Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #59 & Friday Sketchers #62

What does a fabulous recipe and a great sketch have in common? Penny Black Saturday Challenge #59 and Friday Sketchers of course! The PBSC recipe calls for 3 ribbons, 2 flowers and 1 pin/charm, combine that with Jacque's sketch, and voila, you've got a dandy card combination.

"Just Buzzin' By!" was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics (sorry, I didn't keep track of the ones I used; I fooled around with a lot before I got the look I wanted). I used the Martha Stewart Doily border punch and added a touch of glitter with Spicas. Everything else is from stash... DP, CS, ribbons, sunflowers and bumble bee charm. (In case you can't tell, the third ribbon is the 1" wide strip adhered to the 1 1/2" black CS.)

I'm not a great cook, but this recipe was very easy to follow. And the best part.... no baking required.

Thanks for visiting.
Cheers, Judi

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Truly Scrumptious 12 and Colour Create 23

Another card for two challenges.
Truly Scrumptious Challenge 12 provided the sketch and Colour Create Challenge 23 provided the color inspiration of blue and white (with a touch of vintage thrown in).

For this card, I pulled out several old favorites. The stamp and sentiment are from the Stampin' Up set called "Friends". I haven't had this set out in ages. I stamped these little cuties with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the image with Copics (BV04, E09, E00, E02, E29, C5, C1 and R02). The sentiment was stamped with Fresco Indigo Velvet... another product that I haven't used in forever. The DP is by Melissa Frances ("Deborah" and "Tammy") and the CS is Stampin' Up and Bazzill. I used three sizes of Nestabilities Small and Large Octagons and Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger border punch. The flowers are Prima, the pearls are Hero Arts. Lastly, there's a touch of Stickles "Diamond" on the raindrops.

I enjoyed pulling out some old favorites. Hope you enjoy my card and thanks for visiting.

Cheers, Judi

Friday, July 24, 2009

Papertake Weekly & Cute Card Thursday

Pick-a-color combination (pink, black, white, yellow, green, grey and lilac) and using eyelets were the challenges this week at
Papertake Weekly and Cute Card Thursday. It wasn't hard to pick colors from Papertake Weekly's challenge... they are some of my favorites. I must admit that I haven't used eyelets in a long while (as brads are so much easier) but it was nice to pull a few out of my stash.

"Snail Fluffles" is Stampendous and Fluffles is colored with Copics (C5, C1, RV34, C11, E02, YG25, YG23). There's a touch of Liquid Pearls "White Opal" and Spica "Clear" on the flowers and snail. The DP is MM Color By Design and the CS is Bazzill. I used two sizes of Nestabilities Large and Small Deckled Rectangles, as well as QuicKutz Flourish die. The pink flowers are Prima and the white are Accent Creative Designs. The jewels are Jolee's Jewels, the eyelets came with my Crop-A-Dile and the ribbon is from Michael's.

Hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend. Thanks for taking the time to visit. A comment is always appreciated.

Cheers, Judi

Monday, July 20, 2009

Truly Scrumptious 11 and Our Creative Corner

Finished up another card challenge.... well, actually two. I found Truly Scrumptious through another blog I was browsing and absolutely loved the sketch, as well as the idea of a creating a card using only white, black and one other color. And Our Creative Corner's challenge was right up my alley... they call it Triple Play. You must use at least three embellishments on your card. Now how hard can that be??!!! If you've seen any of my cards, you know I don't have a problem using embellishments.

For the Truly Scrumptious challenge, I chose pink as my additional color. I love this color combination; it's so girlie. For Our Creative Corner's Triple Play, I have used pearls, ric rac, a touch of glitter and flower with a jewel in the center. The stamp is "Willow Kneeling" by Whiff of Joy. She's stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics (R39, R34, R21, R20, R11, E00, Y28, Y26, Y21, Y28 and C1). "Just Because" is Endless Creations also stamped in Tuxedo Black. I used Cuttlebug's "Perfectly Paisley" embossing folder and Nestabilities standard and scallop circle dies. The DP is All My Memories and the CS is ColorMates Dark Pretty Pink and Bazzill. The flowers are Prima, the pearl is from Hero Arts, the ric rac is The Paper Studio and the black "rhinestone" is from Queen & Co.

I have to tell a secret; as you can see, my card is the opposite of the sketch. I had all the pieces adhered to the base card and when I went to open it, found that the fold was on the right and the card opened from the left. Fortunately, I was able to get the stamped image off and turned over. Luckily I hadn't stamped "Just Because" yet.

Even though it's a little backwards, I'm quite pleased with this card.

Hope everyone had a good Monday. Thanks for visiting.
Cheers, Judi

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #58 & Copic Colour Challenge #22

I've found another new challenge to participate in.... Copic Colour Challenge and I've incorporated it with Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which I always love. This week Copic Colour Challenge #22 is a sketch and PBSC #58 is "Soft and Sweet".

I stamped Penny Black's "Bee Sweet" with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics (colors used below). The cardstock is Bazzill but I'm afraid I don't know where the DP came from (I found it going through my stash). The flowers are Prima; even though the picture looks blue, the largest flowers are really purple. I colored them with Copic V17 which ended up being a little too dark. I used the Nestabilities standard and scallop ovals and embellished with single pearls from Hero Arts and strands from Michael's. "Happy Birthday" is Endless Creations (B151) stamped in ColorBox Chalk "Warm Violet".

Copics used:
Hair: E09

Skin: E00, R20
Hat, Dress, Shoes: V01, V12, V15, V17,
Socks, Sunflowers and trim on Dress: Y11, Y26 (and lots of Colorless Blender)
Miscellaneous: Y17, G17, RV14

Guess that's it. Thanks for taking a look.
Cheers, Judi

Friday, July 17, 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge 19

Evening everyone. Hope you all have had a great week and are ready for the weekend. It's supposed to be quite cold (in the 60's) here in Michigan, very unusual for July. Sounds like a great weekend to stamp!

I'm participating in another new challenge. I've been checking out
Papertake Weekly Challenge and decided to join in. This week's challenge is a sketch (and you know how much I like sketches).

I stamped my new "Tilda Picking Lilacs" with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. "thinking of you" from Stampendous. The CS is Bazzill and the DP is from Basic Grey's "Wisteria" paper pad. The lilacs are covered in Art Institute "Eggplant" transparent glitter and there is also a touch of Stickles "Diamond" glitter glue throughout the wisteria. The ribbon and pearls are from stash.

Thanks for taking a look.

Cheers, Judi

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #55 & Our Creative Corner

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July. We've had a great weekend here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Personally, I think the weather has been perfect... mostly sunny and in the 70's. It's heading into the low 80's today.

Not only has the weather been perfect, but I've been off work since Thursday. Four days off is a wonderful thing! I've enjoyed checking out (and participating in) some different challenges. Yesterday, I posted a card for
Friday Sketchers and today, besides Penny Black Saturday Challenge #56, I'm posting to Our Creative Corner. Both challenges were color challenges.... Red, White and Blue in honor of the 4th of July.

The image I used is from Penny Black's new "purrfect day" transparent set. The kitty is actually holding a balloon but I didn't ink the balloon and added the flag instead. I used three dies from Nestabilities Small and Large Octagons and the EK Success Scallop Diamond punch. "Happy Birthday America!" is from Ann-ticipations stamped in Brilliance "Mediterranean Blue". The paper, flag and ribbon are all from stash. Oh, and there is a touch of blue Spica glitter pen.

It's been a "purrfect" weekend. Enjoy the rest of the day. Thanks for looking and come back again.

Cheers, Judi

Saturday, July 4, 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge #44 & Friday Sketchers 59

I decided to combine two challenges.... House Mouse Monday Challenge #44 and Friday Sketchers 59. I've never participated in Friday Sketchers, but I love sketches so thought it was time to give this challenge a try.

The House Mouse challenge is to use Paper Tole which is a layering technique. I've added one layer to the parts of the image that I feel would be "in front" (e.g. Itty Bit's arms, hat, cake and candles). This is a fun technique and really adds dimension to your image.

I used "It's My Party" (HMJR1059) and colored with Copics. "Birthday Wishes" (C131) is by Endless Creations. The DP is from Imaginisce's "All Kinds of Happy" collection and the CS is Bazzill. I also used the Nestabilities Small Labels die around the main image and the EK Success "Dotted Scallop" border punch along the bottom of the long strip. The jewels are from Doodlebug and the touch of glitter is from my new Spica pens.

These were both fun challenges and I hope you enjoy. Thanks for looking.

Cheers, Judi

Friday, July 3, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #55

It's been so long since I last posted, I've practically forgotten how. Let's hope this inactivity is coming to an end.

I know this is a late entry, but I couldn't miss out on the
Penny Black Saturday Challenge #55. It's a sketch and a wonderful sketch at that.

I started out with one of the transparent stamps from the Penny Black "Wonderful" set. I colored my little hedgehog with Copics and added a touch of glitter with my new Spica pens. "Thinking of You" (C27) is from Endless Creations. The DP is from Cloud 9's "Sunrise Smoothie" collection and the card stock is Core'dinations. I ran it through the Cuttlebug, using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then lightly sanded the dots to reveal the white core. The flowers are Prima and the ribbon is American Craft Elements from a QVC ribbon pack. The last touch is "Flame" Dew Drops.

Hope you enjoy this card. Thanks for looking.