Friday, February 26, 2010

Plethera of Pink Polka Dot Phew!

Here is this week's submission for the Sweet N Sassy Sweet Stop Sketch is almost as hard to say fast as Plethera of Pink Polka Dots Phew!  Hee Hee!  That cute little image is from Sweet N Sassy stamps digitals.  Darling, isn't it?!  It is colored with.......drum roll please......COPICS!  Like I hardly use anything else anymore!  The pink polka dot paper was on top of the stash waiting for it's reassignment into the notebooks and I thought....hmmmm.....would be much easier to use than refile!  Right?!  I know the little dark dots are a little over the top but that's okay.  I used the Technique Junkie Technique called Out of the Box for the skunk.....stinkin' cute, huh!  (I know....bad pun.....)  I'll use it for one of my grandkids' birthday this year.  Hope you enjoy.  AND if you enjoy this card, click on the badge to the right and see what the other DT members came up with this week!  A..N..D  You can join us!  Upload your creation on the Sweet Stop blog!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Copic Winner!

Today is the day!  I have run the computer random generator for the numbers 1 - 51 and the winner is....

drum roll please...........................

That number belongs to Niki!!  Her comment is below in green.  Niki, I'll be getting ahold of you!  Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a year of blogging. Always great to see your posts.. I get some (often needed) inspiration! Please enter me to win Copics. I'm having lots of fun learning to use them.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What He Got!

DON'T forget!!!! Please sign up for my blog candy but NOT on this post. Go to the Thursday, Feb 18th post  for your chance to win two copic markers!  Tomorrow is the day I will let Mr. Computer decide who the winner is!

I know that Valentines day is long past but I forgot to post the card that I made for my Hubby, Ray!  This is the cutest image of Wee Henry as a chubby cupid.    Click on their badge to the right if you want to see more!  The minute I saw this image I knew I had to have it!!  Colored with copic markers and using some of nestabilities and cuttlebug folder.  Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

SSS44 For my Mom

DON'T forget!!!!  Please sign up for my blog candy but NOT on this post.  Go to the post before for your chance to win two copic markers!

Our challenge this week for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge had a spin...use flowers.  Well....that isn't much of a stretch for me.....I love using flowers and use them often!  So....I had these little flowers already printed off from Fred She Said so I colored them up using the feathering technique with my copics.  I had several colors I was working with and it took me a while to find the right combo!  I had recently seen a fun tutorial by Julie Ebersole where she took her brads and covered it with a heat and stick product and applied fun flock.  So, I did that with my brads.  My yellow seemed a little dull then I realized that I really hadn't used white brads....duh!  Next time!!  The butterfly image is a digital image from Sweet N Sassy.  So easy to color! 

Now for the info on the background.  The original technique was called Feathered Tie Dye.  BUT in the process of making this background, I had the offcast wax paper that was colored and it was just too neat to through away.  So I had saved it.  I adhered it to white cardstock with my Xyron and that is the paper behind the flowers and the butterfly.  I think it look pretty cool!  I hope that you like it too!  Then BEFORE I added the flowers I added in a little technique I thought of (but I'm sure someone else thought of it somewhere else too!) called Pierced Patterns.  That is the swirl from the butterfly.  I like the added interest it gives the card.  Then a little glitter was used here, plus a little foam tape to make the butterfly more 3-D and voila! a card for mom for Easter or Mother's Day! 

Now don't too can participate in the challenge by clicking on the badge to the right and uploading your creation!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Almost a year and a bit of candy for you!

On March 12th last year, I started by is hard to believe that it has almost been a year!  I also noted that I broke over the 10,000 mark for visits to my blog........amazing! celebrate the upcoming bday of the blog and to celebrate the 10K mark, I decided that it would be fun to have a little blog candy.

I happen to have two brand new....never been used......sketch Copic markers.  RV23, RV06. 

How can you win?  Leave a comment on THIS post only! 

Please leave your e-mail address as well.  You can use it in this format so those nasty computer harvesters can't find your e-mail:   aclack at msn dot com.  

I'll let the ol' computer generated picker give me the winning number!  This blog candy wll be open to Febuary 25th....that is a whole week! 

Here's hoping that you win!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

SSS43, cool storage and some time away!

Here are TWO cards this week for the Sweet Stop sketch Challenge.  You can see the sketch and the cards by the other designers by clicking on the Sweet Stop badget to the right!  I had originally colored up the rabbit for this sketch but I had the background from the cat made up for it.  When I put the two together, it just didn't work for me.  The rabbit was too strong in color values for the background.  So, I scrapped the idea of the original background and started over.  I like the darker colors that I came up with for him.  I hope you do too!  He is colored with copic markers and I then used a rag with blender solution on it to dab some texture onto him.  This card will go to my grandson, Jim, for his Valentines day card.

The second card......not wanting to waste the background I had created originally, I used a sweet cat image from a gal in the copic junkie group.  Her challenge to us was to color the image with copics and post to the group.  Since I wanted the cat to 'match' the background better than if I color it real cat colors, I chose the yellowish/brown color along with purple and blended the two together.  I think I could use a little more practice with this technique.  It is one of the harder techniques to master with copic markers.  This card will go to my grand-daughter, Audrey, for Valentines day.

THEN one of the members of the copic junkies group shared how she stored her copic markers.  Thank you Laurie for your suggestion!  I had to search where there was a Container Store in our area and it happened to be close to where my husband works.  So, today I went there to search for my own.  The plastics containers have lids that I won'e use when I have the markers at home.  I then found a neat 'tote' to put the plastic containers in.  Now I feel that I can take most of the markers and they won't get lost!  Yeah!!

Finally.....we get to have a few days away!   My mom will be here and tend to the dog while we spend a few days with Ray's folks.  We haven't been to their house for over a year and it is more than time.  We will meet our car club in the morning to see the Salem Roadster show and go to MC from there.  We will also have dinner with one of Ray's old high school buddies tomorrow night.  It will be fun!

Monday, February 8, 2010

More than Super Bowl Sunday - Hambo strikes again!

I made this card the other day for my Son-in-law for his birthday which we celebrated yesterday.  Actually it was like the Super Bowl of Birthdays.  My DH, Son, 2 Son-in-laws, and my dauther-in-law all celebrate their birthdays within two weeks of each other.  So, we chose yesterday to celebrate their special days.  Throw in a few extra friends and lots of kids and we had a house full of people 

For the card I had this digital image from Hambo.  It is from their new character called Wee Henry.  After getting the image I wanted to have a background that was as great as the one the creator, Tim, had drawn on his original card.  So, I lightly sketched in something that I thought would work and colored it in with my pencils.  I had the background almost done (over a couple of days) when I found out that the original background Tim drew was available.  Drat!  That's okay.......I think mine came out pretty good too!  My inspiration for the flour bag came from the rice bag that they use in Farmville....Hee Hee!  Wee Henry is colored with copics, duplicated and layered to create some dimension.  I did find that you CANNOT edge your cut out image with copic bled a little on Henry's ear.  Fortunately, it wasn't bad enough to ruin it!  I hope you enjoy.  I'll be getting a Hambo badge for the side bar shortly!  Hambo has a number of Wee Henry's now and the next card I'm going to do with one is a darling cupid!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

It's that time again! SSSC42!

I think I'm old.  You know.....your parents used to tell you that the older you get the faster time flies.  It just seems like yesterday that I was posting for last Saturday and here it is again.  ;-)  Here is my card for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.  Have you ever participated in a sketch challenge?  If you haven't you should give it a try.  They are really fun because you aren't required to use any particular stamps, techniques, or papers.  Just follow the layout and do that you wish with it!!  Click on the badge to the right to see what the other design team members did this week.  THEN go to your stamp area and create one yourself.  You can upload it for others to see on the Sweet Stop blog!  This card will be used as a birthday card!    The stamps are from Stampendous! and Amuse.  Cupcake was colored with copics and glitzed up with a little bit of glitter.  This was a fun sketch because it was round and I rarely do those!   The pearl swirls were from a $1 pack from a Craft Warehouse.

This week was the start of my monthly piano lessons with my friend, Earlene.  She has more music talent in her little pinkie than I have in my whole being.  Seems to me I remember that she has her Masters in Music.  As a piano teacher, she totally rocks.  My whole reason to start lessons again was so I could play better with our Praise Team at church.  Several years ago Earlene tutored me gratis to help me learn how to play chords.  Imagine.....5 years of lessons and many years of playing and I just didn't know how to play chords.  So I had learned a little bit of theory and chords then.  Now after about a year and one half of playing chords under my belt it is time to try to bump it up a notch.  The lessons are to be an hour long.  This last one.......ended up being 2 hours!!  The time just flew by and I really could have stayed longer!!  Going to learn more theory.....lots of scales....which I don't mind.  AND some learning of tricks and techniques to embellish my praise team songs.  THAT is the part that I really want!! find the time to practice!  We'll see how my lesson goes next month.  Once a month is really more than enough for an adult with lots of activities going on, don't you think!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Junkie for Life!!

How would you like to be a Junkie for life? Sounds too good to be true right? I'm talking about the Technique Junkie newsletter!! You'll want to read all about the deets by clicking on the link below! 

The deadline to enter is March 15th!! That is more than a month to get your creation made and uploaded to Pat! Here is the sketch for the contest. Remember to follow the instructions on the blog post about using two different TJ techniques on the 6 squares.

Just think.....a couple of hours.......enter your creation.....and you could have the TJ newsletter for the rest of your life! THAT is a cool prize!! Enter now!!

Want to know more about the newsletter if you don't get it already? Click on the badge to the right down the column and see what the fuss is all about!