I didn't want to miss saying Happy Easter to my online buddies!

Hope you all like this cheery bunny!  He was a lot of fun to paint!  I used an aquapainter to pick up various shades of Stampin Up ink to watercolor him!  I wasn't intending on making him pink but that's what color he wanted to be today!

 Stamp: Penny Black

This little guy is being entered into the following challenges:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Easter/Spring

Saturday Challenge - Easter

Simply Create Too
- Eggs and/or Bunnies

Hope everyone had a glorious and fun-filled weekend!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Birthday Girl

I had so much fun making the first card for the Child's Birthday Challenge at Celebrate the Occasion, I made another kid card!

I started with this cute Magnolia image and an idea of layout from the Clean and Simple Stamping Sketch Challenge.   Here's this week's sketch:

I colored her in soft colors with my Copic markers.  While searching for paper, I came across a scrap of this old birthday paper that I've had since I started stamping eons ago.

Isn't she sweet!  I love the combo of the frilly little dress and those clunky shoes! 

Off to play some more!

Bunny Birthday

Sorry, I've been gone for a bit.  After being off work for a week because of my wisdom teeth surgery, I had such a pile of papers on my desk there was just no time to stamp!  But I hung in there and got the job done so I can stamp this weekend!

It's been awhile since I played with my Penny Black stamps and this one is extra cute!  Usually, I make this image into an Easter card, but today I decided to go a different way after seeing the Celebrate the Occassion - Child's Birthday Challenge!  I decided to add some birthday candles and a fresh Spring birthday card bloomed!

I went with soft colors for the bun and fun hot colors for the base!

Stamps: Hanging on (Penny Black); Candle Wish (Rubber Stampede)

I am also going to enter this card into the following fab challenges:

Simply Create Too - Eggs and/or Bunnies

4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers

Hope you are all having a fantastic Saturday!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Boy of Note

I got inky this weekend.  This little guy was one of a set of cards I made by going back to basics - sponging.   If you haven't checked out the Sponging Spectacular or the Inky Backgrounds Reader Art Quests on Unruly PaperArts, you should wander over.

For this card, I went Clean and Simple with a little burst of color.  I was inspired by the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge's one layer challenge.  I love this little guy from the RRD Beach Babes plate.   I added the sentiment from the Bits and Pieces plate.

I am also entering this card into the following fab challenges:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes

Hope your day was also clean and simple :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Simple Feline Inkiness

To get into the Sponging Spectacular mood over at Unruly PaperArts, I decided to create a few one-layer cards with simple sponged color.

It was pretty quick to put together and I really liked the bold look.  I started by stamping my image on a piece of white cardstock with black ink.  The cat is from RRD's Just Sayin' plate and the sentiment is from RRD's Bits and Pieces plate.

I then restamped the image onto a repositionable note and cut it out for a mask. 

I decided a circlular shape would be perfect for this cute kitty.  I punched out a large circle from a repositionable note and used the reverse (waste) as my mask.

Once I had the basic structure, I picked my inks.  I love warm colors and I was going for a sunrise feel on this one.  I picked out mustard, orange and rust inks.

I started with the mustard ink and sponged it over the entire open area.  I was careful to sponge from the edges inward to avoid ink straying where it shouldn't be.

Next, I added the orange ink in a wide band around the outside rim.

For the final hint of color, I sponged some rust around the edge of the mask.

See!  Easy-peasy!  All I had to do to finish up was remove the masks and add a sentiment.  Tip:  make sure to wipe your hands and fingertips before removing the mask or inky fingerprints can mar your nice clean and simple card!

After this one went so well, I made a few more.  You can check them out on Rogue Redhead Designs!

You may also want check out what's up for this month's Unruly PaperArts Issue - Ink Minx!
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