Friday, August 22, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Angels Challenge

Hello, Peeps! And a very fun Friday to you all! Hope you have had a good week, and are planning on having a wonderful weekend! Today starts our Angels Challenge, since August 22 is Be An Angel Day. You can use any angel to color with your choice of coloring medium this week. We are sponsored this month by Bombshell Stamps, home to some really unusual and fun stamps. Our randomly-selected winner will win the digi set of his/her choice. So get those entries in! Quickly, like a little bunny...

I have to admit that my mojo is just barely surviving at the present time. (Happens to all of us at some point, I believe. And then, it miraculously comes back again.) I am still waiting for its wholehearted return. Anxiously, as a matter of fact, because I am really struggling to create much of anything right now. Perhaps it is just the doldrums of a long, hot summer that is affecting me. 

I chose an SCACD angel image by Carmen Medlin, called Winter Guardian, for my card this week. I decided to use the angel theme to create another Christmas card, as I am in sore need of them for this year. I printed my angel on X-Press It BC, and colored her with my Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E50, E53, E43, E57
Wings/Dress: YG13, YG17, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18

I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the globe, which I did color, but forgot to write down the Copics used--sorry! I chose DP from the Jillibean Soup Winter Tortellini & Spinach Soup collection, Zutterized it, and paired it with Stampin' Up CS. 

Lo and behold, I added some die cuts. I realize this is a tremendous shock to you all. I apologize for that. (Snort.) I used the following dies: Whimsy Ticket, Memory Box Country House, Cheery Lynn Atlas, and Cheery Lynn Dutch Doily Rectangle Frame. My sentiment is from the Whimsy Holiday Ticket Sentiments set. And that's it for this week's card.

We are hosting a Fantasy Football draft here tomorrow. I am not in the league--as I promised, I am not in any Fantasy Football leagues this year--too much stress for this old lady! But the party tomorrow should be fun. And then we are headed to the Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday. Can hardly wait for that!!! Hope your plans are exciting to you, too!

Do stop by and check out the beautiful creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, and Kathi! And then play along with us this week! Looking forward to what you create!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Color/Photo Inspiration Challenge/Carol's Birthday Card

Wow, that title is a mouthful, huh? Should have just used an acronym. Let's see, that would have made it TOFCCPICCBC. What???? Oh, never-mind. Just remember that we have a new challenge today for coloring at The Outlawz. And you can use any coloring medium you wish. But, be sure that the photo/colors inspire your creation this week.

Also, remember that this month we are sponsored by Bombshell Stamps, home to really fun and unique stamps! Our randomly-selected participant this month will receive one digi set of his/her choice. Lucky duck!

So, I have another good friend with a birthday this month. Carol's big day is August 26th, but we are seeing her tomorrow night in Scottsdale for our monthly dinner club get-together. So I needed to get this card done a wee bit early in the month--you know how I hate to mail my cards--it is so expensive! I should just make A2 skinny cards, I guess, if I expect to mail them. But then I would not be able to see an image to color it, as it would be too small. Soooo...the next best thing to is hand-deliver, yeah?

Oh, speaking of being able to see. Which I was. I had no idea that my vision was so bad, when I got my eyes examined last week. I mean, I knew I had a bit of trouble seeing things, but it was such a gradual change that my brain hadn't comprehended that I needed a new prescription. Good thing the ophthalmologist realized it. Anyway, I got my new specs in a record 5 days!!! I know, I know, I can hardly believe it either. The new lenses certainly helped me see all my boo-boos on this image, drat it all anyway. Perhaps next week I will be a little more adept at coloring with my new glasses. I am still adjusting to the change in the prescription for my right eye. Anyway, long story shorter, I have new glasses, and I will get a new photo taken. Which, horror upon horrors, means that my wrinkles will show even more, as I am two years older than I was for my last photo. Perhaps I should use photo-editing to make myself look younger...(it's going to take a LOT of editing for that!).

Before I get to my card, I just want to mention that we went to our first preseason Cardinals game last Saturday. Boy howdy, was that fun! A final score of 32-0, and we stayed until the last tick of the clock! Really enjoyed seeing all the newbies playing during the game. Even though they are men, they are young enough to be our grandchildren. Scary thought, that! Am really looking forward to our next preseason game! Yes--really! 

Okey dokey. On to my card for the week. Because Carol is a cat-lover, I chose Saturated Canary The Seasons Springtime II, which I printed on X-Press It BC and colored with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Basket/Cat: W1, W3, W5
Flowers: R81, R83, R85
Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
Dress: R81, R83, R85, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99

And you know I had to use die cuts with my Zutterized Basic Grey Out of Print/Plumeria DP and Stampin' Up CS. Right? So I chose the following:
Memory Box Corner Bow
Memory Box Darling Poppies
Poppystamps Walking Cat
Poppystamps Sitting Cat
Poppystamps Grassland Border
Whimsy Small Balloon 

My sentiment is from Whimsy Balloon Sentiments. I added a few rhinestones, a bit of baker's twine, and some Frantage to the image and DP. That's it. All she wrote. You wish.

I hope you all check out the fab creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, and Kathi! And then play along with us this week. Remember, you can use any medium to color your images!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Picnic or Barbecue Challenge

Well, did you know that August was National Picnic Month? Neither did I. Anyway, that's why we are celebrating this week with a picnic/barbecue challenge for you. And it requires that you color an image for your creation, using any coloring medium you wish.

Keeping this brief. My eyes are still a bit dilated from my eye exam and it is hard to look at the white screen. Imagine that.

Our sponsor this month is Bombshell Stamps, a place for some fun and unusual stamps! I have used their Desert Background for my little bbq, as I live in the desert. So does my friend, Ellie, whose birthday was this week, on the 6th. So I made a birthday card for her, combining my desert background with a Lacy Sunshine stamp, Eleanor and Pickles Smores. I thought this was perfect for her, as she is a chocoholic just like me. Right, Ellie? Or did I suddenly reveal a secret? Harhar.

I printed my images on X-Press It BC and colored them with my Copics. I fussy-cut Eleanor & Pickles and pop-dotted them onto my desert background. The sun was made with a Marianne Designs Pointy Circle Frame and Flower die and a pearl sticker. My ticket sentiment was made with a Stampin' Up Eat Chocolate sentiment and a Whimsy Ticket die. The corners were die-cut with a Whimsy die as well. Cardstock is from Stampin' Up.

My talented teammates, Carla, Dawn, and Kathi, have made some fabulous cards--be sure to stop and check them out! And then play along with us this week!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: C5, C7, C9
Eyes/Chocolate: E23, E25, E27
Jeans/Glasses/Ribbon: B91, B93, B95, B97, Y02, Y18
Shoes/Shirt/Fire: Y02, Y06, Y18, Y19
Pickles/Bag: YG61, YG63, YG67
Sky: BG0000
Ground: E42, E53
Cactus: YG00, YG01, YG03, YG17
 Crackers/Wood: E53, E55, E57, E59
 Cloud/Marshmallows: C00, C0, C1

Decided to enter this into the Lacy Sunshine Summer Challenge. Haven't entered a challenge in ages, so this feels a little weird!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Friendship Challenge

Good Friday to you all. It is time for a new coloring challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are celebrating "Friendship" in honor of Friendship Day, which is the first Sunday in August. Yes, People, I did say August. Can you believe it? Neither can I. Anyway we have a new sponsor this month--Bombshell Stamps--and the prize for our randomly-selected participant will be one digi set. So get busy coloring, with any medium, for a chance to win this month!
I will use my Bombshell digis next week. At least, that is the plan right now. But this week I have selected an Aurora Wings digi, Circe, which I printed on X-Press It BC, and colored with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27 
Lion: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, E59, Y21, Y23
 Flowers/Dress: RV63, RV66, RV69
Pods: YR21, YR23, YR24, YG21, YG23, YG25
Flowers: RV00, RV02, RV63
Leaves: YG21, YG23, YG25
Spica Gold & Spica Pink

I added portions of die cuts done with Marianne Designs Garden Branch, a bit of pearl spray, and some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. And that's it for my friendship card. I know the "friend" on this is a bit unconventional, but hey, it's me we're talking about here. I rest my case.

Gary and I have had a couple of really fun evenings since I last posted. Wednesday night, for instance, we had a wonderful wine dinner with Bob and Connie at Eddie's House in Scottsdale. My brain must have been on vacation, because I forgot to take photos of all the fabulous courses. But, without you seeing them, let me just say that everything was top-notch, from each wine to each bite. Loved it all, though I did wake up with a headache the next morning. Too much white wine, methinks. Well, that and the Liquor 44 Connie bought for me to try, which I really didn't need, but, boy howdy, was it ever yummy!

And, the other fun outing we had was to the concert for The Voice. We got VIP tickets, so that we were able to go in early for the sound check, a Q&A with the performers, and time for photos in the lobby before the concert started. I have to say, even the singers that I am not really crazy about gave fantastic performances that night. And it was fun to do the meet and greet. Here are some photos we got:

My two favorite performances were "Say Something" with Will and Christina, and Tessanne's standing-ovation rendition of "I Have Nothing". I have to say that I think Tessanne sings that song better than Whitney Houston ever did. Oh, and if you click on Tessanne's photo with Gary, you might just see that not only is she beautiful, but her skin is just flawless. And, yes, she is a very sweet person, too! I didn't get very many photos that turned out due to the stage lighting. But I enjoyed every minute, (except when the teeny-bops next to me were screaming), and we had wonderful seats in the orchestra pit, 3rd row. It was a night to remember...

I hope you all have a marvelous weekend! Please check out the fab creations by my talented teammates, Carla, Dawn, and Kathi. And then play along with us this week, wont' you?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Anything Goes/Xmas Twist Challenge

Another week in the past. Gosh, I cannot believe how fast this year is flashing by. It is almost scary, don't you think? Anyway, it's time for our free-for-all challenge, where you can color anything with any medium. Cool. Just create whatever your hearts desire this week. I went for the Christmas theme, so I now have another card ready for this coming holiday. (Which, btw, is going to be here before you know it!)

We are sponsored this month by All Dressed Up, home of lots of delightful images. Our randomly-selected participant will be able to choose two free digi images! Again, cool! So get busy coloring and play along with us.

All Dressed up Challenge blog

This week I chose an image from Sweet Pea Stamps, a digi by Ching Chou Kuik, called Poinsettia Fairy. I really love this image, which I printed on X-Press It BC and colored with Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: Y21, YR23, E15, E18
Skirt/Arm Band/Wings: BG10, BG11, BG72
Leaves/Blouse: TTGY48, TTGY47, G43
Poinsettia/Trim: TTR14, R27, R59
Berries: TTGY48

I chose my color palette from my DP, American Crafts Kringle and Co., which was Zutterized and paired with Stampin' Up CS. I added a bit of pearl pen to the image. I made a poinsettia using Cheery Lynn's Poinsettia Strip die and added a SU brad to the center. Pretty CAS for me, huh?

Please check out the fab creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, and Kathi. And then join us this week!

Have a wonderful weekend! (We are having dinner with our dinner club tomorrow night at Los Sombreros in South Scottsdale. Looking forward to that!)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Color/Photo Inspiration Challenge/Abby's Card

Good grief. The titles of my posts are certainly too long, aren't they? I could just use acronyms, in which case today's post would be: TOFCCPICAC. Thank goodness that didn't spell a "dirty" word! Of course, it makes no sense, either. Which is fitting for me, don't you think?

For my faithful friends who finished reading my last post--thank you! If you didn't--no problem. But, since it was a long post, I am going to keep today's short. As a reward, if you will.

Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up, and I used two of her images today. I love the sweet images at this stamp shop. And our lucky, randomly-selected participant this month will win two free digis!

All Dressed up Challenge blog

Please join us this week, for our color/photo inspiration. I love the colors, though mine don't seem to match exactly. Which is OK for you, too! Remember, you can now use any medium to color your images for your creations! 

The two images I selected this month are: Wear With Style Girl #2 and 321 GO. I made a card for my niece as she recently moved into a new home. Of course, I had to include a little boy for Abby's son, Tristan! I printed them on X-Press It BC and colored them with my Copics:

Skin:  E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Her Hair: YR31, E33, E35
His Hair: E51, E53, E55, E57
Shoes/Shirt/Shorts: B93, B95, B97, B99
Leaves/Blouse: G20, G21, G24
Leggings/Jacket/Hat/Flower/Bows: R81, R83, R85

DP is from the Prima Engraver collection. CS is from Stampin' Up. I used a multitude of dies for this card:

MFT Fresh Cut Grass
Cheery Lynn Grass Border
Cheery Lynn Mini Italian Flourish Doily
Poppystamps Madison Park Bench
Memory Box Caserta Bloom
Memory Box Country House
Memory Box Grand Oak Tree
Memory Box Set of Swings
Whimsy Mini Ticket Die

My sentiment was stamped with two Whimsy sentiments: a Whimsy Celebration Pennant and a Whimsy Mini Ticket. I believe that does it for this edition.

Please check out the beautiful creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, and Kathi! And then do play along with us this week! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference/Getting to Know Me

Well, hello, Blogland! And welcome to a blog post about me! Hey, I think most of my posts are about me, but this one is really, truly different. It is meant to let you see my creative process. How on earth I am going to describe this, I don't know yet. But I have to thank my friend, Desire Fourie, for inviting me to participate. Desire has a wonderful blog in South Africa, called Doing Life. She is a very talented designer, both of cards and scrapbook pages. And her photography! Well, let me tell you, it is fantastic. She captures whatever she sees with such beauty and clarity. I love looking at her photos! Do check out her blog, if you aren't already one of her hundreds of followers! You will be glad you did!

You know, it still amazes me that we can keep in such immediate touch with people on the other side of the world. I grew up in the '50's and 60's, (yes, I am older than dirt), so I have seen many surreal technological changes, and I do appreciate them. They have made it possible for me to get to know talented people like Desire! But it's still a bit discombobulating to think about how much things have evolved since the 50's.

When I was little, here's how your mom called you home for dinner: she would stick her head out the back door and just holler your name, and you would come running from wherever. (Or, if you were like me, you would answer when someone else's mom called, pretending to be that kid, thereby getting him/her in a great deal of trouble later. Yes, yes, I really did that.) Nowadays, you call the kids on their mobile phones. Or text them. Crazy. That is, if you live in a location where you can let your children play in the neighborhood. Sadly, some areas are too scary for that now...

As a youngster, we played our music on a turntable. My dad had breakable records, so we had to be careful. Now we have digital music that we carry around and listen to with earphones. In between those times we went through iterations of tape players. More crazy. How things have changed...

And shopping. I am an expert at internet "click-and-buy". The remote shopping we did when I was a child was to order from the Sears or Spiegel catalogs. You would mail in your choices and wait weeks to get your order. Now, it's Amazon Prime, Baby. That's what I'm talkin' about...

OK, I am certainly digressing. Unfortunately, it's the way my mind works, (or misfires). Anyway, now we can create something and share our projects with the world instantly. If I think about that too long, it makes my head hurt.

I have been asked why my blog is called 9 Hawks and a Dragonfly. That's a good question, but you may be supremely bored with the answer. Here goes anyway: several years ago, when I was driving into town, I saw a lot of hawks. (I do live in a town, but at the outskirts of it. And I live a long way from Phoenix proper.) Anyway, there was an abundance of hawks soaring above me that day . Unusual to see so many along my route. So I started counting them and realized there were a total of nine. And then, when I was at a stop sign, a dragonfly buzzed my windshield. I happen to love dragonflies, as well as hawks. So I thought to myself, "Self, you have just seen 9 hawks and a dragonfly." And the thought stuck with me, for some reason. So, when I decided to start a blog a few years later in 2011, I figured that title would be golden. No one else would have tried to use it. And, you know what? I was right! Imagine that...

Here's a fairly brief creative history:

I began crafting in the 50's when an old lady in Whitefish, Montana taught me how to knit. I would tell you her name, but now I am an old lady, and I can't remember it. I taught myself how to crochet. Over the years I have made many knitted and/or crocheted items. You know, before knitting was "cool". I seem to be out of sync with the times. Surprise, surprise...

I also made hobby horses in the 60's for my nephews. I believe I used boot socks for the heads, yarn for the manes, and broom handles for the bodies. I also made Beatles' dolls. I embroidered John's, Paul's, George's, and Ringo's faces on the dolls; I gave these to the four nephews I had at the time. I was a teen-aged Beatles' nut fan. (Although I didn't scream when my sister, Barbara, took me to a Beatles' concert in Minneapolis in the 60's. I was a restrained fan.)

I took a portrait class in junior high, which got me started with sketching. Loved that class, but after framing one portrait I seemed to have lost interest. Was I just on to other things? Your guess is as good as mine...

I must have been fascinated with paper mache. I say that, because I made sculptures out of it, both in junior high and high school art classes. In junior high I made a one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purple-people-eater, as in the song of that era. It was purple and orange and shaped like a fat flying saucer on a neck. A few years later, as a senior in high school, I created a bust of a boy I was dating. Oddly enough, it looked a lot like the sculpture from junior high, except it was brown and had a definite nose. My junior high sculpture was submitted to an art fair. I have no idea where it landed after that. My boyfriend's bust, (that's a weird visual), was given to us by my parents after Gary and I were married. I guess Mom and Dad got tired of looking at the monstrosity. Gary and I carted it from one home to another until at last it fell apart.

I wanted to take some art courses in college, but they were all filled by art majors. Which I wasn't. I got a science degree instead. What can I say? My left-brain won that battle. The only regret I have regarding my education was that I never got that interior design degree I truly wanted...

Over the years I have designed and sewn many things from cotton and/or muslin, like cats and rabbits, for craft fairs. I have also designed my own mohair bears. Never made a dime selling anything. Supplies cost me more than what I brought in. So I gave up on crafting for money. And I never got into sewing clothes. My experience in Home-Ec in high school ruined that for me. (It took me an entire week to put a zipper in the dress I made--I had to tear it out so many times I almost ruined the fabric. It literally gave me nightmares.)

I did take up One-Stroke painting for a time. Had a lot of fun with that during my "country" phase. Painted some murals in our home and in the nursery of our granddaughter, Kelsey, as well as a few in the homes of other people.

Then I eventually got into scrapbooking, thanks to our daughter, Angela. I enjoyed it, but Gary asked me "what good is it?". Angela made albums for our granddaughters with the same sets of photos I had to use. He saw no sense in duplicating the effort. At the time, I belonged to a scrapbook club at the community center in Trilogy, where we used to live. And my club friend, Ellie, introduced me to card-making. Gary seemed to appreciate the change--I was now making things I could give to others, which I guess made more sense to him.

Anyway, I love making cards. And somewhere along the line I went from simply stamping images to coloring images. About the time I started my blog, I guess. And I invested in Copics. The whole set basically. Except for a few grays. (I have those in my hair now instead.)

I think I have come quite a long way in my coloring. That's thanks to lots of practice, and to a couple of Copics classes, the classes I have taken from Suzanne Dean, and now the classes I am taking from Alyce Keegan.

July 2011:                                         July 2014:


I wish I could tell you that I have a particular design style. But I don't. Sometimes I am moved to go overboard with embellishments, and sometimes I actually do CAS. It depends on which of my many personality disorders has control at the time. I don't consciously copy anyone, but I am sure I am influenced by all the fabulous creations that I see each day, while commenting on challenges, blogs, or Facebook. I like to create cards for people's birthdays, etc. for my weekly DT assignments. That seems to have worked out really well for me so far.

I have been on several DT's, (design teams), and am currently on only one--The Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge. This is because I wanted a bit of time to vacation and breathe, and to work on the coloring class I am currently taking from Alyce of Kit and Clowder. I may apply for another DT in the fall, after our trip to Cancun. We'll see. At the moment I am enjoying my down-time, which I use for lots and lots of reading--I am a reading addict. (I go through spells where all I do is read. Until I become super-saturated, and then I do other things as well. Like sleep. Or eat.)

I love taking photos, especially when we are on vacation, (hopefully near the ocean), or out to dinner. We are foodies, for sure, and really appreciate a good glass of wine and an amazing meal. And I do have fun with my blog. I know my sense of humor is a smidgen weird, and not for everybody, but I hope you have enjoyed it. I keep promising to blog about our May trip to Kaua'i, and I still plan on doing that. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from that trip. I so miss that ocean, and can hardly wait to get back to it!

I have tagged three amazing women for this blog hop! They will be blogging next Monday about themselves. I do hope you spend some time visiting their blogs. It will be well-worth it!

I have known Kathi all my life. No, just kidding. But it seems like it. She is a friend who "gets" me and my sense of humor, (or lack thereof.) She is such a talented, creative soul. Love all of the "artsy" creations she has for you to see on her blog. And love the fun way Kathi describes how she went through her creative process for each item. She uses so many fab techniques it makes my head spin. (Of course, that could be due to old age, too.) Do stop by her blog and, if you are like me, you will learn a thing or twenty.

I have known Sharon for at least a couple of years. We met on the internet, admiring each other's work. She is another wonderful crafter from across the pond. Sharon has made some of the most gorgeous cards you will ever see. Her style is enchanting, and she always adds such fabulous embellishments. She also has the cutest granddaughter evah! I enjoy seeing Sharon's lovely photos of both her creations and Evie Maie. Oh, and Sharon has a cool dog named Abbie, so do check her out as well. 

Shelly and I have cross-commented on each other's blogs for many, many moons. I do so love to see each card or ATC that she posts on her blogs. Shelly is another accomplished crafter, who tries out so many cool techniques for her creations. She is a "Technique Junkie". I learn new things on her blog each time I visit, though I am not patient enough to try most of them! Shelly loves to create Asian-inspired pieces, as her daughter lives and teaches in China. Do drop in to see her beautiful work!

I have taken a great deal of liberty with this assignment. I did not answer the general questions in any particular order or come up with cohesive thoughts. But that's what you get with a demented mind like mine. I do hope you were not bored. Thank you for visiting, and I hope you come back again!

Have a very pleasant week!