When Life Sends You Showers, Dance in the Puddles

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Oh my. Tilda has been wanting to go fishin' ever since school let out and she's finally got her chance. I hope she's hungry 'cuz it looks like she's about to hit the jackpot. I guess the question's going to be 'grilled, fried or baked?'.

Pretty simple, huh?  Well, this Tilda's just a simple girl but she has big ideas, as you can see here:

Wow! What a catch! and here's the whole card:

I used the new  Sizzix Scalloped Circle Pop-up die to attach the fishies. Love this die. It makes pop-ups so easy to make. I double-cut the fish with my Cricut E, used a sentiment I got as a RAK from a friend. I thought it was a perfect fit for this card. The 'ocean' is from my Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles EF. I have to thank Rene for giving me the opportunity to make this card. Couldn't have done it without her :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

OWH Challenge - Cards for our heroes to send home to their children

A great challenge at OWH Stars and Stamps this week. Of course, my first thought was which Edwin to send? Cool Edwin? Edwin Waiting for Fish? Okay, I'll send them both but this simple one with Cool Edwin is what I chose for the challenge. Mr. Parrot is from Jolee's. Their dimensionals are so cute and really come in handy when you need that extra little pop without using bling! The ric rack is from RRR, buttons from my stash and the coloring compliments of Copic.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Lion King

Such a beautiful movie. and the stage play - magnificent. I love this story, the movie, the music. Laughed my you know what off at Timon and Pumbaa, and pulled out my inner child and teared up - it's hard to act grown up with tears streaming down your cheeks over a cartoon!!!! I managed to destroy my mature image quite well, thank you.
Anyhow, I've been wanting to do this for a long time and finally got up the nerve. Love this little Lion and he really inspired me. I hope I've done him, and the story, justice.


and, on the inside,  His Majesty, The KING

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lovely Lavender

I was looking back over the past couple of years, at some of the cards and projects I've made, and it suddenly hit me. Of all the colors and combinations I've used, there are only a few in lavender or purple. It wasn't deliberate, those are just colors that are not in my personal color library or that I "see" when pulling out the ink, paper and embellies. I think Pink is second lowest on my list, except for the fact that I just finished 30 pink cards for a friend's Breast Cancer Awareness auction. Well, I had to remedy that so I got Suzanne Dean's Lavender Copic bundle from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, then had to hunt up some lavender/purple dp, which I didn't have either! Solved that problem with the purchase of KaiserCraft's Lilac Avenue Collection - oh so pretty! So now I've colored Tilda Celebrates Summer in her pretty new lavender frock, chasing butterflies and picking flowers. I hope I can remember to use these colors more often. They're too pretty to neglect!

BTW, I think I'll let the Pink rest for a while. I'm starting to sprout frills and lace! Very strange combo for this former tomboy :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Make a Splash

I got this new House Mouse "Diving for Gold" stamp just in time to participate in the House Mouse Make A Splash Challenge over at House Mouse and Friends. This really was a challenge for me as I'm not used to working with images this large. It's a 4 x 5 stamp and I was a little intimidated at the start. Finally, after my fourth or fifth stamping attempt I got it right, and it was easy going from there on. I really have to practice with these big guys more 'cuz they're so darn cute!

I stamped this with VersaFine Vintage Sepia and colored with Copics. and guess what? It was fun!!

Mystery Moose

Okay. I have a slight problem. While rescuing some images from my long lost UFO box I found Mr. Moose. So I used him to make a challenge card, then completely forgot which challenge I made it for! Oh well, he still goes in the OWH box to be shipped overseas to our troops in remote locations. Occasional vapor lock of the brain isn't that unusual for me, so I went digging through my stamp stash looking for the original so I could acknowledge the manufacturer. That's where my problem comes in. I can't find it. Nowhere - no how - no way!
Maybe it will eventually show up (under the couch, behind a book shelf, in the video game drawer) or - is it a digital stamp that's now lost somewhere in cyberspace? If any of you kind souls can identify this image for me, I'd be eternally grateful.
In the meantime, here's the card I made. Please put on your shades before viewing. I'll not be responsible for any eye damage due to the bright colors :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Something New from Something Old

Long, long ago, before Magnolia, before Copics, before Cricut, I made a card intended for my young nephew. Well, when I finally had it all put together I took one look and went BLAAAAH!!!! This is UGGGGLY! Needless to say, the card went in the "Black Hole" of  I Wouldn't Send This to My Worst Enemy, and there it lay, forlorn and abandoned, gathering dust. Recently I found that stash of half-finished cards, colored images and other pieces of flotsam and jetsam known as the junk box.- and here it was, in all it's ugliness. Since I was working on some Edwin cards this caught my eye and I thought "Oh I'm so glad I didn't throw this away" and immediately disassembled the card, rescuing this cute critter in the process. That's the story behind Edwin's adventure at the zoo today, his first day as Junior Zoo Keeper. This time I managed to produce something worthy of any young man with a passion for exotic animals and cleared out some space in the junk/mystery box at the same time. Good for me!

The background was embossed with Tim Holtz brick wall folder, very lightly distressed, then embellished with a Sizzix branch, a wrought iron gate cut from one of my Cricut carts, and this darling dimensional sticker from Jolee.  I used Jungle Edwin, minus the machete, and this is the result. Unfortunately, in the meantime, my nephew kept getting older and and has now moved past the zoo keeper stage into video games and soccer. Next step - GIRLS. Oh well, I'm sure I'll find someone to give Edwin and his friend a new home. When I do, they'll be here, waiting.