Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kissy Fish for Copic Marker Europe, Oh My!!

    I am so excited to share my card today as I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the Copic Marker Europe Blog!  I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to share my work on their blog. I am sending Tracy and everyone over at Copic Marker Europe BIG HUGS for the invite!
     Before I share my card, I want to also let you know that Copic Marker Europe is celebrating their 1st Birthday this month. Check out their fun challenges and incredible tutorials when you visit. You will be so glad you did!
     Now... onto my card!  For my guest design spot, I selected a digi stamp called "Kissy Fish" by Hannah Lynn for Crafts and Me. Isn't she a beauty?  I wish had had hair like her!  You can also get Hannah Lynn digi stamps and artwork on HER ETSY site, here!



     When I color my images, I always color skin and hair first, and in that order.  Afterward, I colored her dress, fish, flowers in her hair and any other details. I make sure to use the Spica Glitter Pens last. Most times I don't select my design paper first, which can be a problem when it comes to putting my card together, but this time I did. Part of the reason was because I just bought this beautiful new digi paper pad from Crafts and Me.  I have been "shy" about digi paper, but once I saw these gorgeous designs and wide range of colors, I had to have them, so I worked my choice of image and colors around this digi paper.  I printed this paper out on a color laser printer but I have also used an inkjet, and I was shocked at the vibrant colors.  (I use HP Bright White brochure paper to print our my digi paper.)  These digi papers are made for those "magical and mystical" images I love to color! I almost always use Pebbles Blue Iridescent Chalk around my image.  It is not as visible in the picture, but it is there!
 

    I hope you take this opportunity to visit the Copic Marker Europe blog and become a follower! If you are a lover of copics and want to be inspired as well as view some great tutorials, this is the place to go!  I want to thank them for allowing me to share my work and, as always, thank you for your kind comments!

Card Recipe:
Cryrogen White Iridescent Paper
Design Paper: Crafts and Me Digital Paper Pack
Bazill Cardstock
Hair: E29, 25, 31 & 50
Skin: E000, 00, 21, 11, 13/R20, E95 (cheeks)
Dress: YG 97,25, 11, & 00
Fish: YR24, Y21, Y00 and Fluorescent Orange
Hair Flowers: Copic Spica Pens
Heart: R 39, 85, 83, 81, R11
Pebbles Iridescent Chalk
Recollections Bling/Gold Netting from Funkie Junkie
Magnolia Doohickey Die
WOC Metal Corners and Flowers, Prima Flowers

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Oh I Love America! - My Sheri Crafts Challenge

     Summer certainly feels like it has arrived big time here in the East!  It has been hot, hot, hot....and that means fun in the sun!  Can't believe that July 4th barbecues are just around the corner! It's time to celebrate Independence Day here in the USA, so let's see your Red, White and Blue!!  As this week's Guest Designer for My Sheri Crafts Challenge, I was asked to create a project for this week's theme -" I LOVE AMERICA!"
      For my card, I chose "Liberty Tilda" and colored her with copics. This was the first time I used the T's (T8,6,4,2,0) and I am not too comfortable with them yet. Once again, I dyed white cheese cloth red, and blue (hey the white was already there lol!) but instead of using sprays, I dyed the cloth with Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Faded Jeans and Fired Brick.. easy peasy and dries fast!! The dp is Bo Bunny Liberty 6x6 inch pad.  The stars were cut out/punched out using another sheet from the stack. Magnolia Doohickey die, Recollections Bling on a Roll and Deco Art Glamour Dust on everything... including my lady Liberty!


     I masked Tilda and stamped the Pledge of Allegiance (Stampabilities wood mounted stamp I found on Ebay) behind her in Antique Linen ink.  The sentiment is from some great stamp sets by Taylored Expressions called Fourth of July A La Carte stamps.  Banner die from Spellbinders inked with Faded Jeans distress ink.

     Why don't you see how My Sheri Crafts Design Team interpreted the I Love America theme here, then get out your red, white and blues and create a project that shows your patriotism! We look forward to seeing what you have created.  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fabulous Folds - Stamptacular Sundays Challenge


     Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful fathers out there.. those with us and those who have passed on, step-dads, grand dads and all the "big brothers" who have taken on the role of "dad" to so many.... today is your day to know how much we appreciate all you are and all you do!
      Today also begins another great challenge at
 For this week's challenge, you will create a card that has more than one fold!  Don't forget to stamp as well!   You will have from now until midnight (EST) June 23rd to complete this challenge and post a direct link to your submission into our Inlinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prizes donated by:
Prize  $10 Gift Certificate 
and
Winner receives a Choice of 7 Digis
    Now when I first saw the title of the challenge, I started to panic.  I have always struggled with fun ways to fold cards mostly because I am math-challenged and never cut paper the right size when it involves more than one cut!  So, as a beginner to this theme, I selected an "easel card".  For my card, I used an image that I have been wanting to color for awhile now, "Girl Flower Butterfly" by an artist whose work I greatly admire, Mitzi Sato-Wiuff for Scrapbook Stamp Society.


     Of course, she is colored with copics and parts of her image is dusted with Deco Art Glamour Dust. I did not "color" the small violet flowers- instead I "dotted" the V-copics (V17, 15 & 01). The beautiful blue design paper is from K & Company, Portabello Road 12x12 paper pad. It is such a vibrant and beautiful blue paper!  Cardstock is Bazill and Cut Cardstock.

        Here is a close up of her... I used Pebbles Iridescent chalk in blue around her but it isn't as visible in the pic as it is in person.  Love working with chalks!   Metal corner and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.  Lace is gorgeous... from Dies to Die For.
     The inside sentiment is a stamp from Stampendous.  Kaisercraft Pearl Sprays and large pearl stud from Prima.  Take a look at the truly fabulous folded cards created by the DESIGN TEAM! Hopefully we have inspired you to join us! Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Fairy Fever at Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     It's "Fairy Fever" over at Stamptacular Sundays!  Fairies are one of my favorite images to color, whether they are whimsical or elaborately sketched.  For this week's challenge you will create a card or project that has some sort of fairy on it! We can't wait to see all the cute fairies!  Oh, and don't forget to STAMP!
     You will have from now until midnight (EST) June 16th to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:
PRIZE $15 Gift Certificate
     For my "fairy", I went back to school. That's right, back to school.  First, I knew I wanted to use this stamp, "Wee Fairy" by Sylvia Zet (digi here) and the rubber stamp here. It has been around awhile, but I never have had the chance to color her!  I knew Suzanne Dean did a You tube video on how to color her, and so I thought, why not look at it again. It had been awhile since I viewed a copic tutorial, and I learned even more this time around.  Watching them again with some separation from the time I was a beginner enabled me to see some things that I missed the first time around!

      I colored Wee Fairy with copics, RV 69,66,63 &55/YG97, 95,93 &91/E43,42,41 &40. Hair: E50,31 &25.  I embellished her with Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Cream and Deco Art Glamour Dust.  Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Bling from Prima.  Sentiment is computer generated.  Seam binding dyed using Dylusions and Glimmer Mist sprays in pinks, and yellows.

    I like "fussy cutting" (a quilter's term) design paper meaning you cut a specific section  of the paper that you want.  In this way, I was able to have the "matching flower" above her pull out the RV's in her dress.  Because I colored her before I picked out the paper (not wise), I had to work to find paper in my stash that worked with the TWO colors in her dress/wings.  I also added a bit more color to the flowers in the design paper with the RV copics to make them match even more than they did.  The design paper here is from Recollections "Floral Foliage."  It is a 12x12 pad, most of which is gorgeously glittered- lots of butterflies, too. The stamp on the background of the image is from Lili of the Valley Grunge Corners. Love this stamp set!
    Come see what the DESIGN TEAM created to help inspire you to create your "Fairy" project... Have a great day, and, as always, thank you for your kind comments.
Challenges

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Forever Friends - Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Wow! Can't believe it is June already! Just loving this time of year.  Today begins yet another weekly challenge at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS.  Our "theme" this week is  PHOTO INSPIRATION, and once again, the photo is just gorgeous....
  
      For this week's challenge, you will create a card or project that uses the above photo as your inspiration!  The possibilities are endless!  Oh, and don't forget to use a stamp!  After all, we don't call this STAMPtacular for nothing!  You will have from now until midnight (EST) June 9th to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:
   Prize: Winner's Choice of Two Digi Stamps
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     Now, try as I might, I just could not look at this picture and see anything other than... you guessed it, a mermaid!  I can see her sparkling fin gracefully flipping up and out of the water only to disappear once again beneath the blue sea...With that image in mind, and with the cheese cloth that I dyed with Dylusions Sprays this weekend-  my post here- I knew my response to the photo would be this....

      This little beauty is a digi stamp from Paper Shelter called "Beautiful Mermaid".  I colored her with copics and used BV 29 to darken the blues to match the inspiration photo (colors used below).  The design paper is Bo Bunny's Barefoot and Bliss.  The "waves" were created with three Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cuts - these delicate dies cut like "buttah"!  The moon is made from punching cardstock with a one inch circle punch and adding a bit of gray chalk for shading and glitter.
     
    Bling on a Roll Pearls by Recollections and K&Company Adhesive Gems embellish the card beneath and around the cheese cloth.  The pearls in her hair and on the water are made with Viva Decor Pearl Pen and this time I did NOT sprinkle with glitter but let them dry and no "splat"!!!  Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts, Decor Art Glamour Dust and Glossy Accents (water) for a bit more bling!  Pebbles Iridescent Chalks in gray and dark blue (night sky) are streaked with cotton ball across the "sky line". Sentiment by Lili of the Valley.

My babies....
  We look forward to seeing what you create. Here are the DESIGN TEAM submissions. We hope they inspire you to join us! Thanks so much for your kind comments.
Challenges:


Saturday, June 2, 2012

BLOG CANDY WINNER

 
      Good Morning.  I must say I had so much fun with this post- Top 10 Signs You are Spending Too Much Time in the Craftroom...I did not know how it would go over but when I read your comments I laughed out loud.  How interesting that we all share such a common experience- some of these comments came from all over the world and yet they all sound like me!  I tried to cut and paste all the comments here but blogger is not cooperating today!  To read the complete list of comments- which will make you all smile today- click HERE! 

   The winner of my blog candy, who was selected randomly, is........below!

#2 Teresa!  
"I confess I had a good giggle at these, knowing some of them I do myself lol.  Probably the worst thing I have done is when I drove my Son (who's 30) to hospital with a suspected broken arm but drove completely past the hospital without thinking and headed for Hobby Craft which is the next stop... Oops! I think my car was on autopilot! I'm not usually a bad Mum honest...Hugs, Teresa xxx"

Please contact me with your address so I can send these goodies to you! Thanks to all who participated!


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