Sunday, April 27, 2008

CCdesign sneak peak and step by step

This is a sneak peak of one of the upcoming sets from CCdesigns at all that scraps. I thought it would be fun to show the step by step of creating this little scene. I was perusing today Zindorf's blog. She does so many awesome tutorials. I only discovered her blog today and spent a couple of hours going through a big portion of her entries. After going throug it, I thought it would be fun to create a scene with these awesome stamps!
Stamps: CCdesigns A Hootin Good Time and polka dot BG, SU Two step stampin Watercolor minis, SU Fancy Flexible Phrases
Ink: SU : True Thyme, Old Olive, Wasabi, Basic Brown, Bayou, Caribbean, Night of Navy, River Rock. Ranger Distress : Mustard, Soot, Marigold, Shabby Shutter, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut, Pine, Broken China. Ranger Adirondacks: Cloudy Blue. Versamark, Stewart Superior Burnt Umber.
Paper: Bazzill, Old Olive, unknown DP from All That Scraps, Whisper White.
Other: Copic markers, May Art satin ribbon, White gel pen, Dew Drops, copper brads, clear embossing pwd., rhinestones, stickles, Glimmer mist in Olive, sponges.

The Ciao markers are: E51, E31, Y21, YR04, E71,YR23
I start by tearing up the white paper into the shape of a hill and taped it down with tacky tape. I start off with the SU greens and brown and my Brayer. Once my area is masked I stamp a flower with Versamark and clear emboss. Then I begin by braying River Rock. I accidentally started with the wrong brayer. This one was too hard!

Next I brayer some Wasabi and Olive. I spread a bit with the sponge too.
Last I go through with the True Thyme and the Brown to deepen it at the base!

Once my hills basic form is done, I use my other half of the torn piece to mask my hills.
Next I brayer through the Cloud and Caribbean.
Bayou is sponged and brayered.
I go through with Nigh of Navy, and Bayou, using the sponge to blend edges and the brayer to get the edges. I also punch a circle with my 1 3/8 " circle punch. I mask a piece for the moon.
Over here I open every green and brown and black that I have and start adding more definition with sponges and the Watercolor mini stamps.

I remove my moon mask and use the opposite piece to mask the surrounding area and sponge my moon with Mustard and Dried Marigold.

I remover the moon mask and sponge white craft ink for a mistiness.
I stamp my tree trunk and color with my Copic Markers. I also at this time stamp two of the owls and color them in and cut them out.
I decide where I want to place my images and adhere them down with glue.
I add in white highlights with my gel pen, rhinestones for the owls eyes ( the one in the hole) and stickles to the beak and feet. I also put my whole card together.

I hope you enjoy this step by step. I thought it would be kinda fun to see the steps. I may not be posting for a couple days ( project to work on), so I thought I would leave you with something more detailed then I have lately. Hubby is gone again for a month so My posting will be somewhat erratic!

Magnolia DT card- Ismaki sketch

This card is designed from an older sketch of Ismaki. I sadly can't post the sketch, because every time I try to upload it, my Internet freezes and shuts down. So you will just have to check it out on her site! This card is designed for the arrival of a new and perfect baby boy.
stamps: Magnolia, SU Riveting, SU Define you Life
Paper: Bazzill CS, SU Pumpkin pie for flourishes, Magnolia DP which was sent to me, Poison Ivory shimmer paper, SU Whisper White
Ink: Stewart Superior Burnt Umber
Other: Quickutz flourishes 4 x 4 die, Prima Flowers, Jessie James glitter dot, Spellbinder Nestability rectangle and scallop rectangle, Spellbinder tag die, Copic Markers, ABS 1, Ultra fine glitter for wings, Dazzling Diamonds for greeting center, Spica glitter pens in yellow and orange.
Everything is pretty self explanatory, but don't hesitate to e-mail any questions you might have!

Thursday, April 24, 2008


This is going to be a fast post. I just want to leave you with something to look at. Both cards are made with the new releases from CCdesigns. The stamps are fun and whimsical, and great for coloring in. The top card is colored with Prisamcolor, and the bottom one is embossed with gold and colored in with tombow markers and a waterbrush.

Monday, April 21, 2008

From my Oasis to yours

Well, this is just going to be a quick post! I have been working hard on another project of sorts that I can't talk about right now. I probably will not be talking about if for awhile, but it's quite exciting. So for this card I have used High Hope stamps. I wanted to create a little desert scene for this adorable camel. Everything about it is quite simple, i am relying more on the images then on embellishments.
stamps: High Hopes
Ink: Stewart Superior, white craft, Distress Broken China, Scattered Straw, Vintage Brown, Spiced Marmalade
Paper: Summer Sun, Chocolate, Caribbean, Mustard, Saffron, Papertrey white
Other: Faber-Castel and Prismacolor pencils, OMS, Twinkling H2O's, White paint, Stickles, AIG glitter, Spritzer tool and brown marker from SU

Paper was hand torn to form sand, Images were stamped, colored and cut out. Sand dunes were inked and spritzed to form sand, scene was put together.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Magnolia DT card - Ila's Sketch

I love Ila's Sketch Challenge for Blog Candy! It was such an awesome layout, and let me concentrate on the coloring and accessories instead of how to present it.
stamps: Magnolia berries, leaves, tulip BG, Tilda and birds, High Hopes sun, SU Embrace life sentiment.
Ink: Versamark pad, brown Stewart Superior
Paper: Magnolia paper from their shop, Fabriano Cold Press, Fabriano Hot Press, Basic Grey DP
Other: Tombow Markers, Twinkling H2O's, Gold embossing Pwd, White acrylic paint, Spellbinder nestabilities square scallop and regular, spellbinder tag die, Prima flowers, dew drops, lace trim, decorative trimmer.
Image of Tilda, Sun and berries was stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold pwd. , then colored in using Tombow markers and water brush. Twinkling H2O's were used to highlight. Background was colored with twinkling H2O's. White acrylic paint was used for the dotting. Everything else was easy assembly. Sewing machine was used to add stitching down the sides and hold the ribbon in place.
I am so happy with how this turned out and can't wait to get to work on the next one!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


This will be a fast post! I just finished up a stamp class and am a bit tired. I made this card for The Sketch Challenge this week. My springboard was Ila's card from the challenge. I loved how she stamped her background paper....well ok, I loved everything about it. I looked at hers and came up with him.
stamps: High Hopes images, Papertrey sentiment
Paper: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Chatterbox DP, whisper white, Old Olive.
Ink: Ranger distress: broken china, SU Old Olive and Basic Black
Other: Faber-Castel and Prismacolor color pencils, OMS, Twinkling H2O's.

Next I would like to thank: Beate
for the nomination of the Pico Award

for the You Cheer me Up Award.
I feel very honored that these ladies would think of me for it. They are all themselves very talented ladies. I am now supposed to nominate 5 others. So I shall pick:

Saturday, April 12, 2008

DT Tilda and Roses

I'm back again. I have been so busy this week, and have also been spending a lot of time playing with my sketch book. I'm coming up with lots of little sketches for fun. But I could not resist playing a little with these new Magnolias. I wanted to keep everything very simple. The roses are so pretty that they don't need any help to stand out in this card. All images are stamped on water color paper and colored using re-inkers. The sentiment is from Stampin Up Happy Harmony and it suits the simple beauty of these images.

The second card is a 4 x 4 . It is a simple design that I was playing with. For myself, I am personally used to doing more realistic drawings. Often what I will do for practice is draw the image realistically and then start removing lines and simplifying other lines. One of the things that makes a drawing cartoon like is the human elements that we can put in. It is a case of practice will eventually make perfect. The image lines are a little fatter than I would have liked, but sadly I grabbed the pen that was a size larger than what I wanted and didn't notice till the first stroke was down.
stamps: Sentiment from Papertrey
Paper: Soft Sky, Celery, Celery DP, Old Olive DP, PaperTrey stampers select white.
Ink: Distress in Broken China, Shabby Shutter, Basic Black
Other: Copic Multiliner pens, Faber-Castel and Prismacolor pencils, Twinkling H2O's, Copic Markers, SU Soft Sky ribbon, Nestabilities.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Your invited to a Birthday Bash!

ETA:To those of you who were very kind and polite to e-mail me privately about the spelling mistake I thank you. It was very late and I was still feeling quite sick and had not been paying proper attention to what I was doing. I have not yet had the chance to fix it, but will do so as soon as I can.
This is an odd little fellow I admit. He represents my more twisted side. In the fairy world you have your beautiful fairies, sprites and pixies, and then on the flip side you have your goblins, imps etc. This *handsome* fellow is a goblin. He is not the brightest fellow, nor the fastest. He lacks grace and beauty. He is also full of trouble and mischief. He can exist on insects, berries and small animals, but is not above catching a pixie if given half a chance. Over here he is looking all innocent as he hides a club behind his back. The inside sentiment reads " To a Birthday Bash "
Image is colored with color pencils, OMS, Twinkling H2O's. Other items used are Nestability, Quickutz leaves, SU chunky glitter, Atyou Spica glitter pens, stickles, computer generated sentiment. I will next I hope post a Magnolia card, or some of the Inchies I've been playing with.

Monday, April 07, 2008

CCdesigns- It's my Birthday! SC170

Wow, this weekend has been brutal. Everyone is running through a cold cycle. My daughter was home last week sick, and then my son over the weekend, with me getting hit on Saturday evening. I hate being sick and am normally an absolute troll when forced to endure it. Probably stems from the fact that as a mom, we have to carry on without the sympathy *sigh*. At any rate, I wanted to thank all you lovely ladies who left comments on my Blog. I really appreciate all the positive feedback that I received on my sketch. It certainly is a dream of mine to eventually design stamps, but as to when and where, well, its in the Lord's hands.
This weekend I managed to get another card done with some of these fantastic CCdesign new Releases. This particular set is called " It's my Birthday". It is such a cute set too. I decided to use SC170 from Splitcoast since I needed something more exciting then my standard layout's. What a Godsend those layouts are for the stumped of mind.
Stamps: CCDesigns.
Ink: Stewart Superior Hybrid ink in burnt Umber, Ranger Distress ink in : Vintage and Red Brick,
Paper: Brown, Red cs and SU DP
Other: Paper piercer, re-inkers to watercolor, Twinkling H2O's to accent, May Art ribbon, Spellbinder tag die, rhinestone brad.
I'm off to bed in the hopes of being better tomorrow.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Personal sketch - Holly

Today, I spent a lot of time working on my sketching. I have a bunch of designs which I have named Woodland Creatures. I love the style of Magnolia, Hanglar and Sugar Nellie. I wanted to do my own variation, but with one of my favorite subjects....fairies. I love outdoor/ nature images. Pair that with fairies which are fantastical creatures of magic and nature. This particular girl is named Holly. I have her sitting on a mushroomed hill.
Stamps: none, my own personal design
Ink: Copic multiliner pen, Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, Distress ink in : China Blue, Pine Needle, Broken China, Shabby Shutter, Tea dye, Vintage.
Paper: River Rock, Real Red, Old Olive DP, Papertrey stampers select white.
Other: Copic Markers, Prisma and Faber-Castell color pencils, Twinkling H2O's, Spica Glitter pens, Stickles, May Art ribbon, copper brads, Prima flowers, Quickutz leaves and mushroom accent and swirls, Dew Drops, rhinestone brads.
I did my sketch on the Papertrey cs then outlined it in black and erased the pencil lines. Image was then colored. Accents were cut out on Cuttlebug and then card was put together.
have a great Saturday,

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cleaning sucks, I'd rather be stamping!

Now who can't relate to that sentiment? CCdesigns new set Cleaning Queenie is adorable, and so fun to color! The sentiment cleaning sucks is something anyone can relate to unless you are one of those sick people who actually enjoy it lol ( I have known them).
Stamps: CCdesign
Paper:Bazzill, Prisme, S.E.I DP, CCdesign White CS,
Ink: Stewart Superior Hybrid in Black, Distress ink in Tea dye, China Blue, Vintage, Shabby Shutter.
other: Copic markers, buttons, Prima flowers, Tag, Dew Drops, Jessie James glitter dots, Stickles, Atyou spica glitter pen in gold and clear, white acrylic paint, Nestability's, SEI buttons
The image was colored in Copic Markers, then highlighted with Spica glitter pen. Image was then cut with nestability and embossed. After I masked image with paper and rectangle with nestability and using a soft brush added China and Shabby Shutter . Tag was stamped with cleaning brush, colored with copic markers, distressed with tea dye and Vintage ink and then clear Spica was added to handle and Clear Stickles to brush part. Everything else is simple assembly! All products can be found at All That Scraps!

Hey Chicky

Well I was meaning to post yesterday, but a call came from Sears that our new entertainment unit had arrived. This was a very exciting prospect as my 2 year old son has made it his mission in life to destroy all our electronics and dump all my books on the heads of unsuspecting guests who enter the door. This unit means that everything is now up high and locked up. YAY!! The downside.....How you pay so much money for a piece of furniture only to have it say some assembly required. Some assembly meant all assembly. My poor husband got it home and the two of us ( mostly him with me helping in the passing and occassional lifting) put it together. Then I spent until two in the morning cleaning up the room, breaking down boxes and organizing everything unto the unit. It looks awesome. Needless to say it was to late to post!
This card is from one of the new upcoming sets from CCdesigns. It is absolutely adorable with 4 different chicks! There are a whole bunch of other sets joining this release along with another great background.
Stamps: CCdesigns
Paper: Basic Grey Two Scoops DP, SU Celery, Barely Banana, CCdesigns white CS
Ink: Stewart Superior Hybrid Ink Pad in Burn Umber, Distress ink in Spiced Marmalade, Red Brick, Lipstick.
Other: Spellbinder Nestabilities, Cuttlebug flower dies, May Art Brown satin ribbon, Cuttlebug dots embossing folder, Spellbinder tag die, mettalic rub-on, Copic Markers, Faber and Castel color pencils, Twinkling H2O's, White acrylic paint, Spica glitter pen, Stickles in Fruit Punch, Dew Drops.

All supplies except SU CS and Faber pencils, Tag die available at All That Scraps. Flower was cut out from Cuttlebug flowers using Basic Grey Dp and then distressed with scissors, distress ink and embossing tool. Stickles were added to edges. Everything else is self explanatory.
Have a great day,

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

My bad!

I know, I know, I despair of ever being a regular poster! I do have good excuses though! I had stamper's Club on Thursday and Friday and was to pooped to stamp after. Also on Friday I had both DT packages arrive with some awesome rubber and stuff, so over the weekend I have bin simultaneously working on multiple projects. Finally I will have some fun stuff to share. Today's card was totally inspired by a card made by a very talented lady: Anita Hagen. Her card is here. I just love the artistry and work which goes into every one of her projects!
Stamps: Magnolia ( girl in apron and stars )
Ink: Stewart Superior Burnt Umber, Distress ink in Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye.
Paper: Bazzill, Very Vanilla, Cosmo Cricket DP, Daisy D's DP, Paper Trey stampers select white, SU Pumpkin and Close to Cocoa
Other: Copic Markers, Faber & Castel and Prismacolor pencils, Twinkling H2O's, May Art ribbon, Quickutz dies ( envelope and swirls ), Prima flowers, Jessie James glitter dots, gold cording, Stickles.
Everything is easy. The girl was colored with a mix of three mediums ( also stars ) . Greetings are hand written and stitched.