Monday, June 7, 2010

Getting in the Summer Swing

I finally some motivation and a slight reprieve from the heinous back spasms so I got my mojo going and made some cards!
This first one I made for my wonderful Mom-in-law. It was her birthday yesterday and the whole the family got together to celebrate. I used the fun watercolor with Distress ink background demonstrated by Joy HERE

I colored the Bird in a Circle stamp with Copics and layered with some dreamy paper I've had in my stash for way too long. The Starburst Lace stamp is used for the watercolor background on the card base.

This next card I made for the Hero Arts June Challenge Theme of Summer or July 4th. I've had this idea in my head for awhile to scan the stamped Row of Houses to resize them and alter them digitally to make a flag.
I used the Hero Arts Polky Dots DigiKit to put the white dots on the navy row of houses. Then I sized the houses smaller and changed the color to red and copied and pasted them to look like the stripes on the flag. The sentiment is computer generated. I have found that when I scan a stamped image the edges and lines are pretty pixel-y so I open it in Paint to clean up the edges. (So totally old-school, but it works really well).
Unfortunately I live in a neighborhood on a busy street so a block party is not possible but I thought the sentiment was perfect for the image. Feel free to use the idea if you are planning a block party; just send me a link so I can marvel at your handiwork!

So here's my last card, just a simple little quick card I sent to a friend.
I used the Basic Grey Kioshi papers with a computer generated sentiment. The clear bird stamp is a favorite but I have no idea who makes it as I lost the packaging long ago.

I was surfing around some blogs recently and noticed that someone was using the image I created for my Flickr link. That was a fun surprise. If you would like to use it too, just right-click on the image and save it to your computer then for blogger; customize, add a gadget- choose picture and link it to your photostream. If you use it let me know.

Thought for the Day: From Zephaniah 3:17 "For the Lord Your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs!" From the New Living Translation.
Have a wonderful week,
blessings in abundance,
nancy

15 comments:

judkajudi said...

I love visiting your blog! Your cards are amazing and your Thought for the Day never fails to inspire me. Sorry about your back spasms! There isn't much worse than that!!

Cathy A said...

Lovely cards Nancy, Love the bird upside down, made me laugh! Clever house card too.

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful cards, Nancy! Nice to see your work again...take care!

Dawn said...

Nancy - glad you back is getting better... your mojo is back with a vengeance. Love all the cards you posted today. Very clever use of your computer and stamps together. Loved the bird one.... might use that idea some time.

Irene Talaasen said...

Hi Nancy!
Love seeing you back and the beautiful cards!! Glad your back is better!!!! Best of all is your verse for the day; that is a very favorite of mine. Wondered what version that was?

Love and Blessings,
Irene Talaasen

Suzanne C said...

So glad you are back posting again! YOu came back with a bang!!! Love your cards. The first one is so soft and dreamy. Beauitful. The second is so clever and really fun!!! And last but not least, love that you turned the bird upsided down to go with your sentiment!

Jill said...

I'm glad your back is a little better!!! And talk about mojo! These are all mojolicious!! :) I especially love the houses/flag card- pure genius, I tell ya!

Sarah said...

Wow! ALL of these cards are just fabulous! Love how you altered the row of houses. The back on your feet card is too cute and the 1st one is so pretty! Glad you're feeling a bit better and are able to do some crafting. :)

Alice Wertz said...

beautiful and creative cards, Nancy! the colors and patterns on the first card is just gorgeous and the house card is so fun!! love what you did with that stamp!! love them all! =)

Vanessa said...

Oh, I am glad to see your beautiful cards again, Nancy! Love these fabulous creations!! I hope your back will stop hurting soon!

Barb said...

Boy, it sure is good to see a post from you, Nancy! And was this one ever worth the wait! LOVE these cards! The first one is just amazing! The colors, stamping, design....gorgeous! I love the rows of houses with the festive colors and the perfectly clever sentiment! And then there's the last one! How fun is that! You are so creative to stamp the one bird upside down and use it with the cute sentiment! Can I borrow your creative brain......just for a day?! Glad your back is on the mend! Don't overdo! Hugs! :)

ivy said...

glad you are better! your card for your MIL is beautiful!

Jacqueline said...

Glad to see you back Nancy - looks like you couldn't wait to create again!! Blessings to you for a good speedy recovery!

Faye said...

Beautiful work, Nancy. Love the bird card.

Tiffany said...

Really love what you did with the bird in a circle stamp, beautiful and soft! You are too creative with the houses card, lol...I had to squeal a bit when I saw that card over on flickr!