Category Archives: Digi Design House

roses are red

…and pink, orange, yellow and white.   Roses come in a rainbow of colors and shades and all are beautiful.  It’s the one flower that I get to enjoy in spring, summer and fall.  Our front yard rose bushes are full of buds and I can’t wait to see them burst with color.  Many of our neighbors have similar rose bushes and it seems we all have different ways to contain them.

Like many of our neighbors our bushes are on the side of our mailbox and we keep them trimmed.  Other neighbors have them in containers, and still others let the vines grow unencumbered where they take over the entire mailbox.   In all cases they look great and add so much color to the front yards.

I did this card to practice my coloring with pencils.  I recently took a class on this subject and found it to be very helpful.  I’ve taken classes before ranging from just “ok” to downright bad and I was reluctant to spend the time and money only to be disappointed once again.  However the class by Dina Kowal was just the right blend of information and technique – not to mention her fantastic coloring skills.  So, if you want to improve your coloring I would recommend her class.

The image ( a digital image from Digi Desigb House) was colored with  prisma pencils:


I used these colors:  Blush pink, Mulberry……Chartreuse, Limepeel and Kelp….Powder Blue and Blue late…Cool grey 20%, 30% and 50%

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southwest style

When we lived in California we took many vacations in the southwestern US.  Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah all have incredible natural landscapes and historical treasures.    I loved our visits there – they were filled with the most wonderful food, and scenery as well as great shopping for silver jewelry and native american crafts.    This card celebrates those wonderful vacations.

The main image is from Digi Design House, the digi side of TAC.  If you are in the market for a great western set, this image is from their Western set and it has several great images.  It was printed out on copic paper  – thought I was going to  color it with copics but at the last minute decided to use my Prisma pencils.  Surprisingly, copic paper works fabulous with pencils!   No solvent like OMS or baby oil was used – just the pencils.  It gave me an opportunity to try my skills at shadows and highlights.  I like how the shadows in the folds of the blanket and on the ground came out.  The sky was sponged with memento summer sky ink.

The base card  was stamped with Impression Obsession’s Screen cover-a-card stamp.  The woodgrain panel is stamped with a Papertrey image. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

accordian book

I love kits.  What is not to love?  So much of the manual work is done for you, everything is color coordinated and all you have to do is put it together and add your special touch to it to make it your own.  Such is the case with this accordion album kit from The Angel Company – which is from the Natalee  collection .  I kid you not – this was so easy to put together.  It took maybe 10 minutes.  The pieces were pre cut and prescored, so all you have to do is decide how you want each inside page to look.

On the front I used a digital image from TAC Digi Design House, called Cottage Rose.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous image (I’ll be using it often!) and colored it with prisma pencils.  I chose the purple because the patterned paper has shades of purple throughout it.  To “make it my own” I added a purple silk ribbon from May Arts and square rhinestones from Basic Grey.   I’ll add a title on the front later in the small circle tag.

One of the things I like about this kit is that the pages are scored to allow you to actually add things to the inside pockets while retaining the shape of the book.

And – the kit includes a pre cut band to fit around the album so that everything stays in place. 

Here is a look at one of the inside pages.  Each page has a different pocket.

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it’s a birthday blog hop!

We’re celebrationing Tracy Jackson’s birthday with a big birthday hep!!  Here is my card – Happy Birthday Tracy!

To continue on with this hop, head on over to Michelle Singer’s blog – MyCreationTime –  and when you are done, please leave some birthday love for Tracy on her blog – Stampingseasons.    Let her know we sent you over there!!

My card was made with one of  the super gorgeous DigiDesignHouse image’s from the Floral Perfunes set.  It was very tempting to go all out vintage with this image, but I wanted a bit of a twist and went clean and simple.

I printed it out on copic x-press it cardstock and colored with the following copics:

R59-R46-R29…YG99-YG97-YG92 ,,,E18 andY15 for the flower.   I  often use the darker YG colors for leaves – this range is  a nice olive green color.  I printed an extra image, colored the main blossom and popped it up.  E40 was used for the label and the bottle was colored with BG0000-BG10-N1. 

I sponged the edges with Palette Ballet blue ink.  For a little interest I added a red mat just on the left side and used a May Arts red satin ribbon as the only embellishment.  The textured cardstock is from Bazzill.

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a challenge to distress!

The DigiDesignHouse blog is have a challenge – to distress!  And there are prizes!!!  All the detail are on the DigiDesignHouse blog HERE.

Here is my card.  I used one of the flowers from the  Botanical Mini’s set – and this set has 4 beautiful flowers.  I love the fact that I can print them out in any size I need, and I can flip them too!  They are all beautifully illustrated.

I watercolored the flower with markers – printing off an extra blossom and popping it up over the main image.  I distressed the blossom, the white panel and I even distressed the brad!!!  The brad was copper and way too bright for this card, so I colored it with a black copic marker then rubbed some of the ink off to give it more of an aged look. 

The blue paper is from7Gypsies and the lace from May Arts.

Thanks for stopping by  and I hope you will distress something today!!!