Thursday, July 24, 2014


 Welcome to another fun showcase of newly released rubber stamps and yes a few new digi from SCACD.   I am thrilled and excited to have been invited again to be a guest designer and take part in the blog hop today for SCACD featuring this fabulous new release.

SCACD is releasing 9 new rubber stamps which are collectively called the “This and That Collection.”  They each can be purchased now HERE They were inspired by things going on in Susana's life as well as imagery she loves. SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images.  Carmen did an amazing job bringing these to life!!!  We are featuring 4 Zen Beauties as well as 5 eclectic fun stamps today.  On a happy note if you buy the complete set of 4 Zen Beauties at one time you will get an accompanying accessory maple seed stamp as a bonus stamp.

You should have arrived here from Alex's blog with her fabulous creations featuring Faith and Hope - from the new Zen Beauties Collection.  If you get lost during the Hop you can always find your way at the Store Blog HERE.

I am pleased to share with you the delightful new fairy stamp Serenity, one of four new stamps from the Zen Beauties Collection.  She looks so sweet and serene sitting there on the tree branch.


She was stamped then colored with Copic markers.  A dotted background effect with Copic markers was created to give the impression of magical fairy dust surrounding her.  Clear crystal gel pen was added to the flower centers and the fairy dust for a bit of sparkle, although it's hard to see in the picture.  Her wings are colored in a blending of blues, pinks and greens, then brushed with Star Dust Stickles to make them look iridescent. 

The Breezy Branches Statement Corner Die, which you can find HERE, was cut out twice and colored with Copics.  A piece of the second tree branch die was added to the main die cut to cover where I messed up gluing the main image down on the turquoise mat.

Serenity was stamped a couple of more times to use the flowers.  I colored them, cut them out and glued them on the Breezy Branches and Classic Corners dies.  The other two dies, Classic Corners and Garden Corners, also by SCACD, were each cut out twice and colored with Copics before gluing in place.  They can also be found HERE at SCACD.
SCACD also decided to offer only 3 of these not only in rubber but in digi as well for her SCACD Digital fans. So you can see the 3 newest versions at the top of the Digi area HERE.
For our International Friends you can find the new SCACD Stamps HERE at Quixotic Paperie.
Along with these fab NEW stamps, you might want to check out the other NEW products at SCACD HERE.
You should next be headed off to Kathi's  post for more fantastically talented inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Enjoy the rest of the hop.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whale Watching - Craft a Scene June Challenge - By the Sea

Craft a Scene's June Challenge theme is By the Sea.  A seaside theme is one of my favorite themes to stamp.   I've been wanting to use a couple of whale stamps I had and this challenge is perfect for them.  This is my second entry for their By the Sea Challenge this month.

The scene is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on GP110 white cardstock using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to help position the stamps, then colored with Copic markers.  Copic Opaque White was painted on the water for a finishing touch.

Stamps used:
Gray Wolf Graphics:  Breaching Whale, Whale Tail
Our Daily Bread:  Fishing Boat
Stacy Stamps: The East Bank (lighthouse), Sailing Set (gulls)
Gina K Stamps:  By the Sea 1 and 2 (gulls)

 Be sure to check all the fabulous entries and designers examples for this month's Craft a Scene Challenge - By the Sea.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Seaside Thank You

A thank you card with a summer seaside theme.
A  seaside scene is inset inside a larger seaside scene with the theme continued for the top and bottom borders.
The big lighthouse scene, cattails with boat and the sandpiper by the reeds in the bottom border are all from the Impression Obsession stamp set "Lighthouse".  The inset sailboat scene is all one stamp "Sailboat Bay" by Stampendous.  Sandpipers in the bottom border are from the Stampin' Up! set "Wetlands". The top of the lighthouse in the bottom border and the small seagulls in the top border are from an old Cornish Heritage Farms set.  The large seagull, one of the small seagulls and the rope in the top border are from the Crafty Secrets acrylic stamp set "Seaside".  The "Thank You " sentiment is an old foam stamp I picked up somewhere years ago. 
After stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on GP110 white cardstock, the scenes were colored with Copic markers.

I am entering this in Craft a Scene's June By the Sea challenge.
Thanks for stopping by. 
Have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

SCACD - Steampunk Beauty

SCACD has recently  released 15 NEW Digital Images designed by Carmen Medlin for SCACD.  This Steampunk Beauty is just one of them.   There is a bit of something for everyone in this release. Some fantasy, steampunk, wonderland, curiosities and animals to love. You can find just the right image for that creative spark of yours and let your inner artist out to play.

She is colored with Copic markers after printing her out on GP110 cardstock.  A mask was made by printing out another copy of her on copy paper and cutting her out.  The mask was held in place with Post-It Notes while the Tim Holtz layering stencil "Doily" was sponged with Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Ink for the background.  The mask was removed and this background was then colored with Copic markers V000 and B000.
The corners were punched with Fiskars Corner Circle punch.  They match the lace on her hat and dress.  The edges were distressed with gold pigment ink, then she was matted on dark violet and Bashful Blue cardstock. 
The background design paper behind this piece is from the Papermania Madame Payraud paper stack. This was also colored over lightly with B000 and V000 markers and edged with gold ink.  Deep purple lace seam binding and violet ribbon were added for accents along with some metallic imitation brads.  The Memory Box Mini Gears and Gearworks Border (the border gears were cut apart) were colored with Copics as well before adding for as accents. 
A finishing touch of Mercury Glass Stickles were added to the lace on her dress and hat after matting everything on a piece of pinstriped metallic gold cardstock. 
Be sure to check out all of the new digis as well as this beauty at SCACD.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week.

Friday, May 30, 2014

SCACD Digi Release - Steampunk Hermit

SCACD has recently  released 15 NEW Digital Images designed by Carmen Medlin for SCACD. There is a bit of something for everyone in this release. Some fantasy, steampunk, wonderland, curiosities and animals to love. You can find just the right image for that creative spark of yours and let your inner artist out to play.

This cute little character is one of the new SCACD digital releases called Steampunk Hermit.  The fun sentiment "Life is Beachy" comes with him. 

I had fun coloring him with Copic markers after printing him out on a piece of GP 110 white cardstock.  He was colored to look like copper, bronze and gold. The blue green is oxidized copper.

The background was created using stencils.  The water was made by sponging The Crafter's Workshop Mini Texturized Stencil with Stampin' Up! Pool Party and Bermuda Bay dye inks. Since the stencil has 8 different mini patterns on it, the sand was created by using a different pattern on this stencil as well as using the Tim Holtz layered stencil Speckled Background.  These stencils were sponged in a variety of brown and reddish brown Ranger Distress and Stampin' Up! dye inks.  Both areas were then completely colored over with Copic markers.  Blue greens for the top and blue green and browns for the sandy ocean floor.  The little strips on the side are some scraps I had left over from trimming the main image piece and from the Cajun Craze cardstock mat. The other mats are Bermuday Bay and Tempting Turquoise cardstock from Stampin' Up!.

The coral was made using Susana's Ornate Hinge die colored with Copics.  The gears are from the Memory Box Dies Mini Gears and Gear Works Border, which I cut apart.  These were also colored with Copics.  The design paper used in the background is from the Prima 6" x 6" Seashore Paper Pad.

Be sure to check out the rest of the fun new digital images over at Susana's.  I'll be back in a few days with another one of the fabulous new digital images she recently released over at her shop

Thanks for stopping by.
The weather is supposed to be gorgeous here, so I am looking forward to a fantastic late spring weekend.  I hope yours is super too.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fabulouse New SCACD Digi Release - STEAMPUNK SIREN

SCACD has released 15 NEW Digital Images designed by Carmen Medlin for SCACD. There is a bit of something for everyone in this release. Some fantasy, steampunk, wonderland, curiosities and animals to love. You can find just the right image for that creative spark of yours and let your inner artist out to play.


Two of my favorite themes to stamp are Steampunk and the ocean.  This new SCACD digi Steampunk Siren combines them both so I had lots of fun working on this piece.  I started by printing her on Copic X-Press It white cardstock and coloring her with Copic markers.  I used a technique with tiny blue green dots to give the impression of scales in several places on her skin.   I kept the color scheme for this piece to blue-greens, copper/rust and gold/brass.  In fitting with the steampunk theme, I colored her gorgeous flowing hair a coppery red with bits of blue green to look like oxidized copper.  The coral is also copper as is the ball she is holding. 

The background is colored with blue green Copics and then colored over again very lightly with criss-crossing horizontal lines to look a bit like shimmery water.   The background paper is from the Prima Seashore 6" x 6" pad.

Three of Susana's SCACD dies are used for this piece.  The Top left corner uses one of the Garden Corners dies that is heat embossed with Ranger's Antiquities Verdigris embossing powder.  I thought it looked a bit like a steampunk version of seaweed.  The bottom left uses her Ornate Hinge die, which is heat embossed with Ranger's Antiquities Rust powder. I think it looks a bit like steampunk coral made from copper.  The bottom right corner uses her Dandelion Knoll Statement Corner die heat embossed in Verdigris.  The gears are Memory Box Mini Gears and Gearworks Border embossed in copper and gold.  The dandelion die combined with the gears looks a bit like steampunk sea anemone might look.

Be sure to stop over at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design and check out the rest of the fantastic new digital images she just released.  I'll be back in a few days with a couple more of these great new releases to share with you.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


This gorgeous IndigoBlu "Flutterby" stamp just arrived in the mail a couple of days ago.  I needed a birthday card and couldn't wait to use this butterfly. 

It works well with the Penny Black "Bare Tree" stamp and an old Hero Arts script stamp "Manuscript Background" that I still often go back to as one of my basic background stamps.  There is also a Crafty Individuals Faux Postage stamp in the background, but I purposely stamped it so it would blend into the background.

The butterfly was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, dried with a heat gun and colored with Copic markers.  The "Bare Tree" was stamped by inking it with a Stampin' Up Early Espresso marker.  The script was stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and the Faux Postage with Bundled Sage Distress ink that was stamped off on a piece of scrap paper first. 

The background was sponged with a variety of green, blue-green and yellow-green inks.  The piece was matted on black, turquoise and emerald green cardstock before popping up the fussy cut butterfly with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunshine Daisies

Daisies, one of my favorite flowers, give me a feeling of sunshine warmth and happiness when I see them.  I think of them as a "cheer me up flower."  The weather here lately needs a lot of cheering up - lots of rain, wind, and cold, but at least no snow in the last couple of days.  Thus the inspiration for the golden daisies and the sentiment, "The sun will come out tomorrow."

Stamps used:
Technique Tuesday - Greenhouse Society Daisy
Impression Obsession - sentiment
Memory Box Die - Pepita Border
Embossing Folder - Stampin" Up! Stripes
The flowers and insets in the Pepita Border die are colored with Copic markers.
The embossed paper is a gold shimmery cardstock.
The sun is trying to peek through the clouds as I finish posting this - maybe the daisies were an inspiration for Mother Nature.
Have a great week.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Summer's Day

This piece was just for fun.  It is still barely spring here in the north.  Since it will be quite a while before we see much green around this area, I decided to create my on own green with this card using Susana's Custom art and Card Design (SCACD) stamp set titled "M's Place".  It's a delightfully fun and whimsical set that includes 12 stamps - nine of which are used in this piece.

The card was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on 5" x7" Copic X-Press It blending white cardstock and clear heat embossed.  I stamped the scene working from front to back, sometimes using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get the images placed exactly where I wanted them.  I stamped several of the images a second time on Post-It Notes as well and then cut them out to use as masks when stamping.  The entire scene was colored with Copic markers then matted on a piece of 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" piece of Midnight Muse (Stampin' Up!) cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a Happy Easter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crows in a Row

This is just a fun card using a couple of new stamps I just received in the mail, along with a Penny Black Die and a Darice embossing folder that all follow the theme of crows in a row sitting on branches and a wire.  I kept the colors to a deep blue and black combination to go with the crow theme.  They remind me of some of the crows in our backyard.  They really do have quite interesting personalities and are fun to watch.

Stamps used:
EK Success - Inkadinkado - crows on a branch
Technique Tuesday - One of a Kind set - grasses, thistle and flying birds
Penny Black Inc. Die - In a Row
Darice Embossing folder - birds on wire
I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink combined with Ranger's Archival Cornflower Blue ink.
Some of the grasses were stamped off on another piece of scrap paper before stamping on the card to give the impression of depth and dimension.
Have a great rest of the week.
A foot of snow predicted for tomorrow.  My poor tulips are up 6 inches on the side of the house.  I hope they don't get frozen.  The only consolation with the snow is it can't last.  Spring has to arrive for good pretty soon, although the ice in the bay is still over a foot thick in spots.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Your Day - Sing Your Own Song Collage Birthday

A musical collage birthday card for a musically and artistically talented stamping friend. We were kind of playing with working on both collage stamping and using mixed media a few weeks ago at a 4 day stamping event.  I decided to try making her a birthday card using collage.  It was supposed to be mixed media too, but I still am not quite comfortable in that area - it is so completely different from my usual style.  I decided to use bright cheerful, and vibrant colors after such a long, cold and drab winter.

It's a larger card that fits exactly in a 6" x 9" envelope after matting it on black cardstock.The images are stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black and Memento Tuxedo Black inks and colored with Copic markers.  The background is partially colored with Copics and partially sponged with Ranger Distress Inks.  For a finishing touch I spritzed it using Stampin' Up! markers and a spritzer.
For the inside of the card, I just quickly stamped a few fun images to continue the music theme.  These are colored with Copics and a gold metallic gel pen.
Stamps used on card front:
Inkadinkado (EKSuccess) - It's Your Day with bird and Sing Your Own Song acrylic mini set
Tiddly Inks - Harmony at Home acrylic set
Rubber Stamp Avenue - cricket "fiddler on the roof", Row of Notes at bottom
Dylusions - Further Around the Edge
Hot Off the Press - Just a Note acrylic set
Penny Black Inc. - Butterfly Symphony acrylic set
Crafty Secrets - Birds of Happiness acrylic set
The Paper Studio - Music acrylic set
Gina K. Designs - Gleefully Yours
Stamps used inside:
VivaLasVegaStamps - cellist
Snag 'Em Stamps
Hot Off the Press
Gina K Designs
Snow is melting quickly - down to a foot and a half on our back deck!! :)
Looking forward to looking out the window and seeing blue water instead of ice on Lake Huron any day now.
Have a great rest of the week.

Monday, April 7, 2014


SCACD is releasing four rubber stamps which are collectively called The Elements Collection.  The inspiration for them is by all that is going on in nature at the moment.  Thoughts of water, wind, fire and earth so powerful in nature are captured in these women through collaboration with SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin.

The fab SCACD Design Team along with amazing Guest Designers have created an inspiring hop showcasing the SCACD rubber stamps.  If you missed part of the hop list then check out all the details at the Store Blog today!

Now available in the USA is the SCACD April 7th stamp release HERE.  SCACD Digital images for USA and International customers can always be found HERE.

For locating SCACD rubber stamps, including the New Release, our International Friends please check out Quixotic Paperie HERE!!!

I am delighted and thrilled to have been invited by Susana once again to be a guest designer for one of her SCACD new release blog hops.
The piece I designed uses the new SCACD Wind Rubber Stamp Set from the The Elements Collection and includes two stamps - the fabulously gorgeous Wind woman with her owl and a delicately small feather stamp. This feather stamp could be used for accents or perhaps to create a background like I did here.
First she was stamped on Copic white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear heat embossed. She was colored using Copic markers, then "fussy" cut out.  The edges were outlined using a black marker, with the exception of the bottom edges of the image which were sponged with blue ink.
After using a corner rounder punch on another piece of white cardstock, the background was created by randomly stamping the feather with a variety of blue dye inks.  The feathers were lightly colored with Copics, the rest of the background with B000. After the edges were sponged with blue ink, I drew wispy curved lines beside some of the feathers to give the impression they were being blown through the air by the element Wind.  The clouds were created by sponging the top edges of two scalloped punched circles overlapped and taped together..
The feather stamp was also used to create the accents for the piece. After stamping several of them with Onyx Black ink and clear hear embossing, they were colored with Copics and cut out.  I stamped the circle in the center of the fan of feathers by just inking that circle on the Wind Woman stamp with a black water based marker.  This was also colored and cut out. 
The background design paper is from the Papermania Madame Payraud paper stack.
You should have arrived at my blog from designer Kathi's blog HERE with her totally fabulous and inspiring art.  Your next stop along the way of today's SCACD new release hop is the extremely talented Alaine's blog HERE with more elegant creations. 
I hope you are having as much fun as I am with this hop and all the inspiration the SCACD designers and guests have shared today.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) recently released some new, totally gorgeous digital images.  One of them is this stunning Alien Butterfly.

As soon as I saw her, she reminded me of some of the beautiful and oh-so colorful creatures from the film Avatar.  I decided on a monochromatic blue color scheme for her.
It was a fun image to color with Copic markers.  I used markers B99, B97, B95, B93, B91, B52, B41, B45, B00, B01, and B02.  The background is colored with B0000.  A bit of sparkle was added with Star Dust Stickles.   The edges of the white cardstock she is printed on were sponged lightly with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks.  I matted her on a piece of blue cardstock and then on a piece of matching blue design paper from the Papermania Madame Payraud paper stack, and then again on the blue cardstock. 
The sentiment "Toss Off the Everyday", which comes with this digital image, fits her well. The background of the sentiment is also colored with B0000.  The letters were shaded with B00.  The edges were sponged to match the main image and matted on the same blue cardstock.  I added a bit more sparkle with a few blue gemstones on the design paper and one clear one on the sentiment. butterfly.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Owl Moon Warm Birthday Wishes

Another birthday card for a fellow stamper and friend.  Since owls are one of her favorites, I decided to use this wonderful image "Owl Moon" by Mo Manning from Mo's Digital Pencil. 

It's been an especially cold and snowy winter this year, thus the "Warm Wishes" for a happy and warm birthday.
Below is a close up of the coloring of the owls.

The owls were colored with Copic markers, "fussy cut" out and glued directly on the embossed background.

The background is embossed with Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz Berries embossing folder on Stampin' Up! Pacific Point cardstock.

The stamped background uses Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society Stamps set Berries.  The sentiment is also from that set.  The snowy berry branches are stamped randomly over the entire paper (also Pacific Point) with Memento London Gray ink.  The berries and snow are colored with Copic markers.  The owls and embossed background are popped up with dimensionals  on this stamped background.

Have a super week.
Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Enjoy a Bashful Happy Birthday!

A birthday card for a friend and fellow stamper using Penny Black's Enjoy acrylic stamp set for the flowers and their Bashful die, a larger version of the beautiful brushstroke style flower.

The dragonflies are from the Penny Black Flutters die set.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from their Tweet Tweet acrylic stamp set.
The dies are sponged and the flowers are stamped using the following inks:
Memento: Teal Zeal, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves
Stampin" Up!: Cajun Craze
Ranger Distress: Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo
Cardstock used was Taken With Teal and Gumball Green from Stampin' Up!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design - Koi Pond

A few weeks ago Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) released two Montage Sets of rubber stamps and several digital images.  Montage #2 Set includes three smaller sets. 

One of the smaller sets is the SCACD Customize Your Koi Pond set of six stamps - three different size Koi fish, two separate lily pads and one cluster of lily pads.

Below are two different pieces I designed using the Koi Pond set with the technique of watercoloring with water based markers.  All of images were stamped on watercolor paper.

 Below are some close ups of the Koi fish and the lily pads.

Using a variety of water based markers, I colored directly onto the solid Koi stamp, huffed on it for moisture and then stamped it on watercolor paper.  I touched it up with a paint brush using ink from the same markers that I had colored onto a plastic palette.  This gave the color a bit more intensity.  Then I colored the white scales and lines in the fish with Copic marker BG32.  
 For the lily pads, I colored the outline stamp with a water based marker, huffed on it and stamped.  Then I painted the inside of it with the marker ink on the palette.
All three images were edged with a wide gold metallic Sharpie pen and matted on first a deep blue-green and then turquoise cardstock.  Two strips of a matt gold metallic paper were glued under the three images to visually connect them.  All of this was matted on a deeper turquoise, then matt metallic gold, then deep blue-green cardstock.
The fan corners were die cut from the elegant SCACD's Nature's Tapestry Fan die.  They were colored with Copic marker BG78.  I cut out sections of each of the fans to fit the two corners, glued a piece of white cardstock behind them to fit and colored the backing with a gold metallic Sharpie pen.  They were then popped up in the two diagonally opposite corners with Dimensional foam tape.
The second piece below uses the largest of the Koi fish stamps and the lily pad cluster.  The same watercoloring technique and the same colors were used to create this card.
 A close up of the fan, the largest Koi fish, and the cluster of Lily pads watercolored.
 The main differences between the two pieces are first that the backgrounds of the images in the second piece were colored with Copic marker BG32.  The second difference is the colors used for the background of the fan.  They were Copic markers BG78, BG32, R08, and a fine point metallic gold Sharpie marker.  One wider strip of the matt metallic gold paper was used down the center to connect the two images, instead of the two narrower strips used in the first piece.
This Koi Pond stamp set and this Nature's Tapestry Fan die from SCACD were lots of fun to work with. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great rest of the week.

Friday, January 31, 2014


Good morning and happy Friday to everyone on this last day of January.  It's blog hop day for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD). It's also a special, exciting day for me, because I have been invited to participate in the hop as a guest designer for SCACD.

Earlier this month SCACD released the Montage collection of rubber stamps, a total of 26 rubber stamps with a contemporary yet classic look that will make them a fantastic addition to your stamping toolbox for years to come.  They are available now for purchase HERE both in full sheets and as smaller sets.  SCACD has also unleashed 12 fun and fresh SCACD Digital images for purchase HERE.

International Customers:
The digital images can be purchased HEREThe new rubber stamps can be purchased at QUIXOTIC PAPERIE for our international friends.

The SCACD design team along with the very talented Carmen Medlin artist for SCACD and several other guests have created a truly fun filled hop showcasing the new SCACD digital and rubber stamps.  If you missed part of the hop list then check out all of the details at the SCACD Store Blog today!

You should have arrived here from Christine's blog with her fabulous and totally gorgeous pieces.

Both of my projects today feature  the very fabulous Carmen Medlin for SCACD Digital Image Collection.  My first card spotlights the adorable Ivy Cat digital image.

After printing the Ivy Cat Digital image on white cardstock, I colored her with Copic markers and "fussy cut" her out.  Then I used a black marker around the edges to give her more of a finished look.  She is popped up using dimensional foam tape on design paper from the Kaisercraft Pickled Pear paper pad.  Torn scrap cardstock was added in two layers of browns for the ground.  The edges of the design paper were sponged with a variety of gray and brown dye inks.

Breezy Branches Statement Corner Die by SCACD and Dandelion Knoll Statement Corner Die by SCACD were each cut out twice from a gray sandy color cardstock, colored with Copic markers and glued in place.  Ivy Cat's tail was popped up with an extra layer of foam tape to add a bit more dimension.  The main image was matted on ash gray, then brown, then dark brown cardstock.

My second piece features the awesome Steampunk Dragonfly from Carmen Medlin for SCACD Digital Image Collection. Steampunk is one of my favorite genres for stamping.  I decided to color it using one of my favorite color combinations of blue greens, grays and browns. 

After printing the Steampunk Dragonfly digital image on white cardstock, I colored it with Copic markers, "fussy cut" it out, and edged it with black marker.

The design paper background is the same as the one used in the first card from the Kaisercraft Pickled Pear paper pad. 

The Ornate Doorplate With Knob Dies by SCACD and the Ornate Hinge Dies by SCACD were cut out of white cardstock, colored with Copics and glued down on the design paper to make it look like a garden gate. Three hinges were cut, one door plate and three knobs that were layerd on top of each other.  Copics were used to color inside the openings of the doorplate and knob.  A clear sparkle gel pen was used on the keyhole and door knob center.

After sponging the edges of the design paper with a gray blue ink, I sponged the grass and dragonflies on the design using The Crafters' Workshop Butterfly Meadow Stencil with a variety of green, blue green and brown dye inks.

Three tiny silver brads, colored brown with Copic markers, were added to each of the hinges through the design paper and the first mat layer of ash gray paper.  All of this was then matted on turquoise and dark brown paper. 

Last, but definitely not least, the Steampunk Dragonfly was popped up on the background paper with dimensional foam tape.

I hope you are having as much fun on this SCACD hop as I had creating with these fabulous SCACD Digital images.

Your next stop along the hop is the super talented Delphine's blog

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sympathy, Eloquence, and Bashful Flutters

This sympathy card was created last night while I was playing around with some new (for me) Penny Black stamps and dies I just received in the mail. 

The stamped brushed flowers are from their "Enjoy" acrylic set.  The sympathy sentiment is from their "Eloquence" acrylic stamp set.  The flower die cuts are cut out with their "Bashful" die that goes with one of the flowers in the stamp set.  The butterfly and dragonfly are from the "Flutters" die cut set. 

Inks used are: Memento - Teal Zeal, Cantaloupe, and Bamboo Leaves; Stampin' Up! - Cajun Craze; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress - Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo

Color cardstock is Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal, Cajun Craze and Apricot Appeal

Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal marker was used on the bodies of the butterfly and dragonfly.  Cajun Craze marker dotted on the die cut flower centers.

Have a great weekend and stay warm.
We're in for another cold spell here.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Birthday Wishes - Card Exchange

Earlier this month we did a card exchange at a local stamping group I belong to. 
This was the card I made for the exchange.
The inside sentiment says:
Hope your day just sparkles.
The background was created by sponging between two Post-It! Notes with Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal ink.  The Crafter's Workshop stencil was sponged over the teal with Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze ink.  The single flower was inked with a Stampin' Up Taken With Teal Marker and VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder. The group of flowers was stamped by inking with Baja Breeze and Taken With Teal markers. They were then accented with Soft Sky and Tempting Turquoise markers after stamping.  Star Dust Stickles were added for a bit more sparkle. The piece is matted on Taken With Teal A2 cardstock.
Stamps used:
flowers - Dreamy and Tweet Tweet acrylic set by Penny Black, Inc
sentiment - Stampin' Up! Simply Sketched set
inside sentiment - Inky Antics Swirly Dragonflies acrylic set
Another wintery day here.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wishing You a Merry Christmas Fa, La, La

This little scene looks just like our backyard after the last storm passed through a couple of days ago.  Mounds and mounds and drifts of white Christmas snow, but the birds are merrily feeding in the bird feeders on this crisp, cold Christmas morning.
The inside says:
"Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la la la
Merry Christmas"
Materials used:
Stamps:  Christmas Twitter - Penny Black Inc., Ornament Strip and inside sentiment - Outlines Rubber Stamps
Dies: Resting Birds - Memory Box, Nestled Bird, Evanston Birdhouse, Carolina Birdhouse - Poppy Stamps Dies
Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp
Stampin' Up! Midnight Muse cardstock and ink
Copic Opaque White for snow
Clear Sparkle Gel Pen
Sponge and Post It Notes for snow on ground
Water color brush
GP 110 white cardstock
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 8, 2013

You're a Superstar - Published in Rubber Stamp Madness

My anxiously awaited copy of the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine just arrived today.  Another piece of  my stamp art is published in this issue!

You're a Superstar
PhotoPOSTOS postcard front

Back of PhotoPOSTOS Superstar Postcard
These pieces were done for an article titled "Do-It-Yourself Postcards" in the Spotlight column on pages 26 and 27 about a great product called PhotoPOSTOS.  They are fun and easy to use for turning your stamp art into a postcard, with a self-adhesive backing that you just attach to your 4" x 6" art or photos.  Their website where you can learn more about them and purchase them is:
Stamps used:
Kraftin" Kimme Stamps - Superstar, sentiment
Stampers Best - London phone booth
Beeswax - cobblestones
Hero Arts - cityscape
Market Street Stamps - spray of stars
Art Impressions - large star
Crafty Secrets - small star
Buildings seen through phone booth are hand drawn
The front of the postcard is colored with Copic markers after stamping with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  The stars in the sky were added with a white gel pen.  I used Judikins Eclipse tape for masking while creating the scene.
The back is stamped using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress, Memento and Stampin' Up dye based inks.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a super weekend.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Love You to the Moon and Back

When I saw this Impression Obsession sentiment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. 
It's a Valentine card for my hubby.  I love the saying!  The sentiment would make a great card for a little one too, I think.

Yes, I actually got a card made ahead of time instead of at the last possible minute. Now, all I have to do is remember where I put it till next February.  Considering the condition of my craft room lately, that could prove to be a very difficult task. 

I sort of picked up when I left for Florida and still can't find the stamp I was planning to use for my Christmas cards this year.  I put it in a very good place (too good a place) for safe keeping till I returned home.  The problem is where could that be!  Perhaps I'll find it in time for next year's cards.

I decided to make a cityscape card.  I love cityscape stamps and have several of them.  This Penny Black stamp is my latest acquisition.  It is stamped with Stampin' Up Going Gray ink.  The moon is from the Crafty Secrets set "Fairies"  I love their vintage style stamps.  The trees are from Stampin' Up!'s Serene Silhouettes set.  I drew the heart on the building from remembering seeing the heart lit up on the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle". 

The buildings and background sky are colored with Copic Markers.  The stars are made with a white gel pen, as are the hand drawn frames.  The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The red cardstock is Stampin' Up!'s Cherry Cobbler even though it looks more like Real Red in the picture. Xmas Red Stickles were used on the corners and on the heart.

The opening is cut out with the largest Labels Twenty-One die on the black cardstock, which is popped up over the images to make a 5" x 7" card.  The sentiment is also popped up.

This week is going by too quickly. I have too many things to get caught up on after being gone for so long.  Have a great rest of the week.

Up Up and Away! We Don't Get Older - We Just Hit New Heights!

This Stampendous sentiment fits the Art Impressions Girlfriends Balloon stamp perfectly.
Those Girlfriends are such fun - They are always good for a laugh when I see them.

Stamps used:
Girlfriends Balloon - Art Impressions
Landscape, small balloons, clouds, sentiment - Stampendous
Birds - unknown

The card looks complicated, but it's really pretty basic.  Just stamp the scene in Versafine Onyx black ink (no masking at all) and color with Copic markers.  I colored the images first then the background sky.  It's matted on Stampin' Up Midnight Muse cardstock and then popped up with dimensionals on the white 5" x 7" card base. 

The sentiment is stamped on a separate piece of white cardstock, matted on Midnight Muse and then popped up with dimensionals.

Have a super day.
It's cold here (26 degrees this a.m.), but partly sunny.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Night

A bit late in the season, but this past stamping weekend I finally got a chance to make my first Halloween cards for the year. 

The card below uses the Impression Obsession Shakespeare quote.  I decided I had to have that stamp as soon as I saw it.

Stamps used:
sentiment - Impression Obsession
three alley cats - Custer's Last Stamp
bat background - Hero Arts
tree branch with bats - Penny Black (Hoot of a Time)
Rest In Peace gravestone with scary hand - Stamp Oasis (Rubbernecker stamps)

The finished card is 5" x 7".  The moon was made using a punched 1 3/4" circle mask while sponging the background with Stampin' Up! Going Gray and Memento Gray Flannel.   The mask was then removed and the moon and parts of the background especially around the moon were sponged with orange and yellow Ranger Distress and Memento inks.  The bats were stamped in gray ink as well as the gravestone.  One of the hills was sponged in gray also using a sticky note for a mask.  The rest was stamped and sponged with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.

The way the background is sponged makes it look a bit like there is an eerie fog or mist in the night air.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

A Little Birdie Told Me...

...It's your birthday.  A birthday card for my sister in law.

I used all Stampin' Up! stamps except for the sentiment for this card:
C is for Cat
Cottage Window
Sentiment: Tiddly Inks Hang in There acrylic stamp set
There are two embossing folders used - the top is Tim Holtz's brick wall, the bottom is Flourishes and Dots by Sizzix.
The folders are sponged lightly with Ranger Distress inks. The images and sentiment are stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed.  The rest of the coloring was done with Copic markers.  The window was cut out and popped up with the cat and bird stamped on a separate paper and placed inside the window. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.

A trip to Florida

I've been absent from the stamping world and my crafting room for a little over a month now.  I drove by myself (hubby had to work) 1,200 miles each way to visit my sister and her family in Florida, who I haven't seen in 3 years.  I stopped to see my son on the way down. My sister and I took a side trip to visit my niece and nephew at UF in Gainesville and then went on down to Universal in Orlando for three days.  It was my first visit to Universal and we had an unbelievably fantastic time. The weather was perfect.  Harry Potter was beyond awesome.   We had dinner at the Hard Rock CafĂ© and also at Margaritaville.  We also saw Cirque du Soleil. It is absolutely worth the price of admission.  I am definitely planning on going back to Orlando again.
 Here is a picture of me with Hogwarts Castle in the background.
Cirque du Soleil "tent"
Now I'm home and back to stamping again.  I arrived home in time for a four day stamping and scrapbooking weekend here in town.  I made several cards and finished another one which I will be posting over the next few days.  It's good to be home again, even if it is cold and we've already had some snow flurries.
Have a great week.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eloquence With Sympathy

A sympathy card using Penny Black's Eloquence and To You clear stamp sets along with their Breezy fern cling stamp and  Stampin' Up!'s En Francais stamp.

The background strip was masked off using Post It sticky notes and then sponged with a variety of green and blue Ranger Distress Inks and Memento Inks.  It was then stamped with Stampin' Up's! En Francais script stamp in blue ink. 
After removing the masks, Penny Black's Breezy fern was stamped in Memento's Northern Pine ink.The sentiment was stamped in a blue ink.
The butterfly from Penny Black's To You acrylic stamp set was stamped twice on a separate piece of white cardstock in the same blue ink as the sentiment.  It was colored with Copic markers. I then cut out all of one butterfly and just the top wing and body of the second one, cutting off the antennae on both.  I stamped the butterfly one more time in blue ink directly on the card where I wanted the antennae to go. The two cut out butterflies were glued down to the main part of the card on top of the one stamped on the card with the top one shaped to be three dimensional. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a super middle of the week.
It's the start of a beautiful fall day here.