Friday, August 31, 2012

Relaxing Clean and Simple

Relaxing Clean and Simple by judkajudy
When I saw that the challenge word for CASology this week was "relax", I thought of this Hero Arts set "Let's Chill". When I think of "relax", I think of the beach!  So I will enter this card in their challenge; it meets their criteria for lots of white space, but not so sure about the "one focal image".

I am also going to enter the challenge at Moxie Fab World for a card using the design principle "movement". I find my eyes going in a circle from tree, to crab, to sentiment... or you could start anywhere and go in a circle!

It's a holiday weekend here in the U.S. Hard working citizens are enjoying a long weekend and marking the end of summer. Here in Alabama there's lots of summer left!

If you are curious about design principles or want to learn more, be sure to visit Moxie Fab World's blog and check it out! An entire week was devoted to principles of design and introducing their newly published design handbook.

Enjoy your weekend, however you spend it. And I'm so glad you stopped by.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jane's Doodles and Pink Petticoat

Jane's Doodles and Pink Petticoat by judkajudy
I finally inked up the Doodles Flowers set from Jane's Doodles and combined it with the birdie  digi image from Pink Petticoats. The tiny gingham checked paper just happened to be on my desk when I needed a card base! I like the combination.

I'm eagerly waiting for my copy of Paper Craft's Design Handbook to arrive. There were so many design tips from the book on the Moxie Fab World blog recently that I knew I needed the whole book!!

I've been trying to incorporate newly learned design principles into my card making. The colors on this card fall into the Gallon, Quart, Pint principle; three colors with each one being used in a lesser quantity than the one above it! In this card, blue is the Gallon color, brown the Quart color and green is the Pint color. I also thought about balance and movement while putting the card together.

I am so excited to know good design principles can be learned and need not be genetic!!

We are experiencing some cloudy weather with the prospect of rain, thanks to Hurricane Isaac. It is a reminder to keep the people suffering from this storm in our hearts and prayers.

So glad you stopped by!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Gallon, Quart, Pint

Janes' Doodles digi by judkajudy
Gallon, quart and pint refers to the ratio of three colors used when making a card. This is information I learned from the Moxie Fab World blog last week as part of an entire week of design lessons! What a great way to be aware of how you use color.

This is Winnie, a new digi from Jane's Doodles. It was love at first sight for me! I colored her with Copics, used the photo frame from Purple Onion Designs to "anchor" her (another design tip) stitched and buttoned her together!

I plan to enter this card in the Moxie Fab World challenge featuring the gallon, quart, paint design tip. I've lurked at the MFW blog for a very long time, but this will be my first entry for a challenge. The talent over there is Moxie Fab!!

It's Monday and I need to stop blog surfing, e-mailing and playing Words With Friends. I started to browse Pinterest but decided I didn't dare add another distraction to my day!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Purple Onion Designs

Purple Onion Designs by judkajudy
I always take my checkbook along when I visit Donna Mikasa's blog "Three Umbrellas". She is on the design team for Purple Onion Designs and she works magic with their images!  More often than not, I end up buying the stamps she uses.

Recently, Donna posted on her blog that POD was having a 25% off sale, including their already reduced images! I took advantage of the sale not once, but twice! I'd been eyeing many of their stamps for quite awhile.

I printed the dotted background onto kraft from a Pink Petticoat digi paper set. I love the dots on kraft! I stamped the POD images in Memento brown ink and colored with Copics, using a mixture of reds, yellows and oranges.

Couldn't resist adding the little bird, also from POD, and the sentiment from DeNami Design (which I think was also enabled by Donna!!)

I've been practicing the design lessons published in the latest Paper Craft magazine and shared on the Moxie Fab World blog. I started out thinking about "movement" with this card  and I think I missed the mark!! But I'm loving the colors and the images!

The lessons posted on the MFW blog are more helpful than any I've seen so far! I've ordered the Design issue of Paper Craft so I can continue to learn and practice. I know for some cardmakers, these design principles come naturally; for me, not so much!!

Our trip to Wisconsin was a huge success; we were able to paint five rooms in our son's new home, wash all the windows and screens, set up bedrooms and the kitchen and enjoyed being and working together! Many of the friends who attended the wedding in April in Cabos san Lucas were there helping, too!

Hope you are having a great weekend. Enjoy these last days of summer. For many of us who have listened to the hum (or roar!) of the air conditioner these past 4 or 5 months, fall will be a welcomed relief!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Digi Bee and Flower

100_4671 by judkajudy
I've been exploring my digi files lately and came across this bee and flower. Unfortunately, it was a freebie and I don't know the source! I've paired it with hexagon patterned paper, a digi that includes 53 different colors!! It's from Pink Petticoat digi's. The sentiment is from "Stitched Sentiments" from The Craft's Meow.  I'm having fun with Glitter Glue lately! I like the touch of bling it adds.

Today is the day we were to be on our way to Wisconsin to help my son and his wife move to their new home. To everyone's disappointment, there is a snag in the paperwork and everything is on hold!! We are ready to leave as soon as we learn the new date!

I'm glad you stopped by!! Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Digi Images Combined

Digi Images Combined by judkajudy
I've been re-visiting some of my digital image files and had fun coloring Belinda from Tiddly Inks and coloring her with distress markers. Cut her out and placed her in front of an image from GGK.

If you look closely, you will notice that my bobbin ran out just as I was sewing up the left hand side of the card!

I hate it when that happens! Don't think this card will be leaving home anytime soon!

Temps were in the 80's today; blessed relief!! Hope your weather is just perfect where you are! Project for this week:  packing for the trip to Wisconsin.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Digital Stamp Club

Digital Stamp Club by judkajudy
This week I received an email from the Digital Stamp Club with an offer I couldn't refuse! A modest monthly fee grants access to hundreds of digi images and a gift certificate to purchase digi's in their store.

I love this happy birthday turtle! The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, enabled by Donna Mikasa. I had fun with the glitter glue on this one!!

Hope your weekend is going well and I thank you for stopping by! If you see Donna Mikasa around, wish her a happy birthday!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Shadow Stamp Revisited!

100_4660 by judkajudy
The challenge this week at CASology is to use the word "bird" for inspiration! Since I am a very literal person, I decided that my challenge entry should have a bird on it!!

I used a very old Hero Arts shadow stamp as the background for the Inkadinkadoo bird and branch stamp. I thought the blue and gray tones needed a splash of color for a bit more visual interest and so I added the green ribbon a little green "jewel".

Last weekend we drove to Atlanta for a visit with family and Cooper went along. Poor Cooper! He was terribly car sick ... made worse by the fact he insists on riding on the floor of the car instead of up on the seat!

After he recovered from his wooziness, he enjoyed playing with my son's dog, Spencer. This was a big improvement over the first time they met!!

Next adventure coming up: a trip to Milwaukee to help our newly-married son and his wife move to their new home. We will be wielding paint brushes and cleaning, and cooking for the moving crew! Can't wait!!

Thanks for stopping by!