Thursday, July 29, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!

Hello again, I hope your Thursday is going well. I am back with an image from Soft Pencil called "Molly in Spring". Now you may remember that I did a scrapbook page with an image last month called "Molly is Giving You a Flower". Here is my blog post on that one. Well, when I saw that we were going to be working with another "Molly" image, and the option was open to us as to what we could make, I decided to make a scrapbook page to coordinate with the previous one. Now I have a two page spread to use for some of the photos of my absolutely adorable great niece. So here is a close-up photo of the image:

Isn't she adorable with her little summer dress with flowers on it, and the little Bichitos "little bugs" around her. Like the previous post, I used some of the flower images to accent the page, but I also decided to add a few of the Bichitos as well, since she has them with her in the image. So, here is the entire page:

I am in a big hurry, so I am going to refer you back to the other post that I mentioned earlier to tell you what products and colors that I used on this page, as they are the same. So, scroll back up to the top and click on that link, it will be highlighted a different color than the rest of the text.

Yes, I am still working on some other things using some new Stampin Up stamp sets, hostess sets to be exact, as soon as I get those finished, I will post them for you to see.

Until next time.........Blessings, Lisa

Stamp-N-Doodle Thursday

Hello, welcome back to another Thursday! I have to say, I had a blast with this week's image from Stamp-n-doodle. It is an image of a boy swimming, so there is so much you can do with it, or rather I could do with it, because I have alot of water, ocean, etc. stamps and things that I can coordinate with it. Here is the image on the card that I made with it.

I started out just coloring the image with my Prismacolor pencils, then decided to cut it out with one of my Spellbinder's Oval Nestibilities. Then, I decided to choose a sketch from my book of Splitcoast sketches, and chose an old one: SC167. You can find a master list of all of their sketches on their website under forums and sketch challenges. I ran a piece of SU Bashful Blue card stock through my cuttlebug with my bubbles embossing folder (I am not sure that is the correct name of the folder). Then I cut it into the rectangular sizes that were shown on the sketch. I put the image and the embossed pieces onto the card, and decided it needed something else. So, I remembered that I had a stamp set from "Our Craft Lounge" called "Bubbles". I stamped, colored and cut out the ocean floor stamp and the bubbles stamp and added those to the card. Then I decided that I would heat emboss the raised areas of the dry embossed rectangles with clear embossing powder. Now, this can be done two ways, but since I already had everything adhered to the card, I had only one choice, color the raised areas with my Versamarker, add the powder, then heat set. The second way would have been to dab your Versamark ink pad onto the raised areas, add powder, then heat set. That about sums it up. Pop onto the other DT member's blogs and see what they came up with for today's image. Then, pop on over to the Stamp-n-doodle blog and store and see what is new there.

Also, come back around noon Ohio time, and see what I came up with for this week's Soft Pencil image!

Until Later today....................Blessings, Lisa

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stamp-N-Doodle Thursday

Phew! I just barely got this one in before Thursday was over. I hope the wonderful people at Stamp-n-doodle will forgive me. This week, we were asked to use this absolutely adorable image of a little boy snuggled up to his pet cat and dog. They all three look so cute napping together. We were also asked to use the color blue, add some sparkle, and oops I forgot the embossing. Boy am I having a bad day!

I thought the dog looked like a golden retriever, so I colored him to look like one. I used my Prismacolor colored pencils to color the image. The card stock and designer paper is all from Stampin Up: Crumb Cake, Bashful blue, and retired dsp. The little squares in each corner have sparkle inside them, but it is hard to see in the photo. Of course when someone says "sparkle", I also have to add my favorite sticky gems, these I believe are from the Archiver's dollar spot.

There is a link to the Stamp-n-doodle blog and store on my sidebar, click on the Design Team logo. The owner posted last week's image "Tiger Eyes" (scroll down to see that one) on the company blog as a freebie, go grab it while you can, and take a look at their other digi and rubber stamp images in their shop, they are gorgeous! If you still need some inspiration, visit the other DT blogs (see my sidebar) and see what they have come up with.

Everyone take care, and see you back here again soon with some new Stampin Up stuff!

Blessings, Lisa

Soft Pencil Thursday!

Hello! Sorry for my absence, I had a tension migraine headache that I just couldn't get rid of. Hopefully I have gotten rid of it for good now.

Anyways, We Soft Pencil Design Team ladies got to work with another Digi Sentiment this week, and here is the card that I came up with:

I used Stampin Up Rich Razzleberry for the card base, some coordinating retired designer paper under the image and I cut the image out with my Scalloped Rectangle Nestibilities, leaving it in the rectangle while I sponged the background with some Bashful Blue and Old Olive ink. Next I colored the image and outlined the sentiment with my Stampin Up markers . The final touch of some punched flowers with my retired flower punch from Stampin Up and some sticky gems for their centers. That sums it all up, go visit the other DT blogs and leave them some kind words.

Stay tuned for Stamp-n-doodle which I will have posted in a little bit.

Oh also, my ex-Stampin Up leader let me borrow some of the new stamp sets to play with and I am working those behind the scenes, so hopefully I will be able to start getting those posted in a day or two.

Until next time.....Blessings, Lisa

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Masculine Card from Stampin Up

Hello. Happy Sunday to everyone! Today's card was made with two Stampin Up stamp sets, the "Woodgrain" background stamp, and the tree image from the "Forest Friends" stamp set. I was trying to see what I could come up with that was masculine in nature. Like most women, I tend to purchase the "cute" stamp set, the "elegant" stamp set, stamp sets with flowers and/or butterflies, etc, etc, etc.... I am sure you can relate to this. So, masculine cards are a particularly difficult challenge for me. But, here is what I can up with:
I first stamped the woodgrain stamp onto some vanilla card stock with three different times with three different colors, all in the brown family of SU colors. Then, I took the tree stamp from "Forest Friends" and colored it with two different Stampin Up markers, and stamped it onto vanilla card stock. Next I cut out the tree out and punched out the woodgrain backgrounds with circle punches. Adhered all of this into the pattern you see above and stamped a sentiment! I have to admit, I absolutely love these quick and simple card layouts.
The tree was colored with Garden Green, and Chocolate Chip, and the card base is Kraft card stock, which Stampin Up recently renamed Crumb Cake. That sums it all up! I am off to chat with my peeps on facebook. Take care, and....

Until Next time...........Blessings, Lisa

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Masculine cards with "Fox and Friends"

Wow, happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a safe and fun weekend. I am planning on swimming today, that is my fun! Well, as promised I have a card to show you that was made with Stampin Up's "Fox & Friends" stamp set, and it is even masculine in nature. That was not an easy task since that stamp set is so cute in nature. But it was actually made for my husband for Father's day and he is a huge animal lover of all kinds, just as I am. I know, Father's Day is over, but you could also put a Happy Birthday sentiment on it. So, without further wait, here it is:
This was a very quick and simple card to make. I simply stamped the fox three time with Close to Cocoa ink, close to the edge of the card stock, punched all three out at different locations of the image, mounted them on Night of Navy card stock. Next, I punched out the edges of my Close to Cocoa car stock strip with my spiral punch from SU, then added the images. Next I added a piece of DSP to my card base, and added the brown strip, stamped a sentiment, and that was it. I think this only took me about 10 minutes to make.
Now, come back to visit me on Sunday, I just may have another masculine card idea for you that is even more easy to make.
Until next time........Blessings, Lisa

Friday, July 16, 2010

Embrace Life from Stampin Up

Awe, I love this stamp set, so sad it had to retire, but, we can still stamp with it! I had no idea what I was going to make when I started this one. I wanted to stamp with this particular stamp on colored card stock, then color the flowers in with my white gel pen. When I finished with that, I still didn't know what I wanted to do, but for some reason punching the flowers out with my square punches and matting them with black card stock sounded good.

So, after staring at my three squares for awhile.....LOL...... I decided to get out some Retired SU DSP and came up with the above layout. The sentiment and square sticky gems were an afterthought that I decided to add. Sometimes that is how cards and scrapbook pages come together. One baby step at a time, with no clue as to what the final project will look like. Sometimes I will stamp something, color it in, then it sits on my table for weeks before I decide what to do with it. Sometimes, I know exactly what I want to do right away. I just go with whatever is flowing through my brain. My point......don't be afraid to just play around with your stamps and digi images, playing leads to ideas and ideas lead to finished creations! Well, that is my tiny bit of wisdom for today! Thanks for stopping by. Now, I am off to go schedule a post tomorrow with some more Stampin Up stamps, with the set "Fox & Friends"! Love that one, and yay it made it into the new catalog.

Until then......................Blessings, Lisa

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!

Hello again! Wow, my third post of the day! That is a record for me! Well, Elizabeth recently released some new images, and this one below on my card was one of them! Is that the cutest Frog that you have ever seen, or what? I love him!!!!!!! Elizabeth, please add him to the animal collection, he is so adorable! Oh, she also has some digi paper with Mr. Frog on it too. Go check out the blog and store by clicking on the Soft Pencil icon on my sidebar. Go visit the other design team members blogs too to see what adorable creations that they have come up with today with this cute little Froggie.

I have a Stampin Up card to show off tomorrow, so come back soon to visit me.

Until then.........Blessings, Lisa

Stamp-N-Doodle Thursday

Hello again. Welcome back to post number two for today! We DT members were asked to use this absolutely striking image of a tiger face and use the distressing technique.

Is that an intense stare on that image or what?! Love it! I was trying to get those intense eyes to pop off the card at whoever looked at it, I hope I succeeded. I colored the image with my Stampin Up Watercolor pencils, which I haven't used in quite a long time, then I smoothed out the colors with a blender pen. I used my distressing tool to rough up the edges of the image and then also of the mat that is under it. It is a little hard to see in the photo. I went with as simple a layout as I could because I didn't want anything to distract from the image. The card stock colors that I used were all from Stampin Up: Summer Sun, Garden Green, and some retired DSP. The rhinestones were from the dollar bin at Michael's. Go check out the other DT member's blogs and see what they have come up with, then over to the Stamp-n-doodle store to see the new stuff that is ready to play with!

Now, come back in a little bit because I have a new image from Soft Pencil Designs to show you!

Blessings, Lisa

I found a new Digi images company! too cute!

Introducing the freebie offered over at the Chi Chi Memories Blog and Store:

This is my card for this week's sketch challenge, I am trying to win a free stamp set. Here is the sketch below, and above is my take on it.

I'll hopefully be able to come back later and give you some more details on the card, but I have two more posts to do today and I have been feeling under the weather today literally (heat issues)! ! ! have patience with me please. Thanks.

Hugs to all, Lisa

P.S. To my friend Kerry, it is all your fault that I am now hooked on another digi image company. LOL

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!

Ready for some Soft Pencil cuteness? We were asked to work with the new Digi Sentiments this week, and I chose the English version of "Happy Birthday". I believe it also comes in Spanish and Dutch. In a couple of weeks, we DT members will be showing samples with the "Thinking of You" digi sentiment.

I went completely blank today, huge creative block. I hate it when that happens. So, I looked into my stash of bright card stock scraps that I had, and came up with the above layout. I added a few punched butterflies to coordinate with the one on the image, some bright red sticky gems from Michael's and what a quick card it turned out to be. All card stock is from Stampin Up, some of which from the recent discontinued list. Sniff, Sniff. I will so miss my Yoyo Yellow, Lovely Lilac and Brilliant Blue. Sniff, Sniff. Next Thursday we will be showing off a new critter to the soft Pencil animal family, an absolutely adorable Frog! Don't forget to go visit the other SP DT blogs and leave them some happiness (see links on my sidebar).

Until Next time............. Blessings, Lisa

Stamp-n-Doodle Sketch Challenge

We were asked to follow a sketch this week and I tried to copy/paste the sketch itself into blogger and it wouldn't cooperate with me, so I will go straight to the card that I made.

I believe the image is called "Letters from Home", and it seems like it would be a masculine image, but I somehow managed to make it work with some soft colors. I am a complete animal crazy person, so I really enjoyed working with this one. I colored the image with my Prismacolor colored pencils, cut it out with my square Spellbinder's nestibilities, opting not to emboss it so that I could round the corners with my Stampin Up small corner rounder punch. All card stock is Stampin Up (Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Pale Plum). Add a sentiment punched out with my SU Small oval punch and some sticky gem embellishments and that is about it. Hope you enjoy.

Stick around for another post, it is also Soft Pencil Thursday!

Blessings, Lisa

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!!!!

Hello again. Wow two posts from me in one day! Are you all fainting? LOL.
This week, we got to work with one of the new images from Soft Pencil called Michu's Mom Digital Paper. So, I decided to use it as a background paper which is what you see at the bottom of the card, then I colored Michu and his mom (from another digi image) with my Prismacolor pencils and cut them out, added them to a shape that I cut out with my Spellbinder's Label die cut and cuttlebug machine, and added some Stampin Up designer paper on the top half, some sticky pearls and ribbon for embellishment and all done! Go over to the Soft Pencil blog, link on my sidebar, then find the store link and check out the new digi products. They are awesome!!!

Until Next time................ Blessings, Lisa

Stamp n Doodle, another design team?

Hello. Happy Thursday to everyone! I was asked to join and help out on another design team! How exciting for me to have my efforts recognized! The store is called Stamp-n-doodle, and it is an online store that sells digital images and rubber stamps. Just click on the highlighted company name and it will take you to the blog and then from there you will find a link to the store. The first image that I was asked to create something with is a digital image of some Military people in uniform and we were asked to create a Canada Day or 4th of July card. since I am a very proud US citizen, I chose 4th of July. I punched out some stars with my Stampin Up Star and Large Star Punches out of some glitter card stock. I colored the image with my Prismacolor colored pencils, and I added some red sticky gems for some extra embellishments. I hope you like it.

Anyhoo, tune in later today as I have another post scheduled to appear by noon for Soft Pencil Thursday!

Toodles, Lisa