Friday, August 24, 2012

Winged Things

The challenge this fortnight at The Poodles Parlour is winged things. I'd like to start by sharing some photos with you of a few of the "winged things" around here. I am extremely blessed to be able to step out my front door and take these photos. I just have a regular Kodak digital camera but my photos have won prizes at our City Exhibition/Fair. I thought you might be interested in seeing a few too.

This picture is of our Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds. They are a demonstration flight team and their Base is just outside of Moose Jaw. Coincidentally so are we. We get frequent "air shows"!
Sorry about the picture heavy post, I do hope you enjoyed them! This brings me to my card. I have been feeling like I have been stuck in a rut lately. I know my scrapbooking mojo is MIA and I've been feeling like all I use on my cards lately are primary colors. Now I get that I have an almost 5 year old and a 2 year old so primary colors are the stage we're at...but I see so many beautiful cards out there done with muted colors and stains and I've been so wanting to do something like that. Then I chose a lovely ladybug image from The Digi Garden (one of our sponsors) and well you know what they say about the best laid plans :o)
The frame for my digi is a Silhouette image. I imported my digi into my Silhouette and placed it so that the ladybug antennae stuck out the top. Then I used the print and cut feature to print my image. I selected the 'cut edge' setting to cut them out. The banner is an Echo Park Country Drive Silhouette image. I filled the background with the black and white polka dot pattern and then used the advanced fill settings to adjust the pattern scale. The writing seemed lost on the busy background so I upped the line thickness in the line style settings. The ladybug is an Echo Park Silhouette image that I put together and colored in using the Fill Color and Line Color settings. I also had to adjust the line thickness for some of its parts too so that they would show up when I resized it to teeny tiny. I used the print and cut feature for my banner. I colored my image using PrismaColor pencils. Her face is paper pieced because I first tried to color it using my Copic E11. I desperately need 2 skin colored Copics for that to work. Highlights with a white gel pen and some faux stitching finish off my frame. Flowers and a sheer black ribbon bow round out my embellishments. I used red Stickles to trim out the bow. Ask me how much fun that was?!? Pretty messy really, especially waiting for it to dry.
Thank-you so much for stopping by and though I know it was a long post today there are lots of rewards. Our Winged Things challenge has 2 sponsors, Di's Digi Downloads and The Digi Garden. And you can link up 3 creations for 3 chances to win! I look forward to visiting you all!

I would like to share my card at:
Divas By Design anything goes, closes Aug. 29,
Word Art Wednesday encouraging/uplifting sentiment, closes Aug. 29,
Mema's Crafts anything goes with a twist of red, closes Aug. 31,
Paper Playtime polka dots + a sentiment, closes Aug. 31,
Polka Doodles stitching real or faux, closes Sept. 2,
Stamp And Create stitch it up, closes Sept. 2,
Crafting For All Seasons stitching real or faux, closes Sept. 5,
Clearly iStamp circles, closes Sept. 6,

Friday, August 10, 2012

Little Fishes

The little girls are taking swimming lessons. I made this thank-you card for their swim instructor. My oldest went down the big water slide all by herself and made lots of new friends. Unfortunately neither of those things are on her swimming report card ;o) She still passed even though she doesn't like to put her face in the water. The little one likes to do everything herself. They were to stand on the edge and Daddy was to water her, she was to grow like a tree, Daddy was to chop her down and then she was to jump in. She watered herself, grew tall, then chopped herself down and jumped in, too funny.
I used a Bugaboo image and followed the sketch from their Stella Says Sketch Challenge. The mesh style netting/ribbon, fish and flourishes are die cut Silhouette images cut from blue sparkle paper. I used a Silhouette image as my frame too. I colored the frame yellow in the Silhouette program and then used the print and cut feature so that my frame and image are all one. I used pop dots to lift my image up off the page. The fishy dp is from Michael's. Half pearls make the fish bubbles ;o)

I also thought I'd put in a layout page. I won't tell you how far behind I am in my scrapbooking, but I think you can tell I'm looking a lot younger than I am now. I have fallen even farther behind now that I've been card making. This page was of my nephew's 1st birthday party. The swingset and sun are both Silhouette diecuts. The photos were cut with my Coluzzle circle cutter.

Our challenge at The Poodles Parlour this fortnight is die cuts. We have 2 sponsors. The super cutie The Digi Garden images and Di's Digis. Lots of ways to win, please join us. And I look forward to seeing your entries. Please stop by and see all of my teamies inspiring creations too!
I would like to share my card at:
Monica's Creative Madness pool party, closes Aug. 16