Thursday, October 21, 2010

IO Challenge- Favorite Quote

The latest IO challenge is to use a favorite quote or poem. I am going to be honest and say that I know I had a different approach to this challenge! You see, I chose to use a movie quote since I am a movie quote addict. The hardest part to this challenge was to choose just one quote. I went with one from one of my favorite movies..."Best in Show." I don't know how many times I have seen that film, but I never get tired of it. It always makes me laugh. I figure that I can use the card with a "what's brewing" sentiment on the inside, or even use it for an anniversary card. Of course, the couple would have to be familiar with the movie...

I promise to come back later to include the stamp credits for the card. It is getting a little late now, and I think I need to go to bed. In the mean time, check out the quote cards that Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jenny, and Julie created. They probably made much more meaningful cards than I did.

Want to play along in the quote challenge? You have until Friday night to submit a card with a quote theme. All of the information can be found here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Paula Best

I hesitate to share this card I made because I think the stamp has been discontinued. However, this is the only thing I have made recently to share so...

I really like Paula Best's work. It is so quirky and unusual, not to mention fun to color. For my "catfish," I colored it with an assortment of copic markers and then layered it onto the Impression Obsession bubbles Cover-a-Card stamp. a comment from Paula Best that all of her stamps are still available, so ignore my thoughts about the stamp being discontinued.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Impression Obsession Color Challenge

I really love color challenges. The latest Impression Obsession challenge is to create a card featuring the following colors: Coffee, Nutmeg, and Pumpkin. Now, being the geek that I am, I wasn't really sure exactly what color "Nutmeg" is, so I had to do a Google image search. The results were mixed. Sometimes it looked more like cinnamon to me (medium reddish brown), and sometimes it was a light shade of brown. I decided to go with light brown.

Leigh Hannan designed a series of fall images for Impression Obsession featuring things such as cattails, acorns, and leaves. I fell in love with the Corn (E2102) image and found out that it is indeed possible for me to make a fall card without a pumpkin on it. Who knew?!

To make this card, I stamped the corn image onto cream paper using black Memento ink. I colored the leaves with two brown Copic markers (E31 Brick Beige and E53 Raw Silk). For the corn, I decided not to color each individual square because that would take FOREVER. Instead, I dabbed more of the two brown markers as well as YR16 Apricot, Y17 Golden Yellow, and YR31 Light Reddish Yellow all over the corn area until it was filled. Sometimes it is best not to stay within the lines! To finish the coloring, I used the three orange/yellow markers to color the leaves, added some chocolate Prismacolor pencil to the tiny circles on the stems, and shaded around the image with a Warm Grey Copic parker (W1). For the background, I stamped the Cover a Card Swatches image (CC023) onto cream cardstock using Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan ink and added a saying from the Count Your Blessings clear set (CL286). It has a nice assortment of sayings for the fall and Thanksgiving.

Need more inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jenny, Julie, Kathy, and Shirley have created.

Want to play along? You have until Friday 9pm EST to enter. All of the information can be found here, and you can even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Halloween Tassels

Well, it is now October, so my Halloween stamping has kicked up a notch (to quote Emeril). For this card, I stamped the Halloween Tassels (H2381) by Impression Obsession onto white cardstock. I cut it out with a Labels 8 Nestability die and colored it with a combination of colored pencils and Copic markers. I edged the piece with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and then spritzed it with some Frost Shimmer Spritz for extra sparkle. I am sorry I didn't take an extra picture so that you could see the sparkle!

On an unrelated note, last weekend my mom and I visited Gettysburg for the first time. It was an amazing trip. My friend Marilynn suggested getting a private tour guide for the battlefield instead of taking the audio tour or joining a tour bus. She was so right! It was probably the best tour I have ever taken. We also had a chance to visit some farms and vineyards. I wanted to share a picture from the weekend featuring some of the gigantic pumpkins we saw. It really got me in the mood for autumn.