Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CHA Relay Contest- Day 4

Meet Prince Ian, the final free digi contest image.  When I saw Prince Ian, I immediately thought of the fleur de lis pattern.  For this card, I used my Spellbinders Fleur De Lis pendant die as a backdrop for Ian.  I also used a metal crown charm and half pearls to further add to the regal feeling.  The crown charm was very shiny, so I toned it down by rubbing it with black Stazon ink.  The papers I used are: Perfect Plum, Soft Suede, and Basic Grey's Wisteria paper pad.  Unfortuantely, The Greeting Farm decided to end the relay contest today, due to an overwhelming response that continued to crash their server.  I hate to see the relay contest win, but I received four new digital images and had fun while it lasted.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CHA Relay- Day 3

Today is day 3 of The Greeting Farm digi contest.  Meet Toby Cub!  Toby is wearing a diaper, so I thought to cover it up, I would have him hold a giant heart and be Toby the Valentine Cub.  I colored him with Copic markers and cut out the hearts and background shape with Nestabilities.  I used a Martha Stewart heart punch on the border paper and several rhinestones for bling.  I just tried to upload this card onto TGF's website, but it has crashed again.  Hopefully, it will be up and running soon.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's free digi....

Monday, January 25, 2010

CHA Relay Contest- Day 2

Here's The Greeting Farm's digital image for contest day 2.  Meet Charlotte, she is such a hip young girl!  For this card I used Basic Grey's Origins designer paper along with Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, and Yo Yo Yellow.  I colored Charlotte with Copic markers and added glossy accents to her headband to make it look like plastic.  The funny thing is that after I got done coloring her I realized that she looks an awful lot like someone I work with.  Same hairstyle, skin color, and sense of style.  I may have to give this card to her.  Amazingly, The Greeting Farm had so many contest photo uploads today that their gallery site crashed.  Fortunately, it's up and running again.  Looking forward for tomorrow's digi...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

CHA Relay Contest- Day 1

The Greeting Farm is having a digital download relay contest this week.  Each day they have a new unreleased digital download available.  If you make a card and turn it in on the time the following day, you will continue to receive the free downloads.  If you keep this up all week, you will end up with six free digital downloads.  Today's image is called "Mer Ian."  Ian as a mermaid?  I didn't know there were male mermaids.  In fact, I'm not even sure if there are female mermaids.  Sea and water themes are always a challenge for me, so I usually avoid them.  I decided to give this one a shot so I can continue with the week-long contest.  For the background I stamped several sea images then colored them in and inked the top half in blue.  Ian has some glitter in his hair and on his tail, as all mermaids should be sparkly.  Can't wait to see what the next download will be.

I won!!

Just a quick note to say that I won The Greeting Farm's Valentine's treat holder contest.  I posted the picture of my entry on my blog on January 22, see below.  This was my first contest entry, so it is exciting to win!  I won a free digital download of my choice.

Felt Kitty

I was sorting through some of my stickers and other items I rarely use and I came across a felt cat I purchased at JoAnn's Fabrics.  I think I initially purchased in to use on a scrapbook?  Anyway, I thought it would look cute on a card, so this is what I came up with.  I also used cute patterned cat paper and a metal paw charm. To coordinate with the colors of the patterned paper, I used Brilliant Blue paper, which is a color I rarely use.   I think it is a bright and cheerful card, don't you think?

In the Dog House

I made this card with a dog house shaped die from Accucut.  I trimmed the roofline and door with black and added a "good dog" sign.  The background is cute bone paper I recently purchased while in Iowa.  The card is topped off with a cute dog, and of course, grass.  There are a lot of "dog people" at the shelter, so I am always trying to design new dog cards.  Of course, being a "cat person" I would much rather make a cute cat card, but I have to keep the "dog people" happy too. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Valentine treat holder

This is a valentine treat holder I made for the Greeting Farm's Club Anya and Friends valentine treat holder contest.  The treat holder is a small cookie tin that I received for Christmas from a co-worker.  After I ate the cookie, I saved the tin, because I knew I would most likely use it for something.  I had recently made a Valentine's Day card with Reeta and her kitty, so I altered the design from a rectangle-shaped card to a round tin.  What greater love than the love of a kitty??

Greeting Farm contest cards

I created these cards for Greeting Farm blog contests.  This is the first time I have submitted pictures or entries to the Greeting Farm website.  The card with Reeta and her kitty is an Anya and Friends color challenge where we are to use: olive green, pink, dark brown, and sparkle.  The image has to be Ian, Anya, Wild Sprouts, or Hope and Grace.  While it's hard to see on the photo, the metal charm says, "meow."  The card with Dorothy Anya and her dog is for the Farm Fresh Fridays challenge.  We were to create a sunny card with any Greeting Farm image.  I took a daisy flower and gave it glitter for a "sunny look."  The nice thing about the Greeting Farm contests is that you can actually win rubber stamps or digital downloads.  Even if I don't ever win, it's fun to play along.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cat Sympathy card

I made this cat sympathy card with my new Speedy the Cat's Designer Collection stamp from Mark's Finest Papers.  Can you see Speedy the cat sitting on the fence?  I thought this image would make a good cat sympathy card.  The inside of the card says, "sunny sills and catnip treats, light to chase and friends to meet, soft, warm laps and petting hands, safe with God in cat heaven."  Anyone who has ever lost a pet knows how touching it is to receive a pet sympathy card.  This card will be sold at the upcoming STAF shelter fundraiser.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fat Cat card

This card features three partial images of a fat cat from Magenta.  I have a soft spot in my heart for fat cats, especially my late-beloved cat, Wally.  Fat cats are just plain cute and they make me smile. :) This card features a metal paw charm and patterned paper from the DCWV Pet's Stack.  I purchased these paw charms from Mark's Finest Papers and I love them.  They add so much to a card.

Sadie Bell and Otto cat

This card features two sweet cats named Sadie Bell and Otto Cat by Stamps by Judith.  I was able to practice Copic color combinations for coloring an orange tabby cat. The card also features cat-themed paper, a metal paw brad, and ribbon.  The inside of the card says, "Have a purr-fectly wonderful day!"

Canine Capers

This card was made using a stamp from the retired SU set called "Canine Capers."  For added interest and dimension, I colored and popped-up the dogs heads.  The large brad on the front of the card says, "go fetch!"

Northwoods dogs

This card was made using a sweet dog stamp from Northwoods.  I spent a great deal of time coming up with the Copic marker color combinations to color the dogs.  The wide variety of colors of Copics allow you to color the subtle shades that would not be possible with most markers.  This card also features corduroy brads and a metal bone brad.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Black tie dining

This is a whimsical card based on a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers.  I changed it around somewhat, but kept the same basic idea.  The kitty has a black tie on and is ready to dine on, (or has already dined on?)  fish.  How cute!! 

Shelter Valentine's cards

Here are the cards I made to be given to the room sponsors at the STAF shelter.  I made 18 cat and 4 dog cards.  I thought I would be making a different cat card, but it turns out that Anne liked this one better.  Each of the images is from Penny Black.  I added a heart charm, brads, and glitter for sparkle. 

Friday, January 8, 2010

Bella with her dogs

For these cards I used Bella stamps from Stamping Bella.  The one card features Bella riding her bike with her little doggie in the back basket.  The other card features Bella walking her three dogs.  Bella is a "diva" who also does many other things, such as garden, drink coffee, and ride a motorcycle.  Only a "diva" would ride a bike or walk dogs in high heels.

Hi-Tech/Low-Tech Kitty

My cat snowball can't decide if he is hi-tech or low-tech.  You will notice he is sitting on a heavy,old turntable (low-tech) that Craig brought home for Ian.  To the left of snowball is our Dish Network box and DVD player (hi-tech) and to the right of him is our Wii game system (hi-tech).  So, is Snowball hi-tech or low-tech?  Who knows, but he sure looks comfortable.

Girl with cat- Two different looks

These two cards feature a girl with her cat image from The Greeting Farm.  I made one of the cards into a Valentine's day card, giving her a red and black outfit with hearts and "xo's" in the background. On the other card, she has a pink a green dress with a plaid background for a softer look.  I like this stamp because it is versatile and it contains a cat image. :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Criss Cross cards

I made these cards with my new criss cross die from Accucut. The dies cut out all of the basic card pieces. The inside note card pulls out so you can write a greeting. This card works well with patterned paper. One of the cards features a Valentine's kitty and the other features a snarly cat with an attitude. Each of the images are from Penny Black.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Vintage Sweethearts

I made this card with my Vintage Valentine's set from SU. I think this set is one of my favorite Valentine's stamp sets. It was retired several years ago, so I bought mine on Ebay. It is hard to come by and not very cheap, but it is definately worth having. I colored the image with duller, vintage-like colors, and sponged the paper with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo ink. The lacey heart border and the metal flower top off the vintage feel.

Serving up Love

This card features chef Ian, serving up a plate of love. I'd like to take credit for the design of this card, but I CASE'd it from Splitcoaststamper's, Faith H., aka. Markie's Mom. She is one of my favorite card designers. She now has her own company now, called "Mark's Finest Papers." The main things I changed on my version of the card is the paper and ribbon. Chef Ian comes with many items, such as a cake and presents, but I never would have thought to have him serve up a heart. How clever! I'm very happy with how my version turned out, but I wish I were as creative as Faith.

Cupid Kitty

I wasn't planning to purchase anymore Valentine's stamps, but when I saw this cupid kitty at Archiver's yesterday, I had to buy it. As always, I can't resist a cute cat stamp. At least I got 30% off. This was a quick and easy card featuring ribbon, blitter brads, and a heart charm.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kitty Cat Valentine

This is the Valentine's day card I designed to be given to the cat room sponsors at the STAF shelter. I usually have to make about 20 each year. The cat on the card is a digital download from Digi Stamp Boutique from UK. They have several cute cat and dog images that are fairly inexpensive. For this card, I cut the cat's tail off, but I think I will keep it on for the other cards I make. While sitting here typing this, my cat Oscar is scouting my craft room looking for ribbon to chew, eat, and vomit. I try to keep all of the ribbon put away, but he always manages to find a piece or two. I should also mention that my cat Tiddler loves to chew and shred paper. Ah, life with cats!!

Be My Valentine- Anya and Ian

For this card, I used the digital download from The Greeting Farm. It features Anya and Ian holding a heart. The nice thing about the digital downloads is that you can print them any size you would like, unlike a traditional rubberstamp. I used designer paper, heart-shaped Nestabilities, a Martha Stewart heart punch, and glitter and brads for bling. The image is colored with Copic markers. I think that the stamps from The Greeting Farm are quickly becoming some of my favorites. My son, Ian, really thinks it is cool that this company has a character that shares his name.

Classroom Valentine's

I have already started making Valentine's cards for my son and neices to exchange at school. I'm not yet sure how many I will need to make, but I'm sure it will be over 80. I have been using scrap paper and ribbon, so I have very little money invested in these cards. My son chose to have the dog on his Valentine's. For my neices I used my Vintage Valentine's set from SU. I love the vintage image and sayings. On and off for the last week, I have been asking my son, "Canoe be my valentine?" It drives him crazy. :)