Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD BRAVE HEARTS and ECLECTIC 2 RUBBER STAMP RELEASE

SCACD celebrates today the 2 recently released NEW exclusive rubber stamp sets.  They are the Brave Hearts (a group of 4 empowered gals) as well as Eclectic Collection 2 (a combo of 6 steampunk and ethereal stamps).  With the Eclectic 2 collection, if you buy the entire set you get 4 FREE date stamp words.  SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and we are so happy to be showcasing them to you now. :D

Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Brave Hears and Eclectic 2 sets.

Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie HERE.

SCACD Digital images for USA and International can always be found HERE.

The first piece I am sharing today features the elegant stamp BUTTERFLY CHRYSALIS - CHANGE - one of the stamps in the new ECLECTIC 2 collection recently released.

 
 
The center chrysalis was stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat dried.  The other two were stamped in Memento London Fog ink.  All three were colored with Copic markers.  On the center chrysalis the wing was stamped a second time, colored, cut out and glued down after bending it to give a slight dimensional curve.  Liquid Pearls were added to all three for a finishing touch. 
 
 This piece also uses two of the dies from SCACD -  Classic Corners and Garden Corners.  They are heat embossed in copper and verdigris powders.  The background is colored with Copics, then sponged in Ranger Distress Inks using ColorBox Swirldot and Prima Crackle stencils.  Stickles were added to a few of the background swirl dots.
 
My second piece today features a stamp from the adorable new BRAVE HEARTS collection - BE YOU.
 
 

 
 
This cute girl and the background are both colored with Copic markers.   The background was then sponged a bit with coral and teal inks.  She was first stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The sentiment that comes with the set was stamped in a variety of colors using waterbase markers to color the stamp.  The face and button from the girl's shirt and hat were also colored with waterbase markers and stamped down the side, then colored with Copics.  The die cut corners are SCACD dies - Classic Corners.  They are heat embossed in a coral embossing powder.
 
You should be going next to the talented Jeanne's blog.  If you are lost, then head back to the SCACD Store Blog HERE for the hop list.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out all of the fantastic creations today showcasing SCACD's fab new stamps.
Susan

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Published in RubberStampMadness - Artist Profile

Woo Hoo!!!  Exciting news!!!

The Spring 2015 Issue of RubberStampMadness arrived a few days ago.  I have been anxiously waiting for it's arrival, as there is a 5 page Artist Profile article in it with 5 of my pieces!!!

The author of the article, Melanie King, did a wonderful job conveying all of the detailed information included in it. 
 
"One of a Kind" is the featured piece in the article.
 
 
It's actually a good size piece at 8 1/2" x 6".  Fred Mullett's fabulous and fun "Swirl Fish" is stamped 3 times - the 2 outside images are popped up on either side of the center image.   Other stamps in the piece include Judikins - Funky Fish, Third Coast Rubber Stamps - coral, Inkadinkado/EkSuccess - shell swirl.  The lettering is hand drawn. 
 
Two of the pieces in the article are actually 4" x 6" postcards, so they are completely flat for mailing purposes.  They are little scenes - one of my favorite types of stamping - telling a mini story with stamps. 
 
At the Beach
 
I had fun with this piece and added a bit of subtle humor - the man in the chair looks like he's taking a nap, but he's actually checking out the pretty lady walking by.
 
"The Lady With Umbrella and Hat", the man - "Asleep on Brighton Beach", and the "Gang of Gulls" are a few of my favorite stamps from 100 Proof Press.  Other stamps used are: open umbrella, tiny grass - Art Impressions, sandpipers - Stampin' Up!, pilings with grass - Sunnyside Stamps,  sand hills and shoreline - The Stampin' Place, fence, distant gulls - Kitty Kits (Rubbernecker Stamps).
 
 Enchanted Fairy Hello
 
The focal point of this piece that I built the scene around is the cute little Elf with a flower hat from My Paper Moon Stamps.   The fairy door tree trunks are another of my favorite stamps from Lavinia  Stamps. I varied the placement of them in the back of the scene to add the feeling of depth and distance to the scene.  The other stamps used are: stone wall - Outlines Rubber Stamps, tiny pebbles - Kanban Crafts, strips of flowers - Stampendous!, grass with flowers - Magenta, larger stones - Art Impressions, all others - Crafty Secrets.
 
Up, Up and Away
 
A fun mini scene birthday card.  Love this limited edition Girlfriends Up, Up and Away stamp from Art Impressions.  The scenery, clouds and other hot air balloons are from the Stampendous! Air Scapes clear stamp set.  They work perfectly to complete the scene.
 
Last, but definitely not least is a Valentine using another of my favorite stamps from 100 Proof Press as the focal point.
 
 Comida D'Art Dancers
 
The Comida D'Art Dancers and the Small Heart Balloon stamps are both from 100 Proof Press.  The die cut heart is from Memory Box with a harlequin stencil sponged on it.  The tiny hearts embossing folder is from Stampin! Up! and the rays embossing folder is from Sizzix Tim Holtz.  The sentiments on the balloons are hand lettered and the balloon strings hand drawn.   The dancers and large heart are cut out using a technique called Images Beyond the Borders.  Stamp TV has a YouTube video explaining the technique.
 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Hope spring comes soon.  It was 20 below zero here this morning - but the springtime art work in the current Spring RubberStampMadness issue helps me to think spring till then.
Susan 
 


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Holiday Village

A bit late, but I'm finally posting my Christmas card from this last December.



It's a fairly simple card to make.  The shimmer white cardstock makes it look quite elegant, but doesn't show up in the picture.

 ! used Tim Holtz On the Edge Tree Line die cut out in shimmer white cardstock and Cottage Cutz Holiday Village die in Night of Navy cardstock. These were popped up on a Night of Navy background with the Memory Box Star of Wonder also die cut in shimmer white. The rest of the stars were added with a white gel pen. Stickles were added for a finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a nice weekend.
Susan

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Verdigris, Copper, Feathers and Flourish

A turquoise and copper card using a woodgrain background, feathers and a bit of flourish.


This card was actually made last December for a card exchange in a local stamping group I belong to, but I'm just now getting around to posting it.  It has sort of a Southwest flavor to it with the copper and turquoise color scheme.

The background is a Stampin' Up! stamp simply titled Woodgrain.  It is stamped in metallic gold Color Box ink on a piece of 3 3/8" x 5" white cardstock.. This was matted on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of SU Bermauda Bay cardstock and finally on a 4 1/4" x 5" piece of dark brown shimmer cardstock. This was adhered to a white A2 card base.

The cross section uses Bermuda Bay, text weight metallic copper paper, then dark brown shimmer cardstock.  The button is die cut from a Stampin" Up Embosslit on metallic copper cardstock and the holes are threaded with a piece of brown twine.

The flourish die is Memory Box Gwyneth Flourish cut in copper cardstock.  It was heat embossed with copper embossing powder after randomly dabbing a VersaMark ink pad directly on the die cut.  The feathers are stamped and die cut from the Stampin' Up! Four Feather stamp set and matching Feathers Framelit dies using Bermuda Bay cardstock and copper text weight paper.  They were stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in copper, Verdigris and Woven Tapestry embossing powder.

Have a great rest of the week.
Susan

Hearts and Hedgies Valentine

A Valentine filled with hearts and Penny Black Hedgies - one of my favorite Penny Black, Inc. little characters.

 
 
 

These cute little critters bringing hearts to a Valentine are from the Penny Black, Inc. transparent stamp set "every which way".  They were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink, that was heat set, then colored with Copic markers.  A heart, cut from a Stampin' Up! embosslits die in Real Red cardstock was added at the bottom of the card.  Glossy accents was applied to all four hearts for a finishing touch.

The embossing folder is a Provo Craft Cuttlebug folder called Heart Blocks.  This was matted on Stampin' Up Real Red cardstock then on an A2 white cardstock card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Susan

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SCACD Holiday Inspiration Day

Hi everyone!  Today is Holiday Inspiration Day at SCACD (Susana's Custom Art and Card Design).

 
 
 

It's been awhile since I've posted, but I'm here today to share a card I created for SCACD's Holiday Inspiration Day.  Today SCACD's Design Team and sweet friends of SCACD are showcasing holiday digital images and even a few images converted to a holiday theme.
 
The digi I used today is SCACD's adorable Holiday Owl.  Be sure to check out all of the other fab SCACD digital images at the SCACD store.
 
To see the rest of today's the inspiring creations head over to the SCACD Store Blog.  You'll find a complete list of today's participants there. 
 
I colored the Holiday Owl and background with Copics and cut him out with two different sizes of Spellbinders Labels 22 dies.  The snowflakes were created by gluing together four of the SCACD Garden Corners Dies and gluing the doorknob from the SCACD Ornate Doorplate With Knob in the center.  The bells are an Impression Obsession die and the holly and mistletoe is a Sizzix die. 
 All of the dies are heat embossed with a variety of pearlized and sparkle embossing powders.
 
Don't forget to go check out the SCACD Store Blog to see the rest of today's fantastic projects.
 
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great rest of the week and Happy Holidays to you.
Susan
 
 


 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Autumn and Christmas Door Wreaths

Revised versions of a couple of door wreath cards I made a few years ago.



 
 
Memory Box Dies  - Bright Lanterns and Tiny Bow
Poppy Stamps Die - Grand Madison Door
 
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations Bricked embossing folder
Martha Stewart Punches - Branch (pine) and Autumn Branch.
Misc. leaf punches, Candy Cane and Holly dollar punches
Metallic Brad and Stickles for accents
Bows and Autumn Lantern colored with Copics
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Sue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christmas Angel

A Christmas card using the Stampin' Up! colors Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, and Cherry Cobbler.  Not your usual Christmas season color palette.  That was the challenge a while ago at our local stamping group.  This is a finalized version of what I designed.

 
 
 
As you can see in the close-up above, I used Ranger's Crackle Accents on the angel after fussy cutting her out.  She was stamped in Bermauda Bay with touches here and there of Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I also sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of her and added metallic gold where the white lines were, using a Sharpie Medium Metallic Gold Permanent Paint Pen.  She was popped up using dimensionals .
 
The background paper is Crumb Cake sponged around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and edged with the Gold Metallic Sharpie Pen, then matted on Bermuda Bay 5 x 7 cardstock.
 
The stars are stamped in Color Box metallic gold ink and the grunge dots are Bermuda Bay Ink.
The sentiment was stamped the same way as the angel and then clear heat embossed.
 
 
Stamps used:
Stampin' Up!: Rejoicing With You - angel; Gorgeous Grunge - dots; The Sounding Joy - sentiment; Simply Stars - medium stars; Evergreen - small stars; Christmas Star - large star
PSX:  - star bottom right corner
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.
Susan

Monday, October 27, 2014

SCACD Steampunk Skull

This fun, very spooky Steampunk Skull is one of SCACD's (Susana's Custom Art and Card Design) fab digis Susana has for sale on her site. 





This eerie skull has a bit of a story about him.  I've been away at a semi annual scrapping/stamping retreat for four days at Trout Creek Condominiums Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan.  A gorgeous place to stay with a fantastically friendly group and staff.  I had spent about four hours coloring all the fab details in this skull and was about to put all the pieces of the card together, when I couldn't find him anywhere.  I went through everything, the trash, stacks of paper piece by piece, all my cases of materials and my tool kit.  No sign of him anywhere. A couple of friends/fellow stampers helped me.  They also looked through everything.  I knew he had to be there, because I had just used him to measure for the piece.  After about an hour of looking, I was about to give up and start over coloring him.  All of a sudden there he was - he slid out from between two pieces of scrap paper.  Talk about eerie!! So now, after my first time at the retreat, I have a reputation for having lost my skull!

 The skull was colored with Copic markers before cutting out.  SCACD's Garden Corner dies were used in the top two corners.  SCACD's Alice's Clock die was used in the bottom left corner.  The large chain is an EK punch and the small chain is a Memory Box die.  All of the die cuts were heat embossed with gold, antique gold, brass, silver and copper embossing powders. 

The dies were glued on a scrap piece of design paper from my stash, before matting on black and then gold shimmer cardstock.  The Steampunk Skull was popped up in the center. The corners of the design paper and black cardstock were punched with a Stampin' Up ticket corner punch.

Have a great week.
Hugs,
Susan

Give Me the Chocolate!! SCACD Ecto Curiosities Digi

This cute little devilish character, Ecto, is one of SCACD's (Susana's Custom Art and Card Design) fun Curiosities Digis

 
 
 

Ecto was colored with Copic markers, then cut out, along with the cute sentiment that comes with this digi.  The sentiment was matted on black and bright yellow cardstock. 

I also die cut two of the SCACD Classic Corners dies and four of the SCACD Ornate Hinge dies.  The hinges made perfect flames at the base of the card.  The die cuts were also colored with Copics following the same color scheme.  The die cuts and the sentiment were all glued down on a piece of Haunted Hollow design paper I found in my stash.  Ecto was popped up so he was farther away from the background in the front, tapering to his tail, which was glued down directly on the design paper.  This gave a more dimensional effect. 

The piece was matted on black, bright yellow and orange cardstock.  Yellow Stickles were added to Ecto's spots for a finishing touch.

Have a great start to the week.
Thanks for stopping by for a look.
Susan

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reindeer Merry Christmas

A fun Christmas card using the Memory Box Grand Christmas die, some oval punches and a snowflake punch from Stampin' Up!



I used a couple of different sized oval punches and cut apart a snowflake punch to make the reindeer heads.  The noses are a regular sized hole punch in red and black with Black Enamel Accents from Ranger and Red Stickles.  I drew white lines on the black noses with a white gel pen.  The cute eye lash google eyes I found in my stash when I went hunting for the google eyes.  The design paper is from my scrap stash.  I sponged around the edges of the A2 card and the edges of the antlers with Walnut Stain Ranger Distress Ink.

Have a great rest of the day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Susan

Blustery Halloween

This card feels like a blustery Halloween with the pumpkin lanterns swinging in the wind. 



Yesterday at our monthly local stamping group meeting, we had a challenge to make a Halloween card in about a half an hour with whatever materials we had with us at the time.  This is what I came up with. 


Stamps Used:
Stampin' Up! - Happy Congratulations - lanterns; Gorgeous Grunge - spots and speckles in background; Fall Fest - ghost and leaves; Wetlands and Simply Sketched - bushes at base of card
Penny Black - Bare Tree
Art Impressions - Background - distressed diagonal lines

The ghost is first stamped in Memento Pear Tart ink on a separate sheet of white cardstock and colored over with Copic markerYG23.  The eyes and mouth are Y17. Then I cut it out and glued it down on a piece of 4.75 x 6.75 piece of white cardstock. 

The lanterns were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with a variety of orange and green markers.  The pumpkin faces are hand drawn.  The bushes and bare tree and leaves are stamped with Walnut Stain Distress ink and colored with green, yellow, orange and brown Copics.

The background and edges are sponged with Ranger Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  The distressed grungy background was stamped with Ripe Persimmon, Barn Red and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.

It was matted on a piece of 5" x 7" black cardstock then onto an A7 white card base. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you have a great week.
Susan

Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn Lanterns from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design

Fall, with it's fabulous colors, is such a wonderful time of the year for enjoying nature's bounty.  One of my favorite fall plants is the  Chinese Lantern.  The colors in the flowers are especially beautiful in the summer and the fall seed pods are such vibrant shades of orange.

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) has just recently posted some new digital images for sale.  There are several lovely flowers drawn by SCACD artist Carmen Medlin.   One of them is this gorgeous Chinese Lantern.


Below is a close up of the flower and seed pods.
 
 
 
 
                  Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Grand Large Labels
Punch:  Stampin' Up! Ticket Corner punch

 
The image was colored with Copic markers after printing it on Georgia Pacific 110 lb. white cardstock.  After using the ticket corner punch, I sponged around the edges with Color Box Copper and Ranger Walnut Stain inks.  It was matted on a shimmer copper cardstock . 
 
A frame was created using the Grand Large Labels largest and third largest dies.  It was sponged with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Rainger Distress Ink, then popped up around the matted main image.
 
This was matted on to a piece of dark blue/green cardstock, then another piece of shimmer copper cardstock, a piece of unknown design paper in my stash and Early Espresso cardstock.
 
I used two of SCACD's dies in this piece that I thought finished it off perfectly.  I cut four of SCACD's Classic Corners and colored them with Copics E35 and E59 before gluing them in the corners.  I cut the fan from SCACD's Nature's Tapestry Fan die and also colored it with E35 and E59.  I glued this in place on the bottom corner of the frame I made.  I framed all of this in a black 8" x10" frame.
 
Be sure to go check out all the beautiful new flower and other fun digis over at SCACD.
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great and color filled fall week. 
Susan
 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Halloween Boo

You have to go check out the fun new digis over at SCACD.  This cute little digi is titled "Boo"  Isn't he adorable.  I made an Autumn moonlight scene using this sweet little character and one of Susana's beautiful dies - Breezy Branches.


The background is design paper from Authentique's Spirited Collection 6" x 6" paper pad.  I used some Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Dried Marigold ink pads direct to paper on the design paper. Next I sponged on a few wisps of white pigment ink to give it sort of a mysterious foggy night look. 

I printed out the Boo digital image on Georgia Pacific 110 weight white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  The ghost is colored with B01, B00, B000, B0000, C01, E40 and E41.  The pumpkin is colored with R08, YR09, YR07, YR04, Y17, Y07, Y04, G24, G21 and YG25.  I did this a second time with a slightly smaller version of the Boo image. Both were fussy cut out.  The bigger Boo sentiment was cut out separately to look like a word bubble. 

A 1 3/4" circle was punched out of white cardstock and also colored with the same YR and Y Copic colors.  This was then clued down in the upper left corner.

I cut out the Breezy Branches Die 4 times and colored them with Copics using the same YR, Y, G, and YG colors listed above as well as E49, 47, 44, 39, 35, 29 and 25.   The negatives of the cut out branches dies were used as stencils and sponged in the upper left corner, including on top of the moon, using Walnut Stain Distress ink.  A couple of the die cut branches were glued down over the moon. 

The two ghosts, Boo sentiment and pumpkin were popped up with dimensional foam tape.  The rest of the branches were cut apart and glued down at the bottom of the scene.  The scene was matted on light orange, black and orange cardstock. 

Be sure to stop by SCACD and check out all of the fun new digital images posted there.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fabulous rest of the week.
Susan

Monday, August 11, 2014

Prima Seashore Mini Album Insert

This is my first attempt at making a mini album on my own.  It's actually an insert for a mini album, but I'm using it as a mini album by itself. 

At the beginning of the summer I took a class on how to make a Vertical Paper Bag Mini Album.  It was a 12 hour class that wound up lasting almost 14 hours, but was well worth the time and investment.  Since then I have watched several tutorials on other mini album styles and chose this style for making the first one. 

An ocean and nautical theme is what I decided on for this project since I already had a 6" x 6" pad of the Prima Seashore collection - gorgeous paper and one of my favorite summer themes.  The back cover of the album is 6 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W with the front cover and inside pages varying slightly from that. Kraft cardstock from The Paper Studio was used throughout the album.


This is the front cover.  The little flap at the top and the piece it tucks behind are made with a Stampin" Up Modern Label punch and acts as the closure for the mini album.  All of the edges of paper in the album are sponged with Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink to give it an antique look.  All of the dies throughout the album were cut out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  Some gold accents were added using a Sharpie Metallic Gold Fine Point Pen.



This is the inside of the front cover and the first page.  There are pockets, tags and fold-out page flaps throughout the album for added space for photo mats.  One of the Prima Seashore papers was cut-apart tags and pictures also used throughout the album.


First page with the side flap open showing a pocket with 2 tags and more space for photos or journaling.


The next 2 pages.  The page on the right has 2 flaps one that opens up and one that opens down.  This shows the top flap closed.


This is the bottom flap that folds down.  It has 2 side flaps that open like a gatefold, but they overlap each other. 


Here both side flaps on the fold up flap are open.  Lots of room for more photos and journaling.


Here is the inside of the bottom flap when it is folded down.


Top flap closed on that page, bottom flap open partially shown in foreground.


Front of side photo mat insert.


Back of side photo mat insert.


Inside of same page with top and bottom flaps open.  A pocket with another tag.


Inside of the opened top flap.


The outside of the back cover.

Punches, dies, stencil and stamp used on the mini album:

Stampin' Up! punches - Modern Label, Round Tab, Ticket corner
Stampin' Up! stamp set - By the Tide
Cheery Lynn dies - Ship's Compass, Ship's Helm
Sizzix Alterations Bigz die - Sand and Sea
Impression Obsession dies - Sea Birds, Shell Set
Marianne Creatables - Classic Boats
Memory Box die - Big Splash
Memory Box Frantic Stamper exclusive dies - Lighthouse, sailboats
Dollar Bin punches - Tiny seashell and tiny seahorse
The Crafter's Workshop Stencil - Fence Frame Stencil 6" x 6" - sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink to look like a net

I used the tutorial by Angelwings 14100 on YouTube called Mini Insert Tutorial (Previous Insert I Had Made for Donna) as the basis for the layout of this mini album insert.

This was a fun project, although it did take me a couple of days to do.   I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.  I'll be making a few more mini albums.  I just haven't decided which style album or what theme yet.

Have a fabulous week.
Hugs,
Susan

Doodle Frame Florals

A couple of notecards using Penny Black, Inc's Whisper wood mount stamp with a frame doodled around the edges.


 Red and Yellow "Whisper" Florals
 

 Blue and Violet "Whisper" Florals
 
The Blue and Violet Floral has a slightly different doodled frame from the Red and Yellow one.
 
They were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink on Copic X-Press It cardstock then colored with Copic markers.  The frame was drawn with a Copic Black Multiliner 3.0 pen. 
 
The 4" x 5 1/4" piece was popped up with dimensionals on an A2 white card base.
 
My inspiration for these pieces came from a card on The Paper Menagerie on Etsy.com.  Here is a pin I saw of it on Pinterest.
 
Thanks for stopping by for a look.
Have a great week.
Susan
 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Timeless Lace

 
 
Heartfelt Creations Timeless Lace was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  It was trimmed and matted on black, red, then a deep yellow cardstock for a quick, fun 4-1/4" X 5-1/2" card.  Burgandy, Paprika, and Black Diamond Stickles were added for a bit of bling and a finishing touch.
 
 
Have a great Wednesday.
Thanks for stopping by.
Susan

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bees at Work

This card was started last winter and then got buried in a stack on my work table.  I found it again a few days ago while doing a bit of cleaning up, so decided it was high time to finish it.  It's just a card for fun inspired by the Stampin' Up! Hexagon Hive die.  I didn't include a sentiment yet, because I haven't decided what I'll use it for.


The Stampin' Up Hexagon Hive die and a background piece of yellow cardstock were sponged with yellow and rust inks using Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Honeycomb stencil.  The die was popped up on top of the background stenciling and matted on Cajun Craze cardstock

 The bees are an old Sizzix Sizzlits die Bee#4 cut out of the same yellow paper.  I recently ordered the new Tim Holtz Layered Dragon Fly die and embossing folder set and decided by using the embossing folder I could make the wings look a bit more realistic. 

The dragon fly was embossed on a piece of vellum cardstock, then the bee die was placed over the embossed wings and cut out for each bee again.  The yellow wings were cut off and the vellum wings were glued on the back of the bees in their place.  The bees were colored with Copic markers, then glued down in the honeycomb.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Have a great week.
Susan

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Perfect Peacock

This is one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamps from their new 2014-2015 catalog.  I love peacock stamps and this one is especially beautiful.  It was particularly fun to color and work with. 

 
 

Mr. Peacock is colored with Copic markers after stamping with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on GP110 cardstock. 

The foliage dies added are Penny Black Inc.'s Fresh Breeze (fern) and Memory Box's Fresh Foliage, both of which are colored with Copics and cut apart before gluing down.

The feather is from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities set Peacock Feather, which was also colored with Copics.

Bits of gold were added here and there with a Sharpie Fine Point Metallic Gold Pen for a finishing touch before matting on Island Indigo and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  This was then offset and matted in the top left corner of a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fab rest of the weekend.
Susan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SCACD THIS & THAT RUBBER STAMP BLOG HOP!!!

 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.


SERENITY



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.
Susan


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.
Susan