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July 29, 2011

Your Probabley Wondering .....

Hi Everyone:
Your maybe wondering what happen to the rest of the pics that I was gonna share from my feature over at Lily Pad. Well to be honest I was suppose to post them today along with a pic of my Blog Candy, but I haven't been feeling well today. Sorry but my hand is acting up again and giving me pain in my arm. So I guess my body is telling me to take a break. I have been doing a lot of creating this summer and maybe I have over done it. It was a year ago in May that I had surgery on the same hand and it really as been feeling great since than, but lately it is acting up again. So I am taking a break today but will be back in with more pics in the next day or so. So sorry for this but hopefully you will understand.

Blessings
Dana

July 28, 2011

Lily Pad Cards - Some Today & Some Tomorrow

Hi Everyone:
I guess I waited long enough for most of you to head over to LilyPad to see my cards, but for those of you who didn't here are the first 3 cards that I will share. The other 2 along with a New Blog Candy Give Away, will be shared tomorrow okay.

First I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who left such warm and kind comments for me over at Lily Pad today. There were some comments that actually made me cry! Thanks so much Judy!! Your such a sweetheart and friend. Big Hugs. Also I am sooooo grateful to those of you who found your way here from Lily Pad blog. It really means so much!!  Okay now for the cards!


Card Supplies

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Ranger, Stampin’ Up
Cardstock: Autumn Leaves, Recollections
Stamps: Everyday Sayings CL342, Old Letter Writing S4878, Hydrangea K5376 – HA
Markers & Pencils: Tombo, Marvy, Staedtler - Karat
Watercolor Paper: Canson 90lbs/185GSM
Embossing Powder: The Artful Stamper
Embossing Adhesive: Versa Mark
Instructions:
With Versa Mark, the Hydrangea Flower was stamped around the surface of a 5x5 piece of watercolor paper.  Black embossing powder was then sprinkled over each flower. The excess was then returned to container and the stamped images were then set using an embossing heat tool. Each flower was then colored with Tombo Markers. First used was the lighter color, then a darker shade, but only in various places. The leaves were colored and shaded. White dots were added for highlights on leaves and flower centers.
The flower was stamped 5 more times on scratch paper and cut out. These 5 were placed over top of the already colored flowers. These will be your “Masks”. Once flowers were all temporarily put in place, Scattered Straw distress ink was rubbed all over the surface. Be careful not to left up any of the masks while doing this step. This was all blended with an Aqua Pen to soften the ink.  Once dried and with masks still in place, text was added to the background using the Old Letter Writing stamp with Chocolate Chip ink.  Once dried, all masks were removed and discarded. To add more depth, watercolor pencils were used to add a darker shade around each flower. The sentiment was stamped on a white cardstock banner strip. The card front was then adhered to Kraft card base. To complete the card, the edges were distressed and banner was added to center of card.

This card was also submitted to Hero Arts July Monthly Contest.


Card Supplies:
Inks: StazOn
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Everyday Sayings CL342 – Hero Arts, My Little Monsters - Recollections
Markers: Tombo & Marvy
Patterned  Paper: Berry St. Farmers’ Market – DCWV, Little Boy – Echo Park Paper Co.
Instructions:
Blue pattern paper was cut and adhered to fit a 5x5 black card base.  Button images were cut from pattern paper and placed with pop dots in the corner of card front.  The monster image was paper pieced and so therefore needed a base to glue individual pieces too. So first the image was stamped on white cardstock, then orange pattern paper, and last red cardstock. All pieces were cut and then glued to the white stamped image.  Scales and feet where colored with Tombo Markers. Highlights were added randomly on Monster body. A white strip of cardstock was placed at bottom of card and ribbon was also tied around card. Sentiments were added to center and bottom of card. To add a touch of whimsy and fun, Googley eyes added to the Monster face. Monster was then added to complete the card. 



Card Supplies

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Ranger

Cardstock: Recollections

Stamps: Old Letter Writing S4878 – Hero Arts
Sentiment: Discover Title Stickers - Creative Memories
Patterned Paper: Life Stories Kit – My Mind’s Eye
Instructions:
Text was added to a 5 ½ x 4 piece of grid pattern paper using the Old Letter Writing stamp using Peeled Paint distress ink. The edges were then distressed and adhered to flower patterned paper, then matted with Kraft and brown cardstock. Ribbon was added to tag. The flower die cut, along with tag, and half of a journal spot was distressed around edges and place on card with pop dots. The sentiment sticker was placed across tag and to finish the card, pearls were added randomly.  This card was made with the green Scrapbooking kit that is similar to the kit that is up for grabs with this Blog Candy. Please let me know if you shared about this  on your blog or if you are a new follower and want your name added to the draw. Thank so much!

Today was another hot summer day and was a good time to go to the air conditioned stores to pick up groceries and run errands. Lol. I do love this beautiful weather though, especially hot summer nights. It was so cool and romantic (kind of) to be outside until late at night, with Citronella candles glowing and setting down with a cool drink. Talking to my sweet hubby, laughing, and remembering . I so appreciate our big wonderful garden and the very beautiful night sky with twinkling stars. We really do have so much to be thankful for. Hope your enjoying your summer and taking lots of pics to help you remember when the seasons change.
I guess I better get to bed. Until tomorrow sweet dreams.
Big Hugs
Dana

July 26, 2011

Lily Pad Guest Designer Sneek Peek Teaser!

Hi Everyone:

Well the day for my Guest Designer feature at Lily Pad will soon be here! Yup! July 27th - this Wednesday! I am super excited and can't wait to share my cards with you on that day. But for now I do want to tease you with some Sneek Peeks of my cards that I made for this very exciting opportunity.  So here they are in no particular order. Can you figure out what the originals might look like. I can't wait to share them with you.


 

 

 

And Finally, the last one!


Okay, that is it for all my Sneek Peeks. And remember to see the the cards with details and a larger view be sure to see my Guest Designer Post at Lily Pad. My post goes live at Lily Pad on WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, at 4:00 a.m. EST.  That is what I was told anyway!! Lol! So I will meet you at the pad, and be sure to drop back in here again for another Blog Candy Give-away in honour of my Lily Pad Guest Designer spot. There is still Blog Candy up for grabs here too. If you share about my Blog Candy on your blog, please let me know so I can add your name to the draw okay.

Thanks so much for popping in and checking things out. I trust your all enjoying the hot days of summer. So much better than snow remember. Lol. I am not gonna complain. Well, try not too.

Good Night & Sleep Tight!
I know I will!

Blessings
Dana

July 20, 2011

Tropical Creation & More Exciting News!

Hi Everyone;
Hope your summer is going great and that you are still getting some creative time to get your fingers inky! Lol!  If you headed over to Jill's blog you would have noticed that today and the rest of this week, her blog will be taken over by some of her friends while she is away at CHA.  Today is my turn over there and this is my take on her card that I shared yesterday. 


Close-Up Shot


Card Supplies
Inks: Black StazOn
Cardstock: Autumn Leaves
Stamps: CL342 - Everyday Sayings – Hero Arts
Digital Stamps: Sweetest Flower - Deedee’s Digis
Watercolour Paper: Canson 90 lbs./185GSM
Adhesives: Glue Dots, Score Tape, and Glue Glider Pro
Markers: Tombo Markers #’s 098, 443, 452, 856, 905, 993, White Gel Pen - Marvy
Distress Inks: Ranger/Broken China, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Storm Grey, Fired Brick, Vint.Photo

To make this card I printed the digital image on watercolour paper. I coloured each flower with a combination of 3 to 4 shades of one colour. The advantage with watercolour paper is that you can take away colour if there is too much and add extra if you need to darken a colour. Each individual flower was coloured this way. Then to add a deeper shade, I used Distress Inks to add shading around each flower petal and underneath. A little tip to determine where your shading should be, is visualize that the shadow should always be behind or beneath. To add highlights I just used my white gel pen and added it in areas that were in the opposite direction of where the shading was located. For a touch of whimsy I added white dots to the center of each petal. The edge of the card was distressed with Vintage Photo ink. Then jute twine was wrapped around the card twice and tied in a bow. The sentiment was then stamped in black. The flowers were added to the side of the card using pop dots rather than in the center like Jill did with her card. That’s it! Voila!  I love tropical flowers and though we don't see many of those in this part of the world, they are so beautiful when you see them at the flower store. Hopefully these remind you of tropical flowers too. I am so thankful to my freind Deedee who was the designer of this wonderful Digital Stamp. Thanks sweetie.

If you came here from Jill's Blog, then I want to extend a warm welcome to you. I am so happy that you dropped bye and hope that there is something at "Reliving Tomorrow" that inspires you to create. If you have any questions feel free to be in touch at dana.colbourne@yahoo.com 

In honour of my Guest Blogger Day and also some other exciting news ( which I will share in a minute) I want to give away some Blog Candy!  You don't have to become a follower but I sure would love it if you did and if you wanted to share about my Give-Away on your blog that would be awesome too.
To Have A Better View Of Individual Pages See Them Here

I so love these papers. If your into Vintage style scrapbook pages or cards these are the papers that will help you get the job completed. I will share a sneek peek of a card that was created using some of these papers next week. That card is actually apart of the exciting news that I have to share. Okay, here it is!  Lol! I am so happy to say that I will be Guest Designing at Lily Pad for the month of July. I have some sneek peeks to share of all the cards that I have created for my time over there, but you will have to come back to see for yourself.

Well that is it for now. Sorry such a long post but I had lots to share. I have been quiet for a while about the Guest Designer Spot but now that the time is drawing near, I thought it would be okay to share. I am so grateful to Deborah Nolan  & Vicky Papaioannou  for providing me with this amazing opportunity and for helping me to get my work out there! Thanks ladies!

Okay off to get some chicken on the Barbie! Until next time, take care of yourself and each other!

Hugs & Blessings

July 19, 2011

Quick Post & Some Exciting News!

Hi Everyone:

Just wanted to pop in for a brief moment and to share some exciting news with you all. Tomorrow, I will be Guest Blogger at Inspired By the blog of Jill Foster. If your a cardmaker and know anything about the hobby I am sure that you must know who she is and how fab her cards are! Tomorrow I will be taking over her blog as she will be away at CHA WOWING everyone there. Lol! I was so humbled that such a great friend would ask me to do this. Her heart is as big as the ocean and for her friendship, I am ever grateful.  So why not check it out to see my take on one of her cards that I have been inspired by. This is the card that inspired me so much!



Her eye for detail and brilliant colours is amazing and I cannot wait to share my take on this beauty. So to see my take on this card be sure to check out the provided link and tell me what you think. Be sure to stay tune, because I have some more wonderful news to share and some sneek peeks too! You never know, maybe there will be some Blog Candy up for grabs as well.

I trust that you are all having a wonderful summer and enjoying each other. Remember to take care and be safe.

Hugs & Blessings
Dana

July 11, 2011

I've Been Tweeted!!!!


Check Out All Your Hero Arts Tweets
I am so excited right now! I love being a part of Hero Arts Flicker group and it is so amazing to see so many ladies having their cards being Tweeted about on Twitter! To be honest I have wished many times that I was in that group! Lol. I know it seems silly and it shouldn't matter, but for some crazy reason, it does! Lol. We are all guilty of wanting to be recognized for our hard work and determination, and when it happens it becomes so exciting!! I was so happy to read the Tweets on the Hero Arts blog and my jaw dropped when I saw that my name and this card was mentioned in their Twitter thread on July 6th! Lol! I couldn't believe it!  Oh my goodness! I have been Tweeted! Lol. You can read it here!  It feels wonderful to have my work noticed by one of the leading Stamp Manufactures in North America! It was such a nice surprise and I am feeling so grateful right now! Thanks so much Hero Arts!

 
Also, I am so excited to say that I made the Top 3 again at Case Study! I was so excited to see that my card was chosen for this category and the week before I won the Random Org. pick. So Case Study really has been so good to me! Lol. Thanks for choosing my card. I so appreciate it! Their new challenge is up!

 
I just want to share this card that I made for a challenge that I hosted with my HA Flickr Group! I challenged the ladies to make a card that was going against their natural creative grain! To do something different than the norm and to share it with our group. So the "Against The Grain Challenge" was a little more difficult than most 90 Minute Scrambles, but the ladies said that they really enjoyed it and was happy to be challenged outside of their comfort zone. The cards that were made were gorgeous! You can check it out here and this is my card.



This card was made using the "Time To Stamp" and sentiment from "Everyday Sayings" set as well. Both Hero Arts stamp sets. I actually stamped one of the clocks and then enlarged it on a photocopier! It was distressed with Ranger Distress Inks and then stamped with Old Letter Writing HA stamp as well.  To add some character, I added a cluster of embellishments on the side. The grommets and brads were from Making Memories and I used a white gel pen/Tombo to add some highlights around the clock and on the Roman Numerals.

Enlarging stamped images really can give you some pretty amazing shaped cards! Now I don't do this all the time, but when I would like something different or I am tired of the regular size card, I try something like this. Don't be scared to stretch your imagination! You'd be surprised with what you come up! 

I wanted to add that the "Take 5" feature that was suppose to be up here at Reliving Tomorrow is being delayed due to some technical difficulties. Yup! Just another way of saying that I am having computer issues. Grrr! I can't wait to get my own computer again. Trying to figure out video making using a different program, and photo editing program is driving me nuts!!! Grrr! Lol! So I have taken a step back from it for a while, and hope to get everything sorted by the end of July. So please be patient with me!  I have some amazing ladies being featured here and can't wait to share their work with you.

Okay, that is it for today!  Time to get some lunch & walk to the post!  Take care and enjoy your summer.

Wishing you much Sunshine & Happiness.
Dana

July 6, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Well today is my Wedding Anniversary! 15 Years! Wow! Where did the time go! I feel very privileged to say that I am a married woman. With the way that marriages are viewed in today's society by some, getting to 15 years is really an accomplishment! Lol. Even if I say so myself! Lol. My hubby and I have been together since High School. I remember that first time we spoke, that first date, and that first kiss. Lol. The thing that sticks out the most is that he use to write letters and tell me how he felt about me. A real romantic! Lol. I don't get those anymore, but there are times that he still expresses his heart. This is rare for most men, so I am so happy that he is a tender hearted guy!!


Not only is he a wonderful hubby, but he is also an amazing Dad! His love for our son is so great to watch. He doesn't feel that he measures up sometimes in the parenting department, but we all feel like that at times I think.


So I wanted to make an Anniversary Card for him that was different from the one I did last year. So the challenge at Cas-ual Fridays was to make a man card with Kraft paper. So I tried this and this is what I came up with.


 My Anniversary Card For My Hubby!


Close Up


This card is being submitted to these two challenges:

Challenge #149
This weeks challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges is to make a single layer card.


Current Challenge Info

 
Now I try not to do much colouring because my hand still bothers me, but seeming this card was for a great guy and I was encouraged by my good friend Dorcas to give the Kraft paper colouring ago, I did it! Lol. Now this card was made using a clip art pic from the Internet and believe it or not, I used Crayola colouring pencils. YUP! That is the truth! Can you believe it! Now I still need to get some Prismas because they are softer, but these still did the job! Now this was a labour of love because it took me 3 hours or so to do this from start to finish. I know! I know! CAS cards are suppose to be fast! Lol! Well not when it is your first time trying out a new technique! I have to say that I am happy how it worked out. I just hope that he feels the same way. Can't wait to see the look on his face when I give this to him at dinner tonight.

Off to spend some much needed quality time with my family and to have a fun afternoon. Hope your enjoying your summer too!

Hugs & Blessings
Dana

Case Study Challenge & More!


Challenge # 46

This is the last time for Jill to be the Muse at Case Study and so therefore I wanted to play along. I loved making this card and will be submitting it to other challenges as well. The Design Team did some totally outstanding work on their creations and if you don't believe me, just check it out for yourself! Lol.



Hero Arts Challenges

This is a new month and that means that  Hero Arts begins a new challenge.  This month the challenges is all about summer. Make a card that reminds you of summer. It could be summer at the beach, could be flowers, butterflies, cool drinks, etc..... the possibilities are endless. 



Pretty Blossoms Challenge

This is a very easy challenge because we all have flower stamps right! Still lots of time to play along in this challenge, so get out your stamps and get inky! Lol!




I made this card also for the  Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and you can play along too. Loads of inspiration in this new magazine and it is on shelves right now. I was floored by what was in this book and the fun thing is that I knew some of the people who had their cards published. So cool!


Wee Memories Current Challenge
The challenge at Wee Memories this time around is "Summer" and that can be interpreted any way you see it! I decided to go with flowers for the thing that reminded me of summer. After all the snow we had this past winter seeing big beautiful blooms is a welcome sight!

Here is my card for these challenges!
Card Supplies
Cardstock: Autumn Leaves
Watercolour Paper: Canson 90lb/185GSM
Inks: Black StazOn, White Pigment Ink/Stampin' Up, Ranger Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Scattered
Straw, Storm Sky, Peeled Paint, Broken China, & Vintage Photo
Stamps: H5481Classic Bloom & CL342 EveryDay Sayings/Hero Arts
Markers: Black Craft Marker/Crayola, White Gel Pen/Marvy
Adhesives: Easy Glider Pro
Embossing Folder: Sizzix

This card was much faster to make than you would think! Lol. I stamped several flowers in black ink on a piece of scratch paper and then cut them all out. I then stamped my first flower in black on my 4x6 watercolour paper. Then I took one of the previously cut out flowers and placed over top of the flower I just stamped on my watercolour paper. ( Note: Repositional adhesive is the best to use here! ) This was done to prevent me from overlapping flower petals. I wanted them to look like they were underneath each other. So once this is stamped again you just peel up the cut out copy that you placed on your first stamped image and repeat the step again. All flowers were coloured with distress inks and shaded with watercoloring pencils. Then I used one of my son's school markers and filled in the black. I added some white to the centers and then stamped the sentiment in white. I hope you can understand what I mean bye the masking ( covering one image so you can stamp overtop with out overlapping.) and give this idea a try yourself.

You can purchase your Hero Arts stamps, Distress Inks, and Easy Glider adhesives at Scraptacular Images. This is a great opportunity because not many stores in Canada sell Hero Arts stamps and it helps save on shipping.


On a sad note, I wanted to share that this card is for a good friend of mine who just found out that she has breast cancer.  It comes as such a shock because she is really a wonderful athlete, eats healthy, and exercises faithfully. So shocked right now like everyone who knows them!  So my heart goes out to her and her family today has they begin this very tiring, stressful, and painful journey together. We are in the same age group and I keep thinking that every year younger people are getting this dreadful disease. I pray that a cure would come very soon!  If you could remember her in your prayers today that would be greatly appreciated because I am sure that they need all the prayer they can get right now.  Remember that the "today" you have now may never really be the same tomorrow, so love a little harder, hug a little longer, and listen while there is still time to call today living!!

God Bless
Dana

July 5, 2011

Happy Celebration

 Hi Everyone:
I trust that you are all having a wonderful long weekend with family and friends. I just wanted to share a card with you all in honor of Canada Day and July 4th!  This card is to all my on-line friends who have become really special to me. I think that some of my closest friends are those that I have met on-line and through blogging. So in honour of all of you and the support that you have given me during some difficult times and especially the support you give me here in my cardmaking this card is for YOU! It really means so much, every comment, every suggestion, and all the cards that you send. You have blessed me in so many ways!  Just wish there wasn't so many miles between us!

This card was made using Making Memories patterned papers. Digital Image was stored on my computer that crashed. I have no idea who the designer is, but I do know I purchased it at the Creative Digital Art Center. It is called "Fireworks Birdie" if that helps at all! I do remember that much! Doodle Pantry rings a bell for some reason! 

I made sure to spritz all papers with water and then crumple up into a ball. Then I flatten them all out and then distressed them with Ranger Inks. Center image was cut using Spellbinders Nestibilities. Buttons are Creative Cafe and Maple leaf die cut was from SVG Cut Files. Celebrate sentiment is Stampin' Up and stamped in black StazOn. Ribbon is Daisy Bucket and all edges of paper was distressed with Tonic Perferator.

Close Up of Shimmer & Colouring

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Paper Play Time: Use a Digi, Red, White, & blue
Mark's Finest Papers: Challenge # 62 - Patroitic
 My Sheri Crafts: # 63 - Independence Day or Canada Day

Just wanted to share a close up so you can see the shimmer on the fire works. One of my blog followers named Emily was so kind to send me some Shimmer pens. It is amazing Emily! Thanks soooo much sweetie.
Also, the image was slowly coloured, with Tombo Markers, Ranger Distress Inks, and my Staedtler watercolour pencils. I used my white gel pen/Marvy to add highlights.

Thanks for dropping bye and I trust that with all the fun that was had by all, that there were loads of pictures to help you remember the memories forever.

Happy Canada Day & July 4th!!
Hugs & Blessings
Dana

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All the contents of this blog including but not limited to designs, concepts, and photographs are COPYRIGHT 2009-2014 Dana Colbourne. I have put a lot of work in these creations and would appreciate that you use them for inspiration and enjoyment. They are for personal use only and they are not to be copied or used for publications or contest. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me on this fun journey!