Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Soft Pencil Tuesday!

I must admit, I am a traditional Christmas color kind of girl, today's card with an adorable Christmas image from Soft Pencil is no exception.Do you see what I mean.......mostly red and green. Oh, I have stretched the boundaries before, and stepped out of my little traditional colored world, but you will find that I don't do that very often. I admire people who do, and when I see the non-traditional holiday colors on other people's creations, I like them. I even made a blue Valentine's card for my hubby last year. Anyhoo, it is hard to see in my photo, but I used some white flower soft on the snow that the two little girls are sitting in. Love that stuff!!!!!!! I have to wonder though, if I am using the wrong glue with it, because I am not happy with my handy work with it. So, I am taking a poll....Please tell me in your comment, what kind of glue do you use with Flower Soft?

Now, hop on over to the Soft Pencil Blog and Etsy store (link on my sidebar), and purchase some of the adorable digi images and other products that Elizabeth is offering. She is going to be re-designing her images, creating some new ones, etc.., so she has been running a big sale on tons of stuff at her Etsy store. Today, November 30th, is the last day of the sale, so move those fingers fast on your computer and get there to take advantage of the savings!!!!! Go, now!!!

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Soft Pencil Tuesday!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Is everyone here in the USA ready for a fabulous Thanksgiving meal? I get to eat two of them, one with my family (a rare occasion), and one with my husband's family! I am excited, I will also get to see two of my great nephews, which doesn't happen too often, and my 11 year old daughter is looking forward to entertaining her little cousins!

Anyhoo, lets see what Lisa has been doing with her Soft Pencil Images this week!!!! I have been a little under the weather this week, sinus drainage in the back of my throat has given me a sore throat (so much for my tonsils being taken out, haha), and a little bit of dizziness. I have been doing my best to rest as much as possible, but this is why I am so late today with my Soft Pencil post! Please forgive me everyone! We DT members got to work with an adorable new image called "Happy Sailors". I thought this image just screamed out Friendship! I colored the image mostly with my Stampin Up markers, but the sailors hair and rope were colored with a prismacolor marker. I remembered having some button embellishments of a nautical theme in my stash, so I added those to the card. I only wish they were all the same shade of blue, but I love them! I had so much fun with my Navy polka dot paper that I used on last week's image, I had to use it again! Hope you like it!

Next I have a Soft Pencil extra to share with you! I asked Elizabeth if she would make a Fall image of Michu jumping in a pile of leaves, and to my delight, she did, and offered it for free over on the Soft Pencil blog. I am also going to go load it up over on the Splitcoast Stampers website for Elizabeth, so you can pick it up there as well. Just go to the forums link at the top of the home page. If you have any trouble finding it at either location, feel free to click my email link requesting a copy.

Now, I colored the leaves with my Stampin Up Pastels (chalk), and Michu with a prismacolor marker. The strip of card stock is all I have left of that pattern (sniff, sniff) My fabulous friend and fellow DT member Kerry sent it to me. The card stock base is SU Crumb Cake, the rest is from DCWV. The ric rac is unknown from my stash. Of course the brown sticky gems were from Michael's. That sums it up for today!

Now, hop on over to the Soft Pencil blog and store, because they are having a big sale for the month of November, and then after the first of the year, Elizabeth will be opening a brand new store with lots of new images and other products for your crafting endeavors!!!!!!!! We DT members don't even know what all will be new! No fair!!!! I can't wait!!!!

Until next time.....Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Soft Pencil Tuesday!

Welcome back to Soft Pencil Tuesday! I have an adorable Christmas image to show you today. It is called "Merry Christmas". Here it is:
It is hard to see, but I used some white opal Liquid pearls on the snowflakes in the sky, and the ground all around the little house and tree were painted with SU's white shimmer paint. Unfortunately, I am not sure if they still carry it or not, but I do know that they are selling some Smooch Spritz this year that is shimmery. The navy polka dot paper is some retired SU dsp, and the white organdy ribbon is from Michael's dollar bin a long time ago.... Just a small bit of info on how I tied that bow, I actually cut a slit at the fold of the card base so feed the ribbon through, making it so much easier to tie the ribbon! Now, hop on over to visit the other DT members and see what cute creations they have come up with for today. Then....go visit the Soft Pencil store, as Elizabeth is offering an awesome sale for the month of November!!!!

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

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stamp n Doodle Thursday!

Hello. I hope Thursday find everyone well. I have a cute image from Stamp-n-doodle to show you today. It is SND's version of the three angels with one of them less than perfect! Too cute! We were challenged to use Lace, Sparkle, and mostly white! I had a little trouble with mostly white, but I used very light blue, is that close?

I colored the image with my Prismacolor Pencils except for the wings, they are covered in Stickles diamond. The blue behind the angels is a polar blue from DCWV, and I cut the image out with a Labels 6 di-cut from Spellbinder's. The pearls and lace are from Michale's, and the button is again from DCWV. I hope you like it, and I also hope you go visit the other DT blogs and the SND blog, all of which can be found as links over on my sidebar.

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Soft Pencil Tuesday!

Welcome back to Soft Pencil Tuesday! It is the time of year when we start to look for Calendars for the new year approaching. Elizabeth has created and listed in her shop some new digi image calendars! Yay, love these! I created with it a new desk calendar for my craft/computer room. Here is a pic of the how the image arrives to you via your computer.
Here is a picture of what I did with it! Yes, since my craft room is decorated in shades of Purple, I had to go with that. I just couldn't help myself. LOL

I had a small clipboard from the Target clearance section laying around waiting for the perfect alteration project. So, I went to work on it! I also brought my image up onto my freebie photo editing software called "Gimp", made two copies of it. This way I could keep the original in it's original form. I trimmed one copy to show only the calendar, and the other to show only the kitty image. Then I copy and pasted them both into separate Microsoft Word files, and changed their size to suit my needs, then printed them out onto some card stock. I cut each monthly calendar out, individually so that I could stack them on top of each other, and the year date to mat and place on the clipboard by itself. I covered the clipboard with some retired Stampin Up Designer paper, using my extra tacky tape, as the clipboard had a really slick surface to it. Next I covered the edges of the clipboard with some Purple Pigment ink that I had laying around. Pigment Ink takes forever to dry, I hardly ever use it for that reason. My daughter was laughing at me in fact because I had to wipe purple ink from my hands three times while I was working on this. All that was left was to add my elements to the clipboard. The Butterflies were cut out with my SU/Sizzix Beautiful Butterflies embosslit and retired Lovely Lilac Card stock. I added the Purple Satin Ribbon bow to the top with my foam pop dots, and voila, it is finished.
Now, hop on over to visit the other DT ladies and see what they have done with their calendars today! Lots of creative ideas will be seen I am sure of that!
Until next time........Blessings, Lisa

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stamp-N-Doodle Thursday

Hello Peeps, I know it's late for me to be blogging today, but I will leave this post at the top of my blog for all day Friday as well. Last week we Stamp-n-doodle DT ladies had a sketch to work with for our card and image. Well, I didn't post last week, so I have two examples this week with that sketch to show you. I used the image from last week, and also the image for this week. I hope it provides you with double inspiration. Here is the sketch:
This one is this weeks image, a man and lady scarecrow. Aren't they cute? I love Fall images! For this card, I used Stampin Up's Crumb Cake for the card base, and the rest of the paper is from DCWV (Die Cuts With a View). The cute patterned paper with the funky leaves on it, was sent to me by my good Soft Pencil friend, Kerry! Thanks Kerry, you are too sweet to me! I used verious Stampin Up markers to color the image, a leaf punch from the Target dollar spot, and some ribbon that I found on sale last year or so at Hobby Lobby.
For this card using last week's SND image I used all Stampin Up card stock..... Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Ballet Blue, and Whisper White. The sentiment was stamped in SU Ballet Blue ink. The bottom border was made with an EK Success punch called Scalloped Scallops of course the buttons in the corner were from DCWV with some retired SU silver string in them.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and come back and visit me again, I am starting on my Christmas cards and all kinds of other things. You never know what I am going to post on here. Tee hee.
Before I go, I wanted to say a few words to a good friend of mine and a very sweet and kind lady who lost her beloved husband this past Sunday, Becca Feeken. Becca, was very supportive to me during a very sad time in my life and in fact encouraged me to start this blog. I am so very sorry to hear about her loss and Becca you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Comfort you during this difficult time. If you want to see Becca's gorgeous paper crafting creations, please see the link on my sidebar; her blog is called "Amazing Paper Grace".
Until next time.................. Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Soft Pencil Tuesday!

Hello, and I am so glad that today is election day in the US! I am so tired of getting election phone call recordings! OK, now that i got that off my chest, onto some cuteness! Halloween is over, Fall is still in full swing, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are on their way! So, Soft Pencil Designs is releasing some new images, and today I am showing off one of their new Christmas images! This week, we are showing you "Little Dog and Christmas Tree". It is so cute! Nope, no Michu today, but never fear Michu fans, he will return on future Soft Pencil days. Little Dog needed some much needed attention, and doesn't he look cute under that tree? He looks like he is one of the presents.

I want to explain something to you, it's a bit of an apology. The watermark is located directly over the image on my card for a reason. I was doing some design work for Sugar Creek Hollow, and the owner received an email thanking her for her beautiful work, and the person actually told her that she was going to print out the card front multiple times, and adhere it to blank cards for quick Christmas cards. That is stealing folks! That is stealing from the image creator, and the card creator! So, to protect myself and the companies that I design for, I will from now on (unless the companies tell me not to), be placing my watermark directly over the image on my creations! A lot of people don't realize how much hard work goes into digi images, designing and blogging with them, etc from the company owners down to us DT members. So, I am deeply sorry, if this is bothersome to all of my blog followers but it is a necessity.
Moving on, please don't ask me where the designer paper came from, it has been in my stash for at least 2 years now, I think the brand is Provo Craft. The layout is simple though, so any Designer paper that color coordinates would look great! The ribbon is definitely unknown, sorry, and I just had to add some sticky gems to the Christmas Tree where all of the little circles and flowers were on the image. The sticky gems are mostly from Michael's Craft Store, they have a ton of them right now in loads of colors, some of them marked down! Run out and get some! LOL. The sentiment was typed on Microsoft Word and printed, and the flower is a Prima brand flower.
Now, rush right on over to the Soft Pencil blog and store (link on my sidebar), and check out all of the new stuff Elizabeth has loaded up on there, and grab some stuff that she has on sale! Go, right now! Soft Pencil Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until next time..........................Blessings, Lisa