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Some Of My Favorite Creations To Date

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My mono Owl! Hehehe!

Hello All!
"Whimsy Stamps" is doing their second "Whimsy Challenge". It is all about monochromatic. Head on over to the "Whimsy Challenge" blog and check out the examples the awesome team has created and read a complete list of rules!

The "Whimsy" team's definition of monochromatic for this challenge is one neutral paired with one other color. You may use as many different shades of that one color, but you may only use one color and one neutral. You also, of course, need to include a Whimsy Stamps image in your project.
Your project must be posted by May 10th.

I chose to use that adorable "Whimsy Owl". I just LOVE him!
The cardstock is Bazzill and the DP was from a stash of pieces. Not sure who made it. Ooops!
Please let me know what you think. ;)


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Floral Mother's Day Card

Wow...another 2 card post night!
Here is my latest for this Sunday. It is another "The Greeting Farm" image and my final one to complete for the April guest DT spot.It is from their "Fancy Fleurs" set.
The papers are Basic Grey and Bazzill.
Please let me know what you think and don't forget to check out the card below that I posted earlier.
Thanks again!

Pretty Frog and Flower Card

Hello,
This is another card made for my guest DT stint for "The Greeting Farm." This is from their "Down by the Pond" set. I just think it is such a cute frog! I didn't use a lot of embellishments because I wanted that pretty "Basic Grey" DP to show. The card base is Bazzill Dots.
Please let me know what you think. :)



Friday, April 24, 2009

Heavy gloss with glitter tutorial

Hello All.
I have already had a couple of people ask how I got Mertyl’s shell (in my previous blog post)to look like that.
So…here ya go….
First color your image with what ever medium you like. Mine is done with watercolor and colored pencil details.
Then cut them out if you are going to “pop” them.
Tip: If any of you are still totally coloring all copies of your “popped” images STOP!
I just go around the outer edges of the lower images. This saves time and also lets your sticky dots stick much much better!

The next step is to add glitter. I used orange and fruit punch “Stickles” on the shell and leaf green on the turtle and grass.


Then I take “Versa Mark” refill and paint it evenly over the entire shell with an old paint brush. I do this instead of the pad because the water color stains the pad and also because it goes on thicker so you need fewer coats to get a really thick finish.
Cover with extra thick Gloss embossing powder. Heat to a shine with an embossing heat gun, let cool a few seconds, and then repeat. On most things I heat to a high gloss finish but on Mertyl, I left the second coat a little bumpy for a turtle shell texture effect.

Put the pieces together with pop dots or tape and….voila!

If this tutorial was helpful or if you have questions or comments, please post below.
Remember…to get a closer look…click on the pictures. ;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Mertyl the Turtle...Made with a digi stamp from My Original Artwork




Hello All!
I have been busy designing some digi stamps from my original artwork that I hope to be offering for sale as soon as I get a good collection done up and figure out how to set up PayPal buttons. UUGGHH!
This is one of my first batches. Meet Mertyl the Turtle! A friend of mine suggested I do a turtle because she has one for a pet.
The papers are "Basic Grey" and "core'dinations". I really glossed up her shell but didn't quite get the second coat of embossing powder hot enough to be smooth. I think it really adds to the shell effect.
Please let me know what you think.
Remember, you can click on the image to enlarge.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a great weekend! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cup of Smiles Card

Hi again!
Wow...2 posts in one night. That is just not like me!
This card turned out so cute, I couldn't wait to share. It is done with a "The Greeting Farm" stamp set called "Cup of Stuff." It is one of the cards I am doing for my guest DT spot at the end of April.
The papers are "Core'dinations", "Bazzill Dots", and "Basic Grey."
This was my first ever "Gate Fold" card and I think I like the style. Look for more to come! LOL!
Please let me know what you think. :)



Whimsy Frog Card




Good Sunday to you all!
Today's card is made with that cute little "Whimsy" frog. The papers are from two different "DCWV" stacks... Whimsy (ironicly) and Latte'. I glossed the frogs eyes, lilypad and water and added some dew drops, a flower, and ribbon but let the pretty papers be the best embellishment.
Please let me know what you think.
To see more pictures click HERE.
Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My very first blog awards!


Thank you Angie and Jea for the awards to the left.
Now for the RULES;
1. The winner may put the logo onto their blog
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 10 blogs
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for the nominees
It was very hard narrowing it down to just 10. I have so many friends with pretty blogs! Hopefully those that I nominated will share with my other friends! :)
These are my nominations
Michelle
Wendy
Shannon
Vicki
Debbie
Jeanette
Denise
Deb
Milli
The Girls @ the KDT

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Hope Your Birthday Is All It's Quacked Up To Be" Card

Thanks for dropping by!
Today’s card was made with another of those adorable “Whimsy” animals! They are having a "Whimsy" challenge at the new Challenge blog. Go check it out and enter. This weeks challenge is to make an occasion card.
I used a combo of Bazzill Bling, DCWV, and core’dinations cardstocks and papers.
Be sure and let me know what you think! ;)
Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge.
See more pictures HERE.



Sunday, April 12, 2009

Winner of my blog candy is.....

Jacilynn!!!!!

Jacilynn said...
Hey There,
YOur blog looks great. Glad I found ya. Great Candy. I've linked you on my sidebar. Have a great day!
www.jacilynndashwood.blogspot.com

March 30, 2009 12:34 PM

Congrats!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

"Hope Your Day is Fintastic" Card




Hello All!
This is the 3rd card I have completed for my "The Greeting Farm" guest DT stint. This image is from their newly released “Down by the Pond” set. I have popped parts of the fish then glittered her up and added some glass dew drops for bubbles. The inside sentiment reads “Hope Your Day is Fintastic.” I used “Basic Grey” papers on this one too.
Thanks for checking out my card!
Please let me know what you think.
Remember you can click on the image to enlarge.
To see more pictures CLICK HERE.

"Dew Drops on Roses" Card

Hello All!
This is the 2nd card I have completed for my "The Greeting Farm" guest DT stint. I left it blank thinking that it would work for so many occasions. This image is from their “Fancy Fleurs” set. I have popped parts of the roses several times then added shine to the leaves and some on the roses to look like dew drops. I used "Basic Grey" papers on this one too.
Please let me know what you think.
See more pictures HERE.
Remember you can click on the images to enlarge.
Thanks and I hope you all have an AWESOME Easter!


Sunday, April 5, 2009

My First Card as a "The Greeting Farm" Guest DT Member!

Hello,
Marie @ "The Greeting Farm" sent me three awesome sets of stamps to play with! This is the first I have finished. It was done with their "Cup of Stuff" stamp and Bazzill and Basic Grey papers.
I popped all of the flowers...one of them 4 times! WoW...was that a lot of cutting out! :)
Remember, you can click on the pictures to enlarge. You can also click HERE to see more pictures on my eBay auction.
Thanks for dropping by and please let me know what you think. :)


Join us in a "Whimsy" blog hop!

Hello, and welcome to our blog hop! Denise @ "Whimsy Stamps" is giving away lots of blog candy for those that follow along for a fun time! Make sure and leave a comment on all of the DT's blogs to increase your chance of winning a prize. Denise will be picking 3 surprise DT's blogs to draw from the comments for some surprise candy give aways! You will need to have completed the hop and commented on the final blog by Wednesday April 8th at noon EST. Denise will draw a random winner for the main prize that afternoon.

OK…
If you just started on my page and didn't know about the hop, go to Denise's blog to start at the beginning.
If you were just at Jeanette's blog....you have come to the right place! Isn't her blog too cool? Her cards are awesome!

While you are here, make sure and scroll down and check out the blog candy I am personally giving away on Easter. If you don't have time to do it right now, click on "Follow me" and come back after you finish the hop!

Check out the card below that I just finished with one of “Whimsy’s” brand new releases. He is the new “Whimsy Lamb”. I used Bazzill papers, Nestabilities, and the Martha Stewart Lattice punch to create this little guy. Comment below and let me know what you think about this card and you may have a chance at some surprise blog candy!
Want to see more pictures of this card? Click HERE to see it on my eBay auction.






Ready for another treat? The next stop on the hop is Hanne’s blog. You might not understand the language but you will sure LOVE her cards! She is wonderfully creative and inspiring!

Thanks for hopping by and have fun on the rest of your journey!