Monday, October 18, 2010

Mo's #53 Sketch Challenge

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was cold and dreary here so I decided to make a card for Mo's Challenge #53. I love Mo Manning's awesome digis and I chose "First Christmas" for this challenge. I also, had gone to the fall stamp convention and picked up some new toys (which I had to try out here). I saw pan pastels being demonstrated at the Bugawump booth and after much thought and consideration decided to purchase the basic colors...(I always seem to like whatever is being demonstrated and firmly believe that it looks so easy EVEN I can do not always the case. ) I used my copic markers to color this cute little one. I masked my baby and proceeded to use the pan pastels to fill in my background. Once I was ok (or as close as could be), with the background I stamped a portion of a Christmas tree over the mask to make the Christmas ornament appear to be hanging from a tree. I used crystal effects on the ornament along with some glitter to make it pop...(patience is not one of my strong suits) so before it was quite dry.....sigh....I ran it through my cuttle bug with the round nestie...effectively putting a dent in the original almost dry crystal effects. I then tried to fix that little mistake with more crystal the long run it doesn't really look all that bad, but will not be doing that again for Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card....

Image: Mo Manning Digital First Christmas

Paper: all SU....espresso, cherry cobbler, Deck the Halls DSP

embellies: crystal effects, iridescent stickles

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dueling Darlings.....Treasured Friends

This month is a first for me...yikes...I am trying my hand at a blog....(please be patient)...and it was my month to create the kits for the Dueling Darling Divas. The theme this month was "Treasured Friends with a mystery surprise". I thought the Whipper Snapper stamp "Ike and Mike go fishin'"was a perfect image to showcase friends. The mystery part was for each Diva or Dazzler to find an item from home, garage sale, or wherever and use it as an additional embellishement on their card. (Let me tell you, when I started working with my kit I'm thinkin' I sure am glad these gals are my friends...or they may just
want to bop me in the
The kit contained the blue and white shiny designer paper, the whipper snapper image, the friends saying, various size rhinestones, beaded white cording, pearls in a couple sizes, a metal snowflake, silver trimmed white, light blue and dark blue ribbon, and a ribbon slide. For this challenge you can use all or any of the embellishments and the designer paper. (I only added the black paper and let me tell you, once I picked the layout I about bopped me in the head. In one part of the card I actually pieced the shiny white paper together to cover the last spot.) My "mystery" item is chunky glitter I found at a garage sale and until today remained unopened and ready to be donated to my neighborhood daycare. Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE glitter. I do have to say though, this stuff really pushed the limits on my glitter love, it was really messy. I used it on the snowflakes and it really does look pretty in good in real life. I also, used crystal effects on the little fish, Mike's paws and eyes and Ike's eyes. I hope you like my card and I am sure you will love the other creations created by:

The Divas:

and by

The Dazzlers:

Please stop by their blogs/galleries and check out their amazing talent.
(In the meantime I will be working on making my new blog look good and be up to date...)