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Friday, July 31, 2009

Birthday Swim

It's Friday - Yipee! The Ohio State Fair is going on this week & next so we're hoping to take a relaxing day this weekend to do one of our favorite summer activities. Eat fair you know what I'm talkin' about? :)

My card today is made in collaboration with my wonderful, craft-y daughter. She couldn't resist coloring (yes, she used Copics!!) this digi turtle from SNSS. I added the Stickles to its shell & put the card easy. The dp is Cosmo Cricket Snorkel. My embellishments are shells we found on the beach during our Spring Break vacation. I used glue dots to attach them. Lastly, I added a little shimmer to the sentiment which has an unknown origin. Although it doesn't show up very well in the pic, my dd loves this guy's deep blue eye.

My friend who will be having surgery (breast cancer) on Monday is committing this verse to memory: The Lord is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

What a good reminder for all of us to put our trust in the Lord. Hugs, Laurie

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lilac for a Friend-FTTC26

Morning! Back again with another challenge card....Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday challenges us to make a monochromatic card this week. We're to use one color or shades of the color, plus white or cream cardstock.
I chose this Almost Amethyst dp by SU! (I've had it a while, so I don't know if you can still purchase it.) & a BV04 Copic marker which is a perfect, darker shade. The lilac, by Flourishes, was stamped, colored, & cut-out. To get a little color on the leaves, I colored the back of the image which allows the saturation to peak through to the front. I tried to leave some white on each petal as I colored, but admit that I had to use my white Siglo pen to add highlights. After punching the lattice border (MS punch), I used a straight edge & the wide side of my Copic to create the dark purple line. I used the same technique to edge the sentiment panel. I didn't have any Amethyst accessories, so I colored tiny, white buttons with my Copic. As always, I've attached the image & sentiment with popdots.
That's it for this one, Friends. Thanks for stopping by -- Laurie

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Good morning, All...It's gray & gloomy here today so I'm hoping this bright card will cheer me up! The Copic Creations challenge this week is botanicals. Couldn't think of a better stamp to get that point across. It's from a Hero Arts set called Peeking Posies. The dp is from DCWV's Nana's Kids, & the verse is by Verve. I used the following Copics: YG03, YG23, RV11, RV14, B000, & 0 Colorless blender. The image & verse are attached with popdots, the silver flowers are attached with glue dots. I added sticky gems to their centers, as well as to the verse.

I think I forgot an element for the Sketch challenge, but it's too late now! Check out the other samples here. To see the Copic Creations samples, go here.

May you rejoice in the Lord today, whatever the day may hold.......Laurie

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Color Throwdown Challenge

Are three posts in one day too much? I simply had to make a sample for the Throwdown Challenge this week once I found out the colors: Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, & Chocolate Chip. This is one of my all time favorite color combos & the last day to play is today! Oops...I just double checked, & I think I'm too late to get in on the prize for this challenge but that's ok. Judy's post yesterday inspired me to use some stamps I haven't gotten out in a while. Check out her sample here. I used Endless Creations' flower image with my markers. I masked the middle flower & then used an Endless Creations frame with Choc Chip ink. The verse is by Rated-G stamps. Both white rectangles are edged with a sponge in Choc Chip ink. I also sponged the background of the verse rectangle in Celery. The dark brown dp & the ribbon are both Basic Grey Infuse, the dotted dp is by SU!, and the flowers are made with a MS punch & Inksentials white pen. That's all there is to this one, Friends. Goodnight, Laurie

2 Challenges - 1 Card

Just couldn't help myself, Friends, when I saw these challenges today as I finally had a few minutes to blog hop. I had to stop what I was doing & participate.

As you can see, my mousey is having a lot of fun throwing the flower petals in a celebratory manner. I had a lot of fun coloring him. The House Mouse challenge is a sketch this week. You can see it here.The Copic Colour Challenge is R35, YR04, & YG63. You can see it here. I've used BG June Bug dp, SU! cardstock, unknown ribbon, & Stampendous stamps for the butterfly & sentiment. In addition to the challenge Copics, I've used E00, E5o, E55, E57, BG000, B000, & 0. I intentionally did not blend the lines for the sky...trying to make it look like the wind is whipping those petals like confetti.

I'm off to make another card or two. Thanks for looking in on my blog, Laurie

I can't upload my picture right now...Blogger keeps saying something about an error. I'll keep trying! In the meantime, you can check out the card in my Splitcoast Gallery here.

Edit #2: Hooray! Finally able to post the card at 7pm.

Tea of Thanks

Good morning! I'm so happy to be able to post a sample in the middle of the week. It's been hectic around here for the past three weeks or so. With my ds's upcoming wedding this month, it will probably become worse before it gets better!
Now to the card....Do you recognize this image? If you've been around SU! for a while, you know that this was a hostess set way back in 1995ish. I was fortunate enough to choose it as one of my hostess benefits. Back then, most stamps were line-drawn images, perfect for coloring. By the time I became a demonstrator, though, the tide had turned to bold images. I dutifully sold or gave away my previous sets to make room for the new ones. BIG mistake! Sigh. Thankfully I held on to this one & have learned my lesson. I won't be cleaning out my stash any time soon.
Today's card is simple to put together. I chose the dp because the flowers in it are scalloped which matches the scalloped Nestie & the scallop doily under the tea pot/cup. The satin ribbon is tied in a knot. The rest of the details are below. Sure hope you have a terrific Tuesday. Hugs, Laurie

Stamps: SU!

Paper: SU!, Zinnia

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: corner rounder, sticky gems, Classic Scallop Oval Nestie

Friday, July 24, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 18

What fun I had coloring this Classy Lady and her Birdy friend by Pink Cat Studio. The Artful Sentiments challenge was to use V06, YG03, & RV25. They are such fun, bright colors that it was hard to decide what image to use this week! To join the fun click here where you can see the DT's samples. Leave a comment with a link to your sample, too!
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio
CS: SU!, K&Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, additional Copics: RV21, RV23, R29, B21, E00, E50, E55, E57, E59
Accessories: Nestabilities, Tags, Dew Drops, Cuttlebug, Stickles, ribbon
To add texture to the hat & dress, I used my Copic Colorless Blender 0. You might not see it in the picture, but I used Stickles Crystal to give Lady some sparkling jewelry. I used V06 to edge the oval cutout and the tag. My favorite detail is Lady's lips. They are sooo perfect! Wouldn't you like to just once wear a boa & bright red lipstick with a big, flowery hat? Thanks for checking in with me....Blessings, Laurie

Monday, July 20, 2009

Birdhouse Post

Are you surprised to see a new post from me? I sure am! I thought I'd never be able to take a minute out of the week to stamp. Acutally, this sweet little image was stamped and colored several weeks ago, but since I stamped those flourishes on the base card, I think it counts. :)

It's a bit too busy for my usual style, but I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone. If I could do it over, though, I think I would use a Cuttlebug folder to give the texture & skip the Platinum flourishes. Don't you love the dp? It's from the recently released Junebug set from Basic Grey. The birdhouse is by Rubber Stampede & the flourish stamp by Hero Arts. I used various Copics to color the image but didn't keep track of which colors. I added the sticky gems to the ribbon corners & then decided Prima flowers would make a nice touch, too. Not sure what sentiment will go inside, but am thinking of something about dropping by to say hello since the robin looks like he's singing a greeting!

I'll be at swimming championships all day tomorrow, so maybe I'll see him flying around. Thanks for stopping by....Hugs, Laurie

Friday, July 17, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 17

Wow! I bet you thought I wasn't going to stamp any more cards, didn't you? It has been a very busy two weeks, but as you can see I am not giving up. :) I have to post a day early because I am going out of town for a funeral this weekend. My folks should be here any moment, & we'll be off to Upstate New York. If you think about it, please pray for my second cousin who has just lost her husband.
On to the challenge.....The colors this week are so much fun. I would never have put them together, though, because they don't fit the "choose a color & then choose two friends" philosphy. The pink flowers were colored using the darkest color (R83)around the tips & down the centers. I then used my lightest pink (had to use RV000 because my RV00 is dried out!) to color each petal. I went back over the petals with R20, putting it down next to R83. I colored the whole thing again with RV000 & lastly highlighted the center lines with R83. Each image is attached with pop dots. Details below.
The Scripture for this card was chosen for a friend who recently found she has breast cancer. It is good to remember we can't do much on our own, but we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Have a blessed weekend, Friends -- Laurie

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs, Gina K, Paper: SU!, Basic Grey Two Scoops, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics: RV000, R20, R83, Y17, YR16, E55, E57, E59

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 16

Good afternoon, Everyone. Am posting later than I normally do, but hope you'll catch my post just the same! This week's challenge are rich, bold colors that reminded me of the great outdoors. I made this birthday card for my uncle from an old SU! set & Basic Grey dp. The sentiment is hand written & the other Copic colors I used are E21, E33, E44, YG63. Have a blessed weekend --- Laurie

Thursday, July 9, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #38

I'm so happy to be able to post a card tonight! It's for a fun challenge at High Hopes......polka dots! This was quick and easy as the paper does all my work for me by providing great dots! The pink strip on the side is made with an EKSuccess edge punch & embellished with Stickles. I've used Copic markers to color my image: YG03, B24, R29, RV11, RV25, W1, W5, E00, E000, & B21. The background paper was a gift but I don't know who made it. Thanks for checking in with my blog....Hugs, Laurie

Blog Candy Alert

Hi, All. I have not had a moment to stamp this week, & I'm ready to get back at it! But since I don't have a card to post, I thought I would pass along this Blog Candy Alert:

Crissy is offering an Extravaganza that includes stamps by High Hopes. You really don't want to miss the chance on this, Friends. Check it out here. Good luck!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Artful Sentiments Challenge 15

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans & Happy Saturday to all who aren't. I trust your weekends are going well.
This weeks' challenge was so much fun for me because red and blue are my favorite colors! It's definitely a challenge, though, since B26 & R29 are such dark colors. I used the 0-colorless blender quite a bit. Actually, I had to use it on the bunny, too, because I used C1 since I don't have C0. I used a MS punch for the lattice border & Stickles on the bunny's tail & furry chest. High Hopes makes the bunny & the dp is some older paper from SU!. The sticky dots are from Joanns. I'm not sure where I got the ribbon. The sentiment stamp was purchased at a stamp convention a long time ago & is made by Imaginations.
We'd love to have you join us for our weekly challenge. Go here to see the terrific DT samples & add your link to the commments.
Thanks for stopping by......Hugs, Laurie

Friday, July 3, 2009

Combined Copic Challenges - CC#7 & CCC#20

Ok, Friends. While I'm not too excited about the "grass" on this card, I do love how the branch turned out. You probably don't recognize one of the stamps from Flourishes' swing set. I used a Memento Dew Drop of Tuxedo Black to pick & choose which lines of the tree branch I wanted, stamping it several times. I cut the images out & layered them with pop dots. I used the Brilliance Platinum ink pad & a sponge to create the "sky." The flowers are made with MS punches & a small Marvy punch.Now for the challenge info...
The Copic Creations challenge is to create an image with brunette hair. I used R55, R57, & R59 to get this High Hopes cutie's hair just so. The Copic Colour Challenge is to use E47, YG23, & YR68. I don't have YR68, so substituted YR04. In addition to the colors listed above, I also used YR02, YR04, YR23, G24, YG67, YG63, YG11, R00, E00, & E44.
I hope you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend......Laurie

Thursday, July 2, 2009

MMSC8 - Coffee, Anyone?

My card today is for the Midnight Madness Challenge. Their sketches really stretch my creativity. You should check them out & give it a, fun & they give prizes, too!

I started by stamping & coloring this fancy coffee cup from the Impression Obsession coffee set with Copics. I didn't want to take away from the pattern on the image, so decided to use geometric shapes as my background. All the dp & cs are from SU!. So are the circle & square stamps I used to make the background. The two corners are made by punching out a 1 1/2 in flower & then punching a circle out of the center. I did use Nesties to cut out the image & make the green layer.

I'm off to a fun day of shopping with a friend. -- Laurie

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thinking Owls

Hello and thanks for stopping by to see where my stamping addiction has taken me today. I'm simply wild about some of those Pink Cat Studio sets. This owl one is so cute. I colored these girls with Copics, not worrying about shading this time. I wanted a bold look & created interest by using a variety of colors on the hats. I layered some K&Co dp with a stamped background and used Stickles on the branch & around the edge of the layer & the sentiment cs. I added the flower which was the perfect match to Owl #2. That's it - super easy yet fun. Enjoy your half-way-thru-the-week day. Hugs, Laurie