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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 23

Good Saturday morning to you all. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what our challenge is this week. As pictured above, Kimm wants us to use complementary colors...V15, BV04, & Y21. Complementary colors are ones which are opposite on the color wheel.
For my card this week, I chose a Bunny stamp by High Hopes. Isn't he the sweetest? In addition to the challenge colors, I also used V12, BV02, Y32, R000, R00, G21, G24, W1, & W3. I layered him with some lavendar cs and attached him to my sage card which had been CB'ed (is that a word?). A MS edge punch made my lacy doodad, & purple Dew Drops at a little shine to the card. I think my favorite part of the card is the purple satin ribbon & bow.
I hope this card will inspire you to join our challenge at Artful Sentiments. I'll be looking for a link to your samples! Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blog Award

My dear friend, Crystal, passed this award on to me a few days ago. We were in the final week before our son's wedding, so I put it on the back burner for a while. Thank you, Crystal, for being such a good friend to me for these many years. Finding a kindred spirit is a blessing from the Lord!
To pick up the Circle of Friends blog award:
Cut and paste the award logo and cut & paste it on your own blog. Nominate at least five other bloggers that you feel have become part of your circle of friends. Link to your nominees within your blog post and include these instructions on how to pick up your award on your blog post. To show your appreciation to the person who gave you the award, link back to their blog. Finally, comment on the recipients' blogs to let them know they've received the award.

Here are my five nominees: Kelley, Shawne, Kimm, Shar, & Ann

It's completely my pleasure to count these ladies (& many others) to be my stamping buddies!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 22

Good Saturday morning, Friends. It's time for another great challenge from Artful Sentiments. This week it's all about green -- not for ecology, but for some terrific samples of Copic coloring!

This was one of the simplest cards to make. It's so much fun to have coordinating supplies: argyle patterned dp (Lemonade by BG), CB folder, & brads. I wrote my own little sentiment to complement the Inkadinkado sentiment. They seem perfect for this young-at-heart partier by Art Impressions who might be a little relucant to have a wild celebration. In addition to the challenge colors, I also used the following Copics: E55, E57, E11, E00, R20, R22, R24.

Kimm has a wonderful tutorial on blending at Artful Sentiments that you might want to check out before joining the challenge. I'd love to see what green things you might color!

Blessings, Laurie

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

God knows your name!

Another quick post for you....I have a few minutes before I need to hit the sack & thought I would post this card I made for a friend. Here's a shocker - no Copics were used in the making of this one!
Yep. I used Prisma colored pencils and Gamsol. I really am not educated in how to use Gamsol, but decided to experiment. The lighter shades are pencil only. The darker shades are made by dipping my pencil directly into the Gamsol. I love the effect. The bottom layer of my card is old dp from SU! that completely covers my cardstock base. The heart layer was made with Cuttlebug's Fancy Corners. To do this, I positioned the folder in the middle of one side of the dp, ran it thru the CB, then repositioned it two more times on either side of the original impression. I then repeated those same steps on the other side of the dp. I applied ink to the impression directly from my SU! ink pad. A Nestie was used to cutout Inkadinkado's nest (Ha, that's funny to me after a long day & little sleep last night), & I added pink to the edge with a sponge. Lastly, I stamped this verse by Stampabilities to another piece of BG dp, punched slots with my SU! punch, and threaded ribbon through it. Oh, I also added color to the edges with a sponge.
This is probably rambling so I hope when I reread it in the morning it all makes sense! This verse is one of my favorites. How incredible to think the the God of the Universe knows my name as intimately as having it permanently there on the palm of His hand. Wow!!! Hugs, Laurie

Monday, August 17, 2009

Strength When You Need It

A quick post today as we are up to our elbows in getting ready for the wedding! My dd has taken pity on her ol' mom & is baking the last few batches of cookies for me. Whew!
My card is made with a base of Banana from SU!. The dp is really from the cover of K&Co's "Wild Raspberry" 12x12 pad. I loved the cut-away shape & just had to recycle it on a project. The verse is by Our Daily Bread Designs & is stamped directly to the base card. The butterfly stamp is by Inkadinkado & attached with popdots. I added eyelets, twine, a sticky gem, & swirls from a Sizzlet to finish off.
Thanks so much for checking in on my blog. I appreciate your's so much fun to share a love for stamping with others. Hugs, Laurie

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Artful Sentiments Challenge 21

It's Saturday, Friends, and that means another challenge from Artful Sentiments. This week's colors are bright & beautiful! Let's see what you can make with Y15, YR04, & YR09. Don't forget to leave a comment with a link to your creation here.

My card for you this week just adds one more Copic to the challenge colors: Y11. I used Nesties to cut out my image & also to make the second layer. After running that thru the CB, I used a sponge to add color. The wonderful sentiment image is by Verve...part of their Plain Jane collection. To finish off the card, I used a Copic to color a small Prima flower, giving it a brown center with a tiny brad. The dp in the background is by Basic Grey & MS punches were used for the leafy embellishments

Because I wanted to highlight the image & the sentiment, this card is not fussy at all. The clean lines of the ribbon point the viewers' eyes right to the most important part of the card - "Be still & know that I am God." (A good reminder for me as I just told my dh that I'm stressed...long story but will just mention ds's wedding 8/21 & dd's schooling up in the air but starts 8/26.)

Thanks so much for stopping by....Enjoy your weekend, Laurie

Friday, August 7, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 20

Hi, All. It's been a very busy week around here...only two to go before the wedding! Ahhhhh-I can't believe it. I'm posting this challenge just a bit early because I won't be on the computer at all tomorrow. Here are the details.....
I love the sleekness of this's all done with individual stamps. This is my first clear stamp set (It took me a while to come around to the idea of no wood!), & it's called Window Box by Stampendous. In addition to the challenge Copic colors, I also used YR61, B21, & YG45. After the layering, I added the ribbon & the tiniest sticky gems to the centers of the flowers. It was as simple as that!
We would love to have you join us in the challenge this week. Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, you can choose similar colors from what you do have. Simply leave a comment here with a link to your sample.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

So Happy

Good morning, Everyone. I trust you had a good Monday...spent mine making cut-out cookies & cards. The cookies are for my ds' wedding on 8/21 & the cards are for the Artful Sentiment challenges for the rest of the month. I wanted to get them completed & sent to Kimm so I will not have that on my plate in addition to wedding stuff. :)
I also whipped up this shimmery card while I was at it. It will be my soon-to-be-daughter-in-law's bridal shower card. She's not all that fond of sparkle, & she truly is not a fan of pink, but I think she'll like this one. I especially like the shimmery brad which I found at a local scrapbook store. Unfortunately, Crystal & I shared the package, so I don't know who makes it. It's one of those easy, but elegant cards....great to make if you don't have a lot of time. The final touch is to use a glue pen completely around the edge of the card & add glitter. The rest of the details are below...Hugs, Laurie
Stamps: Inkadinkado, SU!
CS: Bazzill, Clear Artistic Stamps-Shimmer Paper Style
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics R02, R22

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 19

It's time for the Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge, Friends. I hope you will be able to play along with us this week. Now to my card.......I don't think outside the box much so when I saw these colors I immediately thought of horses. This is a longago purchase from Embossing Arts. I stamped my image in Tuxedo Black & then used a Labels 4 Nestie to frame it & cut it out. The cs is Bazzil, the dp is Basic Grey Boxer, the ribbon is May Arts. I think the brads are by BG, too. The sentiment is from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. In addition to the challenge colors, I also used E11, E47, E57, B000, G94, G40, YG17, & YG67.

I've been using my 0 Colorless Blender in different ways lately, just to see what can be done. In this sample, I used the lighter, E11, color to completely cover the colt. I then used the darker, E19, to completely cover it. I took the Blender & made little circles, working from the center of an area to the outside. I didn't go to the edge(or line) because that's where I wanted it to be dark. I used the same technique on the other horse, but didn't use one color on top of each other. I don't know how realistic this makes my image, but I like the effect!

As always, I wish you a wonderful day.....Hugs, Laurie