Friday, March 27, 2009

Copic Coloring

Easter is only a few weeks away. Can you believe it?! I sure can't. With the coming of Easter comes one of my sons turning into a teenager, one turning into an adult, and a graduation. Wow. Busy month, I suppose.

The squares on this card were cut with the Cricut a few weeks ago. I stamped the basket from A Flower For All Seasons and colored it with Copics. The shading behind the bird came out pretty well. This would be a great Easter card, I think.

A Flower for All Seasons stamp set is fun to play with using Copics. It allows a lot of shadows, textures, and highlighting. I had fun creating the texture on the watering can and the shadow on the frog.

This little owl has called me to stamp him since I first saw him at Clear Dollar Stamps. Precious, isn't he?? :) I used him to work on the shading around his body and under his feathers, as well as highlights above his eyes.

As always, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Have a wonderful Friday night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Double the Thank You and Double the Challenge

There are angels in this world. Did you know that? Two of them, in fact, are on my Cricut thread on SCS. One, Kathy, sent me 20 plain, white coasters to create with and asked nothing in return. The other, Diana, sent a TON ... and I mean a TON ... of Bind It All coils, again asking nothing in return. Wow. You are both amazing!!!!!! I'm going to send them some $$ for shipping and needed to make some cards for them. So ... here are my double thank yous.

Card #1 - I really like the colors on this one. The back layer is embossed with a Cuttlebug combo folder. The image is from the SU set "For a Friend" and is colored with Copics.

Card #2 - Very similar (because I liked how the first one came out), but different colors.

Stamps - For a Friend (SU) Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Paper - all SU except the white (GP) Accessories - Cuttlebug, Cricut (cut the squares), pop up glue dots, Copics

This card was made using the stuff sent to me from Jen on our challenge thread. The ribbon, images, and eyelet were all sent in the challenge kit. The mouse is colored with Copics, and the background was stamped with VersaMark.

Because of the nature of the challenge this time, I had more than enough stuff to create a second card. The brown paper, baseball paper, images, and eyelets were all sent in the kit. The bunny was colored with Copics. I added red grosgrain ribbon and some dark blue paper.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think! Have a great Saturday and a great big, beautiful tomorrow!!

Now, I need to get that money in those cards and get them sent!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An Anniversary

My cousin had an anniversary today. I am hoping that her card made it to her on time. I made it on Sunday afternoon and mailed it on Monday.

I love the plant from Always In My Thoughts from SU, so I used it for this card. I thought it was very appropriate for this card. The squares were cut with the Cricut and the background was embossed with the Cuttlebug. The ribbon is SU organdy, and the image was colored with Copics.

Here's the image up close. It was put on the green layer with pop dots.

Stamps - Always In My Thoughts
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - GP white and SU
Accessories - Cricut, Cuttlebug, Copics, pop dots, organdy ribbon

Have a terrific Wednesday night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Bind It All!!

Recently, I started using Wii Fit for my daily work out. Wow. It gives you a good work out and is totally fun! Anyway, I decided to reward myself if I did it every day for a week. I did it every day, and I got a cute, little Bind-It-All 2.0 as a reward. :) What a fun toy ... uh, I mean TOOL. :)

I didn't stamp tonight, but I did put together a little book. I haven't done the inside ... my printer is giving me fits and printing everything in retro colors (Arrrrrgh!!!), but I was very happy to do the outside and to get it bound. Fun, fun, fun!!!!!

The front and back covers were cut to 4x4 pieces from thin cardboard and covered in SU double-sided paper. I used 1/2" coils for this little book and should have added some extra pages in there. It is a little thin, but will work for what I'm going to do with it.

A piece of SU cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug and one of their edge folders. A piece of small, white organdy ribbon completes the front cover.

Paper - SU double-sided and regular cardstock
Stamps - none
Ink - none
Accessories - ATG, Bind-It-All, organdy ribbon, Cuttlebug

Have a great night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Several years ago - I can't even tell you when, I bought some clear stamps. These stamps, though, aren't like other clear stamps. These are clear on clear blocks, but they are permanently mounted on the clear blocks. They are fun to use, but I have no idea where they came from. They are uber cute, though!!

They were probably bought at Michael's, but who knows?! :)

I stamped this image a while back and colored it. I love the way it came out, but didn't have time to put the image on a card. I couldn't figure out just what would make this into a good card. I think I finally found it!! :)

Night of Navy cardstock is mounted behind the image layer and a layer of Creamy Caramel makes the card front. It is embossed with the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder, and VersaMark was rubbed over the embossed stripes. Linen thread was used to embellish the image.

All coloring was done with the Copics.

SU buttons were added to the bottom to add a home-spun feel to the card.

I can't wait to hear what you have to say about this one. I'm very pleased with how it came out and with the coloring.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009


Have you tried Flower Soft???? Very cool stuff. I didn't have the glue that goes with it, but I managed with some other stuff. What a neat effect this stuff has on a card, though.

Using the Asian Plants set from CDS, this card was created for another birthday. The scalloped circles were cut using the Cricut. After stamping and coloring the tree, I put a little dab of glue in each spot that I wanted to add the Flower Soft. Then, I carefully added it to the image. I would have loved to have had some green to put at the base of the tree to simulate moss, but I only have the lavendar at this point. :)

Copics. Wow. I'm having such a great time learning how to work with these wonderful creations. The image on tis card was colored using the methods Marianne talks about in her tutorias and on her blog. She's just awesome about explaining how to shade and color. I don't have it down yet .... hmmmmm .... I think I need to go practice some more. :)

Stamps - Asian Plants (CDS), Small Script (SU)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Paper - GP white, SU all other
Accessories - Cricut, Copics, Oval Punch (SU), Flower Soft, 3D Glue Dots, Martha Stewart glue pad refill.

Hope you had a great weekend and that you have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.