Friday, June 19, 2009

Fairy Eva

I have been pretty good this week about posting and was going to post a couple of cards for you today by two of my favorite companies - Pink Cat Studios and The Greeting Farm. I thought I had some paper for the Pink Cat set I'm working with, but I just couldn't make what I had work so he'll be up tomorrow. When I show him, I want to show this one right! So look back tomorrow! So on to my little pixie!

Everyone knows I love the faeries. Can't help myself. That's just how it is. When I saw this sweet Fairy Eva at Summer's shop, Roses on Paper, I had to have her! She's just too adorable! I can just see her flitting around in someone's garden, touching each petal with that fairy magic and having the color come to life. It's just magical!

She's stamped with Staz-On Jet black and colored with distressed inks. I used the paper from K&Company's Wild Raspberry, one of my favorite stacks! The Prima flowers have gold bling in the middle of them and well, you know her wings and those flowers have to have a touch of stickles on them (actually it's my pixie dust!).

Since it's raining like cats and dogs up here in Maine, I'm hoping that there are lots of faeries around to pop out some gorgeous color with our flowers. Hope you all have a great day! And don't forget to stop by by tomorrow because I'm going to have some cute Pink Cat for you! I love my Pink Cat!

Card Ingredients:

Fairy Eva by The Greeting Farm from Roses on Paper, distressed inks, Prima Flowers, Stickles, Gold bling from Michaels, nestabilities, cuttlebug floral folder, SU ticket punch.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hola, Chica and Stamping Around Vermont '09!

Remember my friend, Sonya, that was my navy room mate in Orlando that I was telling you about last week? Well, I just had to pay tribute to her with this great "Hola Chica!" by Paper Pretties! She's as colorful as they come and when you're around her, it's always a "large" time and big fun! Believe me, there's not a time that you couldn't have found us dancing around with fruit or other things on our heads and acting like it was just a normal thing to do! Thanks for helping me remember how short life and great friends and fun times are. It's a welcome path to travel down.

Also, whenever I work with my Paper Pretties, I always think of Julie and Jodi, two fun stampers I met at our Stamp New England event I attended with two of my stamping buddies, Lynn and Molly. That event went so well that Julie and Kim have started a business of setting up stamping events everywhere and the next one that's closest to me is in September in Vermont. So for any of you who are anywhere close, they're taking sign-ups and if it's like the last time, they'll fill up fast! So click on the Stamping Around Vermont blinkie on my sidebar and go take a look at what all is going on! This is an event I won't want to ever miss! Great instructors, gorgeous give-a-ways, and wonderful company are one of the best ways to spend some time!

Anyway, I colored Miss Chica herself with copics and used a bit of Smooch on her top and some Glaze on the fruit. She's colorful and great fun and I wish a Miss Chica in everyone's lives! Have a great day!

Card Ingredients:

Hola, Chica by Paper Pretties, copics, Smooch, Glaze Pen by Jellyroller, nestabilities, divine swirls and dotted swiss cuttlebug folders, paper from my stash.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #23 - Sketch

I enjoy rain every now and then but enough is enough! That's how I used to feel until we started camping. We had a great little camper on a beautiful site off of a stunning lake up in the woods in Maine. When I realized I couldn't have a fire because the woods were so dry, I suffered through the rain to be able to enjoy camp in the evenings. But now I don't camp and want my warm weather and the sun!

Our talented Suzanne, our Lead Designer for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, has given us a great sketch to interpret. I made a slight modification and made my center a rounded rectangle rather than a circle, but I think it keeps the integrity of sketch intact. Since we've had so much rain, this sweet "Singing in the Rain", one of the new Victoria Case for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design just popped into my mind. Don't you love the Susanaments? I haven't put so many words on my cards since I don't know when! I colored her with copics and added some Glossy Accents to her coat for some texture. I cut out an extra umbrella and attached it for a bit of dimension. I love this sweet DaisyD paper and am so sad that they're not producing paper any longer! I added some ribbon, a hatpin and a butterfly charm to finish her off.

Please make sure to stop by Follow Your Heart and see the marvelous cards my Design Team sisters have put together for you! They're fabulous!

Card Ingredients:

Singing in the Rain from Victoria Case for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD), Sentiment from Susanaments for SCACD, copics, Glossy Accents, hatpin, ribbon, cuttlebug.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Roses on Paper Challenge - Flowers and a Challenge!

I never remember a time in my life where I haven't read. Sometimes it was any romance novel I could get my hands on, other times it's been anything Stephen King. My last passion with reading has been Harry Potter. I love anything that can totally take me away from where I happen to be and to get lost in the written word is a slice of heaven to me! So when I saw Never Ever from The Greeting Farm over at Summer's Roses on Paper, I had to have it!

Over at our Roses on Paper Challenge Blog, we were challenged by the ever so talented Rosette to follow a Challenge and to include flowers. Make sure you stop by their blogs to see what gorgeous creations they've come up with. You can find their links on my right sidebar. I used Wendy from The Greeting Farms Never Ever set and followed the I heart to Stamp sketch and just had to pull out my Prima Flowers. I stamped her on watercolor paper with Staz-On ink and colored her with my distressed inks. I love using them and thought the BasicGrey Wisteria paper was perfect for her. I love the soft look of that paper. Of course, there's some stickles thrown in there, but I really love the Glossy Accents on her glasses!

I hope you enjoy her and give some thought into picking up a good book. In the world of technology, I fear reading from paper is becoming a lost pleasure. I want to spend more time reading this summer. After all, the new Harry Potter movie comes out in July. That gives me enough time to revisit an old, dear friend for the 2, well I won't tell you how many times!

Card Ingredients:

Never Ever from The Greeting Farm, Distressed Inks, Wisteria paper and brads from BasicGrey, Prima flowers, Stickles, SU word punch, Glossy Accents

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Scrappy Frogs Challenge and Make a Splash with Old Friends

Every now and then you have moments in your life that bring you back and help you remember who you really are. And every now and then a stamp comes around that has you written all over it. When I opened this Paper Pretties "Make A Splash", and then opened up an e-mail from my old roommate and great friend when I was in the navy, a trip down memory lane was in store! And I'm so glad I took that trip! This is the card I wanted to get done for the Summer Time Challenge over at Scrappy Frog's Challenge Blog but didn't get the chance to get it photographed and up in enough time. Go over and take a look at some absoloutely stunning summer cards! Join in the challenge and get the chance to win a great stack of paper. If you don't want it, I sure do!

Sonya and I were roommates while I was stationed in Florida and the stories we have! We laughed about all the times we went to the beach, hung out around the pool, laughed so hard with Larry that we couldn't stand up for an hour because our stomach muscles hurt so badly, and you wouldn't want to know the margaritas that were involved! Gosh, it felt good to reconnect with one of the most favorite parts of my life.

Little Sophia jumping into the swimming pool reminded me of us cooling off and having fun after processing like 200 recruits at one time. That water always felt so refreshing! I colored her with copics and added some Glossy Accents to her to make her suit look like nylon. The paper is from SandyLion and I used my cuttlebug divine swirls and used my new flourish punch from EK Success. I love it! And I added some pearls that I picked up from Michaels. I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday and loved it! I plan on using this one again!

What fun I had reconnecting with Sonya and remembering how good it feels to just laugh and talk about anything and everything. We're going to plan a visit after Nichole's wedding and not lose touch again! If you have anyone you're thinking of reconnecting with, just do it! Don't ever forget that visiting the past doesn't mean you're living in it. You're just honoring a wonderful time in your life. And that's a great thing! Now go make a splash!

Card Ingredients:

Make a Splash from Paper Pretties, Paper by SandyLion, copics, Flourish punch by EK Success, SU ticket punch, Pearls from Michaels, divine swirls cuttlebug folder, nestabilities.