Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--New Beginnings!

It is hard to believe that this will be the last Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge this year!!!  I may be stretching it a little but I think that this young man playing a video game kind of symbolized the Challenge. a new year can bring challenges and success!  Hope you like my card, I tried to keep it masculine!



Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge is so much fun, you should join in the fun.  Link your card in Mr. Linky and you may win a Mo's Digital Pencil image.

Short post tonight, I have had company for a week and we still have tons of snow and now it is super cold.  I was able to get my craft area reclaimed last night but have tons of stuffs to do.  See you tomorrow night.  I am so looking forward to a 3 day week-end.

Have a great day. 

Cathy

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

5minute gift card holder

I got an email tonight from StampTV and it was for a video tutorial on a gift card holder so I decided to take a look.  I need about 5 gift card holders and now that we are getting sleet and are expecting the snowstorm from .....heaven :) I decided to try it.   Here is what I came up with from watching the video...Thanks GinaK.



Aren't these cute.  The one at the bottom was made using the video instructions but I decided that I wanted to make quick ones without having to take all the time to cut the contrasting paper pieces (lazy aren't I).
I decided that I would use double sided paper, which of course I way over bought this year, not that  I don't overbuy every year, but that is a whole new issue LOL, 
The measurements of the base is 4 1/4 X 10 inches.  Score at 8, 5,4,3 to make your flap and card holder, fold, glue the card holder to the inside, cut the very edge off of the card holder top and tie a pretty coordinating ribbon around it and you are done.
I made all five of these in a half hour with 20 minutes going to the more detailed one.
These can be made for Birthday, Anniversaries, Graduation, Valentines gift card or anything you want to give a gift card for.
Let me know if you want additional pictures.  You can watch the video on how to make this card and all the measurements for the paper insets.
See you all later.
Cathy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What do you think ...a Valentines Card?

Hi guys,

I colored this image last night using Young Love from Mo's Digital Pencil.  Isn't it sweet?



Don't they look cute?  I couldn't wait to get this image and then I couldn't wait to color it and you know I couldn't wait to show it to you.
I still can't decide if i want to make an anniversary card or a Valentines card with this double pair of love birds.  Any suggestions are welcome!
Just a quick post.

I am really depressed as Omaha is going to get slammed with another huge ice/snow storm and I won't be having my big Christmas Family gathering as planned.  It was going to be the first time in a couple of years that all of my kids and grandkids were going to all be here and I have been planning it for months.

We are getting freezing drizzle right now so don't even know if I can get to work tomorrow morning.
Enough whining.

Looks like I will be coloring and making cards instead of celebrating, at least I have something theraputic to do :)

Cathy

Monday, December 21, 2009

Riley and Company Christmas Card

Riley and Sophie have a new home in Kansas at StampersInk and Riley wants to wish all of you Riley fans a Merry Chris Moose.  Riley and Sophie can be found at Riley and Company here.



This is a Riley image that I have had for a while but it has always been a winter favorite so I had to pull it out for this card.  Riley put on his most festive Christmas ski hat with red and silver glitter and glided across Moose Country Sky slopes to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

I know that Tanya of Riley and Company has some exciting things in store for Riley and Sophie Moose after the holidays and I am so excited to be a part of it. 

Merry Christmas to all or Merry Chris Moose to all LOL   :)

Cathy

Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!

Sophie from Mo's Digital Pencil would like to wish all of my friends and cyber family a Very Merry Christmas.  She dressed up in her cutest little Christmas Dress and her dolly is in her bestest green Christmassy dress as well.


Hope you have a wonderful Holiday and that you get everything you want and if not that you got enough gift certificates to cover them :) 

I will be back tomorrow with a quick post to show you a cute Riley and Company Christmas Card.

Have a great day!

Cathy

Friday, December 18, 2009

What is Black and White with a touch of Red?

Answer:  The colors I chose for this wonderful digital image from Sassy Studio Design.


This was a lot of fun to color.  I sometimes struggle with red bleeding outside the lines but I actually did pretty good on this one. 
This sweet little sexy thing would be perfect for a friend card, Anniversary, Birthday, Thinking of you, just about anything

I added some of my new favorite embellishments, punched and molded flowers,  in Red, Black and white.  A few MS punches ferny leaves and pearls add a variety of textures to this "Hi" card.
The sentiment is a punched label with a white piece on top at an angle and sponged with Black soot, Tim Holtz, distress ink used for sponging on sentiment and main image.

I am going to guarantee you that unless the housekeeping elves show up at my house, I will not be posting for a couple of days.  I have lots to do to get ready for Christmas at my house next week-end.  Weather permitting all of my children and grandchildren will be here, I don't really remember the last time that everyone got to be here at the same time and I still have to finish my Christmas shopping EEKKKKK.

Hope you liked my card and if you are busy with Christmas preparations as well, relax and enjoy it as much as you can,  see you again soon!

Cathy

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm the Guest Designer for Digital Delights this week!

A couple of weeks ago I played in the Delightful Sketches Challenge as Riley and Company was the sponsor that week.  As a DT member I try to support all the challenges I can.  Well,  I guess I read it, but didn't pay that much attention, that the DT members choose one of the participants to be the next Guest Design Team member over at Digital Delights.  Much to my surprise I received an email from Wendy last week saying that I had been chosen for this week.  Yippeee,  how exciting.  I got to choose 3 images from the store and below are the images that I chose.  They were so much fun to color:


Eskimo Kisses dp and MS punches made this a super easy card and Pippin was so much fun to color.


Nesbitt has a furry chest and the scalloped arch was created using a spellbinder scalloped circle die.  Some plaid dp, red checked bow, hearts left from MS heart border punch and I think this is my favorite :)


Bonny is all dressed up for a Holiday party.  I love to color words using the copic gradiant technique which gradually blends the colors together. 

All were colored with copic markers and I had a ball adding buttons, bows and punched borders to the cards.

You should check out the challenge as there are really cool sponsors.  As I mentioned earlier Riley and Company is the sponsor often and this week the sponsor is My Favorite Things.  There are great prizes for the winners chosen at random and who knows the Design Team members may like your card and choose YOU to be the next Guest Designer. 

Thanks for stopping by,  Have a great coloring day!!!

Cathy

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

All White Mo's Digital Challenge Card

Making an all white card is harder than you think.  The Challenge this week at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog is to make an all white card.  The main image could be colored but everything else is to be white.  This card took me 3 days to complete but I did it, and I like it!!!  What do you think?


The image is a brand new Mo's Digital Pencil image called Flossie and her Doll.  The image was colored with copic markers and I tried to keep it soft.  I added white dots all over the nightgown for added detail.  I really like the way that it turned out.  Now the hard part!!
The cuttlebug dotted swiss embossing folder was perfect to add a little elegance.  The edges were punched with the MS fancy scalloped border punch.  The Thanks is also a Cuttlebug die cut from an alphabet set. 
I thought that a couple of swirley scrolls would be pretty and tie in the embellishments.  The scrolls are a Quikutz die cut. 
A band of pearl centered ribbon on the left side adds a little something to that side of the card, and half pearls were added to the border scallops.  Pearlized buttons threaded with narrow sheer ribbon and tied in a single knot for the bottom and my favorite Lisa Cook flowers for the upper right corner.  The flower centers are also white pearls.  Finally a few sprigs of MS punches leaves and this pretty Thanks card is ready for that special someone.
Hope you enjoy the challenge this week and we hope that if you have a little time to play during the Christmas Holiday that you play along.   The Design Team and challenge blog will be taking a week off so that everyone can spend all their time and energy on their family.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Cathy

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Freebie from Mo's Digital Pencil--700 Members on PCP

Mo's Digital Pencil following on Paper Craft Planet just keeps growing :)  This week the followers of Mo's group on PCP reached 700 members,  Amazing.  Because the membership hasn't grown quite as quickly from 600 to 700 Mo gave us a freebie at 650 and Friday we reached 700 and Mo created this wonderful New Year's freebie featuring Bella and Bronte! Don't get me wrong it was only a couple of weeks since our last freebie for reaching 650 and Mo loves to "give" us images frequently.



Isn't this a cute image of Bella and Bronte as babies?!?  Because the image was babies I didn't want to use black and silver as I probably would use for a New Year's card.  The image is colored with copics and the red and silver are Copic Atyou glitter pens (love those guys) to add the sparkle associated with New Year's celebrations.
The red sparkle brads are from the Target dollar bin and I created corner mounts using the MS corner/border punch and trimmed to form the corner.
The Peace sticker was included in the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper pack that I purchased and thought it worked for a New Years card. 
The Peace tag base was created by cutting a rectangle and punching the border punch (that matches the corners)  on the ends.  After the sticker was put on I paper pierced around the sticker to add a little detail.
Hope you are all staying warm.  We have finally shoveled out as much as possible from the huge blizzard we had this week.  The snow plows just got to our neighborhood yesterday and there is so much snow piled on the street corners that you can hardly see to pull out from a stop sign.  Oh well,  the joys of living in the midwest in the winter.

Hope you are all having a great day.  I need to finish putting up my Christmas decorations, maybe that will help with my Christmas Spirit.

Catch you tomorrow.
Cathy

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Christmas-Snowy Woods

I wanted to use the beautiful vintage sled from the Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods stamp set.


Snowy Woods is a wonderful stamp set with so many stamps and sentiments that you could make all of your Christmas Cards and have a great variety of cards when you got done.
I wanted to use this beautiful vintage sled with Christmas cargo.  The wreath, package and calendar page are all included in the set. 
the stamped image was colored with copic markers keeping the shading and brightness of the colors to a minimum as I wanted a little bit of a vintage feel. I wanted to make a pretty tag for the sentiment so I created the tag above with a MS corner punch.  A SU ribbon punch was then used to punch the slots for the ribbon to run through and tie, creating a nice bow and tieing the tag  pieces together.
The dp is Basic Grey  Eskimo Kisses  rooftop which I chose because of the cute little village scene.
The red check ribbon looks pretty traditional with the sentiment and sled.
The sparkle on the card is MS glitter which I glued on to look like sled runner tracks and snow drifts.  You can't really see the glitter very well unless you double click on the picture.  The snowflakes are punched with a MS snowflake punch and covered with MS glitter.
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow.

Cathy

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yippee--Thanks so Much! Challenge Card

Thursday is Mo's Digital Challenge Blog day and this week we are to make a Thank you card.  I just think that Bella and Bronte on this Yippee image from Mo's Digital Pencil are just the cutest happiest pair and say many happy greetings.  Today they are saying Thank you!!!



This might have turned out a little too spring like colors with the dp and all but I really liked the way the dp looked with the image that I colored. 
Bella and Bronte are colored with copic markers and Look Ma, no sponging!!!LOL are you surprised?
The white border layered with the green polka dot is scalloped with the straight border punch from Martha Stewart.  The green ribbon with tiny yellow flowers is from my stash. 
The sentiment scalloped circle was made with two different circle punches and the SU scalloped circle punch.
The tutu has Sukara StarDust glitter pen along the ruffled edges. The main image panel needed a little something so I added a faux pierced border edging with my cutterbee single row BUG.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the rest of the DT blogs for lots more wonderful images from Mo's Digital Pencil. 

I got a really fun email tonight.  I participated in the Delightful Sketches Challenge two weeks ago mainly because Riley and Company was the sponsor and I got an email tonight from Wendy saying the DT had chosen me to the next Guest Designer.  Isn't that cool.  The sponsor this week is My Favorite Things so may just have to play again :)

I have to go out of town for a Memorial Service for my Uncle John who passed away last week.  I probably won't post anything new until Sunday night, depending on what time I get home.  Not a happy occassion but it will be nice to spend the week-end with my sister and see some Cousins and Aunts and Uncles that I  don't see often enough.

Update-- in case you wondered.  Omaha got between 12 and 15 inches of snow yesterday.  You know you live in the midwest when you get that much snow and you are only an hour late for work :)  Those snow crews are too darn effecient!!!

See you soon.

Cathy

Monday, December 7, 2009

My first MFT stamp, Pure Innocence, came today!!!

You all know how much I love to color, and when I saw this line of darling little girls I had to have one, which we all know will lead to all of them LOL. Oh well, I could be addicted to worse things than stamps. Here is my first My Favorite Things (MFT) stamp creation, called Pure Innocence Heart Stripes:


I added some of my favorite elements to this precious little girl.  The image is colored with copic markers and sponged with Blue Bayou SU ink .  The ribbon was added to the right side to create an anchor for the tag which has a wonderful sentiment that is one of three included with the stamp. 
The flowers dp is HL Simply Delightful and I just love the way it adds interest without detracting from the main image.  The flowers are hand made using the MS flowers punch.  I love that I can make them from the same or contrasting DP and they always match.  A tiny glass bead is added to the center of each flower and my simply darling Pure Innocent girl is done!!!

In Omaha we are getting a huge snow storm starting tonight and continuing until Wednesday.  We are under a Blizzard Warning and they are predicting up to 10 inches of snow and winds 30-40 MPH,  Lots of time to color is a good thing, that much snow, not so much!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by.   Hope you are warm and dry wherever you are!!!

Cathy

Terrible Two's-Deal With It!!! LOL

Mo's Digital Pencil owner and illustrator, Mo, created the cutest little group of Terrible Two's you ever saw!!!
I couldn't wait to play with them but really wanted to use all 4 on one project.  It was harder than it sounded.  I tried to create a merged image with all 4 but for some reason PhotoShop was not cooperating.  I know it was me but I finally gave up GRRRRR. Here is what I came up with:


The images were colored with copic markers and mounted using quikutz labels cut in half so that I had a top and a bottom label to match the clothing colors of the little "Angels" 
Two is such a hard age.  They aren't babies but they aren't "big" yet and it can be so frustrating for them and those who have to "deal" with them.
I thought the coordinating ribbons and assorted buttons might be a cute addition to the scattering of temperments displayed in this lineup.
Hope you enjoy this and laugh because you are "enjoying" this stage now or remembering when your little ones were testing the waters.

We are having a little snow tonight so perfect night for coloring and we are supposed to get a huge snow starting tomorrow and going into Tuesday ending up with projected 10 to 15 inches of snow.  Now that's just too much at one time !!!  I am prepared to be homebound for a day or two.  I don't make enough to take the chance of wrecking my car LOL

Have a great day.  See you tomorrow with something fun.

Cathy

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Christmas Tree? Lumberjack Riley

I wanted to use some of my Riley Stamps that I got from Kristi before she sold the Riley and Sophie stamps to StampersInk.  You can't really have a lumberjack Riley without a bunch of trees, can you?  Here is what I came up with:


I used two different tree stamps to get the evergreen style tree look I wanted and then colored the trees and Riley with copic markers.  I really think that Riley should have on a red plaid flannel shirt and jeans but I didn't take the time to draw them in, maybe next time.  I have been known to dress Riley when he didn't come with clothes

I used some of my Eskimo Kisses dp that I didn't think detracted from the main image :).  The main image has been mounted on green and then red cardstock, which is also the same layering for the card base.

I was going to add a sentiment something to the effect of "Oh, Christmas Tree" but I decided to leave it blank for now.
The poinsetta flower was cream colored and I sponged the edge with red ink and added a red satin bow under the main image.
If you haven't stopped by the new home of Riley and Sophie, Riley and Company, be sure to do so, you can just click on the Riley in my sidebar to go to the new site :) There a several Riley stamps that were not available while Riley was under Hanna Stamps as they were going to be released the month or two after Kristi made the decision to sell.

I know that this stamp is not new, but it is new to me and I wanted to play, so I did  LOL.

See you all tomorrow.  I am sure that I will have an Artistic Outpost card and a Terrible Two image from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Happy Coloring

Cathy


Friday, December 4, 2009

Love Bytes!!! MFT Robot

Isn't this a cute pair of Robots that were released on Wednesday night after the My Favorite Things Release Party.  I am always looking for images that are great for boys of about 4 to 10, not that girls don't like robot images too but it is usually thought of as more of a boy thing.  Here is Love Bytes:


I attended my first ever My Favorite Things Release Party Wednesday night and really wanted to buy a couple of images or stamps so that I could play in the challenges as I have 3 friends, Cindy, Frances and Megan,  who are on the DT and KelliJo who was a DT member this month.
I did buy a Pure Innocense Heart Stripes which is a stamp, two digital robot stamps and the chocolate and pink digi paper.
I used the hearts and x's on white for the dp as I wanted it to look like a circuit board and I added red glitter dots along the circuit path :)
The sentiment is computer generated and the hearts are left over from the MS heart border punch, don't like to waste anything and I do occassionally need a little heart LOL.
I am so ready for the week-end.  I hope to get my Christmas Tree up and decorated tomorrow or at least by Sunday.  It is cold here and possibly snow by Tuesday ugh!!
Hope you like my silly robot card, it was fun and great for a quick card.

I think that I will do a Riley card for tomorrow but we will see what my mood is tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week-end.

Cathy

Thursday, December 3, 2009

For all your unforgettable Sticky Christmas's Barbara H.!!

It's Thursday and that means a new Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge.  This week our challenge is to make a Christmas card, using traditional Christmas colors, for someone Special.  First my card, wonder why Mo named this image Sticky?  LOL


The Special person that I created this card for is someone that I have actually never met, she is a very special person named Barbara Hardeman.  Barbara currently has 3 foster children that she is caring for while their parents are deployed overseas.  They are a set of twins and their older brother.  I think the babies are a year and the older brother is 3.
I read somewhere on PCP that she has fostered 45 children. This is just incredible to me and I am in awe of her and know how lucky these little children have been to get to spend the time while their parents are away with Barbara.
So Barbara, for all the little stickies you have enjoyed, loved, and remember... this sticky is for you!!!

Can't wait for you to see the rest of the DT's special Christmas cards and take a few minutes to make a Christmas Card for someone special and share it with us, we'd love to see it!!!

Happy Stamping, see you tomorrow night.

Cathy

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A second MFT card for Guest Designer Challenge

Just a quick post because it is very late but I wanted to share this cute Onsie card I created to use the Gardner Flopsey digital image for the MFT Guest Designer Challenge for December.  I created the template for the onsie a couple of years ago when I couldn't get any of the onsie templates offered to print out right on my printer( it was probably me but we'll go with the printer K).  What do you think?


I used Photo Shop to layer the onsie and Flopsey into one image which I printed out on lt. kraft cardstock.  The Gardner Flopsey image was colored with copic markers but because the whole image is approximately 1X2 inches it wasn't too easy to blend the copics.  The edges were sponged with Weathered Wood distress ink to show off the leg and arm holes. 
I drew the template so that the onsie folds at the shoulders and the neckline is punched out with a 1 1/4 inch circle punch. 
Hope you like it.  It was so much fun and perfect for a Welcome baby gift card, birth announcement , or you could attach a gift card to the inside.
See you tomorrow.

Cathy

Monday, November 30, 2009

My very first My Favorite Things card!!!

Since I had too much free time on my hands, I decided to play along in a My Favorite Things Challenge.  I realized after I started it that it was a Challenge to pick a Guest Designer for December,  Ohhh even more fun.  What fun that would be!!!  I have stalked the MFT forum and store for over a year and just never had the extra money to become addicted to another Stamp Company, no matter how much I love them!!! Here is my Challenge project card to use Kraft cardstock....


I have not bought any MFT stamps until last night but really wanted to play in the challenge.  I remembered that MFT had added some digital images.  Right up my alley.  I bought Gardner Flopsey and I'm Pulliln for you Flopsey digital images.  I get stamps with instant gratification and have time to play in the Guest Designer Challenge.
I'm pullin for you Flopsey was colored with copics and then cut out with the Spellbinder Label 3 die and I thought this die was perfect because it had a rounded center section that looked like it was made especially to go around Flopsey's ears LOL,  Works for me!!
Before I removed the die I sponged vintage photo and weathered wood Tim Holtz distress inks around the edge leaving a nice white border.
I used a piece of dp with blue and brown diamonds on a neutral beige background I thought fit the colored image perfectly.  The blue cs is from my LSS and I punched the two horizontal sides with the Wide scallopped lattice design border punch.  Looks like a fence to keep a rabbit in.... or out!!!
I added some brown and white narrow checked ribbon to which I added a real bow, I'm getting better at tying those little buggers LOL
Lastly I wanted to use my new embellishment addiction, the pretty punched flowers.  My DT friend Lisa Cook had a tutorial on her blog a couple of months ago on how to make them using the MS geranium flower punches.  I used the same dp as the center band to punch the flowers.  I love that I can punch the flowers out of the same dp and they alway match, added bonus.
I can't image that I would be chosen to be the December Guest Designer but it sure would be fun.  I will attend the MFT release party on Wednesday, December 2 (which just happens to be my birthday)  Wouldn't that be a wonderful Birthday present!?! 
I'm pullin for you Flopsey was so much fun to color I can't wait to make another.  I wonder if I should do a second card for the challenge?

Thanks for stopping by see you tomorrow.

Happy Coloring
Cathy


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Home Tweet Home altered to be a Christmas card :0

When the Mo's Digital Pencil Group on Paper Craft Planet, (PCP), hit 650 members earlier in the week Mo created a new freebie called Home Tweet Home.  It is a really cute image of a grapevine style wreath with a Home Tweet Home sign at the top and two cuddly birds sitting on the wreath.  Well because it is the Holiday Season I made it an evergreen wreath with holly berries and two red birds.





The image was colored with copic markers.  the holly berries were added with Christmas Red Stickles.  The beige twill ribbon was sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink to make it a little more brown tone rather than the grey tone it had.  The Happy Holidays was stamped onto the twill ribbon after tying it onto the card and was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
Kind of a simple card so as not to take away from the really cute dp.  Love those Christmas Trees in country Christmas colors.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, and it was great!!!, I have to get busy on Christmas stuff soon especially since the Celebration is at my house. Making Christmas cards helps get me in the Spirit :)

See you all tomorrow!!!

Cathy

Riley and Company Challenge Card for the Delightful Sketches Challenge

This week Riley and Company is sponsoring the Challenge at Delightful Sketches.  I created this Sock Monkey Riley card with a Christmas theme for the challenge.


The appropriate sentiment on this card is Merry Christ Moose!  Riley and his BFF sock monkey are wishing each and everyone a Very Merry Holiday Season. 
I didn't want to cover up my beautiful Christmas Tree dp so I decided to use strips of rick rack instead of a wider strip of paper.  I punched a MS border punch along the bottom of the center strip of dp and added a green holiday satin ribbon across the center of the card.  The sentiment was hand printed and glued to the back of a clear Tim Holtz fragment tag.  A matching green ribbon is attached to the tag hole.
Thanks for stopping by and Thanks Tanya for sponsoring the Challenge.  The challenge winner will be chosen at random from the entries and the prize is 3 wood  mounted Riley stamps of your choice.  Pretty cool!!

Thanks for stopping by, Not sure what I will have for you tomorrow but I think it will be the newest freebie from Mo's Digital Pencil that she offered when the Paper Craft Planet group reached 650 members.  It is so wonderful to watch this group grow.  Mo is such a talented artist and graces us with new images almost daily.

See you all tomorrow,

Cathy

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hark the Herald Angels--Mo's Digital Pencil Angel image

I thought this little Heralding Angel called Monique from Mo's Digital Pencil, would be cute colored in blue and colored with beautiful black hair. 


I colored Monique with copic markers and then added Atyou clear glitter pen on the rope of the robe, wings and angel hair.
The main image was cut out using my Fiskar's circle cutter and the larger black circle was cut out with my MS circle cutter.  After the black circle was cut I used my corner rounder punch to make the scallops as I didn't have a Nestie large enough it is a 4 1/2 inch circle.
The dp behind the circles is Cosmic Cricket Eskimo Kisses and the solid blue for the card base is from my LSS. 
The snowflakes are punched with a MS punch and I added MS glitter to the front.
Hope you like this cute little angel.  She would certainly be a cute Christmas Card and I am sure that will be what I use her for.

I will be back later with a Riley and Company card for a Challenge that Riley and Company are hosting this week.  More deets when I post the card :)

Thanks for stopping by.  See you later!

Cathy

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Combined Images and Christmas Theme

This week's Challenge hosted by Caryn is to use at least two Mo's Digital Pencil images and incorporate them into a Christmas Theme.  I used the Christmas Tree and Bella and Bronte Skating.  Maybe more of a winter theme than Christmas but it is what I am going witih :)  What do you think?


The skating pond was hand drawn as were the snow drifts surrounding the Christmas Tree.  All images and background snow were colored with copic markers.  The snowy areas were outlined with an Atyou clear glitter pen and the ornaments on the tree were also colored in with Atyou glitter pens in gold, green and red. If you double click the image you can see the pond was covered with crystal effects for that icy glaze look.
The sky was sponged on with Tim Holtz Distress ink Weathered Wood.
I am in Kansas City today enjoying  Thanksgiving Day with my family.  Hope you are all enjoying your day as well.
Be sure that you check out the other DT members on the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog and we would love to have you play along. 
If you don't know how to merge images into one project Dawn has a tutorial on her blog or you can always print out the images, cut them out and merge them that way.  We just want you to have fun with Mo's images and play along with us.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Riley and Company is open!

Just wanted to post this cute little Cafe Riley card using a new Riley stamp that is available now at Riley and Company.


Isn't this a super cute Riley stamp.  The coloring is copic markers and while you could cover the glass with crystal effects for this image I did not.
I cut out the Riley image and mounted it in the center of my Top Note Die.  I framed Riley with the outer border of a Quikutz label die.
I mounted on a piece of Cosmic Cricket Delightful dp which I also used for the largest flower.
A couple of flowers and a butterfly and you have a cute card that could be used for a Coffee Break invitation, Thank you card, Relax you've earned it.  The possibilities are endless.

Gotta go to bed for now but be sure to check out all the Riley and Sophie stamps available now at Riley and Company.

Thanks for stopping by always glad to see you!!!

Cathy

Monday, November 23, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree!

I wanted to make a simple card with the beautiful Christmas Tree from Mo's Digital Pencil.  It may not look that simple but it really is:


The tree is colored with copic markers and the ornaments are colored with Atyou glitter pens.  I have red, green, gold, silver, and clear.  In person this is a very sparkly card, just doesn't show up as well in a photograph.
The glitter is MS glitter called snow.  I used stickles white to add snow to the branches and while it was still wet I sprinkled the MS snow glitter on.  I used the MS glitter glue to add snow to the ground cover.  The snow glitter is fairly large flakes and looks like freshly fallen snow.  The snowflakes falling from the sky are also stickles sprinkled with snow glitter.
I mounted the main image, which I sponged around the edges with distress inks in weatherd wood and vintage photo, was mounted on brown cs and then that was mounted on a weathered beige cs from a Christmas paper pack called A Country Christmas by Hobby Lobby.  This layer was mouned on a blue mounted on brown. 
I added a real bow I tied around the middle layer with brown checked ribbon.
Hope you like my simple card with lots of glitter.

Be sure to check out Mo's Digital Pencil as she has added some incredible images this week-end.

I will have a new Riley image for you tomorrow so be sure and stop by.

Happy coloring!!

Cathy

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Celebrate! Merged 3 Mo's Digital Pencil images on one card!

When I saw Aaron Celebrating I knew that I wanted to merge that image with Abby Celebrating that Mo's Digital Pencil offered for sale last week.  Even though Bronte appears to be Bella's dog, I inclouded him in the celebration to hold the sentiment"Party Time"  (I'm sure Bella is at the party somewhere!!! )


I hadn't merged any images in Photo Shop Elements 7 for a couple of weeks and it took me a while to remember how I did it :)
The images that I merged were all from Mo's Digital Pencil and they are:  Abby Celebrating, Aaron Celebrating and the Bronte was cropped from Making Cards.  I hand wrote the sentiment "Party Time"
All images were colored with copic markers...shocking I know LOL.
The dp is from my Cosmic Cricket Delicious paper pack.
The ribbon was dyed by me using SU reinkers and white grosgrain ribbon.
Prima flowers and button were from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by.  I may be a little lax in posting some this week as I have to get ready for company next weekend which follows a quick trip to Kansas City for Thanksgiving Dinner with family hosted by my daughter, Michelle,her husband Roger and kids Cheyenne, Hayden and Sierra.
My son, from Oklahoma will be coming to KC and then coming on up to Omaha to spend a couple of days with us.  We don't get to see him and the girls often enough because of distance and our busy lives, so try to make the most of the little time that we do get. 


I am 99 percent positive that Riley and Company is open for business as of today.  Tanya from Stampers Ink has asked the DT from Hanna Stamps to be on the DT for Riley and Company and we have all accepted and are very excited to get Riley and Sophie started in their new home.

I will catch you later.  Gotta watch the Nebraska game tonight...Go Huskers!!!

Cathy

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--You're my Best

Okay, I have no clue where I lost a day but I thought last night was Tuesday night and not Wednesday night so I didn't bother to post my Mo's Digital Challenge last night URGHHHHHH!!!  I had added it to the DT file to post but not here on my blog.  Here you go:


The challenge this week by our hostess Caryn was called 3-2-1.  3 papers, 2 ribbons, and one fancy edge.

Yeah, I followed a challenge correctly..it happens :)

The darling little boy and his Best Friend blue dog were colored with copic markers.  Take a close up look at the dog and see the fun fur copic technique that I used on it. 

I have to go check out the rest of the DT cards and if my memory serves me correctly this is the Dream Team blog hop Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Cathy

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

So Jazzy What a Cool Cat?

Okay, I promised the Mo's Digital Pencil new image, So Jazzed, featuring none other than Bella and Bronte jazzing it up. 


I thought Belle should be dressed up Beatnick style in mostly black with just a touch of red to keep it fun!!
My husband plays the saxaphone and my two oldest girls also played the sax in grade school but gave it up for sports in middle school, so this was a must have image for me.
Copic markers were used to color the image and the saxaphone is highlighted and edged with a copic Atyou gold glitter pen.
In keeping with the black/white and red theme I found this black dp with a diamond shape white lined design that I thought would be perfect for this image.  I mounted the dp, main image, and solid black cs with Red Riding Hool cs to make it pop. 
The musical notes are a cuttlebug die that I got on sale at Michaels a couple of years ago.  I have only used it one other time, but see...I needed it!!

This will be my last Mo image until the Challenge card on Thursday as tomorrow I will have a couple of new Riley cards and some exciting Riley news.

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow.

Cathy

Sugar Plum Fairy

Last night Mo's Digital Pencil posted this awesome very detailed image called Sugar.  I had to have it...I know I have to have them all :)  I had so much fun coloring it last night but decided to wait until today to make her into a card.  I got off work early, darn the bad luck, so here she is!


Lots of copic markers got to play on this card.  I added sparkle to her wings and tutu with my Copic Atyou clear glitter pen.
I sponged around the edge of the image with Pixie Pink SU classic ink. Added a flower in the upper left hand corner and a white grosgrain ribbon knot bow on the right side of the matte's.
Isn't this just perfect for a girls Birthday card or even a Sugar Plum Fairy Christmas card.
Thanks for stopping by to look. 
Later I will have Bella and Bronte So Jazzed card for you so be sure and stop by.

Hope you are all having a great day!!!

Cathy

White Christmas with Snowy Woods, Artistic Outpost

It's about time to really start creating some Christmas Cards.  My favorite Christmas set for elegant, gorgeous Christmas cards is Snowy Woods from Artistic Outpost.  For this card I have used the boughs and door from this set. 





The images were stamped onto the dark blue card stock using a versamark pad.  I then sprinkles white embossing powder and used my heat gun to set the embossing powder.
I added some sponged white around the bottom and sides to give the appearance of wind blown whisps of snow, you have to use your imagination a little :)
I added MS glitter to the snowflakes which were punched with a MS punch.  A Plaid Christmas ribbon tied in a bow in the upper left corner of the door image and a band of ribbon under the embossed panel.
I love the Snowy Woods stamp plate to color but tonight I decided I wanted to do my favorite Christmas card technique of simple embossing.
Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow when I will share a super cute Cupcake Fairy called Sugar that Mo added to her store tonight.  I couldn't wait to color it but too late to finish the card so will do that as my project to show you tomorrow night.
See you later,

Cathy

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hanna Stamps Pre-Party Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hanna Stamps night before the Release Party Blog Hop.  If you came to my blog from Lauri's blog you are in the right spot.  If you came because you frequent my blog, I really appreciate your visit, and if you want to view the Hanna Stamps DT cards begin at Sandra's blog and I will see you again in a little bit :)

I have a couple of cards for you tonight first being a beautiful but simple Hanuka card using the Hanuka Hanna set that was released last week.



 I used the Star of David stamp and the Menorah.  I colored the Menorah  parts that would be metal with my silver Atyou glitter pen and colored the candles dark blue to match the Hanuka Expressions dp that I found at Archivers.

My second card is from the Spa Hanna stamp set.  I created a card that expresses the sentiment to Relax and enjoy the Spa:



The bathrobes and head scarves along with the Spa gift basket that are included in the Spa Hanna set would be perfect for an invitation to a Girls' Night Out, a Birthday gift card, Mother's Day...the possibilities are endless. 
Doesn't Hanna look relaxed in her Spa setting:



I have added a scalloped edge with my new MS border/corner punch set.  I added a double row of ribon and a bow for the only embellishments.

Hope you have enjoyed the projects that I have created using two new sets from Hanna Stamps.  Be sure to come to the Release Party tomorrow night at 8:00 Central Time on SCS Hanna Stamps Forum. 

Now you are ready to head over to Jeanne's blog to see what she has created for you to see...  You know it will be great. 

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit along the way as you don't know which blog will be offering a wonderful prize to Blog Hop visitors who comment!!!

Thanks for stopping by the Hanna Stamps DT Blog Hop!!

Cathy

Let's Do Lunch?


Mo, of Mo's Digital Pencil, created this super cute image she named Lunchtime but I couldn't resist adding the sentiment "Let's Do Lunch" LOL  The calico cat only looks interested in the veggie tray...... The three mice don't seem concerned about the Calico cat watching them, should they be?
Colored with copic markers and if you can believe it I didn't sponge around the image. I know, it happens, just not often :)
 I picked this fun kitchen dp I got a couple of years ago at my LSS so I don't kmow the name of it, sorry.
This will probably be my last post until the Hanna Stamps Blog Hop tonight, hope you stop back by to see the DT samples for the new stamps that were just released.

I am working on a couple of Artistic Outpost cards using my favorite Christmas stamp set, Snowy Woods that I will post tomorrow night.
I'm having fun coloring today, hope you are doing what makes you happy today!!!

Cathy

Riley is alive and well and living in Kansas!!!


Yep, Riley  and Sophie have made their way to their new home in Shawnee, Kansas at Stamper's Ink. 
Riley and Sophie have their own website and email address, how special is that!!!  The website is called Riley and Company.

The Mrs. Claus Riley is one of the newest Riley's.  As a DT member for Hanna Stamps the DT had already received their Riley stamps before the decision was finalized for Kristi to sell Riley,  I think it was more of an open adoption but that is just my opinion :).  Since most of us had already made cards using the two new Riley's we waited until they were up on the new Riley and Company site before we posted cards. 

My understanding is that you will not be able to order them from the store until November 21, 2009,  but after that .....

I am planning to stop by the store one of these days on a trip to Kansas City.  Although I usually stay in North Kansas City I will make a special trip to Shawnee, or maybe go and take a class.  I know that I met the owners at the Copic Certification Class in October 2008 in KC but I don't really know them.

Hope you like my Mrs. Claus card using Eskimo Kisses Basic Grey papers and of course Mrs. Claus was colored with Copic markers.

Tonight we are having a Hanna Stamps, Day before the Release Party Blog Hop to show some more samples of the new Hanna Stamps sets that were released a couple of weeks ago.  The Blog Hop will begin tonight at 9:00 Central Time at Kristi Ferro's blog.

The Release Party is tomorrow night and we would love to see you there for samples, prizes, and fun.  The Release Party as always will be on the SCS Hanna Stamps forum at 8:00 central time Monday November 16, 2009.  See you there.

See you later at the Blog Hop!!!


Cathy

Friday, November 13, 2009

Squigglefly Challenge Card


I chose Shy Bear from Squigglefly for my challenge card.  It is a sketch challenge this week.  I have a couple of friends from other DT's on the Squigglefly DT and thought I would play along this week.   Hi Debbie, Sue and Heather :)

The image is colored with copic markers and I used my dangerous MS circle cutter to cut out the image and matte.  I say dangerous because I got in a hurry removing the protective tip from the blade and cut my finger badly.  I can be hazardous to my own health LOL!
Squigglefly has some really cute digital images and this little bear is adorable.  If you want a closer look at this image double click on it.
Thanks for looking and play along if you have time!

Thanks for Looking!

Cathy

Today is Friday Hanna Stamps Weekly Challenge and Mo's Digital Pencil Birthday Card!


Okay, maybe I was in a weird mood when I made this but I think it is cute!!!  How many times have we all forgotten a birthday and we say, "Oh, crap(ola) I Forgot Your Birthday"  Think of it as a picture card where the pictures tell you what the words are.... okay it is a stretch, I still think it is cute :)
This was created for the Hanna Stamps weekly challenge, hosted by Silke,  which was to create a card for a man or boy. 
This is a really fun new set that was released last week and I have already made several cards with it. 
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My next card will probably be my birthday card to my sweet granddaughter Sierra who will be 2 December 12.  She is a little red head ....this could be her!!!(look below for comparison)


I just love this new My Minds Eye paper pack that I got last week when Michael's had 50% off certain ones.  It is called Delightful and perfect for lots of my Mo's Digital Pencil projects.  Isn't this the cutest little girl image called You're My Best...  I thought that the I WUV U sentiment fit a two year old too.  Wanna see how psychic Mo is,  here is a picture of Sierra and peek of my daughter Michelle:



I told you.  This picture was taken in July at the baby shower for baby Leigha.
Just wanted to share my observation, tell me if you agree?!?
Hope you all are having a great day.  I am home with one of my headaches and am going to stop now and go lay down for awhile.

Thanks for stopping by, always love to have you :)

Cathy

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Out There -- For a Worthy Cause!


Blogger is being really weird tonight.  I was sitting here thinking of what to write and the post published itself...  all righty then... edit published post  :)

I call this card Look Up to see my Star!   created in honor of Layton, 16 month old family member of Jak who died of Meningitis October 27, 2009.

To find out about the reason for this image please click on the Jak's blog for her sad story and what she is trying to do to find a vaccine for Meningitis.

I don't very often feel the need to contribute to a cause but not just because Jak is a fellow DT member on Mo's Digital Pencil I was compelled to contribute and couldn't wait to color this image. 

If you also feel compelled to contribute to the cause follow the link on Jak's blog, there are two digital images in the purchase and all proceeds go to the Cause.

I will color the other image included in the cause contribution in the next day or two. 

Thanks for stopping by See you tomorrow for the Friday Hanna Stamps Challenge TGIF!!!

Cathy

Thursday means new Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog project!!!


I chose Penguin with Gift for my sketch challenge this week on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog. I really like penguin images for winter and Holiday cards.  You can find the sketch challenge on the Mo's Digital Pencil Blog, didn't Caryn create a wondeful sketch.?
I used some Happy Holiday dp from Michaels for the backdrop for my Penguin colored with copic markers and sponged with Tim Holtz distress inks. 
The scroll at the bottom is a cuttlebug fancy scroll and the top panel is white cs that I punched with my new MS corner and border punch.
I added some stickles clear glitter glue for a touch of snow under the penguin feet along the bottom of the circle.
The penguin's scarf is colored with Atyou glitter pens in red and green., and the candy canes on the gift wrap are also colored with the red Atyou glitter pen.  It really sparkles which you should be able to see by double clicking and enlarging the photo.
A red poinsetta prima flower and a green button and my card is ready to enjoy for the  Holiday Season :)
We have had great participation in our challenges and we love to have you all play along. 

This week Mo is offering the winner of the challenge, (which is a random drawing on Wednesday before the new challenge posts on Thursday), the opportunity to offer a suggestion to Mo for an image and  you get to name it too.  Doesn't that sound like fun!
Be sure to check out all of the other DT members projects, there are some truly spectacular projects.  

Tomorrow I will have a special project for a worthy cause.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

An experiment with Angel of Peace


I love this image, Angel of Peace new from Mo's Digital Pencil, tonight and tried to add lots of glitter on the wings, doves and the angel's rope belt is gold glitter pen.  I hope that when you double click the image that you will be able to see the sparkles.
 

I love to color angels. I used all of my 0000 colors on this image to keep it very subtle in color.
I used my new MS corner and border punches to create the outside edge and did really good until I got to the very last corner and then messed up.  I will fix it but wanted to see if you could see the glitter.  I took 10 photos and this was the best. URGHHHH!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Miles and his Flutterby



Isn't Miles and his Flutterby from Mo's Digital Pencil just the most darling little image that we an all relate to.  I think all little kids love butterflies and all creatures great and small.  Just to see the wonder in their eyes as the butterfly lands trustingly on their head or hand on on the flower nearby.

I colored Miles with copic markers and added the fence top made out of a new MS border punch.  I couldn't resist as Michaels has all MS items 30% off this week. 

I added butterflies that I punched with a MS punch from embossed cs.  I love the texture that this gives to the butterflies.  I sponged the edges with Weather Wood distress ink.

Hope you like the little guy as much as I did.  Mo has added a lot of really neat stamps this week so if you havne't been there yet, go check them out.  .

See you tomorrow with a heavenly card.

I have coloring to do now so see you later,

Cathy