Monday, January 7, 2013

The Outlawz Greeting Challenge: "A Brad New Year"

We have a new sponsor for 2013! And they will be sponsoring this week's challenge. Cool, huh? There are so many wonderful images at DS4J that it will be fun for the winner to shop.

Unfortunately, I already had my card done for the week by the time our new sponsor was announced. And I had no time to create another. However, I will be using a DJ4J image on the 21st, so look for that in the two weeks.

Our challenge this week calls for using a brad and one newly purchased item. That should be easy-peasy for me, right? Well....not so much. I really didn't do much crafting shopping in December, except for paper. (Oh, do sit down until the shock wears off.) So I went out, (I use that term loosely as I actually went online), and bought a new image from Saturated Canary, "Queen of Hearts", to use on this card. So there's my new item. And, as you can see, I added not one, but two Stampin' Up brads to my card. I am such a rebel.

I know I am digressing, but I had to mention this. I took Don in to the vet last Wednesday for his well-doggy check-up. I swear, you need to be independently wealthy to own a pet these days. There was nothing wrong with him, he didn't even get a shot, (yet, but that's because they are checking his blood titer first), and it cost me $318. Good grief, Charlie Brown! I bet Snoopy didn't cost that much to keep healthy. Maybe I should follow Charlie's lead and stick Don out on top of a doghouse in the backyard. Then he can roast in the Arizona sun. Hmmm...roasted Maltese. Could be good, I suppose, but there's not much meat on him. Perhaps he would taste like chicken. Doesn't everything--from frog's legs to rattlesnake? So why eat them--why not just go for the chicken instead? Inquiring minds would like to know. Now, where was I before I so rudely interrupted myself?

Oh, yes, my card for this week. So I printed this little miss on Make It Colour Blending Card. And colored it with Prismacolor pencils. Really? Noooo, I am just kidding. What do I know about colored pencils? I couldn't color my way out of a paper bag with those. I do know some really good Prisma colorists, but I do not number myself among them. I did, however, use my Copics--now there's a shock! I used: Y21, YR12, YR23, E000, E00, E11, E33, E35, R00, R01, R11, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, RV10, RV32, BG000, BG05, BG07, BG09, BG53.

And then I slapped her on the back of the head, because I have been watching entirely too much NCIS while crafting lately. (Do you get that? If not, try watching the show sometime on USA Network.) Actually, I treated her worse than that--I stuck Glossy Accents in her eyes--don't try that, it stings! I accented her with a white gel pen and called her finished.

Then I fussy-cut her and mounted her on my card. I used DP from My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love collection, which I paired with Stampin' Up CS. I added a sentiment from Create with TLC, which I die-cut using the Magnolia Doohickey Lovely Tag die. My other die cuts were created using Memory Box La Rue Heart die and La-La Land Crafts Hot Air Balloon die.

As a finishing touch I added a Stampin' Up bow and Maya Road Mini Hanger to the heart tag. Up, up and awaaaaaaaaaaay!

Be sure to check out the inspirations from my talented teammates! Looking forward to your creations this week. And, if you don't have anything newly purchased to use, you have my permission to go out and buy an item or ten! Have a great week.


  1. Haha, I just wanna say "Got it, boss". :D I love NCIS.

    The card, as per usual, is fantastic! I really love your papers and the hot air balloon - gorgeous! The colors on Queen of Hearts is perfect Penny. Love it!

  2. Morning sweetie, Wowzers a stunning creation, huggles Pops x x x

  3. she is gorgeous penny! the dies look fab and i love the colours on her...the blue really pops! ouch i can't believe how expensive the vet was!!! ridiculous! ours isnt that bad for lila but i think cats are a bunch cheaper than dogs...ouch! xx

  4. Penny this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and the fussy cut around the girl.
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  5. Fab card, Penny! Love the color combo and of course, the fun image which you've colored wonderfully! Have a grerat day!

  6. Love, love, love this card Penny! Your coloring skills are always amazing, and the balloon die cut and the colors are simply gorgeous! Big hugs to you!

  7. Penny, Just wonderful. Love all the great colors and coloring is stunning. Awesome die cuts, love the paper and the hanger. Just so cute.
    Hugs, Patricia

  8. I just printed this same image for a card. Great minds think alike. Your card is gorgeous, love your beautiful coloring and design. I love the hot air balloon, is it a die or do you have a cameo? love this card and the way you have embellished it. Great job!

  9. Hi Penny, first of all I wish you a fantastic new year.
    Many many thanks for all your lovely comments. Always so happy to read your messages.
    Your last creations are really stunning as always.
    Looking forward to see all your fab creations the next year too.
    Have a nice evening
    Big hugs
    Doreen xx

  10. Penny, love your coloring and colors on your beautifully cute new image. I had the day off and had a doctor appt and was upset that now I have a $15 co-payment for an appt. then I did some shopping on your behalf I stopped at Michael's, Archievers and Hobby Lobby before bringing my husband a late lunch. Love your big balloon die cut.

  11. fab card Penny ! love the dies and design

  12. Fab creation Penny! I totally knew what you meant too, in fact busted out laughing and DH gave me the look. Love the papers, the colours and you did justice to the Queen!!!!
    So happy you put your follow by email button on your blog! Can't miss anything now :)S

  13. Loving that darling image- and you colored her beautifully with Copics! Love the idea of crystal effects in her eyes- and WOW- LOVE that hot air balloon die cut- awesome!

  14. Hi Penny, I was sue I commented on this wonderful card yesterday but don't where it's gone!! Anyway, your card is gorgeous. I love the cute image and fabulous die cuts and colours

    Hugs Sue

  15. OHHH Penny, you did awesome. I’m sure she didn’t cry to hard from the burning eyes because she knew you would make her beautiful. Everyone knows theres a little pain to pay for beauty....right?
    Love your card.

  16. She looks great (in spite of your lees than gentle treatment of her!) and I love all the eye candy too! Fab colouring and great layout :)

  17. No thanks to the sun-baked Maltese, but thanks for the offer.

    I eat chicken and don't try anything that purports to "taste like chicken", because it's usually something gross. Like rattlesnake, alligator, or frog's legs.

    Back to your card. Which is wonderful. Gorgeous coloring of that cute image, wonderful paper layering, and that hot-air balloon die cut is fabulous.

    You're a bad person, enabling all those die cuts like that.


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