Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Curtain Call Candy Cane Challenge

Hi, I was struggling with making tags for holiday gifts until I saw the Curtain Call Candy Cane challenge here!

 I love red and white at Christmas and most of my paper was red, white and green. However, the tags I make each year for my children and husband's special gifts are BIG!! I actually made my husband's tag into a card. Please excuse the photos again. I finally have a working lens but the dreariness of the weather is making shooting in natural light difficult - because there is no sunlight lol!

 For this first card, I used Tim Holtz's sweater stencil with embossing paste colored with Fired Brick distress ink. I cut the ornament using Memory Box Classic ornament and adorned it with snowflakes from Sizzix. The Merry Kissmas stamp is from Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes!

This next picture is of a tag using Carriage of Love digital image from Make It Crafty. I love this princess carriage and decided to make it look like a peppermint candy using Copic Markers. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Be Joyful.

This tag was made using the Sealed with A Kiss digital image from Make It Crafty and the large snowman from Building Frosty Friends from Lawn Fawn. When I saw the gown I thought it would look beautiful colored with red Copics with some cool grays for shading on the white! I added Wink of Stella to the bow and the snowman's scarf and then some Frosted Lace Stickles to the snow! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth.

This last tag is quite purposefully the messiest and the ugliest. I am also entering it into Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #8. I made the background of the sweater with Simon Says Stamp Peppermint Stripe Stencil and Fired Brick Distress ink and red Wink of Stella. I used the Simon Says Stamp Ugly Sweater set to complete the rest of the card! I couldn't resist adding a red pom-pom and googly eyes to the reindeer!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God bless, Susan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Y17 and You Brighten My Day

I just had to make this card for Sandy Allnock as a thank you for all the inspiration and learning provided on her blog and You Tube channel. So of course I had to use her favorite Copic color Y17 plus  few other yellows in that blending group and some Wink of Stella. The images are from Hero Arts Christmas Crystals and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Watts Up!! Please excuse the photo this should be the last one with that broken lens!!The image is actually not as vivid as it appears! It is shiny and more subtle in real life! Ok off to grab a new lens and practice more coloring!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa in a Bubble

I am still having fun with Julie Ebersole's stamps for Ellen Hutson. This time I used 'Tis the Season with Bokeh Dots - love, love, love this set!!! The small ornament and gift box are from Christmas Scribbles - more coming up with that set! The "bokeh dots" were heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Copics for the coloring. I added Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella to Santa's glasses and the dots on the Christmas ornament and the bow on the gift. I added a lot of red Wink of Stella to Santa's hat!!! The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson! This was a fun card to make and as I was making it I realized just how much I have learned over time from Online Card Classes especially Copic Markers for Card Makers. I often leave cards unfinished - still working on this - but am learning to work through the ugly stage and get to those finishing touches! Off to practice some more! Oh and please excuse the picture! Between Jim's old camera lens being broken - must borrow back a good one - and the dreary days here I am afraid the photo is dark! I think I might just have to start taking my cards directly outside in the snow to capture some light!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Having fun with Essentials by Ellen

I have so enjoyed working with some of the dies and stamp sets that Julie Ebersole designed for Ellen Hutson. I bought them right away when they were released! The stamps and dies are made of high quality materials and were easy to work with. Here is one of my favorites! The Santa Sweater from the 'Tis the Season set, and that adorable Santa is from the same set!! The small gift box is from Christmas Scribbles also from Essentials by Ellen. I colored these with Copics and fussy cut the sweaters! I actually used a piece of washi tape to ground the images- Julie uses a lot of washi tape so I used it here for more than just stabilizing dies! I just adore this set and I hope this card  makes a dear friend laugh at this stressful time of year! I apologize for the picture quality - turns out the lens on Jim's old camera does not have auto-focus and my focusing skills aren't what they used to me. So I ended up re-shooting the first one at night with my cell phone!

The second one I posted on Instagram last week. I made it for my daughter who comes over EVERY YEAR and wants the lights up on the house. This means endless hours of untangling the lights we took down in a rush the previous year after it had snowed!! There is an image of tangled lights in Julie's set that I just had to use to make a card for her!!!! I colored the little bulbs with Prismacolor pencils and tried to make a few look broken using opaque white acrylic ink from Copic. I made this at retreat so I was using Jennifer McGuire's pencils and Sandy Allnock's Copic white ink.....I think the mojo rubbed off just a little!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ellen Hutson's Tags with a Feminine Twist

Finally, got back to crafting after a busy Thanksgiving season before heading on to Christmas. I decided to actually to make tags this year to go on special Christmas gifts for my children and daughter in-law. I have two done!!!! So I am posting them here. The first tag was inspired by Kittie Caraciolo's beautiful tag filled with such elegant die cuts. I used Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia and a Spellbinders die for the frame. The paper is from Studio Calico and the vintage picture was cut from an old Kaiser craft paper line - I hoard soooooo much Christmas paper! Please excuse the photo I have switched to using my husband's old camera and am not quite used to it.

The next tag was inspired by Sandy Allnock's tag! So I hauled out my Copics and yes my Y17! I used Lawn Fawn Peace, Love, Joy paper for the background. The houses, stars and trees were die cut from Essentials by Eleen Home and Hearth by Julie Ebersole. The sentiment is from Essentials By Ellen Brushstroke Christmas heat embossed with Zing Silver embossing powder. The hills were die cut with Landscape dies from Mama Elephant. I was inspired by one of Nichol Magouirk's videos to add some white gel pen to the top of the houses to make it look like it had just snowed which it had here at home!! The bird is from Studio Calico. I added Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella to the stars and the houses.The sequins are from Simon Says Stamp. Thank you!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

CASEing Dawn from W Plus 9

I love Dawn Woleslagle's style and stamps. Her teaching style is also something to rave about. Her last two videos using the stamp set Merry Little Christmas and watercolors were beyond amazing. I am in need of Christmas cards and I don't like making whole sets - would be more efficient but I get easily bored. Using my watercolors and Distress Inks and  W Plus 9's Merry Little Christmas and some Wink of Stella and the branch from Essentials by Ellen Christmas Scribbles from Julie Ebersole, I made this! I still need a lot of practice with my watercolors but I am happy to get this far! Go watch the video here it is amazing!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Succulents and Water Colors

Since I cannot possibly grow a plant no matter what I do - I buy stamp sets with flowers and color them in! Works for me! This stamp set is SSS Succulents and I used distress markers to watercolor the image on the tag. The images are super easy to line up with each other. The paper is from Prima Princess 6x6 paper pad. The design inspiration is from a card by Debby Hughes - hers is a lot better!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

CASe-ing Sandy Allnock's Peony Card

I have been obsessed with my Copic Markers lately! The Online Card Classes Copic Markers for Card Makers was so very instructive and I highly recommend taking it as an independent learner here. But I have also been very blessed by taking one private lesson from Sandy Allnock at the April Cincinnati Retreat and then two classes with her at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, MA! She is such a wonderful teacher and I enjoyed the time I spent with her at October Retreat! She is an amazing artist and friend. I saw this card (here) at Retreat and just fell in love with it. Then I watched the video. I know the person the card was given to, and I know this video must have meant so much to her knowing Sandy's recent loss of Ciara.  Hugs and prayers to both of them!

So I made this card as my attempt to show a teacher that I am improving. I made it for my daughter's birthday and after she opened it she ran her fingers over the flowers to see if they were textured so I think I somewhat succeeded. I need to keep practicing though....and use fewer sequins. I noticed the sequin sneeze after I saw it on my monitor......

I used a Penny Black cling stamp for the peonies and Copic Markers RV 63, RV66, RV69, RV99 and G00 and BG000 for the coloring!

God bless and thanks for looking!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Nuts About You

This is also for my nephew to send to his girlfriend. For this card I used Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks stamp set with various Hero Arts inks with the leaf stamps. I stamped the squirrel - isn't he adorable-with Memento London Fog ink and proceeded to add some coloring with Copic Markers in the Cool Gray family. The front panel has a die cut heart from Spellbinders. The banner was die cut from Neenah Solar White using the Simon Says Stamp banner die.

Thanks for looking and I hope your fall is colorful!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Card Makers Coloring Backgrounds

So this was a stretch for me! I have only ever tried coloring a dark background once! But I had to give this a try using Lawn Fawn's Critters in Costume and the pumpkin from So Thankful. Yes this is a birthday card - sentiment from Lawn Fawn Happy Everything - my most used set ever! Why a dog in a costume?  Because my friend Lynn's little Joe Joe ran away and came back right before her birthday! So I just had to color this for her!!

I did the sky background with colors Sandy Allnock demonstrated in class, B93,B95 and B97 - that was scary!! I colored the dog "white" with some C00, C0 and C1 shading and the costume is W5,W7 and W9 and Y28 I think!! The stars are Y18 as Sandy recommended! I colored the pumpkins with YR12, YR16, and YR18! The grass is GYG67 and G29.

Love this class!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OCC Copic Markers for Card Makers Coloring Critters

Who doesn't love coloring critters! Kelly Marie Alvarez of Lawn Fawn gave us a great day in class! I did color the cute images on the practice sheets but I just had to color up the adorable bunnies, squirrel and cardinal from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day, Joy to the Woods and Critters of the Arctic. I left off the sentiment since I thought the card was enough without it. The tree is from Hero Arts. The background is colored with BG0000 and BG00 and then I used Simon Says Stamp Falling Dots with texture paste to make a snowy background. I covered this with vellum to soften it a bit. The critters were colored with E33, E37 and E39 or W3, W5 and W7. The sequins are from Lawn Fawn and Pretty Pink Posh!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Missing You Card

I made this card for my nephew who is now at college and 5 hours away from his high school sweet heart! I used Simon Says Stamp Thick Stripe background with Navy Hero Arts mid-tone shadow ink. The flowers were die cut from Neenah Solar White cardstock using Penny Black's Bashful daisy die ( I love this die!) and colored using Copic Markers. I added a bit of Glossy Accents to bring some shine to the card. The banner was stamped with Lawn Fawn Bannerific and the sentiment is from Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Online Card Classes Copic Markers for Card Makers Use Your Practice Sheets

This Copic Marker class has to be one of my favorite classes yet at Online Card Classes. The teachers are phenomenal and the wealth of information is so rich and valuable. Today I have two cards I made with my practice sheets from Day 2 I think. I used the B9s and some BVs for the flowers and the YG9s for the leaves. I did the centers with a white pen.

The inlaid stem for the first card was die cut with my Silhouette Cameo and then colored with some of the high E5 series markers and then inset back into the Neenah Cardstock. The flowers are adhered with foam tape. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

For the second card I die cut Memory Box's grapevine wreath out of thin chipboard and Neenah Solar White and glued the two together. I colored the Neenah Solar White with a few brown Copics - not sure which series and then attached flowers with foam tape. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I really don't like making sympathy cards but sometimes you just have to!

Thanks for looking and go sign up for class here if you are taking it already! It is an excellent value!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Die Cutting for Christmas Cards

Hi, I am a guest over on my friend Jess's blog here! She is a wonderful card maker and I have learned so much from her U Stream Classes. Today's focus is on using digital die cutters for Christmas cards. I have used my Silhouette Cameo for this card.

For this card I selected the Silhouette file Nested Poinsettia (Design ID #15148) and resized it for the front of an A2 card. I then used my Cameo to cut it on some Neenah Solar White cardstock. Once I had all the flowers cut I colored each with Copic Markers. I followed Sandy Allnock's tutorial on coloring poinsettias here. She was using a stamped image but I wanted mine to be dimensional. 

I used R12 on all the flowers which are really leaves by the way! And then proceeded to color them in with the darkest being on the bottom. To achieve this I used R32, R35, R39 and R89. Once finished I sketched in leaf veins with a fine line black pen. I adhered the flower together using Glossy Accents and then added silver glass beads to the center with Glossy Accents.

I embossed the back layer of the card with a Life Style Crafts embossing folder - I think it is called Links. I die cut a circle out of another panel of Neenah Solar White using the My Favorite Things Circle Stax dies - I LOVE those! I adhered the front panel to the back panel using some foam tape. 

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes and the sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!

Thank you to Jess for having me on her blog and thanks for looking! I hope this inspires you to use your digital die cutting tool for your Christmas cards. It makes quick work of die cutting lots of pieces!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

With All My Heart

Hi, I am currently having a love affair with kraft paper and using pigment inks. I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire's blog and decided to try it here. I used Altenew's Persian Motif Stamp set stamped in Hero Arts Unicorn White ink and then I filled it in with more white ink with a Fantastix. I then added more color using Fantastik with Avery Elle Pixie and Raspberry pigment inks and W Plus 9 Cranberry Pigment Ink. The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die cut by Kristina Werner. I love her hand writing! Sequins are Pretty Pink Posh I think!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Online Card Classes Copic Markers for Card Makers Day 5

I have never colored skin or hair before despite watching numerous videos by Kristina Werner and Sandy Allnock but today after watching the videos in class by Kristina, Sandy, Kathy Racoosin and Kelly Marie Alvarez - I jumped right in and colored a Prima image. I had to make a card for my sister's future daughter in-law's shower and had no other ideas! So I colored the face with E0000, E01 and a smidge of E11. I colored the folds of the dress with C00 and C1 and then added sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear Pen. I add Glossy Accents to the crown as well. And the hair was so scary to do. I thought it was going to bleed and it did a bit but I cleaned it up with the Colorless Blender. I used E51, E53, E57 and E59 as Kristina demonstrated in her video in class today. Not perfect but I like how it came out! The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Yummers! The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh!

This class has been worth way more than the price. I feel more comfortable than ever with my markers!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Colored Card

Well I have been learning about Copics since I went to a retreat and sat next to Kathy Racoosin and across from Sandy Allnock. Sandy gave me a lesson and I was hooked! I had been wanting to try a card that was fully colored with Copics so I used Lawn Fawn Critters from the Arctic and Lawn Fawn Snow Day to make a flat card! I hope you like it! I found the coloring therapeutic! I did get carried away with my first ever white Uniball Signo Pen!

God bless!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A take on OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2 Using Floral Stamps

Hi, I have been struggling to make cards of late! I had that horrible cold that is going around! Praise God I think it is over!!! This card I have made 3 times and again the splatters got the best of me but I am posting it anyway. I used regular Neenah cardstock with pigment inks instead of Specialty Stamping paper with dye inks as Dawn of W Plus9 Designs suggests. I used WPlus 9 Spring Blooms and Fresh Cut Flowers. I drew the window and the window box which you cannot really see!!! The house color is Cup o'Joe from Hero Arts. The hello die is also from W Plus9. I am a bit addicted to their stamps and dies at the moment!

This is a busy card and not quite sure I like it but we can only grow by experimenting in this craft!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

OCC Watercolor Class and did not have the stamp

This was inspired by Dawn W. of W Plus 9's card using Flora and Fauna I. Her card was gorgeous but I did not have the stamp set. So I sketched this out and painted it with tube watercolors. Looking at it on the screen I can see that some of the leaves are too small and there is too much white space in teh center of the image which really should be the focal point! Oh well lesson learned -:) The script "thank you" sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crafty Friends Card

This past spring I had the privilege of attending a craft retreat in Cincinnati. Each of us were given a stamp crafted just for the retreat by Heather Ruwe and Hero Arts. So I finally figured out how to use this beautiful stamp after watching Nichol Magouirk's You Tube channel! The bunnies are from the Mama Elephant Honey Bunny set! Isn't this sentiment the best! I love Heather's hand writing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Homework for Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 10 Floral Builder Stamps

This was such a fun class! This card was inspired by Dawn Woleslagle! She used W Plus 9 Spring Blooms and Specialty Stamping paper to make a stunning card. Well I did not have any Specialty Stamping paper and needed to smoosh some ink to make this work so I used pigment inks and Neenah Solar White. I did have to stamp and smoosh the image repeatedly to get the right look but I love it! Then after shading in the background with Hero Arts Soft Pool put on craft sheet and adding alcohol ink, I used a black fine line pen to draw in the outlines! I got the splatters wrong but I never thought this would work but it did! I need more practice to get it to look better but I will be using this technique again!

Thanks for looking and God bless;

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Baby Cards

One of my dearest friends has become a grandmother for the first time and she is a fellow card maker! So I had to make her and the new parents each a card. I used stamps from Mama Elephant Hunny Bunny, Welcome Little One and Up and Away (balloons) and Penny Black Mother Goose for the little hat and booties. Got too much mist on the card base - I just cannot seem to get that quite right but practice makes perfect! The shelf die is actually the Grand Madison Window Box - I just love that die for stacking things on. One day I will use it for a real window box!

 This second one started as an experiment and ended up as a Glossy Accents accident! But I will send it anyway. I used one of the clay pots from W Plus9 Fresh Cut Container run through a basket weave embossing folder for the balloon basket...looked good until the explosion-:)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

More Stretch Your Stamps 2 Homework Day 6

I really struggled to keep up with this wonderful class as there were soooooo many wonderful tutorials! I based this card off of a design by Debby Hughes using Clearly Besotted Fresh Flowers. She suggested stamping on something other than paper so I chose unbleached muslin. I stamped with a light brown Staz-On and colored in with Golden Liquid Acrylics. It did not come out as vibrant as I had hoped - I think I over-mixed the flower colors.  Nonetheless, it was a great learning experience. I used a Simon Says Stamp die for the sentiment - love Kristina Werner's handwriting!

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SYS 2 Day 7 Graphic Stamps

Happy Tuesday!
Today's card is from Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 7 Using Graphic Stamps with Online Card Classes. I used Debby Hughes's card from Day 6 for the layout as I thought that card was stunning. I just love how Debby's cards are so elegant. I used the Avery Elle Rounded Triangles set with another stamp set from SSS for the flowers. I really thought this stamp looked like a modern vase. The papers are from Studio Calico and the tag die is from Paper Smooches. I struggle with tags and this was no exception. The twine is still not quite right but Debby's video made making this card quite a bit easier. Please excuse the photo. It is a very dreary day!!

Thank you for looking and God bless!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 3 Use Alphabet Stamps

I am back with my second card of the day inspired by Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes!!! I never make 2 cards in one day! I used an old stamp of the clay pot and used Copic Markers to color it. I also used Memory Box small rolled rose die to make the flower heads, Lawn Fawn Sally alphabet for the stems, an odd leaf and Memory Box Grand Madison Window Box die. To add "interest to the background" as Debby Hughes said I used embossing paste with a Dyan Reavely stencil. I was hesitant to do this but it did make a huge difference in how the card turned out!! Also I am sure I got this idea from somewhere but not sure who to credit!

Thanks for looking!

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Day 1 Using Background Stamps

Hi, I am taking Stretch Your Stamps 2 with the fabulous Online Card Classes. I love their classes and have learned so much and this class has been no exception! I just need to take my work up at least 10 notches! I made this card 3 times because I forgot to that the Hero Arts Silver Shadow Ink takes forever to dry even when heat set!!  Excuse the photo - our "real" cameras (note the plural) were either not charged or in use by my husband. Had to use my phone camera before the light faded!

I chose to not use the rainbow watercolor background that Kristina Werner demonstrated because she mentioned following the rainbow prevented color mixing to make greys! Well I LOVE to make greys and neutrals with my watercolors. So I mixed Winsor and Newton Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna to make the shades of grey and greyish blue on the strips of the background! Since this was so frosty looking I went with a winter scene which is unusual considering I really don't like winter-:)

Supplies: Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice Background with Zing White Embossing Powder and Winsor and Newton tube watercolors, Hero Arts Designer Snowflakes stamps,
Sentiment: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland,  Palette Hybrid Ink in Prussian Blue, Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh, Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

God bless! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

So this is my first post on my first blog!!!! I want to thank my fabulous daughter Emily for naming the URL for me! She is incredibly talented. So blessed to have her in my life. I hope to add more cards in the future but here is one I made for my niece and nephew using Lawn Fawn's Life is Good set and coordinating die set. We were going to be at the beach and I wanted to invite them to visit our apartment that is in the same building. I colored the images with Copic markers. The sand was colored with Copics E31 and E33 and covered with Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles!!! Thanks for looking!