Blessings & Blog Candy! (below post)

      I have been smitten lately with images of fairies or angels- this time I used a rubber stamp by Crafts and Me called, "Belladona" that I bought awhile ago and did not yet ink up.  I think most of us are drawn to images of angels and fairies whether realistic or whimsical.  They somehow radiate peace, inner wisdom and  protection- at least that is what I see in them!
     This card was created for my sister-in-law for being one of the most selfless and supportive women I know.  She is as much a sister to me as my own sisters and I am blessed to have her in my life. She is by my side whenever and wherever I need her and I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her. 
           "Belladonna" was stamped with Tuxedo Memento Ink on Cryrogen White Iridescent paper and colored with Copics (BV17, 13, 11,00 and BV 23 for deeper shadows/ YR24,Y11 & Y00 for wings & flower buds/all the YG's and G's for leaves as per Suzanne Dean's favorite color combos, flowers RV69, 66, 63. hair E27, 25, 31 & 50/skin E31, 000, 00 and R20.) Background was watercolored with Stormy Sky distress reinker and the new Tim Holtz waterbrush. You can't scrub too much on this paper as it will pill but work quickly and dab around image and let dry.
         DP is Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue, cardstock Bazill Bling and stash.  Mulberry Gardenias (large purple) are from Pizazz Aplenty and Roses and silver filagree metal corner from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Swarovski Crystals, silver doily and silver trim  from Michaels. While the photo does not show it, the crystals on the metal corner and on the top of the card are the same color as the dress, a brilliant blue-lavendar. The trim on the side of the card is sold on a roll at Michaels and the clear stones are also quite brilliant. Deco Art Glamour Dust and Tombow Glue Pen used to add glitter. Sentiment is "Signature Greetings" by PTI.
2 Sisters- Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges- More than one layer
Outlawz- Flower Power
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge -"B" Bling, Blooms and Blessings
Poodles Parlor- Mother's Day/Card for Female
Raise the Bar- Purple, Green and one other color
CropStop Challenge - at least 3 flowers
Cute Card Thursday- Winged Things
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge- Color Inspiration

  Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comments...and now BLOG CANDY!!   What is the occasion, you may be asking?? Well, this blog candy is "Leap Year" candy- thought I would celebrate good ole' Leap Year!  It also a way for me to "thank you" for the time you take to visit and write such nice notes to me!
DCWV Taj Mahal 12 x 12 paper pack
Happy Birthday Rub Ons
Tattered Angels Stamps
Sizzix Bigz 3-D Flowers Die
Rubber Cafe Scrap Happy Glue
Want2Scrap Nestabling (Pink)

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Candy is open to anyone, anywhere!

You have until midnight March 3rd to enter. Winner will be randomly selected and name will be posted on Sunday, March 4th so check back to see if you won! Winner must email me within 24 hours to claim candy.

Good Luck!

Lots of Laughs & Bold, Bright Colors

     Who could resist a challenge with a theme like that?  Color Me Creative is running a challenge (#3 7)until March 2nd - all you have to do is use your copics, promarkers, pencils or other alcohol markers.  If you need a laugh while checking out some cool cards, head over and join the fun.  You might need your sunglasses!
     For my card, I printed out a digi stamp I had from Bugaboo Stamps- Stella and Gus series. I laughed when I bought it and I am laughing right now!  I do think the "voices in my head" make a LOT of sense most of the time and I guess that scares everyone except me!

     Stella is colored with copics and to achieve that "bright" look, I overlayed a lot of the fluorescent copics and spicas wherever I could.  I could NOT RESIST gluing the "googly eyes" on top of her eyes. When I shake the card, it is even funnier.
    I just happened to have a package with different sizes and this worked out fine. Glossy Accents is used on the hospital bed and her glasses, along with some glitter.  DP is Basic Grey Sugar Rush.  Pearls and cardstock from my stash.  Have a great day!

Hope, Miracles and Angels

     I made this card for the mother of a dear student of mine who was recently diagnosed with a serious illness. I would like to think that the love and positive energy I felt making this card will find its way into her spirit when I give this to her. 
     Actually I believe the sentiment is a reminder to all of us not to lose sight of the angels and miracles in our everyday lives.  I am sure we have all been touched at one time or another by someone or some event that forever changes how we see our world.   I have blogged about my husband's transplant a few months ago and what a miracle it was to recieve this gift of life...Sometimes, however, we lose sight of the smaller, everyday miracles- the sunrise, our family and friends, just being alive and well.

     This digi image is called "Child of Healing" by Sara Burrier, available from Crafts and Me, and I could not think of a more appropriate image.  The sentiment is from Just Rite stamps set called, "Hope".  She was colored with copics B52, B0000, BG10 and prismacolor pencil- Jade Green/gamsol.  Hair, E49, 47, 35 and  YR20.   Wings YR24, Y11.  Pebbles chalk was used for the clouds and edges of paper were distressed (Zutter distress tool) and Tea Dye ink applied with Inksentials tool. 
     Other embellishments include Snowtex glitter, swarovksi crystals, lace and Ivory Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  Metal corners and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Kaisercraft.  DP is an oldie but goodie from K & Company called "Bailey" and cardstock is from Bazill and my stash. Parts of the image are glittered with Deco Art Glamour Dust applied with a glue pen. Doily (inside card) from Cheery Lynn Designs.  This is my first attempt at "shabby chic" and I was inspired by the beautiful card made by Pat Frank at Card2Cherish.
      I made this card to give this Mom a physical reminder to stay strong and positive on this difficult journey, but in doing so, it also became a way to remind all of us that miracles and angels and hopefulness surround us every day if we just open our eyes and let them in.  Have a great day!  As always, thank you for leaving a comment.


All Things Grow Better With Love

      Happy Friday-Woo Hoo! School is closed next week so I have a whole week to relax and play. It has been quite a crazy few months and so I have been "x-ing" the days off the calendar (some days with my fingernails) to this much-needed break!
      I sooooo fell in love with this stamp when I first saw her and had just as much fun coloring her up.  She is Sylia Zet's "Give Peace a Chance."

     She is colored with copics and I played with the YR18 through YR12 oranges that seemed to be used in the photo that accompanied the stamp (see link above.) It was a new color combo for me and I loved the deep orange rich color. I did add some E18 to deepen the shading as well. Oddly enough, I had these plastic peace stickers from EK Success and when I saw the stamp, I sort of worked the design around these little embellishments and a sketch from the Sketch n Stash challenge.

     Once again, the dp used in Basic Grey's Marrakech and MME Mabel. The deep orange colors really matched well. The cardstock is from Bazill and PTI.  Blue flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Mulberry Gardenias are from Pizzazz Aplenty.  Sentiment is from Pink by Design and punch is from EK Success.  Deco Art Glamour Dust and Spica pens were used on the flower she is holding and in her hair. Swarovski crystals and Pebbles Chalk (blue and yellow) shade the image.

     Thanks for stopping by, and also thank you for the time you take to leave such kind comments. Have a great weekend!

Crafters Companion- Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts- Anything Goes
Sketch n Stash - Sketch Challenge
Make it Mondays - Anything Goes
Paper Creations - (1, 2, 3)
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Flower Power
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Bold and Bright
Make it Colorful -Spring Colors


I Love You to the Moon and Back

     With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I decided I wanted to make a card that was for the more "mature" crowd of which I am fast becoming a proud member!  I have always loved this image of Tom and Tilly by Mo's Digital Pencil. It spoke to me from the first time I saw it and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a card design along with the Pink by Design stamp sentiment, "I love you to the moon and back..."  from the "To the Moon" set.  I thought I would create a night scene and add a moon toward which the "soul mates" were gazing.  After many successive attempts- my motto is to try something new and never let it beat you- here is the card I will give to my hubby! 
      I must say that while we have had our challenging moments, we love each other more now than ever. He is my true soul mate!  While the couple in this card may be a tad older than we, the emotion the image conveys mirrors the comfort and friendship we share...

    Now... how well this card matches the card in my mind is another story!

      I was hoping to create a night skyline and I must have tried a zillion times first using the airbrush system and masking but it did not look like I wanted it to look. Either the colors were off or I could not get close enough to the image. It was way difficult to cut a mask for this image that allowed the airbrush to get into the tiny spots.  So after "googling" some tutorials, I ended up using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Chipped Sapphire (really a deep blue and not as purple as you may think) and Faded Jeans with the distress tool. I added some glitter and stickles for stars. In some spots the glitter glue/stickles  faded the distress ink and I thought I told myself those were "clouds" in the night sky- an artistic touch! The moon was cut out using a 1" round punch and then you reinsert the circle and punch another "bite" out of it to the size of the moon.  Deco Art Glamour Dust was sprinkled on the moon.

    Tom and Tilly are colored with copic markers on cryrogen white iridescent paper. Some of the iridescent glitter shows through the markers in the pic.  DP is an oldie but goodie- K & Co Blue Awning and cardstock is from my stash.   I also used Recollections coordinating lace, ribbon and crystals borders (all in one package and on sale at Michaels) and Wild Orchid Crafts metal corners. Bronze gems also from my stash.


     Thanks for visiting. Happy Valentines Day to lovers all over- old and young alike!
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Paper Play Challenges (Love letters)
Crafty Calendar (Love, Marriage)
Papertake Weekly (Anything Goes)
Make it Monday (Anything Goes)
Crop Stop Challenge (Wedding, Anniversary)

Best Day Ever!

     The heat is on...!  I haven't been able to work in my "craft room" (aka converted garage) because my "heating system" (aka space heater) albeit a great one, broke!  The company (Vornado) was very cool and sent a new one but it took a week!!! Feels great to be able to create and be warm!
     For my card today, I inked up a new Sugar Nellie stamp called "Best Day Ever" with Memento Ink on Cryrogen white Iridescent paper - I just love coloring these stamps!  I worked with the Sweet Shop Challenge Sketch for this week.

     Her dress was colored with copics, R85, 83, 81 and R39 & 59.  For deeper shading, I also used BV 23.  Skin/ E00, 21, 13 &11 with R20 for cheeks.  Hair/ E25, 29, 50 & 31, and yes, changing nibs, cleaning caps and refilling sketch markers have cured my E issues!  Woo Hoo! Mouse/ E44, 43 and 40 and R20 for his ears.  For the boxes, I used a bunch of BG's and YR's but did not write them down.  Shading around image and under feet/ W5, 3, 1 & 0.  Her dress, boxes, shoes and flowers are embellished with Diamond stickles, swarovski crystal and Spica pens.  
     The cheesecloth was sprayed with Krylon Glue Spray and then Glitter was sprinkled on.  Hint:  Spray your cut out cheese cloth on waxed paper and the cheesecloth won't stick. You only need a little spritz of the glue spray, then sprinkle glitter - it dries SO FAST.  When dry, simply toss the waxed paper out!  No glitter mess and no glue on table or tools. I was able to attach to card in about 15 minutes!  Gold metal corner from Wild Orchid Crafts and pearls from stash.  Sentiment is from Just Rite stamps. 

    I used Bazill cardstock and the DP is from DCWV Sweet Stack, an oldie but goodie.  She is embellished with Prima and Kaisercraft flowers, Swarovski crystals that I attach with The Embellie Gellie (Gel Pick) - one of my favorite tools!Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Now it is time for Superbowl Sunday - Go Giants!!

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Daring Cardmakers (Pink and Red)
Lily Pad (Patterned Paper)
Sundays with Chrissy (Birthday)
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge (Girly Girl)
Birthday Sundaes (Birthday Sentiment)
Mojo Monday (Sketch Challenge)

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