Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cards for Emily

Dustin Pike has a post asking crafters to make cards for Emily. She is 7 years old and battling leukemia. Her aunt has a blog post here.

Dustin drew a set of images, Daisy and Buttercup, and will give one of the images to any one who makes a card. If you link your card at his blog, he will send you the whole set. Dustin is very generous in sharing his talent with us. Please follow his example and send a card to Emily.
Emily Ziemathis
5134 Berger Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98513

Dustin isn't requiring you to use one of his images but I chose to use one of Daisy and Buttercup.
I colored this and my challenge card at the same time. That was part of the problem of knowing which Copics I used. I was busy pulling pens and not paying attention to which card got which colors.

I think cats are always up to mischief, thus the tag. Any horse that would let a cat sit on the reins is also up to no good!

I colored with Copics on Neenah Solar White. Hero Arts Powder, PS606, is the blue paper. The tag is from Hero Arts "I Love My Cat", CL135, and the grass from CL379, "Stamp A Garden", using AF209, "Green Hills". The clouds are an Imaginisce stamp.

I'm guessing the horse is Daisy as she has one in her forelock. I used Andirondak Dimensional Pearls "Wild Plum" coloring the daisy. The center is Stickles Yellow. The pink around the tag is Spica Pink. I also used Spica Clear on the noseband, reins and flower centers.

Finally, the bakers twine is from My Mind's Eye Lime Twist. It's the Happy Go Lucky "Hello".

Monday, March 19, 2012

My Life Is A Zoo

Dustin Pike's latest challenge fits my life perfectly! I started on it the same day as he posted, I just had a lot of coloring to do. I love to color with my Copics.

All of the images are from Dustin. Using digital images is so much fun as I can make them any size.

This is the first stair step card I've made. It was interesting trying to lay things out. I had pieces all over the place!

Here's a straight on look. I've got binder clips holding it flat. Is that cheating? It was the only way I could keep it from opening. :D
The next two photos are not the best. Trying to get everything to look focused was worse than laying it out.
The images were all printed on Neenah Solar White. I used so many Copics that I didn't keep a list! I will probably regret that someday.

The other two papers are Hero Arts Powder, PS606, and Celadon, PS603. The cloud stamp is from Imaginisce and stamped with Distress Stain Picket Fence. Hero Arts CL379, Stamp A Garden, has the grass image. I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink, AF142, Soft Green. And finally, I put some Glossy Accents on the frog's eyes. I couldn't help myself!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog's current theme is a 'Bit 'O Green.' I think I have a little green in this! A first for me! One card and it fits two challenges.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CDAC Challenge 13

On Monday I got my images for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. The challenge runs from March 1 to 14, that would be today. I really do need start working on these things earlier.

There were five images to choose from. I decided to use the image provided by Pattie's Creations.

I'm in the 'Thinking of You' mode! Actually, I've been creating with the plan to send them to Operation Write Home.

I colored with my Copics: B0000, BG92, E08, E18, E29, E77, G21, G24, G99, Y06, Y08, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG63, YG67. Yes, I like to use lots of colors. One flower is popped up on one 1/16" pop dot. Another one has two layers, each one on the 1/16" dots.

The paper is My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose 'Hattie.' Hero Arts, CL140, has the sentiment. I used Spellbinders S4-110, Classic Ovals Large, and S4-111, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, to cut out the image (on Neenah) and yellow (from stash). The scalloped band is My Favorite Things die, Simply Scallops. Finally, I put Glossy Accents on the vase. Oh, my sewing machine sees much more paper than fabric. I zig-zagged around the blue paper attaching it to the brown paper.

Maybe I'll start earlier on the next round! Right, and it won't rain in Oregon tomorrow.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Thinking of You

Really, I have been.

Basketball is over so my duties as scorekeeper are done for the season. I've told the coaches to sign me up for next year. I had fun going to all the games. Of course, it might have helped that I had no children playing!

The girl's team didn't do so well. They started the season doing really well, but didn't make it to league playoffs. The boys ended the season by winning the state title in our division, schools between 226 and 399 students. This is the first time 'we' have gotten the state title. The game was a nail biter with a final score of 36-32. Not a high score, but the fourth time 'we' played and beat the second place team.

Enough about basketball!

I was reading a bunch of different blogs Friday. I found My Mind's Eye blog and wouldn't you know, they have a challenge going!

A few days before that, I had received my February Key Ingredients Subscription from Taylored Expressions. (I found it on February 20 so was on the late side of receiving it.) Guess who's paper was in the kit. Yep, My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found Two, Rosy. I tell you, it was a sign.

Here is the card I put together.

See, I told you I was thinking of you.

All the paper is from Rosy. The sentiment is Hero Arts Stamps & Die Cut Floral, as are the flowers. I sprayed the flowers and the yellow center with Perfect Pearls Mist Pearl. I let the yellow dry a little and then made the brad with my Imaginisce I-Top. The gem centers are My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy Tickled Pink Bling. I don't know how long I've had them or if they can be found anywhere.

The leaves were cut with My Favorite Things Sheltering Tree & Leaf and Spellbinders Foliage. Finally, the three scalloped pieces were done with Fiskars Scallop Border Punch.

I'm still working on my photography skills. Keep in mind my genetic heritage! Dad's photos, people were from the neck down. You try and remember who wore what to figure out who the people were. Mom's, you either got the left side or the right side, never a whole person. Well, if you were standing in the middle you might be a whole person but not in the middle of the photo.

I'm just thankful for digital. I didn't have to print the 30 pictures of this card to find one that was semi okay.

Now I hope it isn't three weeks before I can make more cards.