Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nature's Yard Art

The flowers in the yard have really out-done themselves this year. Here are a few pictures I took this weekend.
This is a LARGE rose bush.... It's just loaded down with blooms and buds.

These beauties were ready for their close-ups!

All these flowers were already here when we got the house. The only credit we can take is for not having killed them so far. That counts, right?

Speaking of flowers, the ones in the designer paper on this card are quite lovely. (See how I craftily changed the subject from the title matter to card making? *wink*)

I call this one "Flowers For Moo". The stamp is designed by Penny Black. I just love her stuff and I have a soft spot for moo-cows.

That's all for now. Come back soon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

JessicaLynnOriginal Spring Flower Contest

I'm not usually one to enter into contests but I decided to give it a whirl here just for fun.

This card is my entry for the JessicaLynnOriginal Spring Flower Contest.

I printed the flower (JessicaLynnOriginal digital stamp which is currently available for FREE on the JLO web site) two times, one larger than the other. (Remember how I said in my last post that one of the cool things about digital stamps is being able to re-size the image? Prime example!) I used the smaller of the two as my focal point and the larger I cut to create the corner accents.

Other Materials: All the paper I used for this card is PTI . I used my Cuttlebug machine and the swiss dots embossing folder on the background panel. The flowers are colored with markers, the center flower is accented with gel pen and glitter pen. The center is also raised with pop-dots. I finished off the card with six black half pearls.

I want to thank Jessica Lynn for the free digital stamp. I had a lot of fun making this card.

Thanks for dropping by. Now, go get your free flower and play along!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Splitcoast inspirations and such

Two of the things I love most about the Splitcoaststampers community is how much inspiration you can find there and the fact that you can meet crafters from all over who truly become your friends. Some times I just browse the gallery, some times I check out the challenges forum but no matter where I look, there's tons of inspiration to get my crafty mojo going.
Here are a couple of cards I made for challenges posted on Splitcoast:

I LOVE the Riley and Sophie Moose stamps. Thank goodness they found a home at Riley and Company instead of being lost forever when the company that formerly carried the line went bust.
Don't you just love the tiny clothespin embellishment?

This next card was fun to make. I had not used my Daffodil stamp by PSX in quite a while. I got several compliments on my coloring of these flowers. Just goes to show, you can get good results with some cheap generic markers. I know Copic markers are all the rage but I just can't justify the cost of them.

This card is for a breast cancer awareness card swap. A sweet lady named Grace had sent me the little bra image and sentiment as a gift. It seemed perfect for this purpose. I just designed my card around that focal point.
This swap is hosted by my friend Vivian. Please check out her blog, Lovely Lady Lumps
and support her fight against breast cancer.

Last card for today.

The dress and sentiment are both digital stamps from Squigglefly.com . While I don't think digital stamps will ever replace the joy of inking up some rubber for me, I do see the appeal. Where else can you re-size your image to your liking? Squigglefly has some VERY cute images so if you have been thinking about trying digital stamps or are already hooked, be sure to check them out. The prices are great and as another benefit, you don't have to wait for shipping!

Happy crafting my friends!