Monday, January 30, 2012

February boy

Seems like I can't get away without making a scene fairly often! I had such fun making this one! First of all, I knew I would get to use my copics and then secondly, it is always a little bit of a challenge to come up with something cute.I am hoping you think I managed both! I know the owl is a bit large, but I love that guy - he has google eyes by the way! I stamped the fishing one letter at a time. I am pretty pleased with the way it came out. Those clouds are a single cloud stamp. I finally broke down and bought a cloud! Its a whole lot easier than drawing them!! At least for me. The message "Fishing you    Happy Birthday" got in my head and I just had to find something to use it on!! I thought it was just too cute and you know how that is! The fish, bobber and Edwin's wings are Spica pen so they are glittery in the right light. I did the water with zigzag strokes of copics - used three different colors. There are two colors in the grass. And then used the spica to make some waves. I really liked the way it came out. Actually it was a supreme accident! So was the ribbon borders and I know I will do them again. The inside is heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Originally I was going to paper piece the balloons, but ended up liking them way too much and just left them alone. Of course I use a stamp-a-ma-jig to layout my scenes. I am really getting much better at actually using it for more things - like placing letters. It sure makes life much easier and doesn't take much time at all. So here are the copics I used: Y21,Y26, Y28, Y17, B91, B93, B97, YR23, Y08, B00, B0000, E25, E00, E11, E37, E29, E18, E33, E31, E35, E41, E21, R20, YG03, YG63, YG67, YG11, SPICA 03, 00, 11, 18. Sure seems like a lot of colors when you look at the picture! I imagine everyone is as excited about seeing all the new products being released at CHA as I am! So far there is only one thing I just have to have no matter what - that is at least one of the new distress markers from Tim Holtz! I finally have almost all my stamps organized so its going to take something beyond beyond for me to buy more before I am completely done.
My biggest and best suggestion is no matter how you store your stamps, you really should make a category divided notebook of each stamp. My categories include: people, flowers and vegetables, background stamps, scene items, words, vehicles. I stamp every stamp into that notebook (it is looseleaf and really not neat at all!) and then near that image I tell where it is stored. I have my wooden ones in huge boxes (2 rows high), my cling and clear stamps take a bit more explaination - I will take some photos and post my way of storage shortly. I look through my notebook and decide what I am doing. Then I go get the stamps and voila! If I am not sure of the size, I can measure the image in my book. Since I redid the cling, I have pretty much decided to unmount my wood stamps and store them like the other ones. I find I go to the cling/clear first because its so easy to find them and put them back.
Please leave me a comment and tell me if you think I am improving. I am really wanting to streamline my processes so I hope I haven't lost any quality. What do you think? Hugs to you all, Barb F

16 comments:

Paula said...

Barb, this is a great looking card. Your scene is beautiful! (and you definitely have not lost any quality!)

Regina said...

Barb!!! It´s gorgeous. I love the big owl on the tree and I´m pretty sure your grandson will love this card!! You did a gret work!! Hugs

Card Crazy said...

Too cute! Love this card, and the owl sitting in the tree is precious!
Sue S.

Sharon said...

This is so cute! I look forward to hearing more about your organization, especially unmounting the wood stamps. I am thinking about doing that too, just am not quite convinced that I should.

Danielle said...

My favorite part of the card is the balloons... they came out great!

Barb Hardeman said...

Awwww! Such a cute card...love the scene and the owl you've placed in the tree. Fabulous balloons on the inside. Great job Barb...hugs...Barb <><

julieprice3 said...

Very cute! I love the scene you've created
Hugs Julie P

Paper Tails said...

Very cute card!

Karen

LINDA W. said...

Hi Barb I love your card your scene that you made is great. I love the way you made your lake and the stamp for your cloud.
hugs Linda

syllie said...

Adorable card Barb and the scene you have created is beautiful.
xxxSylvia

Karen's Fun Blog said...

This is great! Nice scene!!

Shelley said...

Great scene! Edwin is looking ver happy sat there. Your colouring is great and I agree, the ballons look great as they are. hugs Shelley

Pam said...

You've created an adorable card with this FAB scene. Your grandson will love it.
Hugs...Pam:)

Elle said...

You did an awesome job on creating your scene. The owl in the tree is a "Hoot"! What a perfect boys card.

Ellis said...

Wonderful fishing card you've made! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Linda said...

Barb this is really an adorable scene!!!! You really did a great job on this card!!!!!