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Things will likely be changed up a bit in this process.
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Awesome Blog Candy

Check out the awesome blog candy at Scrapmaster's Paradise! Today's the last day (sorry) so hurry over there!

Greetings Earthling

Today is release day at Dustin Pike's blog. I've been such a slacker lately and have not done any cards with his previous two releases. So I wanted to be sure to at least get one done with this week's images.

This was my first time I've ever tried to color anything digitally. The coloring all took me so long that I didn't have much time left to do a very good card with the image. I'm not entirely pleased with it. I colored the planet, the background, and the moonscape all in Photoshop Elements 6. Several of the colors I used are Stampin Up colors that I put in the digital colors for. I then printed out and colored the UFO and the sign. I wanted a greeting for the sign that wasn't the typical "out of this world" kind of comment and I like being able to use this one for any kind of occasion. I used Sticles on some of the stars and around the middle of the UFO. I used pop dots to bring the UFO and sign up off the card.

So head over to Dustin's blog and check out this week's new images. Stay tuned for some prehistoric fun next week!

Freebie Wednesday Again

Once again it's a freebie Wednesday at Dustin's Blog!! This is a fun little background to go with the images that will be released tomorrow. So go get the freebie and then check back tomorrow for the official release!!

Dustin Pike Freebie Wednesday!

It's Wednesday again ... that means another freebie on Dustin's blog.

Here he is:

Unfortunately I haven't had the time to do a card with this fun little guy yet, but I most definitely will be soon! In the meantime, check out Dustin's blog to get the image for yourself and to see some creations by my fellow DT members.

I am featured in Pagemaps

Well, technically, it's Cardmaps but it's hosted by Pagemaps.

A couple of months ago an unfortunate thing happened for Becky Fleck (she runs Pagemaps) where she lost all of the email addresses of those that had contributed to Pagemaps and she sent out a mass email informing everyone what had happened. She asked that if you had contributed previously that you let her know.

I took the opportunity to let her know that I was interested in contributing and gave her my blog address. After she looked at my blog, she invited me to contribute a card for the June edition of Cardmaps.

I've known about this for some time now but was asked not to make it known until the issue was released. So I've been sitting on this for a while and chomping at the bit for the June issue to be released. Well, here it is:

Here is the sketch I was asked to create a card for:

Honestly, I really struggled with this sketch. It was definitely a challenge for me. I don't normally use tags of any sort on my cards. I decided I would step out of the box and alter the sketch to what I would use with my cards. I came up with two designs.

I sent both designs to Becky and let her choose which one she wanted to use in the feature. You'll just have to go check out the feature to see which one she chose. *smile*

It's probably the closest I've ever come to having my work "published." So I'm quite excited about it. Not to mention I'm a big fan of Pagemaps and am so excited I get to be a little teeny tiny part of it!

Birthday Monkey Shutter Card

I created this card last week for my mom's birthday. I couldn't post it until after I was sure she had gotten it. Sometimes she checks in on my blog and I didn't want her seeing it before she got it.

The images are from Dustin Pike (of course) and are colored with Prismacolors and OMS (of course). I've been wanting to use these adorable monkeys for quite some time and this card seemed perfect for them! I put Stickles on the sprinkles and Crystal Accents on the cherry. The cardstock and pattern paper is from DCWV and My Mind's Eye.

I followed the instructions found here for the shutter card.

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think!