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Float to Your Happy Place July 9, 2015

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Well, Birdbrain is back with an innertube and a fruity drink, soaking in the rays and enjoying the sun.  Here’s my latest creation using this cute From the Heart Stamps image in their progressive challenge.

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This is printed out on Bazzill cardstock and colored with a combination of Prismacolor and Crayola colored pencils.  I blended them using a Prismacolor colorless blender.  The background is embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and my Big Shot.

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Happy Birds June 28, 2015

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Just a quick card that I really enjoyed creating…

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I was playing around with the Elizabeth Craft Designs peel off stickers and Richeson watercolor paper, and I colored them in as robins using Prismacolor colored pencils, blended with Gamsol.  Then, I watercolored the background with my Spectrum Aqua markers.  The background top and bottom edges are foiled using my Minc and some teal colored foil.  I wasn’t sure I like the harsh edge of the watercolor paper against the foil, so I added a strip of birds on a wire washi tape.

This will be entered in the following challenges:

You’re so Tweet! May 19, 2015

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Here is my latest card for From the Heart’s progressive challenge.

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I printed this adorable image out on Bazzill cardstock and colored it with Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  The colors are blended using a Dove blending pen.  After coloring the image and letting it dry completely, I ran it through my Minc using gold foil before inking the edges of the Spellbinders die cut with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The die cut was then mounted on a DCWV card base from the Textured Cards collection.

Not One Tooth, but Two! March 21, 2015

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This is my beautiful niece, Emma.  She has finally lost not one tooth, but two!  It seems like one of those front teeth has been wiggly for a loooong time!  Judging by the photo, it looks like she’s pretty happy that the tooth fairy will be visiting.

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The image is called Tooth Fairy Joy by A Day for Daisies, and it is printed on XPress It Blending Card because originally I was planning on coloring this with Copic markers.  Instead, I wound up using Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, with a little bit of clear Wink of Stella on the wings.  They worked amazingly well, considering this cardstock isn’t really made for use with water.  I accented it with Ice White  Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and then matted the image using a combination of Epic Black (my favorite black textured cardstock) and a piece I watercolored using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on watercolor paper.  The larger piece of Epic Black is embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The card base is Treasures Periwinkle 80# cardstock.

Friends Make Life Blossom March 7, 2015

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With the winter cold and snow being what it’s been this year, I’m definitely ready for some springtime flowers!  Hopefully this card brings some brightness to you today.

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For today’s project, I started out with a digital image printed out on Cryogen cardstock.  This cardstock is so versatile!  It is my go-to for Copic coloring as well as light watercoloring projects because it holds up so well.  I used Prismacolor watercolor pencils and a waterbrush to color the image.  The yellow strip of paper is from the Basic Grey Highline collection, and I added some extra sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella pen on the fairy’s and bee’s wings before rounding the bottom corners.

Always Love You February 23, 2015

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Well, between frigid temperatures and other household woes, I wanted to create something spring-y and fun to lighten the mood!  This adorable chickie by From the Heart Stamps fit the bill perfectly.

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What a fun card to create… I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  Then, I used a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color the image.  I added some Wink of Stella clear pen to the top of the bird’s eyelids and to the flower petals, as well as to the pearl necklace which I left white.  I used some Fired Brick distress ink around the edges, and I trimmed it with some twine colored with an RV19 Copic marker.  The background is from the Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad called Highline.  This paper pack is full of fun geometric designs, and it was hard to choose one for the background of this card, but I thought these bright colors played well with the image.

I will be entering this in the FTHS progressive challenge.

Quick Clean and Simple Valentine February 9, 2015

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Here is a cute card I created that came together pretty quickly.

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The card’s image is a digital one called Mailbox Kitties from Imagine That! digis by Kris, and I created it for the progressive challenge.  I just had to use this adorable image to make another Valentine’s Day card – especially since this one will be travelling across the miles to its recipient.  The image is printed out on Cryogen cardstock and matted on black cardstock from my stash that I embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder.  I colored it using a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

Snowman Thank You January 12, 2015

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Who could resist this adorable snowman?  I certainly couldn’t!  This is the first month of the 2015 Stamp of the Month challenge.

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This is the Little Snowman stamp by From the Heart Stamps.  And since I have a few thank you notes to get out after the holidays, he and his sentiment are just the thing.  The little guy is printed on Cryogen cardstock and colored with Prismacolor colored pencils.  I blended them out with Gamsol.  Then, I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the image and mounted it on the background, which is stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and embossed using a Sizzix stamp and embossing set.  The snowman blended in too much with the background, so I also added some Fired Brick Distress Ink around the snowman to play off his red Santa hat.

Cute Kittens October 26, 2014

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Here is my latest card for the progressive challenge at From the Heart Stamps.  I absolutely love this image called Apple Market!

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For this card, I started out with a beautiful red card base (it is sitting on top of the envelope, which is why there’s a white frame around it…).  I added some chevrons that I cut out of chipboard using Tim Holtz’s Frameworks die.  The image and sentiment are printed on Cryogen cardstock.  I used watercolor pencils (Prismacolor and Portfolio) to color the image.  I also painted the chipboard using Maya Gold in Cacao – love how it shimmers!

Flappy Birthday September 21, 2014

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I’m sharing a super cute image by From the Heart for their progressive challenge.

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For this card, I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  I used a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color the image, and then I mounted it onto some blue cardstock from my stash.  It is embossed using an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folder, and mounted onto Neenah Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  I wanted it to have more of a masculine feel to it since it is for my (soon-to-be) brother-in-law Mark.  Can’t wait to see my sister and him when they fly in on Tuesday night!