Friday, August 31, 2012

Using Pencils

TGIF!  Sorry this post is a tad late today.  My camera's battery died, and we couldn't find the charger!  Both DH and I looked for two days and no hoo.  We began to think maybe I left it in Bryce, Utah during our last trip.  Not one to give up easily, today I had to scour the house and garage one more time.  Imagine my surprise when I finally found it in a grocery bag on a shelf in the garage.  How it got in the bag and on a shelf in the garage I have no clue!  However, I am delighted to have found it!

Today's cards are a departure from the norm for me.  While I own a set of 72 Prismacolor pencils, I don't use them very often (I'm not very adept with them...kind of a chicken or the egg I not very adept because I don't use them often, or do I not use them often because I'm not very adept, lol).  Anyhow, I printed the digi on medium gray cardstock and used my Prismas to color the moon, the cat's eyes, and a window in the house on both cards and the title on one card.  I rather like the look.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings

I adore this Autumn image from Beccy's Place!  It was fun to color and is the perfect size for smaller cards.  This card came together quicker than most, and I'm anxious to try it again with the same elements only a different color palette.  Although I do need to change the stripes on the middle gourd, lol.  They're a little too straight up and down and evenly spaced.  See there's that trouble with randomness again!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

May Blessings...

It's back to Holiday cards today, but rather than Halloween or Christmas it's Thanksgiving!  I couldn't resist this kitty from Mo's Digital Pencil and wanted to try my hand at some patchwork coloring.  Not too bad for my first attempt.  Random placement is something I struggle with.  While the colors in her fur aren't quite as randomly placed as I would have liked, I'm still happy with the result.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Break from Holiday Cards

Whew, don't know about you, but I need a break from the Holiday cards!  While I adore the season from Halloween through New Year, I'm getting a little burnt out right now.  So, today's card is one I made up a while back, but haven't had the opportunity to give it to anyone (in my circle of family and friends, only my mother is a fan of the Fae and she already has many of my cards).  Bramble Lastleaf is too cute a little Sweet November image to go unloved :-(  The patterned paper is from my all time favorite Basic Grey pad, Kioshi.  The soft colors and white in this paper, rather than the dingy cream so popular lately, are visually appealing to me.  The saying is one of many freebies available from Elegant Word Art 2

Monday, August 27, 2012

Holiday Greetings

Thankfully Tropical Storm Isaac only glanced by us.  As I am writing this I can hear the wind rushing past my window and the rain beating down...just a typical weather event when you live in SW Florida.  We prepared for the worst, but luckily we can tuck the hurricane kit away for next time.

The little Sweet November girl was colored up and paper pieced last year, but never got placed on a card.  One of my goals this year is to gather up my previously colored images and use them on cards, scrapbook pages, or other art down, several more to go.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Treats are a Brewing

Good morning!  Today I'm giving you and me a break from the Christmas cards.  Did I hear a collective "Whoo Hoo", lol?  Halloween is second only to Christmas for the number of cards I make, so get ready, next week you'll be seeing a few more of them.  A fair amount of digital work and paper piecing went into making this card.  The chevron patterned paper is from the Echo Park Digital Collection.  Yes, I have the "real" paper too, but I wanted a white background rather than cream (to coordinate with the moon) and I needed the print to be a tad smaller.  The bat paper I used to paper piece the little Pure Innocence witch's dress and hat is also a part of that digital collection.  The landscape of moon, tree, and bat came from an old Just So Scrappy digital Halloween kit.  I altered the sky from its original color to purple.  The cauldron is a digi freebie from last year (sorry I do not recall who designed it), that I digitally colored the brew and bubbles in shades of green.  The witch is adhered with pop dots to provide some dimension to the card. that I am looking at the card again, I wonder...I should add a few more bats?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Holly Cupcake Christmas

Are you tired of Christmas yet, lol?  The image on today's card is another Bugaboo design.  However, in my humble opinion it was misnamed.  Its official name is mistletoe cupcake, but it looks like holly to me, so holly it is!  I used my quickkutz holly die and some red gems to make the accents.  The berries on the image were glazed and the stars were outlined with a glitter pen.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Merry And Bright

Christmas continued with more Bugaboo!  This sweetie is Ava Christmas - Mistletoe Fairy.  The card is a little more graphic in design than usual for me, but I fell in love with the diamond patterned paper and had to use it.  The trees are felt die cuts I purchased, and the stamped sentiment is from a Verve set my sister bought me for Christmas last year (see Deb, I've actually used it!)

It's difficult to see in the photo, but her hair is lightly tinged with pale green.  Keeping the red, green, and white theme seemed important for this card, so I didn't want to add an additional color for her hair.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sugar Plums and Candy Canes

More Christmas!  Today's card features a Bugaboo design from a Christmas set I purchased last year. (Sorry, I don't see it currently listed on the Bugaboo website, but Jodie might have plans to reissue it for this season.)  The set included seven cupcakes...candy canes (today's image), gingerbread, mistletoe, ornaments, poinsettia, presents, and Christmas lights.  I haven't yet colored them all, but stay tuned for a few that may appear on my blog in the next few days.

The picture doesn't show it, but I glazed the candy canes and "sugar plums" (red balls), so they are nice and glossy!  The candy cane accents were cut with my Silhouette.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Christmas Cutie

Happy Monday!  I'm back to sharing Christmas Cards today.  Looking at the calendar, I realized that I better get a move on or the holidays will be here, and I'll be scrambling to get cards finished (not fun during the season when I'd rather be enjoying time with family and friends). 

This little angel, whose wings I glittered, seemed like the perfect choice to place in the center of the ornament die cut.  I traced the outside of a bowl with a white gel pen to create the lines on the ornament.  Then I added a bow and the card was complete!

Here's the inside of the card.  I really like this saying and have used it a number of times over the years.  Don't be surprised if you see it on several more cards this year!