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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Do you have a sweet tooth this morning?  I wonder what could satisfy that craving. about a little candy?  I know where you can get some!  Just visit Heather and see what you need to do to get a little blog candy.  I just did!  Remember, you can't win if you don't play!  Congrats to CraftinGranny for being last week's winner!

Thanks for stopping by!



My friend's daughter celebrated her 6th birthday yesterday so I made her this card.  Of course she went straight for the gift then was so cute when she said she already knew the card was going to be beautiful because me and her mom always make beautiful cards.  How sweet is that!?!

I used another Dustin Pike image teamed up with a Create with TLC sentiment.  Spellbinders dies were used and the image was colored with Copic markers.  What little girl doesn't like a little fluff and sparkle?  The pink on the wings is OCL's Cotton Candy Pink Sparkly Fluff and the antenna has OCL's Punk Purple Crafty Sparkles.  The CS is Neenah Solar White, SU Certainly Celery and the DP is actually from DCWV's Baby Boy pack (go figure, huh?).  I used some SU Pretty in Pink to sponge around the edges and finished with a couple Bazzill brads in the corner and a tiny ribbon knot below the sentiment.

Copic coloring:

Bear:  E37, E34, E33, RV32, RV11, RV10  Wings:  RV32, RV11, RV10, V09, V06, V04  Antenna:  V09, V06  Grass:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Thanks for stopping by!


STAMPS:  Dustin Pike digital image; Create with TLC word art
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; SU Certainly Celery; DCWV Baby Boy DP
INK:  SU Pretty in Pink
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders; Cotton Candy Pink Sparkly Fluff; Punk Purple Crafty Sparkles; Quickie glue pen; white gel pen; sponge; Bazzill brads; JoAnn's ribbon

Monday, September 27, 2010


Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netVERY long post this morning (sorry)!  I had a hard time deciding on which image I wanted to use for Dustin Pike's Falling for Colors I picked six!  They were so much fun to color!  This particular challenge had us using a DDS image plus brown, red and orange.  I love, love, LOVE everything fall!  The challenge runs through October 2nd so you still have plenty of time to play along!

Each of the cards have the same layout and all of the fabulous fall sentiments are from Create with TLC.  They all used very similar Copic colors.  The sentiments were cut out using a Spellbinders die, sponged with SU Early Espresso and are popped up on SU Dimensionals and attached to the ribbon with twine. The CS is Neenah Solar White, SU Early Espresso and the DP is Apple Cider and Cinnamon Sticks from Imaginisce.  The ribbon and brads are from JoAnn's.  I just need to make a box and these will make an awesome gift pack!

Copic coloring: 

Hat and shoes:  E37, E34, E33  Skin:  E02, E00  Hair:  YR04, Y38 Clothes:  E55, E53, R08, R05, R02, YR04, Y38  Rake:  N6, N4, N2, E37, E34, E33  Dog:  Y26, Y23, Y21, N6, N4, N2  Leaves:  R08, R05, R02, YR04, Y38, YR00  Ground:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Copic coloring: 

Dog:  Y26, Y23, Y21, N6, N4, N2, R08, R05, YR04, Y38  Wagon:  E37, E34, E33, N6, N4, N2  Pumpkins:  YR04, Y38, YR00, E37, E34  Ground:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Copic coloring: 

Hat and shoes:  E37, E34, E33, Y19, Y15, Y11  Skin:  E02, E00  Hair:  YR04, Y38  Clothes:  E55, E53, R08, R05, R02, YR04, Y38  Sunflower:  Y19, Y15, Y11, YG97, YG95, YG91  Ground:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Copic coloring: 

Wagon:  E37, E34, E33, N6, N4, N2, YR24, YR21  Dog:  Y26, Y23, Y21, N6, N4, N2, R08, R05, YR04, Y38  PumpkinsYR04, Y38, YR00  Ground:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Copic coloring: 

Hat and shoes:  E37, E34, E33, Y19, Y15, Y11  Skin:  E02, E00  Hair:  YR04, Y38  Clothes:  E55, E53, R08, R05, R02, YR04, Y38  Dog:  Y26, Y23, Y21, N6, N4, N2, R08, R05, YR04, Y38  Bird:  Y19, Y15, Y11  Box:  E37, E34, E33, YR24, YR21  Ground:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Copic coloring: 

Hat and shoes:  E37, E34, E33  Skin:  E02, E00, RV32, RV11  Hair:  YR04, Y38  Clothes:  E55, E53, R08, R05, R02, YR04, Y38  Wheelbarrow:  E37, E34, E33, N6, N4, N2  Dog:  Y26, Y23, Y21, N6, N4, N2, R08, R05, YR04, Y38  Ground:  YG97, YG95, YG91, 0  Sky:  BG10, 0

Thanks for stopping by!


STAMPS: Dustin Pike digital images; TLC Creations word art
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; SU Early Espresso; Imaginisce Apple Cider, Cinnamon Sticks
INK: SU Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES: Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders; sponge; twine; ribbon; brads; SU Dimensionals

Friday, September 24, 2010


So...I found myself needing a quick and easy sympathy card and no matter what I tried this morning, nothing seemed to work for me.  I finally grabbed my SU Elements of Style set and inked it up.  I would have liked to have used a little color on it but alas, no time.

I used two stamps in the for the base panel and the other for the top.  The sentiment is computer generated and the bow is wired ribbon I bought at Costco (you know...the rolls where you get a million yards for $10).  Gotta love it!

Thanks for stopping by!


STAMPS:  SU Elements of Style; PC generated sentiment
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; black I had in my stash
INK:  Ranger Black Soot
ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot; Spellbinders dies; Bazzill brads; ribbon from Costco

Thursday, September 23, 2010


SmileyHey there, does everyone have their sunglasses handy?  You might want to grab them for this one!    OK, but I warned you.  *wink*

I felt the need to do a little sponging and this is what I came up with.  Love the butterflies...not so sure about the in-your-face, bright yellow.  I took it to work with me and set it on my desk to help me decide if I like it or not (I know, I'm weird!).  I decided that I like it, yellow and all.  It's a nice fall color, right?  (still trying to reassure myself...yikes!)

When my co-worker saw it she had to have it.  Her friend recently lost her 40ish year-old daughter to Breast Cancer and she wants to send her a card.  As someone who recently lost a parent, my heart goes out to the family.

The butterflies are from C.C. Designs and were stamped with Ranger Black Soot on Neenah Solar White.  They were colored with Copic markers (see below), cut out and set aside.
Next I used the leaves and grass stamps from Gina K's Hang in There set.  The leaves were stamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder and the grass was inked with VersaMark and SU Barely Banana then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sponged Barely Banana on the center of the panel.  SU So Saffron was sponged next on the outside working my way towards the center not covering all of the Barely Banana.  SU Summer Sun was sponged last around the outside working my way toward the inside not covering all of the So Saffron.  I used a paper towel to lightly wipe the ink from the embossed areas.

The sentiment is also C.C. Designs and was stamped with Ranger Soot Black in the corner leaving space for the brads which are Bazzill.  SU Dimensionals were used to pop up all of the butterflies.

Another of the butterflies in the set was stamped on the inside panel and colored with Copic markers.  Everything was layered (inside and out) to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!


STAMPS:  C.C. Designs Butterfly; Gina K's Hang in There
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; SU Basic Black, Summer Sun
INK:  Ranger Black Soot; SU Barely Banana, So Saffron, Summer Sun
ACCESSORIES: Copic markers; VersaMark; clear EP; heat tool; sponges; Bazzill brads; SU Dimensionals

Monday, September 20, 2010


WOOT WOOT...happy dance time!  Free Smiley Courtesy of  Add a few John Travolta finger points in there and that could really be me.  Ok, that was an exaggeration...I would never throw that move in on a Monday morning!  Ha!

So what's got me so excited you wonder...I just popped on over to Heather's blog to check out the new Christmas card she made and found out she already announced the winner of her blog!  Sweet!!!  Thanks Heather!

Oh, but wait...there's more!  Candy that is.  Head on over to her blog and check it out.  You have until next Monday, September 27, to play along.  Maybe I'll see ya there!


Sunday, September 19, 2010


Here is my last post for the weekend.  I made this card for the weekly OCL sketch challenge.  Once a month they draw a name from one of the entries and the winner gets an OCL stamp set of their choice.  My fingers are crossed...
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 I picked this set up at MOT after my Friday evening class and boy am I glad I got it.  What a beauty!  Kudos to the OCL illustrators!  This set is called The Art of Nature and it truly is a work of art!  The best thing about OCL stamps is the color illustration you get with every set.  I love having a sample to refer to when I'm coloring.  Especially with this one because of all the detail!

I stamped the image on Neenah Solar White CS with Ranger Black Soot and colored it with Copic markers (see below).  The rectangles are Spellbinders dies.  The DP and CS are from SU.  I used an EK Success punch for the border and since I didn't have any black pearls, I colored some white ones with my black Copic marker.  The ribbon is from Ben Franklin.

I'll stamp a sentiment on the inside when I decide to use it.  I did use another gorgeous stamp in the set though!  Love it! in the heck am I supposed to stuff that bow into an envelope?  Seriously, I've wondered about that for a long time.  I like the look of bows on cards but have avoided it for this reason.  I'm open to!

Thanks for looking!


STAMPS:  OCL The Art of Nature
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; SU Old Olive; SU Fall Flowers DP
INK:  Ranger Black Soot
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders; 2-way Glue Pen; pearls; ribbon


The second MOT class I did this weekend was Heather's watercolor class.  She is super talented and such a great teacher!

Again, since this was a class, I only have partial details.  The stamp is called Team Effort from Penny Black and the sentiment was computer generated.  We used Tim Holtz Distress re-inkers and watercolor brushes.

This is only my third watercolor class with Heather so my card is far from perfect.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out though.

Don't forget, Heather is giving away candy so make sure you stop by her blog, Hopefully Heather's Stuff, by Monday to see what it takes to win.

Thanks for looking!



Hi there, I've had a busy crafting weekend starting Friday night when I got off work.  I went to our local scrap booking store (MOT) and took a class from Kisa and Cami from OCL.  OMGosh...what a great time.  We laughed so hard!

We completed two projects.  We used Copics then um...well...
we got a little dirty.
Distressing of course!  Ha!

This box is double-sided and perfect to put candy in and give away for a little Halloween treat.  Since it was a class, I have some but not all the details for you.  Sorry!  We used the OCL On the Fence stamp set.  The sentiment is also from OCL but I can't remember which one.  We colored with Copic markers then used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and the sponge tool thingy (not the technical name, I'm sure) to distress it.  We layered the panels and assembled the box.  It's way too cute!

The second project was a tag.  We started by putting some Distress Inks on our Craft Sheet (or butcher block paper if you don't have one) then sprayed it with a little water to moisten it some more.  Then we smooshed our tag into the ink and dried it with a heat tool.  We stamped the sentiment from OCL's Big Birthday Wishes then used the Butterfly Kisses set to stamp randomly.  The butterfly was stamped and colored with Copic markers before we Sparkly Fluffed it.  The tag was layered and a cute little bow finished it off.  This tag was so much fun...I'll definitely try it again!

Thanks for looking!


Friday, September 17, 2010


OMGosh...check out this new image from Dustin Pike / Doodle Dragon Studios that was just released yesterday.  Isn't it a hoot?  It makes me laugh every time!

I absolutely LOVE Halloween and this is actually my very first Halloween card ever.  How can that be!?!  I think I'll have to do something about that.  Stay tuned...

Anyway, I made this card for Dustin's        "Gettin' Fancy...With the Folds" challenge.  The rules are simple...use a DDS image and a "fancy fold" of your choice then link it to his blog by Saturday, September 18.  There is still time to play along if you hurry!

I chose an easel fold.  I sized, then printed the image on a LaserJet printer and used a Spellbinders die to cut it out.  I colored it with Copic markers (see below).  It's been a while since I've done any sponging on a card so I broke one out and got inky (really...I've still got some Elegant Eggplant on my fingers LOL).  The sentiments were computer generated by yours truely and also colored with Copics.  Don't you love it?  Curses... 
I used some ribbon to tie a knot around my front panel and attached a button to the base.  That's pretty much it.

Thanks for looking!  Happy Friday!!!


STAMPS:  Dustin Pike digital image
PAPER: Neenah Solar white, SU Elegant Eggplant, Black CS; Frances Meyer Witchy Stripes DP
INK: SU Elegant Eggplant
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders; ScorPal; sponge; ribbon and button  from my stash

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netGood morning, here are the pics for the project that I worked on over the weekend.  I made a diaper bag for a friend's baby shower.  At least that's what it is supposed to be.  I'm not sure if it resembles a diaper bag or not...but it sure makes one heck of a cute little gift bag.  I got the idea from Lorri's SCS gallery.  She said she saw it in another gallery but neither of them posted directions so we just had to wing it.
I started with the Sizzix Baby Bottle die (I've had it for a while but hadn't had an opportunity to use it...I'm glad I got it because it's awesome!) then borrowed another friend's Inkadinkado giraffe stamp.  Everything was colored with copic markers (see below) then layered on the card.

Look at that cute stuffed toy I found.  Can you tell I had a giraffe theme going on?  It didn't really start out that way but it's definitely how it ended up!  I know it doesn't look like it, but the bag is big enough to hold a blanket, stuffed toy and a 3-piece outfit (onsie, pants with little feet and a matching bib).  Would you be surprised if I told you the outfit even has giraffes on it?  Ha!  It does!

The card fits into the little pocket on the front of the bag.  The paper is Animal Stackers Zoo Animals, Building Blocks and All-aboard.  I used my SU Mat Pack and paper piercer to poke holes around the edges and used a white gel pen to do faux stitching.  I used brads to hold the side pieces on and Zots for the buttons.

I didn't include the template for the bag in this post but if you would like it, please leave me a comment.  If enough people are interested, I'll come up with a template/tutorial and post it.

Thanks for looking!


STAMPS:  Inkadinkado
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Animal Stackers Zoo Animals, Building Blocks and All-aboard (all are double-sided so I took advantage of that)
INK:  Ranger Black Soot
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Sizzix Baby Bottle die; ScorPal; SU Mat Pack and paper piercing tool; white gel pen; SU brads; Zots; Scor-Tape; buttons from my stash

Monday, September 13, 2010


Hey everyone, no project today.  I did make something over the weekend but I haven't taken any pics yet.  I'll get to that and get it posted soon.  I just wanted to let you know that Heather is giving away blog candy over at her site.  Her cards are always so beautifully colored and the polar bear and penguin are adorable! 

While I'm thinking about it, I need to get to MOT and sign up for Heather's watercolor class this weekend.  How cute is that little bear?

Happy Monday!


Friday, September 10, 2010


TGIF!!!  OK, so yesterday I realized...I'm a bone-head!  Yep, sad to say...but definitely true!  I missed my friend's birthday.  Not even by a couple of days...but by a month and a couple of days.  DOH!  I ran down to MOT last night after work and picked up some paper and one of the new OCL Holiday Release sets called Crystal Clear.  I waited until this morning for the new sketch challenge to come out.  What's a couple more hours, right!?!

 I think subconsciously, I wanted this set so I conveniently forgot D's bday.  Hmmm...  No, that's not it.  I'm just a bone-head.  No doubt about it!

Anyway, this set is way too cute and really quick and easy to color!  I used Spellbinders to cut out the shapes, Ranger Black Soot to stamp the images and Copic markers to color (see below).  I used a Sakura Clear Glaze pen for the eyes and the crystal ball (I didn't think it was enough so I went back and added Glossy Accents after I took the pic, and I like that much better). 

I used a Clear Atyou Spica pen on the stars and moon on the table cloth to make them sparkle and since I'm not into sewing, I did faux stitching on the star designer paper using a Pitch Black Atyou Spica pen.  The DP is from Cloud 9 Design's Halloween Fun collection  (Purple Stars and Thin Stripe).  Hmmm...what else...oh!  I used an SU ticket punch for the sentiment and the ribbon was something I had in my stash.
On the inside, I used the same DP and two more stamps in the set.  I colored with Copic markers and used Glossy Accents on the crystal ball.

Guess that's it.  Hope she likes it!  Better late than never, right?  Now to remember to mail it!

Thanks for looking!


STAMPS:  OCL Crystal Clear
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Cloud 9 Design's Halloween Fun collection DP
INK:  Ranger Black Soot
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders Nesties; Glossy Accents; Atyou Spica Pitch Black and Clear pens; Sakura Clear Glaze pen; SU ticket punch; SU Mat Pack; paper piercer; ribbon

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