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So, I am a SLOW colorer. Yeah, it’s not a word. It should be. Colorist? Maybe that’s better. I don’t care. Anyway. I need to learn to color faster, so I made myself go lickety split on this card. I colored 4 of that image in 15 minutes. It shows. Okay, I know it. but it doesn’t look HORRIBLE which is saying a lot. It doesn’t look good, but if I keep making myself do it, maybe I’ll get faster.
I know that Victorian-ish scroll work on the tag isn’t “beachy” but I kind of liked the eclectivity of the two together. It looked like a natural way that our possessions reflect different styles and meld together nicely.
Or that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Stamps: PSX G-2891, SU Hardwood, Vintage Labels
Paper: SU Kraft & Baja. Neenah Solar.
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: SU Sand and Suede. Versafine. Unity Palette Umber
Accessories: “Thread” from burlap, SU Oval punch
Techniques: Watercolor pencils and Aqua brush. Also watercolor crayons.

The Years Flit By

chautona-card59So I saw this card on Pinterest. Now I can’t find it. I want to give the original designer credit, but I can’t. No idea what’s wrong and what search terms I used. I thought I “pinned” it so I could find it again, but shocker of all shockers–not there. I’m pretty sure the original didn’t use lace and did use another butterfly. That’s all I know. If you know whose it is, I’d love to give credit. If it was yours, please forgive me. I did try.

UPDATE: Thanks to Nancy on Splitcoast Stampers, I found it. She called the paper scraps, “Washi” and I thought, “HEY!  I bet I did find it under a washi search.  And I did. WOOT!

Stamps: PTI Birthday set
Paper: PTI White, scraps from MME and SU. Oh, Amuse gingham. LOVE that stuff. SU Rose red too-I think. Talk about a run-on sentence. Yes, I are a writer.
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5)
Ink: Unity Pallette Accessories: Lace trim from HL. SU Dies–Beautiful Wings and some label thing I’ve never used before. Score for finally doing that.
Techniques: Shameless copying.

Tag, You’re It!

chautona-card58The first one I did, I had that ribbon going across too. Didn’t thrill my soul. So I flipped it down, and bam. I likie. My daughter preferred across.  Who knew?  Basically, I wanted to use that awesome ribbon, and liked the idea of it with that PTI paper… the rest just kept coming until I got it “right.”




Stamps:SU Happiest Birthday Wishes (I think)
Paper: PTI Smoky Shadow, October Afternoon scrap
Paper Size:A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink:Unity Pallette Accessories: Well, the kitchen sink was full, so… Ribbon from Etsy, SU Chevron ribbon, Tag from PYP, leftover butterflies Sizzlets Beautiful Wings, I think, Hardware from SU… I hope thta’s it–no, the edge punch from SU too
Techniques:fudging it

Busy Birthday Bungle

chautona-card53Okay, it seemed like a good idea. I thought it’d work. It doesn’t. But I’m using them anyway–at least until I pull them out, hate them, and pull off the border and slap something else on. Sigh.

The cutouts make the H in one happy look like a K. I just hope the recipient doesn’t think I meant Kra….

Trying to use up all my precut/colored/etc. stuff in cards. I need a TON of birthday cards, so here we go.
Stamps: PTI Birthday something or another
Paper: Scraps for back cards–I think they’re PTI–and I think the others are Echo Park, but I’m not putting money on it
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5″)
Ink: Versafine black Accessories: Too much–um… okay. Border musical cutout I got in a swap and striped washi tape. T
Dizzifying (making the recipient dizzy to see it)

Skye’s the Limit

chautona-card51 chautona-card52I fell in love with this horse, and Janice was kind enough to share a couple of images with me. Good for the company, because I’m absolutely buying this stamp. First the goat, now the horse–she’s building my stamp farm quite nicely all by herself.
I’m in the middle of building a HUGE stockpile of birthday cards, so this was one of the first batch. I love it. The tag pulls out and works as a bookmark. 🙂
Stamps: It was a RAK from Janice–Serendipity, I think. Sentiment is PTI Birthday–something.
Paper: PTI blue and smokey shadow–DP from MME
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: Memento? and Unity Pallette
Accessories: Ribbon, string, SU chevron ribbon, Modern label punch, word window punch, brads, Tag punch, but not the kitchen sink.
Techniques: Copic Marker–“deadening” (making it look “dead”)

Card Frenzy & SC326

I’m out of birthday cards.  Totally out.  So, I made a few.  🙂  This is the first.

chautona-SC326McDonald’s Birthday.

Okay, so it looks like catsup and mustard dumped on a card. You know, McDonald’s colors. Hence the name. (My editor would kill me for spelling that out like that. I’m not supposed to do that. Tuff. She’s not here. Shhhh….)

So I have zero–count ’em ZERO–birthday cards. All gone. Kaput. So, I decided I’d better get to work. Hence this card. Now I have one. (Except that I actually have 4 thanks to the others I’ve done since then, but at the time of finishing this, it was one, so work with me here.)

Stamps: SU Happiest Birthday Wishes (I think)
Paper: PTI White, PTI Red, scraps
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red
Accessories: marker for fake stitches (because I was too lazy to get out the machine)
Techniques: I call it “get ‘er done.”
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

SC281- Berry Birthday Bash

chautona-SC281Okay so this didn’t really turn out like I expected. And, for a little while, I really didn’t like it (probably because it didn’t turn out like I expected).

However, I woke up this morning, ready to take the picture and thought, “Hmm… why didn’t I like that? It’s pretty.”

So, I was either in a weird mood last night, or this card grows on you.

The inside sentiment says “Have a Berry Happy Birthday”




Stamps: Paper and Such “Berry something or another”
Paper: SU Cherry Cobbler, Gina K Berries, Neenah Solar White, SU Not Quite Navy
Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Darice Butterfly Embossing Folder, SU Pearls, SU oval and scalloped oval punches
Techniques: pearl slapping and hint o’ coloring w/ colored pencils
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1-easy