Monday, April 30, 2012

Together Forever

     I created a card for several Wedding/Anniversary themed challenges. Here is what I came up with:
      For my card, I colored a popular Lili of the Valley image, "Wedding Couple".  I colored my image with copics, E50, 51, 52, & 53 for the bride and C7, ,5, 3 & 1 for the groom.  Spica pens were used for leaves and flowers.

        I absolutely cannot stop raving about the card base cardstock that I have recently discovered at CutCardstock.  I know it is something we really don't "see" in our creations, but let me tell you how sturdy it is and how easy it folds and creases. The metallic iridescence is beautiful. No more cards bending under the weight of the embellishments and no more "crack" when I score my card base.  Check out the link to the cardstock I use here.  Design Paper is from Cart-Us - "Wedding" 6x6 pad.  Flowers and metal embellishments from WOC.

          That's all for today. Thanks always for your kind comments. Below is some additional info on our new challenge changes. So.. turn up the volume of some of your fav "love music" and get inspired to create a love themed project!
Challenges entered:


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring Bling at Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     For this week's challenge at Stamptacular Sundays, we are in a "Spring Bling" state of mind.  So go for it, create a project that screams Spring and add tons of Bling to it!  
     You will have from now until midnight (EST) May 5th, 2012 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: $25 Gift Certificate
AND
PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of 3 Digis

     For my card, I colored a new Sweet Pea rubber stamp called "Luna Fairy". She is created by Joanne Schempp for Sweet Pea Stamps. She was very cool to color- which I did with copics, BG72, 52, 11, 000 and Hair E25, 35 YR31 and 31.  Wings YR24, E 50 and Skin E00, 11, 13 and 21.  Butterflies and flowers colored with Spica Pens.
     Now, for the "bling".... I did go a bit crazy!  I added metal corners embellished with gold pearls along with tons of Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima and Pizazz Aplenty flowers along the Spellbinders Frame Die.  Her hair and butterflies are embellished with gold and purple swarovski crystals.  DP is Kaisercraft's "Sweet Nothings" and Bazzill cardstock.  Sentiment is from Pink by Design.  Parts of the image were glittered with Deco Art glamour dust and Gold Smooch paint.  I love how the bird cage on the dp helped "fill in" some of the embellishment space without taking away from the image.  I just ran my clear Spica glitter  pen over the bars of the cage to "bling" it up!
   

  Come join us this week and create a card or project that screams BLING! Spring colors, spring themes, spring flowers…AND add some BLING! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!  Thanks always for your kind comments.
Challenges

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bundle of Joy

     This weekend I became a "Great Aunt"....again!  My niece and her husband welcomed a new baby girl  to our family. I can't wait to hold and smell her!    Babies bring such joy to a family and I am so blessed to enjoy these new little angels!  For those of us with older children, the sight, sounds and smell of a new baby bring us back in time...
      With this new baby girl in mind and heart, I decided to create a card using "Baby Line" by Just Inklined.  
    "Baby Line" is colored with copics, R's, YG's Y's and W's for the little stuffed rabbit.  The "buttons" on the pj's and the snaps on the onesie are made with Viva Decor Pearl Pens. I used Pebbles Pastel chalks for the background.  Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Buttons (large and small) from my stash. Pearl border from Recollections.  DP is an from K&Company "Itsy Bitsy" Baby Girl 8x8 paper pad.  Cardstock is from DCWV and Tim Holtz Coordinations.
     I just got this fabulous lace today in the mail from Dies to Die for... it is gorgeous and has such a glittery shine to it.  It is double-sided but the pink ribbon hides the seam in the middle- I will be using this in the very near future on another project!
     Have a great day, and thanks so much for all your comments- they make my day!
Challenges:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You're Enchanting- The Paper Shelter Challenge

     What a great time of year this is... Spring is definitely here. The trees and flowers are blooming and the most beautiful colors are all around me. Hope you are enjoying this time of year wherever you are!
      As a guest designer for this month at The Paper Shelter Challenge, I am thrilled to share my first post! Our challenge this week is "Photo Inspiration" and the pinks, purples and greens will definitely inspire you to join us!
 There are so many adorable images and digi papers to choose from at the Paper Shelter, so in the spirit of Spring, I chose A. Mucha Influence Spring for my card!  She is just beautiful and so much fun to color!

    A. Mucha Influence Spring is colored with copics (RV's and R39 for depth) and glittered with Glamour Dust Glitter.  The flowers were colored with Spica pens.  DP is Meadow Lark by Prima- can't get enough of this paper- and Bazzill cardstock.  Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts and corner embellishment by Prima - also coated with Snowtex glitter.  Sentiment is from Pink by Design and green pearls are from my stash.  I also used Pebbles pearlescent chalk around the image.

     I do hope you will join our challenge this over at the Paper Shelter!  If you use a Paper Shelter image, you can win a $20 gift voucher. If you use another image, you have a chance of winning 3 digis of your choice!!   Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.
I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Outlawz- Copic Challenge - Magical


Sunday, April 22, 2012

You Give Me Wings- Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Welcome to this week's challenge at Stamptacular Sundays!  Our challenge, which begins today, is... “Loaded with LAYERS!”
     You will have from now until midnight (EST) April 28th, 2012 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:

AND 
KAREN'S DOODLES (Three free digis)

     For my entry, I used "Butterfly Girl" digi image by Karen's Doodles. She was so much fun to color and I can see from my dt mates, that I was not the only one smitten with her!
     "Butterfly Girl" was printed (laser printer) on White Cryrogen paper and colored with copics. I sort of mixed the E's 40's and 80 & 81 to get a real khaki (brownish green) color.  The flowers are colored with spica pens. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and white corner embellishment, to which I added some Glitter Snowtex, is from Prima. The sentiment is from a Kraftin Kimme stamps set. Swarovski crystals, butterfly rhinestone and green pearls from my stash.
      The design paper is Prima's "Sweet Fairy" and First Edition "Daydream".  Cardstock is Bazzill and DCWV.  By the way, I fell in love with some new cardstock for cards with lots of layers. It really holds up to the weight of the layers but scores beautifully.  Best of all, it comes in 12 x 12. I used it here. It comes from Cut Cardstock I purchased Crystal (white) and Opal (off white).  There are other colors and all of them are mica-coated and have a nice pearlescent finish.  At 105 cover weight (285 gsm), this cardstock is sturdy enough to hold layers/flowers but also fold effortlessly- without cracks and tears. I will be purchasing more of this cardstock!!!   Best of all, I received it in a couple of days with samples of other papers!
       I also want to give credit to Mindy Baxter's Copic Class #3 who taught me how to color water and grass. If you know Mindy's cards, the backgrounds are always beautifully done. While it may not be too visible here, it was effortless to achieve the water and grass colors using her color recommendations and techniques.  
           We would love for you to participate this week.  To do so,  you need to create a card that has 3 or more layers! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!   Have a great day.  If you want this little girl, she is available in my ETSY shop!  Thanks for your kind comments.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Close Your Eyes- Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Our theme at Stamptacular Sundays Challenge  is "Freebie Week"!  Create anything that comes to mind!  Anything goes!  It’s up to you this week!  Please wow us with your talent!  Create something new…maybe even make one of those projects you’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t yet!  


     You will have from now until midnight (EST) April 21st, 2012 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
AND
PRIZE: Winner's Choice 7 Digis


     For my card this week, I selected a new Lili of the Valley rubber stamp, "Close Your Eyes".  This image was so much fun to color.  
    

     Once again, I colored these two cuties with copics.  Design papers, Nonna's Garden, are from Hot Off The Press.This time I embossed a gold metal corner (Wild Orchid Crafts) with a mixture of Copper and Ancient Gold embossing powder. I am having so much fun matching the colors of these metal embellishments to my paper or design. The border die is from Spellbinders and sentiment and pearls from my stash.  Our little lady and the lovely rose got a sprinkle of  Deco Art Glamour Dust to finish.
     I hope I have inspired you to join us this week at Stamptacular Sundays for a chance to win an ICopic gift certificate and (wow) 7 Digis from Bugaboo.  Have a great day, and always know how much I love to hear from you!  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Remembering with Love - Just Inklined

      Happy Friday!  I must say my week off has been just great... got the chance to rest and relax and the weather is just lovely. Despite all the beauty that surrounds us, there is often the news that someone we know is experiencing loss or grief.  How do we respond at times like this?  Often it is a card or a heartfelt note that expresses our sadness or offers comfort. While it is not the most pleasant of topics, it is a reality and just as often, our words through the cards we make, can help and heal those who most need it.
     With this in mind, I created a sympathy card using the Just Inklined image, " Tulip Jug".  It is quite a versatile stamp, but when I saw it, I thought it would be totally appropriate for any expression of sympathy, encouragement or get well.  You just need to change or alter the sentiment.

     The digi image is printed on Cryogen white Iridescent paper and colored with copics.  I used Suzanne Dean's technique from her Copic #5 class, "Coloring Copper" to color the jug- E17,15, 11 &02.  As per Suzanne, I also coated the jug with Glossy Accents.  Tulips R39, 29, 24 &22. Leaves G20, 21, 24 and 84. I also coated parts of the leaves (the lightest part) with Glossy Accents.  Pumice Stone Distress Ink was sponged on the edges.  DP is 7 Gypsies "Market" - pic does not do it justice...beatiful deep, rich coppers reds, greens, browns- colors that will go great with black or metallics!
     Metal corner (square) from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I added red swarovski crystals (nothing glitters like they do) to the metal embellishment.  Border die from Martha Stewart and sentiment from Just Rite Sympathy sentiments -original collection - don't know if it is still available.  Ribbon (my stash) and a pinch of Glamour Dust on tulips.  Again, because of the occasion or sentiment, I felt nothing fancy or blingy was appropriate. Sometimes, I am learning, simplicity is best.
     As with most of my cards, this one is available in my Etsy Shop. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments!  Have a great day.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Great News to Share - Leibster Blog Award Recipient!

    What a wonderful gift I woke to this morning and I can't wait to share it with you! But first, let me set the mood... I woke up this morning with a sore back and a bit exhausted from the weekend Easter preparations. While I am so blessed to have spent the weekend with family, as many of you know, the preparations and running around can get the best of us! So with robe on, hair pinned up and a delicious cup of coffee in hand, I sat at my computer to open weekend email and just soak in the stillness of the morning...and then I opened an email message from a blog that I follow- namely,  Tracy Fox from A Crafty Fox.  She  nominated me as a recipient of the Liebster Blog Award!  Speechless - a word never associated with me- is the only one that describes my complete surprise and gratitude!  If you don't know Tracy, I suggest you take a look at any one of her three blogs. Her photography and papercraft projects are beautiful and inspirational.  Thank you Tracy! 
     So, what is this award all about?  
     This is an award that was reputedly started in Germany.  Liebster is German for "dearest", "beloved" or "favorite."  This award is given to new bloggers who have just begun blogging and who have less than 200 followers.  You receive this award from a fellow blogger, in my case, Tracy Fox from A Craft Fox, who feel your blog and work are worthy and important to them.  New bloggers are given the opportunity to be recognized for their work while being showcased to other bloggers. The selection of blogs is not limited to papercrafts, the blogs can be about anything!
       What I especially love about this award, it the ability for me now to "pay it forward" as the award requires that those who receive it, give it to 5 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and also deserve recognition.  
     So with the same excitement and in no particular order, I nominate the following three blogs for recognition.  Please take a minute and visit these blogs. You will find yourself hitting the "follow" button over and over again.

Just gorgeous distress ink coloring of Magnolia stamps & beautiful blog

Beautiful and bright copic coloring/great images and card design

Unique copic colored images and card design

Gorgeous distress ink Magnolias, and beautiful flower embellishments/dies

While Sara has a just a few more than 200 followers, I wanted so to recognize her blog, her website and her art. She is the artist behind all those beautiful stamps I love to color.  This site is such an inspiration to me.  Additionally,  her blog is such a great source of information about color She truly deserves the recognition.

To accept the award, you must:

1) Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you.
2) Post the award to your blog.
3) Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.
4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the five people you have chosen to let them know.



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Dream Catcher Girl - Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Our challenge at Stamptacular Sundays this week is "Photo Inspiration", and what a beautiful photo it is! This week's prize is a choice of THREE DIGIS from BIRDIE BROWN!
 I had a lot of fun working with the "yellow" colors for this challenge! I liked working with the golder yellows.   I used "Dream Catcher Girl" by Sugar Nellie available at Funky Kits. She is so much fun to color.
       I also got a chance to finally use some new dies I purchased a while ago. The seam binding was dyed usingTattered Angels mists and how cool to match the colors so well. I definitely have to do more of that!  I also had no yellow roses so I colored two white ones (on the right side of the image) with the Y's and YR copics that I used for the image.  In a few seconds, I had yellow roses!
Card Recipe:
Dream Catcher Girl digi stamp by Sugar Nellie
DP: Prima's Meadow Lark
Dress and Wings: copics V04, 01  and YR 24, 23, Y11 & Y00 
Feathers on Dreamcatcher : Spica pens
Skin: copics E11, 21 & 00 and R20 
Hair: E59, 57,53 & 50
Ground: W3, 2 &0
Pebbles Chalk for shading around image
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs/Spellbinder Ovals, EK Success Border Punch
Pearls, Swarovski crystals - lavendar 
Crystal medallions- Prima
Seam binding dyed by me using Tattered Angels- Lemon Zest, Mustard Seed
Flowers/Metal Corner - Wild Orchid Crafts
Stickles (Diamond) and Glamour Dust glitter
  
    I seldom embellish the inside of the card but this time I did- the paper was just so lovely.  Please join us over at Stamptacular Sundays and enter our challenge for a chance to win a choice of THREE DIGIS from BIRDIE BROWN! Thanks always for your kind comments. Have a great day!




Saturday, April 7, 2012

Maude Doodlebuns by Just Inklined

     Well, it is that time of year again in the northeast that some of us dread...and I am talking "bathing suit" weather!  Many of us are trying to get in shape and, if you are like me, finding all sorts of ways to avoid exercise!   So, with that in mind, I thought it appropriate to select a fun digi stamp from Just Inklined called Maude Doodlebuns- Flab Fighter!  Now, I agree with her kind of "exercise" completely... and, ssshhhh, I think hubby would, too!
       Maude is colored with copics and the shading is done with Pebbles Iridescent Chalk.   The dp is My Minds Eye, Tickled Pink 6x6 paper pad.  The pearls/ribbon are from my stash and the sentiment is computer generated (author unknown).  I added Glossy Accents on her beads of sweat along with some Glamour Dust. I know that I use so much Glamour Dust on my projects, that when I sweat, it glitters!!!
     If you want to see more of the "Maude" series stamps, check them out at Just Inklined.  They are a blast!  That's all for today. Have a great weekend!
I am entering Maude in the following Challenges:



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Challenge Blog & DT Members Wanted!

    
      I have exciting news to share... there is a new monthly challenge blog up and running, and it is called  Fashionista! I am also happy to share that I was invited to be a design team member! You may have heard about  Fashionista on Feline Playful, as it launched its first challenge this week with the theme,  ANYTHING GOES- FEMININE AND BLING!

     I want to invite all of you to stop by, become a follower, and above all else, to play along!

      Next, Rina is seeking Design Team members.  If you are interested, please click on the link below to read more about it and submit your best work:
   
  Rina is hoping to select several more design team members by April 15th.

     Have a great day!





Monday, April 2, 2012

Always and Forever - Just Inklined Blog Hop!

     Woo Hoo!  This is the first time I am participating as a Design Team member in the Blog Hop for Just Inklined!  Hope you are ready to hop with us.  Our hostess this month is Jak, and she has chosen PLEATS for our theme.  Now if you've arrived from Jeni's blog, just keep hopping, otherwise you might want to go back to the start and see what Jak created.  You are sure to find lots of inspiration and tips along the way, and don't forget to leave a comment.
     I have chosen the Wedding Shoe digital image by Just Inklined.   I love the vintage look of this image and knew immediately that I would color it with creamy colors and light pastel copic markers (E53,52, 51 & 50 and R20, 00, G20 & G000 and colorless blender pen).


         I am so in love with all the new paper pads I have recently purchased and was thrilled to use Cart-Us "Wedding" 6x6 inch pad. The colors are black, silver and creamy gold; several papers are glittered (like this one) making an image like this really pop.  Of course, the black ribbon is "pleated" to fit the theme of this challenge and the white roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Sentiment, stamped with Memento Sepia inkpad, is by Just Rite stamps. Pearls & crystals are from Recollections.  Gold "pearls" on image and white pearls on shoe are from Viva Decor Pearl Pens in Ivory and Gold.  Last, lots of Glamour Dust and Fairy Dust glitter!
    What I especially love about this card is the corner embellishment...you know I love those metal corners from Wild Orchid Crafts but they only come in silver and gold. I saw everyone using white embossing powder to change the silver or gold metal color, so, I decided to try it with other color embossing powders. I got this very cool multi-color sparkle by using a silver corner and embossing it with Ranger's Detail Black and Ancient Gold.  I poured the black over some of the metal, then the gold at the same time, then embossed.  I did add a second sprinkle of just the Ancient Gold and embossed again.  It really gives a vintage or antique look and I am sure that all my other color embossing powders will be coming out to play real soon!
   Your next stop will be Joyce's blog.  She is sure to have something fun to share.  Hope you enjoyed our hop. Have a great day. As always, thank you for your kind comments.
I will be entering this card in the following Challenges:

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Adorable!

    How excited am I to be posting my very first card as a design team member for
I am so lucky to be playing along with such talented and sweet ladies...
This week's challenge is PASTELS!
 Here is my dt card for this challenge:
     
     For this 6x6 card, I selected the new Elizabeth Bell for Whimsy rubber stamp called, "Sun Kissed".  Isn't she the cutest? She is colored with pastel copics and Spica Pens on Cryogen White Iridescent paper. DP is Kaisercraft English Rose. Cardstock Bazill & DCWV. Flowers and metal corner embellishment (embossed with white opaque embossing powder) from Wild Orchid Crafts. Sentiment from Stampin Up.  Border punch EK Success and butterflies Martha Stewart punch. I loved how Bev Rochester (All the Things I Love blog) applied tiny pearls around her image here, but instead of real pearls, I used the Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ivory.  It adds such a nice touch to images!
     I hope I've inspired you to head over to the Stamptacular Sundays Challenge blog and see what the rest of the dt team has created with pastels! Our sponsor this week is WHOOPSI DAISY STAMPS- the winner will receive his/her choice of FOUR SHEETS of digi stamps! Get out your stamps and pastels and play along!  Have a great day, and thank your for your kind comments.
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