Thursday, January 24, 2013

Flutter


For the past three years, I've sent cards in for Winter's Cards from the Heart Card Drive and it has given me a real great joy to do so. Plus, I get an excuse to play with markers and cute images, what is not to love?


Winter is in her fourth year of this venture to send Valentine's to children in hospitals, and could really see an influx of cards come in! (There are specific regulations for what you can and can't put on your card, you can read about it here. And, she needs them postmarked before January 31st! Please consider helping out!)



It's time to make your mark at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week! We want to see your creations featuring markers! (Think Copics, Distress Markers, Stampin' Up Markers, Sharpies, even Crayola Markers) For my marker samples today I did go with the alcohol markers to color and make these cute little bugs come to life for some simple children's Valentine's Cards. Each of the bugs were first stamped, colored and then fussy cut. I added stickles on the wings and kept them pretty simple and clean.

Today's Tip: Add a touch of personality and personalization to your stamped images for a unique look. I shaded blushed cheeks on the yellow bug with marker, and made freckles on the purple bug with white enamel accents.

The Girl Fridays have a ton of inspiration for your on the CAS-ual Friday's Challenge Blog. You can see the samples, find out more about the sponsor and prize (from Crater's Companion, in the form of a fabulous Spectrum Noir prize!!) and read all about the challenge rules and details. Plus, there the design team call is still open, and you can read about it on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog as well.

40 comments:

  1. Darling cards, Karen! Just love those cute, little bugs - especially their sweet cheeks! :)

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  2. These are so awesome Karen!! I love the warm fuzzy feeling the first one gives especially!!

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  4. Two absolutely adorable cards Karen!

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  5. Love the tone on tone with the pop (literally) of the wings - these are adorable!

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  6. These are absolutely adorable...the colors are so bold and fun!!!

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  7. the kids will LOVE these cards. Love the cheeks and the cute coloring. that is a great image for kids!

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  8. Karen, these cards are super fun! Those little bugs just come to life with your fabulous coloring!

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  9. These are so fabulous! I particularly love the gorgeous orange!

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  10. so cute and love the bold colors...awesome cards Karen..

    Happy Friday..

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  11. PERFECT cards for the card drive! Your tips are always awesome to read! Thanks for sharing your BIG talent, Karen!

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  12. These cards are absolutely adorable, Karen! I adore those little white freckles :-)

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  13. These cards are really fabulous!!
    Love the way you colored the little bugs and the stickles on the wings!!

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  14. So sweet! Love the color/shading on the first one, but the freckles on the second one make it my favorite :)

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  15. how absolutely darling is this?!!!

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  16. So adorable!!!!!!!!! Love the wings popped up!!! Great vibrant colors too!

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  17. Great Tips once again and marvelous cards!
    I adore these two bugs of yours!!

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  18. I have so enjoyed browsing through your blog, Karen! So much lovliness!

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  19. super duper cute! they are perfect for the card drive. will have to hop over and see what i can do for the drive! hope you have a lovely weekend! =)

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  20. Lovely, Karen! I love the dimensional wings and the oh, so happy colors you used!

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  21. Super adorable! Love how you did the wings! Also love the freckles!

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  22. These are as cute as bugs in a rug ~ hee! Fun cards Karen ;)

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  23. Oooh, how incredibly sweeeeet are these widdle bugs with their cheeky embellishments?! Wowza, Karen, wowza!

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  24. so cute!! I love that stamp set from PS, so easy to cut.

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  25. Karen all of these cards are just fantastic, those images are so sweet!

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  26. Love the little bugs. Very cute.

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  27. Love your tip about adding personality with little details that aren't in the stamp! So true, but I never think of that. Love how it makes your guys come to life!

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  28. These cards are so cute, and I love the story about your little boy. Thanks for the reminder about that card drive. Such a great cause.

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  29. Coloring just isn't my strongest skill... might have to give it a try though to play along with you gals.

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  30. LOVE the freckles!!! So squee!

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  31. LOVE your cards! Your coloring and those littler critters are just adorable!!

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  32. Gorgeous gorgeous colouring on these, Karen, and I love the blush and freckles!

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  33. These are too cute, Karen. I just love the shading around the edges on the orange version, and the freckles on the purple bug are super sweet!

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  34. that little bug is too stinkin' cute :)

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  35. And yes, I LOVE the bug too. Your towel takes care of two holidays at once, Valentine and Christmas so it's a winner in my book.

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