Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another snowman in purple!

While I had this paper out I decided to color another of the great snowmen that Cindy (YLM) sent to me in our trade. She had the snowman stamped a little to the right which also gave me the idea for this card. The My Mind's Eye 29th Market Street paper looks like snowball so I decided to only use this as my dp. I nearly had the card together and I thought the rectangle main image looked a little boring so I got out my coluzzle mat and circle template and cut the top in a semi circle. I like it much better. To stamp the sentiment I used my black SU marker and colored the "thank" part of the sentiment from SU's Short and Sweet. I cleaned that off really well then markered the "you" part so I could put it underneath.
I used amethyst ink and an old SU snowflake for the bg and sponged the edges in amethyst too.
The copic markers I used are as follows: BG10 (a real favorite of mine!) for the snowman and for the purple hat and scarf I used BV00, B63, BV13 and a touch of BV08.

I also photographed the inside of the card. I sponged white paper with Almost amethyst, then used Eggplant and Almost Amethyst to stamp these beautiful scrolled snowflakes from Magnolia-licious.

They are on sale now. You get the two sizes for $5.00.
As always, my sincere thanks for stopping by! I'm gathering up some goodies for when I reach 10,000 hits on my counter. All comments are read and reread!
Hope your day is fun! Blessings for 2009 to all of you!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thank you Snowman!

And thank you, Cindy! I've been working on cards to send as Thank yous to a few people for gifts and kindnesses and this is one I made today.
The snowman is from Whipper Snapper and when I saw the creations Cindy (YLM on splitcoast) made with him we worked out a trade of images and punchies. I'm so happy she stamped even the branch with the snowman so all I had to do was color! That IS my favorite part!
I used copics to color the image. I added a green marker to the green branches. I used a yellow copic marker around the image, evened that out a bit with the blender then sponged on some barely banana. The snowflakes are an SU! stamp that I added in Soft Sky and I sponged Soft Sky around the edges. I drew in the snow with my black fine marker.
I'm thinking that I will add some sparkle to the snow and branches with Stardust Stickles before he's mailed out to my friend, who, by the way, LOVES purple!
I guess that's it for today! I have lots to work on! Diana will be posting the January sketch for the Magnolia-licious store on Jan. 1st. Hope you can check it out and play along! Why not take a look now? She's added some great images to the sale section of her store!
Thanks for coming by! Have a great evening!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Year's Tilda for FS99

Hi everyone! I had colored one of these Tildas to use on a card today. Then I saw the Featured stamper on SCS and was inspired to also make an altered tin. I didn't have anything to fill it so I lined the box in Chocolate Chip and Riding Hood Red cardstock. Here's the inspiration piece that I used. thanks, Barbara (stampfilleddreams)!
My card uses the wonderful new paper by Cosmo Cricket called Chemistry. Great colors and patterns, but they don't scream Valentine's Day, so you can use them for other things. the border punch is a Martha Stewart lattice work punch. To make the background behind Tilda I swirl color on my white nestability shape with a stencil brush. Adirondack inks in Cranberry and Butterscotch give this great coral color. I LOVE it!
The Tilda is colored the same way. On the the tin I also used the awesome Basic Grey paper Bittersweet and Urban Prairie. The ribbon is Berry Sorbet from Papertrey Ink.

Copic colors used are shades of brown-E31, E33, E35, E37 and E47.
Pinks and corals include Eoo and E02 for her face with R20 fro cheeks
The others are R11, R42, R32, R35 and R29.
Her hair starts with Buttercup yellow and I add a little brighter yellow and then some of my browns to it. I'm not crazy about the blond hair I make, still trying to find the right combo.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Here's Violet!

Here's our kitten, Violet! She is 4 months old now. She's very petite and feminine, but can she climb! This is here IN our Christmas tree the other evening! Come on, how can you be upset when she is so adorable!These are a couple more of the money holders I made to give to our adult nephews. "Kids" in their 20s love that cash! Now that they all work, they really understand how hard it is to earn a buck! Thanks again to Tori for the design and coloring inspiration! You rock, Tori!
Have a good day after and I hope you were blessed this Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Good morning and Merry Christmas! Here are a few gift card (money) holders that I made using Tori Wild's wonderful samples and directions! What a fun way to give a gift card card or money! Thanks, Tori!These use Stampin' Up's set Mr. Twiggy. The others use Anna Wight's set for Whipper Snapper, Cozy Critters!
Sorry about this last picture! I was counting on it to correct itself! Didn't happen!
My heartfelt thanks to you for checking out my blog! You make me feel special! (More Magnolia cards coming soon! Suzy H. has a sketch challenge for us and it's GOOD!)
Have a wonderful day with family and friends!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bag in a Box

I know these have been all the rage lately and with good reason! If you haven't made one you've got to! They are so easy and fun! I made 10 to give to teacher friends at school today.
My directions came from Inking Addict. The directions are very easy to follow. Beware though, they hold A LOT of candy!
I used Always Artichoke cardstock and Basic Grey Wassail paper. I punch the flowers from Cranberry Crisp with my 5 petal punch. Then I wadded and curled, and just generally wrinkled them up. Then I sponged them with Bravo Burgundy. The Marigold morning flower is from the old SU punch with 3 flowers. It is sponged with Adirondack Butterscotch. The center star shape is the punch out from my Martha Stewart snowflake punch. They were EVERYWHERE so I decided to use some of them!
The scrunched flower idea came from Blondie090277's Gallery. Pretty neat, huh?
We have had TWO snowdays, but our Christmas cards STILL aren't done! I'm so frustrated. I really don't like doing them on Christmas Eve, but that's my plan for tomorrow! I don't send all that many, so there is no excuse for this! (Mad at myself here!)
Gotta go to work today!
Thanks for being here!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Owl be Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Greetings! I was up to my eyeballs in projects that it is necessary to finish when I saw today's Featured Stamper, Paula Tracy! What an amazing gallery! She creates magical cards with the gamsol magic technique! Wow!
Anyway here is my feeble case of one of her creations. Here's the card I cased, but you gotta check out her whole gallery! Amazing, I tell you!
My card has a base of Pink Pirouette stamped in one of the backgrounds from All that Scraps. I wanted a darker color than PP so I used Papertrey's Sweet Blush. The other cardstock is Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze. I used some of my precious My Mind's Eye dp. The colors are so gorgeous!
My image is stamped on watercolor paper. Then I masked the owl and swirled some of PTI's Aqua mist with my stencil brush to create a soft background. I kept the mask on and started to work on the branches. My main branch is an old PSX stamp and I started with Mellow Moss. Then I used a little Denami Design pine sprig in Kiwi Kiss. It still needed more dimension so I added some brown marker, a dark green marker and did a few needles with my thin black pen. Finally satisfied, I watercolored my owl with SU! reinkers. The had was stamped separately and glued on later. I went around my image with some aqua copic markers to try for some dimension.
Finally, I added liquid applique, and stickles (after I puffed the LA). My tiny sentiment is from my LSS (no manufacturer on stamp!) and is punched with the SU! punch and sponged in sweet blush. I think this will be my sister's Christmas card. She collects owls
I guess that's it for today! I must get to work on the projects I need for teacher friends. Lake Effect snow is expected tonight, but it would be shocking if we were cancelled again! My class party is tomorrow, too! All gifts are at school and still not wrapped!
Stampin' hugs! Cheryl

Duh! My owl and hat stamps are from Whipper Snapper, designed by Anna Wight. They are part of an amazing set called "Cozy Critters". How could I forget to mention that!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Not so Blue!

Happy Friday!
There are no Holiday Blues here 'cause we have a Snow Day! It's just the best to see your school's name on the TV screen and the word "closed" after it! My DH works in radio so he's swamped at work today. He still gives me a personal call to congratulate me on my day off! He used to have time to call me BEFORE it was on radio or TV, but computers have made it possible for television to be first. Enough of that! Don't mean to rub it in!
I had this card started early this morning when I saw Jeanne's challenge for LSC199 to use 75% blues in your card. I hope Aqua counts as blue! I {{love}} aqua for winter cards! I may have bent the other rule a little bit, I'm not sure. I used one type of embellishments, the brads. Paper embellishments are okay so I used a paper corner punch, stickles, and I snuck some Crystal Effects onto my little guy's saucer!
This is definitely what I would have been doing as a kid if we had a Snow Day!
Copic markers were used to color my favorite (at least for now!) Gruffie. I used BG10., BG72 and BG09 for his saucer and hat. I used E51, E31, E33, and E57 on my bear with E93 and RV42 for his cheeks. The sky is sponged with Baja Breeze and the SU snowflakes are also stamped with BB. The darker layers are Not Quite Navy and the card base is BB. The wonderful snowy dp is from Bo Bunny.
I hope you like what you see and have time to leave a comment. I know that I have some awards to acknowledge, post and pass on. I'll try to fit that into my extended weekend. All are very much appreciated!! Really!
Be safe! Cheryl

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tilda with Prisma Pencils

Good morning! The Magnolia-licious design team had a request to see some Magnolia stamps (Tildas) colored with Prisma and Gamsol.
This card is the result of my efforts with this technique. I think she turned out okay, you get a softer look this way.
Thanks for asking us to do this, Deb! Obviously I need to practice. I also want to watercolor some of my images when I get the chance. Those copics are just so easy to grab and start coloring!
My Tilda with Dalecarlia coat came from Magnolia-licious and the Magnolia-licous group you can join to talk about all things Magnolia is here. Diana always sends an email when she has added new stamps for order or preorder on the store site. She also has 2 different sets of copic markers to check out.
No to card details:
My card base is olive. The dp is 2-sided and is made by Creative Imaginations. The tiny Merry Christmas sentiment is one I picked up at my (nearly) local stamp store Buffalo Stamps N Stuff.
I JUST got some of these primas from Michael's the other day (smiling here). The nearest Michael's is an hour away, so when I was Christmas shopping I just HAD to buy something for me! The card size is 4.25x4.25.
Thanks for visiting! I really do appreciate it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SC207 Zoomin'!!

I really hate when I can't post for days! I zoomed through this card so I could post it before work! Was hoping for a delay in school due to the weather, but no luck!
This is a wonderful Gruffie stamp by House Mouse designs. I colored it with my copics. I used aqua mist to sponge around this cute guy. Added liquid applique and stickles to his hat and stickles to the snow. I fussed with the card before the stickles were dry so I have them smeared everywhere!! Anybody else been there?
I used today's sketch challenge for the layout. I think the strip pieces should have been wider for more effect, but it will do. DP is from My Mind's eye (the red) and Bo Bunny. Real red is used for the card base.
Hope YOUR day is calm and relaxing! (Ha! Not likely is it?)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Peppermint Snowman

Hi! I have another Christmas card done! Yeah! This one is pretty self explanatory, but I'll write a bit about it.
The snowman is from Magnolia-licious and is sooooo easy to color.
Here's the link to the snowman
The snowflakes behind him are from an old SU! set, but I don't know which one.
The snowflake is a blue felt one (SU!), one of Anna Wight's beauties made with glitter and a punch and then a red one punched with a Marthat Stewart punch. I used Real Red, Basic Gray, and Basic Grey Wassail for the paper. I colored my snowman with copic markers. I used Coral and Lipstick Red. The snowman is shaded in B10 and is outlined in Grays (C-1 and C-3). I mad ribbon tabs at the top to balance out the effect of the snowflake. Iused another MS edge punch on the RR piece on the bottom.
Thanks for stopping in! I've got to get some more stamping done! (Did you notice I linked the word instead of the whole URL? this makes me very happy)
Love ya! Cheryl

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tilda Elf Takes a Break

It must be VERY busy at the North Pole just now so here is Tilda (the elf) outside getting some air. After 20 minutes (Santa gives generous breaks!) she has to go back into the workshop and make more toys!
I was "on a break" last night! I finally had an evening at home this week and NO creativity! ZERO! My husband and I get up at 4:00 and that's when the creativity flows for me. He goes to work at 5:00 (morning radio is alive and well!)
Anyway, that's my favorite time to stamp! When is yours?

This is Tilda in Christmas hat, Snowflake background, Winter Bench and Winter Trees all from Magnolia! I get my images from Diana Crick here:
If you are done with your Christmas cards check out her store for New Year's AND preorder for Valentine Tildas and accessories! Click on Shop and then look at the small print for the categories of stamps ato see all the wonderful pictures of these images!
My card base is Bashful Blue (no aqua for a change!), then a red layer of cosmo Cricket. My nestie has Bashful blue ink swirled on with a stencil brush (just like airbrushing! hehe!). I colored with copics. I don't have the colors listed (sorry!) because I colored images a week or so ago and didn't write them in my little notebook. I colored the trees this morning and used shades of blue green so they wouldn't match the olive colors on Tilda. I added liquid applique (let it set for 45 minutes), heated it then put stickles on that.
Thanks for all the support you've given my feeble blog! The numbers keep adding up (Love that!) and I am getting blog candy lined up!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! Cheryl

Sorry my pictures got switched. Please look at whole card!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tilda as St. Lucia

Good morning all!
A quick, simple card today made with Tilda as St. Lucia. St. Lucia day is celebrated at the end of this week in Sweden. The oldest daughter in a family acts out the part of St. Lucia dresses as in this picture and serves rolls to her family in the morning.
St. Lucia was a young girl in Sweden centuries ago who became a Christian. I think she may have been killed for it. I have to check my history. In my 2nd/3rd grade classroom we talk about how the holidays are celebrated around the world and this is one that we talk about.
In Jamestown, NY near me there is a very large Swedish population.
Disclaimer: I apologize if I gave ANY incorrect information and would be happy to edit if there is someone who wants to comment with more details. thank you!
My card base is Papertrey white, then a layer of Hunter Green. The dp came from Joann's. Tilda is colored very simply with just a few copic markers. I painted her dress with Shimmerz in Angel Wing white. If you can't see it, maybe it will show if you click on it to enlarge. I used my usual stickles, Stardust on her candle flame.
Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday!
Have a good Monday, Cheryl

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Waiting for Snow!

This is Tilda Waiting. Is she waiting for Snow? Waiting for Christmas? Waiting to go skiing? I guess only she knows!
I made this card so I could use Tilda AND this beautiful Winter Forest (also by Magnolia) and available from Magnolia-licious The trees are a big stamp. The two larger trees overlap and the third is about 1/4" away. The can be used together or separately. A really wonderfully drawn image, I think! Anyway, I combined aqua and greens to make this card around the background dp that I got from Joann's. Darn, I only got one sheet!
My card base is Sage shadow, then a layer on Hunter Green (the older shade which had more blue to it). The nestability is cut from Papertrey white Select. I use a large stencil brush to place color on from my inkpad. I use a circular motion and just keep going until I have the color I want. Then I stamped some Magnolia snowflakes in Baja Breeze on it and stickled those. I colored my Tilda and trees with copics. and layered it together. then it needed more, so I added the MS snowflake and gem and the white ribbon. This is the first time I've curled ribbon with my heat gun. Love that effect!
The trees have liquid applique. I puffed it then added stickles to it.
I used my usual colors (it seems to me!) of
B10, B72
E31, E33, E35
YG91, Yg95 and then a touch of dark olive (not sure of number) This card is an unusual size, 4.5" x 5.5"

I took this second picture so you can see how the Tilda and the small tree stand out from the card!
I'm off to look at anna'screations, she's the featured stamper on SCS today!
Hope your day is delightful!
P.S. this is the last day for Lisa's blog candy. Please rush over and comment on her blog!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Man's card?

What do you think? I made this card for a (man) friend of ours whose birthday is tomorrow, Dec. 6. It has a little sparkle because I couldn't resist! I tried to use manly colors to match the Wanted dp from Stampin' Up and Cosmo Cricket. I'm going with it because it's the last minute and I don't have time for another! I kind of like how it turned out, too.
I used Sage, Rust and Chocolate from SU! and Papertrey Ink White select cardstock to stamp and color. I used Copic markers to color this adorable Cupcake Mouse from Whipper Snapper designs. I have had him a LONG time and had never inked him up! Poor little guy!
There is some sponged ink around the image that is mostly soft sky and baja breeze. I grabbed a dirty sponge from my table and didn't even need the ink pad! LOL!
Please stop by my friend, Lisa's blog, Kind Creations. She is lakind on SCS. She has some great blog candy ready to go because she has reached 10,000 hits! Way to go, Lisa! You have such a "classy" blog. Here's the link:
Better get to work! Wish the weekend was more than a mere 48 hours!
thanks for taking some of your precious time to visit here! Cheryl

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Magnolia-licious Challenge!

Good morning! It's back to work for me today! But not before posting this card I made for Diana's Magnolia-licious challenge!
Claudia designed the sketch for the challenge. She is head of the Magnolia-licious design team and is SOOO deserving!
My card recipe:
The base is Papertrey white, then a layer of Real Red. The dp is Bo Bunny and My Mind's Eye. Behind Tilda is a white sparky paper by Doodlebug. Her medallion is real red sponged in Cranberry Crisp. This is my FIRST corner punch medallion (if you don't count the 3 practice ones in the garbage!!) It was fun to make. I used Becca's video tutorial which in linked to the TLC on SCS. Thanks, Becca! I used white gel pen dots around the edge.
I made one of Anna Wight's crystal snowflakes and used the Martha Stewart branch punch behind it. The beautiful dotted ribbon is Papertrey inks' pure poppy. There is a pearl in the center of the snowflake, colored with green copic marker.
Tilda is colored in with copic markers and the colors follow:
Face E00,E02 and R20 for cheeks
Reds R17,R29 and R59
Greens YG23, Yg17 and G05
Her hair E33, E35, E08 and E37
Be sure to check for creations from Claudia, Suzanne and Suzy (Links on my blog list). Diana herself may have one, too!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pastel Miss Winter

Hi! This is for the featured stamper today on SCS, Flowergal! She has a wonderful gallery and this was great fun! Here's her card:

I cased her card because I had been wanting to use this stamp I bought this summer at a stamp convention near Buffalo. Remember, Lisa?

I'm so glad she inspired me because I like how the card turned out. I think it will be a birthday card for a friend whose birthday is tomorrow.

We had our family Thanksgiving yesterday. I am so glad we got together. I come from a big family of 6 children and we all STILL like each other! Our ages range from 60 to my younger sister who is 48. The difficulty comes because this is our first Thanksgiving without either one of our parents. We lost our mom almost three years ago and our dad this July. Difficult times! It was so great to spend the day with my brothers, sisters, niece and great nephews and niece. Family!

Hope you've enjoyed this Thanksgiving with people you care about. Cheryl

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Card and some Snow!

I just love these rats from Whipper Snapper! Look at the grin on the one on the right! Funny! This large stamp actually has three of the little cuties, but I cut one off for this card. I'm so often late with birthday cards that this is a great image and sentiment for me to have on hand! Any colors work for them! The sentiment "Rats! I missed your birthday!" cracks me up so I thought I'd show you the inside of the card, too.
The dp is from Basic Grey and the image is colored with my copic markers.

In addition, here is a picture of our backyard the other day when the snow stuck to every branch on every tree. It is so beautiful!
The little path you see goes to our shed where there is a BIG pile of wood for our wood stove. The pile is not as big as it was! :)
Hope you've enjoyed something you saw today. Let me know if you have any questions about colors on the card.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Winter Wonderland of SNOW!

Good afternoon! We've had another 8" of snow in Western New York! I'm so happy to have the day off!
I've made bread and rolls for tomorrow, worked on laundry and stamped! Unfortunately, this card is all I've completed! Wish they didn't take me so long!
Anyway, I tried 2 photos to see which one is closer to real life. Neither one has exactly the look of the card, but do they ever?

On with the details! The card base is Papertrey Ink's ocean Tides, the darker layers are Not Quite Navy, The dp is Cosmo Cricket (oh, Joy) and My Mind's Eye. Tilda skiing is stamped on Papertrey Ink's vintage Cream and colored with copics. The snowflakes stamped on the card base are also made by Magnolia and I got both stamps at the Magnolia-licious store. Edited to add: This Tilda stamps is on SALE right now for 25% off!!
The ribbon is from papertrey as is the sentiment in the hodge podge hardware from SU. The snowflakes are punched, then sponges to dirty them up, then covered with Crystal Effects and dipped in Diamond Dust Glitter. These were shamelessly stolen right from Anna Wight who has done some fantastic things with them! Thanks, Anna! I used a spica silver pen on the boots and on the ski pole round thingies. Edges are sponged with Adirondack Latte and Distress Ink Antique Linen.
Here are the colors I used:
Face E00, Eo0, R20 and Rv42
Blues: BG10, Bg72, BG09 (my favorites!)
Reds R46 and R59
Browns: E53, E31, E33, E35, E37 and E29
Greys for poles: W-3, W-5 and W-7

I have been given some VERY NICE awards (on my blog) lately! Thanks to Tanja and Suzy, such wonderful artists! I have no idea how to add the little banner to my blog. If I did I would have a couple for the companies I've designed cards for, but alas it still remains a mystery to me. Suzanne Dean (love her!) sent me some directions that I have yet to find time to try. I promise I will see what I can do to get the banner going and tag some other blogs. I DO appreciate these fine women picking my feeble little blog to mention! THANK YOU!

Off to clean up the area and maybe stamp some more! Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Have Snow, Will Shovel!

The title is the sentiment inside this winter card! I made it for the Featured Stamper on SCS today!
I really like how it turned out. I made s0me of the crystal snowflakes that Anna Wight has been making and she even did a tutorial for it! Thanks, Anna! I loved making them. Wish you could see the great sparkle!
She used Diamond Dust glitter, which is actually tiny shards of glass! I entered it in the search on ebay and ordered some right away!
The card base is Papertrey Ink, Ocean Tide. Then a layer of Real Red. The beautiful dp is from Bo Bunny. The round nestability layer is Ocean Tide and a dp from My Mind's Eye. White gel pen was used to dot around the circle.The snowman is stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored with copics. The edges are sponged with distress ink, tea dye. Stickles added to the image and that's it!
Copic colors are as follows
Bg10, Bg72 and BG09
E53 for snowman
R05, R46 and R59 are the reds. I start light and add in dark until I get the color I want.
RV42 and R22 for his cheeks.
Sorry to whine, but I just have to say I can't believe how fast the weekend went! I didn't get done nearly everything I wanted to! The list keeps growing and growing!
Have a good evening!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fashion, Tilda Style

This is for the SCS Inspiration challenge today. I love the rich, green dress in the center picture that Stef showed us.
This is Tilda with braid, available at magnolia-licious:
She is a cutie!
I used a card base of So Saffron, the dp is from Graphic 45s botanical collection. The nestabilities are So Saffron and Vintage Cream. the Cream layer is sponged with so Saffron while still in the die to give a nice border. The gorgeous satin ribbon is from Papertrey. It's Ripe Avocado.
I colored Tilda with my copics.
I think this is going to be a birthday card for a friend this week.
Here are the colors I used:
Hair:Y21, E31, E35, then a little brighter yellow to brighten her hair.
Greens: Yg93, YG95 then I blended with the lighter YG91. BG96 was added in the darkest areas. I also added stickles to her wings.
Thanks for stopping by. With my visitor number growing I think I will have to offer some blog candy soon!
Have a good evening! I'm off to color some more!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Simply Santa

I just love this Santa from Whipper Snapper! He was so fun to color! I decided on a simple card a la (one of my heroes, Anna Wight!) I think this stamps stands on its own.
BUT, I will probably fancy up the inside with some Basic Grey dp!
The glitter is those glass shards that Anna has made snowflakes from lately. Really neat and sparkly!
It looks like I'll be spending the weekend stamping! We could get up to another 2 feet of snow by tomorrow evening!
I think I'll post some pictures tomorrow! It is really beautiful (when you don't have to drive in it!)!
I have been reading that so many of you don't feel you are very good with your Copic markers. I felt that way at first, too.
As I think of any tips I will pass them a long to readers (not that I'm an expert, by any means!)
Suzanne Dean did an excellent tutorial on coloring at the Magnolia store site. Check earlier posts here for links. That said, I always start with a lighter color than I want to achieve. On this Santa, I started with orange, believe it or not! I color all but the center areas with that color. The very middle is white at first. Then I use my mid color, but I don't cover all the orange, just nearer the edges. Then I use the color I really want the piece to be at the edges. I go back and blend with the blender or with a lighter color, in this case a yellow to mix my colors. Finally, I added a very dark red at the most shadowed parts.
If you bothered to read all that, you're a keeper! Thanks! Basically, I start with a lighter color and figure I can always make it darker, but it is difficult to make an area lighter once it is colored dark.
That's it for today! Off to school!
Hope your day is great!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holiday Penguin for color challenge

Once again, my card looks better in real life!
I loved doing the CC this morning! This card just came together so quickly!
I used this great Whipper Snapper stamp, Holiday Penguin. the snowflake bg is from Peddlar's Pack.
I used my new nestabilities for the first time! Love them! I found the cross piece already stamped with an old SU! background in my scrap box!
That's it except for copic colors and here they are:
Lots of greys-C-1, C-3, C-5, C-7
Reds: R05, R46, r59. Beak and feet: Y08, Y17 and YR04. cheeks: R81 followed by Ro5. greens:Yg25, G07.
You can bet that the first thing I will do when I get home tonight is get sparkle added to his fuzz ball and hat brim! No doubt about it!
I so appreciate all of you who stop in regularly and leave comments!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stylish Tilda revisited

Good Monday morning! We got at least 10" of snow last night! I'm not even going to try cleaning off my car! I'm walking to school today! One of the joys of living close to work (and saving on gas!
This card was made when I colored a couple of Stylish Tilda in the same way. This card is 5" square and uses many of the same papers. My flowers were all cream. I sponged some and also colored with copics to vintage them up a little bit.
If you look back through my blog (there are only 20 post total) you will find the colors used on her camel wool shorts and deep red sweater.
Thanks for stopping in! Gotta go put the boots on and find gloves and earmuffs!
Have a great Monday! Cheryl

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Featured Anniversary

Hi all! I made this card today for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast.

We were to case Kendra who has a terrific gallery of very classic cards. I chose one that had a layout I could use for this stamp. I need an Anniversary card for my niece and her husband.

I think it turned out okay. Colors were pulled from the beautiful My Mind's Eye holiday dp. The blue and green are Papertrey Ink's October colors. The stamp is from Stampendous and the sentiment really says "love to you" I colored just "love" in black marker to stamp it. The plaid background is from All that Scraps. Coloring was done with copic markers and the sky was sponged with soft sky and baja breeze.

Thanks for visiting! Cheryl

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Have your Elf a Merry Little Christmas!

Whoo Hooo! It's finally Saturday! Who cares if it's getting cooler and raining like crazy?! Not me, 'cuz I can stay home today!

I am completely in love with this little Tilda Elf! I wish I could get a better picture to show you how cute she is! This one will have to suffice! Trust me, ADORABLE!

She and the ornament came to me through Diana at the Magnolia-licious store:

She is Tilda with Yule cap and big ornament (two separate stamps). Sentiment is from SU! Tiny Talk.

The card base is Papertrey Ink white, then a layer of Cranberry Crisp (sponged with burgundy). The green layer is Basic grey dp fro my Wassail pad. I sponged the edges with Artichoke and distress Walnut. Then I put on the squiggly faux stitching. (I love when I see the real stitching on a card, but I'm not into that, YET!) I stamped the ornament on the green dp to get the hook. I also stamped in on dp fro the Wassail pad and cut it out. I shaded the ornament edges with a copic marker. I also stamped the ornament top onto shimmer white cardstock and colored with a spica silver pen. Glued all that onto the green dp. The burgundy bow was to hid a mistake, but I think it works! I colored Tilda with copic markers (colors below). The sentiment is cut with the small nestability circle and sponged with burgundy. The snowflake behind is a new trick! I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch to punch out a snowflake (duh!) from Scor-sheet (also available at the store above), carefully peeled off one side and put it on my paper. Then I covered it with fine glitter. It didn't show up enough so I laid the back piece over it (as a mask) and sponged artichoke around it. Then attached my sentiment.

Guess that's it except for the colors and here they are; E00, E02 and R20 for the face and hands. Tassel:Y21 and Y08. Hair: E31, E33, E35. Reds: R27, R29, R46 and R59. Greens and for shading on ornament: Yg91, Yg93, Yg95 and Bg96.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and especially if you read all this! I really like how this card came out and hope you do too! Have a great Saturday whatever you're doing and take a moment to count your blessings!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Merry Tilda!

Good morning! I'm sorry I can't post everyday! I try, but work gets in my way! Hope you understand. Most cards have been worked on for a couple of evenings before they come together. My most creative time is in the morning and that's when I have to get ready for school. Do you have a time of day when you feel more creative?
Anyway, here is Tilda with her wreath ready to decorate for Christmas! I love that pink, blue and green can be Christmas colors! I wanted to use some of the new My Mind's Eye Christmas paper so that's how I started, but it just didn't work for this. I'll hoard it a little longer, something will come to me!
My card base is Papertrey Ink's cream color. I score just the front to make the main panel 4.25 " square. The layers are Baja Breeze and Pink Pirohette. The layer behind Tilda is dp from a Basic Grey pad. The dotted layer is a scrap from Bo Bunny's dotted line. Ribbon is from Papertrey. Of course, I added lots of stickles! I love to make this type of "hinge" card, because it gives you a nice square area to work with and that great side piece. I don't think I've ever made one with the hinge at the top, and I like it!
As I finished this card I wondered how it would look if it were more distressed with a tan ink to make it look vintage. I hope I get time to try it soon!
Here are my copic colors:
Face: E00, E02, R20
Dress, hat, mittens: B10, BG72
Wreath: YG03, YG95
Ribbon: RV10, R20, R81
Boots, hair: E31, E35
Berries: R46
I added a VERY light brown to the fur areas, raw silk, I think (not sure of the number)
Hope you like it! I love reading your comments! Off to get ready for work!
Have a great day!
(Didn't plan for the pictures to be at the bottom, but don't know how to move them! Sorry!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Another Leti it Snow Card!

I had no intention of making this card today, but that's why it's so great to play the SCS challenges! The color challenge today (Basic Grey, Pacific Point and Certainly Celery) brought this card to life.
I really don't like Pacific Point at all! (Sorry to those who d0!) That's another reason to play this challenge, I bought a package, why not TRY to use some of it! And , it really does look like this outside our Wester New York windows today! Beautiful!

This is crosstitch Tilda, the old window, snowflake background and the Winter trees from Magnolia.
The store is here:
I did add a few branches to the tree with my black pen because it looked a little small. I had to redraw the bird because it fell right on my mask for the window!

The card base is Basic Grey, then a layer of Pacific point, sponged with Not Quite Navy, the dp from SU last year. I don't think it's really Celery, but I couldn't find my Celery dp! The stash has taken over my craft room! The window and Tilda are stamped in Memento Tuxedo black on Papertrey Select white cardstock and colored with copic markers. I must confess that I colored the Tilda a while ago when I made another card with her so I am uncertain of the colors. for the window I used E31, E33, the shades of grey until it "matched" my grey paper. N-1, then C3 and C5. I colored the tree with one of the dark brown.. My snowflakes are stamped in Baja Breeze ink. then I used Liquid Applique and stickles (stardust) for my snow and flakes. The hodge podge is from SU (love that stuff) and the ribbon is Papertrey's Moss green.

A HUGE thank you to Veterans present and past who serve and have served our great country.
You deserve all honor and glory!
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

FS92 Flowers for a Friend

Hi! This is the card I made for the Featured stmaper on SCS-Wendy Bell. Her gallery is terrific!

My card base is white, then a layer of kiwi kiss, then Basic Grey, Eva collection. I used Pink Pirohette for the mat, scalloped piece and tag punch.

I picked up this flower stamp on vacation this summer. It's from Outlines Rubber stamps. I colored the flowers with copic markers R20, R85, V12 and V06 and cut them out. The darker shades are covered by pearls now. The leaves are Martha Stewart oak leaf punch. The sentiment is from Circle of Friendship (Su!)

Regarding my card on Friday. Here are the colors I used to color Tilda with Daleclaria coat. BG10, BG72, R46, R59, T21, E35, E31, E33, E35, E37, and YG95. thanks for your patience!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Let it Snow?

I don't really want it to snow at all but I was so excited when this card came together so quickly thin morning!

Happy Friday! Jeanne Strieff (a goddess IMO!) has a great limited supply challenge today! Use a rectange and a circle in your card. The only embelishment is supposed to be ribbon. I cheated a little ( I realized afterward) and used stickles, but how can you do a snow card without stickles?! Can't!

Anyway, this adorable Tilda is from the winter collection over at Magnolia-licious.

She is the Tilda with Daleclaria coat. I used a card base of Baja Breeze, then chocolate, and then the awesome Ski Slope paper from SU! Tilda is stamped on Papertrey white. After I colored her I cut her out and glued her to the snowflake background (also a Magnolia stamp).

The sentiment is from the SU! set Tiny Talk. I used nestabilities and the slot punch from SU to make my tag. the ribbon is retired soft sky. I love the new ribbons, but they are too wide for some purposes.

Gotta get to work. I'll try to get colors posted later if anyone is interested. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tilda in Red and Gold

Hi all! I wish I could take a decent photo so you could see the rich colors of this card!
Oh well, I'll keep trying!
This is a Tilda from the Fall collection, available at Magnolia-licious here:
Diana's Fall sale will be ending soon.
I colored her the other night to match the beautiful Cosmo Cricket paper from last year titled "Wonderland" The rustic colors are terrific! I wanted Tilda's shorts to look like camel colored wool and her sweater to be a rich red. I had to blend some browns on top of my red to deepen the red. Then I used my blender to remove color.
The card base is Barely Banana. The flannel plaid layer is Cranberry Crisp. The dark green/brown paper is from cosmo, then another layer of Banana. The piece behind Tilda is a journal panel from the Cosmo pad. All layers are sponged on the edges with darker colors.
I think this week's SCS sketch works pretty well for my girl. Look at Kerry's wonderful card in similar colors: We must have been channeling each other!
Copic markers used follow;
Sweater R37, E31, E35, R59
Boots: E31, E33, E35, E57
Hair E35, E37
Shorts, Socks: Y21, E53, E35
Have a great day! We're getting close to Friday and the temp here in Western NY will be 70 today! It can't get any better!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Keeping it Simple

I uploaded the same picture twice by accident. Sorry about that, no time to figure out how to delete!

Here's what I wanted to say in this post. Sometimes I give a friend a couple of cards to send out, but they like them so much that they want to keep them! Awww, that's nice!

This simple set I made is a birthday gift for a friend. I made her 8 (!) cards like this. They are blank so she can use them as notecards, and they aren't really "one of a kind" cards that so she will feel fine about using them. AND they didn't ake me long to make.

A great background, some super patterned dp and colors to match, a border punch and some ribbon. Put your cards together all ways to please yourself and you're certain to please someone else!

I package mine in the excellent clear boxes from Papertrey. No wrapping necessary or you can tie a bow around and attach a gift tag. Homemeade in the same colors, of course!

Again, my apologies aobut the two pictures the same. All the cards are different!

Thanks for looking today! Cheryl

Monday, November 3, 2008

Good morning!
Seems like whenever I need a Get Well card I don't have any made up ready to go. That's why I made this yesterday. With all the paper in my stash the possibilities for this quick card are endless!
The card base is Papertrey Inks white select. The dp layer is Cosmo Cricket. The wall (and, actually the sofa too) is from the Wanted Collection and the floor is the solid brown from the Wonderland collection. I added black lines and squiggles then some brown copic marker to make boards. I added that little strip of black to define the wall from the floor. As I said the sofa is paper by Cosmo Cricket, but if you click to see the large picture I think you can see how much it looks like fabric. So cool! I added shading to the image with a dark green copic marker then blended it a little with the blender. The doily is stamped separately, cut out and glued on. I cut a neat little nestabilities from my oval set to make his wall hanging. Added the ribbon for balance, but not sure I like it!
The is Edwin with bandages (poor little guy!) He is colored with my copic markers as follows:
Skin: E00, E02 and R20 fore cheeks
Shirt: G99, YG99
Hair Y21, E31 and E33
Bandages E21
Shorts, shoes: B41, B93, B95
The inside has a strip of the same dp as the couch and the sentiment "Feel Better Soon"
Couch and Edwin stamps available from the Magnolia US store: (there is a Tilda with bandages, too!)
Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Simply tagged

Hi all! I made this simple card today because I am in need of a couple of pet Thank yous. Dave and I lost our beloved dalmatian, Maggie and our super, orange cat, Carrot recently.
These losses have been devastating to us, but we are recovering and moving on as anyone who loves pets must do. Our vets and their staff are very compassionate and sent us several cards and flowers. So we need a thank you for them. While we are not ready for another dog, we did get two kittens several weeks ago. A dear friend gave us loads of kittie toys, so I need a thank you for her.
The cat stamp is from InkyAntics and the notebook page is a Magnolia stamp. It's perfect for Tilda and Edwin to sit on but it worked great for my peeking cat, too! I stamped the cat, then masked it with a post-it note before stamping the notebook page. The sentiment is from one of SUs sets.
Now, I was recently tagged by Michelle (Mommy Time) to complete these 5 lists of 5. This is new to me so, here goes:
Things I Love
Being home
Things I don't Love
Always being behind, never enough time
Losing loved ones
Doing lesson plans
Winter in March, April...
Songs on Ipod (don't have an I pod!)
Josh Groban ANYTHING!
Michael Buble-Home
KT Tunstall-Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Plain White Ts-Delilah
Carrie Underwood
Favorite Food/Beverages
Prime Rib
Chicken Wings
Mulled wine
Five blogs I enjoy
Thanks, Michelle! Everyone have a great evening!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Warm Winter Wishes

Good evening! Here is my Chilly Tilda all ready for Christmas!
I just love these colors~all dp is from the Basic Grey Wassail 6x6 pad. It's wonderful!
My card base is Always Artichoke, then a layer of Cranberry Crisp. The scalloped circle is also Cranberry Crisp. After that is a circle of Pink Priohette. The circle that Tilda is on is from the BG pad, as is the red strip and the sentiment oval. The circle and strip are cuttlebugged with the snowflake folder, then shaded with Mellow Moss and Bravo Burgundy, respectively. I ahd also stamped the snowflake circle with snowflakes in Mellow Moss. You may be able to see that if you click on the photo to enlarge.
The ribbon is from my stash and I used it because it had these colors. I put white gel dots around the scalloped circle, but since I had sponged it with burgundy they turned pink! The holly leaves are also made by Magnolia, they are called Thistle leaves and are in Diana's US store:
I stamped them on dp from the pad and then colored with my copic markers to add shading. The "berries" are white pearls that I colored with a copic marker! Neat, huh?
I'm sure you can tell I added stickles to Tilda and to the snow behind her ( I may add more later!)
Finally, here are the colors I used to color Tilda:
Face: E00. E02, R20 for cheeks
Greens (including leaves): BG93, YG63, G99
Browns (hair and boots): E33, E35
Pinks,: R20, RV21, and R59
I used the colorless blender quite a bit to remove color from her green outfit.
And, now, my husband wants the computer I'm working on. I have treat bags to get ready for tomorrow anyway!
Thanks for stopping by! Would love to "hear" what you think!
Hope you've had a good day!

Sorry, a tease!

My house is back in order, and the creative juices are flowing this morning but I have to get to school and I don't want to just throw the card together. This IS a tease, but the good news is that the stamp is available NOW!
This is chilly Tilda! She is available from Diana at
Diana is also having a sale on Halloween and Fall images and JUST got her Christmas and Winter Magnolia!
For this Chilly Tilda I used my copics and I'm using the Basic Grey Wassail paper. The colors are artichoke, cranberry and pink! Gotta love those colors! It's so upsetting not to finish the card now, but I must get to work!
So sorry! PLEASE come back later! I will get the whole card posted!
Thanks! Cheryl


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