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Sunday, January 21, 2018


Hey there, so, did you notice I disappeared for a while?  I think I shared in my last post (over a year ago) that we bought a new house.  Hubby and I remodeled it until it was ready to move in, moved, remodeled the old house and now we are working on the new house again.  Sooo needless to say, it's been a super busy year with absolutely no time to color.  To be honest, I wasn't even sure if I could remember how to get into my blog let alone create a post.  Sheesh...getting old!  LOL

Anyway, here's a shout out to one of my blog followers, Julie S.  She emailed me last month asking if everything was going well in my life and to say she misses seeing my creations.  It was very touching and, Julie, I appreciate your emails more than you know.  Julie gave me the much needed kick in the hiney to get back to my favorite hobby...paper crafting!  So here I am, dipping my toes back into the kiddie pool, with Kathy Racoosin's 30-day coloring challenge.  I haven't participated every day, but at least I'm coloring again!  *grin*  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I've been posting updates as I go.

Now, onto the aunt's birthday is next weekend, so I decided to make her a special card.  The adorable dragons were stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White then colored with Copic markers.  I used the current MFT Color Challenge as inspiration...I'm so rusty, it seemed like a great starting point!  For the slider element, I actually cut three dragons and glued/stacked them for extra stability.  In hindsight, I think I should have stopped at two.  He's kind of heavy and doesn't slide as easily as he should.  Oh well, pretty sure my aunt will love him anyway!  I also used the cupcake from Happy Hippo to put in the dragon's arms.  I used MFT stencils and Clarity brushes for the sun and clouds.  Although I like the brushes, I think I prefer sponging...but that's just me.  *confession time*  After the card front was assembled, I noticed a fingerprint above the sentiment.  *sigh*  There was no way I was going to start over, so, out came the Flat Bottom Cloud dies!  I inked up the bottoms of them then popped them up on foam.  Problem solved!  Clear glaze pen was used on the cherry, and a clear sparkle pen was used on the dragon's wings, the frosting part of the cupcake and also on the tops of the clouds.  You can't see it in the pictures, but it was the perfect touch!

Here's the inside...I decided to color another of the dragons and masked his little face before stamping the balloons from Beary Special Birthday.  I added sparkle pen to his wings, balloons and the sentiment die cut before putting clear glaze pen on the balloons.

DRAGON'S BODY, EARS, WINGS:  R37, R35, R32  DRAGON'S TUMMY, NAILS, HORNS, SPINES:  R32, R30  CUPCAKE:  YR16, YR12, YR00, Y02, Y0000  CHERRY:  R37, R35  BALLOONS:  YR16, YR12, Y02, Y0000, B12, B00  GROUND:  C3, C1  CELEBRATE DIE CUT:  YR16, YR12

MFT THE BIRTHDAY PROJECT ~ Celebrate Good Times (it just said to incorporate the word "celebrate" into our card design; mine is on the inside panel...hope that's OK)
THE DAILY MARKER ~ 30-day Color Challenge

Well, I guess that's it...I hope I didn't forget anything.  Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  MFT Birdie Brown (Magical Dragons, Beary Special Birthday, Happy Hippos)
PAPER:   Neenah Solar White 
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed) 
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot, Spellbinders Prizm, MFT Die-namics (Magical Dragons, Hit the Slopes, Flat Bottom Cloud, Stitched Rectangle STAXS); PB Celebrations Creative Dies; TE Cloud Border; MFT Mix-ables Stencil (Radiating Rays, Mini Cloud Edges); Clarity Brushes; MISTI; MFT Spin & Slide Discs; scissors; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle pen; Zig 2-way Glue Pen; Inkssentials Glossy Accents; Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape; ATG tape
TECHNIQUE(S):  Slider card; masking
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Hey there, I'm back with my last Wonderful Wednesdays project...I've had a blast this month as Stamping Bella's Guest Designer!  Love, love, love their fun stamps!  I decided to go with a CAS (Clean and Simple) layout featuring the adorable Santa has a Prezzie.  Seriously cute, huh?

Santa was stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar white, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut then popped up on foam for a little extra dimension.  He was stamped a second time on the background panel so I wouldn't have to try to cut out all those curly cue details.  The yummy Lawn Fawn plaid is the perfect paper for Santa (I've never met a plaid I didn't like...ha)!

So, I have some exciting news to share.  Hubby and I are buying a new home!  It was kind of an unexpected purchase since we weren't house shopping!  LOL  It's actually at the end of the street that we've lived on for the last 20 years.  I'm excited to get a much bigger crafty space!  We sign tonight, get the keys tomorrow and I head to Ikea on Friday!  Gotta love that, huh?  *wink*  Since we'll be in limbo for a while, this will be my last post.  I'll be sure to pop in and share pictures of my new studio in the making.  Did I mention how excited I am???  Whoop whoop!  OMGosh...there's so much to do and so many decisions to make!

SKIN:  E11, E00, E0000, R30  BEARD, GROUND:  C3, C1, C00  SUIT:  R24, R22, R21, C3, C1, C00  BELT, SHOES:  C6, C4, C2, C0  BELT BUCKLE:  Y28, Y26, Y23  PRESENT:  G14, G12  BOW, SKY:  BG02, BG000, G12

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  SB Santa has a Prezzie
PAPER:  Neenah (Solar White, Eclipse Black); Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; MFT Die-Namics Homespun Stitched Lines; X-Acto Knife; glass cutting plate; scissors; Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; SU Dimensionals; adhesive
TECHNIQUE(S):  Fussy cutting
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Hey there, so happy to be back again for this round of Wonderful Wednesdays with Stampingbella.  Today I chose this A-Mazing Halloween image...The Wizard, The Witch and the Cauldron Chicks!  Those chicks are always getting into trouble...yikes!

They were stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White then colored with Copic markers.  Three weeks in and I think I finally got the hang of those markers again!  LOL  I kept the card extremely CAS (clean and simple).  I figured the background paper was bold, bright and super busy but not busy enough to distract from the image.  Anything else would have been overkill.  However, I couldn't resist adding Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay to the "spell" and potion for a nice, subtle shine.   Love, love love that glitter pen!  It's just clear sparkle without gold undertones.  It's a must have, for sure!  I also used a clear glaze pen for the chick's glasses.  It really is the little details that make all the difference!

CHICKS:  Y17, Y15, Y02, Y00  BEAK, FEET: YR18, YR15, YR12  CAPE, HAT:  V17, V15, V12, B02  SPELL, POTION:  YG17, YG03, YG21  CAULDRON, STOOL:  C6, C4, C2, C0  GROUND:  C4, C2, C0  GLASSES:  Y15, Y02, Y00, BG70

Thanks for stopping by...I'll be back next week with my final Wonderful Wednesdays  project!

STAMPS:  SB The Wizard, The Witch and the Cauldron Chicks
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Doodlebug Design Inc Boos & Brews
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 15; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay; SU Dimensionals; adhesive
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Hey there sistahs, I'm back as a guest designer for week 2 of Wonderful Wednesdays with Stamping Bella.  I'm so glad Em asked me to do this...I'm having so much fun coloring again, and these images...don't even get me started!  *swoon*

This cutie-patootie, Tiny Townie Autumn Loves Autumn, was stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White then colored with Copic markers.  She was fussy cut because I thought I was going to do a little sponging behind her...that didn't happen.  D'oh!  The image was stamped a second time on a My Favorite Things wonky rectangle panel then the background was colored with Copics.  She was glued directly over the top.  Two Taylored Expressions leaves was all that was needed to complete the card.

Did you know if you saturate the card stock with Copic ink then shape them with your fingers they will dry fairly hard, almost as if they were starched?  It's really pretty cool!  Glossy Accents were used for water drops on the leaves and Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay adds a nice shimmer on the mushroom cap.  Totally in love with that's gold undertones.  It doesn't distract from the coloring at all!

SKIN:  E11, E00, E0000, R30  HAIR:  YR09, YR68, Y38, YR31  MUSHROOM:  YR09, YR68, Y38, YR31, W3, W1, W0, BV20  DRESS:  Y17, Y15, YR30, YR09, YR68, Y38, YR31, BV20  SHOES:  Y17, Y15, YR30  LEAVES:  YR09, YR68, Y38, YR31, BV20, G21, G20, Y17, Y15, YR30  BERRIES:  BV20  SKY:  W3, YR31, YR30

Thanks for stopping by...I'll be back next week with another fun Wonderful Wednesdays project!

STAMPS:  SB Autumn Loves Autumn
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bazzill; Carta Bella Fall Blessings
INK:  Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; MFT Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax; TE Taylored Dies Leaves; scissors; X-Acto Knife; glass cutting plate; Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; Glossy Accents; Art Glitter glue; adhesive
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Monday, October 10, 2016


Hey there, sadly, this will be my last Copic class at Memories of Time in Coos Bay.  The store is closing.  *sniff*  In case anyone is interested, I'm considering having classes in my new crafty space once we move and get settled...we are buying another house and expect (fingers crossed) to close October 26th!  I'm trying to be patient, but it's super hard!  *wink*

Now onto my project...I wanted to create a Halloween banner using some C.C. Designs images and dies.  I love, Love, LOVE how it turned out!  Pictures just don't do this one justice!  The super cute trick-or-treaters were stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White, die cut then colored with Copic markers.  Oh, how I've missed coloring!  CCD's banner dies and jumbo alphabets are absolutely perfect for a project like this!  Now that I've got this one done, I want to make more!  LOL

This first panel uses an Impression Obsession haunted house border die that I thought would be perfect teamed up with the witch.  It was cut twice...first in black glitter card stock then in Neenah.  The glitter card stock was getting lost in the starry night sky, so I decided to offset it with white creating a shadow.  It worked!

Here's a close up.

The second panel is super simple.  Taylored Expressions spiders and spiderweb along with the first letter is really all it needed.  I could have colored more of the CCD kids, but I didn't want it to be too busy.
Moving on, I think this is my favorite panel!  That little guy belly laughing is seriously the cutest!  Keeping with the "shadow effect", I went ahead and cut all of the letters twice as well.

Another close up.
Next up, one more basic panel.  Again, another Taylored Expressions spider web.  Taylor's ghosts were the perfect size and they look awesome peeking around the last of the letters.

Last up we have our little batty friend.  Another Impression Obsession die gives the perfect backdrop to this little one running from the haunted graveyard.  OMGosh, too cute!

Last close up.

SKIN:  E11, E00, E0000, R30  HAIR:  Y17, Y15, Y11, Y00  WITCH, SKELETON, BAT COSTUMES:  C6, C4, C2, C0, YG63, YG03, YG0000  WITCH'S BROOM:  C6, C4, C2, C0, Y17, Y15, Y11, Y00  SPEECH BUBBLE:  YG63, YG03, YG0000

Thanks for stopping by...I'll be back in a couple days to share another Wonderful Wednesday Stamping Bella project!

STAMPS:  C.C. Designs (Roberto's Rascals Creepy Crawlies, Monster Mash)
PAPER:  Neenah (Solar White, Eclipse Black); Bazzill; Doodlebug Designs October 31st; Best Creation Inc Black Glitter card stock; Silhouette thin chipboard
INK: Copic markers; Memento Tuxedo Black 
ACCESSORIES:  Sizzix Big Shot; C.C. Designs Cutters (Creepy Crawlie Outlines, Monster Mash Outlines, Jumbo Alphabet, Make a Banner #15); IO (Die029-P, Die332-ZZ); TE Taylored dies (Spiders & Spiderweb, Haunted Accessories); MFT Die-namics Birthday Speech Bubbles; Crop-o-dile; Black Sharpie; Art Glitter Glue with precision tip; ribbon from my stash; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Thin Foam Squares; SU Dimensionals; adhesive
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