Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I've been so busy the past few weeks! I was able to get Copic Certified earlier this month in San Antonio. Jenn Balcer was my instructor and it was her first time teaching. She was so fun and full of great info. I had a wonderful time and can't wait to start passing on all the wonderful knowledge I got to my students!
I've also been busy celebrating my 25th anniversary ( which was yesterday) with my dear sweet husband Curtis. I couldn't ask for a more supportive encouraging partner in life. He's the best part of my life and I look forward to the next 25 together..
And.. I've been crazy busy getting ready for the holidays trying to make card kits to sell and get my class samples ready for my Dec card class at Scrapp'n Savvy. We are going to have a blast next month!
Above is one of the cards I worked up for a card kit. I love the new Damask backgrounder set- the stamps are so big and so versatile. I keep seeing Christmas so this is what I came up with- simple but nice, I think. What do you think??
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Today I have a sweet card I made using a retired set from TAC called Heartsings. I love this set- hadn't had it out in ages and decided to play with it today. The papers are some I had around- non-TAC. Stickles sure makes a difference, doesn't it? The image is colored with Copics... hope you enjoy!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Savvy Projects blog. I created this card for the bloghop. I just got this MabelleRO set- Lucy- and absolultely love it! She's so sweet in her Thanksgiving outfit. I colored her with copic markers and poped up the pumpkin in her hands. I used Reece papers for the card and Reece ribbon as an accent. A little piercing and you are all set. I can't wait to see all the other wonderful creations in the blog hop- please stop by and check them out too! I'd love to hear from you so please leave a comment! Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I've been busy working on card kits to sell at Scrapp'n Savvy. I think I have mentioned them before- I make one full card as your example and then include all the pieces to make 5 additional identical cards with envelopes. They have been selling like crazy so I am trying to replenish the supply. I made this cute card with one of the bunny images from Everyday Cutites ( English-you can also get it with Spanish sentiments). She is colored with copics. The pattern paper is some I had left over in my stash. The card base is also embossed with a cuttlebug folder. What do you think?
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Hi Everyone! It's another hot humid day here in Texas- perfect weather to stay in and make cards! I'm enjoying getting to know my Copic markers better and better. They are so much fun. The image on this sweet card is from the wonder and joy set. We have several new images with the same characters in our brand new 2010-2011 Inspiration book and catalog. Give me a hollar if you would like one! The pattern paper is from Kaleidascope boyz. The white background is embossed with a cuttle bug folder and the blue flowers with the gems were some from my stash. The sentiment is from one of last years hostess sets. I really like the way this card turned out.. what do you think?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
here and cased it a bit... The background is done with DCWV paper and a cuttle bug embossing folder- paisley. I sanded the white core paper to really make the paisleys pop. The paper is retired from TAC. I colored the image with copics. Hope you like it! Have a great weekend!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
It feels so good to be able to say I am starting to teach again! I'll be teaching stamping and cardmaking at Scrapping Saavy- a local scrapbook store run by a dear friend. All the teachers take turns designing a weekly 2 page layout that goes on sale in the store. My first layout came out yesterday. You can read about it and my new class here . It was fun to get back to scrapbooking- I'm always focused on cards.
If you are in the Spring/Houston area and love to stamp come give my class- Stamped with Love- a try. We will have a blast and learn a lot in the process!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Everyday Cuties ( English- we have a Spanish version too). The sentiment is from Ordinary Greetings. I tied a bit of tulle to the bottom and added the little white flowers for some interest. What do you think?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Are you enjoying the beautiful spring weather? It's been really nice here in Texas- the wildflowers are blooming and there are birds and butterflies everywhere. I was inspired to make this card wanting to use the fun butterfly and dragonfly images from the Wishing Happiness set. These bold detailed images are perfect for embossing as I have done on this card. I started with Kraft Cardstock- ran it through my cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder. Lightely inked it with L'amour red Palette ink. I also stamped my image and sentiment with the same ink. I embossed and cut out the butterfly. Added some foam mounting tape to pop it up on the center piece. I couldn't find the right shade of red ribbon so I used some of the red cardstock I used for the mat on the center piece as a 'ribbon' accent adding a some red and tan scrappers floss and a small punched flower as an accent. I love the tone on tone with the bold color- what do you think? I did similar cards in blue and green also using the other images. It's really a fun set!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
Friday, April 16, 2010
this site- scroll down to her April 7th post and you will find two fantastic vidoes on copic coloring- one on doing darker skin tones and one on the dotted background. I had fun with it! The stamp set used is a hostess set from the new Serendipity Street called Swirled Spring Life TA-3239. I love the whimsical fun of this set! For the card I stamped and colored the hummingbird image with copic markers. Jazzed her up a bit with stickles. I stamped the flower image multiple times along the bottom. Colored them also with copics and made an extra flower head to pop up to emphasize one flower. Added a little stickles for that one too. The background is done similar to the tutorial- starting with the darkest colors add dots of different sizes until the background is full to your liking. The sentiment is from another hostesss set- Unexpected Joys. TB-3149. Hope you like it!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Flower Collage Trio. These images are so beautiful and versatile. For this card I colored the violets and other flowers with my copics. Outlined the petals with the stardust jelly pen and added a little bling in the centers with yellow stickles. I also pierced along the edges and went back with a micron marker to add faux stitiching. The final touch was to distress the edges to make it look like fabric. I went over the whole thing with a bit of cognac palette in to add to the aged look. I embossed the background cardstock with a quickcutz folder I had on hand. The sentiment is from an old gift with purchase stamp I think... The paper flower is one I made from an old book. I talked aboout it a couple of posts below. It's hard to tell by the picture but the cardstock is purple and everything matches color. I don't know why some cameras distort the color even when you use natural light..ugh! So what do you think? Have a great week!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here is another image I colored from the Wonder and Joy stamp set. She just makes me smile! I colored her with Copics. I drew in some cloud shapes behind her with my Stardust Clear Gelly pen. I love this pen! You can add glitter accents in fine detail with it. I'm finding myself using it more and more.... The sentiment is from Tag Tidbits. What do you think?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Isn't he adorable?! This precious little guy is one of the images from a new stamp set called Wonder and Joy from the new Serendipity Street. I colored him with Copic markers. I've been watching a lot of tutorials online and I think I am getting much better...what do you think? The pattern paper is from Kaleidoscope Boyz and the cardstocks are Bazzill. The buttons are from an embellisment jar( don't remember which one-sorry) with a few tied with white scrappers floss. The sentiment is from one of our purchase with purchase sets- Sincere Sentiments. I've got some of the other images colored as well and will get them on cards to share with you soon. Don't forget you can order from Serendipity Street any time and if you put an order in of 100.00 or more you can get a set of 36 Copic markers for half price- the best deal anywhere!! Also right now we have double hostess benefits so it is a great time to put a workshop together or just order for yourself! Hope you like the card! Have a great day!!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I've been having fun coloring the girl image from TAC's new stamp set Brighten Your Day. It's part of the Stamp Spree promotion. You can find all the details here At first, I wasn't sure about this set but after playing with it I love it. The images are so fun to color with copics ( as I did in these cards) or any other medium. For my card I added the heart ballon from the Artsy owls set and a sentiment from one of our purchase with purchase stamps sets. There is also lots of stickles!! What do you think?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
My Dad celebrated his birthday this month and I wanted to create a special card for him. I love the ship collage stamp from TAC and wanted to use it. I stamped it with Prussian Blue palette ink embossed with clear embossing powder. I "aged" the image by distressing the edges and sponging a light brown.blue and green ink over the front very lightly, blending as I went.
I had some funky green ribbon that I used as an embellisment. The ship is on pop dots and the jute cording was added for a more masculine touch. The sentiment is from a retired TAC set stamped with white stazon.
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Friday, January 22, 2010
One of my absolute favorite stamp set in Inspiration Avenue is Merriest Wishes. I just love these snow people! They are so much fun to color. I stamped out several with tuxedo black memento ink and colored them in with my new set of Copic Markers. I love how the colors blend so nicely with the Copics. I've scoured the internet for coloring tutorials and have learned a lot. If they intimidate you just jump in and play with them- it's only paper and a bit of ink....I promise the more you play the better you will get. My first attemps were terrible but after a little rearch with the online tutorials I improved a lot. I hope to get certified at some point when my health is better. I'm excited to let you know that TAC will continue to carry the Ciao Copic sets in our new catalog so stay tuned for ordering info.
These two cards were made for a couple of dear friends. Do you like them??
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I came across this tutorial ( thanks for sharing Dawn!) on making flowers out of old paperback books a while ago. I've seen version of these flowers on several blogs. I decided to give them a try and just couldn't stop playing. Our super jumbo and extra jumbo flower punches work perfectly with this technique. I colored the various flowers with different palette inks. They all are held together with brads-some also have an added button in the middle. I've got one drying now that I added stickles to- turned out so pretty. I plan on using it on a card I have in the works and will share it with you soon.
I'm finally able to post again- I had scanner/camera trouble and couldn't get pictures to post of my creations. My health is still on the mend too so that has me a bit slowed down but getting better every day! I've got a few cards to share with you that I will space out over the next days. The first is one of the cards I made for Christmas- it uses the Peace stamp set which I really love. I stamped gold snowflakes on a retired color of cardstock TAC used to carry with gold specs in it. The bird is stamped in Burnt Umber Pallette ink. I stamped it twice so I could cut out the wings and pop it out on the image. I added some bling with gold Stickles on the feathers as an accent. I really like the way it turned out. I did another version in teal which was nice too. Hope you enjoy!