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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy Day Chicken

Today is one of my sister's birthday.  
Happy Birthday Brenda!!

Brenda is crazy in love with chickens.  She has those fancy ones with tuffs of feathers off the head...ones that lay eggs bluer than a robin...ones in many colors.  When I saw this set of stamps from Stampin Up called Hey Chick ...I just had to have them to make her a birthday card!  She loved it.



I learned in a Stampin Up class how to make the chicken wire.  We used an embossing folder called  "hexagon dynamic textured impressions folder".  Before we ran it through the Big shot, we inked it carefully with black ink.  It really does look like the chicken wire my sister uses around her chicken coops!  I used a sponge to lightly color in the sky to give it some color.

The card was so her!  lol
Manetta

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gracie

Do you keep a stash of cards and when you need one, you just pick one out....or are you like me?  I do not have a stash of cards and make them as I need them.  I try to think about the person as I make their card.

Someone I know had a birthday on Valentines day but I didn't want to make a card that had a Valentine theme.  I wanted something totally different.  She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Gracie, so I found a free image online and colored it with Twin Markers.  I used a picture from her FB page to use as a guide to color her with.  I used rectangles to cut the image so I could layer it up.



The background took a bit between the layers and drying.  I cut a piece of black cardstock in the size I wanted.  I brushed a layer Lumiere  Metallic Bronze all over the cardstock.  I was not fussy and some of the brush strokes left black showing through. After I was done, I tilted the cardstock up over the trash can and sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in colors blues, greens, peach, lemon and candy red.  I just kept spraying the colors to let them run down mixing in some areas. After I was happy with those colors my final coat was Heidi Swapp white color shine which I just sprayed over it in different areas.  I linked what each product was in Amazon in case someone wanted to see what they looked like.   I ran it through the Sizzix with an embossing folder while it was still a little bit damp.   

I popped it into the mail to her and had to wait to post the card here so she would not see it ahead of time. she has received the card so I was safe to post it!

Manetta

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spot's Get Well

I had fun this morning coloring the free digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Spot.  I needed two get-well cards and this image was perfect!
Thank you Mo's for the image!



Microsoft Word was used to print out the image.  I used Twin Touch Markers on the brown Spot and used Dick Blick Markers to color the grey Spot. You cannot see the background very well on the brown spot card but I used the old Stamping Up  Watercoloring crayons on both cards.

Thank you for stopping by.  I am now off to go make my cards I need in March.  

Manetta

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bloobel Progressive February Challenge

I wanted in on the progressive monthly fun so I bought the Bloobel February digital stamp "Bake Me a Cake".  I make a lot of birthday cards so nothing wrong with having one more stamp to play with!

Here is my card using the Bake Me a Cake digital stamp.

https://www.bloobel.com/blogs/news/bloobel-progressive-challenge-february-2017

I used Tim Holtz Window and Window Box Sizzix to cut the window out.  The cardstock was all scraps from my scrap paper pile.  The candles were punched from a Stamping Up punch.  The image...of course...is from https://www.bloobel.com Love Lisa Bloobel's digital stamps and have several. 

 If you are looking for something different for your cards, check out her store!  Lisa is also offering a progressive challenge (check out her blog  where each month you get a free image emailed.  The requirement you must post your creation before the end of the month to be "in" on the next month.  If you want to join...just purchase the digital stamp and get creating! 
Thank you for visiting!
Manetta

Submitting this card into Bloobel 2017 February Progressive Challenge


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Cards

This year I bought 4 digitals images from Mo's Digital and right now there is a great sale going on for the Valentine images.  
Spent Sunday coloring while waiting for the big game to begin. On Monday morning, all 4 were mailed off!  I wish you could see the sparkle on each card but I still struggle with trying to get the glitter to show up when I take a photo.  I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pens on each card and they look super cute.  The images were colored with a mix of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. 

(click on each photo to enlarge)









I am not a huge lover of Valentine's Day.  I try to get my husband to stop buying me something.  He normally buys me a fruit bouquet which I share with everyone at the office.  I think it is a day for companies to make money.  I believe we should be showing love 365 days a year in many small ways each day.

With that said.....kids do not understand it all.  They think of it as a nice party day at school!  Being one who loves to make cards, I can't pass up making my 4 Grandkids a Valentine card but they are the only Valentine's Day cards I make.  

Thank you for stopping by!
Manetta