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The Frenzy Continues

Yep, I'm back with another imitation of a Mo Manning favorite.  I think I almost captured it completely, but there are still a few subtle differences.  Do you see the difference?...not to easy huh?

Anyway let me start with the original creation by none other than Tracy.  Hello my lovely crafting mentor person....

Tracy's coloring skills never cease to amaze me...just fabulous I tell you.  You can check out the details of her card by clicking here.

While you're there check out her tutorials and other creations.  You will find yourself wanting to try your coloring skills and what I like is her ability to create something lovely with very little.

Not a lot of over-kill and yet a creation that draws attention and shares a message.  Now to move on to my very own creation of which I am simply proud.  Now to share my lift of this delightful card.

My card doesn't appear to be as bright as the original but I am sure I used the same designer paper so perhaps I don't have the best lighting in my craft-room.

Anyway I followed the basic coloring scheme and layout using what I had on hand for the most part.

I managed to get the greeting using my PC and Word, and the buttons came in a pack I had gotten some time ago.  As I said I am getting used to coloring still but my own technique and style is starting to merge although I find it real interesting to see how others color.  

Light to dark or dark to light, or do they lay a base color and then start the shadows.  Everyone does their own thing and for some reason they all turn out pretty darn good.

I continued using the left over paper to finish off the inside allowing a space for a personal message but keeping the color scheme the same inside.

Additionally, I have made it a habit to always create an envelope for every card I make.  This way should I need to give it up, the inside will be complete, my stamp will be on the back, and there will be a endorsed envelope that matches the card making it even more personal and special.

For this card I used "7 Gypsies "Venice" DSP, Mo's Digital Image "Sailor Boys" Distress Inks, Miscellaneous embellishments and the following copic markers:  

Skin E00, E11, E13
Hair E55, E57
Clothing B93, B95, B97, R35, R37, R39
Boat E35, E37, E39, E000, E00, B000, B00
Shading E41, E42, E43, C00, CO, C2

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sister Act Card - Challenge #74
Craft for the Craic-Challenge#8 "Something With Circles" (9/28)
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes (9/25)
Treasure Time Rubber Stamp - Anything Goes (9/19)
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything Goes (9/18)
Crafting At The Weekend - Anything Goes (9/25)

Lifting Case Frenzy

Hello everyone.  This past week I have been so busy just handling everyday things that I really couldn't get my noggin in the creative groove. Hackers make it really hard to keep trust in others...this week my debit card was compromised so I've had to deal with that mess.  Lucky for me "Bank of America" was on top of things and noticed an inconsistent or unusual spending habit for me and immediately began to decline charges against my debit account.  So we think the crooks got nothing! It had to be someone with a weight problem because the items were all around nutrisystem, treadmill, scales and stuff like that. Glad to know that folks want to be healthy but not at my expense.

So just to keep my faith and not lose sleep I went to visit my friend "Tracy" to check out what she had created that I felt I could case and I found quite a few, although my coloring will never match hers.

First let me share with you the original card that caught my eye and click here to go to Tracy's post where I found it.  You'll have to scroll down to around July 9th to get to it.

Isn't it absolutely adorable? I have several Mo Manning images and if I don't have one but need it, then its off to get it.  You can't go wrong with Mo's images.  They are all so perfect for any occasion and for any age as well.  But moving right along I want to show you my version of this adorable card.

And here is my inspirational version.  I know it is missing in so many ways but that's okay. I did try to follow the color scheme and capture the overall concept of the design.

I enjoyed coloring it and now that I have a complete set of Spectrum Noir, Copics and ProMarkers I feel like the Queen of Markers...I just have to learn how to master each of them.  One day at a time, right?

So what is the verdict? I think it turned out pretty good and my coloring on this one did make me smile for once.

I hope Tracy takes my mimic as a compliment because between her and a few other designers, I think I have grown quite a bit in my coloring, my style and my technique, but when I find it to stressing to sketch out a design its good to know that you can always find inspiration on the internet.

Different styles, techniques and designers.  From Shabby Chic, CAS, Steampunk, Whimsical and even the Gothic and Dark can be found.  I tell you when I stress I surf and it usually helps bring back that smile.  Oh such a delight this crafting is.

The paper used was from My Mind's Eye and I forgot all about writing down the markers.  I did mix both my copics and the Spectrum Noir... and yes they do blend together.  The new brush tip on the Spectrum Noir is a bit different from the Copic but work the same with less pressure.  Give'em a try.

Okay that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.


Easel Card and Holder

Wow! What a week this has been! I am so glad to take a short break for a minute...whew! Who knew a grandma could be so busy? Anyway I have been busy making little boxes, and holders in preparation for Christmas stocking stuffers, and those little gifts you give to co-workers or neighbors during the holidays.

Who doesn't like tea-lights, scratch-off tickets, chocolate and stuff like that? Well what about your co-workers. Some of them may not like tea-lights..fear of fire or something, and there are a few that really shouldn't have the chocolate or they are always on some of sort of food reduction what about them.  Well what if the holders could be themed to hold things like paper clips, sticky notes, pencils and such.  With this idea in mind I decided that for my next challenge I would create an Easel Card that works as a Sticky Note Holder as well.

Then I think the next one might be a tissue box holder and now my mojo is running wild so I think I better show you guys my project before I start rambling off into La-la land somewhere.

Don't forget to click the tab above and join us for our September Fall Theme or Color Challenge.  The M&M Girls have created some lovely projects that we hope will inspire you to play with us.

Easel Card Front

I know its not Fall yet but I am so excited and ready for the cooler temperatures and the changing of the leaves I thought I would fall right on in with my September challenge.

Following the color challenge I used the orange, brown and green combination. Additionally I used the Envelope Punch Board to create a matching envelope for this card. It measured 5.5 x 5.5 x .75. Funny I've included this handy tool in our grab bag giveaway.  Every card maker should have this tool or one similar. Absolutely fabulous!

Easel Card Standing
Supplies Used for this card can be purchased at The Frantic Stamper, one of our generous sponsors this month.

Designer Paper: Bo Bunny
Cardstock: Bazzil
Embellishments from my stash.

The image is from DigiStamps4Joy "Misteri-Dreamer".

I colored her with both Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.  The markers used were:  YR68, YR65, YR61, TN3, TN1, C9, C7, C5, C1, R29, TN8, TN7, TN6, LG2, LG3, and LG4.

So that's it for me tonight.  Don't forget September's challenge will open for entries on September 1st and more importantly check to see if you were one of our final August Challenge winners (bonus and grab bag winners still to be identified)

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Hiding In My Craft Room - Anything Goes (9/6)
Treasure Times Stamps - Challenge 23 Anything Goes (9/6)
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Blooming - Challenge 44 Anything Goes (9/5)
Just Us Girls - Challenge 256 Anything Other Than 4.25 x 5.5

Thanks for stopping by..
Hope to see you often

Boxes and Drawers

Hello my fellow crafters.  This week my mojo for card making got lost somewhere watching reruns on TV and praying for something new. So I decided to attend YouTube University for new ideas or techniques and I saw folks making some lovely boxes, easel cards with drawers and all kinds of stuff.  Altered art and textured background...I tell you there was lots to learn.

So I decided to start with a tutorial I saw and thought was relatively easy.  The only thing is I have gotten into the mindset that boxes, drawers and stuff like that should be structured from chipboard or something of similar strength, but definitely not straight from cardstock.  I think this comes from making too many mini albums (thanks Kathy, Jim, Claire, Ginger, and the list goes on and on).

But nonetheless I thought if I made these cute little gift boxes I would figure out how to transform the concept to one that would be great with chipboard, but until I do here is what I have to share.

Two delightful tea light holders made from card stock. From the tutorial if you use the standard tealight you can actually get 12 inside these boxes but I guess I didn't get the standard ones because I could only fit 5 of my tealights...which is plenty as a small gift or stocking stuffer.

Sorry about the lighting but I lost a bulb and don't have a replacement on hand.  Anyway the colors are: left one: black, cream and green and the right one: red/black/cream.  I tried to match the tealight with the mat.

I used my oval nestabilities to create the window, and I had to use a piece of acetate although leaving the window opened allowed the scent to come through. I used Prima Stationer's Desk paper for both boxes.

Here are the two boxes open to show the five tea lights...maybe I'll use the smaller ones next time so I can fit 12 inside.  The tutorial doesn't ask you to mat the inside but I think it gives the box a nicer and cleaner look and since it is all card stock it helps keep the structure from being compromised.

One not attempt to mat your top and then cut the window..too thick unless you're using really thin paper.  Additionally, I had to use a craft knife to add the little thumb notch because again it was to thick for my punch.  I learned a lot of little don'ts doing this project.

Below is the basic template for constructing these little boxes. .

You can find the tutorial here and the video below.

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by and if you could take a minute to leave a comment I would be really pleased.

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