Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Thank You Card


This is for the Mojo Monday 162 (MOJO16). This is the second card I make this week using one of my rubber stamps. I had forgotten how much work it is to use them. The right amount of ink, the right amount of pressure and the cleaning... my, my, my!! Just made me appreciate digistamps even more. :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

More Christmas Cards




Supplies:
Digistamp: 
Guylou's Inimitability - Gabrielle (coming to my online store soon)
Copics:
Skin: E01, E11
Lips: E04
Hair: N2, N4, N7
Robe: B21, B23
Sash: B26
Paper:
Dollarama Christmas Scrapbook Paper
Embellishments:
Wings: Elmer Glitter glue
Dollarama Self-Adhesive Rhinestones





Supplies:
Digistamp: 
Guylou's Inimitability - Gabrielle (coming to my online store soon)
Copics:
Skin: E01, E11
Lips: E04
Hair: E13, E15, E18
Robe: R59, B99
Sash: Y19
Paper:
Dollarama Christmas Scrapbook Paper
Embellishments:
Wings: Elmer Glitter glue
Ribbons: unknown (gift from my friend Theresa Gerber)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gabrielle


Angels we have heard on high... Gabrielle is a new digistamp I designed to celebrate 200 members on my CDAC group. I wanted to offer an image that can be used on Christmas cards. Gabrielle is a praying angel; she is praying for peace on Earth and good will to men. In this world of turmoil, a little prayer from an angel won't hurt.

The image was inspired by my own angel Gabrielle, my 19 year old daughter. Card design by me!

Supplies:
Digistamp: 
Gabrielle by Guylou's Inimitability (Will be available in my online store soon)
Copics:
Hair: E13, E15, E18
Skin: E01, E11
Lips: E04
Top:  R59, RV69
Papers:
Dollarama Christmas scrapbook paper
Embellishements:
Wings: Elmers Glitter Glue
Word Peace: Colorbok - Adhesive metal words
Golden Bow: gift from Theresa Gerber from South Africa
Pearls: Dollarama Crafts

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Brenda


This is a new image that will be available in my online store tomorrow. She was inspired by my friend Brenda, hence the illustration's name. Brenda had a great sentiment: "Fill your cup..........And nourish others with your overflow!" but  no image to go with it. She asked me yesterday if I could draw a woman drinking coffee (Brenda loves her coffee) and reading her Bible.So I did! Brenda already made a beautiful card with this image. You can see it here.

I used this week Lord have Mercy sketch (MTSC96). I changed it slightly.

Supplies
Digistamp:
Guylou's Inimitability - Brenda
Copics:
Hair: E07, E09
Skin: E00, E11
Eyes: G82
Mug: R35, R37, N9
T-Shirt: R83, R87
Bible: RV69, Y23
Jeans: B97, B99
Furniture: E13, E15
Papers:
American Crafts
Crate
Embellishments:
Dollarama Craft gems
Autumn Leaves Brown ink

Friday, October 15, 2010

Paper Play Challenges & Fab 'n' Funky

I made this card for the Paper Play Challenge - Week 41 - Photo Inspiration and the Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge 44 - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.

The photo inspiration was hard to resist and looked so delicious. I drew a new Louise illustration for the occasion. These fancy cupcakes are very inspiring and I just know that Louise could not resist them because they are yummy, yummy, yummy!!


Supplies

Digistamp:
Guylou's Inimitability - Louise and Cupcake (will be available in my store on October 21st).
Copics:
Hair: E07, E08, E09
Skin: E00, E11
Eye: G82
Clothes: RV02, RV06, BG15, BG18
Nails: RV06
Cupcake: Y19, BG15, YR16, RV06
Paper:
Unknown
Embellishment:
Dollarama Crafts Ribbon
Dollarama Make It Special - Chipboard Embellisment

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Charisma Cardz Challenge - More than one fold



This card is for the Charisma Cardz Challenge - Week #41 - More than one fold.

Cute Card Thursday - What's Buggin' you!

I made this card for a friend who just found out he has prostate cancer. They caught it right at the beginning and his chances to be cancer free after treatment are very good. But being told you have cancer is not an easy thing and he is worried and down. I hope this card will cheer him up!

This is for this week Cute Card Thursday challenge. The challenge was to have a bug somewhere on the card. I used a lady bug ribbon and a small wooden lady bug.



Supplies:
Digistamp:
Guylou's Inimitability - Ben
Copics:
Hair: E15
Skin: E00, E11
Raincoat: Y15, Y19
Boots: Y15, Y19, E27
Umbrella: R46, R59
Papers:
k i Memories - Designer Paper Pad - Colorful Fun Paper Pad
DCWV Embossed Boy Dots - Nana's Kids Print
Embellishments:
Ribbon by Offray - Ladybug with Daisy
Wooden Ladybug - Dollarama Crafts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trying a new art style

I like to spice up my drawings from time to time. This time, I decided to try my hand at drawing a Manga illustration in Shoujo style (pronounced Show Joe). Shoujo is the most widely read genre of Japanese comics. It features teen characters and leans more toward stories aimed at young female readers. The girls are drawn pretty and cute. The Shoujo look requires special elements and proportions: big, glistening eyes; a small mouth; and a tiny nose. Shoujo girls are between ages twelve and seventeen.

Shoujo drawing is not as easy as it looks. It is all about proportion and I had to erase a lot to finally get something close enough to the guidelines. I drew two so far. I named my character Louise. In this image, Louise is holding a small gift; like she would be going to a birthday party or maybe a house warming party.

I used this week Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO160) to make that card. I flipped vertucakkt it to accommodate the image.

Supplies:

Digistamp:
Guylou's Inimitability - Louise and gift (not available in the store yet)
Copics:
Hair: E07, E09
Skin: E00, E11
Eyes: G82
Blouse: R83, R85
Gift: B23, Y19
Pants: B97, B99
Shoes: C6, C9
Papers:
k i Memories - Designer Paper Pad - Colorful Fun Paper Pad
DCWV Cardstock Stack - Neutrals
Tool(:
Martha Stewart - Doily Lace Border Punch
Embellishments:
Ribbon by Dollarama Crafts
Pearls by Dollarama Crafts

Monday, October 11, 2010

My Family

Last night we had our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner and we took advantage that everyone was there to take a family picture. It has been a while since we did that, two years to be exact. The last family picture we took was before me and my husband separated. The separation caused a lot of disruptions and pain in all of our lives, however the serenity finally came back this summer after a long time of healing. It is wonderful to have that stability again and to get together without having that awful episode affect us as it used to. I am not saying that we are not all scared by what has happened, but as for all things, time do heal the wounds.

Let me introduce you to my beautiful family. My eldest is Gabrielle, she is now 19 years old and attending university to become an environmental lawyer. Gabby is a strong leader with a desire to make a difference in this world. She is bright, artistic and musical. My son Jeremy (in the green sweater) is 18 years old and is also attending university to become a psychologist. Jega is humorous, sensitive and a great encourager for anyone who needs it. He is very musical, artistic and writes novels (none published yet). Gabby's boyfriend is Cody; a wonderful young man. He is attending university to become a doctor. He is a good fit for Gabby and I hope their relationship will last. Then there is Joy, my Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She is 14 years old and has been a true joy to all of us. And the last, but not the least, there is Sundae, my miniature poodle. Sundae is seven months old, she is Miss Excitement and a lot of fun.

On this Thanksgiving day; I want to thank the Lord for blessing me with such a marvelous family and for keeping us together and for the healing He did in our lives. I am truly blessed!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

This year Christmas Card

Every year I mass produce a Christmas card which I give away to my co-workers, friends and professionals (e.g. doctors, hair dresser, etc.). In the past I purchased digistamps from various artists, but this year I was quite happy to be able to use my own digistamp. I created several Christmas digistamps and it was difficult to select one for my card. It finally came down between the Christmas Mouse and Chuck the Elf. Both image are so versatile and fun to colour. The Christmas Mouse is great for paper piecing and for decorating with Stickles and Chuck the elf is great for Stickles and glazing. What to do? What to do? Chuck won eventually because my friend Tracy found a really awesome sentiment at TLC creations which she used on her Chuck the Elf Card. It was a perfect match.


I will make over 40 cards with Chuck the Elf to give away this year. As the years go by, I end up making more and more since my circle of friends grows. I really don't mind. I know they are appreciated!

As of tonight, I have 12 made. I took some pictures to show you what they look like. I kept the design simple and had fun playing with my new Martha Stewart punch or my snowflake embossing folder. I also added some pearls or foam snowflakes on some cards.

Below are the Christmas digistamps I was considering to use for my card.





Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Christmas card in honour of my sweet Joy

Joy is our14 years old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. We got her at the Toronto Humane Society when she was only 7 weeks old. When we finally moved into a house, we decided to get a dog for the children. I called the THS almost every day asking them if they had a puppy. Most dogs they had available were mature dogs. At the time Gabby was 5 years old and Jeremy was only 3 years old. I did not want a dog who might be a menace to the children. I knew a puppy would be fine as it would grow with the children and become part of the family without any issues.

After calling the THS for six month straight, they finally told me they had a puppy for adoption. They told which date to come to their building, not guarantying me that I would get her since it is a first comes first served system. We were there way before the door opened. I went where he told me I would find her and there she was jumping up and down; wanting to come home with us.  The report they gave me explained that Joy was found with her sister in an alley on January 9th of that year. We had freezing temperatures that particular month of January. Joy's sister did not survive. The reason why Joy did was because whoever abandonned them, placed Joy's sister n top of her. Her sister kept her warm. They had to amputate part of Joy's tail because it was frozen, but beside that, she was just fine.

Joy got her name from my son Jeremy. We were trying to decide how to call her and Jeremy was not saying anything. I wanted to call her Rosy because her nose is pink; Gabby wanted to call her Daisy. I turned to Jeremy and asked him if he had a suggestion for a name. He said: "I want to call her Joy". I asked why he thought it would be a good name for the puppy. He replied: "I want to call her Joy because she will bring us lots of joy!" How can you refuse him; he was only 3 years old and he knew already that Joy was going to be a marvelous dog.

Joy has not been feeling well lately and we are afraid that she will leave us soon. We love her very much and it will be extremely hard on all of us when she is gone. Joy has been the best dog I ever had. She is bright, funny and such a great companion. 14 years old is a good life, that what her vet keeps telling me. I don't argue that; I just want her to stay with us much longer.

So to celebrate Joy and how much joy she is bringing us, I decided to make a digistamp in her honour. I will use this digistamps on most of my personal Christmas cards this year. I have not decided yet if this digi will be available in my online store. I drew a full tail on that little dog in case I decide to sell the image. We'll see!


I used the wonderful sketch provided by Sketch Saturday to make this card.

Supplies:
Digistamp:   Joy and Gift
Copics:       E13, E17, E18, E74, E77, R46, YG67
Papers:     
Hobby Lobby: Happy Holidays  Paper Pack
DCWV Cardstock Stack Neutrals
Ribbon:      Dollarama - Decorative Ribbon
Embellishments: Crafts - Selft Adhesive Rhinestones

Christmas Mouse for Mojo Monday 158

I just love the Mojo Monday site. I visit them often to see what the sketch is for that week. I rarely enter the challenge because by the time I finish a card, they are unto the next sketch! I am sooo slow or maybe too perfectionist?!?! Nah!! Just slow!!


This week I succeeded to make a card in time. I really like this week sketch. I am working on my Christmas card and one worked great with my Christmas Mouse digistamp.


I cut off the large strips on the Christmas ornament and put a shiny red paper behind the image to give the effect of a real ornament. I added some Stickles on the narrow bands and on the hook. Voilà!

Supplies:
Digistamp: Guylou's Inimitability - Christmas Mouse
Copics:  C3, R46, Y32, YG67
Papers:
The Paper Studio: Christmas Cursive
Hobby Lobby: Happy Holidays  Paper Pack
Stickles:  Gold and Ruby Slippers
Ribbon: Dollarama - Decorative Ribbon
Embellishments: Crafts - Selft Adhesive Rhinestones