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Monday, March 22, 2010

Phindy Challenge

The new challenge for the Phindy's Place group on Paper Craft Planet is to create more than one card using the same image.  Since I had just made a card using Phindy's Cozy Evening image this morning I decided I should whip up a simple second one and create a Valentine's card with it.  I know there is no sentiment but trust me with all those hearts it can be used for Valentine's Day (or to tell someone you love them).

I wanted to get this done this afternoon because I am leaving before dawn tomorrow to fly out to Alberta to check on my Mother-in-Law.  While I am there I won't be doing any crafting (see Cec crying) and won't be able to do any posts so I will be anxious to get back at it when I return.




The image from Phindy's Place has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from my stash and the cardstock is Recollections (Michaels).  Other supplies used: Border Punch (Martha Stewart) and Gems (Dollar Store).

Happy Anniversary

Some time ago I made a card with an image that I had purchased from Phindy's Place and while I think the image is adorable, I found it difficult to colour and did not like that first effort.  I gave it another go today and am happier with the output.  I also decided to make the card itself a little cleaner so the image would be the star.



I even found a couple of challenges that I could enter:

My Time To Craft - Lovely Lace
Cute Card Thursday - Happy Anniversary

The image is called Cozy Evening and has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Kally Panacci for Sandylion Sticker Designs.  The cardstock is Recollections (Michaels) and some that my local printer ordered in for me.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used: Lace (my stash) and Ribbon (Fabricland).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Is Here

Despite the cooler temperatures and the threat of snow, the calendar says that spring is here and I for one am ready to celebrate.  And yes, I made a card to show that.




I found a whole bunch of challenges that I think this card qualifies for so I am entering it in the following:

Mo's Digital Pencil  - 3 Punches
Crazy 4 Challenges - Spring
Bee Crafty - Spring
Secret Crafter - Spring has Sprung
All Sorts - Spring is in the air
The Pink Elephant - Spring
Crafty Catz - Spring
Frosted Designs - Think Spring with a Flower
Challenge Up Your Life - Flowers
Die Cut Dreams  - At Least 2 Punches
Daisy Doodles - Artist's Choice with Digi
Creative Cottage  - Flowers

The image was a generous freebie from Mo Manning for her group on Paper Craft Planet and has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are both from my stash and the cardstock is Color Mates.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Border and Branch punches (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder Punch (Marvy Uchida), Corner Punch & Emboss Punch (Ecstasy Crafts), Chalk (Mungyo), Ribbon (Michaels), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Pearl Spray (Michaels), Ribbon (Michaels), Flowers (Bridal Supply Store).

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Frills

I finally am able to craft today and wouldn't every little thing decide to go wrong.  Despite my major frustration I stuck with it and finished one card although I had hoped to have two done today.  So here's what happened -  the printer wouldn't accept cardstock all of a sudden, the trimmer wouldn't cut square and the dull day wouldn't allow me to get a decent photo so it is a little difficult to tell that there is glitter on this cutie's shoes and glasses.   I am praying that the crafting Gods will get back on my side for the rest of the day so I can reach my goal because next week I am going away for a week and won't be able to craft until I return.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge - Orange, Green, Black & Glitter
Paper Cutz Challenge - 1 Ribbon & 3 Buttons





The image called The Frills is a generous freebie from Sassy Cheryl's for her group on Paper Craft Planet and has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from Basic Grey and my stash.  The cardstock is Recollections (Michaels).  Other supplies used:  Stickles, Ribbon (Fabricland), Buttons (Michaels), Flower Punches (EK Paper Shapers).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

The challenge this week at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog is to make a shape card and it can be any shape except a square or rectangle or anything that folds into a square or rectangle.  I decided to forget that spring is around the corner (it is isn't it?) and make a quick Christmas themed card in the shape of a triangle. 




The image from Mo Manning is called Harry Needs A Hand and was coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Provo Craft and the cardstock is Wassau that my local printer ordered in for me.   The poinsettias were cut using my Cricut in a couple of sizes and then popped up with some foam tape.  I put some tiny seed beads in the centres and them used diluted Mod Podge on them to make them shine a bit.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Easel Card

Tomorrow is my grandson's first birthday and I coloured a very cute boy image from Mo Manning to use on his birthday card and then decided yesterday that I was going to try my hand at turning it into an easel card.  By the way, easel cards are very easy to make but I do think I would make the next one a little smaller (this one is 6" x 6").  I had already picked the bright (almost gawdy) papers because my grandson normally is a bright, cheerful little guy. 

My grandson isn't walking yet but he will take 4 or 5 steps, realize what he is doing and plunk his behind down.  I dare say though that he will take off one of these days and I know running will come quickly.  He is one of these little people who wants to pick up anything in his line of sight so once he is walking I imagine he will be even more curious.  He loves music and will stop and bounce up and down as if he is dancing when he hears any kind of music, including the music coming from his toys.  He is a huge flirt and grins if you just look at him.  Of course, sometimes that is a mischievous grin.







While I am at it, I think I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Celebrations
Paper Cutz Challenge - Anything Goes
Ooh-la-la-creations Challenges - Anything Goes
The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams - No Flowers Allowed
My Time To Craft - Kids Kardz


The cute image from Mo Manning is called Cody's Balloon and was coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from Recollections (Michaels), Kelly Panacci for Sandylion Sticker Designs and a Provo Craft Scrap Pack.  The cardstcok is Recollections (Michaels).  Other supplies used:  Ink (Colour Box), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Craft Candy (Craftworks Cards), Buttons (Gutermann), Word Sticker (Daisy Hill), Embroidery Floss (my stash).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Chocolate Mint

That glorious weather I was talking about a couple of days ago - gone!  It is dull and dreary with rain expected so I am crafting all weekend and watching the Brier (the Canadian Men's Curling Championships).  Since I worked as Office Manager of a major curling association for 15 years I know some of the competitors, especially the Ontario team who have won their way directly to the final tomorrow.  Now you know who I will be cheering for.

Next week I have to look after my grandchildren all day for five days and wouldn't you know they have fevers this weekend.  They better get rid of those real fast because this Grandma doesn't want to be sick and you know little kids can be such adorable little cesspools.

The card I made today is going to be entered into the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - Sketch
Colour Create  - Mint, Chocolate & Cream
Inky Impressions - Think Green





The image is a generous freebie from Sassy Cheryl and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The cardstock is from my stash and Recollections (Michaels).  The papers are from Kelly Panacci for Sanylion Sticker Designs, K & Company and one of my own designs (the mint paper with loopy flowers).  Other supplies used:  Border Punch & Branch Punch (Martha Stewart), Flower Punches (Paper Shapers), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels, Chalk (Mungyo) and Ribbon (Fabricland).

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Friends

Yesterday my day started out to be one thing and ended up as something else.  I decided on the spur of the moment to go into Toronto with my husband and had a great time shopping.  Now my husband regrets calling me before he left because it was a far more expensive day than he anticipated but I sure had fun. 

Today I went for another walk around the neighbourhood since we were having a glorious day and the weatherman is predicting rain for the next three days.  It is sad how ugly things look this time of year what with the brown grass, the deflated Christmas blow-up lawn decorations and the mud everywhere.  I often wish I lived in the warm, lush Caribbean but that isn't going to happen unless I win a lottery.

I never have cards for friends on hand so I decided I would make one and enter it in the challenge at Phindy's Group on PCP , which required that we combine two Phindy images.

Inside the card I put the following verse:

I see you when I look in the mirror of friendship.



The images are called Grande Dame and Digi Piggy Diva and were coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is called Euphoria from Basic Grey.  The cardstock is Recollections (Michaels) and my stash.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Punches (Martha Stewart), Flowers (Prima and a bridal supply store), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lilac & Aqua

I wanted to do another card with a Cute Daisy May image and was able to come up one that I am entering in the following challenges:

Sassy Designs by Susie - Lilac & Aqua
Daring Cardmakers - Aquamarine
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Flowers

I had to colour her twice because just after I finished the first one, something landed on the papaer that I could not remove.  I mentioned this to my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter this morning and she said that I should make my pictures larger so I can see them better and stay inside the lines.  She's probably right.

I think she is a little cutie and I hope you like her.



The image was coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from Provo Craft and Kelly Panacci for Sandylion Sticker Designs.  The cardstock is from my stash.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Gems (Michaels), Flowers (Wal Mart & Prima), Punch (Martha Stewart).

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

I haven't posted for a couple of days because I have been busy crafting, walking in the glorious weather we are having and catching up on some baking.  My husband likes sweet things for breakfast and we were out of almost everything homemade so before he thought his stomach thought his throat had been slit, I made muffins and friendship bread for him.  He's a happy man now.  On the weather front, it is going up to a high of 12C here today so I will have to take time for another stroll.  By the weekend they are predicting something like 2C, which will make us all depressed again.

The challenge this week over at  Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog is to create a card with blue, brown and one neutral colour.  Here is my take on the challenge.  My little grandson is turning one next week and my 88 year old Mother-in-Law asked me to buy a card for her but I decided this would fit the bill instead.





The image from Mo Manning is called Bronte and Louis and has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolors and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from a Provo Craft Scrap Pack and my stash (sorry I don't remember the designer).  The cardstock is Recollections (Michaels).  Other supplies used: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Craft Candy (Craftworks Cards), Ribbon (Michaels).

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cute Daisy May Challenge

I bought several sheets of Cute Daisy May images a few months ago but for some reason forgot I had them (perhaps I can blame it on old age).  Yesterday my memory finally returned and I coloured this sweet little cutie so I could finish a card today for the sketch challenge on the Cute Daisy May Challenge Blog.  I am still having trouble getting the right light to take my photos so I apologize that this is a bit off.



The image has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-i-Noor pencil crayons.  The patterned paper is by Kelly Panacci for Sandylion Sticker Designs.  The pink paper, which is from my stash was run through the Cuttlebug, using the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.  The cardstock is Recollections (Michaels) and the sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Punches (Martha Stewart), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ribbon (my stash), Flowers (Dollar Store & Michaels), Pearl Spray (Michaels), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Stickles, Ink (Tsukineko).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Phindy's Favourites

Today I can't do much crafting because I have to murder dust bunnies (lol) so here is something I made a couple of weeks ago.

Recently the group at Phindy's Place on Paper Craft Planet reached 500 and to celebrate Phindy held a week-long party.  One of the activities was a challenge to make a card with one of her images but using her favourite colours. 





The image is called Rainy Day Friend  from  Phindy's Place and was coloured with a combination of Prismacolour and Koh-In-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from my stash while the cardstock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiments were computer generated.  Other supplies used: Recollections Pearl Stickers  (Michaels), Flowers (Wal Mart), Pearl Ex, Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Punches (Martha Stewart & Marvy Uchida)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sassy Cheryl Challenge

My aches and pains have finally decided to take a hike so I spent the day crafting.  I suppose I should have been outside enjoying the sunshine and the warming temperatures.  Considering how I tend to spread when I sit and do no exercise I should have gone for a walk but I think I'll protect my hip for a few more days and then I can get moving.  I think it got up to a high of 3 Celsius today and we are going up to 6 Celsius on the weekend - wha hoo.  Could spring be around the corner?  I don't mean to sound negative but I'm not going to hold my breath because in the past we have had snow in vast amounts in late March and early April.

This week is the first challenge at Sassy Cheryl's New Challenge Blog and I thought I would play along.  The challenge called for one of Sassy Cheryl's fun images and the only stipulation was the colour green.

I put the following verse on the inside that I captured from Good Quotes (online):

Excuse me . . . have you seen my sanity . . . I think I lost it!



The image is called Sassy Opinion and is coloured using a combination of Prismacolour and Koh-In-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers and cardstock are from Sandylion Stickers and my stash.  Other supplies used:  Flower (Prima), Punches (EK Paper Shapers), Chalk (Mungyo), Craft Candy (Craftworks Cards), Embroidery Floss (my stash) and Button (Gutermann).

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sunny Card

Hooray, today I can sit again so I was finally able to make a card.  





Since my painful hip would only allow me to craft for short periods of time, I decided I better make good use of the time so I have decided to submit this for three challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon Tastic
Daring Cardmakers - Here Comes the Sun
Mo's Digital Challenge - Sketch

The image is a generous freebie from Mo Manning for her group on Paper Craft Planet called They Grow So Fast.  I coloured it with a combination of Prismacolour and Koh-In-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from my stash and the cardstock is from Wausau that my local printer ordered in for me.  The little flower is from a package of resin flowers from the dollar store that I painted and then coated with Mod Podge.  Other supplies used: Chalk (Mungyo), Punches (Marvy Uchida, EK Paper Shapers), Ribbon (Fabricland), Stickles, Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots and Circles embossing folders.