Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thinking Of You

This is another card I made that will be going to Operation Write Home. I actually made two like this, the other one has magenta flowers and I used a different Thinking Of You stamp. The image is another free one that I found online. This one was colored with Copic markers. I am gradually getting the hang of these markers but I must admit that  my  preference  for coloring is pencils.


The images you find will vary from big to small but you want to print it at the size you want problem. Don't print it from the web page. Save it to a folder on your computer.Open a Word document and then in the top toolbar go to Insert/Picture/From File. Navigate to the file where your images are saved, click on the image you want to highlight it and then click on Insert. The image will come up in the size it was saved. Click on the image and a box will appear around the image. Use your cursor to click and hold one of the corners and drag to the size you want the image to be. That's it! Simple and no loss of quality. You can add more images to the page at the size you want.You can also move the margins to fit them in. If possible set your printer to preview the page before printing and adjust the position of the images if needed.

I will be arriving home in the early evening tomorrow and will post when I get it together!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bring On The Clown.

This card is for someone whose birthday was yesterday. As a clown was requested and I  don't have a clown stamp I did a search and found this coloring page. The image was colored with colored pencils and OMS. Although it doesn't show up in the picture I used a glue pen and put glitter on the red dots on the clown's suit.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

FSS Pansy line.

Another digital stamp this time from a Fred She Said set. You can buy the images as outline stamps or as a pre-colored set. I like to color my own images so I always buy the un-colored ones. The pansies were colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. I trimmed the panel to size and used a MS edge punch on the top and bottom of the panel. I used the same punch on a contrasing panel and then punched the bottom edge of the card base.
This card will go into my box of cards that I am getting together for Operation Write Home. This is a very worthwhile organization where you can donate all those cards you make and don't know what to do with!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wildflower and Gingham

Another card I made for a swap on Crafty Card Creators. This is for a swap called Express Yourself. Of  course I had to use flowers!

The flower image is another one I found free on the internet. For the background I scored the panel using the Martha Stewart score board. I used a MS edge punch on the gingham panel. After coloring the image with Prismacolor pencils and OMS  I used one of my favorite techniques to cut it out. I used an oval Nestie die to trace around the image skipping the parts that hung over the edge and then cut it out with scissors.I then use a larger die to cut the black mat.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Leaving on a jet plane

I left early this morning for a trip to St. Louis to teach a class on Friday at a miniatures show. I have scheduled this post and more while I am gone for 10 days. 

 This is the last swap card for the month of April. This one is for the A Touch of Elegance swap. I hope it meets the requirement! LOL. The butterfly is from the Hero Arts Antique Engravings clear stamp set colored with Copic markers. I used a Spellbinders Shapabilities Fleur De Lis pendant and black and metallic gold cardstock for the layers.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sarah Kay

I made this card for a sketch swap on Crafty Card Creators. The  image is a coloring book page I found on the internet. You can find this and many other images HERE. A change from flowers for me! The sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used Prismacolor pencils for the coloring.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

More wildflowers

These are the last of my pictures taken in the Texas Hill Country and then I promise I will get back to cards! Boy am I glad we went on Tuesday because it has been raining ever since and shows no signs of letting up. I am not complaining after 2 years of drought. You can click on the picture to get a larger view.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Texas Wildflowers

Today my daughter took the day off from work so that we could get some pictures of the wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country while they are still at their peak. Wow, what a display there is this year after all the rain we had in the winter. The weather wasn't very cooperative, overcast and threatening rain all day but although we hit pockets of rain on the way there it didn't rain while we were taking pictures. 

These pictures were taken with my little point and shoot camera and I am very pleased with the way they turned out!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I was outside this morning when something dropped from a tree onto my patio. I thought at first that it was a piece of paper but it kept moving. On closer inspection I found it it was a butterfly! I have never seen such a huge butterfly before! The wingspan is 5 inches! I ran inside and grabbed the camera to take this picture.

As you can see there is still a lot of oak pollen falling from the trees. I am so tired of sweeping it up! The pollen is really bad this year. I tried to find what kind of butterfly it is but had no luck so if you recognize it please let me know what kind of butterfly it is. I am really curious now!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Label collage

Wow I  didn't realize I hadn't posted for so long! I have had my head stuck in a book but I have also been making a collage.

Jennifer McGuire and Tim Holtz taught a class, that I didn't attend, on techniques using Hero Arts and Ranger products and put it all together on a canvas. I loved the idea and so I decided to do a canvas and this is the result. You can see my inspiration HERE. It took me a lot longer than I expected but I quite like it. They used a 12"x 12" canvas but I used an 11" x 14" canvas as that is what I had. It was a lot of fun and I think I might do another one...maybe shabby chic so that I can use lots of beads, lace etc.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Scrappy Hibiscus

Finally I have almost used up the bunch of Hibiscus images that I printed! This card is made with scraps that were laying around my studio. A great way to start a new month!

I used the inside edge of an oval Nestie to draw around the hibiscus skipping the flower parts. I cut it out by hand and then used the same size Nestie to cut the black mat. To finish it off I used a scalloped Nestie. These layers were all adhered together. The purple background paper was a piece my daughter left laying on my cutter. All I had to do was cut it to size. The polka dot piece was also left by the cutter and I didn't have to do anything to it, it was the perfect size! I used Pop Dots to raise the hibiscus and the sentiment.