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

Friday, June 20, 2014

Seaside Thank You

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

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

Sunday, June 8, 2014

SCACD - Steampunk Beauty

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


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


Friday, May 30, 2014

SCACD Digi Release - Steampunk Hermit

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fabulouse New SCACD Digi Release - STEAMPUNK SIREN

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

 
 

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.
Susan

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flutterby

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



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

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

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

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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunshine Daisies

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


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


Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Summer's Day

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


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

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a Happy Easter.
Sue

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.
 
Sue

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
TPCStudio
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.
Sue


Monday, April 7, 2014

SCACD ELEMENTS RUBBER STAMP BLOG HOP!!!

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.
Susan
 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SCACD - ALIEN BUTTERFLY

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.
 
Susan  

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.
Susan

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.
Susan


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.
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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.
Susan