Birthday Josh

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the luxury of creating a card that wasn’t part of a DT commitment so I’m excited to this one off today.  I created it to participate in the Sparkle Creations Challenge #87 where the theme is to use “Neutral Colors” – mainly backs, grays, browns, creams and whites.  I thought these would be perfect colors for another boy card as well.

The main image is Birthday Josh from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and the sentiment is I Chart from Penny Black.  I kept the layout simple, added a little ribbon for a tag, a chippie from Make it Crafty and finally went around the edges with a white gel pen.  I colored the images using Copic Colors from the “E”arth and “C”ool Gray markers.

These colors also lend well to some other pictures I have been meaning to share.  I recently went out into the wilderness and spotted this little creature less than 20 feet away from me!!  I know it’s a little unbelievable but keep with me as the story unravels a little more.  He he he

 Update: I was the lucky winner at Sparkle Creations for this project!

This animal is called an Axis deer but are also know as Chital deer or spotted Indian deer. They have a bright reddish coat marked with white spots that remain throughout it’s life and are originally native to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka.  Did you know that Axis deer are good swimmers with no fear of the water?  Also their fawns are protected by both parents, but stay close to mother. So what is one of these doing in Texas?  Good questions, but first, as I was admiring this little fawn and taking pictures, I found this guy lurking next to the tree right beside us!

Ok, now I’m sure if you had hackles they would be raised by now, but don’t fear as I wasn’t in any immediate danger.  We were actually taking a day jaunt to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center where over 1000 animals live, 50 species native and non-native, on 1700 acres of land, a sanctuary for endangered species.  It’s a place that you can drive around in and feed these animals right at your car window!!

It was amazing and these animals would stick their heads in the car window if you weren’t watching closely – and did one too!  Nearly scared the bajeezies out of me!  LOL  We bought a bag of feed and were were allowed to throw out on the ground near the car so many of the animals came right up to us.  We were allowed to feed the giraffes from our hands unfortunately none of them were hungry enough to come eat.  Above is a close up of a Wildebeest.

It was great day trip and I’m sure I’ll go again.  This time with a fully charged camera battery and backup memory sticks!!  None the less, we were able to see all these different species, most of them up close and personal: Wildebeest, Addax, Backbuck, Bontebok, Waterbuck, Aoudad, Emu, Ostrich, Shanhill Crane, Bison, Cheetah, African Spurred Toroise, Anglo-Nubian Goat, Boer Goat, Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig, Axid Deer, European Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Jackrabbit, Roadrunner, White-Tailed Deer and Black Rhinocerous.  Above is a picture of the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra with it’s beautiful brown stripes!

Lantern Rin

Today was my daughter’s first lesson coloring with Copic markers and she was so excited! Check out her card, also using Lantern Rin. She got to pick the challenge blog from a handful I showed her and was totally into the zone. It was fun and I’m sure the next lesson isn’t too far away. ;D

Challenge: Sparkle Creations Challenge #34 (photo inspiration)
Main Stamp: Lantern Rin (SCRS)
Patterned Paper: TC Blossomwood (K&C)
Chipboard: Frame Corner Flourishes (MiC)
Copic Markers

Did you know? The Power of Half is a book written by Kevin Salwen and his 14-year-old daughter Hannah in 2010. It describes how the Salwen family came to decide to sell its home, so that it could donate half the proceeds to charity. The family then bought a new home for itself, half the size. It also discusses what the family went through in selling its home, donating half the sales price, and down-grading to a smaller home, and what they learned in the process.
[The Power of Half,]

Lantern Rin by Cassandra

“I made this card for the picture challenge. The girl looks like she lives in China or Japan. I colored the girl with the colors pink, blue, brown, skin pink, and green. I add another stamp that says ‘You make me smile all over my face’ and I put two different colors behind it. And behind the girl I put flowers. I made this card with my Mommy. And I got a little leaf from my Mommy’s desk and painted it.” -by Cassandra (age 7)

Challenge: Sparkle Creations Challenge #34 (photo inspiration)
Main Stamp: Lantern Rin (SCRS)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Chipboard: Frame Corner Flourishes (MiC)
Copic Markers

Did you know? Dinosaurs lived a long time ago. The world was one big continent but today it is separated into seven continents.
[by Cassandra]

Cassandra was the winner at Sparkle Creations for this challenge!

Lantern Rin

I made this card using Lantern Rin from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and went with green colors representing spring. Everything around my area is turning green and the blossoms are just starting to peep out. This week is Spring Break and we’re breaking for the lakes. 😀 Have a great week!

Challenge: Sparkle Creations Challenge #33 (sketch)
Main Stamp:
Lantern Rin (SCRS)
Patterned Paper: Kioshi (BG)
Chipboard: Love Heart Swirls (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Copic Colors:
-skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R12
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes/eyes: W2, W4, W6, W8, W10, G20, G21, G24, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG93, YG95
-other: R11, R12, R14, R17, C1, C3

Did you know? Daylight Saving Time (DST) or Summer Time is the practice of temporarily advancing clocks during the summertime so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson. Many countries have used it since then; details vary by location and change occasionally.
[Daylight Saving Time,]

Cupcake Ruby

Here’s another card I made with my extra time today playing in the craft room. I used Cupcake Ruby and wanted to make more of a class card yet still keeping it fancy and cute. Basically my strategy was to use gray and creams, with a little bit of yellow, and finish up with a bunch of embellishments and sparkling Stickles Glitter Glue for good measure.

Challenge: Sparkle Creations – Challenge #30 (paper piecing)
Challenge: Card Makin’ Mamas – Challenge #15 (birthday)
Challenge: Your Next Stamp – Challenge #36 (paper piecing)
Challenge: Dutch Dare – Challenge #100 (sparkle/glitter/bling)
Challenge: DYSU Challenge # 7 (dots)
Main Stamp: Cupcake Ruby (SCRS)
Patterned Paper: Togetherness (CC)
Chipboard: Flower Leaf and Frame Corner Flourishes (MiC)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, E13, R12, R14, B91, B85, B97
-other: T0, T2, T4, T6, Y000, Y21, Y26

Did you know? Electric power transmission or “high voltage electric transmission” is the bulk transfer of electrical energy, from generating power plants to substations located near to population centers. This is distinct from the local wiring between high voltage substations and customers, which is typically referred to as electricity distribution. Transmission lines, when interconnected with each other, become high voltage transmission networks. In the US, these are typically referred to as “power grids” or just “the grid”, while in the UK the network is known as the “national grid.” North America has three major grids: The Western Interconnection; The Eastern Interconnection and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (or ERCOT) grid.
[Electric Power Transmission,]

Update: I was the winner at Sparkle Creations Challenges for this card!

Update: I was a top pick at Card Makin’ Mama’s for this challenge!

Cupcake Ruby

I made this card using Cupcake Ruby from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. The challenge is to create a card or project keeping it clean and simple. I made another white card but this time in a winter theme with soft colors.

Challenge: Sparkle Creations – Challenge #14
Main Stamp: Cupcake Ruby (SCRS)
Dry Embossing: Sizzix Basic Gray Embossing Folders Plaid & Snowflakes Set
Metal Die: Cuttlebug Card Combo Persia
Copic Colors:
-skin: E0000, E000, E00, R20
-hair: R20, R21, R22
-clothes: B0000, B000, B00
-other: C0, C1, R20, R21, R22, V91, V93, V95, E31, E34, Y32, Y35, YR12, YR14

Did you know? A cat’s whisker detector is an antique electronic component used in early crystal radios. The operator would tune the radio to a strong local station, and then adjust the cat’s whisker until the station was heard in the radio’s earphones. This required some skill and a great deal of patience; even then a good contact could easily be lost by the slightest vibration.
[Cat’s-Wisker Detector,]