I like to make handmade cards and my dogs are with me every step of the way. I have cardboard boxes from Costco with pillows made up for them to sleep in while I make my cards, so I have boxes of dogs! Three of my little ones have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but I know they are still watching over me.
This week's challenge at Pike's Playground is to use a Doodle Dragon image depicting an outdoor activity. I chose an image from Dustin's 2012 Blogiversary collection. I used my Copics to color 6 images so I could make 6 cards for my next box for Operation Write Home.
Two dress themed cards I made using a really nice die cut from QuicKutz. It's supposed to be a wedding dress, but it reminds me of prom formals and sundresses. I saw this die and a bunch of other really great dies (this one was only $3.00) at Scrapbucks, and I bought some to try out some die cuts on my cards. Since the other dies I bought were only $1.00, they weren't too much to risk.
Die cut from QuicKutz - Wedding Dress
Martha Stewart border punch
Papers from K&Company paper pad Watercolor Bouquet (also purchased from Scrapbucks)
Love sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
Hello sentiment stamp from Micheal's or JoAnn's dollar bin
Cheryl Alger closed her site that featured her digis in colored format. I took advantage of her closeout sale and bought a bunch of images. This is one of them, - I think he makes a great Father's Day card!
I love Dustin Pike's critters that hold signs. He usually has one in every monthly collection, and I decided a couple of months ago to use a sentiment from Create with TLC and combine the two for a set of cards to go in every box that I send to OWH. This card will be my third in the series.
Image is a digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios and is colored in Photoshop
This week's color challenge at Operation Write Home is a color challenge to use brown and turquoise. I made this card, and I have to admit the turquoise is a bit lacking, but since I am madly trying to get more cards into my box so I can ship it out on Monday, it will have to do.
Image is pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Gone to the Dogs available from Daisy Co.
I made this card for two challenges. It uses the sketch from this week's OWH Sketch Challenge 117 and I used the digi papers, image, and sentiment from the Doodle Pantry for their DPDC22. I really like how it turned out - a quick card since the image came with the two coordinating digi papers!
Here is this week's OWH sketch:
Digi papers, pre-colored image, and sentiment from Doodle Pantry
Pike's Playground is having a fun challenge called Makes Us Laugh in honor of April Fool's Day. I chose this free digi from Dustin's blog and used a sentiment from Create with TLC. I think this will make someone at least smile!
Image from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
Split Coast Stamper Sketch 157
Sentiment from Create with TLC
Papers from DCWV Stack 7
We are having SUN here in Washington, so I am off to walk my dogs, Anna and Bear! Hope you are having a great day!
Our Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is to make a Father's Day card (link here). I am using a pre-colored digi from Carolee Jones. It's not available anymore from PcCrafter. Carolee is selling some of her artwork at Daisy Co., so I hope this image and others will become available soon! Daisy Co. has a great Angel policy and offers pre-colored digis at very reasonable prices.
Image from Carolee Jones' collection Busy Busy Bears V2 from PcCrafter
Operation Write Home's latest sketch challenge (here) has another versatile sketch that will work for lots of future cards. For this card, I used an image from Shelly Comiskey whose artwork is available from Daisy Co. (Link here.)
Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Kitty Kat from Daisy Co.
I am behind on my challenge cards this week, so I am keeping this post short so I can try and get my sketch card done before Sunday! I love this image from Hambo stamps. I'll be making five more cards. The best part about digis that feature people is every one I color comes out differently and I find that a lot of fun.
Image and sentiment from Hambo Stamps - Serena Mermaid
Striped paper from Paper Adventures
Embossing plate from Fiskars - Ocean
Mementos dye ink - Summer Sky
Spellbinders oval die
Shell necklace and spots on tail - Y&C Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers
Face - E31, E51, R20
Eyes - G07
Hair - E35, E33, E11
Top and Tail - YG03, YG13, YG17
Rock - W0, W5
Crab - R24
Starfish - E11, W0, W5
Update: Picture of the other three cards going to OWH:
Our Daily Bread continues with their generosity by sponsoring another challenge for Operation Write Home. The April challenge (here) is to include an animal on our card. I made a card last year using this image from Anne Fenton. I didn't have any Copics last year, so I decided to re-make the card and color this lovely dog. He came out beautifully thanks to the shading provided by the artist. Anne has a blog called Anne's Cards 4 U. She offers many free digital images for crafters and card makers.
Image from Anne Fenton through CDAC
Split Coast Stampers sketch 224
Copics E11 and E17
DP from DCWV Naturals matstack
Ribbon from Micheal's dollar bin
Spellbinders dies Labels 18 and Labels Small plus Labels Large
I wanted to use OWH sketch 4 and I just couldn't come up with a card. I was looking through my paper (big job!) and I found this DP in a matstack called Abrianna from K&Company. I had some butterfly stickers from K&Company also and along with some glitter glue and Glossy Accents, I was able to add some dimension to a basic flat panel card.
I have made my card for two challenges: "Hop Arts Designs at Hambo" Hoedown! and Cute Characters for Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps Midweek Throwdown Challenge. I am really enjoying my Copic markers, and I'm showing the ones I used since I have learned so much by other bloggers posting this information. Maybe my newbie efforts will encourage someone to try using them. They really are very forgiving!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have a great day! ======================================== I am adding these card photos to my blog because I made five more cards by coloring each girl differently. I did not make note of the colors for their hair, but I can say that the girl with the yellow shirt has that same yellow under the brown and the girl with the orange shirt has orange under the brown in her hair.