Creative Bliss

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I Felt Like Coloring Today...

Hi! Back again with a couple of cards this time.

Just to give a little update from the mouse post, I neglected to put a cover on the trash can, so I'm sure you can imagine how nervous I was driving with the mouse behind me. I don't think my back touched the back of my seat the whole time. LOL (I know that is silly, but some things you can't help). I get to the dog park and grabbed hold of the trash can, one hand at the top, one at the bottom and I FLUNG that rodent as far as I could. I saw him sail through the air and then run as fast as his little legs could carry him in the opposite direction as me. Whew! A lady noticed what I did, so I felt the need to explain. She was all kinds of impressed and will remember the tube idea. She complimented me on catching the mouse in a "humane" way. LOL I didn't explain that being humane was a coincidence. LOL

Alright, onto the cards. Yes, there are two! I do have to share a little back story to go along with the cards. I tried something new to me today. I've read about digital stamps recently on different blogs. The one that comes to mind most is Lauren Meader's blog, My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence. She's colored images that she downloaded from a site called Squigglefly. I was really intrigued, but worried that the images printed from the computer would smear, especially if you colored with markers. A very nice lady read my comment on Lauren's blog asking about that and she emailed me to assure me that she hadn't had problems with smearing especially after she heat set the images with a heat gun. This was before Christmas and you all know how sidetracked I got with the yarn projects. Well, today Lauren posted about a contest at the Pink Cat Studio blog and you could download a Lily Fairy image free from the site. I thought she was adorable and remembered what I'd been told about printing off images and heat setting. So, I downloaded and colored and this is the result:

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Isn't she adorable? I'm not very good at coloring as you know, but I still think this came out flippin' cute. I even added some Prisma glitter to her wings, but you can't see that too well, unfortunately. It's pretty sparkly in real life.

I just bought a couple of Ornare templates from Ellen Hutson's store. I had a bit of Christmas money from my dad and have been eyeing these templates for a while. She had a one day sale on Monday and I took advantage of it. I was quite impressed when the package arrived yesterday. That's pretty fast service! I tried to take a close up of the piercing, but I don't think you can see it too well. I didn't want the holes to be too much, so I just used a straight pin to poke the paper. It might be just a tad too small to make the holes. Oh well. I got this and another template, but the second one must be out of stock as I don't see it on the website right now. I just used my Bic and Sharpie markers to color as well as the Flesh colored Tombow marker. The dp is from the Blossoms and Butterflies matstack. The cardstock is all CTMH, Clover Meadow, Bubblegum and Watermelon. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and a little bling to finish off the card.

When I decided I wanted to try to color a printed image my brain started whirring. I have a bunch of DJ Inkers CDs and discs full of images that I used to use when I was teaching and when I used to write the newsletter for the MOPS group I used to belong to. I hadn't used them in forever, it seems. So long ago that the stuff wasn't on my hard drive. But I knew where they were located and I brought them into the house and manually installed what I could. The floppy discs are so old, the computer doesn't recognize the information on them! Anyway, after spending a bit of time doing that, I printed off a bunch of images to color. I got one done! Here it is:

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Again, I used the same markers as before. Something different I did, though, was run a piece of pink vellum thru my Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder. To be sure it would work, I had a piece of white cardstock behind it. Then there are those little snowflakes in the corners. This was a fun find at Michaels. They have their Christmas stuff on clearance for 70% off. As I wandered the store, I came across these packages of "garland" that were originally $1.29. That's a good price for how many snowflakes and little iridescent beads were attached. Figure the 70% off that price and a package was just 38 cents! Whoohooo! I probably should have bought more than one package, but just how many cards will I truly make that would need snowflakes? Anyway, I just cut apart the flakes with my scissors and added them to the card with glue dots. I'm tickled with how it looks.

On both cards, I pop dotted the focal pieces to have them stand out just a bit more.

I hope you've enjoyed my little foray into creativity today. I sure had fun creating! It's always nice when you feel the mojo.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your weekend concludes on a great note!

Hugs,
Jeanne

Stuff I used:
Fairy Card:
Downloaded image from Pink Cat Studios blog,
Paper: Clover Meadow. Bubblegum, Watermelon cardstock(CTMH), pattern paper from Butterflies & Blossoms Matstack (DCWV)
Accessories/tools: Oval and scallop oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart border punch, Prisma glitter, Quickie Glue pen, Bic and Sharpie Markers, rhinestone bling. Ornare Piercing template, straight pin

Snowlady Card:
Printed image from DJ Inkers software
Paper:
Bubblegum, Watermelon(CTMH), pink vellum (Hobby Lobby)
Accessories/tools: Rectangle and Scallop Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Snowflake embossing folder, Bic & Sharpie markers, snowflake bling (Michaels)

6 comments:

Kathi Carlson said...

Here you go ... being adventuresome again! These cards are so awesome. I have seen the downloadable images and wondered the same thing as you with regard to coloring. I guess you answered my question. Man, there are possibilities here. Resizing the images for one thing and all the extra $$ in my purse to spend on something else! LOL. And, now I 'spose I'll have to try it, too!

stampmonkey said...

VERY cute, Jeanne! You did a nice job with your coloring, and thanks for providing us the link to the downloaded image (very cool!). And I love all the little touches you added -- piercings, cuttlebugged vellum, glittered wings, bling on the pretty punched border!

Glad you got to fling your mouse FAR away from your home (your stories about these mice have been hilarious...from aFAR though -lol)! Hope that's the last of 'em for ya!

Melissa said...

I love your Lily the Fairy card Jeanne, so pretty!

Anke said...

wow, you are so talented. Great job on those cards

Barb W said...

Aren't these digital images fun??
I really like what you've done with them. I love the colors you've chosen.

Remember this post on my blog?
http://thebuzzfromqueenb.blogspot.com/search/label/Digital%20Image

Felicia Fernandez said...

Very glad that you caught the mouse! And your cards are great! That fairy is pretty stinkin' cute. So glad to see you doing new things again. Sigh...one of these days I think I might get there.