Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - July 24, 2013

The sketch for today over at The Outlawz is one which I thought would be great for an image from this month's sponsor....DS4J.  It is called Potted Orchid and I knew that I wanted to try my hand at coloring it after seeing orchids at a friend's house.  I actually used a photo which my friend sent me as my guide, only I did not have the right copics to achieve the brilliant fuschia of her plant.  Looks like I need to do some more shopping....LOL!

Here is the sketch:


And now for my card:

Hope that you will come on over, see what my sister DTeamies have created and perhaps play along with us.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Camp 2

The last three weeks I have been attending Summer Camp.   This is an online class taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner as well as many awesome guest instructors.   I have taken several of their classes before and have really enjoyed them, plus learned much from each class.  Before class began, we had a challenge to create a card with colors which I don't normally choose when I make my cards.  It was surely a stretch for me to try these, but ended up liking the color combination in the end. 

The colors in these really are not showing up as they look in real life.....white, light grey, dark grey, aqua and peach.

Here are some of the cards which I have made for our homework assignments.  The first one is simple, but effective.

The next card is a circular one, so different and fun!

I enjoyed making this little owl card as well.  It was
 created with the color combination suggested for the second week of class--cream, light blue, green and brown.  I stamped the owl on water color paper which I applied Distress Inks and water to before stamping.

Finally, my last card is the first Christmas card I have made this year.  Yep, actually a card for the holidays in July....that may be a first for me!  Since many of the cards in the class feature dies and I don't have many of those, I went with a punch which is from Stampin' Up.  These colors are totally out of my comfort zone, but again was pleased with the card once finished.  It is not very traditional for the holidays as well, but went together easily, so I may make some more of these.

I wish that I had more time to devote to my "homework" as there are so many ideas and techniques given that I want to try.  I hate that the class will be soon over as the videos each day are addictive.  And, seeing what others who take the class create is inspiring in itself.  So many amazing cardmakers out there, and we can learn from their take on class, too!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Sketch Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges

I am beginning to think that the name of my blog should be the "Negligent" Blogger as my getting around to posting seems to be so hit and miss.  Am not sure where the spring went to?   I can't blame it all on travel, but I did take a big trip in May  (a dream trip to Austria and Germany) and then a family related trip in June.  Getting ready for a trip and recuperating once I am home seems to take much of my time....LOL!
Once again Wednesday is here and a new sketch for The Outlawz Challenges is going on.  My "Sister" teammates have created gorgeous cards using the sketch below:

I must confess that I really struggled with this design.  It was not the layout as much as it was my lack of planning for the space to fit all of the elements in after I made them two separate times.  I did learn to do this in a more efficient manner if I ever use this type of layout again.  My game plan was to make little panels of flowers on water color paper which I masked off, colored with Distress Markers and inks.  I liked the results of the masking, but I just made them too large to fit on even a large standard size card.  Finally, I decided that this should just be a little art piece and let it reside on an easel or put it in a shadow box.  So, here is my mini art piece:

Hope you will come on over to The Outlawz and join in this week's fun!


Friday, April 26, 2013

Wednesday Sketch Challenge

This week's  Sketch Challenge at The Outlawz is a fun one to work with and my DT Sisters created some awesome inspiration with the sketch below:

For my card, I used a Penny Black stamp which I have had for awhile but was a little intimidated about coloring.  I must say that after I stamped it on Xpress It paper, I noticed that on the back of the packaging, there was an example in color.  Why had I not noticed before that  PB took my angst right away in how to color this gorgeous flower?  The glitz in the flowers is from Hero Arts, which I also had not used before.

I also have two cards to share which I created for the Hero Arts Scramble last Friday.  This Scramble was to create a one layer sympathy card.  For the first card, I attached the layer to a mat and it actually looks like there are two layers because of the way I masked the area where I sponged Distress Inks.  So, for the second card, I actually did the sponging on the card itself.  This was a real stretch for me to create two cards plus post them in 90 minutes....perhaps if I keep trying the Scrambles, I will be able to be quicker in my card making???  Well, I can only hope.....  The cards created for the challenge were wonderful and it amazes me that such beauties can be made in such a short time.

My last card is one which I created for a special SIL, who shares my love of tea and things tea related.  Here's to you, June, and may we go enjoy "teatime" very soon!

So, it has been a fun week of making cards, even if it took a week to get them posted!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - March 27, 2013

As it is Wednesday, it is time for another Sketch Challenge at The Outlawz.  Here is today's sketch:


And now here is my card which I made for a special niece who is about to have her first baby.

 Hope you will come on over to The Outlawz and play along with us.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pattern Play Day 1

Today is the first day of a new online class called Pattern Play taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  As the case has been with their other online classes, there has been much inspiration already!  Combining various patterns is not something which comes easy to me, so I am hoping to get more confident with the tips presented in class.  Below is my attempt, and I must say, that it seemed to take longer trying to decide what papers to put together than just coloring an image and putting a card together. 

I had wanted to use this HA image called Love Birds to make a card for a special couple who just got engaged on the dance floor where we go to dance.  It was a very romantic proposal in front of all of us so this image of love birds seemed perfect.  Even though I love the image, I have never quite known what to do with it.  One of the ladies (Jacqueline, I think?) at the Hero Arts blog inspired me to use only a portion of the stamp, so I had several muses to assist me in putting this card together.

Friday, March 1, 2013

February 27 Challenge at The Outlawz

Oh my goodness, I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted here.  No good excuse, except I just can seem to get around to it!  At least I have still been creating cards, even though I haven't shared them here.  The latest Wednesday challenge at The Outlawz is this sketch:


For my card, I used a cute image by Diane Caruba.  It was a freebie over at Through the Craft Room Door for the latest issue.  You can't beat the magazine for all of the inspiration and then subscribers have these wonderful digital images with each issue. 

Thanks for stopping by.