Friday, July 4, 2014

Oh, How nice!!

Wouldn't it be nice to receive an invitation to a wine and cheese tasting party?

Recently, some of my friends have discovered wine.  They've been sampling the nearby vineyards and even taking vacations based on interesting vineyards in other states.  They've learned so much. And in turn, I've learned just a little bit.  Ha ha!!

I used A Creative Need's "Wine and Cheese for Two" digital stamp.  I used Word 2010, and placed the image into the document with text above it. After printing, I cut it down to 3.75" x 5".

I colored the image with Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils and Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  I used a silver gel pen on the knife blade.

When the coloring was completed, I used Ranger Glossy Accents to cover the glasses and bottle.  I first covered the glass furthest toward the back and let it dry and bit before covering the front glass.  I set this aside to completely dry.

I rounded the corners of the image piece.  I mounted this onto a slightly larger piece of purple pearlescent card stock with rounded corners.

These pieces were mounted onto a 8.5" x 5.5" piece of green card stock folded to have a side fold.

I think this would be a cute invitation ... what do you think?

If you like this image, stop by A Creative Need and look around.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Didn't want more time to "slip" by ...

I’ve made this card, for my friend Cheryl.  She’s having a rough time going through her cancer treatments.  If anyone would like to send up a little prayer for her, she and I would greatly appreciate it.

I used the A Creative Need “Give Cancer the Slip” digital image. I placed it into a Word document and changed it to 3.75” tall.  I printed it onto white card stock.  I colored it with an Angel Pink Memento Marker.  The white dots were applied with a white gel pen.   The trim was colored in with a Prismacolor pencil #PC929 Rose.  I cut the image away from the card stock leaving a small white border around it. 
Using the same document, I also made a text box, with 2 lines around it.  I colored the lines pink.  I added the sentiment.  After printing, this was cut away from the card stock.  Again, I left a small border around the edge.

I folded a piece of 5.5” x 8.5” white card stock in half to make the card base.  It has a side fold.  I made a light pink, lacy background piece and attached it to the front of the card base.  Then, I attached the sentiment toward the right side of the card.  I added thin adhesive foam to the back of the slip to slightly elevate it.  I attached this to the front of the card, just slightly overlapping the sentiment piece.  Please refer to the photo for placement of items.

Hope you like this card.  I hope Cheryl likes it too!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, May 16, 2014

More ideas with parts of a stamp ...

For my first May A Creative Need project, I used one digital stamp, took it apart, and used it to make two background papers.

Now, I am using the A Creative Need digital stamp
Whimsical Flower and Butterflies to make note paper.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color the images on the note papers.

Here's are the note papers before coloring:

I used Word 2010 to design the note papers.  Working in Microsoft Word 2010, I used the original image and deleted out the butterflies.  I saved the image of the flower.  I used the original image again and deleted the flower.  I saved the image of the butterflies. 

Starting from the top left, for the first note paper, I made the butterflies three different sizes.  The ones closest to the left edge of the paper are the largest, them the medium ones.  The smallest ones are toward the right top side of the note paper.  I aligned five flowers across the bottom of the paper.  

On the second paper, (top right) I used the flower.  I placed the first flower near the top left corner of the paper.  I turned the next flower upside down and overlapped the stems.  The next flower was used upright.  I slightly overlapped the flower heads. This was followed by one more upside down and one more upright flower added in the same manner.

With the third note paper, shown above on the bottom left, I deleted the stem from the flower and just used the flower head.  I started near the top left and angled the image toward the corner.  Another was added in the same manner in the upper right corner.  I then put one of the images in the center.  I added two more flower images to fill in the gaps.  I grouped the five flowers.  I copied, pasted, and rotated the image upside down and put it at the bottom of the page.

On the fourth paper,bottom right, I aligned seven small butterfly images along the left side of the paper.  I added a vertical line behind the images.

Be sure to stop by and check out the A Creative Need monthly challenge.  This month's challenge is "Mother's Day". 

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Take it apart? Yeah, why not?

For my May My Creative Need project, I am going to use one digital stamp, take it apart, and use it several ways.

I used A Creative Need digital stamp Whimsical Flower and Butterflies.

In addition, I also used the following supplies:  Hero Arts #B4344 Tiny Dot Circle rubber stamp, Kaleidacolor melon Melody ink pad; yellow Staedtler triplus fineliner; Ultra Fine Point Sharpie Markers in Lime Green and Tangerine;  Prismacolor Pencils in PC911 Olive Green, PC930 Magenta, and PC1096 Kelly Green; and a black Sharpie pen.

Working in Microsoft Word 2010, I used the original image and deleted out the butterflies.  I saved the image of the flower.  I used the original image again and deleted the flower.  I saved the image of the butterflies.

Background Papers

For the first paper I designed, I used the image of the flower, reduced it in size, and pasted it into a blank document.  Then, I copied the small flower and pasted it, many times, onto the page.  I then rotated some of the images. Also, some of the images were flipped horizontally.  When I was satisfied with the placement of the flowers, I printed the document.  The flower petals were colored with the yellow fineliner and the magenta pencil.  The stems and leaves were colored with the olive green and kelly green pencils.  I placed three dots in various places among the flowers with the black Sharpie pen.

The second paper used the butterflies.  I reduced the size.  I place six images across and distributed evenly horizontally.  I then placed five additional rows of six images on the page.  I spaced the rows vertically. I placed a line shape behind the images.  The line shape was a bit lighter color than the black that was used for the butterflies.  When the overall look of the page was nice, I printed the page.  I colored every other set of butterflies starting at the top left corner.  I used the lime green Sharpie marker for the bodies of the butterflies that were to be colored.  Please refer to picture to see the color placement where I colored the butterflies. I used the stamp on the Kaleidacolor pad, and stamped around  the butterflies that were left uncolored.

Be sure to stop by and check out the A Creative Need monthly challenge.  This month's challenge is "Mother's Day". 

Guidelines for entry:

Everyone is welcome to join in with a craft creation using any images you like! Of course A Creative Need would love to see what you do with any of the ACN images, and they are happy to share a FREE IMAGE with you every month! Join in the challenge ANYTIME THIS MONTH and leave a link to your creation(s) (card, journal page, jewelry, scrap page, art piece etc.) in the comments and Deena will pop on over to see what you've done. 

If you enter, and have followed the CHALLENGE theme, you will be placed in the random draw for 2 digi images of your choice!

If you are the lucky random draw winner AND you've used an A CREATIVE NEED image in your creation, you will receive a bonus image for a total of 3 images!

LIMIT of up to 3 entries per person please. The challenge runs from the first day of the new month to the end of the month.  Winner is announced on the first FRIDAY of the new Month for the previous month’s challenge.

I will have a couple more ideas for you on May 16, 2014.
Until then, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Friday, April 4, 2014

It's a Spring thing!!

I'm back!!!  Officially spring has sprung.  But here in Kentucky, you never know what this crazy weather is going to do.  I decided on a cute spring themed project.

I printed the Spring Bunny and Bird House digital image onto white card stock that works well with Copic markers.  I used the following markers to color in the image:  B0000, B00, B14, B18, B24, B39, C1, C5, E31, E35, E37, E47, E57, N5, YG23, YG25, YG61, YG63, YG95, YR000, and YR61.

The B0000 was used as a background for the image.  I did this by drawing a very light pencil circle first.  then I filled in with the marker, but did not go over the pencil mark.  When I was finished filling in the blue background, I erased the pencil mark.

I put just a light shadow on the images with the C1 marker.  I used a black colored pencil to put some shadow on the right side of the roof  and side of the birdhouse.  I used a permanent black ink pen to trace over the bird's legs.

For the pussy willows, I used a gray marker and put just a bit of color on the edges of the catkins.  Then, I used glue and white Flower Soft to add the soft texture to them.

Here's a closer picture showing the texture of the pussy willows:

Here is the finished project ... in a frame and ready to display in the house for spring:

Hope this puts you in a spring kind of mood.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.