Friday, January 29, 2010

Delightfully Delicious Somethings...

Happy Friday! Can you believe it's almost the end of January already?!? This month has just raced by!

Since it's Friday, it's time for a new challenge at Stamp Something. This week, we are being sponsored by Digital Delights by Louby Lou, and our theme is "Delightfully Delicious Somethings". So pull out your food images, embellishments, papers, etc, and join us in whipping up something delicious!

Wendy at Digital Delights very generously gave the Stamp Something DT images to work with, and it is my pleasure to show you the adorable Cappucino Pippin. I just love his cup!

I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself, so I decided that Pippin is having a mug of yummy hot chocolate. And what would a good cup of cocoa be with out whipped cream (Liquid Applique) on top?

Copic markers used:

As you can see, I used some of my custom mixed colors again. You can find a comparison of the R81p and YR21p here.

BG72p recipe: 5cc's colorless blender fluid + 80 drops BG72 refill

And a color comparison swatch:

Now what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Stamp Something Challenge Blog and check out what the rest of the DT has in store for you.

Challenges I entered with this card:

Copic Buzz - sketch
A Spoonful of Sugar #88 - Freestyle
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Sat's #24 - Spring
Bee Crafty #22 - favorite color combo

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CHA Relay, Day 3 - Toby Cub

Today is Day 3 of the Greeting Farm CHA relay. The image provided for today's challenge is the adorable Toby Cub.

Isn't he just the sweetest little thing? My sister AND my brother are both expecting their respective second children this fall, so expect to see Toby again soon!

Challenges entered with this card:

Simon Says - new baby
Stamp with Fun - baby
Die Cut Dreams - bears
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CHA Relay, Day 2 - Charlotte

Today is Day 2 of the Greeting Farm CHA relay. The image provided for today's challenge is the oh, so stylish, Charlotte. Isn't she fabulous?

Charlotte was colored with copic markers, and cut out for layering on pop-dots. I added Stardust Stickles to her belt, and colored her belt buckle and a line of eyeshadow with a Sakura Stardust pen.

The matching flower was made by cutting out the pink dot paper with 3 of the Nestability Peony dies, sponging the edges with SU Going Gray ink, and then crumpling them up a bit before layering them together. For the finishing touch, I went around the edges of each petal with Stardust Stickles, and also used it on the black brad in the center.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

CHA Relay, Day 1 - Mer Ian

The Greeting Farm is have a week-long relay (details here) to celebrate CHA, and I thought it would be fun to play along. If you participate, each day you receive an exclusive digi image to play with. How exciting is that? I decided that I would use the images to create a note card set, complete with holder. So be sure to check back each day to see the latest note card, and then this weekend for the complete set with holder.

Today's image is Mer Ian, and he is such a cutie! I colored Ian with copic markers, and then cut him out for layering. The fun swirl paper is by Pink Petticoat, and I ran the bottom layer through my Cuttlebug with the D'vine Swirl folder to match. Once all of the layers were together, I applied Diamond and Patina Stickles to his tail for a little bit of sparkle.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Love you to the Moon...

Back when we were first dating, my husband gave me a book on the moon for my birthday. It's filled with gorgeous photos, but the very best part about it is the inscription he wrote inside the front cover: "I'll love you to the moon and back." There was more to it than that, of course, but that was the phrase that stuck in my head.


When I saw ching chou kuik's Red Hearts by Sweet Pea Stamps, it immediately made me think of that book, so I decided to use it on a Valentine's Day card for my husband.

The image was colored with copic markers as usual. I wanted to do something a bit different for the background, so I randomly scribbled on color with a R81 and my custom pale YR21* (I have two of these - this one was the darker of the two). I then used my custom pale R81* and custom super pale YR21* to blend the darker shades together. After I was finished with that, I dotted the whole thing with the copic colorless blender pen to give it an interesting texture. Note that you don't have to be too precise when coloring because the clolorless blender pen hides any less than perfect areas. I really like the effect, so don't be surprised if you see it again with different color combinations.

I always get asked about my custom markers, so I did a color comparision swatch for you so you can see the difference between the original copic color and my custom blends.


*The formula's for my custom pale markers are as follows:
pale YR21: 5cc's blender fluid + 80 drops YR21 refill
super pale YR21: 5cc's blender fluid + 30 drops YR21 refill
pale R81: 5cc's blender fluid + 35 drops R81 refill

Challenges participated in with this card:
Charisma Cardz #3 - fruity colors (raspberry, banana, and blueberry)
Crafty Creations #51 - Valentine's or Love
Creative Card Crew #43 - punch it (Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch)
Midnight Madness #37 - sketch (MMSC37)
A Spoonful of Sugar #87 - Lots of Layering
Copic Buzz Weekend Technique #1 - using your blender pen to create texture
Simon Says Stamp - punch it! (Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Funny Somethings...

Happy Friday! Are you ready for another challenge with Stamp Something? This week we are challenging you to stamp something funny or something that makes you giggle in honor of our sponsor, Sunshine and Giggles Stamps.

For my card, I used the adorable "Molly in a box" stamp by Wild Rose Studio. This image makes me giggle because it reminds me of my kitty, Emmalee. Emmalee LOVES boxes. It doesn't matter what kind of box it is, she's all over it. She gets so excited when we get packages, because it means she gets a new BOX!!!! to play in.

Looking cute in PawPaw's box from a class project...

All tuckered out after "helping" open holiday gifts...

And the ever undignified, "I know there's a mousie in here somewhere!!!" LOL! Yes, Emmalee loves her boxes!

Molly in a box is supposed to be a Christmas image, but she's so cute, I couldn't leave her on a shelf for most of the year. To make her into a birthday kitty, I added the party hat and mouse from the SU set "Here, Kitty Kitty" and the balloons are a Studio G stamp (stamped repeatedly). All of the images were colored with copic markers, and have sparkle added with a Sakura Stardust pen (LOVE that pen!).

Copic Markers used:

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to the Stamp Something challenge blog for some giggles from the rest of the design team!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Whiff of Joy Guest DT call x2

I love Whiff of Joy stamps, so when I saw that Katharina had announced a call for guest designers, I knew I had to apply! The sketch for the call is a really great one, so since I've been in a card making mood lately, I decided to make not one, but two entries for the call.

For my first entry, I made a wedding card for my co-worker, John, using the Wedding Carriage stamp from the Wedding and Baby collection.

I think this has to be my favorite Whiff of Joy stamp. It is just so romantic! The image was colored with copic markers (colors shown below), and carefully cut it out. I added a few flat backed pearls to the garland, and then covered it with a custom mix of Flower Soft in Christmas Green, Shamrock Green, Pale Green, and Spring for a more realistic feel.

My bride needed some sparkle, so I covered her veil with Stardust Stickles, and then went over her tiara and the scrolls and hearts on the carriage with Spica pens for some added glamour.

John's fiances name is Rosie, so of course I had to incorporate some roses on the card. These started out as white, and were airbrushed with the Copic airbrush system hubby was sweet enough to get me for Christmas. I added more Stardust Stickles to the petals.

Copic markers used:

For my second entry, I decided to get a head start on all of the birthday cards I need for February, and what better image is there for a birthday card than Henry Celebrating Mouse? He's such a cutie!

Henry was also colored with copic markers (colors shown below) and carefully cut out for layering. The background was cut with a Labels 4 Nestability, and airbrushed while the paper was still in the die. I'm obviously still learning to use the airbrush system, but I was pretty happy with the results considering how little practice I have had with it.

I wanted to put some sprinkles on the cupcake, but didn't have any to match. What's a girl to do? Make her own sprinkles, of course! I broke into my jewelry making supplies and found some pretty glass beads in the colors I needed. I tossed a few of each color into a ziplock baggie, and took one of hubby's hammers to them. Voila! Instant sprinkles. And let me tell you, this is a GREAT way to work out some stress! LOL!

The stars are another Nestability die. Aren't they cute? I used my jewelry making supplies again to make the little gold spirals, and put a few of the beads I used to make the sprinkles on the end of each wire to tie everything together. I added a star gem to the center of each cut-out for a finishing touch.

Copic markers used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Stamp Something Blue & White Challenge

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to having a long weekend! Here's hoping you are lucky enough to have Monday off too!

Are you ready for another Stamp Something challenge? This week, we're being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps, and are challenging you to make a project using Blue and White. Easy, right?

My cousin gave birth to her second child right after Christmas, so I thought it was about time I sent her a card to welcome baby Ethan to the family. I adore the SU set, Bundle of Joy, but hardly ever get to use it, so I decided to dust it off for baby Ethan's card. Think she'll like it?

The cute little giraffe and stars were colored with copic markers (B21, B23, B000), and accented with a Sakura Stardust pen. I stamped a few extra stars, cut them out, and popped them up on glue dots for a fun accent. The pretty fuzzy yarn was a Dollar Tree find a few years back. It's super-sparkly in real life and almost didn't make it on the card because my cat thought it looked like a wonderful new playtoy! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to pop on over the the Stamp Something blog to see what the rest of the design team has in store for you. And don't forget to add a link to your project in Mr. Linky if you decide to play along.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sketch Challenge with Stamp Something

Happy Friday! Are you ready for another challenge with Stamp Something? This week's challenge is to make a project based on the above sketch. You can do anything you like, just so long as the sketch is still recognizable. This week, we are being sponsored by Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps.  They have generously donated not only the prize for one lucky participant in this weeks challenge, but also provided the design team with stamps to work with. If you haven't checked them out yet, be sure to do so soon. Their stamps are adorable!

I was so excited when I saw that I got Ryan's Chocolate Trouble to work with! Isn't he a cutie? My nephew's name is Ryan, and I imagine he'll look like this in a year or two. He's not quite 1 1/2 years old right now, and he's already off to a good start. We had my family down for the holidays, and I had a little bowl of those yummy Hershey Kisses with the cherry flavored centers sitting on the coffee table for people to snack on. My brother gave Ryan one, and the little stinker quickly figured out how to open the wrappers on his own so he could have more! Needless to say, I had to move the bowl out of his reach, but it was awfully cute to watch while it lasted! Anyway, as soon as I saw the image, I knew I would have to use it to make a Valentine's Day card for my brother & his family. I'm sure they will get a good chuckle over it.

Ryan's Chocolate Trouble was colored with Copic markers, and I went over the wrappers with a Sakura Stardust pen for a bit of shimmer. I stamped an extra set of the empty wrappers to scatter at his feet. I guess Ryan has been a very naughty boy, eating all those chocolates!

The frilly heart background is a Nestability die that I got for my birthday and am just now finally using. After cutting out the heart, I stamped the sentiment, and then ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder for a little texture.

Copic Markers used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jesse!

Tomorrow is my husband's birthday, and I thought I would share the card I made for him. He is very into music, and also loves comic books & anime, so when I came across this image of the Teen Titans by theravenflysby while browsing on deviantArt, I knew it would be perfect for his birthday card. If you haven't checked out deviantArt before, I highly recommend it. Just make sure that if you find an image you like and want to color, you check and see if the artist has given permission for people to do so. Not all of the artists on there do.

Aren't they cute? The image was colored with Copic markers (including the new colors I got for Christmas! Woo!), and layered on black and SU Rich Razzleberry card stock. I've had the Razzleberry paper for months, and this is the first time I've actually used it. I have to say, I rather like the color. :) I finished it off with a bit of black ribbon from my stash.

I kept the layout very clean and simple because, a. it's a guy card, and b. the image is really too large to leave much room for any embellishments. LOL!

Copic markers used:

I'm entering my card in the Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge (New), and the Charisma Cards challenge (Celebrations).

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Something New with Stamp Something...

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's Eve. Today is the first challenge of 2010 at Stamp Something, and in honor of the new year, our theme today is "Something New". So pull out those new goodies that Santa left under the tree for you, and Stamp Something! LOL! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

This week, we are being sponsored by KLM Digital Designs, and they have generously donated 3 digital images (winners choice!!!) for our prize! They are releasing new images for Valentine's Day today, one of which I will be showing you in a sec, so be sure to pop over and check out all of their cute images! You'll be glad you did!

Now on to my card...

KLM Digital Designs was sweet enough to give the Stamp Something design team images to work with for today's challenge, and it is with great pleasure that I get to show you the adorable new image, Valentine Bear. Isn't he a cutie? I like that he isn't specific to Valentine's Day and can be used for just about any occasion. For my card today, I used him to make a Thinking of You card for a friend who is going through a rough time. There's nothing like a little happy mail to perk you up!

I printed Valentine Bear twice so that I could pop up the hands and heart for a 3D effect. Both images were colored with Copic markers, and then cut out for layering.

My "Something New" is the pretty little heart charm dangling from the ribbon. Santa was a dear, and left a package of them in my stocking this year. They didn't come in blue, so I used a B97 Copic marker to color the center to match my project. I love that you can do that with Copics!

Copic markers used:

Now head on over to the Stamp Something blog to see what the rest of the design team cooked up! If you'd like to play along and get entered for a chance at the prize donated by KLM Digital Designs, make sure to leave us a direct link to your project in the Mr. Linky on the Stamp Something blog by 7pm EST on Thursday, January 7th. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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