Dress Up time

This is an image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I think I'm keeping her in business.  I have quite a collection of Mo's digis now and love them all.  I thought I needed some sparkle somewhere, but couldn't decide where.  The ribbon has some sparkle to it, though
I'm trying to get cards ready for a craft fair.  I've never done one before.  The thought is kind of scary, but I thought I'd at least try it.  I have three weeks left.  Hopefully, I will get alot made before then.  This image is from Whimsy.  The designer is Chrissy Armstrong.  I quite like her work.

Happy Fall

I made this card for someone special.  Couldn't resist this adorable scarecrow.  I had to go back and buy the female version of this digi also.  It was so much fun coloring this.

I'm late, I'm late!

I've been wanting to do this one for a while now. 
Love this digi from Mo's Digital Pencil.  The clock is from Stampin' Up.  Gears are from 7 Gypsies.  This was actually alot of fun to do. 

I went back this morning and decided to add the old typewriter buttons to the card.  I kind of like the extra touch it adds.


I'm trying to work on my embellishments.  I am not happy yet with my placement of items.  Hopefully, that skill will come with time.   I showed this card to my husband and he asked me what the heck does this have to do with Christmas.  I guess the Nutcracker Suite was not big on his list of Christmas viewing.  Funny.

For Marcheta

I cased an absolutely beautiful card by "embjorg" on SCS.  I changed the color and used larger pearls. this is for a dear friend, Marcheta, a co-worker  and fellow card crafter.

Fairy Kiki

I absolutely love this digi.  It's from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I've had it quite a while, but I just got around to coloring it.  I wanted to wait until I had more prima roses to finish it, but alas, I was too impatient.  She's colored with Copic markers.  I keep forgetting that I want to try prismacolor pencils with them for the shading.  Maybe next card!

Welcome Samuel Jaiden!

My nephew and his wife are in the army and stationed in Italy. 
They just had their first child, a beautiful baby boy. 
 I'm so excited for them.
This card is for my Uncle Ricky.  He's undergoing heart surgery this week.  I wanted to make him a nice masculine get well card.  Unfortunately, I don't own a stamp that says "get well."  I guess that should be put on my wishlist.


This little cutie is from Mo's Digital Pencil. I colored her with Copic markers and added lots of glitter, although, the glitter does not show up very well. The background was cut with a Cricut.

Polar Bears

I found these Stampin' Up stamps at a yard sale. I just love them. I colored them with Copics. The one on the right has a background cut out on the Cricut.

Christmas Cards

I also bought this stamp set at a yardsale. I absolutely love it! Since I live in the desert it will be ideal to send this to my back-east friends and family. It is a Stampin' Up image and I colored it with Copics.

This card is for Isabella's Final Design Team Challenge-Make Your Own Flowers. I loved how simple this card turned out. I borrowed the idea of the white gel pen dots from Isabella. I just really loved the look; couldn't resist! I will miss her challenges.

Frank N. Stein

This image is from Sassy Cheryl. No matter how many times I photographed it, it still looks washed out!

We're not in Kansas anymore.

This digi is from Mo's Digital Pencil. I can't wait to do the next in the series. I'm making a set of notecards for my daughter for Christmas as a stocking stuffer.

Cookin' With Wine

I just couldn't resist this Bugaboo image! Although, I can't seen to tolerate wine at all. Major headaches!!!

Happy Halloween!

I made this card the other night, but didn't complete it. When I saw Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week "Polka Dots," I figured I'd use this card even though none of the papers had dots. Fortunately, I had some polka dot buttons. The white stitching and spider web is done with a gel pen.

Wrought Iron and Tulips

This card was made for Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #19-Buttons 'n Bows. I colored the picture about a month ago and was waiting for a project to use it for. I used paper and cardstock from my scrap pile (trying to use it up.) The silk ribbon is from the Stamp Simply ribbon store. I think I'm keeping them in business. No other ribbon compares in my opinion. I used Bow Easy to tie it perfectly. Buttons are from my grandmother's button collection.

Tom's Latest Guitar Project

These are the abalone inlaid knobs. Just beautiful!

The back of the neck shows koa laminated with maple for strength.

One of my favorite pics. I love the way the copper looks.

Koa has a beautiful grain.

What's Cookin' ?

This card was made for Isabella's Challenge #18 - Chill Out. This week the challenge is "Chill Out" using blues n greens!! I probably should have used a pale green ribbon, but didn't have any. The background paper is a pale green, but doesn't really appear that way in the photo.

Happy Birthday, Sandy!

I just love this new image from Mo's Digital Pencil. Happy 28th Birthday, Sandy!

Pool Baby

This card was mads for Mo's Digital Pencil, Challenge #39. I colored this one with Stampin' Up markers and am not real happy with the results. i'm used to using Prismacolor pencils. I thought I'd try something different. Hopefully, I'll be able to start purchasing Copic markers at some point.

Pretty Pink Flowers

This card was made for Isabella's Challenge #15, Take a Break-Open Challenge. I was in the mood for a very feminine card after finishing birthday cards for my son and son-in-law. This fit the bill, perfectly! The beautiful silk ribbon is from "No Time to Stamp."

See, Hear and Speak No Evil

I made this card for Sassy's Cheryl's Challenge #19. This was alot of fun to make. I had colored the image a few days ago and I didn't know what I wanted to do with it. This challenge was ideal. I used paper from October Afternoon's Fly A Kite collection. I didn't have any premade flowers on hand so I printed these digis (a freebie from Isabella's)colored them and roughed them up a bit. Thanks for looking!

Honey of A Bear

I'm entering this in Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #18 to use a combination of kraft, light blue and peach. This bear is just adorable! The ribbon is from "No Time to Stamp?" and the cardstock is from DCWV. This was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. Thanks for looking!

Christmas Wreath

I am entering this card in Isabella's Challenge #14, Anything goes. I really enjoyed coloring this image. I had decided to make this card fairly undecorated since there were so many colors in the image. I may actually go back and do another. I'd like to try to color the ribbon differently and add some sparkle. I'm still learning. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.

Merging Images

I finally figured it out! It's been a week between trying to uninstall and reinstall Printmaster, then figuring out how to use it. I finally have my first merged image. It's alot of work, but I can see that this will open up some new challenges. I'm looking forward to practicing!

Summer Birthday Fun

This card was made for Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #17. I thought the image was absolutely adorable. Ideal for a summer birthday!

Summer Fun

Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #13 this week is called "Summer Fun." The idea is to create a card that makes you think of summer. Summer for me centers around the Fourth of July and the colors red, white and blue. This picture reminds me of growing up within walking distance of the beach on Staten Island. I spent many summers there swimming in the ocean. Something I wouldn't be willing to do now, but a fond memory, nevertheless.

Honoring Fathers

This card was made for Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #12 Honoring Fathers. I used papers and ribbon from "No Time to Stamp?" and of couse this great image from Isabella's. I am really enjoying their challenges every week.

Pretty Flowers

I did this card for Isabella's Challenge #11. I had to use an Isabella's image and the provided layout. I love the old time feel of this card. I used a kit I purchased from "No Time to Stamp" and an old button from my grandmother's button collection. I absolutely love the kits that No Time to Stamp puts together. I have purchased several and can't wait to put them all to use.

A Day at the Beach

This card is for Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #10. The challenge was to make the card all black and white except for the image. I had fun with this one. I used pastels for the background and prismacolor pencils and gamsol for the rest of the image.

Freedom is not Free

This was done for Isabella's Challenge #9, "Patriotic Colors" and Stamp Simply #141 Flying High and Proud Color Challenge. I felt very strongly about making it a tribute to our fallen soldiers. Technically, this was another difficult one for me. Pencils are very difficut to blend in large areas. Maybe, I should have tried water colors. Hopefully, Santa will bring me some really good markers! Thanks to Isabella's Challenge I won the images for this one.

Celebrate You!

I had a difficult time with this challenge. I guess I was just not in a birthday mood. This was for Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #8

Katie's Graduation Card

I made this card for my daughter's graduation. The image is from Sassy Cheryl's. I actually colored the image four times before I felt like I had one good enough to put on a card. I used Stampin' Up Watercolor Crayons.

I got a Cricut for Mother's Day!

Thanks to Sandy, Katie and Gabriel! I love it. I am definitely going to enjoy the added dimension to my card making. Fun, fun, fun!

Baby shower card for Heidi

I cased this card. The origiinal is at: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1692788?cat=fav

I changed the saying a little bit and went with polka dot ribbon instead of gingham. I would have loved the gingham, but couldn't find it in the right width.

Retirement Card

Our former school nurse, Connie, is retiring after many years of service. I made this card for her and added extra pages inside so everyone would have room to sign.

Katie's Runner

This is a runner that I painted for my daughter's wedding. It was about 45' long. I had seen a similar one on the internet and just had to have it. It cost way too much, though. It was several hundred dollars and I didn't have that much room in my budget. I ordered custom stencils off the internet and bought a bolt of fabric from JoAnn's. For slightly more than one hundred dollars I had a beautiful custom runner. (A hundred dollars and many, many nights of painting) It was well worth it!

Card for Mom

I made this for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I was pretty pleased with how the shading came out. I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. It's amazing what you can learn to do on the internet. Hope Mom likes it!

Snow Girl

This is the first post I'm trying. It's going to take me a while to figure this thing out. This image is from Sassy Cheryl's and the frame is from Taylored Expressions. I really like the idea of being able to have artwork in my office in a very easy to change format. I painted her with Stampin' Up watercolor crayons. I was hoping that the shading would have turned out a bit more obvious. I added buttons from my grandmother's button collection. I just love old buttons. I try to use them whenever possible.

Adding to my Stash of Birthday Cards

The lighthouse cards were "quickies."  I found the images on Etsy.  Since I absolutely love lighthouses and stained glass  the com...