Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cup of Smiles

Good morning! I'm enjoying one more cup of coffee (when I should be getting ready for work) while I blog surf!
I decided to post this card that I made a while ago. It was one of the Guest Designer cards I made for Greeting Farm in February. Her link is on my side bar, but I never did post the cards on my blog.
So, today's the day for this one!

I love this little mouse in his cup with the spring colors. He is colored with copics. The gorgeous flowered paper is from Crate paper, I think!

Please "Chick in" (Clue to my card) tomorrow for my card for Diana's April sketch challenge on Magnolia-licious! She has the sketch posted and will happily add yours when you send it to her. I hear there's a prize being given away!

Hey, it's already Tuesday! I'd better be off!
Have a super day! Cheryl
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

FS112 Michelle B

Michelle B is the featured stamper today! Her alias is JustPaintingAround on SCS. She has a wonderful gallery full of beautiful cards. The style is used is an imitation of her signature style of creating a scene, then cutting a piece out to put on a frame. Then she adds her focal image to the cut frame. Hope that makes sense! She explains and shows it better on her blog. It's worth the trip there to look around.
Here's the link to her blog Just Painting Around.
For my card, I used flower garden stamp from Whiff of Joy (7 Kids College Fund), a bunny stamp from Penny Black, the sun stamp from Magnolia (Magnolia-licious), and a background stamp from Papertrey Ink (you can hardly see it because it's stamped in pink on pink). Oh, yes and an old tiny grass stamp from Art Impressions. That's a lot of companies for one card!
I hope you like! Thanks for all the lovely comments yesterday! My bow technique came from Kittie (kittie747 on SCS). I'm not into tutorials, but admire those who can do them so well! I'll look up her blog post and share it soon. It's VERY easy!
If there is ANYTHING you wonder about that I do, please don't hesitate to ask. I'll share where I got the idea from! give credit where credit is due!
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Finally! A Post! AND it's a Magnolia!

Good Saturday morning! I have FINALLY finished a card for you! It was a long week and for two days I had one of those killer sinus headaches! It was enough just to get through the work day. I just couldn't get myself to stamp. I've missed you, though! The copic training with Marianne Walker was a fabulous day of learning, laughter and sharing Oh, and then a little shopping!) I really enjoyed spending time with Lisa, Tracy, Sharon, Lynn, Laura and Marty! Marianne's got some amazing talent and for her to share some copic techniques was inspiring! (Hurry up, summer so I have more time!)

Okay, my card! This is Tilda with Lamb (no kidding!). I've listed the copics below. The card base is white. The SU paper is Navy and the dp is Basic Grey Marrakesh from the 6x6 pad. I stamped the grass behind her with Mellow Moss and True Thyme (remember True Thyme?) and I used my stencil brush in PTI's Aqua Mist and Ocean Tides to make this robin's egg blue spring sky. The tiny sentiment is from one of those huge SU sentiment sets and I stamped some PTI leaves on the white in blush blossom.
I think the bow is a little big, but it was so pretty that I didn't want to tear it apart! It meant that I had to skip any other embellishments. I don't have shimmer, sparkle or fuzz on it, but I think I may have to look for my Fun flock in white and add it to the lamb.
I almost always cut my Tildas out allowing for the option to raise them on dimensionals which I did. I use little Cutterbee scissors that I got (with a coupon) at JoAnn's. If they have white between their feet I just cut up the side of one shoe and leg to cut the white out. It doesn't show on the finished card and I think it just looks more finished. The exception is the little white spot by her shoulders on this image. I just couldn't cut up the hair and arm to get to it so I left it alone.
Thanks to Diana at Magnolia-licious I own this adorable stamp! Hi, Diana. She has just posted the pictures and a special bundle offer on the NEW Butterfly Collection from Magnolia! You gotta see it!!
copics used: E000, E01, E40, E31, E33, E47, E25
R12, Y32, R32, B41, B95
Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry I was so wordy. I guess that's what not blogging for a week will do to a person!
Have a wonderful Saturday! Cheryl

Sunday, March 22, 2009

FS111 Bunny Heaven!

Hi and Happy Sunday! I think this bunny would be in heaven if he could munch on these tulips!
I really love tulips and recently got this Penny Black stamp at my LSS. I colored the stamp with watercolor crayons from SU and then spritzed and stamped it on Papertrey Vintage Cream card stock. I had Taylor's cupcake challenge in mind when I started the card, but when I saw Beate was the Featured Stamper, I kept going and gave it her special touch. She often adds a sentiment or image to the edge of the main panel. I have had this little bunny FOREVA! It says All Night Media on the side and the Penny Black image is called Brush Tulips. I left the image in the nestability die and sponged some Soft Sky to it. The scalloped frame is dotted with Liquid Pearls. The main card is stamped in Vintage Cream with Papertrey Ink's Background Basics Retro.
We have another sunny day in WNY. DH and I plan to make the 3 mile walk around the lake in a little while!
For now, I have to get some things ready for tomorrow! I'm going to go with a friend to Marianne Walker's Copic Training in Buffalo! I am so excited! Lisa and I will see at least two other friends there! Some things are just worth taking a day off work!
Hope your week starts on a high note, too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

First day of Spring card!

Well, it's the first FULL day of spring! I actually colored this wonderful Tilda with tulips and Alota Rubber Stamps basket a few days ago. My card needed to be large to accommodate the basket so it is 5.5" square. I stayed with a tried and true layout, made my own flower (with a Sizzix die) and my own stickpin. Tilda and the basket are colored with my copic markers. Decorative paper is from Stampin' Up and Basic Grey. I added grass in the basket so Tilda had a soft place to sit. I'm so sorry, but I don't have colors written down for this card.

I have lots I hope to get done today. It's still a little chilly to get started in the flower beds, but there's enough to do in the house! I may even get another post in because the Inspiration Challenge on SCS looks good!
I noticed I have 100 followers! Wow! I think it soo amazing the YOU come here to see my creations and I can't tell you how much I appreciat it! THANK YOU!!
I hope you like my card today!
Have a really great day!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Birthday cupcake

Good Thursday morning! I finally finished a card last night, mostly because I have to get it in the mail right away! But I also thought, "Yeah, a midweek blog post to share!" This stamp is from Magnolia and is called Love Muffin, I think! Mine came from Magnolia-licious.
There is a lot of pretty sparkle (stickles in stardust) on the top of the cupcake that doesn't show well in my pictures, but you get the idea! I almost always choose paper first and then color, but this time I colored the cupcake and went in search of dp that would work. The Daisy D stripe that I came upon in my (huge!) paper stash had the perfect colors. Then I pulled some of the bitty dots from my PTI stack. I really love the look of so many colors with Kraft paper. My other solid is PTI's Ocean Tides.

I used the following copics to color my cupcake:
BG10, BG72 and the lightest touch of BG (I added a touch of E33 to dim the ribbon color)
E31, E35, E25, and a touch of E49 for the darkest part of the chocolate cupcake.
E95, E02 for the peachy frosting.
I just bought a Stampendous sentiment for inside which says "Everyone knows, Birthday calories don't count!" I love that!
Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

FS110 Ain't She Sweet?

Good morning! It's another sunny day here!
This is the first Tilda I've colored with darker colored skin and I love her! She is so pretty in her spring pink outfit!
When I started the plan was for a pink and white card, but somehow I could not get away from this happy dotted My Mind's Eye paper. So I added some aqua to go with all the pink.
I made this card for the Featured stamper on SCS today-Twinshappy.
I suppose you're wondering about her skin color. I put a post up on the Magnolia-licious Yahoo group and got several answers from wonderful stampin' friends. Here are the links they sent to me.
My stamp is a Tilda from the Pink Collection last October and it came from Diana's Magnolia-licious store.
I used Dierdre's colors for the most part. I colored the cheeks first with RV34 (don't have E32 YET!) Then I colored the skin with E33. I shaded a bit on the edges with E35. I then tried to blend a little with E33. I found that I couldn't blend with the blender because it removes color and I couldn't keep her skin smooth and even. One of these cuties is in the scrap pile. Maybe you'll have better luck. In the end I think she came out okay.
Other colors used are:
R20, R81, R83 and RV34. Her hair colors are E08 (again, I didn't have Dierdre's color, YET!) I dotted both colors on as she suggests and then I used E33 to mix them a bit.
My background oval is cut from an oval nestability. I leave it in the die and use a 1" stencil brush to swirl on color from my PTI Aqua Mist pad.
Thanks for visiting my little creative corner of the web!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

IC171 Rabbit Trio!

This card is for today's Inspiration challenge on SCS. Stef didn't have to tell me twice that I could use some of the pieces from Fitz and Floyd to make an Easter card. This bunny bowl caught my attention right away! (Unfortunately i don't know how to transfer pictures very well so it's hard for you to see!) Please check it out

I've had these cute bunnies from Whipper Snapper for awhile and they are so quick to color! I used my copics, of course! The bunny punch from Martha Stewart (that's new!) is punched into dp from Basic Grey.
I used Kraft cardstock for my card base and stamped in with Papertrey Ink's Retro backgrounds in Vintage Cream. Nicole Heady does such inspiring work!
So this one is pretty simple and I thin I could mass produce it pretty easily and maybe get my Easter cards out on time!
Thanks for takin' a look! It's a wonderful sunny Saturday here in Western New York (Yes, it's still cold!) I've got some house work to get done and then I am going to work (well, play!) with some Magnolia stamps. My sister-in-law invited us for dinner tonight. She's a great cook and is making Corned Beef and Cabbage (Do I hear a YUM!). I love it AND I don't have to cook!
Well, to work!
Hope your Saturday is all YOU wish for!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lucky me!

Lucky me, I've got you!! My readers! Thanks for visiting! I'm afraid my card for today isn't my best, but it fits the season so I wanted to show it to you.
I got this Cosmo Cricket paper over the weekend. Then I colored Tilda to match it. So far, so good. When it came to layout, I was stuck! I figured the sentiment piece out this morning and thought I was home free! The I say the bare, lower right corner! Aaaack! I punched a swirl to fill it, but think I should use a flower, maybe? Anyway, I mad a "gem" with a punched circle and stickles. Hopefully, the eye travels from Tilda (love her!) to the sentiment, button and ribbon and can ignore the corner!
Here's another card with the same Tilda that I had never posted. Seems like a good day to do so. she is even colored with a green dress.
I colored Tilda's skin with a more Irish look (on the St Pat's card) E000, E01 and just a touch of E02. cheeks are still R20
Hair (the part of the card I like!) is E97, E17, E18, E39 and a touch of E47 I don't think you'd need all these, but I always start light and gradually add darker colors until I get what I want.
Greens are YG11, G14, G07 and G28.
I think this Tilda is very adaptable to the colors you want to use!
have a lucky (blessed!) day!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

FS109 Just a country Girl

Hi everyone! Here is my card for today's' Featured Stamper on SCS, Judy (stampingqueenJAR) Her gallery was somewhat intimidating because there are so many beautiful cards and projects there. I decided on a recent card with a mouse. It's linked in my SCS posting.
I changed the colors and some of the right side piece. My image still has an animal, but it's a cute little puppy with Tilda from the Love collection.
I used copic markers to color the main image. Here are the colors;
Face E000, E00 and a little E02, R2o for cheeks
E31, E33, E35 and a little E25 for her hair, boots and the dog.
R17, R29 and R59
B91, B93 and B45.

I went to a Hobby Lobby for the first time yesterday and that where I got this terrific bandana paper. Fun with the twill ribbon, patriotic colors and homespun buttons, I think.

My close up for those interested in the coloring.
Thanks so much for visiting. My blog will reach 20,000 and 6 months old very soon! Wow! I really appreciate those who visit and comment regularly! Thanks so much!
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

High Hopes Make it Fuzzy challenge

Hi! I made this card earlier in the week for my Great nephew who turned 4 years old on March 4. I also made it to fit challenge 20 on the High Hopes Blog.
It was to make a card with something fuzzy! Can you see it? I used tan Fun flock to make his boots suede! I love them!
Here's my close up! I used ALL High Hopes stamps from the Jungle Release a while back and copic markers to color.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to get lots of stamping time in tomorrow! How 'bout you?
Wish we were gaining an hour by changing our clocks rather than losing an hour, but it will be worth it when it stays lighter in the evening! Happy Daylight Savings Time!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Henry the Mouse!

Good morning, everyone! I made this card for the SCS sketch challenge yesterday. It is another fun one to work with! I was inspired to use this stamp by my friend, Lisa. She used it the other day for a card on her blog, Kind Creations.
Scroll down to see the post with this image and to see the rest of her beautiful creations! Thanks for the inspiration to ink this guy up, Lisa!

He is colored with copics and mounted on Washington Apple paper from SU just as my previously posted card was! I love these colors together! As you can see I needed to add some sparkle to Henry's birthday treat!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Button, button, who's got the...

Sketch! It's Suzanne! Suzanne Dean created this sketch for Magnolia-licious and we all hope you'll play too! My card uses Tilda with Patches. She is adaptable to any colors! I must admit that I was also inspired by Claudia (Pretty Pressings) She used this image last week and by coloring the main part of her bib overalls in tans the image is not overwhelmed with any one of the dp colors. Thanks to my friend, Claudia! the sp is from SUs Washington Apple collection! Love it and it's the first time I've used it. I used some of my seldom used button brads and though I'm not crazy about the bow I love this ribbon. It's a perfect match for Bashful Blue.

Here is Suzannes's wonderful sketch. You can go to Magnolia-licious for Tilda stamps or to get the email address to send your sketch card to Diana. She'll take care of posting it on the website.
Here's my close up. No shimmer or sparkle, but maybe I should add some?
Copic colors used are:
B91,B23, B95, YR16, E08, R29, R37, R59, E31, E33, E35, Y21, E00, E02 and R20.
Thanks for coming by my blog! I do appreciate it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Good afternoon! Here is my card for today's featured stamper on SCS-Kelly H. I found some of her floral cards perfect for CASEing. I chose one from February of this year. The stamp is a new Penny black, stamped on water color paper and watercolored with reinkers. Then I used an oval nestibility for it's shape. I think I use Nesties on all my cards lately!
I sponged the edge of the oval in Apricot. The dp is from My Mind's Eye-Bloom collection and the card base is Ripe Avocado from PTI.
I love the tags that Anna Wight creates and this image certainly needed something across it. That's how I arrived at the button, twine and twill banner.
Thanks for stopping by!

p.s. The March sketch has been posted in Diana's store, Magnolia-licious and you are invited to play and send her your card! The great sketch was created by Suzanne Dean. So check the link on my sidebar to see it! My card will be coming in a couple of days!


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