Monday, July 4, 2016

Power Poppy's Gerbera Daisies

A vintage look to one of my favorite flowers.  This card is for a special friend and fellow stamper who is recovering from a recent stroke.

Stampin' Up's Labels Collection largest die was used to cut out the daisies after coloring them with Copic markers.  The background around the daisies was sponged with Soft Sky and then spattered some blue and yellow reinker.  It was sponged around the edges with Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. This was glued to the largest of the Spellbinders Art Deco Dies which was also colored with Copics and sponged around the edges. These were popped up on a 4-3/4" x 6-3/4" piece of white cardstock that was sponged with Scattered Straw and edged with the same colors as the others.  I also spattered this with the same reinkers.  The whole thing was glued to an A7 white card base. 

The leaves were cut using the Cottage Cuts Acanthus die as these looked the closest to daisy leaves that I had.  They were colored and sponged with the same colors as the rest of the piece, then glued down.  A few Stickles were added for a finishing touch.

Happy Fourth!
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Dance of the Butterflies

This wonderful butterfly garden piece, recently released by Penny Black Inc., is all one stamp. Perfect for making an elegant but quick card.

The "Butterfly Dance" stamp from Penny Black, Inc. is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on GP110 white cardstock then colored with Copic markers.  I kept the color palette to mostly blue-greens with a contrast of coral-orange and a dash of green.  A few dabs of Star Dust Stickles were added that make it stand out more, although they are hard to see in the picture.
The main image is matted on Bermuda Bay cardstock then on the white card A7 card base. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set "Simply Sketched" and is also stamped with a small portion of the large butterfly garden stamp.  It is also colored with Copics and matted on Bermuda Bay cardstock.  This is placed to match were it fits in the large picture of the garden stamp and popped up with dimensionals.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Circle Color Burst

There is a burst of vibrant blues and greens with a tinge of purples in this colorful card with peacock feathers and a butterfly.

This card is made using an Outlines Stamps butterfly colored with Copics and cutout.  The Large and Small Circle Burst die cuts are from Memory Box, and the peacock feather dies are from Frantic Stamper and Impression Obsession.  The watercoloring behind the circle bursts is made using Ken Oliver's Color Burst and Brusho powder watercolor paints.

The feathers are also colored with Copics, then covered with VersaMark Ink and clear heat embossed. The large background is sponged with a variety of green, purple and blue Distress and Stampin' Up inks. Stickles were added to the Circle Bursts.  The watercolor background was outlined with a large black Sharpie permanent marker.  The Circle Burst piece was cut slightly smaller before gluing in place.

A lot of work, but a fun card to make.  I love all the vibrant colors that make it come alive.

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Beautiful Birthday Blossoms

A springtime birthday card in purples and greens.

Used Stampin' Up Birthday Blossoms to create a fresh springtime birthday card. The flowers and leaves were masked using a Post-It-Note while stamping.

Everything was colored with Copic markers including the background.  The cardstock mat is Gumball Green and Gable Green.  Purple Stickles were used for accents.

Happy Springtime - April Showers today.

Perfect Peacock in Copper

Another version with a different color palette of a card I did back in August of 2014.
This time the Stampin" Up "Perfect Peacock"  is colored using, coppery Earth and brownish orange YR Copic markers.  It is highlighted with a fine point gold Sharpie Paint Pen and copper Stickles.  The gold border is drawn with a wide tip Sharpie gold paint pen.  This is matted on black cardstock before matting on an A7 size piece of shimmer copper metallic cardstock. 
The feather die is from the Spellbinders Peacock Feather set.  The foliage is made from cut apart dies from Penny Black - Fresh Breeze and Memory Box - Fresh Foliage.  These were also colored with Copic markers.
Have a great rest of the day.

Artistic One Layer Sympathy

A simple, yet elegant one layer sympathy card made by stamping with VersaMark ink, heat embossing with white embossing powder and then sponging around the embossed images with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I added three score lines on the right side for interest and drew a border around all 4 edges with the same color Distress water based marker.

Stampin" Up sets Awesomely Artistic and Butterfly Basics were used for this card.

The inside says "With deepest sympathy"

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Always in My Heart

Another fun Valentine just playing around with the new Penny Black stamp sets Tweeting Love and Happy Hearts.  It turned out to be sort of a scenic collage  - something a little different for a Valentine.  The "Always" is from an old Stampin' Up! set - Always Elegant and the brick background is a Prima stamp.  The images were stamped with VersFine Onyx Black ink.  The brick background was stamped with Memento London Fog ink to give it a distant muted look.  The red is colored with Stampin' Up!'s Real Red marker and the clouds are sponged using a variety of Stampin' Up! blue-green inks and a punched scalloped circle.

The background and edges are sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The picture is matted on black cardstock, then on an A2 Bermuda Bay cardstock card base.

Thanks for looking.  Have a great rest of the week.

Field of Hearts

Just playing around with a new Penny Black stamp set Happy Hearts and an older Stampin' Up! set Valentine Defined.

Used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp this A2 card.  Colored the images and background with Copics.  Then sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added a few Stickles for accents.]

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

SCACD Digital Stamps RELEASE!!!!

SCACD is celebrating 10 newly released exclusive digital stamps.  There are some new cute animal stacks - think kittens, puppies and birds, as well as some Steampunk additions and more!!!  So check out the collection as these are really cute, fun and unique.  SCACD artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images, and we are happy to be showcasing them to you now.

They are now available for purchase in the USA HERE.

All of our EU International Friends can purchase them HERE.

If you are a non-EU country you can purchase direct from SCACD HERE.

Today I am showcasing the fabulous new Steampunk Chrysalis digital stamp from SCACD.

 The image is printed on GP 110  cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and colored with Copic markers.   The background is also colored with Copic markers and matted first on a piece of black cardstock, then a rusty orange piece of cardstock and again a piece of black cardstock.  I used several SCACD dies to accent the piece - Dandelion Knoll Statement Corner Die, Classic Timepiece Die and Classic Corners Die set. The dies are heat embossed with a variety of metallic embossing powders and a few gears are added to the piece in keeping with the Steampunk theme for accents.  The piece was finished by framing it in a 8" x 10" plain black frame.
You should be going next to Roni's blog to see more of the fabulous new digital images just released at SCACD. 
If you want to make sure you saw all of the designers showcasing the stamps then head back to the SCACD store blog HERE for the list.
Please note SCACD is having a sale so check it out HERE.
I hope you enjoy the hop and all the great new digital images at SCACD.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Baby Girl Mini Album

A little while ago I was asked to make a baby girl mini album and this is what I designed for her.

The cover latch is made using Basic Grey magnet discs.  The button is a star shaped mother-of-pearl one I found in my stash.  It is glued on the punched out label from Stampin' Up!  The sweet baby sleeping on the moon and yellow stars are a die cut from Cottage Cutz and are colored with Copic markers.  The rest is a piece of design paper I found in my stash.  In fact all of the design paper in the album I found in my stash and have no idea what company it is.  All edges on this album are sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger

Inside front cover has a pocket with 3 handmade tags.  The large tag is made with a Stampin' Up! punch.  The lacy trim on this and other pockets in the album are made with a Martha Stewart punch. The mini envelope is from an old McGill punch.  The baby booties are a Cottage Cutz die colored with Copics.  All of the dies I used in this book were colored with Copic markers.

The first inside page has a flap held closed with a concealed magnet.  The onesie is from a die set by Little B as is the rocking horse. 

Inside page with the flap open and 3 more tags in the pocket.

Inside flap with Teddy Bear die by Cottage Cutz.

The back side of the page with a baby carriage die by Memory Box.

The next page is an overlapping gate fold using another hidden magnet.  The diaper pin dies are by Little B and Marianne Designs.

One side of gate fold open. Footprints and buggy are some old stickers I found in my stash.  The footprints are popped up with dimensionals. 

Inside left flap of gatefold.  The blocks are another Cottage Cuts die. 

Page with both flaps open.

The whole gate fold page folds down and this is the back of it.  The stork die is from Impression Obsession.

There is a top flap that is also attached to the inside back cover that folds up and down from the top of the page.  This is one side of the page.  The rattle is from a stamp I had - don't know the name.  The page is a pocket page.  I used my envelope punch board to create the side of the pocket and a Stampin' Up! punch to create the tab for the pocket insert. 

The back side of the pocket page.  The stork is part of the Little B die set.

The inside back cover with 3 more tags in another pocket.  The ducks are a Memory Box Die.  The waves are created by cutting apart a swirl die from Penny Black.

Outside back cover.  The baby carriage is a Die-namites die.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Feathery Owl

Love this cute little owl from Impression Obsession.  It's one of their new stamps that came out earlier this fall and one of my favs.  I made this card awhile ago and just now am getting around to posting it.

I stamped the owl, branch, wheat and moon with clouds by coloring them with SU markers and huffing on them for moisture before stamping. Then I colored in the rest with Copic Markers. Sponged the edges with Distress Walnut Stain and matted the piece on Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay and Apricot Appeal cardstock. Stickles were added to the wheat.  A few feathers were added in the upper left corner.

Stamps used:
Impression Obsession - Feathery Owl
Prickley Pear - wheat
Stampa Barbara - moon with clouds
Third Coast - tree branch

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Sit for a Spell!

Just a fun Halloween card I made while I was fooling around with a new cute stamp set I picked up at Michaels earlier this fall.

I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat dried the ink with a heat gun quickly before coloring both the images and background with Copic markers. The white cardstock was cut at 4 by 5 1/4 and matted on a piece of A2 black cardstock. The witch's hat was masked with a cutout Post-it Note before the hanging sign and witch's shoes were stamped.
Materials used:
Hampton Art clear stamp set - Witch is In SC0696
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Copic Markers
GP110 white cardstock
Black cardstock
A2 white card base
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Have a great rest of this chilly fall weekend.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Butterfly Burst of Color

Tried using my Brusho paints for the first time.  They are fun to work and play with. 

A card for a friend.  I wanted it to be eye-catching, but also elegant with vibrant colors.

The dies are Memory Box Small and Large Circle Bursts.  Their background is Brusho on watercolor paper.  The Bamboo is from Art Impressions, stamped in Archival Black, then heat embossed with Black Sparkle and Copper embossing powder.  The bare tree is a Penny Black stamp with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. 

The butterfly is from Outlines Rubber stamps. It is stamped in VersaFine black and colored with Copics to match the Brusho.  I fussy cut it out before popping it up with dimensionals.

The  yellow background is sponged with Rnger's Distress inks Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and the new Fossilized Amber on the edges.

The Brusho background has a black line drawn around it with a Sharpie pen.  This was matted on Poppy Parade cardstock.  It is an A7 size card.

Have a great rest of the week.  It's the hottest day of the year so far here.  Hoping things cool off a bit.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SCACD Eclectic Sea Collection Angelfish and Coral Sunflowers

Below is the first piece I've created in sometime.  Time seems to have gotten away from me this spring and summer. 

Susana at SCACD (Susana's Custom Art and Card Design) has recently released a brand new and totally fabulous collection of red rubber stamps titled  the Eclectic Sea Collection.  The Eclectic Sea is a twist of sorts in how something land bound might be seen in the ocean, for example a Sunflower that is now a Coral Sea Flower and vice a versa. So check out the collection as these are really unique and elegant.  There are nine gorgeous stamps in the new set including the four I used below to create this fun 5" x 7" under-the-sea piece. 

The stamps I used from the collection are the Angelfish Trio set of three stamps and the smallest of the Coral Sunflower two stamp set.  Below are close-ups of the largest angelfish and part of the small coral sunflower.


The largest and midsized angelfish as well as the coral sunflowers were colored with Copic markers after stamping with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on GP110 cardstock. 

The smallest angelfish I colored directly on the stamp with different shades of brown water based markers and stamped after huffing on the stamp to moisten the ink.  I stamped it a second time without re-inking to give it a lighter tone for more dimension.  The coral sunflowers have accents of metallic gold gel pen added to them. 

The background was first colored with Copic markers, then also coloring with Copic markers, I used a new stencil I just purchased titled Wavy Stripes by Dutch Doobadoo.   The piece was finished by framing in a simple black frame.

Be sure to check out all the great new stamps at SCACD in the Eclectic Sea Collection.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Hope you have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.


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
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