Sunday, January 16, 2011

A colorful weekend

I didn't get any cards done this weekend, but I did get to color some cuties, and I'm thrilled with how they turned out. Two are from Magnolia: Tilda Goes Shopping and Noble Tilda, which is quickly becoming my favorite maggie! The third is Anya from The Greeting Farm. All three were colored with Prismacolor pencils and were stamped on Neenah Crest cardstock.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. I'm thinking I'll use Noble Tilda on a friend's birthday card. I'll need to do a little more work to her before she's ready.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Trying new techniques

I've tried a couple new techniques (new to me, anyway) -- colored pencils and shadows -- in this birthday card for my boyfriend's middle daughter.

The shadow didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, even after I used odorless mineral spirits to blend it, but the colored pencils -- all Prismacolor, this time -- worked like a charm. I wish I had kept track of all the colors I used, but fortunately I don't have that many pencils (yet).

I've had all the papers for some time now, so I don't remember where I got them, either. One of these days I will keep track of those sorts of things, I promise! I can tell you that the stamp comes from Whiff of Joy, though.

I'm entering this creation in Wild Orchid's sketch challenge. They have several beautiful items included in the prize package. I've posted the sketch below.

I must say thanks to the wonderful people of the Magnolia-licious Yahoo! group for their advice regarding colored pencils. Extra thanks go to Linda Imler (she knows why)!

UPDATE: I'm also submitting my card to the Craft Your Days Away "Anything Goes" challenge.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A new Tilda for Valentine's

I have a Valentine in the works for my sweetie (but he doesn't know it's for him!). I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures -- I had to crop and straighten them in order to get them ready to post.

This lovely Tilda is Dancing Tilda from (I think) the Fairytale Collection. Simon Says Stamp is selling it on eBay (my apologies to the Magnolia store, but I couldn't find it there).

The pink flourish at the bottom came from a Christmas present: the Cricut Home Accents Solutions cartridge. The white cloud-like background was also cut using a Cricut cartridge.

I embossed the pink paper using a Sizzix Texturez plate. I added some Stickles to the Prima roses, and a Martha Stewart rhinestone to Tilda's crown. Whew! And that's just the front!

Inside I layered pink and white cardstock and topped it off with some pink lace.

I'm quite pleased with how the card came out, and so I'm making it my first challenge card! I'm entering it in Really Reasonable Ribbon's "Something New Plus Ribbon" Challenge.

Update: I have also decided to enter it in Paper Sundaes' Something New challenge and Creative Inspirations' Something New challenge. You can't win if you don't compete, right?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Really Reasonable Ribbon has blog candy

I posted this in the sidebar, but I'm having a little trouble with the link. So here it is again: Really Reasonable Ribbon has blog candy to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its blog. You can find out more here.