Meowy Messenger

Good morning everyone!  Is it just me, or is this week zooming by more quickly than usual?  I had to stop and think was it truly Wednesday today,or only Tuesday?  Somehow, I feel like I’ve lost a day somewhere. 🙂

Hope you don’t mind if I take a moment to share some fun news with you all.  I’ve had a few projects picked up for the May issue of ScrapStreet Magazine, a wonderful online publication featuring lots of cool articles.  You can find me here, here, and here.  Thank you, thank you, ScrapStreet!

And today I have a fun card featuring this week’s Digital Doodles stamp release over at 2Peas called Meowy Messenger.

This adorable digital stamp is the perfect framework for greeting card sentiments or journaling blocks on scrapbook layouts.

I printed Meowy Messenger onto white patterned paper and using my craft blade, cut away the inside of the frame image.  I colored the cat and bird with my watercolor pencils and used my blending pen to add spots to kitty.  Layered the frame on yellow paper, added a double row of scallops, and machine stitched the panel in place.

Papers are from Basic Grey’s new Max & Whiskers line, which I thought were a perfect match for this fun stamp.  Finished the project with a bit of tight zig-zag stitching in the corners, gold adhesive pearls on the frame scrolls, vintage seam binding and a Prima Cameo Rose.  The sentiment is a combination of rub-ons from a Creative Cafe SwatchBook.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope your weeks are going well!


Digital Doodles Day

Good morning everyone!  Happy Mid-Week Hump Day to you!  I am so constantly amazed at how quickly time flies by.  Before I know it, this week will be over.  But, then we get to start our Spring Break holiday, so I don’t mind too much. 😉

Have to show you all a photo of my sweet constant-companion.  This little girl is like glue….she is forever stuck to my side.  She’s never more than a few feet from me.  I’m having to learn not to turn around and move too quickly, as the two of us will be sure to collide.

Isn’t she a sweetie?  I’ve had another visitor these last few days, too.  This funny bird really, really wants to get into my house, I believe.  He sits in the bushes outside my computer room and flings himself into my windows.  Then he’ll run back and forth across the window sill and try to peck his way in.  It’s amusing and entertaining to watch him, although I have no idea what he’s after.  I must have good stuff in here. 🙂

It’s nice to have some company around here!

And now for a little scrappy share.

This is the new Digital Doodles stamp called Pretty Packages that has just been released at 2Peas.  Love this sweet image.  I printed the packages onto white cardstock, colored them in with my watercolor pencils, and then added some Martha Stewart Crystal Clear glitter to the bows.  Small adhesive pearls were the perfect fit for the bow and flower centers.

Cut the packages out and popped them onto a layered journaling piece using foam dots for dimension. Added an Imaginisce birthday rub-on to the die-cut below my ribbon band.

The bow is a combination of some of my favorites…vintage lace from my stash, crisp white grosgrain, and a bit of hemp cord.  I made a rosette out of a 1/8″ strip of paper and added it to the center of the bow, along with a touch of glitter to the rose petals.

Paper is from Basic Grey’s new Kioshi line.  LOVE the soft colors to this line.  Think it’s one of my favorite Basic Grey collections in a long time.

Stop by Kathy’s blog to check out what the rest of the design team did with this adorable stamp, and while you’re there, be sure to check out her new Digital Doodle Club.  The Club offers prizes, exclusive stamps, and even the possibility of a guest designer gig.  Or how would you like to have a Digital Doodle stamp made from your very own design?  You can check out all the details here.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Wishes Do Come True

Hello everyone!  We are finally seeing a touch of sunshine this afternoon.  So welcome after a rather miserable week of heavy rains and high winds.  I truly thought at times yesterday that I might be blown away by the gusts!  So bitter cold and downright nasty, actually!

But I know that’s nothing compared to what so many people are having to deal with throughout a large portion of the country.  Sure would be nice to see a touch of spring right about now, wouldn’t it?  I did find a whisper of warmer days to come at one of my favorite, happy places earlier this week that I could have basked in for hours.

With the rain coming down outside in absolute bucketfuls, I wanted to pull out a book and a cup of tea and sit here for the rest of the day.  Isn’t it dreamy?  Always, always find such beautiful things here.

And speaking of beautiful and happy things, I have had need of another baby card this week.  Being at an age where my cronies and I talk more about college applications than babies, it has been a real treat to play with teddy bears and animals, pastels and lace and sweet baby bits and baubles.  So to my friends, the lucky parents, congratulations!  Wishes really do come true!

Used some of my favorite Melissa Frances patterned papers, ticket, and date prompt journaling stickers on here along with some of her gorgeous vintage trim.  Added a second layer of Making Memories trim and a sweet little teddy bear stamp from the Anytime Greetings (2001) set from Stampin’Up!  Notice how good I’ve been using my stamps lately? 😉  Used my watercolor pencils and blending pen to color the bear, and if you look really closely, you might see a neat plaid texture to the inside area of the frame that I colored blue.  That’s a very simple look to achieve.  Just stamp on the smooth side of some textured cardstock, like this Bazzill linen weave paper.  The bumps on the back side will show through once you apply the pencil, similar to the old crayon leaf rubbing technique many of us did as a child.  Using the blending pen will smooth out the texture, like is seen on the bear and outside frame.  How easy is that to create different looks with the same starting tools?  It’s always fun to have options, isn’t it?

Based my card on the current sketch over at 2Sketches4You.  Such a wonderful site for card-makers.  Hope you get a chance to play along.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Stay warm, where ever you might be!