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.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Some of the spectacular night skies we have had this summer are my inspiration for this piece.

I am entering this piece in Craft a Scene's September Challenge.  The theme for this month is "Dusk to Dawn". 

This has been a great summer for star gazing.  Living in an area surrounded by lots of wilderness and water and few city lights makes the area where I live wonderful for stargazing.  In fact, just across the Mackinac Bridge at the tip of Michigan's northern peninsula there is The Headlands International Dark Sky Park.  There is a spectacular video of some night skies in northern Michigan on their website.  
The man and dog sitting on the rocks seemed to make the perfect pair to be stargazing on a cool summer evening in northern Michigan.  The scene was laid out and stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig stamp positioner and Eclipse Masking tape by Judikins.  After the ink dried the images and background were colored with Copic markers.
Stamps used:
Stampscapes - Curvilinear Road, observatory, space rocks, boulder on left
100 Proof Press - Elf with Telescope (partial stamp), 3 round planets in sky(marbles stamps), small comet, rocky outcropping
VivaLasVegaStamps - Man and Dog, Big Dipper, Saturn, Tiny Planet by observatory
Beeswax - large rock ledge in foreground
Art Impressions - cliff on left
Third Coast Rubber Stamps  - spiral in sky
Rubber Stamp Avenue - moon
Have a great week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Christmas Door

Using the same idea as the front door card I created with a fall leaf wreath, this time I made a card with a Christmas wreath for the door.

The door is a Memory Box Poppy Stamps die and the bricks are created using a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder from Sizzix. 
The wreath is made using a Martha Stewart punch for the evergreen foliage.  The candy canes and the holly punch are from Studio G dollar punches.  The evergreens are dabbed here and there lightly on a Versamark Ink pad and then gold heat embossed.  The candy canes' white stripes are added with a white gel pen and the holly berries are made using red Stickles.  The wreath is glued together on a ring shaped base made by using a 1" and a 3/4" punch to form the ring.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great end of the week. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Birthday Blooms

A happy birthday wish filled with blue and gold blooms. 

Birthday Blooms
Copic markers were used to color this adorable little girl named Wryn (Tiddly Inks digital stamp "Wryn Blooms") and her beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Actually I colored her some time ago and she was sitting in my stack of "to be completed" projects.  The background is colored in Copics as well.   The "Happy Birthday!" sentiment is from the Penny Black clear acrylic stamp set "tweet tweet".  It's matted on Stampin' Up! Pacific Point cardstock and a pale gold shimmer cardstock.
Have a super Friday.  Another gorgeous summer day here.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's Your Birthday - Paint the Town Any Color You Want To!

A birthday card for a special friend.  Birthdays are always a great excuse to celebrate!

Paint the Town Any Color You Want To!!
What a fun way to celebrate another year older!  This card was just plain fun to color. The cartoon like cityscape is an old Hero Arts stamp I found in my stash of semi-forgotten stamps.  It fits the whimsical cartoon style theme perfectly along with Penny Black's artistic kitty and sentiment.  Actually this kitty painter looks a lot like me after I finish a painting project - covered in blotches of paint from head to toe.
The card was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then colored with Stampin' Up! markers.  To mask the kitty, I used Judikins Eclipse Tape.   For fun I added a few extra footprints by coloring just the footprints part of the stamp with markers and stamping them several times across the bottom of the card.
Thanks for looking.
It's a beautiful summery August day here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Planet Patrol - Published in Rubber Stamp Madness Fall 2013 Issue

Surprise!!  I'm back!!  I really haven't fallen off the face of the Earth.  I've just been sidetracked this summer with lots of different projects.  I have been making cards, but haven't been seated in one place long enough to post them. 

I do have exciting news though!!  I just had three cards published in the current Fall Issue #181 of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine.  This card is on page 61 in their "Out of This World" Space theme article. 

Planet Patrol
The Mostly Animals space frog stamp used here is one of my favorite stamps.  When I found out the submission theme for RSM this fall issue was Space, I knew I was going to use this little guy for sure in my piece.  I have him "leap frogging" (pun intended) across the rugged terrain on some unexplored planet in the far reaches of space. Kilroy is there to greet him for a bit of subtle humor added to the piece.  The "sky" is sponged with Memento and Stampin' Up! die inks.  The stars were added with a white gel pen.  The rest of the scene is colored with Copic markers.
Stamps used:
Rock landscape - After Midnight
Craters at base (partial stamp) - Beeswax
Kilroy, Planet Patrol, parked rocket ship - Viva Las Vegastamps!
Frog in space suit (partial) - Mostly Animals
Moon - Beeswax

Two more of my cards were published in the Card Shoppe Happy Halloween article on pages 18 - 20.

Haunted House
The humorous sentiment was the inspiration for this three-dimensional piece. 
Stamps used:
Scarecrow - The Stampin' Place
Tree - Art Impressions
Witch's feet and hat - Stampin' Up!
House - Tim Holtz die (details hand drawn)
Sentiment - Rubbernecker
Witch's face - Stamps Happen (Janlynn)
Owl - Inkadinkado
Web & lion - unknown
Tin Man - hand drawn
Grass - Martha Stewart punch

Trick or Treat
This sweet little Tick-or-Treat witch looks just right in front of the large star and wreath of circles.  The vintage style lettering for the sentiment works perfectly with the other images.  
Stamps used:
Witch, Trick or Treat - Inkadinkado
Large star with wreath of circles, small star - Hot Off the Press (Paper Wishes)

By the way, the cover of this fall's issue of RSM by Carol Sutter (Sutter Stamps) is "out of this world" gorgeous.  You can check it out by clicking on the link to RSM posted on the sidebar of my blog.
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Give Flight to Your Dreams

A butterfly card with a lacy, Art Deco look to it.

The triangles with butterflies are from the Penny Black set Social Butterfly. They go perfectly with the lace from JustRite's Art Deco Lace Edges set. The larger butterfly in the center is by Inkadinkado from the mini set Take Wing. The sentiment is also a JustRite stamp from the set Botanical Butterflies.

All images and the background are colored with Copic markers after stamping with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. The center butterfly is stamped a second time, colored, cut out and popped up over top of the original one. This is also true of the triangles on the two sides. The two smaller butterflies are also stamped again, colored, cut out and popped up on top of the original butterflies

Stardust Stickles is added for a finishing touch. This entire main image is matted on an A2 card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Vintage Frangia Bouquet

A vintage looking bouquet card for a friend..


This vintage bouquet card uses Memory Box's Frangia Bouquet, Twirling Vine Frame, along with their Debutante Frame for the backing,  Marianne Designs Tiny Flowers #4 die was also used in the bouquet. The vintage looking sentiment is from Crafty Secret's Sweet Kids clear stamp set.

The die cutouts are colored with Copics and the backgrounds are sponged with SU Certainly Celery and Blush Blossom inks. The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive with a touch of Pear Pzzazz.

The corners on the card base were rounded to go with the curves of the frame. The main image was popped up on the card base to add a bit more dimension. A bit of white gel pen was added to the flowers for a finishing touch.
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Happy Independence Day today to those of you in the states.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cabin in the Woods

Memory Box dies were used to create this masculine scenic wintery card.

The snowy ground was sponged using Post-It notes as a mask with Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze ink.  The sky is also sponged, but a couple of punched out scalloped circles were used as a mask.  They were taped together so that they were just barely overlapping on one side, then sponged across just the tops of them.  Stampin' Up! Soft Sky ink was used. 

The dies were all colored with Copic markers.  The logs and other details on the cabin were hand drawn.  The whole main image is popped up onto the front of an A2 size card base with a 1/4" mat.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bee Well Soon

A get well card using Penny Black's acrylic stamp set Sweet As Honey, along with Stampin' Up!'s Honeycomb embossing folder and a Hearts a Flutter Framelits die for the sentimment on the side.

The main bee image is colored with Copics and cut out. A second bee was stamped, colored, cut out and popped up on top of the main bee. The honeycomb was sponged with Memento Dandelion,and Tim Holtz More Mustard and Scattered Straw Distress Inks. The violet mat layer is sponged with Memento Grape Jelly ink. The two smaller bees were colored with Copics, cut out and glued down.  The bees' flight pattern is hand drawn.

Have a great day!!

A Flowery Hello

Another flowery hello card using Hero Arts "Flowers Say Hello" old sentiment stamp, but this time the flowers are from the Fiskars clear stamp set "Petals From Scratch".  The dragon fly is from the old Inkadinkado set "Beauty Stems From Here."

Except for the big daisy, I stamped the flowers along the bottom, the sentiment and the dragonfly with Memento Tuxedo Black ink directly onto the A2 card front, then I colored them with Copics.  The large daisy is stamped on a separate piece of Copic X-Press It white cardstock, colored with Copics and cut out.  The bottom of the card is sponged with Stampin' Up! Gumball Green, Old Olive and Always Artichoke inks.  The rest of the edges are just barely touched with a Coastal Cabana ink pad to give a hint of blue along the edges.

The left side needed something, so I added a few vertical score lines, then colored the area with yellow Copics.  It still needed something, so I used Stampin' Up's! Spritzer Tool that they just retired and spritzed the front of the card with some of their yellow markers. 

Next I attached the large daisy flower, after curving the petals with my hands to give them some shape.  The daisy center is glued directly to the card front, but the petals are popped up with SU dimensionals to hold the curve to the petals.  Last I added a bit of Star Dust Stickles to the flowers and the dragonfly's wings.

Thanks for stopping by.
Those of you in the states have a fantastic and fun Fourth of July celebration.
Have a great week everyone.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Songbird Serenade

Serenade, a new Stampendous sentiment stamp fits perfectly with Penny Black's Sweet Melody set. Love the way the birds are drawn with the swirls for feathers. The little music notes are from Crafty Secrets.

A card in blues and greens, with a touch of gold.  Images and background are colored with Copics after stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Parts of the cage are colored with a gold gel pen and all of the images have touches of a clear glitter gel pen added for accent. After coloring it still needed something, so I spritzed it with a couple of Stampin' Up! markers using a Stampin' Up! spritzer tool.  The edges are sponged with Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay and Glorious Green ink.  Then Color Box Gold ink was also added around the dges of the main image, although it's hard to see in the picture.  The mat is a green scrap cardstock and the new SU Coastal Cabana cardstock.  Love their new In colors this year.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flowers Say Hello

"Flowers Say Hello from the Heart" is an old Hero Arts stamp, but one of my favorite sentiment stamps. 

I decided to stick to greens, cream/brown and a bit of yellow for this one layer semi-clean and simple flower card. No extra frills on it.

The side lattice is from Penny Black's clear "Puzzle Parts" stamp set. The flowers and butterfly are from Inkadinkado - an old set titled "Beauty Stems From Here". The sentiment is an old Hero Arts stamp. All stamps are colored with Copic markers after stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Hope your day is filled with flowers and hellos from the heart.
Thanks for stopping by.