Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Autumn Breeze

Autumn Breeze
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
This card is definitely a take off from my usual style, that's for sure. There are actually recent challenges taking place with this particular card. Allow me to fill you in with the deets.

The card is inspired by Inspiration Challenge #150 on SCS. As I looked at Joom's art, I couldn't help but want to see something fallish. Her style reminded me of these trees from Hero Arts that I had, with all of the dotted circles. So, I stamped the trees with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock. I just started playing with colors of Copic Markers onto this image, using lots of yellows, oranges, reds, greens and browns. I just kept adding color and splotching the image with the Copic blender pen. Hmm.

Then, I simply used Beate's WSC62 for the sketch, as you all know I don't like thinking about layouts one bit.

And then, by default, I still had all of the rules in my head from the latest Limited Supplies # 190 challenge on SCS...which was to use one sheet of patterned paper, one ribbon, eyelets and a hint of blue on the card. So, I did just that.

The little leaves are from a $1 stamp, as well as the sentiment. The grass was splotched in by yours truly. The dotted circle is another stamp by Hero Arts. I did a little paper piercing as well.

I'm not exactly thrilled with the outcome of the card, though I really do like the warmth of the colors.

Happy Fall, y'all.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Brutus on Parade

It was a gorgeous autumn weekend. It was a quick weekend, but a gorgeous one, nonetheless.

We decided to take ourselves and Sloopy up to campus to go through the Brutus on Parade exhibition. It was really cool. Sloopy barked at the statues, as I think she thought they were real life people.

My favorites were statues of Coach Tressel, Brainy Brutus, and Statue of Liberty Brutus. Visit my Flickr photostream, or the official Brutus on Parade website to see all of the statues made by some very talented artists.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Birthday Cruisin

Birthday Cruisin
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
I needed a birthday card for M, and earlier in the week he shared with me that he just bought a used scarlet convertible (I've yet to see it). So, I thought this Peanuts stamp by Stampabilities was the perfect image for a card, especially since I wasn't really in the mood to do much shading and blending.

I took a look at LSC190 on SCS, and the challenge was to use eyelets, the color blue, one sheet of patterned paper, one ribbon, no cuttlebug/punches, etc on the card.

So, I dug through my stash and found this map from a rental car company that I was given way back in 1996/97 when I went to the Rose Bowl. You can actually see Pasadena marked on the map in the upper right. The tag is not a punch, it is an actual stamped image from Rubber Soul. I used eyelets for smoke coming out of the exhaust, as well as filled in those eyelets with Tulip Puffy Paint.

I colored the image with Copic markers. Stamped with Memento ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock.

Though two days late, I gave it to M. He loved it. Wonder when I'll get to see the car?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A Classic

A Classic
Originally uploaded by Buckeye
I'm glad I was able to participate a little bit in World Card Making Day, as it has been a while since I've had the chance to make a card. Seems like making a card during the week is impossible, so I was grateful to have a weekend. I was able to complete the sketch challenge, WCMDSC08, on SCS.

I decided to ink up a Stamps Happen image for this particular card. You know the drill...Memento ink onto Georgia Pacific cardstock, colored with Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils. I had a lot of false starts on this, as I just couldn't get the image to look right. I was using the suggested shading on the label, but as with all Stamps Happen stamps, patience and a little luck are required. I think I was just anxious to see a finished product.

I do like having this masculine card now in my stash, as it might serve as my dad's birthday card next month.

Speaking of a classic, how about the game last night? A thriller. I'm proud of the toughness and tenacity both teams showed during the fight (good for the conference), and I'm guessing the game will become an ESPN Instant Classic. Gotta love getting a victory in Madtown.