Saturday, August 30, 2008

Monkeys Two Day in a Row!!

I just noticed that I created 2 monkey cards 2 days in a row! And didn't I just say yesterday that I really am not into animal stamps? Hmmm - so I guess this must be a new phase. LOL
This morning, I really wanted to get back into Beate's weekend sketches AND use the new Sock Monkey set. Her sketch this weekend worked better at a 90 degree angle with the idea I had in my head, so I went with that.
I really like how vibrant the In-Colors are, especially Pacific Point. There wasn't any blue in the monkeys and the bananas and I wasn't planning on using it on this card, but I happened to lay all the different bananas that I had been cutting out on a scrap of the Pacific point from yesterday's card. I love how it popped out and complimented the bananas, so it made its way onto the card.
Hope you like it!
Stamps: SU - Sock Monkey; CS: SU Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, PTI-Cream; Inks: SU - Pacific Point; Other: BG Button, Copics, Dimensionals
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Love this little monkey...

...but it has taken quite some time to turn him into this card! I have had this image colored in just sitting on my craft table for weeks with the intent of using it for my littlest's guys thank you cards for his birthday party last month. I was so excited to use my new square nesties and copics, but then I just stopped. Don't really know why, and it's not even like I stopped papercrafting altogether - in fact its been quite the opposite! But now I really think it was because something was telling me to wait until I got the new SU in-colors in my hands. I ordered all of the inks and paper (which I haven't done with any in-colors until now) - I just loved the colors when I saw them... they were so calling out to me. And they must have been calling loudly, b/c as I've told my friend, Jennifer, I need more ink and paper like I need a hole in the head! Oh well. I couldn't resist.
Anyway, I was pretty pleased when I figured out the colors I used to color the image matched 3 of the in-colors perfectly. So the rest of the card came together pretty quickly tonight. And it's a good thing, because all in all, this card took me about 3 1/2 weeks to make. The next 20 definitely can't take that long. My goal - have them done by the time my vaca is over and the kids are back to school.
I have been trying to mix-up the layouts I used, even though they tend to clean and simple, so they are not always the same (and without just using someone else sketch EVERY SINGLE TIME - trying to get my own creative juices going for once!) This time, I made myself not put the image in the middle just to see how it turned out... I don't usually do top left corner, but I think it works.
PS - This is the first set that I have gotten from CC Designs at All That Scraps. He and other images from the set are too fun. I usually don't like animal images that are too cutesy (or too realistic for that matter), but these I could not pass up. I've actually bought a few sets from new companies (to me, I mean), like ATS, so I better get creating!

Details: Stamps - CC Designs Summertime Fun, PTI Paper Trey; CS - SU Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, PTI-Stamper's Select; Ink - SU Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Palette Hybrid Noir; Other: Dimensionals, Nesties, Paper Piercer, Copics.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cards for a Good Cause

It's been a few quiet months blog-wise, but I have actually been quite busy all around. I can't believe that the summer season is coming to a close with Labor Day coming up with this weekend. Hopefully though the summer weather will stick around much longer. It has been a great summer - the kids all had a blast at their different camps. My youngest brother got married (what a fun time) and we spent lots of quality time with family all-around.
I wanted to share these three cards that I made as part of a larger group that I sent over to Jennifer for her golf fundraiser. She has been in charge of a golf tournament that will benefit for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. What a huge undertaking and I hope that it goes well. I'm sure that it will! :) She had asked me and her other stamping friends for card donations that she will put together for one of the prizes.
I wanted to make few cards with my IA stamps because that is how we first met - on the IA boards! I should really get back into visiting that boards (funny how things go in phases...). The gals there have always been super nice and Jackie from IA is great too. I love their fun images, and especially loved the fun monsters! And of course I had to make boy cards, which seem to come the easiest for me. But I hope that it brings some variety to the selection of cards.
All the monsters on the cards are paper pieced. The cards are all simple, but fun! I hope that whoever wins the prize enjoys my cards! :)
Details: Stamps- IA stamps and PTI (for the Birthday sentiments); Inks: Tsuneiko (light blue, but can't remember the name right now), Palette Hybrid Noir, SU - Ruby Red (craft); CS - SU Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red; BG PP (Stella Ruby, I think?), PTI Stamper's Select.; Other: BG Brad (on the soccer card)
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