Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bearing Down on the Apple Harvest

I scooped up these two free images – apple tree and bear – at the Birdie Brown blog the other day, and since I colored them before the month was over I’m participating in their challenge.  The only stipulation is that you use one or both of these images.  That’s my kind of challenge.  It looks like these free images will be available until Sept. 30.  You can find them and the challenge here.


I printed on Flourishes Classic White cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  The blue sky was sponged with SU!’s Soft Sky ink.  The sentiment is from JustRite.  I finally got to use one of my sweet little apple buttons, too.  I don’t even remember where I got it.

Have a happy day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Autumn Flourishes

Hello, again!  I thought I’d share another fall card today.  Things are slowing down in the garden somewhat so I’ve got a little more time to stamp.  Already the mornings are chilly, the days are shorter and I’ve been enjoying the time I spend puttering around the house and getting crafty.


I used two Flourishes sets on this card – the pretty leaves of Autumn Flourishes (retired), and Medallion Motif for the sentiment and dotted circle.  The leaves are stamped in cocoa and rose, and I sprinkled in some lilac splatters using a stamp from SU!’s Itty Bitty Backgrounds (also retired, I think).  The pretty Spellbinders shape is one of the Fancy Tags Three.

Thanks for dropping in today.  See you again soon!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wally’s Lovely Smile

Wally and LuLu are not allowed to roam the neighborhood, but given the chance they will slip next door to see Tori (chocolate Lab) and her people, just as Tori will occasionally pop over to visit us.  Polite and friendly sort that he is, he’ll always stand at the door and smile in at them.  On this day, Tori’s “dad” grabbed his phone and took a couple of pictures.


I’m not sure how dogs know the appropriate times to smile, but Wally nearly always smiles a greeting when he’s particularly happy to see someone.  We didn’t teach him.  He won’t smile on command and, in fact, he never gives us this kind of toothy grin.  However, I love the ear to ear, tongue hanging, sparkling eyes smile of pure happiness he wears most all the time.  You can’t help but smile back.


Are you smiling yet?  I hope so.  Have a good day!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rootin’ Tootin’ Magnum

I just had to share this photo of Wally’s buddy, Magnum.


He spent the day recently with his young friends while his people were at work, and I do believe he had himself a pretty good time.  I’m sorry that I had to crop out the beautiful little girls who dressed him up, but I didn’t have permission to share their photo.  I can just imagine the fun they had.  This is only one of several outfits they posed him in.

Magnum’s Pa doesn’t like to see Magnum dressed up, feeling it’s an insult to his doggie manhood.



I guess I could name this photo “Tippy Toe Magnum”.

Seriously, I do respect Magnum’s Pa’s feelings on the issue, but I believe it is a mark of Magnum’s manhood that he could so willingly submit to this treatment for the sake of these little girls’ happiness.  I’ll bet he got lots of hugs and kisses that day.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vintage Birthday

Today I have the honor and privilege of being featured on the Digital Two for Tuesday blog.  Cora makes these images available for all to use for no other reason than that she enjoys what she does – searching them out from among vintage catalogs, books, magazines, and bringing them back to life in the 21st century .  These are honest to goodness vintage images and I’ve had great fun collecting and coloring them.  My birthday boy and another very cute illustration are available there today.


I printed the image on Flourishes' Classic Ivory cardstock and colored with Copic markers in shades of gray.  Pale gray ink was sponged around the edges of the image panel.  I'd hoped to make this card completely monochromatic, and I did accomplish that with the coloring, but then I mixed in some tan with the designer paper, and couldn't help but add that little pop of color with the red string on the button.  Almost monochromatic.  The button, by the way, is nearly as vintage as the image.  A Cuttlebug embossed border adds a bit of trim across the front.  The black cardstock (from CTMH) has a white core which peeks through when the cardstock is sanded, as I did around the card edges and over the embossed trim.  The designer papers are KaiserCraft Vintage Timeless.

I wanted to cut the image panel with a shaped Spellbinders die, but I didn’t have just the right size, so I pieced together two sections of the Curved Rectangles Nestabilities:


The embossed border strip covers the seam.  I imagine any of the die cut shapes could be shortened or elongated in this manner as long as you have something to cover the seam.

Well, this was fun.  Reminds me of my old designer days but, no, I plan to stay free wheeling with plenty of time to love on my Wally and LuLu.  I’ll be back later in the week with something to tickle your funny bone.  Hope to see you then!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Changing of the Seasons

Hello!  I don’t have any cute Wally and LuLu photos today, but I do have a LuLu card made with one of the images Alexandra sketched for me.  It’s time to get started on those fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas cards, so I’ve picked out a few images to color (in between the floral and baby cards).  I’m in a coloring mood and I have literally hundreds of digital images.  I know it sounds gluttonous but, though I’ve made my fair share of digital purchases, I’ve also picked up a lot of free images here and there and that’s why I have so many (justifying).  Several of my images came from Alexandra’s blog.  You won’t find Wally and LuLu there, but she has shared quite a few of her floral sketches.  This likeness of LuLu was sketched from a photo taken last fall, so I thought of it right away for my first fall card this year.

LuLuAug2012 copy

Sweet baby girl.

I stamped the leaves, the sentiment, and the grass sprigs.  The coloring was done with Copic markers and the designer papers are years old from Stampin’ Up!  I hope you enjoy it and I hope this stamping/coloring mood lasts.  See you again soon!