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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birthday Buddy

It's Monday, Friends. How was your weekend? Mine was good & fruitful. Here are two challenges that I thought would be fun to combine: Copics Colour Challenge & High Hopes Stamps . High Hopes is celebrating their Blogiversary by challenging stampers to make birthday cards. The CCC challenge is to use Copics V06, B23, & BG23.

The well-wishing sheep image is by High Hopes & has been colored with Copic W1, W3, W5, R24, BG13 (don't have BG23), B23, & V06. Nesties & a paper piercer were the tools I used, along with DP by Cosmo Cricket. This dp is so wonderful that I felt using anymore embellishments was unnecessary.

Thanks for stopping by yet again. I hope you feel blessed & inspired. Hugs, Laurie

Love You - SSS23 and Color Throwdown #61

It's Sunday! I've been feeling under the weather today, but was able to do a little stamping this afternoon. A break in the rain clouds helped brighten my outlook & gave some inspiration.
It's a Sketch Challenge at The Sweet Shop this week. Isn't it a good one? And over at Color Throwdown we have a 5 color challenge. I love the block look of these SU! colors: Regal Rose, More Mustard, Red Rose, Chocolate Chip, & Olive. My image is by Pink Cat Studio & is colored with Copics: E47, YR23, RV000, R32, R43, B000, B00, E00, G99, & RV19.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 27

Time for the Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge! This week I chose to use two of the three colors: BG96 & B95. My stamped image is by Fred B. Mullett - bought this stamp in Seattle 11 years ago! To color this guy, I used BG96, G85, & YG63 in that order from the top of his back to bottom. I'm amazed that I didn't have to do any blending. The top fin was colored the same way but in reverse order. I found that SU! Artichoke cs and dp were perfect colors to complement my fishy friend. The CB folder made great bubble background paper, too. Spellbinders gave me the ovals and the tag. To get the shine, I used my Judikins bottle of embossing ink & clear embossing powder to completely cover the fish oval.
If you get a moment, check out the Artful Sent blog to see the wonderfully diverse samples this week.

A Fall Leaf FTTC 34 & SSC5

Good Saturday morning! I hope you all had wonderful weeks...lots of time with loved ones and doing your normal routines.
My card today was so much fun to make. I just love these fall colors.
The Timeless Tuesday challenge this week at Flourishes is to make a card using the Stamp Misting technique. I decided to make a background paper with a leaf stamp and various colors. I applied ink to my stamp and sprayed a mist of water onto it just before I stamped it onto white cs. I kept repeating, changing my colors. When the paper dried, I used a Versamark pad and clear embossing powder to emboss two or three leaf images over the colored images...can't have a card with out some sparkle or shine! :) I used Labels 5 and Labels 3 Nesties, a SU! leaf stamp, CB corner die, and MS Loops punch for the rest of my card. Copic colors YR18, YR09, & R05 were used to color in the leaf. Added the beautiful ribbon and brown sticky gems to finish it up.
The Stamping Sisters In Christ challenge this week is from Ecclesiastes 3:1, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." (NIV) The challenge is to make something with the colors of your autumn. Friends, this is what fall is to me...oranges, yellows, reds...bright and lovely against a background of evergreens and foregrund of fields of golden wheat waiting to be harvested. (Can you tell I'm a country girl at heart?)Oh, I think this must be my favorite season! Of course I say that with every one LOL
Praying your autumn will be a time of remembering the good things God has given you. Hugs, Laurie

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Verve Plain Jane stamps

Morning, Friends. I trust your week is going well. I am done with my online training course & will be starting my new job on Monday. I'm nervous & excited at the same time! Today I am showing you that project I talked about last week. This may be lengthy, but I'd like to explain how these cards came about.....
My mom saw a sample card at Stamping Day & Night, a stamp store in northern Indiana, that she really loved. It was made with an edge punch and a Great Impressions flower stamp, using white cs & a strip of dp or colored cs. It was a very simple layout with a short sentiment added to the front, but was embellished with paper flowers. The sample was stunning in it's simplicity.

I decided - like any good stamper does - to CASE the idea! How wonderful it was to discover that my Plain Jane verse stamps by Verve fit just right into the space between the punched edge and the stamped image!! I was sooooo excited! I've made several cards, using a variety of edge punches and a variety of colors. As you can see, it works on the long or short edge of the card.

I'm always concerned with blessing the recipient of my cards....I want to share the love of Jesus. But I have to tell you that every time I use these stamps, the Lord uses it to bless me. We all need those encouraging words to help us re-focus on Truth.
The two verses you can't see in my last picture are Psalm 31:24 Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord. and Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice!
Wonderful Wednesday wishes, Laurie

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #4

I know, I's feast or famine with me. Three posts in one day is over the top. But I've had this Hero Arts Set, Chinese Dolls, for a while and thought it would be perfect for the challenge. Check it out here.
I've made my card with unknown dp, Nesties Labels 2 & Scallop Circles, and the sweet sentiment by Stampendous. Colored the doll with Copics, and a little bling to make it all shine......voila - we have a card! :)

2 Sketches 4 You Sketch 35

I just couldn't resist using some new dp by Basic Grey for the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge for this week.

I've layered the SU! cs with paper from the Indian Summer collection. I cut out the Flourishes image which is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa using a Nestie. Don't you love the brown trim? I've been waiting to use it on just the right layout. Added dark brown sticky gems to spice it up a bit. Copics I used: E00, E11, E55, E57, R27, R89, YR07, YG03, & YG23.

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 26

Good Morning! It's that time again for another Artful Sentiments Challenge. Kimm, as always, has done a great job of choosing colors that make me think. Please join our challenge here.

The details for my card:
The yellow & purple cs are SU!. The dp is from the Wisteria collection by Basic Grey. I'd love to give credit for the stamped image, but I can't remember the company's name. I stamped a couple of extra images from Sally Lynn's stamps when I went to my Copic Certifcation class. Besides the challenge colors, I've also used C1, E00, E11, R00, V000, V09, V01, YG67, YR02, & Y21. To add some shine, I used my glitter pen on the wings. The image is cut out with the Labels 4 Nestie and is layered onto the Fleur de Lis Pendant also by Spellbinders. As you can see from the middle picture, the pendant is really a square & comes with three other cut-outs. I used one of the extra cut-outs to add those two extra points (top & bottom) behind the image. I've circled what it looks like. It's exactly like the corner points of the pendant but it's the size of the other green sample. (Where was my extra one for the picture? Who knows!) My Zig Painty is one of my favorite tools, so I used it to go around the edge of the Labels 4 cut-out. Lastly, I added the gold ribbon and the butterfly embelishment.
That's it for this one, Friends. Have a great weekend, Laurie

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Showers of Blessing

Hey, what do you think? A post two days in a row....woohoo! This is another digital image from Sweet N Sassy Stamps (It's on sale right now if you're interested.). Korin chose one of my favorite hymns to inspire this set. Isn't it wonderful?

The base card is textured cs by DCWV. I used three pieces of ribbon for my background, laying them right next to each other. The leafy branch is by Sizzix. I used a Zig Painty pen on each leaf & added a teeny, tiny gem. I also used the Painty along the bottom of the base card. A Nestie was used to cut out the sentiment. Color was applied with Copics, but once again I did this so long ago I can't remember which ones I used. I have to remember to write a note!
I like my finished card, but if I could go back & change something, I'd make my girl image a bit bigger. That's one area in which I'd like to be more educated...understanding how to manipulate digital images better. My dh says I simply need to spend some time playing with our software. The only problem is that I wouldn't remember how I did something when I got it the way I wanted it! Can I get an "AMEN" from anyone?
I'm working on a project that has me so excited! It's nothing earth-shattering, but I love it when Scripture can be the showcased image on a card. Here's a hint: Verve's Plain Jane verses are perfect for my purpose. Thanks for checking in on my blog. Hugs, Laurie

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hanging on to Summer

I am so happy to be able to greet you all today with a post! I'm going to make it quick...I'm training on-line for a parttime job & have lots to do in about 9 days. If you think about it, pray for my going on 50 brain to be able to commit this stuff to memory. :)
I've had this wonderful, digital image by Sweet N Sassy colored for a few weeks but just never put it together in a card. I guess I'm not ready to give up all things summer so I chose bright yellow - think sunshine - for my base. I used the new CB Victoria folder & Nesties Labels 2. I then added three different sized pearl sticky embellishments & the ribbon. I colored the image with Copics, but don't recall which ones I used.
Hope this simple card gives you a smile & a little boost for your Wednesday. Hugs, Laurie

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 25

Hey, Friends! How's it going this Saturday? Can you believe I almost forgot to post this week's challenge card? I was so excited to get groceries today...haha...not really. The excitement came from meeting a good friend at the grocery store so we could at least see each other's faces! It was fun, but we decided to work on getting together w/o the carts & coupons next time :)

Now for the challenge.....I had a hard time when I first saw the colors for this week, but after looking through some dp and my stamp stash, inspiration hit. The layout of the card is simple, like work projects ought to be. (My dh always says that after you figure the cost & time of a project you should multiply by 2.5) Aren't these brads perfect for a carpenter ant? The sentiment is computer generated.

Stamps: High Hopes - DP: Cosmo Cricket - CS: Bazzill - Copics: Y35, B95, B97, W1, W3, W5, E55, E57, E59, E35, E37, E19, 0 colorless blender

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Mom's Idea

Yahoo! Today Blogger is letting me upload my picture....finally! Thought I'd pass along an idea from my mom. She's been adding Prima flowers to her stash of accessories but didn't want to keep them in those cute bottles they come in. She cleverly came up with using those deli dishes. My hometown IGA store sells them for 10 cents each!! Clever & inexpensive...that's how I like it. These are the smallest containers used at the deli, but I'm sure they would sell the next size up if you wanted. I have those Elfa-type drawers in a cart where I store my wood-mounted stamps. I've cleaned out one drawer and can stack these little puppies two at a time. I've separated my flowers by color except for the teeny tiny ones. I think I'm going to like it. (BTW-I've kept those glass jars 'cuz I know I'll think of a great idea for them sometime in the future.)
Thanks, Mom, for the helpful tip! Love you. Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 24

Hi, All. Sorry for being a day late in posting this but I was getting some much needed R&R in Indiana this past week, visiting my family there. One day this week I hope to share a great idea my mom gave me for storing stamping/scrapbooking accessories.
This week's challange colors are bright & beautiful! The boldness of the pink & orange is set-off wildly by the bright green Kimm chose. They are hot, hot, hot! :) Now for the details of my card: I colored a High Hopes image to highlight the ODBD Amazing Grace stamp which is stamped on BG dp. I layered the sentiment image with Shimmer paper cut with Nesties & SU! cs. The 5 1/2" square card was covered entirely with BG Lime Ricky dp and embellised with ribbon & buttons before I used pop dots to attach the rest of it.
There are two more wonderful examples over on Artful Sentiments...why don't you check them out & then make your own sample to share with us. Come on....join the fun! And have a wonderful Labor Day holiday......Hugs, Laurie