Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dahlia Delightfulness 1

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I have been practicing my blending techniques with my Copics and I am starting to get the hang of it. I took a Copic class a few months back and I am now getting the hang of all the fabulous ideas that the Copic Queens, Sally Lynn and Sharon Harnist gave us that day. I am thrilled to have been able to meet and learn from these talented ladies. Once I have perfected these techniques I plan on getting a compressor so that I can continue my learning journey and get the absolute most out of my markers. I hope this inspires you to move outside your comfort zone and try new things. I did that by trying Copics and if you look back my work is so much better now than when I first started with them. Persistence with Copic truly does pay off. Go to my blog roll to check out those TALENTED ladies who make their Copics SING!  Sally Lynn, Sharon Harnist and Marianne Walker(Copic Queen) are all in my roll. I hope this inspires you to be Copic creative today. Feel free to ask my any questions about how I did something and I will be happy to answer any that I can if I can't I will do my best to FIND the answer for you.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rainy Day 2...

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Here's the take two version of this card. I was experimenting with the different colors of "rain." This rain is stamped in London Fog by Memento. For a gloomier outlook I guess. It virtually the same card as yesterday. I figured since I was stamping them and I don't have any cards line this in my arsenal I would get a few of these made to have on hand. I am also making cards to give to our local Warrior and Family Support Center here in my home town. This center services the wounded warrior and families of warriors and the staff and families that care for them. I LOVE making cards but don't use anywhere near the amount of cards I make so I am trying to give them to a group who could use a little comfort. I hope this card inspires you to work outside of your comfort zone and create cards not only for happy occasions but ones that may need a card to heal.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Rainy Day with Vintage Rain..

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Sometimes there are events that we feel the need to recognize that aren't happy. This little card is perfect for just those kinds of times. You'll see two versions of this card one today and the other tomorrow,  they are the same for the most part except for the raindrops. The raindrops here are done in Papertrey's Vintage Cream. So try to see if you can whip up a little something for those awkward occasions. A little clouds a little rain and you got something to brighten someone's day. I hope this encourages you to think outside the box today.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Raspberry Fizz is In Bloom...

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Morning Peeps.. Here's another primarily Papertrey Ink creation. The color is of course my all time favorite Raspberry Fizz. I didn't have any In Bloom background paper left so I made my own with Fresh snow ink. The In bloom flowers are colored with my lovely Copic markers. The ribbons and black punched border are the only parts not papertrey. I hope this inspires you to do something creative today.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Battalion Cadet of the Year

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As a very proud mama bear I wanted to share with you a photo from that very special evening my youngest son had this past week. It is truly an awesome thing to see your children experience special moments in their lives. I wish I could bottle the pride he felt and save it for a tough day. Watching my sons grow is truly a privilege and I am lucky to have been chosen as their mother.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hawaiian Shores Floral Fabulousness...

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I found a card just like this at Splitcoast under the Company Galleries in the Papertrey Gallery. I can't for the life of me remember who the crafter is... if you know please leave a comment and give her the credit. It's an awesome card to case. Simple and elegant but very very beautiful. The diagonal Scor-Pal lines are hard to see at this angle but add a lot to the aesthetics of the card. This new Hawaiian Shores color is probably one of my Papertrey Favorites. I am so in love with it, I bought the biggest pack Papertrey sells. I hope it brings some summer fun into your day and inspires creativity in you.


Monday, May 17, 2010

SU Pretties 1...

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As we all face tightening budgets the cost of envelopes seem to keep rising. I wanted to make some cards that fit into standard envelopes. These cards fit that billing. They fit into standard sized envelopes that are much lower in cost than A2 envelopes. The open space at the top right is for me to add the sentiment or salutation later. You can make three of these from a 12x12 sheet of cardstock. You will be seeing more of these from me in the days to come. House and Cards 031

I am in love with the shape and they are just perfect for sending a short note to let someone know your thinking of them but you don't have a  whole lot to say. I think this size is ideal as a thank you note for a teen. With graduation fast approaching I think that this size is perfect for your teen who may not be so wordy. I hope this card fills a void in your arsenal and inspires you to do something creative today.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mojo Returning...

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Ever since my dear Papa passed away two months ago my "mojo" has been at zero. Each time I would sit at my desk I would just feel tired and the weight of missing him was heavy. The other day that changed for me. I finally sat at my desk and felt like I had some "mojo" flowing.. This card is the result of that little infusion of mojo. DH has been encouraging me, since I returned from the funeral to sit at my desk and try and see how it felt. He knew that eventually my mojo would return. I have to say I was in doubt. After all I didn't think I would ever stop being sad that he wasn't here. But DH was right, ssshh don't tell him..LOL, while I haven't stop being sad I seem to find myself in a better place. So all of you who are suffering from the sadness of loss or whatever take heart and remember the phrase.. "This too Shall Pass".  I hope this inspires you if you've got a sense of the blues to do something creative today.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pretty Flowers...

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Absolutely Fabulous!


If you know me I am all about simple and clean cards. I am not an embellishment queen although I do love the bling.. This card immediately drew my attention. It is simple and quick but it looks amazing. There's a trail coming off of the butterfly that was pierced. I hope it inspires you to do something creative today.

Having lived in Tennessee for almost 8 years I ask you to offer up your prayers for all those in Tennessee affected by the horrific flooding there. So many are suffering and they photos emerging are truly unbelievable. Many have missed them due to the attempted terrorist attack in NYC but please say a little prayer for those who are suffering in Tennessee right now. Any of you who are Papertrey fans can go to Nicole's blog and see some of the photos she posted about the minor flooding she experienced even though the live near the border of Tennessee and Kentucky. Thanks so much..


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rainy Day Florals...

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Here's my Rainy Day girl in an "outfit" that would definitely brighten my day. I added those tiny pearls as a detail. As always I left of the sentiment to be able to personalize it later as I need it. Sorry if the photo is a little blurry I am learning the quirks of a new camera. The parts of the image that were hand colored were done so with Copic Markers. I hope she's inspirational to you today. I will ask a little favor of you gals today.. say a little prayer for my youngest today. He was nominated for Cadet of the Year in his JROTC Battalion. So he goes in front of the selection board today so fingers crossed, and prayers up, that he gets selected. I know I'm his mom but he is an AWESOME kids and a great leader. Thanks,


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stamping Bella Returns...


Sorry for the blurry photo. I hope you like her none the less. She's comes from one of my Favorite lines of Stamping Bella. I LOVE the fairies there. They are so adorable. Again I made my card sans sentiment. I hope she offers you some inspiration..


Monday, May 3, 2010

Jot it Down...


Sorry for my absence last week my hubby got home Tuesday after being gone for two weeks and had a few days off before heading back to work so I was away from my computer for a while. But I'm back with another cute little elephant goodie for you. This is the other notepad I made for my Aunt who loves elephants. If you all know anyone who gives selflessly, you know someone like my Aunt. She is the nicest person I know and in my entire tie knowing and then being related to her I have never know her to say a harsh word to anyone. She has never even raised her voice to any of her children. She's really an awesome gal and I hope she likes the things I'm making for her. I hope this cute little "ele" inspires you to do something creative today.