Friday, February 26, 2010

Stamp Something - a recipe challenge

Happy Friday! Are you ready for a new challenge with Stamp Something? This week, we have a recipe challenge for you: use designer paper, ribbon, and some buttons on your creation. We're being sponsored by Simon Says this week, so be sure to pop on over to the Stamp Something blog to link up your creations for a chance to win!

For my card, I used an adorable digital freebie by Becca Kay Designs. Isn't she cute? I just love the frills on her dress!

I colored her with copic markers and then used a white Glaze pen to add in the white highlights on her dress and the cloud. I went over her wings and the ruffle of her dress with a Lilac Spica pen, and used the Stardust Spica pen on her goggles. The flowers were created by layering 2 different sizes of the Martha Stewart hydrangea punches, and then adding a button to the center. The pretty spring-like designer paper is from the Pocket Full of Posies matstack by DCWV.

I'm sorry, but I don't have a photo of the copics I used this time around. I did take one, but I accidentally deleted the photo from my memory card without first transferring it to my computer. Oops! I've ordered a new digital camera, as my 7 year old Canon is starting to act up a bit, so I've been trying to clean up all of my memory cards before it arrives.

Challenges participated in with this card:
Stamp Something - recipe challenge
Crafty Sentiments - sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon-tastic

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Blog Candy!!!

***Blog Candy is now CLOSED. Please go to this post to see the winners.***
My blog counter recently went over the 20,000 visits mark, so I've decided to have a blog candy to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who visits, and especially to those of you who take the time to leave me a comment. It's always so nice to know that someone out there in blog land enjoys my projects!


Prize package #1 includes:
  • A hand crafted card by yours truly (close-up can be seen here).
  • The stamp used on the card: Summer Harvest courtesy of Lynette at Sweet Pea Stamps (yours will be a new, uninked stamp and not my personal copy)
  • 2 Easter stamps by Magnolia (new in package)
  • Ciao Copic marker in E29 (one of my favorite shades for hair)
  • Copic atyou Spica pen in Chocolate
  • oodles of assorted flowers (most are Primas)
  • oodles of assorted designer papers - some are flocked, some are glittered, some are embossed, and some are double sided
  • oodles of ribbon
  • a small assortment of silver charms/spacers

Prize package #2 includes:
  • A hand crafted card by yours truly (close-up can be seen here).
  • "Shining On" - Haiti Relief Stamp courtesy of Lynette at Sweet Pea Stamps (Thank you, Lynette!!!)
  • 1 rooster stamp by Magnolia
  • Copic atyou Spica pen in Clear
  • oodles of assorted flowers
  • oodles of assorted designer papers - some are flocked, some are glittered, some are embossed, and some are double sided
  • sample bags of Flower Soft in Lemon, Baby Pink, Spring, and my own custom green mix
    To enter, post about my candy on your blog (in a post or on your sidebar, I'm not fussy), and then come back and leave me a comment with a link to your blog.

    Optional: For a second entry into the prize drawing, you can follow my blog, or subscribe to it via email / feeds, and then leave me a second comment letting me know which you did.

    If I get over 100 comments on this blog candy, I will add in a second prize package with lots more goodies (including more Spica pens), so be sure to tell all of your friends! Woo! We made it already!!!

    This blog candy will remain open until 12:01 AM EST on Sunday, March 21st. I will announce the winner(s) later that day. One prize package per winner. (so everyone has a chance)

    International entrants are welcome. I will ship anywhere.

    Good luck, and thank you for all your support!

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Believe in Fairytales...

    Are you sick of winter yet? I know I am! We've had snow just about every day for close to a month, and it is getting old. I needed a rush of summer colors, so I decided to ink up September Harvest by Sweet Pea Stamps. Isn't she gorgeous?

    I colored her with copic markers in nice, warm tones, and then gave her some sparkle with Spica pens in Buttermilk, Peach, and Clear. The pretty designer paper is a shimmer paper from my stash, and the flowers were made using the Olivia Cuttlebug dies.

    Challenge's participated in with this card:
    Crafty Sentiments - sketch
    Fussy & Fancy - dazzle
    Allsorts Challenges - tag, ticket, or label

    Be sure to stop by tomorrow as I will be posting blog candy. I'll give you a little hint, today's project gives you a sneak peek of part of the candy...

    Friday, February 19, 2010

    A Touch of Spring...

    Happy Friday! Are you ready for another challenge with Stamp Something? Janna is hosting this week, and she has chosen the following theme:

    A touch of Spring

    I don't know about you, but after all the snow we've been getting lately, a bit of spring sounds very appealing! Be sure to check out the Stamp Something blog to see what the rest of the dt has in store for you, and to check out how you can win a delightful prize from this week's sponsor, Whiff of Joy.

    When I think of Spring, I tend to think of weddings, so I decided to create a cute little favor bag to show you today. The vellum bag is from a Martha Stewart wedding favor kit I've had kicking around forever and keep forgetting to use. I replaced the topper that came with it with a piece of pretty designer paper from my scrap pile and tied it all together with some pink grosgrain.

    I used Wedding Carriage by Whiff of Joy for the tag. It was colored with copic markers and accented with Stardust Stickles. I cut it out with a circle Nestabilities die, and then layered it on a piece of SU Pink Pirouette that was cut with a Nestabilities Labels 5 die. The flower to the side was originally white, so I airbrushed it with the copic ABS and a R81 marker and added stickles to the petals for more interest.

    Challenges I participated in with this project:
    Stamp Something - touch of spring
    A Spoonful of Sugar - springtime
    Pink Elephant - ribbon
    Our Creative Corner - making something new out of something old
    Crafty Angels - flowers
    Copic Creations - coloring embellies with your copics

    **I'll be posting some blog candy this weekend to celebrate 20,000 hits, so be sure to stop back to check it out!**

    Have a great weekend!

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    With Deepest Sympathy...

    One of my co-worker's lost her dear grandmother last week, so I made a sympathy card for her.

    For the image, I used Wild Rose, a digital freebie by Mel's Stampz. The image is very sweet, and I thought it would be perfect for a sympathy card. The sentiment is computer generated, and after cutting it out with a Nestabilities Labels 4 die, I left it in the die to airbrush the center with a copic RV93. I ran a copic YG63 around the edge of the tag to make it stand out a bit from the background.

    I colored the image with copic markers, and then went over the black lines on the roses with a Sakura Stardust pen to add a little sparkle. The centers of each rose are petite glass seed beads by Mill Hill from my cross stitching supplies. I used a 2-Way glue pen to attach them, and got them in place by using a needle (they're too tiny to use your fingers).

    Challenges entered with this card:
    Fussy & Fancy Friday's #4 - dazzle us
    Quixotic Challenges #13 - tag it

    Copic Markers used:


    Thanks for stopping by!

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Something Cute

    It's Friday, and you know what that means... It's time for a new challenge with Stamp Something! Our challenge this week is to create "something cute", and is being sponsored by Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps. Wags 'n Whiskers is having a new release blog hop today, and generously provided the Stamp Something dt with some of the new images so we could play along.

    For my project, I got to play with the new release, "Let's do lunch." Isn't she cute?

    She was colored with copic markers, and layered on Berry Sorbet cs by PTI. The fun designer paper is from an ancient paper pad by K&Co that I've had in my stash forever, and I used the sketch from Paper Sundaes challenge #4 for my layout.

    Copic markers used:

    Be sure to head on over to the Stamp Something Challenge blog to see the cute creations the rest of the dt has for you. And don't forget to pop over to Wags 'n Whiskers to check out their blog hop. The new stamps are adorable!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Saturday, February 6, 2010

    Midnight Waiting redux: a skin tone comparison

    I was chatting over on the Sweet Pea Stamps group on PCP tonight, and coloring ethnic skin came up. Now I happen to have your traditional Irish coloring (translation: I'm white as a ghost) so as you might imagine, most of the people I color tend to be on the pale side. LOL. My hubby is conked out on the couch with a wicked headache, so since my Friday night plans are effectively out the window, I decided to spend my free time experimenting with a new color combination for skin tone. What do you think?

    Yes, I know, I used Midnight Waiting by Sweet Pea Stamps on my last project, but a) I like the image, and b) I thought it would be interesting to do a color comparison.

    Midnight Waiting was stamped with Memento ink, and colored with copic markers. When the ink was dry, I used my copic multiliner pen to extend the tree branches a bit. Once I had the card together, I decided it needed that little something extra, so I stamped another copy of the butterfly hair piece, colored it and cut it out. I carefully folded the base and attached it with two-way glue, and then used a glue dot to pop up the wing for a 3D effect. I then used Stardust Stickles & a Sakura Stardust gel pen (can you tell these are my go-to glitters?) to add some bling to her wings and jewelry.

    I used a simple card layout again to keep the focus on the image. This layout was completely CASE'd from an adorable card (scroll to bottom of post) by Kittie at Kittie Krafts. Kittie excels at simple but gorgeous cards, so go give her blog a gander if you are looking for some ideas. You won't be disappointed.

    I've had some questions on how I do my background, so look for a tutorial in the next couple of days.

    Copic markers used:


    Challenges entered with this card:
    Cute Card Thursday - spots and dots (my background is both)
    Dutch Dare - summer
    Copic Color Challenge (loving those browns!)
    Sweet Stampin - scallops

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Love Somethings...

    Happy Friday! Valentine's Day is just a little over a week away - are you ready? Just in case you're not, this week at Stamp Something, we are challenging you to make a project using a "love" theme. This week our challenge is being sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts, so don't forget to pop on over to the Stamp Something challenge blog and leave us a link to your project to be in the running for the prize.

    For my card, I decided to use Midnight Waiting by Sweet Pea Stamps. Isn't she gorgeous?

    Midnight Waiting was colored with copic markers, and then had Stardust Stickles added to her wings and hair jewelry. I kept the card layout nice and clean so as not to detract from the image.

    Now head on over to the Stamp Something challenge blog to see the lovely creations the rest of the dt has in store for you!

    Challenges I participate in with this card:
    Stamp Something - love
    Crafty Creations - wings
    Creative Card Crew - Valentine's Day
    By the Cute and Girly - love
    Papertake Weekly - love
    Quixotic Challenges - fairies
    Charisma Cardz - love

    Copic Colour Challenge #50
    Paper Sundaes - Valentine's Day
    Pollycraft Monday Challenge #33 - things with wings

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