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Friday, April 22, 2011

I've Been Thinking Of You

   These days of digital technology are great BUT... Nothing says personal like a handmade card! I'm not OLD, just old-fashioned! Yes, I have a laptop, wifi router, smart phone, fax, etc... but I also have paper crafting supplies galore and I love to make cards to send to the people I care about! And, they love to receive them, heck, I love to receive them!!! I have a special place that I keep handmade cards given to me so I can look at them over and over. Just knowing that person thought enough about you to go out of their way and take the time to make a special creation is enough to make my day no matter what is going on. Tell me you don't feel the same way and I will make a card for you to change your mind! LOL!

   As I have stated before, I am new at blogging, and even newer at digital stamps, but I think they are so wonderful! *I like exclamation points if you can't tell, hehe* I have spent HOURS in the stores looking at rubber or acrylic stamps and trying to choose. They are expensive and take lots of room to store and they come in one size only, and not one size fits all. I have even SAT on the floor in the stores with stamps laying out in front of me trying to choose what I can buy that won't break my budget and will work for the most projects. I thank God for the wonderfully talented people that not only can draw, but can put it in a program to change it to what most of us can use with the programs we have. My husband told me today that I could do that. Well, I probably could, he has seen me do drawings for my stained glass patterns and other stuff, but what he didn't see was the hours of frustration and amount of paper I went through to do them. And, the fact that I can't draw like the people I have seen so far with digis, WOW!!!

   So here is digital stamp card #2 that I made. It is bright - my favorite color is orange, so you will be seeing a lot of it - and cheery, and CUTE with the expression on the ant's face pondering the one being thought of. This digi is from The Doodle Pantry's freebies page. I am using it to enter their challenge Bursting with Buttons and use a Doodle Pantry image. (Both of those are links, but I think I need to change the color on my layout for them to be more noticeable) I got this one done too late to enter the previous challenge of theirs but it just happens to fit the new theme - YAY!

   Of course my ant is orange, you do not need to adjust the color settings of your monitor LOL! Since most ants are red or black, I figured it would be fitting to have an orange and red combo. I wanted Casual and Simple so that it could be for anyone - man, woman, or child. I used watercolor pencils (I don't have copic markers, I am still old-school there too) and a blending brush to color the whole picture then added the glitter crayons like I did on the last card w/digi. What can I say? What woman doesn't like bling?? The ribbon is from my Christmas stash but the sparkle fits with the glitter crayons. The buttons are edged with a metallic marker red/silver combo because I wanted to make sure the red button stood out on the red paper, and it does in this picture but was closer in color looking at it at home. I popped the ant topper with foam tape - the cheap stuff you can get at the hardware store since it didn't have to be acid free to protect a photograph. (My husband is a contractor and I shop at the hardware stores with him a lot. You can find amazing stuff there!)

   Who are you thinking of? Go get the digi (you can't complain about the price!), make a card and send it out! Until I find a recipient of this card it will just be seen in challenges. I hope you like it. And I hope you will click to follow me. I am not sure how that works, as I have not found where to look to find the links to pages I have clicked follow for, but I am sure it does something or it wouldn't be there hehehehe. Someone give me a clue where to find those I am following?

Many blessings! Deborah - JoyfullyOrange

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  1. How cute! Love the layout and the cute little buttons! :) Thanks for playing with us at the Doodle Pantry Stock the Pantry challenge! Enjoy your new blogging journey! :)

  2. Adorable card, love the orange colours and your little buttons and bow. Thanks for joining the Doodle Pantry Stock the Pantry challenge #1. Do come and join us again.

  3. This is precious. Thanks so much for joining us for the DP Stock the Pantry challenge.

  4. Adorable card,love that this can be used for a man or woman. The ant looks super cute in orange.

  5. I love your color combination Deborah - especially using orange for this darling ant. Your papers are very pretty and the buttons are a lovely touch. Thanks for sharing this sweet card with us at Doodle Pantry!
    Sharon :)

  6. Love the Orange and Red. Love those buttons. So glad you joined us for our Challenge here at Doodle Pantry.

  7. Your card is adorable! Yes, I feel the same way about making my cards by hand! Thanks for sharing with us at Doodle Pantry - hope to see you back for the next challenge!


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