Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nativity Scene Penny Black

Nativity Scene  Penny Black by judkajudy
While I have always loved this Penny Black Nativity cling stamp, I have not felt confident to color it properly. After creating the night sky in black and white with my new Simon Says Stamp starry night die, I realized I could leave the image in black and white. This certainly makes it easier for mass production! The sentiment is from Hero Arts, a stamp I have owned for abour four years and haven't used!

Our weather is making it difficult to realize this is the holiday season! The prediction is for 70 degrees this weekend! Many of our neighbors have their outdoor decorations up and lit which is reminding me Christmas is rapidly approaching.

I did put away the Thanksgiving decor and tossed the last of the leftover turkey today. We had a quiet but wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Santa's Sweetest Season

100_4832 by judkajudy
Yet another card using Stacey Yakula's Santa from Purple Onion Designs. I stamped him on watercolor paper, watercolored him using distress inks and touched up with Copics.

I have had to put away the playthings for a few days. Company is coming for Thanksgiving, including my daughter from Minneapolis.

Big disappointment today: carpet cleaners did not show up!! After several phone calls in which the appointment time was changed, they are no longer answering the phone! Our furniture is stacked, we have wasted the day waiting for them, and I am confused why any business would not explain themselves!

The good news is, I found someone to come tomorrow! It was that or get out the Bissel and get to work!!

Hope your day went better than mine! Join us at the Hero Arts blog this evening starting at 6:30 pm for 24 hours of 90-minute Scrambles!! I am hostessing the 8:30 to 10:30 pm shift!! Don't tell anyone, but I will probably be in my p.j.'s!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Laurel - Sweetest Season Purple Onion Designs

Laurel - Sweetest Season Purple Onion Designs by judkajudy
These images from Stacey Yakula for Purple Onion Designs have taken over my crafty brain! This is Laurel and the design is an almost direct copy of a card done by Alice Wertz for the POD blog.

I am enjoying playing with watercoloring, using my distress inks to color the images stamped on watercolor paper. Very relzxing and the shading tends to take care of itself.

I have made more cards using this series and will eventually post them here. For now, it is time to stop playing and finish preparations for our Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be a 24 hour Scramble at the Hero Arts blog this weekend, beginning at 6:30 pm central time on Friday the 16th. Hannah Nicole of the Flickr group will begin and I will follow her as hostess at 8:30 pm.  The last Scramble will begin at 4:30 pm on Saturday the 17th.

The 24 hour Scramble was Ava's idea and Hannah did the organizing. Hero Arts will donate a digital set to the winner of each Scramble. Check out the schedule and join in when it works for you in your time zone!!

Thanks for dropping by!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sweetest Season Purple Onion Designs

Sweetest Season Purple Onion Designs by judkajudy
This is "Berry", part of the Sweetest Season Series by Stacey Yakula for Purple Onion Designs. Don't know why his name is Berry but I speculate it is for "Berry Christmas!"

I stamped the image on watercolor paper, painted him with distress inks and matted and stitched him to a card base.

I am happily playing with all the images in this series and will post a few more cards over the next week. I have no shortage of ideas but must balance play time with "get things done before the holidays" time.

My hope is that our friends in the Northeast are enjoying heat and lights once again. Life is better when the power is on!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope Berry is melting your heart a bit and bringing a smile to your Tuesday.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

POD Stacey Yakula Designs

POD  Stacey Yakula Designs by judkajudy
I tried, but could not resist, purchasing the entire Sweet Seasons series of Purple Onion Designs' stamps by Stacey Yakula.

The Design Team at POD has created some "to die for" cards that made my mouth water!! Michelle, of POD, has been dealing with the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, but in the midst of her troubles managed to keep in touch with her customers and finally make it to the post office to ship orders.

I tried coloring Santa with Copics a la Allice Wertz, but realized red is a difficult color to manage. My solution was to paint with distress inks and highlight with Copics.

My plan is to spend some time today playing with the other images in this series. They all make me smile!!

We are enjoying beautiful Fall weather! I hope you have time today to do what makes your heart happy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Deasy Designs Happy Winter

Deasy Designs by judkajudy
I couldn't resist these new digital images from Deasy Designs; especially with the 20% off sale!  The images are colored with Copics, matted with patterned paper and stitched a bit!  The "Let it Snow" sentiment is by Lawn Fawn, the others are Hero Arts.

I don't think I can bear to send these to anyone. I may just keep them for their smile value!

We have been catching up on home maintenance projects lately.  Had the trim on the outside done about two weeks ago.  That all looks so nice and fresh, I decided I wanted to perk up the interior as well. 

I thought I would just "touch up" woodwork and cabinets in the kitchen, but once part of the woodwork looked so crisp and clean, it seemed necessary to branch out into the rest of the house!  I painted the last of the baseboards today!   Thank goodness for blue painters' tape! What fun it is to peel that tape off and see those nice crisp edges.

My thoughts are with the people on the East Coast who have been affected by yet another weather event! Hopefully their power will be restored quickly and they can begin to put back the pieces of their lives.

Thanks for stopping by!!