Saturday, August 22, 2009

Simple Saturday and a Challenge(s) Card

This top card is my Simple Saturday offering, inspired by this card on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog. I used a white gel pen to make the dots on the background. I colored the frog with markers. I usually color these little Penny Black frogs with Prismacolor pencils but think the markers worked out OK on this one. I kinda like this card that would work for a guy, gal, or kid of any age.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, and Topiary cardstock; Topiary and Black ink pads; Citrus Leaf, Topiary, Desert Sand, Brown Bag, and Black markers; Hero Arts Dots & Flowers stamp; Penny Black Toadily and CTMH Happy Birthday stamp sets; White gel pen; Black My Legacy Writer; Liquid Glass.

"Let's Polka" is the theme for this week's Stamp Simply challenge on the No Time to Stamp? blog. The sketch is Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #79. The polka thing is polka dots - my favorite. I chose to use coordinating papers from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection. I love these papers but struggle with them a big, perhaps because they are so bold. That's something I need consider the next time I see something wonderful someone else has made and before I go flying off to some website to gather some up for myself. Back to my card: With all that color and pattern, I left my chicken white. I colored her with markers and used a blending pen with Juniper and Chocolate inks to shadow and ground the image. You'll note I'm using a black My Legacy Writer for outlining again, and the detail you probably can't see on either card is the Liquid Glass I used on the frog and chicken's eyes.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Ponderosa Pine, and Juniper cardstock; Cosmo Cricket Early Bird collection; Black, Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, and Chocolate ink pads; Honey, Holiday Red, and Gray Flannel markers; Whipper Snapper Designs Standing Chicken stamp and CTMH Happy Birthday stamp set; Stampin' Up Old Olive grosgrain ribbon; Juniper mini brads; Black My Legacy Writer; Liquid Glass; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Circles set; Piercing tool; 3M foam mounting tape.

Although I could write a novelette about all that is on my mind, I'm going to opt to go make something happen instead. And believe me, I'm sparing you. There's a lot rolling around upstairs today, some of which is personal, troubling, and stuff/crap that would take an entire novel to explain, because it's taken an entire lifetime to transpire. Anyway, accomplishing something will make me feel better. I hope your day is a good one, and as always, thanks for stopping by. Your visits and kind words mean more than you know. Later...

11 comments:

Alanna said...

Kathi, both of these cards are so darling. I love how the sentiment is shaped in the first one because it reminds me of singing--perfect with the frog and instrument.

I hope that with everything you have going on "upstairs" will work itself out and that you can have a great weekend.

Sparkle said...

What cute cards! I love that frog.

Kariberry said...

These cards are too cute! I Love that frog.
Praying for you today!

Sarah said...

Hang in there Kathi! Focus on the positive.
I LOVE both these cards...I can't believe you put all those little white dots in by hand!!!!
That chicken is a crack up!
I also will add you to my prayers!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

these are sweet, I lthem both!

enjoy *~*

Sylvia said...

The frog is such a happy card. And one of these days I'm going to have to get a chicken stamp.

Liane said...

Darling cards! I love them..... the froggy is a cute stamp too!

Jeanne said...

Fantastic cards! There's that fab background stamp again and that chicken and frog just make me wanna grin.

I wish we lived next to each other, too and we could have a good gabfest! I guess we'll have to "settle" for being "virtually" next door to each other. My email's ALWAYS open should you want to "talk." Hugs to you my dear, sweet friend!

Laurel said...

More adorable critters! and I do love that background stamp!

Carla said...

Great cards Kathi!! So cute!

Julia Aston said...

Love the chicken and fun DP on your sketch card!