Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Silver Fox

Hi. Here's the silver fox card I put together. He was the only critter that turned out decent enough for a card, so here's a look.
I made this stamped panel a few weeks ago but couldn't put it together to make a card until today. It's made with Lawn Fawn's Deck the Halls stamp set. I used Simon Says Stamp Smoke and Sea Glass inks. I silver heat embossed the large snowflake using Stampin Up Endless Wishes stamp set on vellum and cut it out. I used a bit of foam tape to pop up the little fox and gave him and the background snowflakes a few touches of Wink of Stella for some shine. The light blue velvet ribbon is from May Arts and the stars are from Studio Calico. That's it for today. Thanks for the visit.

OCC, Copics, Day 6

Hello! Today was critter day in Copic class. I thought it would be easier but sadly, I struggled. Colors didn't blend well and my brush strokes were clumsy. Here's a look at the homework.
There are a few foxes down below that you can't see, but they're not much better. Color is blown out and the poor little guys are overworked. That red puppy looked so bad I had to give him a bone. I'll keep working on my color combos and shading to finish the page later. Thanks for visiting. I'll post a card made with that silver fox in a minute...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

OCC, Copics, Day 5 Ballerina

Hello! I couldn't wait to color this little one when I printed out the homework sheets. I knew I had to color her like my daughter, with the crazy beautiful eye. Yes, her one eye looks pigmented just like this. Check out my ballerina...
I couldn't get her skin color as dark as I wanted to but I know when she sees her in the morning she'll know that it's her. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

OCC, Copics, Day 5 Doll Head

Hi there! Day five has been the most fun so far! It was the class I looked forward to the most. Hair, skin and clothing. Here's a look at the fun.
Yeah, that first girl had problems so I made her a beanie. She seems happier now. I tried to have a bit of Halloween fun with the grays and greens. What a fantastic class. Thanks for checking out my work today. Bye bye.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Copic Flower

Hi! I loved coloring the flowers from today's homework and I felt like the only way to display them in a way that made me happy was to frame them like a picture. Here's the card.
I took a sheet of patterned paper from the September Studio Calico paper pad and ran it through the Big Shot with the Avery Elle Finished Frames die. I used the smaller of the two rectangle dies to cut it once more to create a frame. I then used the smaller rectangle to cut the flower from the worksheet and adhered the flower panel to the card base. I used foam tape to pop up the frame panel. I used Avery Elle Custom Panels to cut the small tag and used my Copic marker to color the paper to match the flower and to bring in a touch of color. I used Simon Says Stamp's In & Out Sayings for the sentiment. My loving friend Anne Marie dropped off the Circle Scribbles die from Paper Trey Ink to me today and I knew I had to use it right away. Thank you friend. So, I die cut the scribble from vellum, popped up the tag with some foam tape, gave the flower a few touches with some Wink of Stella clear and called it a day. By the way, I wanted to put something shiny on it, I thought it needed more but the hubby said no. Tell me what you think. Hope you like it. Thanks for poppin by...

OCC, Copics, Day 4

Hi there! Yay for Day 4! What a fun day today was. Even if there were no more classes to take, I feel like I have already gotten my money's worth...and it's only DAY 4! Here's today's homework.
I loved class today, I can't wait to see what's in store for tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

How've You Bean?

Hello! The only thing that could cheer me from my disaster of a Day 3 in Copic class was to make a happy card. Here's a look at what I made.
I hope you'll forgive my "matchy-matchy" card, sometimes I can't help  myself. Also, please forgive me in that I can't remember what stamp set those little beans came from. The patterned paper was from October Afternoon's Public Library collection. The chevron patterned paper panel was actually too short for the card front so I cut it using Avery Elle's Custom Panels. The stitched tags are die cut using Paper Smooches Stitched Tags die, some scrap polka dot paper and some red vellum from Studio Calico. The sentiment was stamped using Lawn Fawn's Violet's ABCs and white embossing powder. The jute is from Michaels. That's it for now, hope you like this happy little card. Thanks for stopping by.

OCC, Copics, Day 3

Hello there. Sadly, this was the most unsuccessful day thus far. The concept was amazing, grays for shading. I just couldn't find colors that worked well together. Maybe it was the shade of gray that I have. I don't know. I was so excited for the homework today but I struggled the entire time. Poo. Here's a look anyway.
The only thing that came out swell was that little red number up top. It can only get better from here. Thanks for checking out my work today. See you soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Spiderweb Mummy Dog

Well hello there. It's another Halloween card. I'm just using bits and pieces that have been leftover from another project to make today's card. Here's a look.
I used a technique from Jennifer McGuire for the spider web panel. I inked up my web embossing folder from Darice with some Smoke ink from Simon Says Stamp and ran it through the Big Shot. The orange piece is leftover from the card I made a few days ago, paper is from Doodlebug. I ran the piece through the Avery Elle Finished Frames die once again to shorten the piece, but still have the decorative edge with the dashed lines. I stamped and colored two dogs for the card I posted a few days ago but only ended up using the tan colored one. So, this gray puppy gets to fly solo too. This doggy is from Simon Says Stamp Trick or Treat stamp/die set. I did a quick Copic coloring on him with N0 and N2 and hit those bandages with some clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment was stamped with Clean Slate from Studio Calico. Twine is from Lawn Fawn called Spooky. I popped up the dog and sentiment with foam tape. That's it for now. I have homework to do. See you later.

Day 2 Butterfly

Hi! I'm not exactly a butterfly person but I couldn't let this little guy go to waste. Here's a look at the finished product from today's homework.
The paper is from Echo Park, Happy Days collection. The die is from Studio Calico. The roses are from Mama Elephant, called Bloomsies. I gave the roses a quick coloring with the Copics and slapped on some sequins. Sequins are from Simon Says Stamp called Moonshine. Hope you like it. Thanks for checking it out today.

OCC, Copics, Day 2

Hello again! It's day 2 in Copicworld. I can't believe how much fun this class is. Day 2 went so much better than yesterday. Laura Bassen and Kathy Racoosin are truly amazing. I really can't believe its only day two and we have learned so much. With so much content in these past two days, I'm almost expecting everyone who has taken these classes to leave as a Copic aficionado. Here's a look at today's homework.
At least it turned out better than yesterday. I reworked that blue and green butterfly and turned it into a card. I'll post it after the sequin adhesive dries. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OCC, Copics, Day 1

Well, she's not the prettiest gal at the ball...
I guess it's a good thing that I'm taking these awesome classes. It can only get better from here, if I get more fancy markers of course :). Just so excited to be learning from the best in the cardmaking industry. Can't wait to learn more and post some gorgeous work.

Vampy Halloween

Hello there! I love Halloween and using the dark, creepy colors that surround this awesome holiday. So, I decided to turn a perfectly pretty bouquet into something a bit darker for Halloween. Here's the card.
Still kinda pretty, right? I used Mama Elephant Bloomsies for the florals. I did a quick 2 color Copic blending. The skulls are from Simon Says Stamp Naughty Nauticals. The happy sentiment is from SSS Birthday Balloons stamp set that I white heat embossed. The Halloween sentiment is from SSS Trick or Treat die set that I cut 4 times and adhered for some dimension. I used Barn Door, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress inks to blend, leaving the lighter portion toward the middle. I finished the card off with some enamel dots from My Mind's Eye and corner chomped those top edges. That's the card for today, thanks so much for the visit!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Halloween Mummy Dog

Hello again! I couldn't resist posting one more this early morning. I colored the dog and die cut him weeks ago. He was sitting on my desk and I decided to finally give him a home. Here's a look.
I did a quick coloring with Copics. I gave his bandages a little sparkle with some Wink of Stella clear.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Trick or Treat stamp/die set. The patterned paper is from Doodlebug. I cut the panel with Avery Elle Finished Frames twice, once with the patterned paper and the second time with the purple paper. I turned the patterned paper over and used Avery Elle Custom Panels die to cut the mountain of candy I wanted the doggy to be sitting on. For the star inlay I used the teeny stars that came with the Finished Frames and hit those little guys with the Wink of Stella clear. The sentiment was stamped with some Versafine Onyx Black. I gave the dog some dimension with foam tape and called it a day. Thanks for visiting, I hope you like this one as much as I do.

Spider Jar

Hello there. I can't help but get started on a bit of Halloween happiness so here is a fun card for today.
I felt like going with an unconventional color for Halloween so I went with some lovely blues. I stamped the jar from Sizzix Jar stamp/die combo and then cut a jar to use as a mask to lay the Distress Inks. I used the Trick or Treat stamp/die combo from Simon Says Stamp for the spiders and sentiment. I used Studio Calico Déjà Blue ink for the sentiment. For whatever reason, I went with a Copic marker for the lightest blue of the jar. If I were to make this card again, I would probably use Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I lightly adhered the jar mask and then used Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire for the background colors. I dropped a few water droplets to the background to remove a bit of color and then used some watered down gold Liquid Pearls from Ranger for the gold splatter. I used foam tape for some dimension for the sentiment. That's it for today. See you soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Purple & Yellow Birthday

Hi there! I have another simple card for today. I never have enough birthday cards. Let's start restocking the stash.
It's a Simon Says Stamp kinda day. I used the SSS Birthday Balloons stamp set with SSS Lavender ink. The stencil is from Heidi Swapp and I used Distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves. I cut the inky panel with Avery Elle's Custom Panels dies and popped it up with foam tape. I die cut the balloons with SSS Balloons die set out of some scrap cardstock that kinda matched the inked panel. The string for the balloons is from the Lawn Fawn Flying By mini stamp set stamped in SSS Smoke ink. Sequins are from Neat & Tangled. The card base is from Avery Elle in Orchid. It's not my favorite card but I'm sure someone would love it. Have a lovely day! See you soon.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunshine Unicorn

Hello there! I made this card with my daughter in mind. She loves unicorns and twinkle stars so this was made with her in my heart. Here's the card.
The stamp set is called Spectrum from Paper Smooches. I gave the unicorn a quick coloring with Copics but could have blended that blue out a bit more, sorry guys. Next time. I cut the labels with Avery Elle's Custom Panels die. I cut two labels for a touch of contrast and offset them and popped them up with foam tape. The tiny stars under the unicorn's feet are from Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies. I used SSS Sea Glass and Lemon Chiffon and SC Emerald City inks. The background paper and sequins are from Studio Calico. Easy stuff. Thanks for stopping by today. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink & Gray Hooray

Hello! I can't get enough of this awesome Studio Calico hooray stamp, so in love. Here's one more, I'll do my best to post from a different stamp set tomorrow but, no promises ;)
So feminine, isn't it? I love these two colors together. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder that coordinates with the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge. I inked up the inside of the folder with Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy, carefully placed my card panel inside and ran it through my Big Shot. I cut the hooray panel with Avery Elle's Finished Frames, stamped the hooray with Cotton Candy first for the shadow and then with SSS Slate. I inked up the edges of this panel with Pumice Stone Distress ink and a mini ink blending tool. The twine is from Lawn Fawn called Cloudy. Sequins are from Neat & Tangled, Pink Lemonade Mix. I popped up the hooray panel with foam tape. Pretty simple today. See you soon, thanks for the visit!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rainbow Hooray

Well hello there! I have another card using this gorgeous Studio Calico stamp set!
I'm in love with this stamp set! I just want to walk around with it on an acrylic block and an ink pad in my pocket and stamp hooray everywhere I go! Well, let's get to it. I used Studio Calico inks and did 2nd generation stamping for the rainbow of inks. Let's list the inks from the bottom and go up, Lime Light, Emerald City, Something Blue, Purple Rain, Flamingo, Orange County and Sunny Day. The black ink at the top is Versafine Onyx Black. The black grid background paper is from SC card kit for this month, Poet Society. Star sequins are SC as well. Easy peasy. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hooray Engagement

Hello there! It's another Studio Calico day for me, I'm so in love with the stamp set. The kit is called Poet Society and it's this months kit. My lovely friend gave me this gorgeous cardstock from Paper Trey Ink so I ran home and made this right away! Here it is.
I love monochromatic cards. I went gold all the way. I used Tsukineko Galaxy Gold pigment ink for the background banners and sentiments. I gold heat embossed the giant hooray and finished the card with gold enamel dots. I used foam tape to pop up the panel and called it a day. Hope you like it. Thanks for visiting me today!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

So Fresh

Hi! I thought I would throw in a healthy treat today because yesterday's card was so sweet! Here's a look a this juicy little guy.
What a cutie, right? I used mostly all Studio Calico today. The smaller panel I used Avery Elle's Finished Frames. The SC kit is called Bluegrass Farm and the little pear guy is from a stamp/die kit called Churros. Oh yeah, that little stripy star is from this month's kit called Poet Society. The inks in question would be Lime Light, Coral Bay and Doc Brown. I drew in the stems with a Copic marker on the smaller panel. I gave that peach ribbon a pass through my sewing machine and yes, I know it's a teeny bit off. I stamped the sentiment twice with the Doc Brown and then clear heat embossed it for some shine. Simple and easy. Thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Hello there! Here's the sweet treat I promised, DONUTS!!!! Don't they look yummy?
The stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp called I Love Donuts. I stamped the donuts in Khaki ink from SSS and colored them in with Copics, use what you have, it doesn't have to be Copic markers. I filled in the glaze portion of the donut with Ranger Glossy Accents and dumped some Martha Stewart chunky clear glitter over the top. I punched out the center of the donut with a small circle die. The background paper is from Studio Calico's August card kit called Sandlot. I cut the front panel with Avery Elle's Custom Panels dies to make the arch. I stamped the word Donut onto the card base in SSS Lavender and then clear heat embossed over it for some shine. I arched the sentiment for the bottom part of the panel and stamped in SSS Blue Violet. I traced around both sentiments with Wink of Stella clear but it doesn't show much. Finally, I popped the whole panel up with some foam tape and called it a day. Enjoy, I'm going to the kitchen to look for something sweet. Bye!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cherish the Moment

A big yay for insomnia, it lets me blog at 3 in the morning! Here's a pretty little number I put together today.
Pretty right? I love this stamp set from Mama Elephant, called Bloomsies. I picked out just the simple rose to give the whole thing an old school tattoo kinda vibe. I stamped the roses with Simon Says Stamp's Schoolhouse Red, Lipstick Red, and Cotton Candy and Green Apple and Green Leaf for little leaves. The striped paper is from SSS April card kit. The front panel was made with Avery Elle's Finished Frames die, I'm nuts about this die set. You will be seeing lots of cards made with this die set! I went over a few roses and leaves with Wink of Stella clear brush marker for some shine. I stamped and die cut the banner and adhered it with foam tape. I popped the whole panel up with some foam tape as well. The sequins are SSS moonshine. That's it for today, tomorrow is a sweet treat for those who have a sweet tooth like me.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I Love Fall

Well, hello there! I was using my circle dies for the shaker card the other day and decided that I don't use them as often as I should. Also, the second part of my inspiration for this card is this card layout that I keep seeing everywhere. The two half circles at the bottom...yeah, those. I see everyone doing cards like this so I thought I would make it mine. Here goes...
Pretty, right? I'm trying to channel fall and winter since it's been so darn hot out here lately, it gives me something to look forward to. Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods was my inspiration, it oozes all things fall and cutesy. I stamped the acorn and fox with Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic colored the little guys and gave them a little Wink of Stella love before I die cut them. I stamped the leaves onto the card base with Studio Calico's Doc Brown and Orange County and then used Simon Says Stamp's Lipstick Red, Green Leaf, Lemon Chiffon, Green Apple, and lastly, Khaki. I randomly chose a few leaves to brush a touch of the Wink of Stella clear for a bit of sparkle. I stamped the sentiment with the Dew Drop Galaxy Gold and set it aside to dry while I worked on the front panel. I die cut the circles and then made a ring to pop up with foam adhesive to frame the circle and add depth. I used some gold embroidery floss and Paper Smooches Stitched & Toppers Dies to make that little gold tag. I used that Galaxy Gold pigment ink again, just stamped it onto scrap paper, let it dry and then die cut it. I used foam adhesive to pop up the whole panel so the window would have even more depth and adhered the little critters into their new home. That's it for now, hope you like it.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thinking of You Shaker

Hello there! I decided to make a pretty card today and I wanted to play with my inks. So, here it is.
I die cut the circle with Sizzix circle dies and taped a bit of acetate on the opposite side to create the window. I die cut the tiny pink heart with Simon Says Stamp's Mini Hearts Dies, inked it up with SSS Cotton Candy dye ink and hit it with a touch of Wink of Stella clear. I used Neat & Tangled's  Gifts for You to stamp the hearts onto the card base. The ink colors include Cotton Candy, Lemon Chiffon, Orange Peel and Sunshine from SSS. I stamped the sentiment with Simon Says Stamp's Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink. I created the sequin barrier with foam tape and used sequins from Neat & Tangled's Pink Lemonade Mix along with some dollar store sequins to fill in the shaker. I stamped the lots of love on the front panel, adhered the whole thing on to the card base and glued the tiny heart to finish.  Simple and pretty.  Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holy Crap

Well hello there! I feel like I needed some redemption for yesterday's disaster so I kept it really simple today. It's so simple that it's killing me not to put something shiny on it. Here's a look.
I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress inks for color and got a mildly interesting ombré effect. I used the mini ink blending tool to do all the work for me. I used Simon Says Stamp's To Thine Own Shelf stamp set and heat embossed in white. The Holy Crap came from Studio L2E's Sucky Day Part 1 1/2. I thought it needed a bit more so I die cut the X's with Paper Smooches Stitched & Toppers Dies before the Distress inks and did an inlay after the card was inked. I'm sure I'll have to give this one away because I'm never wrong...or sorry. Just kidding. Bye and see you later!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pattern Balloons & Pocket

Hello hello! Let's talk about what happens when you try too hard to make it work. OVEREMBELLISHING is what happens. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!! Yeah, I know it's too much. I'm sure there's someone out there I could give this little guy to....no? Well here it is anyway.
I started with the paper from Simon Says Stamp's September card kit for the background, pocket and balloons. I used Paper Smooches Shopping Bag die and SSS Balloons die. The sentiment on the pocket is from SSS Birthday Balloons and the blue banner is from Studio Calico's You Put a Spring in My Step stamp set. The sequins are from Lawn Fawn and Studio Calico. Pretty basic, just completely overdone. I wonder if I put some cash in that pocket it would make it more appealing....
Thanks and bye for now ;)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rocket Ship

Hola! I was inspired by EVERYONE trying this Distress ink background. So, I jumped on the background bandwagon but was also inspired by a little boy I know who is completely in love with all things space. Here it is.
I started with Tim Holtz watercolor paper, smooshed my Distress inks on my craft mat, spritzed the inked mat with water and then turned the watercolor paper onto the inky water for this effect. I used Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans. I let it dry under something heavy to keep it from warping and adhered it with some Scor Tape to the card base. I used Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies for that adorable teeny tiny star and Tsukineko Galaxy Gold dew drop pigment ink. The rocket ship is from My Minds Eye, called Boy Crazy. I gave the rocket a quick wash of color with some Copics and then went over the whole thing with my black Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. I cut it out and popped it up with foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp, called Birthday Balloons, I just gold heat embossed it onto vellum. The sequins are from Neat & Tangled called Birthday Bash. Hope you like it. See you soon.