Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!
 I can hardly believe another year has almost flown by. The older you get it seems the years to roll by even faster! I whipped up a quickie card for today... quickie as in no Copics! I used a circle nestie to create a window for the Happy New Year.... inking around the edges using a Blackbird Cat's Eye. I added a little border detail along the bottom edge using IO's Border Duo 1 die cut. The IO Border Dies are called Duo's because they all feature two cutting sides. 
Here is the one I used on today's card:
I cut the star wreath out of regular kraft paper and inked the edges. I popped it up using tiny pieces of foam tape. I thought it needed a little sparkling up... so I grabbed my SIlver Viva Glitter pen and added layer of sparkle to a few of the stars... then decided to cover the whole thing. When the glitter dried, the stars curled up, but the neat thing was that thy remained flexible so they would go right through the mail easily. I assume the main reason this happened is because the wreath was popped up and not glued flat.... happy accident! I really liked the unexpected result!

You can see the curled up stars here. Also the glitter from a Viva Glitter Pen does not rub off! A seam binding bow along the bottom to finish it up. Final card size is an A2 and it opens at the bottom, tent style.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Meowy Christmas

 These kitty cats were too cute! How can you resist this image... well, cat lovers anyway! I used this image in a Copic Class... I think I had 16 classes.... which usually means I'm OVER the image by the time I've gone through that many classes. But not this one!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! We went out to Pauls' Restaurant last night with the husband's family. It was delish! 16 years ago the husband and I went out on our first date in the same building... It was Lindy's back then, which took us forever to remember the name. I remember he had veal (i'm not a fan) and I was skinny then. I've been recovering from dinner... rich food and alcohol all day! My family is out of town so we will do our Christmas dinner this weekend. It was nice to have a quiet relaxing day... even a rare mid-day nap! About to head out for Sushi for dinner... a different kind of Christmas dinner for sure!

 Here's the Copics used on the kitty cats. E40's on the little mouse. I also used the Fur Technique with Blending Solution on the two cats.

 Here are the Copics that I finished the image with. Vibrant Holiday reds and greens.

On the fur trim of the hats I used a Viva Holographic Glitter pen, the glitter is a little finer than using Stickles. It keeps dimension and the biggest plus is that the glitter does not rub off. 

  • Stamps: #mo130 Singing so Beautiful by Stamping Bella
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Red, Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Dp by Bo Bunny "Mistletoe" 12" Collection
  • Other: Ribbon by May Arts, Bow Easy Tool, Copics, Viva Holographic Glitter Pen, Foam Tape, Spellbinder's Circles and Scalloped Circle Nesties, Spellbinder's Grand Circles

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sending Love

The IO Design Team was given the theme of " Sending Love" for our challenge today. AND we are using new images today! Use this LINK to check out the newest Valentine designs now available in the Impression Obsession Store.
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Check out what the ladies cooked up for you today:

 I really liked this new sentiment "Love is Patient" just introduced by IO. I think it makes a great universal Valentine card. I made my own background paper using the Gingham CAC Background and created this simple card. 

 I die cut the sentiment using Spellbinder's Label's 26. After cutting, I left it in the die and airbrushed using W3.. I only airbrushed along the top and bottom of the die edge.

 After airbrushing, I used the die edge to guide me as I added piercing along the inside edge.

On the inside, I used a small strip of the stamped CAC Ticking Background to edge the inside panel. I always like to use a liner on the inside of cards. I also stamped Hugs and Kisses in the lower right corner, both were stamped using Versafine Crimson Red.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Birthday

The Design Team for Serendipity Stamps was tasked with using a holiday image for a birthday card. I thought this little snowman would be easy enough to add a birthday sentiment to. There's a special right now too... Use coupon code “40fromhigh1212″ to get 40% off the highest priced item in your cart when you shop online at Serendipity Stamps.

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Check out what the ladies came up with this week:
I paired up the cute little snowman with Spellbinder's Marvelous Squares, adding a simple birthday sentiment. I used Perfect Layers to add a simple 1/16" border edge to the sentiment. I think this snowman can be more Christmas like with a simple color change using traditional holiday DP and holiday greens and reds. 
I stamp the image before I cut it out with the Nestie. Also for this die, I found it better to use 110# paper, it had a little more strength, that helps when peeling it out of the die cut. I used B00 and B0000 on the background. I added BG10 to the snowman and snow drifts. I softened the edge of the BG10 using the 0 Blender.
Here are the remaining Copic Colors I used to finish the image. You can see the detailed open sides on the die cut, and if you look at the finished card above you can see how I added simple ribbon bands through each edge. Finished card is 4 1/4" Square.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas

 These beautiful Holly Leaves are part of Flourishes set Naturally Merry. I was in the mood to color so I stamped the holly multiple times to create my own background paper. Simple layers and a few little embellishments dress this card up. If your wondering how I got the little checked borders you can find out in this post here.
 Here are the Copics I used. I think these two color sets are probably my most used greens and reds, especially for traditional Christmas colors. 

  • Stamps: Naturally Merry by Flourishes
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: DP by Bo Bunny from the Mistletoe Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layers Rulers, Iridescent Twine by May Arts, Foam Tape, Adhesive Bling

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cardinals and Birch Trees

Thought I'd color up this cute Cardinals and Birch Trees scene for today. I created a frame sing Oval Nesties and also Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Rectangles.
Here you can see the Copic colors I used. A quick image to color!
I added Rangers Crackle Accents over some parts of the trees.... it is wet in this picture. The sentiment was cut out using a smaller die from Flourishes Perfectly Pierced Hour Glass Die Set. I hand cut the extra layers.
Now you can see the Crackle Accents has dried. It is not a shiny finish. After it dried it cracked, which is hard to see in the picture. It is a subtle embellishment when used lightly but the Crackle Accents also adds some texture. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Sleigh

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 I thought this sleigh would make a beautiful card paired up with the Spellbinder's Labels Eight and Decorative Labels Eight. The sleigh looks like it is a detailed image that would take a while to color, but it was very quick. I liked the bright holiday colors with the clean crisp white and gold edge.
 I kept my colors pretty simple so that it would not be overwhelming with a lot of different colors for the presents. On the greenery I used G29 and G24. the other greens were used on presents in the sleigh. My reds were the very last color I used so that I would not have to worry about dragging reds out when I was coloring other areas. I added a little R89 in the sleigh so I could get a deeper shade with R46. I used a Gold Krylon Pen to add a border around the image. 
 A beautiful Merry Christmas on the inside. I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add a 1/16" border edge. I glued the sentiment strip inside and then cut it off to match the edge of the card.
I hand cut a small red layer for my main image. I popped the sleigh panel up with a bit of foam tape, to add dimension. In my stash, I found this ribbon with the gold edging and thought it was a perfect add on to the card. Of course I can never resist a bow! I think the shape and edge detail of the nesties show of this image so nicely!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ornamental Kitty

 Cute kitty stamps.... just can't resist! This cute little image is from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. You can find more designs from the PPRS Design Team on their blog today - Prickley Pear Blog. I covered the card front entirely with the patterned paper and added a few die cut chevron strips the left side. I hand cut the little sentiment banner and then popped it up with a little dimensional silicone.

 This is a quick color with Copics, adding some Copic Blending Solution to add a little texture in to the fur. Here's a link to the Copic Fur Technique if you are unfamiliar with it.

 I added a smaller sized image on the inside of the card. This would be a good little add on to an envelope too!

I added a little Glossy Accents on to the nose and to the black part of the eyes. The main circle image is popped up with foam tape.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Winter Birdhouse

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I think we have a full house today with everyone showing off their creations:
 Another older image from me today Seasons Greetings Birdhouse.... I love these birdhouses from artist Gary Robertson. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the little kitty cats he incorporates in to the scenes, lol! You can see several more of his birdhouse using this LINK. I still have a stack of Spellbinder's from the last release that I am slowly working my way through. I can't put them away until I use them at least once. That way when the husband asks if I actually use all the stuff I have... I don't have to fib! This is background frame is Spellbinder's A2 Polka Dots.... I love it and the polka dots cut out very nice and clean!

 A pretty easy and fast color job for this one. The background is full of shading, so it's very forgiving. Wood also is an easy color job, because you don't have to try and go for a really smooth and perfect blend. You can see I ignored a lot of the snow dots and just colored over them with my blue. I'll put some Copic Opaque White on them to bring them back.

I used a little brush and added the snow dots back using Copic Opaque White, it stand out a little brighter white than if I just left them open and colored around them. The bottom blue layer is popped up with foam tape as is the main image adding a little extra dimension. I hand cut my little sentiment banner and bent it a little bit around my fingers so it had a little curve. I used Dimensional Silicone under the banner to keep the dimension and curve, Finished card is an A2. A little corner bow to finish it off!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SSBC #1 - Honeycomb Heart

Well the new year isn't quite here yet. But we are ahead of the curve and are making some very fun new changes with the Serendipity Stamps Design Team.
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Our challenge this week is to create a Honeycomb Project.
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 Getting a little ahead of the Holidays today and jumping on to Valentine's Day! I used paper from Bo Bunny's New Love Letters 12"Collection.... kind of peachy pinks and aqua colors for something a little    different for Valentines. 

 I used the Heart Scroll Die and cut it six times out of Neenah Natural White #110 lb paper. I used a heavier weight paper to give the fragile die a little more stability. I do run this die through my machine twice, back and forth again, which gives me a nice clean cut. After cutting the six hearts, I folded them all down the center and glued them one to another to create the honeycomb feature.

 Here is a side view so that you can see the dimension in the heart. I inked all the edges using a Chestnut Roan Cat's Eye.. including running it over my seam binding before I tied it in to a bow. I used Spellbinder's Heart Circle Nesties to create the base frame for my honeycomb heart. Under that is the smallest circle from Spellbinder's Grand Circles.

Here's the inside view. I used a little scrap of the Bo Bunny Paper along the bottom edge of the card. I stamped the simple and beautiful sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black. I hand cut the flag and added a extra mat to the flag with the 1/16" edge of my Perfect Layers Rulers.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A journey....

No Copics! Just an any occasion card made with pretty paper, dies and simple stamping. I used Spellbinder's Basic Lattice Die to the background and along the bottom edge. I stamped the sentiment "A Journey" and the cut it out with a die from Spellbinder's Resplendent Rectangles... the die includes all the tiny little piercings around the edge.
The three flowers in the upper corner... I actually hand cut them out. I can color for hours but don't seem to have the same patience for fussy cutting! Go figure! I cut slices along the petals and curved the petals... underneath I added Dimensional Silicone to keep the dimension and curve in the flowers. On the top of the flowers I added a crystal in the center and also added Ranger's Crackle Accents -- a very thin coat I spread around the edges and in the center to give the flowers a subtle shine and also add a little more strength. Of course, I could not resist slapping a bow somewhere in there!
The finished card is an A2. Here's a close up of the flowers that I cut out of the Bo Bunny 12" sheet "Poppy" which is part of the Serenade Collection.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Little Elf Finn

This image is drawn by Mo Manning, a favorite artist of mine! Penny Black made it in to a stamp and it has been sitting on my desk for a long while... finally I got a chance to ink it up! I stepped out the coloring below...

I stamped the image and cut it out using Spellbinder's Grand Circles. Before I removed it from the die, I airbrushed around the edges using BG11 and I added the piercing around the inside of the die's edge.

You can see the image sticks out a bit from the pierced border. where it does I did not pierce... the edge of the hat and the edge of the ornament. 

Here I've colored the skin (E13, E11 and E00) and also the hair (E37 and E34).

I added some C1 around the edges of the white areas. I used RV69 for shadows in the red areas. These greens are really bright.. but they matched the bright greens in my DP.

 I added the sentiment on the inside from JustRite's Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments

I paper pieced the oranament. All of the paper on this card is from the Bo Bunny 12" Collection Mistletoe. A fun little bow to top it off.