Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge

"To Catch a Thief" was the theme and I thought o flowers? did I come up with that? Well, we used to live across the street from a lady who planted nearly every flower imaginable. Her flowers would bloom from mid January thru mid November in all the colors of the rainbow! (which is quite a feat considering we lived in southern Pennsylvania) Travis wouldnt stop at picking those lovely dandelions in our yard, but would venture to Miss Sandys yard and pick tulips, daisys, hydrangeas, mums, and what ever else he could wrap his chubby little fingers around. We moved many years ago, but the memory of Travis stealing flowers is truly what inspiried me to make this card. And in honor of Sandy I had to make it pink!

So, as part of teh Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is to layer. Many layers...So I have 10 on one card! I really enjoyed this challenge as it makes the card more of a work of art for the lucky person who gets it!

The recipe is as follows: cardstocks are all Su! in Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, and Always Artichoke. Using the same colors in markers, I colored the stamp (from a big box store) and stamped it on Whisper white. French script was inked with Mellow Moss and stamped on MM cs for added texture.

I prefer Su! edges as they are much easier to use. However, I love the shapes of the Fiskars punches best for this more elegant card. Pink grosgrain ribbon, and a few buttons finish off this card beautifully! Perfect for Mothers Day which is right around the corner!

Winks & Sweet Wishes~


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Copic Markers....hum...

Well I went to HL (hobby lobby) on a quest to further investigate the infamous COPIC SKETCH MARKER. These are pricey and though I have gone many times to buy them, I have never had the courage to spend $7 on a marker...and I went to design school and would spend $10-$20 on a marker. So what's the big deal with $7 right??? Well, there are many big deals lol~

First I don't really know how to use them. That's probably the biggest issue. I believe in buying quality products. And I don't mind waiting for them to go on sale even it that means waiting 6 months or more. If the product is good, then it is worth it to me to wait to get it on sale. So I have been waiting for 4 months and they just went on sale at HL this week!

Second, I spent way too much money on art supplies that I never used while in school. And spent even more money on the products I used on a daily basis. I need to be able to pick it up, and use it to it's fullest ability quickly to justify the cost.

In addition, I have nearly every stamp pad Su! has made in the past 5 years. By using a water color brush, that I already own, and a cup of water, that I get from the tap in a cup I already own, I have all the colors I need without having to buy additional supplies...right???

Lastly, Some stamped images simply do not lend themselves to marker use. I have only a handful of stamps that I can use these markers with. (But boy what a difference it would make! lol~)

Ok, so now you have read the reasons why I shouldn't buy them...yeah, I still got a hand full of them to play with! Don't expect me to post anything too quickly as I am really fumbling with them...I hope to have something presentable soon. I'll keep ya posted!
Christie ;)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sweetest Thing Sketch

Ok, So I found this new blog, aka Sweetest Thing. It is SO fun! I love how simple the sketches are. It allowes you to take the sketch to the next level, whatever level that is :) I really encourage you to visit the site and try a sketch. It will open your horizons to new possibilities! And like I always say, the hardest part is the layout so if I don't have to come up with one, then what have I got to loose? Mine is simple, but I LOVE it!

I nearly always make a girly card... so I tried something new...Do you like it? :)

This is the first card, in a long time, that I have made using nearly all SU! stuff. The card stock and inks are brilliant Blue, Real Red, and Summer Sun. The one item that isn't SU! is the ribbon. Picked that up at a big box store. I really wish SU! had more ribbons...think I'm turning into a ribbon head!

The stamp set is Circus Train, and the Alphabet Wheel. I have had each of these sets for at least 2 years and just now used them tonight!

I have missed out on the Mojo Monday challenges lately. With over 200+ entries, it gets overwhelming! I totally enjoy looking at every ones creations! So, maybe if I have time at the end of the week you will find another posting for the Mojo Monday challenge.

My card: The Sketch:

Ok...I must confess...I dont know how to upload the sketch image...I've tried several times to no avail....any pointers?

Winks & Sweet Wishes,


Sunday, April 5, 2009

"My Fair Lady"

I simply love Audry Hepburn! So when I stumbled across this challenge, I thought I just had to try it! And yes, again with the pearls! But everyone should have at least one set of nice pearls lol~
Here is a link if you are interested in playing along or simply checking out everyone's cards for inspiration!

When I think of Hepburn and My Fair Lady, I think of pink, of course, black, beautiful architecture, spring time, and flowers. From the moment I saw this challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted my card to look like and I am ever so pleased with the result! This is my first time making a card challenge for Cinema Saturday Creative and I cant wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

The pink paper I used has a strong scroll pattern embossed on it remind me of iron gates from long ago. And with embossing part of the challenge, it was a perfect choice. I have heat embossed SU!'s Print Pattern onto the black card and feel the layered textures work well with the layers of lace on Eliza's dress. For even more texture, and a bit of bling, I accented the embossed patterns with the pearls and added "Yes Dear..." from my printer framed with SU!'s Hodge Podge kit.
Just as My Fair Lady, and the leading lady Audrey Hepburn will never go out of style, nor will silhouettes! I picked up an open stock stamp from a bog box store, and I truly love it. I know I can use this stamp in many different applications and look forward to another challenge where I can try it out again.
I hope you have enjoyed this card as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.

Winks & sweet wishes,

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