Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Hi, everyone! I'm a little late posting today so I'll get right to it. I have another Saturated Canary card for you today (didn't I warn ya? LOL).

This little cutie is called "Priscilla Pie". I have used a monochromatic color scheme this time, with the primary color being various shades of purple. I making such projects occasionally though I really prefer using lots of color in my projects.

Adorable little Prissy is colored with Copics, of course! The patterned paper I used is from DCWV's Modern Bouquet stack. I used one of Martha Stewart's  punches to make the double layered butterfly in white cardstock and vellum and the greeting is stamped onto a label made using a Nestibilities die. The little flowers, which were originally white, are from Recollections and I colored them with 2 shades of purple Copic markers to coordinate with my design. The self-sticking rhinestones are also by Recollections. The "Celebrate" die cut was made on my Cricut machine.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:


That's it for today! I'm keeping it short and sweet for a change. I'll be back tomorrow with a clean and simple wedding card featuring yet another of Krista Smith's little lovelies. Until then...

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Saturated Canary Bookmark

Good morning, my crafty friends!

Today, I have for you a bookmark I created specifically for the Saturated Canary Challenge for which the current theme is... you guessed it... bookmarks! I actually created 4 of them so this is just the first one.  Some of the photos didn't turn out as well as I want so I will retake them before I post the others on my blog.

This little sweetheart is called "Nevaeh". Isn't she just precious?

I left the back unadorned so that a personal message can be written there.  I have several friends who are avid readers and they'll probably end up with these cute bookmarks. I think they make a nice little, inexpensive gift and are much nicer than the ones you can buy in the stores.


"Nevaeh" digi stamp - Saturated Canary
Coordinations Cardstock - Spring Green
Patterned Paper - K & Company Portabello Road Collection
Alphabet Stickers - from my stash
Gingham Ribbon - Michael's
Heart Stamp - WOW Gratitude set
Border punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbons and trims - from my stash but most likely from Michael's and Jo-Ann.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Saturated Canary Challenge - #18 Bookmarks

So there you have it!  That's my project for today.  I'll be back again tomorrow with another Saturated Canary card.  I am just so into coloring these beautiful little creatures that magically flow from the tip of Krista's pen that you'll likely see a few more before you see anything non-SC! LOL! I hope you don't mind.  So, until next time...

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Another Krista Smith card

Hello everyone! I trust that you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, if you live in the U.S. and a great regular weekend if you don't. My nephew and his wife had a cookout for family at their house with hamburgers, hot dogs, all the sides and plenty of sweets.  It was fun and the food was great.

I also spent some time crafting and taking photos of some of my recent projects so I can start posting them here.  I know it's been quite a while since I posted regularly but I'm going to try my best to keep them coming, for a while at least.

The adorable digi I used on my card for today is by Krista Smith of Saturated Canary (that was a big surprise, right?) called Sport Guy.  I think he's just as cute as can be and was a lot of fun to color.

With the red, white and blue color scheme, I thought this was a good choice to post just after Memorial Day.

I just love the expression on this little guy's face. He looks to be concentrating really hard on making that basket, with his little tongue sticking out! Funny thing is, I do that when I'm coloring so while I was bringing this cutie to life, I must have had an identical expression! LOL!

My grandson plays sports but I don't think basketball is really one in his repertoire. I'm trying to convince Krista to draw a boy and girl performing martial arts as both my grandchildren take classes.

Below is the inside of the card.  I always like to decorate the inside too. I think it just makes it look more professional and complete than having the plain unadorned cardstock showing and it makes the cards sturdier for standing on display for long periods of time. That's just my personal preference though. 


Coordinations Cardstock - Blue and White
DCWV Summer Dream Stack - Patterned Cardstock
Red Ribbon- from Michael's
Alphabet Stickers - from my stash
#1 stamp - Inkadinkado
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalk ink - Marachino Cherry

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes with a Sports Theme.
Others to be determined

I hope you enjoyed this little card.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I hope you have a great week! I'll be back tomorrow with a bookmark that I'm entering in the Saturated Canary Challenge so I hope you'll visit again to see it.  As always, your comments are very much appreciated.  Until next time...

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Krista Smith card using WOW Embossing Powders

Well, I finally got the photos taken and edited of all the cards I made over the past couple of weeks so after this holiday weekend, I'll be posting them (hopefully every day or two) until they are all here.

This first one is an adorable image drawn by my favorite, Krista Smith, and colored with Copics. I just love her big glasses! They make her look so studious, don't they?

I kept the design simple as I wanted this little cutie to be the center of attention. I used WOW Embossing Powders for the greeting (Primary Ebony) and the edge of the image die cut (Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular). I used Diamond Glaze on the lenses of the glasses to give them the semblance of glass.

I love this net ribbon in pale turquoise. I can't remember where I got it but I have used in on several projects that I'll be posting over the next week or so. I warn you though, I have been on a Krista Smith kick lately! I just love coloring her little Ragamuffins.  

If you aren't familiar with her work, you must check out her shop called Saturated Canary. She also has a challenge blog as well as a personal blog and she's very sweet to deal with.

And here's the inside of the card. In case you're having trouble reading it, the sentiment says "Life is nothing without friendship". Isn't that the truth? That's all I'm showing you today but check back on Tuesday for another new card. I'm also planning a giveaway for next month about which I'll be posting details next week as well.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Oozak - #2 Spring Colors
The Outlawz Copic/Promarkers Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting my blog today. As always, your comments are encouraged and welcomed. I hope you all have a wonderful time with friends and family this holiday weekend. Don't forget to pause for a moment of silence in honor of the men and women who have selflessly given their lives to help maintain our freedom. Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Until next time...

Happy crafting!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Altered Photo Storage Box for Wow

Hello, all! It doesn't appear that as many people are visiting the Wow Blog as we had hoped so I'm posting my team project here so my friends and followers can see it. As stated in my last post, my team lead, Jen, tasked us with using fabrics and/or flowers on our projects for this month. I used fabric on my card and I have used paper that looks like fabric and lots of flowers on this one. Jen asked me to alter a photo storage box... something I haven't seen very often. As a matter of fact, I went in search of inspiration and found very little on You Tube or anywhere else on the web. So without further ado, here is my project. I made a treasure box in which to store photos and other memorabilia.

Since I took these photos, I have replaced the butterfly with a blue one and lined the box with velvet paper (it's so much easier to work with than fabric!). I used lots of WOW Metallic Gold Rich-Pale Regular Embossing Powder on this project. The vase of roses is a digi stamp by Delicious Doodles that I colored with Copic markers. I plan to make a mini album to go inside this box and give it to my beautiful granddaughter.

I'm still working on some new cards that I'll start posting later in the week. Several of them are finished but I still have to take and edit the photos and the past several days have been overcast and rainy so I plan on doing that part tomorrow.

Thanks so much for hanging with me through all the ups and downs I have experienced lately. I still have hope that something good in the way of a job will come along but in the meantime, I am going to keep creating as long as my muse allows it. So until later....

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fairy Friends for Wow Embossing Powders DT

Hi, everybody! I know you think I ran off somewhere or worse. Not so... but much has happened since my last blog post. If you're a follower, you'll know that I finally found a new job after having been laid off for 18 months. Well, I was just getting comfortable with my position and learning a whole new business that I had known nothing about beforehand when our office manager and two of the inside sales guys up and quit! That put the operation in such a bind that the almighty "powers that be" made the hasty decision to close down the office portion of the branch and move that part of the operations to Louisville, KY. Soooo.... they laid me and my co-worker off with no notice whatsoever and no severance!! I was completely floored and disheartened at this unexpected turn of events. So, as you have probably surmised, I am searching for a new job yet again.

Needless to say, I haven't exactly been in a creative frame of mind since that day but I am slowly pulling myself up by my bootstraps and have decided to adapt that lovely French saying, "Que sera, sera" as my personal slogan. In case you don't know what it means, it translates to "what will be, will be". There is nothing I could have done to prevent it so I just have to have faith that there is something bigger and better waiting out there for me... somewhere. If my employment wasn't my only source of income, it would still be a huge inconvenience but as it is, it's devastating!

Anyway, I forced myself to work on something creative these past few days. Besides, I had 2 projects due this week for my WOW Embossing Powders DT so I had to get my act together whether I was in the mood or not! LOL!  Below is a card I made using bits and scraps of fabric supplied by my lovely team leader, Jen. She challenged us to use fabric in our projects this month which was indeed a challenge for me.  I have used fabric in other types of projects but not in my card making. When I opened the envelope she sent me, there was this really cute floral stripe, a couple of strips of the gold batik and the bright orange lace that all coordinated perfectly with this adorable little fairy digi I found at Sweet Coloring Pages and had colored up some time back but had never used on a card.  It was the perfect thing for this project so I set to work.

 I wanted to machine stitch the fabric to my card but my machine wasn't very cooperative and but for my Taurus tenacity, I would have abandoned that thought completely.  I finally got 'er done though and then just had fun embellishing.

The WOW Embossing Powders I used were Metalline Green and Primary Ebony. If you click on the photos to enlarge them, you'll discover that the fairy is talking to her little wormy friend popping out from his hole.  I apologize that I didn't realize when I was snapping the pictures that the leafy vine all but blocked him from view. He's not hiding so well when you see the card in person.

As most of you know, I nearly always (unless I'm doing a clean & simple design which is rarely) decorate the insides of my cards as well as the front because I think it just makes them appear more finished.  

I had these cute fairy dimensional stickers that were perfect to go inside the card.  I inked the edges of a white circle to create a place for the giver to write their own heart-felt sentiments.

So there you have it... my first creative endeavor in almost a month! It's not the last though. I have already completed another card that I will post in the next day or two and an altered project for our WOW team post scheduled for this coming Saturday. I'm also working on a few more cards that I will post as I get them finished in between my job search sessions. I would appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts for finding a new position. Thanks so much for dropping by today and please don't forget to visit the WOW Blog today and Saturday to see my projects as well as those created by my talented teammates posted there.  Until next time, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Happy crafting!