Friday, July 17, 2015

Here Comes the Bride - Michele R Designs

          Good Morning.  I am stopping by to share a commission card and MR Designs design team project I just finished for a lovely bride-to-be!  I just love love love this Mo Manning "The Other Bride" image. I have had the pleasure of working with her for many projects and it is so much fun color coordinating the image and design papers to match the actual wedding party! You can find Mo's "The Other Bride" HERE in her shop!
     The image is colored with copic markers and I used the "C's" (C0, C1, C3 and colorless blender) to add dimension to her white dress. You can work with pale blues, BV's or the N and T copics to achieve the "white" look you want. There are many tutorials on my Pinterest board on coloring "white".
      On to my card...first up- the "bling" pic.. yes, love to play with my camera to capture the sparkle on a card like this!

And here is a close up. I used a glue pen on her veil, flowers, bottom of dress and headpiece and added some "Glamour Dust" to those areas to make her shine!
      Speaking of design paper ... How wonderfully ironic that the colors of the bridal party for whom I created this card matched the new Michele R Designs "Romantic Shabby Chic" collection just released. I used several of the 6x6 inch papers and then the inserts for inside my card (see pics below). There are also two other coordinating collections, "12x12" and "Elements" which feature sentiments, bows, and other paper add ons to complete your project!
     My favorite paper from this collection is the 6x6 paper that has these lacey borders you can see behind my image above and in the "work in progress" pic below. I cut one out (there are three on a sheet), edged it (along with all the papers) with Black Soot and the new Hickory Smoke Distress Inks and placed it over my lace.  Last, I added Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections flowers, pearls, a doily die cut (Cheery Lynn Designs) and a vintage rhinestone button over white ribbon to embellish my bride.
    Here is one of the "inserts" that I used for inside my card. I added a text sentiment that was requested using my photo editing software - just open up the file, click "add text" and add in the font you want. Makes creating the inside of the card so easy and elegant!

Decisions, decisions....

 "Romantic Shabby Chic" 6x6
"Romantic Shabby Chic" Inserts.

     Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Angels Will Find Us - Michele R Designs

    Good Morning! I am so happy to share that I was invited to join the super talented design team for Michele R Designs!  Michele Roos creates so many stunning design papers sure to fit any occasion or style! I feel like a kid in a candy store- I don't know which collection to play with next.  The collection I used on my card today is Cottage Garden. I used the 6x6 inch paper and the tags from the Elements papers which I cut down for my sentiment. The possibilities are endless...since a picture is worth a thousand words, let me just show you!

    What you may or may not know about Michele's paper collections is that they include a complete collection in digital format! Many collections feature 6x6 inch and  12x12 inch sizes and you can add on those coordinating extras such as her "Elements" sheets and Inserts! Wow, no longer am I struggling to find space for my paper pads and I never run out of my "favorite" sheets from each collection.
The inserts are so beautiful and they solve the problem of what to add to the inside of the card. They are beautifully decorated with a blank doily which allows you to add your own sentiment- by hand or merged from your favorite sentiment collections!    Note: I used 65lb cardstock from Darice to print my papers on an Epson wide format inkjet printer- each package comes in 8.5x11 AND 12x12 format!  It is available at Joanns online and in store as well as AC Moore and Amazon! Feels and works exactly like my paper pad design paper.

 For my card, I decided to play with a youtube tutorial I saw awhile ago by Angela Holt.  These papers yelled "shabby chic" and so I tried my hand at layering lace and doilies and snippets of organza roses (I cut them apart) among the cascade of flowers. I added some twine, pearls and butterflies (cut from the design paper using a MS butterfly punch) and the lovely sentiment is a rubber stamp by Quiet Fire Designs
        If you would like to see more of Michele's beautiful papers and see the creations by other design team members, you can visit any of the links below. We would love for you to join the facebook site as well! Just click on any of the links below to stop by.

    Thanks so much for you kind comments. Have a great day! I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly- Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers and More- Sentiment 
Come and Get It Challenges- Anything goes with Flowers
Sparkles Forum- Vintage or Shabby Chic
Cardabilities - Sketch Challenge


Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Reflection...

 Many, many years ago, I was lucky enough to stumble onto Suzanne Dean's youtube channel and discover the world of rubber stamp images and copics. I was mesmerized by the art of coloring and from that point on, I became a voracious student of coloring images!  I found other "copic superstars" and inhaled all their wisdom in an effort to better my work!

When I thought my work was worthy of sharing, as many of us do, I started a blog- how exciting for me to enter contests, challenges, and read so many wonderfully kind comments. Then the next progression, being asked to join design teams. Oh, my, how wonderful to be asked by some of the most creative and generous artists to join with other artists- many of whom became longtime friends- and create together! Truly a dream come true!

     Life dealt me a few blows over the years and sadly I had to resign from some of the teams, and my departure was always met with gratitude and I was sent away with prayers or good wishes to resolve whatever issues prevented me from staying on.  As many of us know, our home and creative life can often clash!  Yet, working on design teams has always been one of the most positive experiences of my creative life.

      I found myself thinking deeply about what separates the really great design teams from others that are fraught with drama?  I came to many realizations and decided it would be worth it to share.  

  •    Good Design Teams are the heart and soul of  a company and can bring images and dies and papers to life. They create inspiration for all to see and emulate and hopefully in the process, help the designer gain a following and an artist (or company) gain sales!  A win-win for both!  
  • Good design teams inspire its members to challenge themselves to grow creatively, to take risks and to contribute all they can to "spread the word" and build a company's following.  
  • Good Design Teams are comprised of people from different parts of the world with different life experiences who become a "family" and they support one another personally and creatively. As such, disagreements are worked out, without fear or reprisals, in the open with input from all.
  • Good Design Teams are about give and take.  When team requirements and rules are changed, they are openly discussed with members and members have an opportunity to share concerns which are heard with respect and consideration.
  • Good Design Teams are led by someone who understands the position is not a paid job and therefore values and shows appreciation for the time, cost and energy of promoting the products.
  • Good Design Teams allow members freedom to choose whom they wish to share a friendship, they do not mandate who a person can and cannot talk to.  
  • Finally, the best design teams are about sharing the ups and downs of life.  They are about sharing laughter and tears, children being born and others moving away, relationships gained and relationships lost, illness, loss, change with people who are genuinely caring.. all while talking color combinations, favorite design papers and the latest tools!
     If, like me, you have been lucky to know many of the finest artists, design team owners and stamp company artists in the industry or work for and alongside someone in any of those categories, count yourself truly blessed for having had the experience
     However, when disturbing and negative situations erupt, it makes you question how something so simple like playing with markers and inks and papers can turn some people so ugly, and whether or not you want to remain a part of it... then you remember the people who encouraged you and mentored you.. you remember the fulfilling experiences shared with the most giving people you met, and you  have faith you will find your way to them once again.  
     I have always subscribed to the belief that the "universe" puts you exactly where you are meant to be, even when it feels you are standing alone. In time, you come to see that with great clarity and gratitude that it was for the best especially when you know you have not forfeited an ounce of your integrity in the process.
     For now, I take a deep breath, cut loose all toxic people and situations, and turn the page.  I have replaced the negativity with positive energy, and the kind words and supporting validation - true gifts- from so many friends have helped me put this experience in my rear view mirror!  
   I look forward to sharing some new adventures and new projects with you...Have a great day!

Sentiment: Create by TLC 
Design Paper: Shabby Vintage Rose, Michele Roos

Friday, May 15, 2015

Moments that take your breath away- Pion Love

     Happy Weekend!!! Hoping wherever you are that you are enjoying this fabulous weather! I am here today to share my card with you.  I have been looking at my sentiment stamps a bit differently these days and am finding it so much fun to create a project using sentiment stamps and die cuts as my focal point.
     Why not look at your sentiments in a different way?   So many of the sentiments  can be used for so many occasions, not just birthdays. This happens to be one of my favorite sayings as well!  The design paper is from Pion, which I distressed with my Zutter distress tool. I added some mulberry paper roses, lace, pearls, cheesecloth, shabby burlap, MS punched butterflies and a lace flower from Petaloo to embellish my card.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. Counting the days down until school ends and summer fun begins. Have a great weekend!
I will be entering the following challenges:
Polkadoodles- Things with Wings
Kitty Bee Designs- In the Garden 
Stempelsonne - Stamp as Main Focus

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sweet 16 Shadowbox..

     And so I returned to work a few months ago after a long hiatus and it feels so good to be back in a classroom with such great kids! It was a rough winter on many levels but I am back teaching 9th grade English this year and just love it!
     I have missed blogging but I have been playing a bit and delving into other creative endeavors here and there while gone!  Oh, to be able to learn all that I see in blogs all over the world!  Despite being away from my own blog, I have NOT stopped visiting your blogs and looking at all the inspirational creations in blogland and posted on facebook sites. In fact, that is how I start every morning, cup of coffee in hand!

  I thought I would share a 10 inch Sweet 16 Shadowbox I just completed for a patron in my ETSY store, which I also need to update. I made a similar shadowbox a few months ago  for a friend's granddaughter, and when I posted it on my store site, I was asked to create another. You can see the earlier one HERE.

This time, I used the blue teal colors that the birthday girl will be wearing and the"Cinderella" theme that was featured on her invitation!  While this does not have any colored image, it does use some fabulous die cuts that I wanted to share with the hope you might be inspired to use them in your creations.

     First, the dress is a Sizzix Bigz L Die Dress that is sold under the "quilting/applique" section of dies. These are just like the other bigz dies and they cut through anything like "buttah" and work on your regular die cut machine.  I have used this die to cut stiff interfacing, layers of fabric (here teal blue satin and tulle) and cardstock with no problem!
    Next, I used my newly arrived Marianne Creatables Princess Carriage die. I LOVE this die because it is an embossed die cut. While I used textured paper to create the texture of a carriage, it does imprint cool embossed effects.
     The "mirror" behind the dress is made with the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy Card Creator Dies. The outside die makes a perfect backdrop and the oval die in the same set makes a perfect oval mirror! This die has so many uses....I die cut the oval mirror using the Tim Holtz Mirror Sheets.  I linked the Youtube video because if you have not worked with these sheets, you do not know what you are missing. They feel like heavyweight cardstock and have adhesive on the back side. You may have to run them through your die cut machine a few times as they are thick but if you are using the Vagabond, you will get it on the first pass.  When done cutting, peel off the backing and stick down wherever you want. The LAST thing to do when all done  is to remove the protective paper on front and you will see what looks like real glass mirror appear. I say do it last as you can get glitter or adhesive on it or scratch it if you remove the protective paper first and then attempt to work over it (ask me how I know)!
     The dp is also from a 12x12 Tim Holtz paper pad - "Vintage Shabby" .  The edges of the paper were distressed using the new "Mermaid Lagoon" distress inkpad.  The sentiment is computer generated and die cut with a set of shape dies that I never labeled so I do not know the maker of those dies.  The lace and trim are from my stash although the trim around the mirror was a gift from Angie Hunt! Last, my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
     Here is a glitzy view, courtesy of my camera!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you get to play this weekend! I will be grading papers and trying to squeeze in some play time later tomorrow.  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
 Anything Goes with a Marianne Designs die
A Vintage Journey - Through the Looking Glass (Tim Holtz)

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year Blog Candy Winner!

Good Morning!
Thank you all for entering to win my
New Year's Blog Candy 
and sending your kind comments!  Thank you also to
those who became followers and "liked" my facebook page!

To return the kindness, if I am not already,
I am going to click on all the entries
and become YOUR new follower!

I am hoping that for all of us, this year is filled with
even more creativity, inspiration and special friendships
that allow us to share our ups, downs and fabulous makes!

Now, it's time for
to select a winner..(drum roll)

And the winner is..... #19 Penny!

CONGRATULATIONS Penny!!  Please send your full name and address to me
at so I can get this candy out to you!

Thank you all for entering! xxx

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Happy Saturday! Hoping your New Year is off to a great start.  With CHA just around the corner (next week), I know exciting things are on the horizon for so many us who cannot wait to see all the new products coming out!

Today I am sharing a card I made using a sentiment stamp as a focal point. Love how inspirational a card can be with a sentiment at its center.

Also for those who do not color stamped or digital images, using sentiments as a focal point allows one to create equally lovely cards with all the embellies and die cuts as cards/projects that feature colored images.  These stamps are also great for altered art, canvas and journals.   

    The papers are from Pion "Lilies" 6x6 paper, and the die cuts are both Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn Designs. The little butterflies were made from a Martha Steward three butterfly punch. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash. Hand dyed seam ribbon is from Live and Love Crafts.  All edges of the design paper and die cuts were distressed with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood.  The little flourishes all around the sentiment are from Stempelglede Vintage Garden.

Thanks for stopping by. Remember I am posting BLOG CANDY so please do enter your name in the INLINKZ HERE for a chance to win. Have a great day!
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