Sunday, April 25, 2010

2nd card for AI's April contest and Sweet and Sassy weekly challenge

This is my second submission for Art Impression's monthly contest. The theme this month was to use the airplane picture you see in the upper right hand corner. I saw Sweet and Sassy's weekly sketch challenge and thought that fit really well with what I had floating around in my head. I had a bit of a stumbling block at two places and my muse, Peggysue, helped me out on both. Her first suggestion was to make the plane travel on a map like what is seen in Indiana Jones, the movie. Viola! I had this topographic map stationary paper I had tucked away. I have had it for years and barely used it. I then picked up the colors of the purple and green for my coloring and accent colors. The image of Annie peeking over the fence just came together (yes, it is a fence, not a barrel as my husband calls it). The next obstacle was the sentiment. I was having difficulty combining the mail plane with Annie with the hopeful or dreamy look in her face. Here's where Peggysue helped me again. She thought of the song, "Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes. Thank goodness for the power of the internet. I typed in "postman Lyrics" and POP! the lyrics were right there at my fingertips. The rest of the card just fell into place. So, Peggysue, thank you for all of your inspirations!

Friday, April 23, 2010

MMSC#50-Happy Birthday, Peggysue!

Woo hoo! I found my mojo! I had no idea it was hiding behind this card for Peggysue's birthday! This card is my Midnight Madness submission for this week. I loved this sketch. It was just a perfect fit for me. It also helps that Sweet Tilda is just adorable. This Tilda is a fun one to color as well. I also love the paper. I have noticed over time that I really gravitate towards papers with stripes and polka dots. Such fun stripes and colors in this paper.
So, Peggysue, Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hip, hip hurray! The mail plane is here today!

Here is my submission for Art Impression's April contest. The theme this month was to use the picture of the mail plane. I liked the idea of a tent card for this one, I don't know if that shows up very well, though.
I love getting snail mail. I am like a little kid each day when I check the mail hoping, just hoping for some happy mail. Happy mail from my Dork Sisters is the best! Actually, any unexpected happy mail is the best!! I equate myself with Harv here as he does his happy dance that the mail plane showed up. What could be better??
I used crackle on the picture to help antique it a bit. As the crackle was drying I placed the picture out of the way....or so I thought. The kids managed to find it and still put something on top of it! Thankfully, their mistake added to the antique look to the picture.
I managed to come up with this layout all by myself. I am very impressed as I tend to be layout impaired. I rely heavily on Midnight Madness for my card layouts each week. I love Priscilla's layouts as they do stretch my creativity each week.
The paper I bought a couple of weeks ago. It was either at Joann's, Wisconsin craft market or Michael's. Sorry for not knowing. I don't keep track.

Here's the deets:
stamp: Harv by Art Impressions
paper: Designer paper (pretty sure it was Michael's)
Markers: Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug, cuttlebug folder, nesties and Basic Grey buttons

Hey, as always, thanks for looking! Please leave a note below. I enjoy hearing from you!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Ah, not one of my stellar cards but it is okay. My mojo left me again. Darn mojo. That's so not fair. I tried and tried to find my mojo. I looked in my closet, I looked under the bed, I even went to Walmart and Target to see if I could buy some mojo. Sadly, it is not for sale. So, in the meantime, my faithful followers (ie my dork sisters and the design team from MM) you get to look at this. Don't try to butter me up and say it is a great card. I know better!!
What you can't see is the ribbon is actually a purple. It looks more black here though. The ribbon elements that were supposed to be on the top and side of the image were too overwhelming so I just used pearls. I do like the ribbon though. It is very pretty. The center flower is a rub on.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

MMSC #47

I have been asked by a co-worker to make a stack of cards. I used this week's Midnight Madness sketch for my layout. Both the duck image and the "Thank You" came from Hambo Stamps (I love their pigs). I found this paper in my stash and I think I bought it recently. Where did I buy it? I sure can't remember now. I think it might have been Wisconsin Craft Market??? I used stickles and glossy accents to help the image pop a bit. I was not fond of the stitching part. I don't sew. I HATE sewing. I don't own a sewing machine. I poked holes in the paper and then used embroidery floss to sew it. I learned the hard way that I added way too many holes!! It took too long to sew. No matter, I like the card. It brings a smile to my face.

Okay, now you are wondering why there is a bird on my head. Zena, our cockatiel was flying around the room and needed a place to land. Obviously she thought my head was a good spot. This is strange on many levels. The bird has bonded with my hubby and doesn't go to me unless she is desperate. Secondly, she usually flies to something other than my head. The kids thought it was funny so I took a picture.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Duck and Thank you by Hambo Stamps
Paper: unknown
Markers: SU! barely banana, mellow moss, bashful blue, only orange
accessories: stickles, glossy accent, embroidery floss.