Imagine Something Wonderful

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“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

This lovely passage inspired me to create a card that honors imagination.  I love the adorable Pegacorn, the fluffy clouds and the little bit of sparkle.

Moonlight Greetings~Imagine Something Wonderful

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”

Stamp: CC Designs Doodle Dragon “Pegacorn”

Dies: Lawn Fawn “Puffy Cloud Borders”

Copic Sketch Markers: RV13, RV14, RV66, Y13, Y15, Y17, B0000, B00, C0, C1, C5, C7, C9

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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

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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

Christmas in July

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Even though I am strongly in the camp of ‘consumer’ Christmas   not being allowed to start until night closes on Thanksgiving, as a card maker, Christmas starts in July.  This super fun card is one of the first designs I’m working on for the Christmas season.  This image is great and I really went all out to make the lights pop on this card.  Each light bulb was colored with Copic markers, highlighted with opaque white, given some dimension with glossy accents then given a glow with corresponding Copic 3-zero markers.  This card just screams holiday fun to me.

tangled kittyMoonlight Greetings~Tangled Kitty

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”

Stamps: Newton’s Nook Designs “Newton’s Holiday Mischief”

Pattern Paper: Paper Pizzazz “Christmas Lights”

Copic Sketch Markers: R29, R39, YR04, YR07, Y15, Y19, G05, G09, B24, B18, V06, V09, R000, YR000, Y000, G000, B000, BV000, E41, E42, E43, E44

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Blowfish Birthday

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I had a great time working on this fun birthday card.  My daughter fell in love with this stamp from Art Impressions and insisted we give it a try.  The image is so dynamic and the colors so vibrant that simple punched circles masquerading as bubbles seemed like the perfect background with just a pop of orange border.

PufferfishMoonlight Greetings~ Blowfish Birthday

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”, “Bahama Blue”

Stamp: Art Impressions Zoo Crew “Deep Breath Birthday”

Copic Sketch Markers: Y17, Y38, YR04, T1, RV21, R22, R85, B00, B01, B02, B04, B06, Y02, BG53, BG57, YG21 YG25, Y11, Y15

Pawsome Birthday

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Ohmygoodness! Ohmygoodness! I have been waiting over a week to post this card so the birthday girl wouldn’t see it before she received it.  I totally fell head over heels for this set “Fetching Friendship”, a new release from Newton’s Nook Designs. This adorable doggy was perfect to make a card for an aunt who has had some lovable canine furbabies through the years.

Pawsome BirthdayMoonlight Greetings~Pawsome Birthday

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black” “Rhubarb Stalk”

Stamps: Newton’s Nook Designs “Fetching Friendship”

Pawsome Birthday_insidePattern Paper: The Paper Studio “Multi Colored Dog Paws”

Copic Sketch Markers: E34, E35, E37, E79, Y15, Y19, Y38

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Happy Independence Day!

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Here in Maryland, crabs go with the 4th of July like…well like fireworks, so you can imagine how gleeful I was to come across this sweet little 4th of July Crab digistamp by Heidi Arrowood of  2CuteInk that I used to put together this card celebrating America’s birthday. I instantly fell in love with this crustacean (and a whole bunch of other ridiculously adorable images in the 2CuteInk Etsy shop!)

Here’s wishing all of my American friends a happy and safe 4th of July!

IMG_2434 (2)Moonlight Greetings~Crabby 4th

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black” (sentiment)

Digistamp: 2CuteInk.com “4th of July Crab”, Stampabilities “4th of July Star”

Pattern Paper: American Craft “Marine Chevron (b-side)”

Punches: Ek Success 1.75″ circle punch 2″ circle punch

Copic Sketch Markers: Y13,Y15,Y17, B21, B23, B18, R35, R46, R59, R22, R24, R39, YR02 YR04, C0, C1, BV20