Thinking Spring!

     Our first real snowfall arrived this weekend.  Thank goodness it was a weekend - hopefully you too could stay home, light a fire and enjoy it from the inside!  I am not liking the cold and snow - hate driving in it, too.  So I guess my longing for warmer weather and flowers found its expression in this card!

     For my card today, I am "thinking Spring". Once again, I used one of my favorite Sugar Nellie stamps, Rosie, that I purchased from Funky Kits.  I made this card for a special birthday girl who is an angel in all ways!

     The pattern paper is a new one from Die Cuts With a View called Chateau Lavendar that I saw first on Becca Feeken's blog, Amazing Paper Grace, and then found in Joanns- on sale, too! The paper is just beautiful and there is a 12 x 12 matching solid cardstock pad as well, although I used Bazill Bling and PTI cardstock here.  Rosie is colored with copics- lots of V's and BV's. E13, 11, 00 and R20 for her skin and E29, 25, 31 and 50 on her hair. I used pink spica pens on her belt and hairpiece.

     Rosie's dress and sandals are embellished with ivory Viva Decor pearl pen.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and some from my stash, pearl flourish from Prima and sentiment from Stampin Up.  Both her rose and the sentiment feature a swarovski crystal from Michaels.  The flowers and her wings were embellished with Deco Art Glamour Dust/Stickles Diamond Glitter glue.

     I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Marks Finest Papers (Birthday)
A Gem of a Challenge (Sketch)
Karber Challenge (Bling)
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge (Anything goes)
Paper Pretties Challenge (Use Glitter)
Addicted to Stamps Challenge (Summer in Winter)
Let's Ink it Up (Stamped image)
Moving Along with the Times (Things with Wings)
Hot Shot Craft - (Flowers)

The Paper Project

Just a quick post about a site I discovered, perhaps later than many of you, regarding PAPER!! It comes from the Forgotten Scraps blog and I thought the "Paper Project" gave some great info regarding the many papers available to use for copics/distress inks/digi images etc.  Yes, paper is also a personal choice but this project involved LOTS OF WORK and I am very thankful someone did it and that I found it. Hoping some of you may want to take a look.  Here is a blurb from the site to give you some idea of the scope of the project:

"...I'm sure there are many paper projects but this one is specific to testing Copic markers on the various papers available. Like most of you, I started on a quest to find the best paper to color on. Therefore, I hope to perform various experiments on each brand to see how they measure up."

When you scroll down the introduction page, you will see the various categories for which each paper was tested.

 Click on all or only the ones you are interested in to see how the paper measures up. I can say that for me, most, if not all, of the ratings matched my experience with the papers on the list that I have personally invested in trying. Let's face it, paper IS expensive so why not get some idea of each brand's strengths and weakness before it ends up in a drawer or on Ebay!  The PICS ARE A GREAT VISUAL and help make the experiment more objective and I think more accurate.  Part of my delight in finding this is that my copics are affected by the paper I use and thus my projects are affected.  This information helps me find where my issues lie, whether it be in my coloring techique, paper or ink!

Have a great day!

Dude, You Rock!

     Happy Friday... Quick post for today as I am in "overhaul" mode.  Going back to work on Monday so I need get my hair colored & cut, nails done, yadda, yadda, yadda...  With the whirl of the last two months, I have put all those "have-to's" on the back burner. It is all good- just will run around a bit today.

     For my card today, I could not resist creating a partner for my Peace and Love Hipster gal which I entered into the CMC Challenge last week.  This "Dude" is called Lil Perfect Match 60's Lad Stefan and he is designed by Christina Dee for Tickled Pink Stamps. He is available in digi (my guy) and it rubber.  Doesn't it look like it will be love at first sight?

  Stefan was colored with copics. (Still having some issues with the E's but I am in the process of ordering and changing the nibs and cleaning my caps as that was suggested, and trying Copic Xpress paper when it arrives!)
     DP is Basic Grey Marrakech -don't know if it is still available -which really works for some of the 60's as well as masculine theme cards. Blue cardstock is from Core-dination Trifecta  12 x 12 pad, and the Terra Cotta cs is from PTI; edges of blue cardstock were sanded/distressed for a torn and faded-jean look. Sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink.- Signature Greetings.  Brown Raffia is from Wild Orchid Crafts and flowers, which look tie-dyed, were enclosed in an online order of goodies but can't remember who :(
Border punch and tage punches by EK Success.

Have a great weekend! Go Giants!

Challenges I am entering:
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge  91(Blues/Browns)
Whimsy Inspiration 22 (Blues/Browns)

Summer Daydream

     Summer... we can think it, can't we?  With the holidays over and the real cold winds of winter all about, one can keep cozy with thoughts of warmer days to come.
     Today I combined ideas from three challenges to create my card!  I was inspired by the Lili of the Valley challenge to use your favorite LOTV stamp, the ICopic challenge to use "unloved colors" and the Sweet Stop Sketch challenge which helped me with my layout. Don't know about you but I still struggle with designing a layout for my cards and I remember one of my teachers (Michele) telling me to use sketches to help. Well, that combined with looking at all the other beautiful cards and projects created by so many of you continue to teach and inspire me.

     This sweet girl is called Summer Daydream.  I have been wanting to play with her for awhile now.  I decided to also use copic colors that I have not used before. I know the challenge calls them "unloved" but I think they are "unused"!
     For this card I used E79,77, 74, 71 and 70.  Now I don't know about you, but the E's I do use often are not playing nice these days. Perhaps I need to change nibs but some of my E's are not going on as smoothly as they once were...still, I enjoyed playing with other colors new to me.  Skin E00, 11. 13 and R20. Hair E50, 53 & 57.  Grass/leaves YG97, 95 & 93. I also used Prismas Tuscan Red & Black. Cardstock is from PTI and Bazill and DP is Prima's Moulin Rouge. I stamped the lined dp with an Inkadinkadoo script stamp and Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink to create more detail in the paper. Curly Wild roses and metal corners are from Wild Orchid Crafts and sentiment is from Pink by Design. I bought a ton of their sentiments- they have over 2500 sentiments- love them!  They feature sets on every theme which makes finding a sentiment for all my stamps so easy!  Spellbinder and MS Punch/Diamond Stickles/gold pearls from stash. Yes, those are gold pearls- they took on the color of the paper in the photo-ugh! One pic at night and one in daylight.

I will be entering the following challenges:
ICopic- Unloved Colors
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread Designs- W-I-N-T-E-R  You must use 3 items
that begin with a letter from the word "winter"
Pink Elephant challenge - Favorite Color
Papertake Weekly- Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. Have a great day!

All You Need is Love

It has been quite awhile since I have been here!  So much has happened.  On December 30th, after six months of tense waiting and anticipation, my husband recieved a call for a liver transplant.  He is doing amazingly well only after ten days!  We are thankful and humbled by the generosity of a family who saw through their grief and loss to give life to another.  I would love to see someone create a stamp set that honors  "Donating Life" for all those who give and receive this incredible gift!  For those of you who want to learn more about keeping life going, here is a link to Donate Life NY and a 30 second video here.

We are moving slowly back to a new "normal" and with the much needed break from work, I was able to sit at my craft table and play!  I decided to participate in the Color Me Creative Challenge featuring "retro" hot pink and black! Hot, hot, hot!  Actually when my Mom first taught me to knit, my first project was a scarf that was hot pink and black- I thought of that all the while I was creating this card.

The digi stamp I used is Peace and Love Hipster by Saturated Canary.    I colored her with promarkers and copics and used the new RV's for a change!  The promarkers are great for working in very small spaces like her hair- those fine point snap on nibs are great- they can make a line as thin as a strand of hair.  Maybe copic will take a hint!!  I also used various Spica pens on the layers under her pink skirt.  They gave some sparkle and also were easy to get color into those tight spaces!  Paper is Cryrogen Iridescent White by Paper Temptress. Black/White dot DP is DCWV La Creme Stack, Pink Hearts Glitter from my stash and pink and black cardstock from Paper Trey Ink Perfect Match pack.  The sentiment is computer generated and the lovely rose is from two dozen beautiful roses sent to me by my selfless and wonderful sister-in-law! Flowers and lace are from WOC.  My hippie gal got a bit of Glossy Accents and Deco Art Glamour Dust on the garland in her hair.  Thanks again for all the love and support over the past few months!! Glad to be back!

All You Need is Love will be entered in the following challenges:
Color Me Creative Challenge (retro hot pink & black)
Pixie Dust Studio (put your heart into it)
Passion for Promarkers (inspired by a song)
My Time To Craft (hugs and kisses)
The Paper Players (all you need is love)
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