Friday, September 30, 2011

Autumn Mums

This is my card for this week's Friday challenge at Designed2Delight - Autumn Mums.  What a beautiful image.

I used it to make a birthday card for my sister-in-law. I've had it almost finished, except for the sentiment and photographing it to post, for several days, but haven't been home much the last couple of days to finish. On top of that, it's two weeeks late for her birthday. The story of my life lately. :)
Wer're having a nasty, cold, rainy, high wind day here in Michigan's U.P., so perhaps I can get a bit caught up indoors.

The images and background on the main image are colored with Copics.  The sentiment is hand drawn.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween Class Cards

Below are the cards I designed that we'll be making at a Halloween card class I'll be teaching on October 15 at the Ben Franklin in Petoskey, a local craft and stamping store.

With the exception of the star stamp from Hot Off the Press in the top card, all other stamps are from Inkadinkado.  The Skull and Crossbones punch is by Martha Stewart.  The design paper used in the middle card is from - their Midnight Dreary series.

Thanks for stopping by.

A Special Birthday

The other day was my birthday and my hubby sent me these beautiful flowers that he picked out especially for me along with the cute container and a special card. In addition to the flowers he took me out to breakfast and cooked dinner. 

A friend and fellow stamper sent me this beautiful card she made.  What a nice surprise to receive a handcrafted card in the mail instead of sending one.  The stamp used is from Designed2Delight.  Thanks, Hilda.
Another friend took me out for pie and coffee in the afternoon and brought me a gorgeous yellow mum plant overflowing with blossoms about to open.. And of course lots of phone calls and cards from family and friends.

The day started out with drizzle and fog, but later the sun came out and it was a gorgeous fall day.  We took a drive looking at the fall colors and scenery along the shore of Lake Michigan.

 It was a special day thanks to wonderful family and friends.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kokopelli Birthday Celebration

I made this center step card for my sister's birthday, who is a huge fan of Kokopelli art.

Kokopelli Birthday Celebration

I used two of Rubbernecker's awesome Kokopelli stamps: Celebration Kokopelli and Kokopelli Border.  The images and background are colored with Copic markers.  I colored the background circle to look like he is standing in front of the sun.  The two side panels are decorated with buttons found on clearance at Joann's and a Kokopelli punch I've had for years that is also colored with Copics.

The side view above shows the three layers of the main Kokopelli image.  I glued the first layer on the blue cardstock, then popped up a second one with dimensional foam tape.  I cut out another  Kokopelli and popped him up on top for a third layer of added dimension.  The corners on the center panel are cut from the outside circle of the third stamped image.

Thanks for stopping by - have a great Monday and last week of September.


Thursday, September 22, 2011


A kind of Poe style Halloween scenic card using several of Third Coast's stamps.


All stamps used were by Third Coast Rubber Stamps, with the exception of the grass (unknown stamp).

Tree of Dread - XL  VB-362-R
Full Moon - XL  CM-266-T
Stone Marker  ES-059-H
Crouching Raven  FA-177-DD

Techniques used for making this card include masking, sponging with dye and pigment inks and coloring with both Copic and waterbase markers.   

When I added the face of the raven to the placque on the stone marker, I stamped it off first on another paper to make it look faded, like it is etched into the placque. Then I added gold gel pen around the edges of the placque  and printed R.I.P. on the placque.

I added white gel pen for highlights from the moonlight and used a torn Post-it Note to add dimension and shadowing to the ground.   
The glow around Cindy Milliron's fabulous moon is made by increasing the depth and intensity of the blue as the ink is sponged in a circle radiating out around the moon. 

The Poe sentiment is cut from a scrap of old Stampin' Up design paper.  The scene is matted on black and then a scrap of olive green splotchy design paper.

Thanks for looking and have a super last official day of summer.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenege #40 - "T" Time

It is Starla's turn at Happileigh Scrappin' to choose this week's challenge.  She decided on "T" time - anything that starts with a "T" - tea, teapot, turtles, tub, texture teddy bears, Tatters.

Dropping In

I decided to use the cute Kooky Lady Teapot and make a silly Halloween card.  I colored the teapot to look like a witch with a black cat sitting on her hat, then drew cobwebs in the Chandalier and in the corners of the card.  I also drew the floor and the wainscoating for background.  Spiders were added from the Miss Muffet image and pumpkins from the Count Your Blessings set.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Everything is colored with Copics.  Ater I took the picture, it dawned on me that I had forgotten to add the Stickles.  So I added the Stickles and the clear glitter pen to the cobwebs, but they don't show in the picture because they aren't there.  LOL  A green marker was used to color an edge around the picture, which was matted on dark purple cardstock. 

We would love to have you join us at Happiligh Scrappin' for this week's challenge. Be sure to stop by and see all the fab projects the Happi Sisters Design Team created for this week.  Remember if you use a Happileigh Scrappin' image you will be entered in a second drawing.

Sadly, this is our last challenge at Happileigh Scrappin'.  Leigh has decided to close the challenge due to the many obligations she has right now.  I have enjoyed designing for her and being a part of her Happi Sisters Design Team.  I will miss working with the wonderful and talented sisters in our group. 

Happi Monday!  Have a great week.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Designed2Delight Friday Challenge - Happiness Blooms

Happiness Blooms is the image for this week's progressive Friday Challenge at Designed2Delight.  Each week that you participate you receive the following week's free image. 

Happiness Blooms

The image is colored with Copic markers on Neenah cardstock.   Then I scored 3 lines on the left side of the image and trimmed that edge with scallop scissors.  After punching a hole in each scallop, I added a piece of DCWV design paper under the scallop and matted the whole image on light olive, then olive cardstock.  I added the Hero Arts sentiment. 

Thanks Designed2Delight for another beautiful image.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Autumn Harvest - Designed2Delight Friday Challenge

Autumn Harvest is the image for this week's progressive Friday Challenge at Designed2Delight.   I'm running a bit behind this week and getting it posted at the last minute.  Each week that you participate, you receive the following week's free image.
Autumn Harvest

The images and backgrounds are colored with Copics.  The extra sunflowers are cut out and popped up with dimensionals. It's matted on Stampin' Up Summer Sun and Early Espresso cardstock.  This was a fun fall image to use for such a beautiful and colorful time of the year.

Thanks for looking and thanks Designed2Delight for another great image this week.  

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin" #39 Autumn - Fall(ing) Leaves

It was my turn to choose the challenge for this week at Happileigh Scrappin':  Autumn - fall(ing) leaves, back to school, fall colors, fall holidays, fall flowers - anything that has to do with this time of the year. 
Autumn Nights

Owl Be Seeing You
Owl Family
Log -Terry Toad Set
Pumpkin - Count Your Blessings Set

The logs are turned sideways for the trees, with ovals punched in them so two of the owls could be peeking out of the trees.  Cut out leaves from the owls' branches were added in different places around the scene.  The sky was brayered with dye inks using a punched circle to mask the moon. Then I took a wet watercolor brush and brushed over the sky with a bit of water to give it a mottled look.  I removed the moon's mask and sponged it with a bit of yellow and orange ink.  The ground is also sponged with dye ink using a torn edge Post-it Note as a mask for the hills and horizon. All of the images are colored with Copic markers. 

We would love to have you join us for this week's challenge at Happileigh Scrappin'
Be sure to stop by and see all of the fabulous Happi Sisters Design Team projects for this week and check out several adorable new Christmas and Thanksgiving images added to Happileigh Scrappin'
Have a Happi Monday and a great week. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Falloween Cats - Designed2Delight Friday Challenge

It's the first Friday of the month and that means a new free digi in the progressive challenge over at Designed2Delight Digital Stamps.   If you use this stamp in their weekly challenge then you will receive a new free digi next week.  

Halloween is my favorite season for card making during the year.  There are so many fun images for Halloween and this cute kittie was lots of fun to work with. 

The Falloween Cat is printed in 3 different sizes, colored with Copic markers, cut out and popped up at 2 different heights with dimensional foam tape.  The stars are made by printing, coloring and cutting out several different sizes of the stars from the cat's tail.  The moon is made by punching a circle, then punching out part of the circle to form a crescent.  I drew a string to have a star hang from the moon, just like on the cat's tail.  The background is sponged using a scalloped circle mask with various shades of purple Stampin' Up and Distress Inks.  The edges are sponged with a darker purple.  The moon is sponged with yellow Distress Ink and the edges with orange Distress Ink.   

Thanks for looking.  Have a super week.

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #38 - Brown, Yellow and Orange

It's the first Monday of September already and time for another challenge at Happileigh Scrappin'.  Chris chose the challenge this week.  With the beginning of September we start thinking about fall - football, back to school, long sleeves and sweaters, leaves turning color, cooler temperatures, fall flowers.  She thought it would be fitting to do a fall color challenge - Brown, Yellow and Orange.

Sunflower Happy Birthday

I used Happileigh Scrappin's Triple Sunflower and Sunflower images for this birthday card.  Both sunflower images and the computer generated sentiment are all colored with Copics, including the background, then they are matted on Stampin' Up's Early Espresso cardstock.  The triple sunflower is popped up with dimensional foam tape. The single sunflower and sentiment are popped up slightly higher with an extra layer of dimesional foam tape.  This gives it several layers and even more dimension. 

There are several fantastic new images over at Happileigh Scrappin' this week including a cute Halloween Tatters dressed up as a ghost.  We'd love to have you join us for the challenge and come see all the fabulous projects the Happi Sisters design team made for this week.  Remember, if you use a Happileigh Scrappin' image in your project you are also entered in a second drawing as well. 

Happi Labor Day to all of us in the US.  Have a great Monday, everyone.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Teapot Tuesday - Ladybug Fairy Godmother to the Rescue

I was determined this week to make it to Teapot Tuesday over at Split Coast Stampers - MMTPT 161.  It's been quite some time since I've been able to make it to a teaparty and I'm late this week to boot.

This week we're bringing ladybugs, lots and lots of good luck ladybugs to the party. The destination for our cards and all of these 42,000 ladybugs is fellow teapotter Julie, also known as Julesanne, who just had back surgery.  

Ladybug Fairy Godmother to the Rescue
Stamps used:
Stampin' Up - Inspired by Nature, Bugs and Kisses,
Inkdinkado - Beauty Stems From Here - flower

Penny Black - Enjoy Life - sentiment
Inky Antics - fairy ladybug on flower
Denami Design - flying mini ladybug
Hero Arts - Stamp a Garden - ladybug

Neenah Solar Crest White
Misc. yellow, dark yellow, black, green and red cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black

VersaMark Watermark
Versafine Onyx Black
Stampin' Up - Bashful Blue, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzaz, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Copic and Stampin' Up waterbase markers

Stampin' Up punches - scallop circle - cloud mask, Ticket Corner

Paper Shapers punch - leaf
McGill punch - ladybug
Fiskars and Marvy punches - flowers
white gel pen
clear detail embossing powder
VersaMark marker
Sharpie black marker

heat embossing, masking, sponged sky

Thanks for visiting and have a great Thursday.