Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Zentangle - Illinois

 Here's a little Zentangle I did of the State of Illinois.  The little heart (inspired by Margot Potter's Pendants) was added at the end it is just punched out of red cardstock.  The background is a Memory Box stencil with Black Soot Distress ink and a sponge.  I do love the black and white with a little color.
I did make 16 of these for the C.A.R.S. (Chicago Area Rubber Stampers Club) swap.  Our theme this month was Zentangle.  There was a bit of cheating and copying done.  I still have the original piece though.  Maybe I'll frame it in a little frame.  

Hope you like it.  Have a Happy Tuesday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fab Friday Tutorial - Dry Embossing with a Stencil

Good Morning I'm over on the Bombshell Stamps Blog Today to share how to Dry Emboss with your Stencils.

 You will need - All of the plates you would use for an embossing fold in your particular machine and a plastic stencil plus a rubber embossing mat and a metal shim.
 Start building your sandwich with the base plate, in this case with the Big Shot or Big Kick open to tab 1, then the first clear plate.  Now add the rubber embossing mat and then your piece of paper then the stencil on top of that.
 On top of all that add the metal shim.
 And finally top it off with your last clear plate.  The entire sandwich may need to be tweeked for other styles of machines just play around with it.
 Now run your sandwich through the machine.  I usually run it back and forth a couple of times.
 This is how the embossing will look.
 I then rub some Distress ink across the embossing.
This will make the embossing POP.
Here is my finished card.  I've used the Bombshell Digital Stamp Set Vintage Raceway.   I colored the car with Copic Markers.   I love that the Vehicle Stamp sets are available in Digital at Bombshell Stamps this Month!  Gotta Love That!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Garden Watering Can

Wateringcan1Good Morning!  I swear it's like Spring is finally here!  I am pretending I didn't hear a possible snow shower in our forecast for next week on the news last night.  They have to be wrong it was 60 degrees and sunny here yesterday and today promises to be just as warm.  To that end I had to create a Garden card to celebrate the Crocus, Tulips, Daffodils and Pansies making debuts around here.  This one is on the Memory Box Blog Today.

I used the new Garden Watering Can - 98859 and filled it with Bamboo Shoots - 98793 and flowers from the Blushing Bouquet - 98890 I did set the entire piece in the Grassland Border -825 from Poppy Stamps.  The Flowers were colored with Copic and I added a bit of stickles to the center.  I chalked the grey watering can with brown and rust chalk inks.

Hope you enjoy the card.  And I really hope everyone is having the same peaks at Spring as we are.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April - Bombshell Sketch Challenge

Good morning today begins the April Bombshell Sketch Challenge. 
Feel free to flip it, flop it, and make it your own. Share your project at the Bombshell Blog for a chance to win a prize. You don't have to use Bombshell's stamps, but if you do, you'll get an additional chance to win!
Here is the sketch Kathi created! 

This is my take on the sketch.  I used the Lotus Garden set and my Inktense pencils.  So love coloring with these they are amazing.   Hope you get a chance to play along with us this month!  Look for a Color Challenge coming soon and don't forget our Ms. April 's Challenge this month.  Lots of times to play and have fun!

Have a Wonderful Day!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Creating Vintage Looking Copic Colored Images

Doing a little catch up on my blog these are samples from a past Copic Coloring Class I taught @CraftFancy.   Monday seems like the perfect day to do some catching up.  Be prepared I'm very behind on sharing photos!
 Image and  Phrase Studio 490.  Die cut Spellbinders.  Inks Momento & Distress.  Technique Masked Layers and Vintage Copic. 

Image Studio 490.   Inks Momento & Distress.  Technique Fussy Cutting and Vintage Copic. 
Image and  Phrase Studio 490.  Die cut Spellbinders.  Inks Momento & Distress.  Technique Fussy Cutting and Vintage Copic.  
Central Image Die cut Memory Box.  Inks Momento & Distress.  Technique Positive/Negative Die Coloring and Vintage Copic.  

I love how they turned out they were a total hit!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Tall Trees with Stencils/Embossing Paste

Good Morning everyone I'm over on the Memory Box Blog today.  I've been having so much fun playing with the new stencils in the Growing Memory Box Stencil Line.  For the card above I used four of the new stencils  Modern Cloud Cover - 88558, Modern Radio Waves - 88538, Delphinium -88571 and Stems - 88570 to create the scene of tall trees on a hill.  I used White Embossing Paste (Studio 490) and colored and shaded it with Distress Markers.  The words were created with Alphabet Soup letters cut out of brown cardstock.

Hope everyone is having a great start to April! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Recap Franklin Visit


Vienna is home in Tennessee where she can run and play in the sun.
You know she's thinking I never want to go back to that Snowy Place.
First day we all spent outside it was near 70 and a relief from our long winter.
 Out to dinner with Jayce!
Cousins playing.
 Awesome Birthday Headgear for the Birthday Girl!
Ok maybe she likes it or is she just pretending?
 Daddy thinks she looks great!
With Grandma and Grandpa!
Blowing out the candles!  The staff at the Mellow Mushroom was Awesome!
Couldn't resist the ducks in the claw game!
Last night dinner and live music at Puckets Grocery! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dream Clouds - New Memory Box Die

DreamcloudGood Morning I'm over at the Memory Box Blog today.  Today I have a card for you using the new Dream Cloud - 98872 die cut.   I first cut out one of the clouds with plain white paper and then colored another piece of paper with copic markers and cut the cloud again to get the colored word "dream" which was then glued into the opening in the white cloud.   I've also created a background using the Cloud Cover - 88558 stencil with white embossing paste and Butterfly Delights - 98130 which were colored with copic markers as well.

Go to the Memory Box Blog and post to win this Die. 

Have a Wonderful Day! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Washi Away - March Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop

It's time for the March Bombshell Stamps Humpday Blog Hop!  This months challenge was to use Washi tape.  So I used a lot of Washi tape. I love any opportunity to break out the tape and play with it.  The cloud background, grass and bathing suit on my favorite stamp Bombshell Angel are all made of Washi Tape.   I did color the Angel with Copics and matched the flower in her hair to her bathing suit.  

Be sure to check out all of the amazing creations below on the Blog Hop!

This card started in Illinois and then traveled to Tennessee where it was completed with my limited craft kit I brought along for spring break.  I thought of a million things I could add to it but alas they were at home.  Spring break has been fun so far until Tuesday when we woke up to snow and had near white out conditions while out to lunch.  We apologized to everyone for bringing the snow with us and our little dog was not at all amused to find her warm playground here invaded with the white stuff she so detests.  Hopefully today will be warmer!

Have a wonderful day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Memory Box Dies are Out - Golden Joyful Bouquet

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Good Morning All I'm over at the Memory Box Blog today!  Is everyone as excited for the new release as we all are?  I was thrilled to get the opportunity to play with the new stencils as well as the new dies.  Today I am using the Texture Mini Dots Stencil - 88533 for the background with Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste on black and white.  So cool and so fun.  For the focal image I used the Joyful Bouquet - 98856 cut out of both black and white.  I then alternated black and white for each card and added some Gold Mirror Card and Gold Cord to help complete the card.

Hope everyone is loving all of the samples everyone is sharing here on the blog.  Have a wonderful day!