Thursday, October 30, 2014

All Play....No Work!

I used the Add-On  Santa's Workshop set for this card.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and then cut it out with a Spellbinders Labels 2 die.  A touch of ink to distress the image while still in the die makes for a striking frame.

The bows and tree are embellishments included in the kit.  

Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Kit: papers, tree and bow embellishments
Adhesive:  3D Foam Squares
Tools: Spellbinders Labels 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

You Shore Are Great!

 I have a fun trio of cards for you today featuring some aquatic/beachy themed images from Inky Antics.  For this fun card I uses some designer paper from my scrap bin and colored my elements to match.  A bit of fussy cutting and foam tape and you have an adorable little card.
Again, I found some fantastic designer paper in my scrap bin for these beach images.  Check out the fun way to highlight your sentiments.  Take color pencil or a marker and highlight just a word or two that you would like to pop.  I learned this fun trick from my stamping friend Debbie.
Ooh, and this fun paper was just begging for some fish.  I added Glossy Accents to the bubbles and a touch of faux stitching for fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Layers n Layers - Craft Hoarders Anonymous Guest Designer

I am Guest Designing for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog today.  Today's challenge:
Challenge #18 Layer It!
One good way to use your hoard is to use lots of it all at once! So, let's see those layers! We need to see at least THREE layers on your project! (Ink, paint, embossing, and mixed media products do count as layers!) Drag out all of that hoarded paper or those embossing folders that are in the back of the drawer. Use those stamps, dies, and punches! Show us the layers!
My card has four layers of cardstock.  I used a Cheery Lynn die on the top layer.  There is a layer of Scor-Tape covered in Silver Medal You're So Fine Glitter under it.  Then I have a Lasting Impressions Ornament Stencil that I traced with a pen and then Tangled up and shaded with pencil.  The ornament is attached to the card with foam tape and then finally topped with a seam binding bow.  How is that for layers?  
Thanks so much to Craft Hoarders Anonymous for the invite to Guest Design this month.  Much fun! 

Victorian Ornament

Sharing a pretty card for Prickley Pear Stamps today.  This card is stamped on some swirly coated specialty paper.  It is shimmery and beauteous in real life.  I added a few gems on the embossed snowflakes and a touch of Copic marker to color my image.  The bow is popped up with foam tape for dimension.  I have gold twine to hang my ornament!

Supplies:  CLR019B Victorian Ornaments 3

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Polished Pumpkins

I have a few pumpkin cards for you today...I can't tell you the company of this pumpkin because I stamped it years ago on some glossy paper that I was playing with ink on.  It's not quite polished stone...but I did apply the ink to the glossy cardstock...but it looks like no alcohol.  I stamped the pumpkins on the inked paper with Stazon ink.
The papers are from my stash...they were part of a kit from the first design team I was ever on...I depleted the scraps from that file a bit more with these fun fall cards! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Winter Card Trio

Loving this cute little card that features Inky Antics images based on Kraft cardstock.  I added a touch of doodling with a white gel pen and used some scraps from my embossing bin to make up a really cute little winter greeting card!
 Here is another sweet and simple winter greeting.  Circle punches popped up on foam add a fun border detail.
And finally a jingle bell that is on a sparkly embossed panel with lace and snowflakes and Candi...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hangin The Mistletoe!

I have another card featuring The Rubber Cafe's Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Kit!
For this card I used some more holly embellishments from the batch I did up last week.  Don't they make fabulous photo corners for the card?  

The stamp is in the  Elf'n Around stamp set that is included in the kit.  I did a slight modification and only stamped the top two elves on the image.  I stamped my sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and tore the top edge to resemble snow.  I colored my image with Copic markers and stuck them in the snowbank!  

The adorable bows are part of the kit and I added one to the mistletoe and two to elements I cut out from the designer paper pad included in the kit.  They look like gifts!

Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Kit:stamps, papers, bow embellishment
You're So Fine Glitters:  Patriot Red, Fir Tree Green

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Try it Different Tuesday on Wednesday!

Today my cards are featured on the Inky Antics blog.  Here is Jackie's post:

When I demo the colored pencil blending technique at shows, I often tell people about how I like to use two or three different shades of the same color (applying and then blending each color separately) because it adds depth and richness to the stamped image.

Starting with an alcohol marker base and then layering colored pencil over the top can achieve a similar, lovely effect, as shown in this week's card on the main Inky website:

Michelle Pearson created a bunch of Halloween treats using this trick! You can see how she starts with her stamped images (four pumpkin kitties from Cube-0207, Cat 'n Jack Cube) and colors it with Copic markers:
Then she layers colored pencils on top, which makes a huge difference in the images' appearance:

Here's one of those mischievous kitties shown on an altered notepad, also colored using the same technique:

And, just for fun, she used a darker palette of colored pencils over the Copic base, layered onto a Zentangled panel on the final project:

In case you're wondering, Michelle used Copic markers B60, C1, T4, Y38, Y17, E00, YG03, along with a variety of Prismacolor pencils for her frightfully fun cards.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birthday Princesses

I got a request for some princess birthday cards...and I ran off to Mo's Digital Pencil and snagged the Birthday Princess for the cards.   The princesses are twin girls...and we have one in pink and another in purple!
We have flowers and glitter and gems and cupcakes and crowns...what more could a princess ask for?  Images were colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and popped up on foam tape.  The frame is by Memory Box.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Living Earth

I have another  fall card today featuring Prickley Pear rubber stamps.  The designer paper on this one is some from my Basic Grey stash.  A bit of jute is my only embellishment.

Supplies:  EE0064 Count Among Your Blessings, HH0171 Wheat Field

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunshine Is Delicious - Card Trio

Still working on card samples for the workshop at The Stamp Shoppe.  Stencil is from Lasting Impressions.  Sentiment is FF0151 Sunshine is Delicious from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.
Designer paper is from K and Co.
This card featuring the Lasting Impressions Dragonfly stencil incorporates papers from my scrap bins.
Finally, here the mushrooms again using different tangle patterns.  Thanks for stopping by today!. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

General Greeting Card Collection

I have a collection of general greeting cards for you today.  It's so handy to have a variety of cards on hand for whenever you need to grab a quick one. All images on these cards are by Inky Antics.
 All images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.
All images are fussy cut and popped up on foam tape.  I just love how this gives a bit of POP to your main images, especially when they are smaller like these are.
And dare I say that all of these cards use bits and bobs that I have stashed in on my desk.  I have little containers that I toss die cuts shapes in, borders that I cut and decide not to use, etc.  It is so handy to have these elements cut and ready to go when I'm on a card making spree.    This final card even uses a frame I made from a scrap of a die cut.  How stinkin cute is that?  A bit of doodling and you have an interesting element for a card!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Elf'n Around...

It is Thursday and time to share another card featuring the Elf'n Around stamp set that is included in the October Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Cafe Kit. 

For this card I stamped up a pile of the holly image on a piece of acetate with Stazon ink.  I applied glue with the detailing kit to the back of the image and then added glitter.    Once dry, I cut the holly pieces out and now have some fabulous embellishments for any holiday project!

I created a frame on this card, attaching the holly pieces in alternating positions. 

I stamped the image and colored it with Copic markers.  I added Gold Medal You're So Fine Glitter  to the stars and the jingle bell on his hat.  The image is matted on black cardstock and popped up on foam tape.


You're So Fine Glitters:  Patriot Red, Fir Tree Green, Gold Medal

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Zentangle Meets Fred, She Said!

 Ooh, it's Fred, She Said day...and you know if you have followed my blog long that I like my Zentangle!  I was going to color these line images, but that didn't happen.  I got tangling and didn't stop until I had a whole page of flowers and leaves!  I only used two patterns, but I really like how these cards turned out. 
The flowers and leaves are from the Doodle Flower Trio set and the sentiments are from the Carnations Plus Bonus Sentiments set.    I simply tangled each image, fussy cut them and then folded the leaves and petals over my craft blade to give them fabulous dimension!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Kitty

This kitty is having too much fun with the Jack-O-Lantern!  I decided to tangle a frame around the Cat n Jack image from Inky Antics and shaded it with pencil. The image was colored with Copic Markers.

Have a happy sort of day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - October Guest Designer!

This is my second post today, please be sure to scroll to see my card for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!
This month I have been given the opportunity to Guest Design for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  This week is Challenge #17 Happy Fall, Y'all!  
Many of us like to purchase NEW seasonal products EVERY season. What happens to last year's fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving products? We HOARD them! Our challenge was to drag out those hoarded fall-themed items and make a project to share! 
My first card features some fun paper from Creative Imaginations.  I'm not sure how old the paper is, but it is not this year's fare.  The pumpkins I tangled in are a Lasting Impressions die #LL515 that is dated 2005.  I am sure I never have used this die for it's intended use...but since I dipped my toes into Zentangle-inspired art I have been enjoying my stencils!  The Glitter Dots are from Dress It Up and were picked up from the Archiver's bins in the day.  Finally, the bows on the pumpkins are some fun varigated floss that I picked up at a big box craft store in my cross-stitching days.
My second card features an older pumpkin stamp that has been stamped on some polished stone papers I had in my stash since last year.  Again you see the glitter dots.  The fall tag I picked up at a stamp convention years ago, it is carved into a copper coated piece of plastic.  I added some black nailheads to cover up the brad holes.  That beautiful paper has been in my stash for some time.  It was run through an old Cuttlebug folder and then sanded.  I don't see the markings on the paper, but the gold foil is the perfect punch with the glossy polished stone papers. Finally, the gold twine that is wrapped around the center of the card is some vintage gold fiber that is just perfect as a simple and flat embellishment.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to pop on over to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog to see what the other designers have pulled out of their stash.  Come on back here on October 27 to see what the next challenge entails!  

Happy Fall Migration!

One more chunk of this fun paper for my Prickley Pear post this week!  Simple stamping with a touch of Washi Tape to finish it off!

Supplies:  JJ0087 Fall Migration, CLR037 Fall Leaves

Sunday, October 12, 2014

You're In My Thoughts Card Duo

Here are two more cards using a similar card layout to yesterday only in an even more clean and simple style.  The bird image is What's Up Birdbrain Chick from From The Heart Stamps.  The sentiment is from Penny Black.
 This is an older image from Designed2Delight that I did up in a similar style  All images colored with Copic Markers. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A ZIA for Every Occasion!

ZIA: Zentangle Inspired Art.
I have been on a roll lately...some evenings I just enjoy sitting and creating these little masterpieces. 
I am preparing for my workshop at The Stamp Shoppe next weekend...and there are so many samples to be made as it is fun to flip through the different cards and see how using patterns in different ways totally changes the images.  This flower die is tiny, but the results are beautiful. 
Sentiment is by Prickley Pear EE0060 Beautiful Things
 This heart is done in two layers.  The ruffle and then the heart itself is tangled and popped up on foam tape.  Sentiment is DD0202 Congratulations 2 by Prickley Pear.
Sympathy cards are often harder to make, but I loved the soft feel of this card.  Sentiment is DD0167 With Sympathy by Prickley Pear.
And by simply changing the sentiment this card would be perfect for a graduate or anyone about to follow their dreams!  Sentiment is CC0007 Dreams Take Flight by Prickley Pear. 

All of the stencils an workshop information can be obtained through The Stamp Shoppe.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh My Zen!

Oh, yes...that there is a lot of Zen!  I have been busy making samples for the zentangle-inspired workshop that I am teaching next weekend at The Stamp Shoppe.  There are so many fabulous stencils on the market...and this one just was calling my name!  I used the store stencil, so I don't have that info handy, but if you are interested you can contact The Stamp Shoppe and I'm sure they can set you up.

I tangled all of the flowers and then cut out the images with scissors and my craft knife.  The base is a coated blue simmery cardstock.  The sentiment is from Prickley Pear; EE0133 In Dreams.

Here is another fabulous die all tangled up. 

And finally, here is one that I used two stencils on.  I used the kimono and then layered the dragonfly on top.  The papers are Suisai Origami papers. 

If you are interested in learning about Zentangle-Inspired Art, join me next Friday or Saturday at The Stamp Shoppe. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Habby Holidayth!

It's time to share The Rubber Cafe's Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Kit for October. This kit had an add-on set called Santa's Workshop...and how cute is it?  I used this set for my first card.

That candy cane lamp post screamed to be I grabbed some acetate from my stash, but you could always use a piece of acetate from some packaging.  I stamped the lamp post with Stazon ink onto the acetate and then glittered the back of the acetate with You're So Fine Glitters in Patriot Red, Diamond Clear Cool Highlight, Silver Medal and Fir Tree Green.

The fun jingle bell and peppermint candy are elements included in the kit, as is the fun Doodlebug papers.  I added some glitter to a bit of 1/4 inch ScorTape and burnished it with my finger for an extra fun touch of glitz.  The image is colored with Copic Markers.

Thanks so much for taking a peek.  I'd love to hear what your favorite image is in this set!
Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Kit: papers, jingle bell, candy embellishment
You're So Fine Glitters:  Patriot Red, Fir Tree Green, Silver Medal, Diamond Clear Cool Highlight

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Flower Jar From The Heart

I have three Autumn Flower Jar cards for you today featuring the From The Heart Stamps image.
I just love coloring the leaves up in this bouquet and it makes a card perfect for almost any occasion.
This card pairs the image with a Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz sentiment.
 This card has a Hero Arts sentiment.
...and this card has no sentiment, it could be used for a sympathy, get well or any occasion.
All images colored with Copic markers and fussy cut by little ol' me!

Happy Fall Y'all!