Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I Brake For Stamps - Pretty Winter Friends

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are staying warm now that the freezing cold winter weather has arrived.  It was so cold here yesterday that I finally had to drag out the heavy winter coat and wore one of my warmer winter sweaters.  Oh well, the best part of the cold is staying inside the warm house while the cold weather stays outside.  I guess that's why fall and spring have become my favorite seasons, not too warm and not too cold!

Today I am sharing and image with you using the I Brake from Stamps image, Pretty Winter Friends.  This is from the Chelsea Le Designs line of stamps and this cutie doesn't seem to shy away from the cold like I do. 


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs die
Memory Box die
Snowflake Embossing Folder
Tea Distress Ink Pad
Glossy Accents

Before I go I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We are going to have a houseful and my son will have his cousins to play with.  We are also very excited to get a visit from my step-son and his girlfriend.  They arrive tomorrow and are staying until Sunday before they make their way back home.
Have a fabulous Tuesday everyone!
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I Brake For Stamps - Winter Avie


I know, I know, I've put that dreadful word in my blog title, winter.  But, the cold air is here, Thanksgiving is little more then a week of way and we have to face the fact that we are going to have to brace ourselves for the cold, snow and wind.  Not my favorite types of weather but getting cozy in the warm house sounds like fun.  The winter and cold can have its benefits as well.

The cutie I used on my stamp today, Winter Avie, is really pretty versatile as it could be used throughout the winter, but seemed perfect for a Christmas card.  The stamp is from Chelsea Le Designs at I Brake for Stamps


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
MS Decorative Circle Punch
MS Frond Punch
MS Rose Leaf Punch
Memory Box Circle Snowflake die
Wild Orchid Flowers


Well, since it is the season to be cold I hope everyone stays warm.  Enjoy your Tuesday!
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MarkerPop - Creating Multiples

Good morning again everyone, I am back for my second post of the day.  One more and then a little rest from posting.  This time I am posting for MarkerPop Tips and Tricks Tuesday.  My tip of the day is how to create multiple cards that you want to look exactly the same without taking more time out of your day then you may have.  Christmas is slowly creeping up on us and I like to make as many Christmas presents as I can.  I feel like anyone can go out and buy a present but a handmade present is truly unique and shows that I put my time and energy into making a gift for the recipient.

So onto my tip.  When wanting to create several duplicate cards I scan my image after coloring and then print it out on the same paper I colored on, in my case cryogen white paper, and then create my multiple cards this way.  It takes me a long time to color an image and if I colored each image then they just wouldn't look the same and I'd never be able to make enough for those on my Christmas list.  For this card set I used the Elisabeth Bell image, September Rose.




There are a few things you should take note of when creating multiple cards this way.  First, I only scan my own colored image for personal use.  I always buy my uncolored images, rubber stamps, digital stamps, from the original artist and follow their angel policies.  Second, although I originally used copic markers reprinting my original on a computer is NEVER the same as coloring with my copic markers.  The shading and depth of color is always much better when I use my copic markers.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Fiskars Flower Punch
Pearls 
Spellbinder's Grand Oval and Scalloped Oval dies



Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!
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Tiddly Inks and Carpenter Joe

Hi all, today is the beginning of a fairly busy day here at my blog.  Three posts in one day, cane you believe it, me either.  Every once in a little while all my DT projects come due on the same day.  Not completely terrible but a lot easier to manage when they are on different days.  Anyway, when you are done with this post stay tuned because there are more to come.

This time around I am sharing with you a card I made for our new Anything Goes challenge at Tiddly Inks.  The Tiddly Inks image I used on my card is the image, Carpenter Joe.  The card is for my dad's birthday.  I have such difficulty with male cards, I just can't seem to be as creative with them as some crafters are.  Something to work on, I know.

 Materials Used:
Copic Markers
MS Double Border Punch
Metal Embellishments



Have a great Tuesday everyone!
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Tiddly Inks Fabulous Inky Friday


Good morning my crafty friends, TGIF!  Today is Fabulous Inky Friday at Tiddly Inks where the design team gets to create anything goes projects to share with you.  Today I am sharing a card I made for my niece's birthday.  She is turning four and is having a mermaid themed birthday party and Christy had the perfect image for a card, Birthday Fishes.  I'm pretty happy with the way my card came out and I hope my niece likes it as well.  


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Cheery Lynn Designs Wave Edger die
SU Scalloped Circle punch
Various yellow ink pads
Spellbinder's Circle die



I hope you have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I Brake for Stamps - Cocoa Cammy


Despite a lot of whining on the part of the summer lovers of the world and Mother Nature keeping the cold at bay for a time it is finally starting to arrive.  Cold toes, chilly hands and also a little hot cocoa to help warm up those cool bits.  This image, Cocoa Cammy is all about keeping warm in the cold.  Hat, scarf, mittens and a little hot coca.  What could  a girl ask for this time of year, except maybe a few snuggles with hubby and the kids for a little added warmth.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
MS, double border punch, snowflakes
Memory Box Snowflake Background
Memory Box single snowflake die


Stay warm and enjoy your Tuesday everyone!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

MarkerPop - Monday Inspiration


Hi everyone, today I am sharing with you a card using the Elisabeth Bell image Apple Blossom and Milkshake Baking.  Before I do I would like to say Happy Veteran's Day to all of those men and women in the armed forces who have chosen to serve their country to keep those of us who live here safe.  My dad, grandfather and several uncles are veterans and I am grateful to them for making that difficult choice.

Today is the Monday Inspiration post and MarkerPop and I know this image inspires me and makes me think about Thanksgiving, family and yummy food.  I am such a fan of Elisabeth Bell images and this one in particular fits our current season perfectly.


Materials Used on My Projects:
Copic Markers
Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish die
Spellbinder's dies
MS Frond Punch
MS Double Border Punch
Wild Orchid Flowers
Diamond Stickles


Well that's it for me today! 
 I hope you enjoy your Monday!  
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

MarkerPop - Wee Stamps Lomasi


Hi everyone!  I hope all is going well for you on this first Thursday in November.  I am eagerly counting down the hours, minutes, okay seconds, until our new Joann's opens.  We have never had anything cool in our area and that is slowly changing.  Joann's is opening in my hometown, about 15 minutes from my house, and hubby is worried that I will single handedly keep this store open.  Good for Joann's, not so good for our pocket book.  Don't worry, I'll leave some of the products for everyone else, but I am truly super excited to have a craft store so close to home.

Today I am sharing with yo a new project I made for 3D Thursday over at MarkerPop.  I used the Wee Stamps image, Lomasi (Pretty Flower) on my project, which has a perfect November/Thanksgiving theme.  The Project I made was to make a box that looks like a book.  I was inspired by my friend Tabbatha and the amazing book/box that she made I just had to try one for myself.  To see where I got my idea from click HERE and it will bring you to the original project on Tabbatha's blog.



Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Double Border Punch
Pearls
MS Frond Punch


Enjoy your Thursday everyone!
Thanks so much for stopping by,


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Brake For Stamps - Christmas Angel Avie


Hi again on this first Tuesday in November.  I'm back again, this time with a project using the adorable image Christmas Angel Avie from I Brake for Stamps.  This is another Chelsea Le Designs image, which is one of my favorite stamp lines at the store.  I played around a little with this card and tried something new.  I am always in such awe of how other crafters create the borders of their cards.  It obviously isn't with a stamp pad so I figured it must be paint.  So, I used a little Ranger acrylic paint and sponged around the edges of my paper after distressing them.  I absolutely LOVE the way it came out.  It was exactly what I wanted.  I also sponged my flowers and gave the entire card this sponged look.  I'd love to know what you think as it is my first attempt at this technique.  On other cards I often see it done with white paint but based upon on the colors of my card I wanted to go with more of a vintage distressed look.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Ranger Vintage Photo Acrylic Paint
Glossy Accents
Martha Stewart Decorative Circle Punch
Marianne Designs die
Stickles
Wild Orchid Flowers


Well, that's it for me today.  Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!
Thanks so much for stopping by,



Tiddly Inks Anything Goes Challenge


Hi everyone, how is your week going so far?  Ours started off on a good note as my daughter got her braces off yesterday, one month shy of having them on for three years.  When I was a teenager I thought having them on for two years was forever, I have really felt for her all of this time.  Now I hope she feels for her old mother as well and wears her retainer as she is supposed to after three years of monthly visits for adjustments.  She looks great though, although I thought she looked great before as well.  

Today at Tiddly Inks we have a new challenge for you and that is an Anything Goes challenge.  What a great challenge to have right now with all of the fabulous new images Christy has released.  Now you can choose your favorite new image, or an oldie if you like, and play along.  Remember, in order to win a prize you need to use a Tiddly Inks image.

For my project today I chose to use one of the newer images, My Batty Hero.  I love cute hero images as my little brother, my six foot tall little brother, is still into superheros, big time.  My nephews room is decorated with some great superhero items.  So, whenever I see an image like this I automatically think of my brother and making a card for him.  AND, this is good for me since I made him a card last year for his birthday without an image on it and he was disappointed AND I heard about it.  Now I'm ahead of the game since his birthday isn't until February.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
MS Double Border Punch
Spellbinder's dies


Don't forget to stop by the challenge blog and see some of the wonderful creations by the rest of the Tiddly Inks Design Team.  They'll wow your socks off and hopefully inspire you to play along!
Have a fabulous Tuesday!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Friday, November 1, 2013

MarkerPop and Stamping Bella


Hi all, I don't know about you but I am dragging after a long Halloween day and night.  We spent our entire day in kindergarten on Halloween themed projects and an enormous amount of energy.  Then I came home to a little guy who was the same.  I can't say I was sad when he finally petered out and it was time to go home.  It was a really long day!  Thankfully though he had a good time, got a sufficient stash of candy, and then came home and relaxed for the night.

Today I am sharing with you a project using the Stamping Bella image, Uptown Girl, Faith the Fairy.  A fabulous image, at least in my opinion, and I chose to color her in holiday colors.  With Halloween gone Christmas seems just around the corner and I have been trying to catch up on my holiday projects.  One down, a ton more to go.  


Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Ribbon
Glossy Accents
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Spellbinder's Oval dies
Wild Orchid Flowers
Pearls


I'm hoping for a calmer day today so I can recover some of the energy I had to give away yesterday.  I hope you enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by,