Patterns Galore- Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Welcome to another fun challenge at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS!  Before I announce our theme for this week, I want to remind you that last week we added a new twist to our challenge. As promised, each week STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS is choosing three participants to win our TOP THREE BADGE to display on their personal blogs! Will it be you this week?  You'll never know unless you jump right in and join our Stamptacular fun!
         Now, onto our challenge for this week... our theme is...
   For this week's challenge, you will create a card or project that uses at least 3 different pattern papers.  You are welcome to use more but no less!  You will have from now until midnight (EST) August 4th 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 and be eligible for our Top 3 Winners!
     This week's sponsor is TOTALLY STAMPALICIOUS... The winner, selected randomly, will win a $15 Gift Certificate! 

     For my card, I selected Lili of the Valley's "Wish Upon a Star" image (rubber stamp). I just love all the "girly" images at LOTV.
     This little ballerina is colored with copics and outlined with Pebbles Iridescent chalk and Cream Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  As you can see, her outfit is coated with Stickles.  When I want a more glittery look (can you have too much???), I go for the Stickles (Diamond, my fav).  The three design papers came from the same pad, "My Minds Eye, Miss Caroline, All Dolled Up."  I even cut the Memory Box Catalina Wreath die out of the back of one of the papers so maybe I get points for a fourth layer! I saw the die cuts being made out of design paper on a number of blogs this week and I thought I would give it a try.   
     The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, and I cannot recall where I bought the organza rose/gem ribbon trim. I will search out where I bought it, and, yes it is ONE piece!  Last, but not least, the stamped sentiment is from  Pink by Design, "Small Things" set.  
     For more inspiration and to learn more about our challenge, visit the creations from the STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS DESIGN TEAM.    This is a great opportunity to mix, match and show off all that beautiful design paper we love to buy (hoard)!  We hope to see your card or project  this week. Thanks,as always, for your kind comments!  Have a great day!

"I Dream of You In Colors That Don't Exist" - Outlawz Anything Goes Challenge

     Today marks my last challenge with The Outlawz as their Guest Designer for July.  It has been such a pleasure to participate in each week's challenge with so many talented, talented artists! Special thank you to Carla Suto for inviting me to play - thank you!
     This week's Copic/Promarker Challenge at The Outlawz is "Anything Goes".   You will have from now until August 2nd to enter our challenge. Our sponsor for the month of July's Copic/Promarker Challenge is Dilly Beans.  One random winner will select three digis from Dilly Beans online store!
      For my entry, I selected another beautiful image by Hannah Lynn called "Moonlit Mermaid."  I actually began this card with the sentiment first... I found this line  on Pinterest and upon further search, discovered it comes from a poem whose title is this very line, "I Dream of You in Colors that Don't Exist" by Kizzy Bloom here.  The line sparked my creative mojo and while so many lovely stamps and digi images would have fit the sentiment just as well, it was Hannah's stamp that I selected.  I also knew for some weeks now that I wanted to work with a gold/black color combination and the second source of inspiration came from a new paper pad. Putting all three together has been so much fun, and here she is...
          " Moonlit Mermaid" is colored with copics on Copic Xpress cardstock (colors listed below). While I am a huge fan of Cryrogen White, I thought I would experiment with another paper and I was quite happy it. The design paper is gorgeous- my kinda gorgeous, anyway- it is a new 12x12 paper pad by Die Cuts with a View called "Stardust" which just became available this month. Here is one of the few pics I could find that gives you some idea of the paper included in this pad. The colors in the pic are much brighter than the actual paper.
     I bought the smaller matstack a week ago at Joanns and when I went back to buy the 12" pad, it was sold out and sold out everywhere... so I ordered it online (joanns 40% off). It includes celestial and skyline/starry sky paper, some of them are beautifully glittered and foiled.  All of the paper on this card comes from that stack, even the black glittery moon, which I cut out with a circle punch.   If you really want to see this paper pad up close, here is a link to a youtube video-. - she shows both the matstack and the larger pad. You can fast forward to where she flips through each page to get a more realistic look at this fabulous paper.
         Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Pizazz Aplenty.  I also embellished the card with a pearl heart button from my stash and a gold cord bow above the sentiment.  The sentiment was cut out using a new EK Success Tag punch. I cut both and then just trimmed the gold one so I could mat it against the black one.  Last, she is glittered here and there with Deco Art Glamour Dust. Thanks, once again, to every one over at The Outlawz for having me as their guest.  Also thank you for your kind comments.
        Here is a link to the Design Team entries. Please join us this week for our Anything Goes challenge.

Copics: Mermaid: Y26, 11, 00, E99, Flourescent Yellow, YR24
Hair: E29, 25, 23, 31, 30 & 50
Eyes: B21,24
Skin: E000, 00, 11 & 13/Cheeks: R21/Lips RV69
Wood- E49, 44, 43, 42 & 41

To Die For.. Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Happy Sunday.... once again, it is time for another fabulous challenge at Stamptacular Sundays!  For this week's challenge, you will create a card or project that uses TWO OR MORE DIES!  There are so many die cutting machines... any of them will work for this challenge!  Just make sure you use at least two different ones! Oh, and don't forget to stamp!
      You will have from now until midnight (EST) July 28th 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 wonderful prize donated by:
It's a Surprise!

   **Woo Hoo!  Starting with this challenge, Stamptacular Sundays will now feature "Top 3 Winners" each week in addition to our random drawing! Join us for great challenges, prizes and a chance to be selected for our "Top 3" weekly winner!

     Having survived the heat wave in the Northeast this week, the choice of an image for my card was an easy one... but I thought I would add a twist with a different take on the meaning of "hot"! There are moments when it feels like it is over 100 degrees... right in my own body!  For my card, I chose "I'm Sweating You" by Saturated Canary.  Krista's images are a lot of fun to color.

     Since this challenge is about DIES, I used three... two Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork dies and one sun die from La La Land Crafts. It comes with two cool cloud dies as well.  My image is colored with copics, YR's, peachy R's and some E's for shading. The fan is colored with Cs. So sorry I did not note colors...again, I am experimenting with mixing colors and I got lost in a pile of copics!   I spray glued the cheesecloth behind the image and sprinkled Glamour Dust on  before attaching to card base. The design paper is MME "Be Happy" and love this Perfect Match cardstock from PaperTrey Ink called "Smoky Shadow". It is a dark brownish/grey - almost black but not.. works so well with this paper pad!
     The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Kaisercraft... pretty peachy browns. Pearl spray from my stash.....The image and die cuts were blinged up with some Diamond Stickles and clear Swarovksi crystals... especially the little bead of sweat on her forehead!
      Hoping you will join us for this week's challenge. It is a great chance to take out all those cool dies and add them to your creation. Look forward to seeing what you create. Here is a little inspiration from the Stamptacular Sundays Design Team... Have a great day!  Thanks, as always, for your kind comments.

London 2012 - It's Time for the Olympics

     We just love sports in our house! No matter what season, there is a team we follow no matter what! Now, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, also known informally as "London 2012", will begin on July 27th and go until August 12th.  Well, The Outlawz are showing their excitement about the upcoming Games of the XXX Olympiad (as they are officially called) by hosting an Olympics or Sports theme for this week's Copic/Promarker Challenge!
      You will have from now until July 26th to enter our challenge, and don't forget to also enter into the Monthly Inklinz (one entry per week) to be eligible to win a prize. Our sponsor for the month of July's Copic/Promarker Challenge is:
    One random winner will win THREE DIGIS from the Dilly Beans on-line store.  Be sure to check out Megan's new blog here.
      For my image, I selected Kenny K's digi "Runner".  I colored him with copics and a touch of Tuscan Red prismacolor pencil. I embellished the "flame" and his torch with Stickles, Glossy Accents and a bit of Martha Stewart's Tinsel Glitter. I also added some Glossy Accents on those gold cuffs that accent his muscles!  This runner definitely has his own "bling" going on so I did not need to add any!
     The dp is "Liberty" by Bo Bunny and "Glory" by Authentique. I die cut stars from Quickutz Star Dies, cardstock and scraps of design paper.  The sentiment is computer generated and the British flag is a 3D embellishment that I thought fit this theme.
    We hope we have inspired you to get into the Olympics spirit!  Remember, your project can be connected to any sport or to the Olympics! Let's see what you create!  Check out what the rest of the Design Team has created here.  Go USA!  Have a great day and thanks, always, for your kind comments!

Can You Spare a Handmade Card? - Two Worthy Causes..

     From time to time, we get a blog post that touches us and reminds us that what we create has the power to uplift and encourage those who are facing serious challenges...that what we do goes beyond challenge wins and prizes... This past week, two posts came to me through challenge and email posts, and I felt compelled to share both with my followers in the hope that you, too, will share on your blogs, and more importantly, that you will donate your cards to these very worthwhile causes.
    First, as I was scanning challenges to enter one of my cards, I came across SEND A SMILE 4 KIDS CHALLENGE.. Never having been to this site before, I clicked on the link and read the post and learned that in addition to hosting challenges for some great prizes, they also seek donations of handmade cards for SEND A SMILE Kids- ages newborn through 19 years old who are receiving inpatient care at 7 Children's Hospitals!  All you need to know about donations especially the guidelines for the cards you send is HERE so please read carefully before selecting cards to send. 

     The second post came from Mandy (A Sprinkling of Glitter). Her post originated from the Simon Says Stamp Blog...HERE. She is spreading the word about two courageous young sisters- 13 year old Maddy, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and her 15 year old sister Melanie who will donate her stem cells through a stem cell transplant after the 6 month chemotherapy ends.  The request is to send HAPPY and ENCOURAGING cards to these girls!  All information about where to send these cards as well as more details about their story can be found HERE.  


Maddy and Melanie at Riley's Hospital "Prom Night"

    I am sure we all know someone who has been in a similar situation. I know I have so these requests are especially close to my heart.  Please spread the word and thank you!

Bling it On! Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Welcome to another fun challenge this week at Stamptacular Sundays!  This week's challenge is right up my alley- it is WINGS AND BLING - two of my favorite themes when it comes to making a card!  It is going to be so much fun to see how everyone interprets this theme.  For this week's challenge you will create a card or project that includes both wings and bling.  Easy peasy, right? It 's fun to see how creative you can be with all those great glittery, shiny and glamourous embellies!  So.. you will have from now until midnight (EST) July 21st 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:

     For my card, I chose another fabulous Hannah Lynn image called "Spring To Life" available at Crafts and Me.  She is colored with many copics- found myself blending colors and having a blast experimenting with it.  Her dress YG's, Wings, YGs, Y's (including a bit of the neon yellow) and some bright B's tht I have not used in a while B6, 4, 3 and OO.  Love the little robin's eggs!
     Once again, the Design Paper is a fabulous 6 inch digital "paper pad" from Crafts and Me. It prints the perfect size so it is easy to include those designs as part of the card- they won't get cut off when trimming the paper down for the card.  I have to show you a thumbnail of the paper so you can truly appreciate its beauty. Each pad is filled with papers in a wide range of colors that are so vibrant and print beautifully!  The open space in the middle is made for inserting images and embellishments without losing the design, especially the fairy images like Hannah's. I find I don't want to cover it up....but I did add some bling!
      First, I triple matted the image. I added a piece of black netting from Funkie Junkie behind the image and then I embellished the netting with tiny gold pearls and clear Swarovksi crystals.  Flowers and metal corners are from Wild Orchid Crafts and some roses from Recollections. I added real pearls (as opposed to Viva Decor Pearl Pen) to her wings and some Glossy Accents to the robin eggs and bow in her hair.  While you may not see it too clearly, there is a die cut on the card -it is the Memory Box Honey Blossom Sprig in the upper left-hand corner in black. It really mimicked the silhouette vines in the paper creating a 3D look (hard to see in the pic). Roses are attached on each flower of the die cut over her head.
   Parts of the image were coated with a bit of Stickles and Glamour Dust. I really prefer the Glamour Dust when you use it with a glue pen- it is light and there is no trace/shine from the gel ...Now, get out your bling-i-iest bling and winged things and join us.  And... don't forget to stamp, as we are STAMPtacular Sundays Challenge.  Here are the Design Team projects to inspire your creativity... Thanks always for your kind comments!

A Christmas gift in the middle of July? The Outlawz Friday Copic/Promarker Challenge

     That has to be one of my all-time favorite lines from an old film shown always around Christmas... March of the Wooden Soldiers.  I always watch it and when I do, I feel like the child I was 40 years ago sitting in my Aunt's living room smelling all the aromas of the holiday cooking that my huge family would feast on later that nice to have such wonderful memories of holidays spent with so many relatives. Today, I watch this film with my son and laugh at all the same parts!  My favorite line is when Oliver Hardy is trying to smuggle Stan Laurel into Barnaby's house by sticking him in a big gift box, and the exchange goes something like:
   Stannie Dum: I've got a Christmas present for you.
   Barnaby: A Christmas gift in the middle of July?
   Stannie Dum: Well we always do our Christmas shopping early...

    Well, this week The Outlawz are doing their stamping early and our theme for this week's Copic/Promarker Challenge is Christmas in July!  We thought it would be fun to give you a jump on making your Christmas cards or at least inspire you with some ideas from our design team and this week's entrants.  You will have from now until July 19th to enter our challenge and don't forget to also enter into the Monthly Inlinkz (one entry per week).  Our sponsor for the month of July's Copic/Promarker Challenge is:
     One random winner will win THREE DIGIS from the Dilly Beans on-line store.  Megan's images are edgy and unique and so fun to color.  Be sure to check out Megan's new blog here
   For my card, I used a Christmas stamp from Lili of the Valley called "Moonlight Wishes."  I so love those stamps!  My image is colored with copics, of course -G's, YG's. dress/Y26, 28, 11, W3, W1 moon, R59,39 24, 22 stocking. (I have been redoing my family room and making this card around a crew of workers was not easy- I apologize for not noting specific colors).

     "Moonlight Wishes" is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Cryrogen White Iridescent paper. Cutcardstock Stardream Metallic Opal 12 x 12 paper is used for the card sturdy and creases beautifully! The stocking, moon and parts of her dress are coated with Diamond Stickles and some Glitter Dust. The "pearls" on the moon are made with Viva Decor Pearl pen in Cream. Peeled Paint distress ink is sponged around the image and used to stamp the Lili of the Valley sentiment. Wild Orchid Crafts metal corner, flowers and leaves embellish the card, along with a Prima poinsettia, pearl brad, green pearls and lace from my stash. This delicious design paper is Bo Bunny's Noel Cutouts- I bought a ton of it last year. Love the four 6 inch designs on the 12x12 cut outs paper!  Cardstock from Bazill.
       Let's see what card ideas you have for the upcoming Christmas holiday! Head on over to the Outlawz Blog to get into the spirit!  Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.

"B is for Bling" and Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Today is Sunday and that means another challenge at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS CHALLENGE.  Our theme this week is a SKETCH CHALLENGE.   For this week's challenge, you will create a card using the sketch below.  You are free to flop it, twist it, or turn it but please be sure we can still see the original sketch in your final results!  Oh, and don't forget to STAMP!!!
 You will have from now until midnight July 14th 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


Grab the blinkie

     For my card, I selected "Tilda Winding Flowers" by Magnolia.  It has been a while since I colored a Magnolia image and she was so much fun to work with.  She is colored with copic markers (B99,97, 95, 93,91 and R39, 85, 83, 81 and a little RV 66 plus BV 29 for deeper contrast).  I have a fondness for Magnolia images as they were the very first images I was introduced to at my very first copic class taught by Michele Spera of Magical Creative Inspiration.  I still have my skin and hair color practice sheets featuring all those blank Tilda head shots!  These stamps have become more beautiful since the first time I saw them years ago!  

     I used Pion Design Papers and Bazill cardstock. I love these papers. They come on one 12x12 sheet but the sheet contains four 6" coordinated pieces of cardstock making it so easy to coordinate colors.  The garlands  in her hand and in her hair are "dotted" with V's, RV's and YG colors instead of coloring each leaf and flower.  Then, each got a coating of Diamond Stickles. The wreath die behind the image is from Memory Box.  
      Other embellishments include flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts, Pearl Stick pin from Pizazz Aplenty, Tulle tied into a bow from my stash and Swarovski crystals in burgundy from Jolee.  The sentiment is an epoxy sticker from Heidi Grace and I attached it to ivory iridescent cardstock then attached to my card.
       Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comments.  Now take a hop over to the STAMPTACULAR CHALLENGE BLOG and see how the Design Team has interpreted this sketch... then we hope you will join us with your creation!   

Vacation Destination....New York!

     Happy Friday!  Today begins my Guest Design spot at The Outlawz for their Copic/Promarker Weekly Challenge which occurs every Friday!  When I was asked a few months ago to join The Outlawz, I was beyond excited, but because of work and other commitments, I knew I had to wait until July to commit... so here I am beginning my stay with an incredibly talented, giving and inspirational team whose blog does so much to bring our community together! If you have not joined The Outlawz, please visit HERE.  There are different weekly challenges each day of the week with great prizes and so much fun! Click on the challenge you want to enter, then click on join and follow the directions for entering!
     This week's Copic/Promarker Challenge is "Vacation Destination".  I thought about a place I know best that brings tourists from all over the world... and it is where I live... New York.  Actually, I live on Eastern Long Island, a suburb of the city, and I love it. I am about a 90 minute drive (or train) from Manhattan but also near some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet on Long Island's east end.  I do rather prefer the quieter side of the city!  For my image, I selected Krista Smith's Saturated Canary image, "Tourist."  

     Now, I call this a "card" but to me it is more of a collage. I don't want to go all "artsy" on you, but I wanted the card to reflect the "frenetic" pulse of the city so I relied on some stickers and 3D embellies scattered all over to reflect the pace of Manhattan.  I also used Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon rolled up and attached with micro glue dots. At the last minute, I found some "screen" that I purchased when the new front door dies started to roll out... I thought that was a cool "city" element to add.  Whenever I visit the city, I often see tourists with cameras, just like our little tourist here, and I wonder what must they be thinking as they stand in awe at the sights and sounds of such a great city- theaters, museums, parks, skyscrapers, taxi horns honking, people moving everywhere all the that is what I hoped to capture here.

     My "Tourist" is colored with copic markers (of course, that's the challenge).. E 81, 84, 87 & 89 for her shoes and top and R's for her T-shirt (used so many but definitely R39, 29, 24 and 22). My E's for her hair were E21, 33, 39 and 29.  The E29 was NOT playing nice I could not blend as much as I would have liked to on her hair. They were probably rebelling after the Color Me Creative "Big Hair" challenge that I entered last week with my Hannah Lynn image!!
         Design Paper is from Teresa Collins' 6x6 paper pad,"World Traveler."  Colored cardstock from Bazill and card base from  I added a pinch of Diamond Dust glitter in her hair and coated her camera/strap with Glossy Accents.
     Seriously, if you are having any issues with some of the darker "E"'s , it is not necessarily you- the ink has thicker particles that can clog the nibs so change or clean the nibs if you find it is globbing on your work, or, like me, pulling ink off the cardstock! Here is a link to the Copic website that has some suggestions if you are having that problem:
     COPIC TIP: I would suggest is that you "bridge" the E87 and 84 by scribbling some E87 on an acrylic block and picking up the E84 with it to make your blending between them smoother.  With these E's there is a bit of a gap between 87 and 84.  I also "bridged" E37 and 33 on her hair the same way by scribbling E37 on the acrylic block and picking up with E33 for a smoother blend between E37 and E33).  
    Thanks so much for stopping by....please visit The Outlawz Copic/Promarker challenge today and every Friday to see what the Design Team has created to inspire you...then get out those markers and show us your Vacation Destination!

Exciting News....

     I am so excited to share such great news with you... three of my cards were accepted for publication in Scrap n Art online magazine.  They produce a great online publication filled with tutorials, information and inspiration.  They also have a Facebook page, if you are interested in joining.  Last, Scrap n Art has a brand new blog- click on this link to go to it and learn about upcoming issues and submission calls that YOU may want to enter!
     My cards were published in the August 2012 issue that will go live on August 1st.  As a result, those cards must be removed from my blog for the next two months.  I know that every accomplishment, however big or small, is largely due to the encouragement, support and talent you all share with me from all over the world through your art, your blogs and, most importantly, your friendship. While the awards and contests are fun, it is this incredible community of mutual support in art and the ups and downs of life that mean the most to me!  For that, I am indeed blessed. Have a great day!

Red, White and Blue.. and a Little Sparkle Too!

     July 1st... a special day at my home- today is my son Tim's 23rd birthday!  He is my most cherished "creation" and my husband and I are truly blessed with such a wonderful son. Happy Birthday, Tim!
     Today also begins another challenge at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS!  This week's challenge is....
     For this week's challenge, you will create a card or project that has only red, white, and blue... and don't forget to add some sparkle!  We want to see it SHINE!  Of course, we are STAMPtacular, so don't forget to stamp!  You will have from now until midnight (EST) July 7th 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 FOUR Sheets!!

     What are the chances that I would find a "sexy" Lady Liberty for my card image?  And now, what are the chances that the sexy Lady Liberty would also be a mermaid??? None, I thought until I found this image. She is called "Lady Liberty Mermaid" (yes, I just wrote that...) by Hannah Lynn.  Her stamps are sold at Crafts and Me but I got her at Hannah Lynn's ETSY store.  

     I colored Lady Liberty with copics and Spica pens in red and blue.  Don't you just love her "patriotic fins"?  Of course she has "blue" eyes and "red" hair!!  Had to stay with our theme...  I used a Sharpie white paint pen (fine point) to create polka dots on her scarf and crown.   The design paper is from Bo Bunny's "Liberty" and Authentique's "Glory" 6x6 inch paper pads.  I embellished the card with "sparkler"  and star stickers from Michael's along with glitter ribbon in red/blue from Michael's as well.  The "bling" is Recollections Bling on a Roll. Sentiment is a rubber stamp from Taylored Expressions July 4th series.  Last, but not least, white and red roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.
         Please take a look at what the STAMPTACULAR DESIGN TEAM has created. You will enjoy the many interpretations of this theme!   We hope to have inspired you to get started on your blingy red, white and blue creation.  Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by!

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