Sunday, September 30, 2012

Believe in Magic

     Hope you are having a great weekend... just stopped by to show you a card I made using "Daisy Fairy Marci" by La La Land Stamps.  I created this card for a copic class I taught last weekend and I wanted to post it. The new LaLa Stamps are so much fun to color and each stamp comes with a sentiment and another "accessory" stamp. This image came with an additional bunch of daisies as well as the sentiment that you see on the card .
     Marci is colored with copics and I dotted spica pens inside her wings along with some glitter.   The design paper is a new paper pad from Lili of the Valley- it is called "Petal Fresh" and each page in the 8 x 8" pad is just gorgeous. The papers blend and match so perfectly.  Behind Marci is a die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs called "Sophia's Heart".  The die is a fairly large and delicate die that has a beautiful heart shape in the center (hidden behind the image) as well as hearts all around the border. Last, the flowers and metal butterfly are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I added some swarovski crystals to the butterfly body.  Pearls on a Roll by Recollections embellish the left side of the card.  Marci and the cotton cheesecloth are sprinkled with Deco Art Glamour Dust and Stickles.  The large leaf punch is from McGill and the oval/scallop oval punch is from EK Success.  The sentiment is stamped with Memento's Paris Dusk ink pad.
    We will be enjoying another "football Sunday" here.. hope you have a great Sunday and a great week.  Thanks always for your kind comments. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paper Shelter - Anything Goes Challenge



     Happy Wednesday! I know I have been missing in action for the past two weeks- I needed to call a bit of a "time out" for myself!   As some of you may know, the summer was a bit stressful as I learned in June that my teaching position would end as it was affected by budget cuts....  it was a change I was not anticipating.  Interviews pulled me away from my normal schedule and challenge deadlines were more and more difficult to meet so I decided to regroup...In the end, I am happy to say it all worked out.
     First, my school district hired me back in a different capacity, but I am still working with my students and so I am very lucky and happy that has been settled.  Next, I needed  spend some time on the weekends OUT of the craft room, as much as I love it, and with my family.  It felt wonderful to do that!  In that space, I realized I wanted to direct my energy at this time in two directions.  First, I want to move forward in my creative expression and my see if I can take my skills to the next level- whatever that is- and that meant while I could continue with my bi-monthly challenges,  I needed to put some of my weekly design team commitments on hold to focus on being a student again and learning from the many talented artists and bloggers whose posts, projects and tutorials I have not had the chance to explore.  I want to spend time working with the new online videos that I know will take me to the next level- and I know I want to focus my energy on creating projects that will accomplish my goals.  Next, and I am excited to share that I decided to begin teaching Copic classes locally.  I taught my first two classes on Sunday, and I absolutely love it!  I am hoping to keep it going- I met such wonderful ladies who share this crazy passion with me and we had a blast!  I found myself thinking about how sometimes when one door closes, another opens often where we never anticipated one might be. I will continue to post new projects here each week... I have a ton of new stamps that I can't wait to play with and color up and share with you...
    I will begin today with another challenge at  The Paper Shelter. This week's challenge is Anything Goes! For your project, you can select your own theme, and have fun creating whatever your heart desires!
     The Paper Shelter offers such awesome prizes to challenge winners - this week Veronica and Pedro are offering you a prize of $30 Gift Certificate to spend on their website, as long as you have used one of  The Paper Shelter images on your project, but even if you use another image, you can win 3 digi images of your choice! You will have from now until Tuesday, October 3rd to complete this challenge, upload your project,  and post a direct link to the challenge on your blog!

   For this week's challenge, I selected another fabulous image that, once again, comes "already colored"- she is called "Miss Halloween."  As I did with my last Halloween card for The Paper Shelter, I printed her out on Craftworks digi paper and then embellished her with glitter and matted her with Bazill cardstock in those great Halloween colors!
       I did add some "copics" (BG's and V's) to her hat and dress to accentuate some shading and intensify some folds. I grounded and surrounded the image with blue and black Pebbles Jewel Tones iridescent chalks.  The design paper is from DCWV (Tim Coffey).  I added Stickles (Diamond) to parts of her hat, dress, shoes, and even her broom!
     "Miss Halloween" screams "attitude" so I was thrilled to use this sentiment stamp from K Andrews Designs Sentiment Stamps- "Positive Thoughts" Set.  Last, I embellished the card with some roses from WOC and Recollections, Silver Sparkle Ribbon, flourishes and Spider from my stash.
Miss Halloween - Click Image to Close
      As you know, The Paper Shelter images come in so many formats for you to color, merge or just embellish...won't you hop over to The Paper Shelter blog to see what the Design Team  has created to inspire you?  Then, create something wonderful and play along with us.  Thanks always for your kind comments.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Come and Sit a Spell- Paper Shelter Challenge



     Happy Wednesday! Today begins another great challenge at The Paper Shelter. This week's challenge is PUNCH IT! For your project, we ask that you use punches -border, shaped, you name it, as long as you use a punch!
     The Paper Shelter offers such awesome prizes to challenge winners - this week Veronica and Pedro are offering you a prize of $30 Gift Certificate to spend on their website, as long as you have used one of  The Paper Shelter images on your card, but even if you use another image, you can win 3 digi images of your choice! You will have from now until Tuesday, September 18th to complete this challenge, upload your project,  and post a direct link to the challenge on your blog!

    For this challenge I selected "Adorable Little Devil".  I thought it fitting to choose her as Fall is beginning, and Halloween is right around the corner. Now, this little devil came already colored!  As you know, when you purchase a digi from the Paper Shelter, you get TWO outline stamps in both JPEG and PNG formats for you to merge with other digis or color in your choice of mediums, TWO colored digis in JPEG and PNG format ready to print or merge with other stamps, background paper and background paper with the colored image! Check it out HERE. You can't beat that, and if your coloring isn't happening that day, or when you want to create a card quickly or focus more on card design or embellishments, the colored, ready-to-use stamps are a neat option!
    As I said, this "Little Devil" was already colored.  I copied and pasted her in a Word document, just as I would an outline image, and then sized her to the size I wanted. Then "voila" - I printed her out on Craftwork Cards Digital Cardstock using a color inkjet printer. I just purchased this digi paper and I love it for printing out digi  images like this.  I trimmed the image to offset her a bit to the left. Sometimes images look better off to one side or the other rather than centered.  Then the fun began... .
    I did not know if I wanted to add a sentiment or image to the upper right hand corner and I ended up stamping a spider web (Great Impression Stamps) off the page and embellishing it with glitter.  Then, I matted the image. I added background and grounding with Pebbles Iridescent chalk in gray, black and deep blue.  I glittered her little horns, and fishnet stockings along with her tail and pitchfork!  The pumpkin also got a dose of Stickles!
   Now since this challenge is about punches, I added a spider web border (Martha Stewart border punch), some bats (Martha Stewart punch) whose eyes were made with a fine point paint pen, and both the oval and scallop oval punches (Stampin Up) for the sentiment.  The design paper is from Authentique (love it) and the cardstock from Bazzill.  Red crystals, black pearls and black glitter ribbon from my stash! Easy peasy and so very cute for that big or little trick or treater!
    Why not hop over to the Paper Shelter blog to see how the DESIGN TEAM "punched up" their projects!  Have a great day and hope to see your projects in this week's challenge.  Thanks always for your kind comments.
Challenges:
Digi Makeover Challenge- Monster Mash
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge- No Flowers
Corrosive Challenges- Myth and Magic
No Matter Which Challenges- Die Cuts or Punches
Come and Get it Challenges- Punches, Rhinestones, Ribbon
Delightful Challenges- Halloween
Pixie Dust Studio- Halloween
Inspired By- Color Inspiration

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Dare to Dream"- Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     I've been framed! Yes, it is time for another Stamptacular Sundays Challenge, and this time our theme is "ANYTHING BUT A CARD."   Honestly, it is a theme that makes me nervous but, once again, it moved me a bit outside my comfort zone and I learned a few things in the process!
    For this week's challenge, you will create anything you want EXCEPT a CARD! Create something FABULOUS and inspire us, but you must include a stamp somewhere on your project!
    You will have from now until midnight (EST) September 15th to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission in our INLINKZ in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's prize donated by:
     For my project, I created a picture frame! I used an unfinished wood frame from Michael's and embellished it with paint, paper, and tons of bling! Of course, I colored up a stamped image, "Water Lily" from Sugar Nellie stamps, with copics for my focal point! I just love these images, and I do have a special connection to the lotus flower- if you have visited my blog, you will understand!
   I began by painting the frame with Tim Holtz Paint Dabbers in Pearl and White.  Then I coated the frame with Modge Podge and attached my design paper (from an old kit I had).  I sanded off the edges on the outside and inside the frame cutout.  See tutorial here.  Then I distressed the edges with Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and Tea Dye. From there, I fussy cut my image and placed her inside the frame opening. I painted the chipboard frame (from Make it Crafty) with the dabbers and distress ink above and attached to wood frame with Glossy Accents. Throughout the whole process, I added Deco Art Glamour Dust to whatever it would stick to- love that stuff! I added pearl flourishes, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash, crystals, white netting, gold glitter,beachy buttons and burlap netting to embellish the image. I lightly brushed some Tim Holtz white Crackle Paint in some places and even added a bit of Snow-Tex here and there. Last, I attached my sentiment - a chipboard sentiment from DCWV Far East collection- with pop dots (oldie but goodie). Here is a close up of my image... these little mermaids are so adorable!

   Why not hop on over to see what the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you?  We are looking forward to seeing what you create! Have a great day, and thanks for leaving your kind comments!
Challenges:
So Artful Challenge - Picture Inspiration
Poodles Parlour - Here Come the Girls
Peachy Keen Challenge - Color Inspiration
Avadares- Make it Sparkle
Paper Crafting Journey- Anything Goes
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
SJ Crafts- Summertime
Unique Crafters Challenge Blog- Anything Goes
Southern Girls- It's all about the Flora
My Time Made Easy- Color Challenge
Bearly Mine Challenge- Anything but a Card
Cupcake Craftroom - Pastels
Oozak- Bling
Tuesday Alechemy - Anything Goes
The Craft Garden- Water
Ladybug Crafts- Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun- Anything but a Card
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Blog- Summer
Just Some Lines- Two coloring mediums
Addicted to Stamps- Lots of Bling
Amusing Challenges- Anything but a Card
Corrosive Challenges- Myth and Magic
Crafty-Embellies- Picture Perfect
Pan Pastel UK Challenge- By the Sea






Sunday, September 2, 2012

Back to School - You Rule!



     Happy Labor Day Weekend... School is just around the corner for many of us here in the USA... in some states, the kids have already begun their school year. Hopefully you will get a chance to enjoy this extended weekend!  Today also begins another fun challenge at Stamptacular Sundays...our challenge theme this week is a SKETCH!  Feel free to flip it, flop it, twist it or turn it as long as we can still see the original sketch in your finished project! Oh, and don't forget to stamp!


      You will have from now until midnight (EST) September 7th to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submisssion into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's Prize donated by Our Very Own Priscilla- It is a SURPRISE but definitely FANTASTIC!
     For my card I chose a timely image to stamp and color - "Back to School Luka" by LaLa Land Stamps. He is so adorable.  The rubber stamp comes with the ruler stamp and the sentiment stamp you see here- how cool is that?
     "Luka" is colored with copic markers and blue Pebbles chalk (not too visible in the pic) surrounds the image. The yellow-gold cardstock (oval and sentiment mat) is from Bazzill and I love this new really heavy weight Kraft Cardstock (350gms) that I just purchased from Craftwork Cards and used to mat the design paper!  The design paper is My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hattie 6x6 paper pad- perfect for a boy card! The papers and border leaves were distressed with Brushed Corduroy distress ink.  The leaves border punch is from EK Success. Buttons and twine from my stash. Luka's skateboard wheels, backpack and sneaker tips were coated with Glossy Accents and I had to put a "smidge" of Stickles along the edge of the leaves!
   Now I did not intend to put the ruler where it is, however, after my copic marker fell on my image after I had finished coloring it, a little blob of light brown copic was impossible to remove, so I added my ruler right over it!  
     Copics used:
Vest: RV99, 95,93 & 91
Pants/Sneakers/Tie: B26, 24, 23 & 21, W7
Shirt: C5, 3,00 
Backpack: R39,85, 83, 81
Skin: E000, 00, 21 & 11, R20
Hair: E50, 29, 25, 23, 21, 31
    Why not take a look at how our DESIGN TEAM interpreted this SKETCH!  There are so many possibilities and surely one will inspire you to join us this week! Have a great weekend, and thanks always for you kind comments!  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Just Some Lines- Back to School
Card Crafter's Circle- For the Fellas
Crafty Catz- 3 Embellies, 2 Papers and 1 image
Fussy and Fancy- Back to School
Our Craft Lounge- Photo Inspiration
4 Crafty Chicks- Back to School
CCEE - Back to School
Do You Stack Up- Back to School
Pixie Dust Studio- Back to School
Creative Belli-Back to School
Papercraft Star- Back to School
Scrapalicious- Anything Goes
Outlawz Copic Challenge- Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs- Back to School
Amusing Challenges- Must use Markers
Kenny K's - Back to School
The Doodle Garden- Back to School




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