Friday, June 15, 2012

Raining Cats and Dogs

It's Friday and another Totally Papercrafts Challenge. This week the oh, so talented Kim Hecker of Oakpond Creations is the hostess. Kim has a deep affection to all animals. She works in a Veterinarians office, so it was no surprise when she challenged us to create with cats and dogs.

 I made eye contact with this sweet puppy at Sassy Cheryl's and surprise, surprise she managed to follow me home. :)  Her name is Bella's Flower and she is bringing her Daddy a flower for Fathers Day. I got the idea for using Flower Soft for fur from Inky Digits pal, Paula Butler. I used Ivory and then colored it with Copics. How do you like how she turned out? I promise you it is easier to do animal fur with Flower Soft than coloring with Copics. Flower Soft comes in many colors even black which would be great if you are intimidated by coloring black like I am.

 I used an EK Success paw print border punch and a Stampin' Up Tab and Slot punches. The paper is from My Minds Eye Lush pad. Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Pond Life set. The button, bakers twine, ribbon and heart are from my stash.

If you are in the mood to create some cats and dogs this week, please post your finished project here. I would love to pop over and see your creation. Now do yourself a favor and pop over to TPC and see what my talented teamies have made to inspire you. You just may be the winner for a fabulous prize from our most wonderful sponsor Wild Rose Studios.


This is my last week as a designer for TPC. I have decided to step down from my DT duties. They have signed on some talented new designers so the blog will be better than ever. I look forward to seeing what exciting challenges are in the future.

 Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer School

Well I have done it now.  I plagiarized my friend Tammy's card.  I did change it up a bit to make it my own, but the idea was totally hers.  You see, I popped over to her blog to check out her daily post (yes, she is one of those avid crafters that post daily).  Anyway, she had created this funny card with the brightest prettiest colors. I have a special someone who is, as Tammy says, extending her social life at summer school this year.  I just had to make that card immediately for my special someone.  I choose to believe that imitation is a great form of flattery as long as you give the original artist credit for her original work of art.  Just hope Tammy feels the same way.  LOL

This delightful image is from artist Diana Garrison and you can get it over at Squigglefly.  It comes with sentiments and all.  A real bargain for sure.  I printed the image twice.  Once on Cryogen White and a second time on the blue bubble paper.  I colored the fish with my Copics and cut them out.  Foam tape is used to pop them up over their likeness printed on the bubble paper.  My card base is embossed with a SU Square Lattice folder and the blue is a Tim Holtz folder.  Cardstock  is from Stampin Up.

Thanks again Tammy for a fun card.  It earned Grandma a special smile and a big hug!

Challenges I would like to enter this in:

Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Show Me Thursday - The Finished Project

Cheryl is off for the next couple of weeks beaming with pride for her newly graduated son, Zach.  She is basking in the glory, worrying about him at the beach without her, catching up with family and generally taking a bit of time off.  She is giving us 2 weeks to post pics of what is going on in our lives.  She is even allowing us to post twice which doubles our chance to win one of her digis.

I haven't posted a picture of my messy desk,  I mean the desk of a creative genius at work, for quite some time.  I decided to show you a picture of my desk after I finished a card and BEFORE I cleaned it up.  As I am writing this post,  my desk is back to the neat immaculate status I ALWAYS keep it in.    (The floor scattered with bits and pieces of paper doesn't count does it?)

Not much to explain on this pic.  I did notice that you can see  my floor lamp reflection in my laptop screen.  Guess you never know what will show up in a photo.

Well if you would like to join in the fun, snap a pic of something you are working on and post it here.  It's a lot of fun seeing what others in the crafting world are working on this week.  Whatever is going on in your lives, I hope it is filled with fun, laughter and a good bit of crafting time.

Hugs, Linda

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Flourishes In Blue

I was in a creative mood today and I decided to play with my stamps.  I have been challenging myself to use my stamps more and the Less Is More Challenges are perfect to jump start my creativity.  This week they challenged us to use one layer and flourishes.  I was inspired by Mandi's card where she punched a hole in her card to let the color of the inside flap show through.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the inside color flap..  I don't know the name but it is one of those little 2"x21/4" squares that come in a set.  I then sponged some StazOn white opaque ink on top of the flourish.  The flourish border is a SU roller called Very Vintage.  I used Bashful Blue SU ink and cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Bashful Blue and from the SU set called Whimsical Words.  I punched the card border with a SU border punch.

I kept this size to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" to I can put this in my package of cards going to Operation Write Home.  The cards all have to be standard in size and are sent out to our troops.  I haven't sent a package in a while so I am filling my box to get in the mail.  If you would like to participate you can click the badge on my sidebar for details.  I am a bit worried that this card may be disqualified because I did put a bit of sparkle on the card with a Sakura Jelly Roll pen.   You can't have glitter on the card for the protection of our Troops, so I hope this isn't too much.

Tomorrow is day 2 of the weekend and I hope you are all enjoying it.  The weather was perfect here today, a perfect beach day and tomorrow looks like it will be perfect too.  Whatever you do, relax and enjoy.

Happy Crafting, Linda

Friday, June 8, 2012

We're Doodling This Week!

Totally Papercrafts, Miz Cathy my ever so talented teamie challenged us to doodle on our cards this week.  I chose to make my background papers plain card stock.  I then took a Sakura Jelly Roll pen in Clear Star and started doodling with swirls, leaves, flowers, dots and hearts.  I was a little apprehensive at first so I practiced on scrap paper, but then decided just to go with the flow and this was the result.  It was very relaxing and I will do this again.  The paper is Stampin Up the ribbon from my stash.  The sweet shy little girl is from Saturated Canary.  She is called Peggy Sue.  Are you old enough to hear Buddy Holly signing Oh Oh  Peggy, My Peggy Sue uh ue, uh ue uh ue, ue ue?

Peggy Sue is colored with Copics and accented with Stickles.  The border punch is EK Success and the Lacy Oval is Spellbinders.  The ticket is a Tim Holtz that I ran through the Crimper and then antiqued with a pink inkpad.  She is kind of plain and I didn't pop anything up for dimension (I know shock/horror, lol).  I like the soft look that the card has IRL.  Unfortunately my photography skills are pretty bad, but the doodling looks so much prettier IRL.  Hope you enjoy my first doodle card.  I would love to see what you could do with a pen, so grab one start scribbling and post it here.  You know the drill by now and there is a fabulous prize from our sponsor, Delicious Doodles this week.