Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A New Toy

Summer is definitely in full swing at our house now :) Sara has had double header softball games for 2 days straight, and has another one Thursday. Their season has started out very well, they've won 6, lost 1 and tied 1. They are so much fun to watch too! Ben did wake up before I left this morning :)

I have a new toy. First I'll tell you about the challenge. The House Mouse challenge this week is to use the colors red, white and blue. I thought about making a July 4th card, but I just wasn't ready to do that yet, so I decided on strawberries instead. I colored with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits and then colored the strawberry seeds with Spica glitter pen in silver. The dark grey and blacks were too dark, so I used the silver. It's fun with the little bit of sparkle.

My new toy is the EKSuccess border punch. I have always admired the SU punch that's similar to this one, but never bought it. So one day I was in Archiver's with my 30% off coupon and saw it. The rest is history :) The other fun thing on this one is the photo turn. It was just silver and I colored it and the brad with my Copics.

Sleeping with Strawberries, Thanks Berry Much
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black, Chalk Ink - chestnut roan, VersaColor - Atlantic, VersaMagic - Sahara Sand
Paper: MME-Barn Striped Paper, Basic Grey - Mellow-Savory
Other: Nesties, EKSuccess Border Punch, Photo turn and brad

This card is a card I made in the middle of the night. I couldn't sleep one night, so I went into my studio and this is what I made. It is SO SIMPLE! The focus is the patterned paper. Webster's Pages has the most beautiful paper. It's so beautiful that I don't want to scrapbook on it, I just don't want to cover the beautiful images. So I made this card instead. The only thing I stamped is the verse from the Value of Joy set. I embossed the butterfly with clear embossing powder to make it shine and I added sheer ribbon.

Stamps: Value of Joy - 2RedBananas
Ink: Chalk Ink - chestnut roan, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Webster's Pages - Peacefulness
Other: ribbon, clear embossing powder

Our quote for the day: "Today, let your heart dance. You will find no shortage of dance partners, as your feet join in. And your eyes. And your smile. And every part of your body and your feelings. Let your heart dance all day long." - Unknown

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!


Denise (peanutbee) said...

These are both GREAT, Jeanette!! The strawberry card is so cute and I loved the striped paper with the image. The butterfly card....GORGEOUS! Absolutely gorgeous!

Danni said...

Love both of these! Wonderful job!

Christina Fischer said...

Jeanette, these cards are fabulous! Love the coloring, layout and punch on the mouse card! Stamping or no stamping, that butterfly card is beautiful! :)

Lynette Neus said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards, Jeanette! Your coloring is so awesome, and it was so fun to see you do it in person! :)

Kristen said...

We used to find many a strawberry in our patch growing up that was either chewed by a critter or pecked by a Robin. Too cute. I like his full little belly. Love your butterfly card as well the background is so ethereal. Love it!

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

These are two totally different cards and I love that you can do that. The HM card is super. Your coloring is amazing. I like that you used something other than Patriotic as your theme. The second collage type card is beautiful. Great job.

Carolyn Bounds said...

Both of your cards are WONDERFUL!!! I love the plump-bellied mousie:o) and the gorgeous butterfly card!!! Honestly, I can see why you have a hard time covering that exquisite paper!! I wouldn't want to put anything over it either. I also love the EK Success border punch. Like you, I have been eyeing the very same SU punch. Now, I know to watch out for it in the EK line of punches. Thanks for the heads up!!


Carmen O. said...

Both of your cards are fabulous! I love the punch too, I have the SU one. Great take on the challenge!

Maria Matter said...

Jeanette, these are fabulous!
great idea using the strawberry HM for the red/white/blue challenge!
And your simple card is simply stunning...beautiful paper indeed!
Blessings, Maria

Sue from Oregon said...

Cute cards...love the full meece!

~MudpieMouse said...

I love the paper on that second card too ... it's gorgeous! And great job on the HM challenge. I love the image you chose & the layout. Keep on stampin' on!

Rica said...

Two fabulous cards, Love the paper on the second one, glad you didn't cover it and let it 'speak' for itself. Your layout and papers on your HM card are great and I just love that beautifully coloured adorable image.
Thanks so much for playing along at HM&F.
hugs Heather xx

Wendy said...

Very cute HM card. Your coloring is always so awesome! Are the Spica pens like the Stardust ones, or are they different?

America said...

Terrific coloring Jeannette! Beautiful cards with awesome touches!