Sunday, March 31, 2013

Out Like a Lamb

We definitely had March come in like a lion and stay pretty "feline" for the rest of the month, but this lovely weekend it is departing like a lamb!

Spring seems to have finally taken root and started to bloom.  From where I sit, that means it's time to get out one of my oldest stamps, a Penny Black that I keep going back to again and again.

Here's this year's take on my fluffy friend:

Stamp: Penny Black
I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Bring on Spring

Creative Moments - Animals

Hope you are having a beautiful Spring day blooming with love if not flowers!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Getting S.I.M.P.L.E. with ATCs

As some of my long-time pals know, I've add ATC angst for quite awhile.   A few years ago, I tried to come up with a step-by-step process in creating these mini masterpieces which was posted on Gingersnap Creations.  I even did a follow-up using the same steps.

With the newest issue of Unruly PaperArts focusing on ATCs, I thought I would try my hand at adjusting my process.   I came up with a quick way to focus my thoughts and created 6 ATCs using my new "S.I.M.P.L.E." method.

Here's an example of one of my new Artist Trading Cards:

To see my other ATCs and check out my method, visit my article in Unruly PaperArts!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

Well, okay it has not completely sprung in my corner of New England but the sun's out and that's what counts after such a long and disagreeable winter.

I decided to imbue this Spring creation with a sunshiny color and lots of flowers, which I am desperately missing right now!

This little mouse looked like he was having a banner day so I put a little pennant into the design.  I do have to say that I am loving this X-Press It!  Blending Paper.  It is lovely to work with and blends without effort which covers up a lot of my bad coloring flubs :)  I did go a little heavy on the shadowed areas on this one but I really wanted to give the idea of a warm Spring sun casting shadows.

Stamps: sentiment and mouse (Penny Black)

I am entering this card in the following fantastic challenges:

Penny Black - Spring into Spring

Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark

Chocolate, Coffee,  and Cards - Bring on Spring

Salute the season with a little joy today! It'll make you bloom from the inside out!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I Give Up - Let It Snow

I was trying to get all into the fabulous almost Spring weather, but Mother Nature and Father Winter seem to be on the outs at the moment and we are getting socked with a snow storm today!

So basically, I have given up on Spring thoughts and am just giving in to the fluffy white stuff.  Here's my card to appease Jack Frost and the sprites of winter weather:

I love this snowman as he is so happy about his cool circumstance.  I also love coloring idea why but it's fun!  I have actually use this stamp and sentiment combo before.  You can check out that older card here.

Stamps: Jolly Snowman (Stamps Happen); sentiment (Penny Black)

 I am entering my snowman in the following fab challenges:

Card Mania - Lots of Layers

Love to Create - Anything Goes

Merry Monday - Snowmen

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

In the Pink

Spring is pushing through the snow so I am pushing on with some Spring-themed cards!  This happy mousy seemed like a good place to start!

After I colored him in with copic markers, I mounted him on a background panel I had made a while ago with a Technique Junkie technique called Waxy Cuttlebug.  I thought with the wax resist flower background it made a nice "field" of color for our little mouse to run across!  I am truly loving this X-Press It paper from Copic.  It blends so wonderfully that it makes even my coloring look pretty darn good!

Stamp: Penny Black
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Paper Creators Crafts - Spring Has Sprung

Moving Along with the Times - Spring is in the Air

Crafting for all Seasons - Spring into Spring

Have a sensational and Spring-like day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Little Drops of Water

Another Rogue Rebel Challenge entry for Sentimental Focus! We are asking you to put the onus on a sentiment or quote for this challenge!

This time, I used one of the quotes from Beach Babes and stamped it onto tan designer paper.  I sponged distress ink around the edges.  To frame the quote, I used an oldie-but-goodie Technique Junkies technique called Torn Edges.

The background panel was made from the same designer paper to which I added starfish, crabs and shells using the same Distress Ink, Antique Linen.

Stamps: crab, starfish, shell and quote from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I'll be entering this card into the following charming challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Craft Your Passion - 2 Colors Only

Hope you have an amazing day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

No More Snow Days?

Well, we had a whopping good storm last Friday.  We are all crossing our fingers that it was the last one of the season but who knows?  Over the weekend, I thought I would commemorate this flurry of snowy activity with a card.   I haven't had this little skating pup out all winter!

I used the Block Fill Technique Junkies technique from a recent newsletter for a little different look for this well-used stamp. Every year, I do something with this cutie...just can't help myself!

Stamps: Penny Black and A Muse (?)
I am entering him in the following charming challenges:

Stamp and Create - Fur or Feathers

Use Your Stuff - Our Four-Legged Friends (used up designer paper scrap, well-loved stamp)

The Hybrid Chick - Fur or Feathers

Here's to a day with warming trends and patches of grass emerging!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sentimentally Rogue

The new Rebel Challenge on RRD is to focus on the sentiment! For this card, I wanted to showcase a quote from my Nature Notes plate.  It's one of my favorites!

I used a combination of the handwriting background from Behind the Scenes and the Almanac Page background from Relish Reading for the back panel.  I accented the actual quote with the flourish from Nature Notes.

I am entering this card in the following fabulous challenges:

GingerLoft - The Color Green

Quirky Crafts - Make Your Own Background Paper

Cards by Lady Ann - Sentimental for Friday

Hope you get to Captain your own life today! My day is not looking like its going in that direction :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dreaming of Coasters

Last month, we had an altered Coaster swap on UPA, through our companion Yahoo Group, with the theme of Dream.  I was lucky enough to exchange with fabulous artists - Krisha Ogle and Debi Ryan!

They made some awesome art! What I always find so intriguing about swaps is that everyone starts out with the same prompt and all the art is always amazingly different!

Each of these dear women also put in some hostess extras for me!  Thank you both so much!  Along with some goodies to help me in my future crafting, they both added in some extra art too!

Krisha sent me this "dreamy" bookmark along with a ton of fun stuff to play with!

Debi out-did herself again with a fabulous card and this sweet butterfly bag brimming with goodies!

Thank you both so much for your gorgeous gifts! They truly brightened my day!

I'll be posting my coasters when the ones I sent to Debi, who lives far far away, arrive!  I don't want to ruin the surprise.  I know Krisha got hers already!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Purple Patterned Thank You

For my Simple Set Saturday post over at RRD this month, I decided to focus on putting together some texture and pattern.  Usually I don't mix the two as I don't like overwhelming areas on my designs, but I discovered that using designer paper scraps with subtle or small patterns combined with some embossing folders and a little ink created a pleasing look with out too much "busy" on the card.

Here is one of the cards I created.  I used a modified version of an old Technique Junkies technique called Cuttlebug Highlights from the Oct/Nov 2008 newsletter.  Instead of running cardstock through my Cuttlebug, I switched things up a bit by using some designer paper scraps.  Not all paper is created equal so if you try this too, make sure that you are using a nice weight designer paper.  I had one piece that was a wee bit on the thin side and instead of dry embossing, I ended up with almost a die cut result.

Stamps: flower and sentiment from Nature Notes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I loved that the subtle gingham of the paper shone through the pretty vintage embossing design.  Gave it a bit more zip!

I've entered this simple card into the following challenges:

My Time to Craft - Embossing

Paper Creators Crafts - Flowery Delight

Sweet Stampin - Embossing

You can see my other variations of this look on my Simple Set Saturday post on RRD!

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