Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Outdoorsy Mother's Day

OK, I admit I was stumped for a while. I was given a request to make a Mother's Day card for a woman who loves to hunt and fish. So, ordinarily when you think of Mother's Day cards, you think of flowers and lace and cute little cartoon critters. But I needed a card that was feminine, yet outdoorsy also.

So I turned to some stamp sets that are from Firecracker Designs--Create a Scene and Little Things--to make this outdoor scene. To soften it up, I colored with chalk pastels and smudged it around a little for a dreamy look. The sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs.

I really hope our fishing lady likes it!

Monday, March 15, 2010

One Million Pillowcase Challenge

Our quilting group is participating in American Patchwork and Quilting's One Million Pillowcase Challenge, where people are attempting to make 1,000,000 pillowcases for charity. (Read about it here.) Here is my contribution:

I know, it's only 10, but I was pretty much using up my spare fabric. This is the first time that I have made my own pillowcases. It's much easier than I imagined, of course, I used a simple pattern. But it's pretty easy to make 2 or 3 in an hour.

Have a great Monday everybody.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Week!

Here's another card that I made for Midnight Madness MMSC44. I decided to go with the more elaborate sketch this time, and made a larger card to accommodate all of my embellishments!

This fun St. Patrick's Day image is a digi stamp from Tracey at The Stamping Boutique. How fun it was to color! I used plain ol' dye ink markers along with a gold ink pen and a glue pen and some blue glitter.

The 3 small images are from a backgrounder stamp made by Cornish Heritage Farms. I layered them on top of flowers that I punched from gold shimmer paper. The ribbon is from Stampin' Up--and it's been in my stash a looooong time--what a blast from the past.

Now, on an unrelated, yet no less important note--who knows what today is? (Here's a hint--I'm still a lab geek, and today is 3/14.)

It's Pi Day!

Here is an instructable on how to better appreciate the amazing Pi:

Appreciating pi (not the edible variety) - More DIY How To Projects

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Top O' The Morning!

I made this card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge MMSC44. Priscilla gives the option of keeping the card simple or adding more layers and embellishments. I tend to stay on the simple side.

The stamp is a digi stamp that is from Linda at www.tortagialla.com. I received the stamp from my membership at The Special 50/50 Digital Stamping Group. It's such a cute image for St. Patrick's Day. I colored the image with colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. Then I did some outlining with a gold pen.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dear Spring--Hurry up and get here!

This stamp from Stamp Oasis is such a soft and pretty vision of Spring. I stamped on shimmer paper and colored with colored pencils to keep the soft look.

I can't wait to see some of my bulbs coming through the soil--but it has to thaw first. Hope it's soon.