Notes for a Friend

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On a visit to our local and wonderful art shoppe, The Queen’s Ink, my daughter picked up this adorable House Mouse Stamp. These little meeses are so cute and I love how they’ve worked together to share the blueberries. After she colored it a few times, I decided to give it a go and this all-occasion card was born.

Moonlight Greetings~Notes for a Friend

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”, “Paris Dusk”

Images: Stampendous House Mouse “Berry Sharing”, Stampin’ Up “Thinking of You”

Pattern Paper: K & Company “Poppy Seeds”

Copic Sketch Markers: W1, W3, W5, T1, T3, T5, E00, E11, E21, E31, E41, E42, E43, E44, E50, E51, RV34, B0000, YG03, YG17, YG67 G94, BV000, BV02, BV13, BV17, BV20

Entered in House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #199- House Mouse and a Friends

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Faith, Hope & Love

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Cupcake Inspirations threw me for a loop again this week with a Navy Blue/Gold/White challenge.  These are all colors that I would normally work with, but I was struggling with how to use them all together as the emphasis, so much so that I almost scrapped the challenge altogether.  Then I received my new stamp set from Darkroom Door and the idea for this card was born.  The sentiment of “Faith…Hope…Love” was so perfect, but didn’t lend itself to a colored image as the focal point, so this project is a bit different from what I would normally create.  I had a very specific layout in mind and I couldn’t find exactly what I had pictured in my head, so I ended up hand-cutting the gold anchor. Even though this card was a bit out of my comfort zone, I am super happy with the results.

Cupcake Inspirations~Faith Hope & Love

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Paris Dusk”

Stamp: Darkroom Door “Christmas Sentiments”

Pattern Paper: The Paper Studio “Big Strip, Blue/White”

Embellishments: The Paper Studio La Petites “Pink Hearts”, The Paper Studio dieCuts “Chipboard Anchor” (used as a template)

Entered into Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 320– Color Challenge Navy Blue, White, Gold

Coffee and Cupcakes

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Cupcake Inspirations picked two of my very favorite things as their challenge inspiration this week- coffee and cupcakes!  With inspiration like that, I couldn’t help myself from putting together a card in their honor.  I picked up this awesome digi from the challenge sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs and put together this sweet little birthday card.

Moonlight Greetings~Coffee and Cupcakes

DigiStamp: Fresh Brewed Designs “Latte Party”

Pattern Paper:        K & Company “Confetti Birthday”, American Crafts “Hip Hip Hooray”

Copic Sketch Markers: B21, B23, B24, B26, B28, B29, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, R39, YG21, YG03, YG25, E40, E41, C0, C1, V12, V15, V17, BV20, E27

Entered into Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 319

Birthday Chick

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I’m working on another challenge and whoa! this one has been difficult! Cupcake Inspirations issued a color challenge (Challenge #318) using goldenrod, rose, and berry; three colors that I don’t usually put together in my own palette. I didn’t really feel like I had any images on hand that would work well, so I took a peek at the sponsor, Doodle Pantry’s site and found this cute little chick (and a few other images I couldn’t resist) that I thought was perfect for a fun birthday card.

BirthdayChickMoonlight Greetings~Birthday Chick

Images: Doodle Pantry “Cowboy Birdie”

Embossing Folder: The Paper Studio “Woodgrain”

Pattern Paper: Doodle Pantry “Chicken COLOR Plus” Digi paper, Doodlebug Design Inc. “Kraft in color” paper pad

Copic Sketch Markers: R20, RV10, RV13, RV14, RV21, RV66, W0, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19, YR12, YR15, YR18, E21, E27, E29, BV20

Baby Windows

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This week I’m working on a few ‘challenge’ pieces.  Challenges are posted with a surprise theme and are a great way to push you into new directions.  I really enjoy checking out all of the other entries to see the unique way that other artists interpret the theme.

This card is an entry for the Brown Sugar Challenge Blog.  The theme for this challenge (Challenge #154) is “Baby”.  I chose to use this ridiculously cute digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps  (bonus!: 50% off entire store through the end of July!!!)

BabyBlocksMoonlight Greetings~Baby Windows

Digi Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps “Benny Blocks”, Doodle Pantry “Gigi Giraffe” sentiment

Pattern Paper: Pebbles “Special Delivery-Boy”

Copic Sketch Markers: BV000 BV00, E50, E51, E21, E11, RV10, C0, C1 R29, B000, Y11, Y13, Y15, G000, G00

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Big Bang Monster

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For the Independence Day holiday, I used a digi stamp from 2CuteInk to create a Fourth of July card that I absolutely loved.  The 2CuteInk Etsy store is so chock full of fun images that I subscribed to their newsletter, and whoa!… I picked up the super cute image I used on today’s card for free!

The image is called “Pinwheel Monster”.  Not really thinking about the final layout, I started coloring him in what I think of as monster-y colors.  I was pretty pleased with the colored image but then realized the flaw in my plan…I didn’t really have a coordinating pattern paper.  I pulled out pretty much every sheet of bright paper I had on hand and was a bit surprised at how well the atom background worked with him.  So I threw caution to the wind and went with it.  I like to think of him now as my ‘Big Bang Monster’.

PinwheelAlienMoonlight Greetings~ Big Bang Monster

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”

Digi Stamp: 2CuteInk “Pinwheel Monster”

Stamp: Verve Stamps “Birthday Bash”

Pattern Paper: Paper Pizazz “Blue Atoms”

Copic Sketch Markers: G00, G02, G07, G09, V13, V15, V17, YR02, YR04, YR07, W3, Y02, Y08, B24, B26, BV20, R29

Gifts to Tie

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Continuing with the Christmas spirit, here’s another little goody that I’m just finishing up.  This little House Mouse is terribly cute and made for a lovely card.  I used a bright white embossed background, then added traditional Christmas colors and a simple “Merry Christmas”message.

GiftstoTieMoonlight Greetings~Christmas Mouse

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”

Stamps: Stampendous House Mouse “Gifts to Tie”, Hero Arts “Celebrate Everyday”

Embossing Folder: Cricut Cuttlebug “Polka Dots”

Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities “Oval”

Pattern Paper: Recollections “Bright Christmas”

Copic Sketch Markers: E50, E51, E21, E11, C0, C1, C3, W3, W5, W7, R35, R46, R57, R22, YG03, YG17, YG21, YG25, YG67, B23