Tuesday, January 14, 2020

For My Husband

I absolutely fell in love with this image when I first saw it.  It's Significant Otter by Whimsy.  I made this card for my husband's birthday next week.  He doesn't look at my blog so he won't see it. 

 My husband has been absolutely amazing in helping me with the trauma I've been dealing with. He is right by my side and always seems to know when I am going to need him.  I am improving, but the restrictions are many. All in all, it's looking up.  I have a wonderful doctor now that lets me know the hard truth and I appreciate that.  Little by little, there is improvement and I know that I will heal.  God is watching over me.  

Hey, I can still make cards! I have a wonderful aunt that used to send a card to each and every family member every birthday and Christmas.  She is quite a bit older now and can no longer do that.  I have made a resolution to carry her kindness on.  I plan on making a birthday card for every family member, and mail them "on time."  I probably have at least seventy-five birthday cards in my stash, but sometimes I like to make a particular card for some relatives, something that will mean something special to them. I have tried before, but usually quit by February.  Wish me luck. I actually did all my January cards...and mailed them!

The image is colored with Copics.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.


100, BG10, 11, 13, 15, C00, 0, 1, 2, E50, 51, 53, 55, 57, G03, 07
R00, 11, 43, 46, YG91, 93, 95

  I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments  - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
A Place to Start - Anything Goes
Angie's Digital Stamps - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs - Celebrations
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Thin Blue Line Quilt for Gabriel

This is the quilt I made for my son-in-law Gabriel.  He recently has left the police force to work in another field.  I had been working on it forever.  Doing the star-field greatly intimidated me.  I finally finished it ten o'clock on Christmas Eve.  Most quilts I have seen use a fabric pre-printed with stars.  I decided to sew each individual star on.  My husband, Tom, designed the quilt and made a perfect star-field layout for me to trace so each star would have a perfect placement.  We plan on working on quilts together after his retirement.  He will do the designing and I will do the sewing.

This is the tag on the back. 
It was ordered from Etsy.

Christmas Eve

 I saw someone color this image on Kit and Clowder.  I fell in love with it.  Someone wrote and asked her about the image.  She said it was a Sugar Nellie, but that the shop had closed.  I have a file for Sugar Nellie so I checked it and sure enough I had the image.  I have so many digital images I no longer have any idea of what I have.

I colored the image with Copic markers.  I have never colored a background before.  The one I saw had the sky done in dark blue.  I couldn't resist.  My coloring was far from perfect on this, but I'm happy with it.

Copics:  It's quite a list!

B23, 24, 26, 41, 63,  BG23, BV13, C00, 0, 1, 2, 5, 7, E00, 11, 21,
?G14, 16, 17, R08, 20, 21, 24, 27, 29, 37, RV23, V05, Y17, 28, YR15

I am entering this card in the following challenge:

Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Gnome Couple

I found these images at DigiPqperArt on Etsy.  I thought they were adorable. No coloring necessary.  All I did was surrounded the images with gray Copic markers to add some depth. 
 The papers are digital.  Well on my way getting next year's cards done.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Holly Doggies and Golden Angel

Holly Doggies

I used this cute image on a Christmas card for my niece.  She absolutely is a dog fanatic. The image is from Eureka.  It is available as a digital.  I somehow have it in rubber.  I don't know why I would have paid for a rubber stamp when it's available as a digi, but I guess I did!  The image is colored with Copics.  The paper is from my stash.

Golden Angel

This card is for my dearest friend.  She collects angels so this is perfect for her.  She doesn't see my blog so I figured I could post it here.  The die is from Creative Expressions.  I have had it for several years, but this is the first time I've used it.  It was not easy to cut.  I had to keep layering extra cardstock along with my metal shim because it kept leaving certain areas uncut.  I finally got it done, though.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lights In A Tangle

First Christmas card for 2020!  I used this adorable image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Little Elf Tippi.  I fell in love with this image when I first saw it.  I used miniature lights from Etsy to surround the image.  I borrowed the idea from Pat Frank, Little Elf Tippi.  The paper is from October Afternoon.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Thanksgiving Card for My Dad

This is the first card that I have made in ages.  I really wanted to send my Dad a Thanksgiving card and I hate to send a card that I didn't make.  My family has come to expect handmade cards.  Thankfully, I made all my Christmas cards before I was injured.  I am still working on healing, doing lots of physical therapy.  Altogether, I will be spending eighteen weeks in a back brace, not allowed to bend or twist, or lift anything over five pounds...such fun!

I used Brusho to color the leaves.  It was my first try at using it.  I'm not real happy with them.  I definiely need to practice more.  The stamp and die is from Stampin' Up.

I can't wait for my daughter to get here from Michigan for Christmas!  She knows how to fix my blog!  She warned me not to try to fix it again myself.  I guess I will have to wait patiently.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Birthday Shepherd

 I haven't been coloring for a while, but I decided to get back to my roots and color an animal.  If you know me well, you know my passion is animals.  I have not done many lately.  Doing design work usually leads me in other directions.  This image is by Morgan Fitzsimons.  I have colored it at leas three times before.  This one is colored with Copics and Arteza Pencils.

 I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Morgan's ArtWorld - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything with a Critter 
Animal Friends Challenge - Dogs
Crafter's Cafe - Animal
Classic Design Team - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Animal Magic
As You Like It - Fav Bird or Beast
Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

For Two of My Angels

 There are for two very special people who are helping me keep a better attitude right now.  I consider them to be "my angels."  I made each of them an angel card. I still need to find a little boy angel for my six year old grandson.  He's at my house often since it is summer break.  He is the most caring child.  He is always right there iif I need something.  I had to laugh.  His family went on a mini vacation last week.  He tells me all the time that he prays for me.  When he got back he said "Grandma, I'm sorry I forgot to pray while we were gone, but I prayed last night."  What a sweetie.

This first card is an image by Crafts and Me.  I have always loved this image and have used it several times.  It is colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment is by Lily of the Valley.

 This card is also an image by Crafts and Me.  Her wings are glittered, but I could not get it to photograph well.  She is colored with Arteza Pencils.  I thought I would give them a try.  They are not quite as good as Prismacolor, but I was satisfied with how they colored.  I also have their watercolor paint brushes.  Those I have to practice with.  Watercolor is not something that comes easy for me.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hawaiian Multi-colored Hibiscus from Kauai

I made this card for my guest DT spot for Creative Craft Cottage for July.  The theme  is summer.  I hope this flower fits in.  It exudes summer to me.  The image is ny QKR Stampede.  I found an image of a hibiscus from Kauai on Pinterest.  I loved the colors so I used that as my model.  I colored the image with Copic markers.

Copic markers:  B000, 00, 01, BG10, G20, 21, 24, RV25, 29,
Y00, 35, YG01, 03, 05, YR15, 16

Friday, July 5, 2019

Sandcastle Queen

I was offered a guest designer spot for Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog for their July challenge.  Every month is Anything Goes.  July has the option of Christmas.  I somehow got my two guest DT spots confused and thought Mo's was summer.  Since it's Anything Goes  that's okay.  I wish I would have chosen a Christmas image, though.  It's been a very rough week this week.

I chose the image Sandcastle Queen.  I thought she was simply darling.  I love the bangs falling down on her face.  I also used a Mo's background.  Since the image is a PNG it worked perfectly on the background.  I colored the image with Copics.

Copics:  B21, E00, 11, 50, 51, 53, 55, G12, 14, R24, 27, Y19, 23, 28, YR24

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

Birthday Roses

This is my DT entery for QKR Stampede's Anything Goes Challenge.  I used the image Roses, by QKR.  I cut out the colored image and mounted it on the card with foan tapes pieces to raise it up a bit.  The image is colored with Copic markers

Copics:  G05, 07, 09, 17, 19, R22, 24, 29

Monday, July 1, 2019

Afro Girl

 This card is my DT entry for the latest challenge at A Place to Start.  This time around it's Anything Goes.  I chose this beautiful image, Afro Girl, by DigiStampsAtelier.  Those of you that follow my blog probably know that he is now one of my favorite artists.  His images always challenge me.  This time I fell in love with the image, but no no idea how to color the hair.  I didn't want to give it just a flat color with minimal shading.  Thank goodness for You Tube.  I found an amazing video on how to color the hair.  It took me about an hour to do the hair, but I am really happy with the results.  Her technique gave so much depth of color to the hair.  She is colored with Copic markers.  The papers are from Stampin' Up.

Copics:  BG05, 07, E15, 18, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 40, 43, 49, 
G21, 24, R02, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22, Y11, 15, 17, 28

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Favorite Color Combo
Creative Playground - Anything Goes

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Well my blog is officially messed up this morning.  A photobucket strip appeared across the page.  I tried to fix it and made it worse.  Now I lost my strip that links to my pages.  I'm not touching it again until I can find someone who knows how to fix the code! GRRR!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Harvest Elf

 This is a Murphy's Law card.  Everything that could go wrong did.  I had ink blobs and smudges.  Worst of all  after I finished coloring her face I moved on to color her shoulders.  Thinking I picked up E00, I didn't.  I picked up Y20.  I immediately realized that her face was skin colored and her body was yellowish.  I took my blender and erased as much yellow as possible then went over it with E00.  It was still a little too yellow.  I decided to add a small amount of yellow to the face to compensate.  I think it turned out okay. I felt like this was definitely above my ability level, but I am so happy that I completed it.  The image I used was Harvest Elf from Aurora Wings.  I colored the image with Copic markers.

Copics:  B21, BV000, 00, 02, 04, C00, 0, 1, E00, 11,  34, 43, 99, G19, 20, 21, 24, 28, 
R11, 11,20, 22, 27, 29, 35, 39, Y17, 26. 38, YG05,  09, 11, 13, 17, 61, 63, 67, 93, 95,
YR12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24

 I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge -  Must have Coloring
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Li'l Red Wagon - Much Ado About Nothing
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Anything Goes

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