Darling Butterfly



Bday card for Maria

     My very good friend  from Germany love's  LOTV stamps, butterflies and the colour blue! This is the card I made for her bday last yr. and I know she would have loved it but it went MIA somewhere between here and there, along with the whole bday pkg I sent her, chock full of die cuts and embellishments and all kinds of special goodies intended just for her to bring her joy.
     So today I decided since it has never arrived I would do this post in her honour and share this card here so if she would like to look at it any time she can just come here and take a peek :) I know it's not the same, but neither would recreating the same card to send to her. This is a special card and shouldn't be recreated, I will make her a better one as she deserves it and MORE!! I love this lady so much, she is the sweetest, kindest most gentle hearted person you ever want to meet, and she spoils me!! I would sooo love to be able to spoil her back and some day I will, even though she doesn't want me to :) You see she would rather give than receive. :)
     Onto her very special card. I can't remember the name of this style but it is fun to make and share :) I used a Viva pearl pen "Ice White" for her buttons, glitter gel pens on her hair bows and flowers, then some stickles on the flowers and glitter gel pens on the flower wrapper topped with glossy accents. I only had a couple copics then so I only used them on her hair and skin, but sry don't remember which ones.  The blues and purple (before the gel pens) were prisma colour pencils :) The bg dp is chinese origami paper. And of course I used my scalloped squares die to mat the image which is "Rosie Posey", isn't she just darling :)

I wish I had taken a pic of it after I signed it, but you don't expect things not to arrive, this is the second pkg I sent to her that has never shown up at her door. I often wonder where they are? Did the pkg break open and someone enjoyed the contents? If so I hope they enjoyed it, would be better than the contents never being seen by anyone  :)  

     I love LOTV stamps as well and will be making a lot more special cards for all my friends and family members soon :) Thank you so much Maria for sending me these awesome stamps, I hope I can do them justice the way the DT ladies do....oh my gosh their cards make me drool!! LOL I would love the opportunity to be a GD for this company, the stamps are easy to colour and perfectly detailed for every occasion you need. And their sentiment stamps are fabulous tooo! 
     Love you hun, can't wait till you get to come visit me, we will have so much fun crafting together!!  Please don't be upset by my post, it is ok that they didn't arrive, things happen for a reason. Consider it as you gave instead of received, I have decided that is how I will look at it from now on   :O)  big inky hugs and glitter wishes my sweet friend!!
     Ty so much for popping in to see Maria's card, I hope you like it  :)  Please leave me a comment so I can come see what you've been up to  :)  Don't forget to go visit this company, LOTV stands for Lili of the Valley, I promise you won't be disappointed!! 



Happy Birthday to you

     It's a new challenge at the Outlawz and this sketch was pretty easy. I knew I was going to use this image  because of it being tall and sort of narrow it's perfect. Yaaa....I know, it's another birthday card, but there are so many birthdays in our lives you can never have to many on hand.

     And this is one of my all time fave LOTV stamps, "Teddy Flower"  I totally love this lil guy with his giant flower, he's just adorable!!! All their stamps are, makes it so hard to choose which ones to own right away and which ones can wait, LOL!!

     Once I picked my background paper I tried to figure out what copic colours and distress inks would work with it. I love adding dimension to my images so I used two images to create that effect for this card. The flower is glued down in the centre with tiny pop dots glued close to centre to give the flower some depth, and the leaves are cut out and glued to the paper at the stem, then pop dotted in the centres and glued at the tips. The butterflies are glued in place with tiny pop dots keeping the wings elevated. For the sweet bear I cut out his head belly and fore foot excluding the ears and back foot.
     Copics used:  BG10  shadow
                           E34, 35 and 50 for the bear
                           R83 and 85   flower
                           YG 03 and 06   leaves
                           YR07 and C9 for the top butterfly
                            Y00 and R00 for lower butterfly

TH Distress Inks  scattered straw and spun sugar to do some inking on the main image edges and the side strips.
     So this sketch runs until next tuesday at midnight so if you get a chance come join us, we'd love to see how you interpret our sketches each week :)

Hope to see you soon, ty so much for stopping by my blog to see what I've been up to, please leave me a comment so I can check up on you too  :)  hugs

Cindy   :)  


Happy 9th Birthday LOTV

     Who's LOTV?  you might ask! Its a 9 yrs young stamp company out of the U.K. called "Lili of the Valley" and their images are soooo adorable I just can't resist them! My very good friend from Germany, Maria :) got me hooked on these images and I just love them. So does she, I'd say she is addicted and I'm totally convinced I am too, but that's ok cause we are addicted together!!! LOL LOL
     She purchased my first set and two singles for me for this past Christmas (she's so sweet and kind) and I have been enjoying playing with them and experimenting with different ways to colour them. Copics, distress inks, prismacolour markers/crayons, it doesn't matter what medium you choose, they are fantastic to colour and these images make the most adorable cards.
     They have a wide selection to choose from, something perfect for every occasion  and for every one's favourite things in life. From sports to cooking, to ballet to.... well you get the picture!! :)
     O.K. Why am I telling you this? Well, because Sat. Mar. 2nd is their 9th Birthday celebration and their havin' a P-A-R-T-Y!!!! Go here for all the deets!!

     As part of the celebration they are having a card competition and I figured since I have some of their awesome stamps I would like to enter a card. I'm glad I'm not competing against the DT though, those ladies got some serious talent goin' on and I'm kind of new to all this distress ink painting and copic colouring etc. But I figure the only way to learn and try to climb the ranks with the experts is to practice practice practice. So that's what I did. I got busy working on a card for the competition.
     I didn't want it to be just any ordinary card though, I wanted something a bit different and thought about all the different styles of cards I have made before, but they all seemed to boring for this, I wanted to make  something different, hopefully something unique.  One of my favourite styles of cards is an easel card and I remember seeing some cards that were called twisted easel cards and then recently I saw a double twisted easel card and thought hmmmmm maybe I could do something like that, but different?!?!
     I started playing around with the paper trying to figure out how to make a "twisted" easel card then worked on coming up with something different from that design that I haven't seen before. After about 7 messed up designs trying to get the dimensions right and which way to cut and fold I came up with this, I'm not sure what to call it, maybe a double twisted triple easel card? I worked on this card for over 12 hrs trying to get it right and then when it was done I was so happy with it that I had an idea to make another style with even more detail to it, but unfortunately I didn't have a chance to make it for this competition so my original will have to do :) I hope you like it, and I hope they do to!! :)

     This card also opens like a regular card and I decorated the inside to take a pic but I accidentally deleted it not realizing that until after I already signed it and sent it off to a friend.(thinking I was going to get the other version made) :( Oh well, when I do make the other version I have in my head I'll take a pic then and hopefully not do the delete thing again, sometime's I just don't know what I am thinking, LOL  If I'm lucky (which I'm not, lol) and get chosen to be a GD for LOTV some day... I'll  make that other version I am thinking of, or maybe come up with something totally different. haaa which is most likely, cause if I don't make the other one soon I'll forget to, lmbo!!
     Wish me luck....the prize for the random winner is 9 stamps and ohh my gosh I sure would love to be the winner!!  Although I know Maria has already purchased a bunch more of these beauties for me, there are plenty more I am dying to not live without, so I'm sure my only problem will be deciding which one's to pick next, LOL 
     Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, sry I've been MIA for so long but life and my body just hasn't been co-operating with me and what I want to do.  We are still trying to get the house ready for the market, we didn't make it this month, praying it will be by the end of March at the latest, but it certainly isn't an easy task, why on earth am I moving again, well I know why, but I can tell you if I had a choice I wouldn't be!! 
     Have a great day and don't forget to check out the party, go get your hands on some of these amazing stamps, you'll be sooo glad you did! They are having the party on Fb too, so if your a FB fan check them out here as well. P.S. they have FREE shipping!!! 
     Well I hope to see you soon!! Gonna have to tell my house and my body to leave me ALONE!!!!!  I have blogging to do!! LOL if that works I'll let you know so you can try it too, hehehe

Big inky hugs and glitter wishes to all my blogging buddies old and new <3