Thursday, July 30, 2015

Copic Blending Analaogous Colors

Thank you Sandy Allnock for the great lesson in blending some Copic colors I would have never thought to use together!  The results are stunning!  I am posting this window card on the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.  The really fun stamp is by W Plus 9.  It's called Doodle Buds.  I love all the imaginative flower parts and the sentiments in this set.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is by Inkadinkado.  Stickles are added for bling.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas Card made from Day 2 Background

Day 3 Online Card Class Background Check
Today's assignment was to make cards from the backgrounds that were created in Day 1 and Day 2.
The branch die is by i.o.   The sentiment and banner die are from Simon Says Stamps.  The Circle die is by Spellbinders.  Berries are white pearls colored with a Copic marker.  The pattern front is popped up with scotch foam tape.

More Resist

These are also resists from Day 2 Online Card Class Background Check.
The Silhouette Grass stamp from Hero Arts shows the technique the best.  First I applied the lighter shade of distress ink.  I clear embossed the stamp over the inked cardstock.  Then I applied three different inks over the embossing to create the ombre effect.  Nice fall background!  The waves stamp didn't show up as well with this technique.  The old music background will be fun to work with.

Embossed Resist over Patterned Paper

Day 2 Online Card Class Background Check
This may be one of the most remarkable backgrounds I've ever done!  After trying varies patterned papers and background stamps with no success, I tried this.  And I LOVE it!  The background stamp is by Hero Arts.  It is stamped with Versamark and clear embossed.  The nondescript patterned paper has been in my stash forever.  I applied Distress Mahogany ink to it with a blending sponge.  Oh, my!!  I am amazed!

Baby Wipe Resist

Day One of Online Card Class Background Check.  This is a resist technique using a stencil, distress inks and baby wipes.  The stencil is by Tim Holtz.  Now, on Day Three I need to figure out just how I'm going to make this into a card!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Day One of Online Card Class Background Check.  I combined some of what I learned from each of Laura Bassen's cards to distress ink this background.  The card design was inspired by a card by Carly Tee on Ellen Hutson's Throw Back Thursday.  Inking is done on watercolor paper.  Die cuts are colored with Copics.  Dies are by Memory Box and i.o.  Glossy Accents and Stickles were added.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ink Pad Organization

What do I do on a sizzling hot Arizona day?  Organize my ink pads!  Craft Organization Guru, Jennifer McGuire has developed a system that works for me.  She uses a Swatch Book of 2" x 2" squares with each color stamped on and identified.   Free printable templates are available on her blog.  Once that was completed, I rearranged my ink pad by color, not manufacturer as they had been.  I found duplicate colors (sea glass from three different companies)!
Hopefully this new system will avoid that in the future.

My Distress Ink pads are right by my side in this wheeled cart my friend, Jan Woods, found on the internet.  Each pad has blending foam attached to the bottom with velcro.

I'm ready for the Online Card Class Background Check to start on Monday!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sparkle and Shine

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is titled Sparkle and Shine.  I love any excuse to bring on the bling!  This card was inspired by Debbie Seyer's gallery post at Heartfelt Creations.  I used the Peacock Paisley Paper and Stamp and Delightful Daisies Stamp.    There is lots of fussy cutting and bling from gems, Stickles, Wink of Stella and Roxz.  Coloring is done with Copics.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I is for Iguana

The Simon Says Monday Challenge is the letter "I".  Living in the southwest Iguana came to my mind.  This iguana and cactus are from a cute southwest stamp set from Paper Smooches.
The balloons come from Simon Says Stamps.  The background clouds are from Stampin Up.
Coloring by Copics and Distress inks.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sending you Monster Hugs

                                                 One more shaker . . .  but not my last!

This card is for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge but I was unable to add it as I had already entered one card in the challenge.  They asked for shapes.  (I think "pumpkin" is a shape!)  The pumpkin Die is by Elizabeth Crafts.  The monsters, sentiment and bubble die are from Lawn Fawn.  Coloring by Copics.  The shaker is made by using a page protector and the We Are Memory Keepers Fuse.  Pattern paper by My Minds Eye.  Goggle Eye, gems, sequins are all from my stash.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are the hardest of all cards for me to create.  I saw a beautiful card by Sylvia-Annie which inspired this card.  The flower die is dancing blooms by Penny Black.  The square die is by Spellbinders.  Distress inks spritzed with water are used on watercolor paper for the background and dies.  Stampin Up cardstock is the card base.  The sentiment is by Stampin Up.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I have a coffee addiction as well as a paper addiction.
This card is for the Simon Says Monday Challenge "Coffee or Tea?"
The coffee stamp is by Hero Arts.  The Critters are from Lawn Fawn.
Pattern Paper is from hampton art.
I used Versamark then Judikins embossing powder.
The foam on the latte is liquid appliqué heated with a heat gun.
Critters were colored with Copic Markers.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Entered in the Lawnscaping/Ellen Hutson Challenge "Sparkle"
This  "Tank You" Shaker Card is cased from Kristina Werner.   The sentiment is masked with letters die cut from freezer paper then ironed on watercolor paper.  Distress ink is then smushed on the watercolor paper and left to dry.  Freezer paper letters are then removed to reveal the sentiment.
Die cut letters and stamps are from Lawn Fawn.  Copic markers were used to color the elements.
Sparkles in the shaker are chunky glitter, micro beads and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The sentiment above the door to my studio . . . Give Joy.  I hope that's what my cards and scrapbook pages do for my family and friends.  Isn't that what it's all about?