Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tired Eyes and the Three Bears for Christmas

Oh my goodness my eyes are tired... I can't believe that I'm writing this at 3am... this seems to be a theme, and not one that I'm thrilled about but since I'm doing it to myself at least partially I can't complain too horribly. So, been up for about 18 hours maybe more(idk), but so far I've been to work, gone shopping for last minute Christmas gifts, Made a Birthday dinner for my father, Done the laundry and dishes, found time to make a blog post, finished a few last minute cards and once again I'm making a post. I have to be up in just a few hours to get the Turkey ready to go into the oven and then go back to work... :( Boo, I'm tired just thinking about it.

Any who I've been practicing with my copics and I stamped out some Lili of the Valley images that I bought last year.

I liked how the layout turned out, I think it's cute enough for a woman but also plain enough for a man. The Sentiment is part of the Grunge Sentiment set by Lili of the Valley, I was so happy to receive them for my birthday this year! The main image is James Bear - Christmas Tree.

This was the first image that I colored, it was my tester but I though that it was still nice enough for a card. I learned that it takes 4 reds in the copics to get this 'Christmas' color that I have on his hat. I'll have to double check but I think they were R69, R39, R36 and R26.

Second image, I liked this one a bit better, out of the three my mother liked this one the best.

Third image, I like this one the best (the tree at least) but it took a LOT of flicking!

Thats all for now, I'll add any relevant products later. for now I'm off to sleep! Products used for these cards: Glitter paper, Kraft paper, Doily, Lili of the Valley "James - Christmas Tree" and "Christmas Grungy Messages", Ranger Liquid pearls, Color Box 'white' ink, Copics and Art Institute Glitter 'Gold'.

Challenges entered:
Lolli Lulu Crafts - Christmas Challenge Launch (naughty or nice)
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Challenge #93 "Christmas is all around"
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - A Christmas-Eve Wonderful Wednesday! - Alexis
Kit and Clowder - December Challenge :: Animals

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Shh... It's a secret!

I'm being a bit naughty in posting this card, but honestly I can't help myself it's almost Christmas and I've been dying to post this for about 3 weeks! This card was made for the Kit and Clowder card exchange that I took part in this year. I hadn't touched my copics in quite some time when I started on this image so I was thrilled with how it turned out! I was in a bit of a rush trying to get this card done (not that it made it go any faster... ) and ended staying up until something like 3am in the morning finishing it.

Isn't it so pretty! :) I tried so hard to make it just a red and white card but I ended up adding the green onto the holly flourish.

And close up!
I love how that gold spec ended up on her eye, the big snowflake is covering a spot where my heat gun burnt the paper. Oops! 

I used several items on this card for the first time that have just been sitting in my stash doing nothing but collecting dust. The Post Card stamp is from a Close to my Heart set that I "just had to have" several years ago. The round flourish is actually a buckle die by Memory Box, again something purchased several years ago at a show. The deer die cut and the large snowflake were purchased last year.

Products used on this card: Simply Sassy stamp 'Seasons Greetings', Ranger - liquid pearls, Stampendous - shabby white embossing enamel, Memory Box - Ringed Buckle, Impression Obsession - Deer Trio, Martha Stewart - boarder punch, Spellbinders - Label (#???) Dies, Wild Rose Studio - Holly Flourish die, Close to my heart - Stamp(?), red Glitter paper, red rhinestones, Tim Holtz - Mowed Lawn, and Copics.
(^I'll try and fill in some of the missing names tomorrow)

So that's about it for now, I'm off to finish a few more last minute cards!

Challenges Entered:
Lolli Lulu Crafts - Christmas Challenge Launch (naughty or nice, <hope that my card works...?)
Crafty Little Fairies - December Holly and/or Ivy
Shopping our Stash - SOS #181: Red Alert

Friday, December 12, 2014

... So... it's been a while

     Umm... yeah. Title kinda says it all, it's been a while. < a hugely under exaggerated statement! So yeah, life kinda happened (or maybe it's that it didn't happen?). I wont drag on making tons of excuses but the highlights are that my craft area was over run, I kinda lost my mojo for a while and then last year literally on the day that I was planning on starting up and making Christmas cards I fell and sprained my wrist! My doctor was said that it was the worst sprained that he had ever seen with out someone breaking their wrist. So about 7 months latter my wrist finally healed up and I started to retake my crafting area!

So I'm getting back into the swing of things and recently discovered Kit and Clowder! I bought up the Skin and Hair class and I'm slowly making my way though it! I'm looking forward to the before and after pictures.

Today I'm sharing 2 cards. The first is a card for my friends birthday.

The image in the card is 'Take Me Away' by Tiddly Inks!

So you can see that I kinda fudged up on the legs of the tub. Next time I want to use gold I know not to use the pen's and instead just get out my paint and brush!

Next card is a Christmas card for the woman that sell me my MK moisturizer. No kidding that stuff really works, I was at the theater the other day and they gave me the student price! (ok maybe that was because I didn't have any make up on... I'm going with the moisturizer theory though!)

This stamp is 'Season's Greetings', one of my favorite's from Krista Smiths 'Simply Sassy' line. Also used on this card is Memory Box die - Snowflake Corner and a sentiment stamp by Dear Lizzy.

I made a little mistake on her eye that was covered up by some Shabby embossing powder. I also used a white gel pen, Ranger Liquid pearls and a clear Zig Wink glitter pen on her eye's and the holly.

Over all I'm pretty darn happy with how this card came together. I also used this image in a card exchange for Kit and Clowder, I'll post images of that card when the lady that I was partnered with receives it!

So that's all for today, I'm off to make more card's for Christmas!

~Sarah L

Challenges Entered:
Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - Challenge #9 Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl - Challenge #119 Anything Goes