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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Holidays...

Hello There!  I'm back with my very first Christmas card this year.  My gosh!  I feel so far behind everyone!  I've been seeing Christmas cards for several weeks now.  I made this one for a card class that I'm teaching at The Happy Scrapper on October 13th.  I recently introduced them to the Saturated Canary rubber stamps and taught an awesome group of ladies how to color up Wedding Bells.  I decided to work with another Saturated Canary image for the next class, but this time I made a Christmas card with the adorable Candy Canes.  Candy Canes is temporarily out-of-stock in the LDRS store, but she'll be back in just a couple of weeks.  She is just the cutest image so if you haven't gotten her yet, you may want to keep checking back at the LDRS store so you can nab her up once she's back in stock.  I don't expect her to last long in the store!
Happy Holidays...

I have paired 'Candy Canes' with dp's from Simple Stories.  They are available at The Happy Scrapper. The beautiful glittery snowflakes are from a local craft store.  I used a bingo card as the sentiment and it was cut from the back of one of the dp's.  The red velvet ribbon is from The Happy Scrapper.  The flower and other embellies are from my stash.

I colored 'Candy Canes' with Copic markers.  Here's the list:
E000, 00, 01, 11, 13
R20, 30, 32, 34, 35, 37, 39
G20, 21, 24, 94
B0000, 00, 02, 04
N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
C00, 1
W00, 1, 3, 5, 7
That's it from me today!  I had fun showing my project to you.  I hope you enjoyed your visit :-)
Take care and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fresh Baked Pie

Hello Everyone!  If you've been following me on Facebook, then you know that we have begun construction on our new house.  We broke ground yesterday and now I need to start making the really big decisions.  This house has already been nearly 2 years in the making and it's so exciting to have finally begun this phase.  The build is expected to take about 10-11 months.  Here's hoping we stay on schedule!!!

If you follow the Little Darlings Inspiration Blog then you may have noticed that I completely missed my post on Sunday :-(  Sheri stepped up to the plate and covered my backside.  Thank you Sheri!!!  So I am taking Sheri's turn with my post today :-)

So....I have had this scene painted for nearly 2 weeks and finally found time today to put the card together.  I hadn't painted in sooooooo long and this was so difficult that it was almost torture at times.  I can't tell you how many times I nearly threw it away and started over again!  But, I powered on through and I'm pretty happy with the result.  If I were to start it again, I'm certain there are things that I would do differently.  But that's probably ALWAYS the case!  LOL!!!!

Fresh Baked Pie

Well, here she is!  She's got a 'Fresh Baked Pie' and she's ready for company!  Want some?  Mmmmmm....smells delish!  She is one of the lovely LDRS Cutie Pies!  I have paired her with the really great 'Wing Back Chair' and 'Table & Lamp', also from LDRS.  The combo creates such a warm and cozy 'at home' scene.  And, they were SO MUCH FUN TO WORK WITH!!!!!  When I had these designed, I wanted some background elements that would really create an in-home feeling with a little bit of whimsy.  I think they are perfect!

The papers are from BoBunny and, although they have a lot pink, they are very warm Autumn colors overall.  I think it's the brown and green that give it that feel.  The flowers are all from my stash.  Claudia gave me the green flowers, along with a couple of other colors, and I really LOVE them.  Thank you Claudia!!!  The ribbons are from SU and American Crafts.  I doodled the brown stitching around the scene.  The images....well, as mentioned, they are painted with DI's.  I also used a few Copics on the skin and hair.
Well, that's it from me today!  Thank you so very much for stopping by!!!
Hugs to you all :-)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wedding Bells...

Hi Everyone!!!!!!!!  Well, it has been FOREVER since I've posted a new project!  Man oh man!  It feels so great to be here and I'm sooooo excited about the project that I have to share today :-)  It took me a while...coloring here and there...but I finally finished it today and I couldn't be happier with it.

I tell ya, it's been really difficult getting back into the swing of things after not coloring or painting for such a long time.  I picked up my paint brush about a week ago and painted for the first time in months!  I still need to add the deep shadows to it and put the project together.  But, the painting in on my craft desk and I really love looking at it.  The painting part was a struggle though.  Not at all like the 'riding a bike' thingy!  Anyway, I'll be finishing that project and will hopefully be able to show it to you next week.

So, what's been going on over here?  Well, the last of the packages shipped out last week.  I've taken a few days to get back into the school schedule with my son and get some things done that have needed doing for quite a while.  Hubby and I are waiting to hear which day the excavators will arrive at our property to get digging.  We're just waiting for our turn on their schedule and it could be at any time.  I'll post pics as soon as I have some.

Claudia has formally introduced me to Ikea and I love it!!!  I stopped in there once before but didn't have much time to spend.  Yesterday Claudia and I spent three hours there and needed even more time.  I am a new Ikea fan!!!  We started with a really good lunch, I had swedish meatballs, and then made our way around both floors.  Here's a question, when you're in Sweden, are they simply called 'meatballs'?  Anyway, I spent waaaaaaay too much money on stuff for the house that we haven't built yet!  LOL!!!!   I needed to get that stuff while they still had it though!  There are some light fixtures for my future studio that I still want to get so we're going to have to make another trip there soon.  Hubby is going think I'm even more nuts than he does now!

On to my project...I'll be teaching a card class at The Happy Scrapper on September 24th and I made a special card for it.  When I taught the Copic class there, we used the Little Darlings and Cutie Pie images.  This time I decided to work with a Saturated Canary image to show them how to color one.  I hope you like it :-)

Wedding Bells 

When making a card, I usually select the image first.  However, this time I chose the papers first.  I saw these papers at The Happy Scrapper and just fell in love with them.  I selected 4 patterns and somehow managed to use all 4.  Next up was the image...I thought the papers would make a beautiful wedding card so I selected Wedding Bells by Saturated Canary.  Her hair was sooooo much fun to color!  It's my favorite part of the image actually.  I pulled the color of her dress from the papers and decided to keep her hair light so as to keep the overall feel of the card soft.  I also pulled the blue in the bow that is around flowers from the blue in the papers.

I used 2 new TH 'On The Edge' dies that I bought at The Happy Scrapper.  I trimmed the left side of the card using the 'Scrollwork' die and the right side of the card using the 'Distressed Doily' die.  I really love the effect it lends to the card.  I distressed both a bit by rubbing the edges with a little DI in Tea Dye.  It really helps to make them show up more on the card.

The flowers and corner piece are from WOC.  The pearls are from my stash.  Lastly, I scribbled a little doodle around the image with my .05 Multiliner to add a little bit of whimsy to the card.
That is it for me today!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I do hope that you'll leave me a little note to let me know that you were here.  I've really missed being here and hearing from you.
Take care and have a wonderful day!

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