My Favorite Cards of 2011

The chipmunk digi is from Angels Landing.  The cocker spaniel is from Just Inklined.  I have quite a few more of their dog images.  I hope to get to them soon.  The boy and dog are from Mo's Digital Pencil.

The ballerina is from A Day for Daisies; the boy and his dog are from Mo's Digital Pencil, and the ragged angel is from Mo's also, of course.

Winter Fairy #2

 This is the second of the set of new images by Mo's Digital Pencil.  This is actually my favorite of the two.
I could not get the lighting right on this one so the color is a tad off.

Copics:  B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02, BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG10, C00, C01, E00, E01, E02, R11, R20, Y11, Yr00, YR20. YR21, YR24

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge Z is for Zingy Colours
Crafting for All Seasons  Fairies
Cooking It Up With Katie Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Anything Goes-Christmas
Digistamps for Joy Anything Goes
Divas by Design Christmas
Flutter By Wednesday Fairies
Freshly Brewed Blog Christmas
Little Darling Challenges Cold
My Mum's Craft Shop Anything Goes
Sundays WIth Crissy Anything Goes

A Winter Fairy

Well, I'm back from a two week break from making cards.  It's difficult to get back into the swing.  This is one of the newest images from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I decided to color her the way the image was colored on the website.  I just loved the mottled look of the wings.  The ice on her wings is coated with Glamour Dust.

The inside top says:

                        "Keeping in touch
               with the people we care about
              helps keep the spirit of Christmas
                      alive in our hearts
                         all year long."

I made a pocket inside (bottom) that holds a tag that can be written on.

My husband does not care for this card...Oh, well.  You can't please everyone.

Copics:  BG10, BG11, BG13, E00, E02, E97, E99, N0, R11, R20, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, Y11, YR00

I decided to sign up again for the Christmas Card Challenge at Splitcoast, although, I'm making a lot less cards than last year.  This is the first of my January cards.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Tip Top Tuesday Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesday Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday Winter Wonerland
Kaboodles Doodles  Angels or Fairies
Lexi's Creations  Untraditional Christmas

Broken Dolly

I decided to use this Digi Doodle Shop image called "Broken Dolly"  for their latest challenge, "Paper Piercing."  This has always reminded me a little of Norman Rockwell's, Doctor and the Doll, one of my favorite paintings. 

I didn't save my list of Copics this time.  I am so busy right now I can hardly think straight!  I believe I'm done shopping, though.  I just need to make eight candles and five commissioned cards.  I haven't even started decorating yet.  This should be interesting.

Copic Marker Scrapbooking - New Release

 Here are two of the new Christmas releases from Copic Marker Scrapbooking  .  To see all the images done by the design team, click here.  There is also a great Santa freebie.

I colored these both with Copic markers, of course.  Papers are from my stash.  the gorgeous ribbons above are from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I cheated a little on the snowman card.  I realized after I mailed the card that I forgot to color in the leaves on his hat.  I didn't have the card to fix before I posted so I colored it in with my photo program.  It worked pretty well.  Oh well, someone out there has my card without them colored.  They probably won't even notice.  I didn't until I saw it online.

Ragged Angel

 This is my favorite Christmas image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I love the angelic look on her face (makes sense...she's an angel).  I colored her with Copics.  The paper is from Echo Park.  This card is for my daughter and son-in-law.  I wanted to make them a very special card.  They are the only ones I haven't mailed a card to yet.  Here's your card, Katie!  Since I know you will see it on here. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges Christmas
Gingerloft Challenge Christmas
One Stitch at a Time Use a Digi
Paper Sundaes Anything Christmas
2 Sisters Christmas
CES Challenges A Traditional Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's A Traditional Christmas
So Artful Challenges  Tis the Season
Sweet Stampin' Things With Wings
Card Makin' Mamas Christmas
Clearly iStamp Christmas
Pattie's Creations Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge  Any Christmas Project
Creative Belli Christmas
My Mum's Craft Shop Traditional Christmas
Joan's Garden  Christmas

Christmas Cards

 I've been playing around with some Christmas cards this week.  I'll probably use these next year.  Mine are all mailed already.  Both images are from Mo's Digital Pencil and they are colored with Copics.  The papers are from my stash.

Out for a Ride

This card is my DT entry  for Digi Doodle Shop's Challenge # 86, Nature.  I was a little worried that I might be pushing the theme a little, but found out it was okay.  So here it is.  I really enjoyed coloring these images.  Animals, of course!  I had my daughter, Sandy, put the images together for me.  She showed me how to do it, but I wouldn't guarantee that I could get it right.  I'll have to practice... with supervision.  Thank goodness the younger generation is so good with computers.  The paper is Wanted by Cosmo Cricket.  I tried to make the grey dappled.  It actually shows.  I'm surprised.

Copics:  B21, B23, C0, C1, C3, C5, E00, E13, E15, E17, E35, E39, E49, E97, E99, G14, N0, N1, R11,  R17, R21, R24,   R27, YR14, YR20, YR21,   YR24, YR30

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Divas by Design Anything Goes

Happy Birthday!

Okay, I think I am going to keep Krista Smith in business, all by myself.  I just can't resist these digis.  Hope the are good sellers at the craft fair or I will need to find a lot of girls with birthdays coming up!

Copics:  B12, BG0000, BG000, BV000, BV01, CO, C1, E00, E02, E15, E25, E27, E29, R11, R22, Y15, Y18

I don't think I will look for any challenges.  If I don't go to bed soon my husband is not going to be very happy.  It's already way past bedtime!

Card for a Friend's Mom


This is a birthday card requested by a dear friend for her Mom's ninetieth birthday.  I'm really hoping she likes it.  The image is from Isabella's Scrapbook.  I believe it was the first digi I ever bought.  I still really love it.  I colored it with Copics and the papers are from Stampin' Up.  the dots on the dress were done with a white pen.  I added glitter to the flowers, which shows only slightly in the photo.

 Now for the story of how it came to be.  I colored the image, which included flowers growing under the watering can.  I put the entire card together, including gluing on the flower arrangement in the corner.  When I was all done I looked at it and realized the corner looked extremely cluttered with the flower image and the glued on flowers.  I was not happy at all.  I had to make a quick decision before the glue dried.  I took the card completely apart, trying not to cause too much damage.  I put the image into my photo program, removed the flowers and reprinted it.  After coloring the image a second time I glued everything back together.  I'm happy with how it turned out now.

 I found the perfect sentiment in my Hallmark program.

"Those who fill their years with love
        can count their age in blessings."

           Here's to more journeys,
            more songs to be sung,
          more ways to be blessed
          when ninety years young.

Copics:  B12, B14, BG0000, BG000, C0, G03, G21, G24, E00, E02, E25, E27, R20, Y19
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Anything Goes Cutting Corners
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes + Glitter (on flowers)
The Crazy Challenge Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel Anything Goes
Victorine Stamps Ribbon

Vintage Christmas

This is my DT entry for My Time to Craft's Vintage Christmas challenge this week.  The image is from Dearie Dolls on Etsy.  I colored it with Copics.

Copics:  B000, B00, B21, BG0000, C1, C3, C5, C7,   E00, E02, E07,   E11, E15, E17, G05, G14, G24, R11, R22, R24, R27, V12, Y000,  Y00, Y17, YR09, YR20

Curly Head

I am in love with Saturated Canary digis.  They are simply irresistible!  I colored this with Copics. The papers are Everyday Flair by My Mind's Eye.  The flowers are, of course, from Wild Orchid Crafts.

We are having a craft sale at school starting on the 12th so I thought I would get a few more cards done before then.  I have alot of people ask for birthday cards so I figured that would be a good place to start.  I'm hoping everyone likes these digis as much as I do.

I recently won the sign post die in a challenge.  It's from Joanna Sheen.  It also comes with a light post.

Copics:  B12, B14, BG0000, BG000, BG10, C1, C3, E00, E02,E13, E15, E17, E51, E97, E99, G14, R05, R20, V12, Y15, Y17, Y28, YG06, YR12, YR29

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Dream Valley Challenges Sparkle (flowers & gems)
2 Sisters Punches and/or Dies
CMC Copic Challenge Multi Color Hair
Craft Your Days Away Buttons or Bows
Sunday's With Crissy Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
DYSU Ribbon
Saturated Canary Anything Goes

Favorite Santa

I just couldn't resist using this Santa image again.  I just love this digi from Digi Doodle Stamp Art.  I colored him with Copics and used papers from Echo Park. The ribbon is from Stampin' Up.  This time around I added much more red to his cheeks and nose so it would show in the photo. 
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Clearly Inspired Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round  Anything Goes
Christmas Crafting Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Sundays with Crissy Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers Santa
Crafty Catz Colours of Christmas

DDSC - Lots of Sparkle!

This image is from The Digi Doodle Shop.  I colored it with copics and used a red, white and gold glitter pens for the sparkle.  The paper is from my stash.

Copics:  E25, G05, R24 That's it!

Fairy Card

 I absolutely love, love, love this image by Krista Smith.  I colored her with Copics, of course.  The paper is Stella Rose from My Mind's Eye and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Copics:  B001, B04, BG0000, BG000, BG10, C0, C1, E00, E02, E11, E13, E15, E25, G09, G29, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, YR20, YR21, YR24

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenge Free For All
Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash Digi Images
Crafty Boots Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel Anything Goes
Victorine Stamps Ribbon
Saturayed Canary Anything Goes

Card for Tom

This is a Christmas card I made for my husband Tom.  I usually don't do this type of image, but I thought it would be kind of interesting to try.  I actually had quite a bit of fun with it!  The image is from KennyK and is called Toy Soldier.  The paper is from my stash.  I embossed the snowflake layer and painted it with Glamour Dust.  As usual, the sparle does not show in the photo.  I kind of wish I had picked out a better portion of the paper.  the top left corner is a fairly dark section of the print.  I didn't even realize it until I saw it in the photo.

Copics:  B23, B24, B26, C0, C1, C3, C7, E00, E02, E23, E25, E31, E33, E34, E35, G14, Y19, YR20, YR21, YR24

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Fairy Tale Challenge Christmas
Pattie's Creations Christmas
The Poodles Parlour Christmas
Simply Create Too All About Christmas
Stamping with the Dragon Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks Snowflakes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Unusual Christmas
Rainbow Lady's Challenge Cards for Men
Scrapbook Sisters Christmas Time
Papertake Christmas Crackers
Party Time Tuesday's Snow Us What You Got
Shopping Our Stash Christmas
Stamp-n-Doodle AnythingSnow
Bunny Zoe's Crafts  Anything Christmas with Pearls
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges Christmas
Hippity with Ippity Embossing

Birthday Tiger

 This is my entry for Digi Doodle Shop's Challenge this week "Animals."  My absolute favorite thing to color!  I decided to use this gorgeous tiger image.  They have so many beautiful animal digis for you animal lovers out there.  I always check Google images before I color now so I can at least attempt to color accurately.  A while ago I colored a skunk with the stripes done completely wrong..  I learned my I do some research!  I colored  the image with Copics and edged the paper with Stampin' Up pastels.  The paper is from Graphics 45 "A Proper Gentleman."  The eyelets are from my stash.  I wonder if I'll actually ever use them up.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Birthday Sundaes Old Neglected Stash
One Stitch at a Time Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations Birthdays or Thanksgiving
Fab 'n Funky Birthday
Papercraft Star Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge Orange & Brown
Rainbow Lady's Challenge Cards for Men
Creative Craft Challenge Free for All

Copics:  C0, C1, C3, E11, E13, R12, YR20, YR21, YR24

Thanksgiving Cards for Copic Marker Scrapbooking

These cards were made using  two of the new release digis from Copic Marker Scrapbooking.  I especially like the scarecrow digi.

Copics: (Scarecrow)  B21, B23, E13, E15, E30, E31, E34, G12, G14, G21, G24, R11, R24, W0, W1, Y15, Y17, Yr15, YR16, YR18, YR21, YR24

Copics:  (Turkey)  E11, E13, E15, E17, R24, R29, W0, W1, Y17, Y19,  YR 04, YR 09, YR, 14, YR16

 I am entering the above card in the following challenges:

Creative Belli Thanksgiving
Celebrate the Occasion Thanksgiving (must use buttons)
The Stamping Boutique Thanksgiving
icopic Thanksgiving

Catch a Bug?

I bought this little guy from Mo's Digital Pencil ages ago.  He is ideal for My Time to Craft's challenge this week: Under the Weather. Doesn't he look totally miserable and adorable at the same time?

I colored him with Copics, of course.  I just started taking some online Copic classes.  I'm hoping to enhance my coloring skills. I learned some things I didn't know already, such as why my markers "bloop" sometimes and how to fix the marker.  That's my word for when the ink just randomly flows out on whatever you're working on.

The papers are from my stash.  This blue gingham is one of my absolute favorites and I think I only have about a quarter of a page left.  Time to buy more.  I hope I can find it again.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge Blue
Bloggers Challenge For the Boys
Shelley's Images Anything Goes
DYSU Challenge Blog Splash  of Blue
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Stars in Your Eyes
One Stitch at a Time Anything Goes

Copics:  B21, B23, B24, B26, C0, C1, E000, E01, E11, E13, E15, G07, R20, R24, R27, Y17, YR20, YR21, YR24

Fun Card for the Week

I haven't had too much time lately to work on cards.  I finally made time to do this one.  The digi is from Digidoodlestampart on Etsy.  I fell in love with it when I fist saw it.  He's the typical Santa we all think of from when we were little.  At least, I do!

I colored him with Copics.  The paper is from Basic Grey-Eskimo Kisses.  The flowers are from
Wild Orchid Crafts. 

I'm hoping to find lots of applicable challenges.
Here we go:

Gingerloft Challenge Lace, Fabric or Felt
Paper Sundaes Beautiful Bows
Sparkle Forum Vintage Christmas
2 Sisters Let It Sparkle
BasicGrey Mix and Match RasicGrey/Stampin' Up)
Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog Christmas Cards
Wags 'n Whiskers Christmas
Winter Wonderland Christmas
Crimbo Crackers Make It Sparkle
Shelley's Images Anything Goes
Creatilicious Challenges Christmas/Sparkles
Paper Pretties Christmas/Non-Traditional Colors
Whimsy Inspires Flower Power
Digital Tuesday Christmas Time
Sweet Stamps Christmas/Non-Traditional Colors
DYSU Splash of Blue

Copics:  B01, B04, BG0000, BG10, C0, C1, E00, E02, G21, G24, R20, R22, R24, R27, R59, Y28

Christmas Tree

Okay, this really gave me a workout.  It took about two and a half hours to color.  I was pretty much done coloring and was doing some embellishments such as Stickles on the ornaments.  I decided that the cranberries on the garland night look good with small dots of liquid pearls to give them dimension.  Not!!!  Up near the star I started with the liquid pearls.  The dots were coming out too large and just didn't look good.  I very carefully tried to wipe off the two dots I had done.  What I got was a large red smear.  Nothing would take it off.  I was just going to tear the card in half and put it in the circular file.  I decided instead to cut out a larger star than what had been on the tree.  I Stickled it up and put it on a pop dot.  Fortunately, it covered my red smear very well.  the card actually looks much better in real life, when you can see all the glitter.  That was my adventure in card making this week.

I almost forgot!!! This is mt DT entry for Digi Doodle Shop's Challenge this week.  It's red and green.  So everyone get something Christmasy going and play along.

Copics:  B01, B02, C0, C1,  G28, G29, R21, R22, R24, R29,  Y19, Y21, YR07

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Heart Song Inspirations Gold or Glitter
Pile It On Traditional Christmas
2 Sisters  Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss Christmas Traditions
Mami Doodles Christmas
Crimbo Crackers Make It Sparkle
Shelley's Images Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday   Christmas Time
Wags 'n Whiskers Christmas Themed
Emerald Fairies  Christmas Green
Creatalicious Challenges Christmas/Sparkle

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