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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve!

Time for a Party...

I can't believe the year has already passed.  It's been a busy one.  But here we are!  We're heading out this evening to ring in the new year with good friends.  If anyone actually reads this...I hope you have a safe and exciting evening and a wonderful New Year.

New Year's resolutions?  Hmmm.  I guess I have the usual...be a better person; spend more time with my family; exercise more; lose a few pounds...we'll see if I can keep on track this year : )

And now, here's a little dedication to Suzanne J. Dean of ScrapBitz.  When I discovered Copic's, I found that I had a lot to learn.  I searched YouTube and found Suzanne's tutorials and they were fantastic.  I learned so much in a short amount of time.  Her designs are beautiful and her technique is spot on.  Check out her blog if you haven't already. 



Cookies Anyone?

I just love this image by Mo's Digial Pencil Shop.  I've been wanting to work with it for some time now but needed the right inspiration.  We had our first real snow fall here in Michigan and I started thinking about summer time, my little boy, and lemonade.  I pulled up this image and it instantly felt right.  So...here it is.  My interpretation of my little boy having a summer time snack.  I hope you like it.

Per usual, I colored the image with Copics.  For his hair I used Y23, E35 and YR23.  My son actually has light brown hair, but the sun lightens it a bit in the summer.  His beautiful sun kissed face was done with E00 and E02.  The shirt and frog were done with YG23, YG0000, E57 and E00.  The blue jean shorts and shoes are a combination of B97, B95 and B91.  The yummy cookie was done with E31 and E57.  For the dog and collar I used a series of cool greys ranging from C00 to C9.

I found this Creative Imaginations paper in a pile that I had all but forgotten about and the stripes were the inspiration for his clothing.  The cs and ribbon are by Stampin' Up.  I used crystal Stickles on the charm on the dog collar, because there must always be a little something shiny.  Finally, I added white highlights with my Galaxy Marker - perfect for those finishing touches.

Have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Work - Work - Work...Day After Day

Time to exhale...

I put it off as long as I could!  As much as I like to play, there is still work to be done.  With the year end approaching, it was time to spend the better part of the day tackling payroll and business taxes.  I was committed, with nose to the grind, and now it's play time once again.  Whoo Hoo! 


Girl Holding Flowers

Isn't she precious!  Girl Holding Flowers is a new rubber stamp from Hero Arts.  I couldn't wait to give her a personality boost of color.  These Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry papers set the stage with their beautiful green and melon shades.  She is set on a scalloped background cut with the Nestabilities scalloped ovals.  I have quickly learned the importance of the Spellbinders Nestabilities.  The scalloped background was raised with Pop Dots for a little dimension.  The Making Memories decorative ribbons were the perfect addition.  And, the K & Company pearls...a girl's gotta have her pearls!  The picture isn't complete without a little something shiny.  She also got a touch of crystal Stickles on her flowers.  Lastly, I made a gorgeous double bow with my ever so handy Bow Easy - another tool I suddenly cannot live without.

This little girl and her flowers were colored with Copics.  On her hair, I used E25, E29 and E31.  Her skin was colored with E00 and shaded with E02.  Her yellow/green dress is a combination of YG21 and YG23.  Finally, her flowers were colored with Y08, Y11, R22, R24 and R37.

I'll meet you back here again shortly : )

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Adventures

Whew! What a day! My son had his first sleep over at a friends house last night. For the past two nights, he has cried and cried before bed because he was afraid that he would miss me during his sleep over. I assured him that he could come home at any time, but he wanted to be brave. And....he did it! Not a phone call or a tear. He had a wonderful time. We picked him up in the early afternoon and then were off to a birthday party that included...rock climbing! Can you believe it! A bunch of 6 year olds rock climbing! They had a terrific time : )

Anywho...since we had last night free, my husband and I went out on a date! Yes, a date. I couldn't believe it either. We had an amazing dinner at J Alexanders in Troy - I highly recommend the artichokes. They were to die for! Afterwards, we went to the movie theatre and saw 'It's Complicated'. I highly recommend the movie as well. Very funny : )



My wonderful husband gave me the ultimate Christmas gift of scrapbook goodies this year. They included this beautiful Birdhouse stamp from I Brake For Stamps and you can purchase it HERE. I just love the colors in this card. My grandmother loved cardinals so I decided to make the bird a cardinal red. I miss her most during the holidays so this card is in honor of her. The patterned papers are from Basic Grey's Indian Summer collection and the cs is from Stampin' Up. I added crystal Stickles to the flowers for a little bling - because you've always gotta have a little something shiny. The oyster Baubles add a little more texture. The 'thinking of you' sentiment is from Hero Arts and the bow was done with my Bow Easy.

Per usual, I colored this birdhouse with Copics - only the best markers in the universe. For the bird and flowers I used R39, R37, R35, R30 and R11. The leaves were colored with G28 and G24. The birdhouse and branches were colored with E57, E47 and E31. I hope you love this card as much as I do. The colors are so rich and warm.

Well, I'm off to bed shortly. Get a good nights sleep and have a wonderful tomorrow.

Ta Ta for now!

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