Saturday, December 31, 2011

Celestial Celebration

It's the last day of 2011.  Tonight all around the world there will be celebrating and ringing in the New Year - 2012.  This card is a celebration of the New Year - a Celestial Celebration!

Dragon Orb CH-696-H
Stardust Starry Corner CH-952-G
Star Shine VW-001-G

The background was made using Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Mixatives on glossy white cardstock.  The stars and corners were stamped with VersaMark and embossed with silver detail embossing powder.  Two of the Stardust Starry Corners were partially masked so they fit the card.  Stickles were added for a little extra starshine.  The Dragon Orb was stamped with Brilliance Lightning Black ink, clear heat embossed and colored with watercolor pencils and a silver glitter gel pen.  It was then cut out and covered with Glossy Accents by Ranger.  After drying, the orb was popped up in the center with Scotch dimensional foam tape. The main image and background were matted on a silver shimmer cardstock, then Stampin' Up Island Indigo cardstock.

Wishing everyone a safe and very hjappy New Year!  May all of your wishes and dreams for 2012 be fulfilled.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Polar Joy - Merry Christmas

It's almost Christmas Eve and Third Coast's Happy Polar Bear is waving to Santa and his team of reindeer as they fly off on their journey from the North Pole to deliver toys and presents to boys and girls all around the world.

Happy Polar Bear VB-236-C
Third Coast Rubber Stamps

  He's one of my favorite stamps. He looks so happy and I love the little heart shapes on his paws.

Other materials used:
Santa's sleigh and reindeer - Inkadinkado
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers die - Vintage Cabinet Card
Sizzlits die- Phrase, Joy #3
Sizzlits die - Snowflake Die #2
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Create-a-Flake Three
Tiny snow flake punch - Michael's Dollar Bin
Moxxie Design Paper - Joys of the Season - Through the Woods
K & Company Design Paper - Peppermint Twist - I Believe Flat Paper

"But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight, 'Happy Christmas to all and to all a good-night!' "


Friday, December 23, 2011

Snow Friends

I made this card as a thank you for a special little girl who was my Secret Santa this year. 

The images are just stamped with Memento Tuxedo black Ink and colored with Copic markers.
I drew in the rest of the tree trunk.  The popped up snowflake border at the bottom is a Tim Holtz die distressed with Stampin' Up and Distress Inks on.  The edges of the scene are also distressed.  The scene is matted on dark green and Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Stickles were added for a bit of sparkle.
Stamps used on the card are from Inkdinkado, Penny Black and Stampin' Up's set Snow Much Fun"

We finally have a bit of snow here.  We might even have a white Christmas afterall.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ready for Santa

Dragon and Chris Mouse and all the little mice have had a busy day wrapping presents and decorating the castle for Christmas.   Now they are finshing up, hanging their stockings on the mantle and settling down for a "long winter's nap", while waiting for Santa to arrive.  They are sending Christmas Greetings and hoping you "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

Dragon and Chris Mouse - Christmas in the Castle

Dragon and Chris Mouse close-up

Sentiment close-up

Candles on mantle close-up

Third Coast Rubber Stamps used:
Merry Little Christmas WS-091-B
Christmas Dragon  KG-004-Q
Chris Mouse  VB-355-G
Curious Five  MY-053-C
Burning Logs ES-105-D
Stone Arch Door  CH-460-L
Peaked Window Frame  CH-607-J
Round Stone Window  CH-656-I
Castle Mouse Hole  CH-658-G
Sconce  AP-126-B
Wall Stones  CH-620-C
Candle  DT-355-A
Table Candle  CH-194-A
Pine Trio  ES-044-B

Other Stamps Used:
Stone Floor  - Beeswax Rubber Stamps
Santa Sleigh and Reindeer - TPC Studio
Fireplace - Stampinks Unlimited

Begin by stamping Dragon and Chris Mouse in Memento Tuxedo Black ink using a stamp positioner.  After coloring with Copic markers, cover the images with VersaMark ink using a VersaMarker and clear heat emboss.  Continue this process, stamping , coloring, heat embossing, building the scene from front to back.  Gold and white gel pens were used for highlighting and to make the stars in the night sky.

Before the fireplace was stamped, the stockings were stamped where the mantle would be placed using a stamp positioner and coloring only the stocking part of the Chris Mouse stamp with a waterbased black marker.  A circle colored with a gold gel pen was added at the top corner of each stocking to look like they are hanging from a nail.  The candles were added after the fireplace was finished, using a stamp positioner and just inking and stamping the top part of the candles, which are also colored with Copics and clear heat embossed. 

The sky in the windows was sponged using Stampin' Up Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy ink and a Post-It note to form the snow drifts and a punched 5/8" circle as a mask for the moon.   Santa's sleigh is stamped in Night of Navy.  The pine tree is stamped wth Memento Tuxedo black and colored with Copics. 

The sentiment, "Merry Little Christmas", was stamped on a Spellbinders Deckled Mega Rectagle die cut on white Neenah cardstock.  It was stamped by coloring the stamp with Stampin' Up red and green markers.  The edges of the die cut were sponged with red and green Distress Inks and the frame part was colored with a red marker.  The sentiment was then popped-up with dimensional foam tape above the mantle. The wreath on the door and evergreen decorations under the windows are Jolee's stickers.  The holly on the sentiment is a sticker from an unknown company.

Sending Holiday Greetings and wishing you "have yourself a merry little Christmas".

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Autumn Splendor Zentangle

We made zentangles at our last month's stamping club meeting and I am just getting around to posting this one, even though it is a bit out of season by now. We used Michelle Zindorf's posts on zentangles as inspiration.

Stampin' Up's Autumn Splendor leaf is stamped with SU Basic Black ink on SU White cardstock.  Then I drew a variety of doodles (zentangles) around the leaf with a black Copic Multiliner and colored them with SU markers.  Last, I matted it on SU Early Espresso and Dusty Durango cardstock.

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

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunny Sailing

I needed a quick birthday card for a man - not the easiest thing to do.  This one works for a man or woman and for more than just birthdays.

This card is a bit unique.  It was made with a kerosene lamp as a light source, because just as I got ready to make the card, a transformer blew at the electrical power station down the street from us.  Being Sunday, it was a while before someone arrived to repair it.  So my hubby got out one of our kerosene lamps and I worked by oil lamplight.  We've come so far with technology today, but no electricity sure takes us back to the basics in a hurry.   Actually it was kind of fun working with a different light source and adjusting the way I colored the card.  I just wouldn't want to do it everyday.

The card is made with just 2 stamps.  The sailboat scene is all one stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps and the sun is cut out from a stamp by Judikins. 

Using Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury 120 lb white cardstock, the sailboat scene and sun were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  They were then colored with Copic markers, except for the sky which was done with watercolor pencils to give a slightly different look from the water. 

The sailboat scene is matted on Stampin' Up's Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  Two lines are scored about a quarter of an inch apart across the top and down the left side of the card.  Then strips of Night of Navy were glued in between the scored lines.  The sun was cut out and trimmed on two sides, then popped up along the navy strips and over the water to add dimension to the scene.  As a finishing touch, Stickles were added to the sun, sails, and waves, as well as 3 dots on the strip of navy carstock on the side.

The scene reminds me of the sailboat races we had each Sunday in the summer on the small inland lake where I lived a long time ago in lower Michigan. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Enchanted Birthday!

These little Third Coast fairies are stopping by with a special magically enchanted happy birthday wish.

Enchanted Birthday!

To reverse the fairies with the flowers, the butterflies and the stardust corners, they are all stamped a second time on a mirror image stamp (a flat surface rubber stamp), then on the cardstock.  The images were colored with Copic Markers, then holographic embossing powder was used to give an irredescent look to the wings, stardust corners and sentiment.

close-ups of fairies

Below is a picture showing how extra layers of the wings, leaves and flower petals were popped up to give more dimension to the scene. 

Third Coast stamps used:
Fairy Flower Picker VB-024-J
Stardust-Starry Corner CH-952-G
Butterfly Profile CK-045-EE
Grassy Mound MY-059-D

Other stamps used:
Custer's Last Stamp - May Your Birthday Be Filled With Enchantment
Rubber Stampede - Mirror Image Stamp

Hope you having a wonderful holiday weekend. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Let Heaven and Nature Sing" Published in Rubber Stamp Madness

I just received my copy of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine - their Holiday 2011-2012 edition.  How exciting to receive a magazine in the mail addressed to "Artist: Susan Shuler".

 Even more thrilling, my card "Let Heaven and Nature Sing", is on pg 42 in their  article "Tuning in for the Holidays" by Barbara Blanks. 

This is the first time one of my cards has been published, so I'm really on top of the world, especially since it's in one of my favorite magazines.  And since it's in the centerfold article, my husband has been announcing to everyone that he is married to a centerfold!! LOL

"Let Heaven and Nature Sing"

Stamps used:
Modern Church - Cornish Heritage Farms (Stamper's, Ink.)
Forest Friends Nativity (star on top was masked out) - Art Gone Wild
North Star - JudiKins
Let Heaven and Nature Sing - Serendipity
Evergreen Trees - River City Rubber Works
Tim Holtz Alterations Pine Tree Die by Sizzix

The Modern Church stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms (now Stamper's, Ink.) was my inspiration for this card.  It started with a picture I got in my mind when I first saw this stamp and the card just grew from there.

A couple of the gals at the Ben Franklin Scrapper's Attic store in Petoskey, MI, where I teach card making/stamping classes, have been after me for awhile to submit some of my cards to magazines.  When I got my copy of last spring's issue of Rubber Stamp Madness and looked in the "Looking Ahead"  section at the back of the magazine, I saw one of the topics for submission was Favorite Christmas Carols.  This card fit that idea perfectly, so I decided to send it in.  I figured the most I had to lose was the cost of the postage. 

A few weeks later, I got the e-mail telling me that my card was accepted for publication!  I have been on cloud nine anxiously awaiting the publication of this issue ever since then.  It still seems a bit surreal, but well worth the wait.  So now I am a published artist.  :D

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Card Class

I'll be teaching a Christmas Card class in a couple of weeks at our local stamping store (Scrapper's Attic at Ben Franklin) in Petoskey.  These are the two cards we'll be making for the class.

Let It Snow
I also entered this card in this week's Ways to Use It Challenge WT439 on Split Coast Stampers: Baby, It's Cold Outside!

The stamps used for this card are:
Penny Black: Christmas Every Day #30-081, Let It Snow #30-086
Hero Arts: Tiny Flakes #CG387

Stamps used are:
Penny Black:  Christmas Every Day #30-081
Stampendous: Jumbo Believe in Santa CRS5027
I also used:
 Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Distressed Frame and Postal Set 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Die - Mini Baroque

It shoud be a fun class.  I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Have a great rest of the week.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dewey Dragon Autumn Bookmark

Little Dewey Dragon  DT-018-E  looks so scholarly peering out over his spectacles.  He makes a perfect character for a Third Coast bookmark, especially with a name like Dewey.

An autumn still life was created on the bookmark tag by adding the Third Coast Coffee Pot Bouquet MY-038-J stamp and coloring it to look like a fall dried flower bouquet.

The background on the vanilla precut tag was sponged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and Stampin' Up's Sahara Sand and Soft Suede dye inks.  Both of the main images were stamped in Soft Suede ink, then colored with Copic earth and gray toned markers .

 Dewey was stamped and colored first, then masked to stamp the bouquet behind him.  The swirls, also stamped in Soft Suede, then shadowed with a Sahara Sand Stampin' Up marker, are from Stampin' Up's Priceless stamp set.  The bottom of the tag was colored with Earth toned Copics.  White and gold gel pens were used for accents, along with paprika, gunmetal, and brown Stickles.  Two layers of flowers and a decorative brad were added to the upper left corner.  Earth toned fibers were tied at the top for a finishing touch.

Hope your having a great November.
Thanks for looking.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Dewey Dragon's Laboratory

Little Dewey Dragon is down in his lab, hidden deep in the castle.  What mischief could he be cooking up this Halloween?  Big brother dragon is secretly peeking in to make sure he isn't getting into too much trouble. 

                             Dewey Dragon's Laboratory

Laboratory close up

Dragon close up

Dewey Dragon  DT-018-E
Dragon Eyes - Lg.  CH-780-H
Potions Lab Bench  AP-510-I
Round Stone Window  CH-656-I
Cracked Wall  CH-597-A
Wall Stones  CH-620-C

Starting with Dewey, stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah white cardstock.  Mask Dewey and stamp the lab and cracked wall using a stamp positioner.  Color all with Copic markers and cut out in a jagged pattern around the scene. 

Stamp the Round Stone Window twice on Neenah cardstock.  Mask one of the windows and stamp the Large Dragon Eyes, so one of the eyes is centered in the window. Color all with Copics and cut out both windows.  Glue the empty cut out window on top of the other window for extra dimension.

Using a cracked paint design paper (the one I used  was a scrap I had so I don't know the company) stamp Wall Stones in Memento London Fog randomly and shade lightly with Copics.  Glue dragon eye window and Dewey's lab in place on the design paper.  Shadow around the edges of the lab with Copics. 

Sponge edges of background with Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Mat on orange cardstock that has the edges distressed with Fired Brick Distress Ink and mat on black cardstock.

Happy Halloween!!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Last Ride

For this Halloween project I decided to create a scene that might have come out of a Gothic novel. This scene could be the beginning or the ending to a story filled with mystery, suspense and perhaps the supernatural.

Last Ride

The lg Cemetery Gate CM-253-U, Bare Branches Set CM-BBR-X stamps, and small Wolf Moon CM-010-D stamp created by Third Coast's talented artist Cindy Milliron were perfect for this project. The carriage hearse is cut from a piece of design paper by Moxxie called "Dead on Arrival," part of their Midnight Dreary series. 

Below is a close up of the Cemetery Gate and all of it's fabulous details.

I started by stamping the Cemetery Gate with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing with clear detail embossing powder.  Then I colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut it out using a craft knife for the detail work.  The carriage hearse is a section of design paper glued down.  Then the bare branches and moon were stamped also in Versafine black and clear heat embossed.  The moon was colored with Copics.  Then I sponged the sky background and slightly onto the design paper with Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and last added a touch of Mustard Seed especially for the halo around the moon.  Next I glued the gate in place, and last of all added a finishing touch by highlighting the moon's reflection with a Ranger white gel pen. This was a fun project to make.

Halloween is getting close - only a week from today.  Have a great last week in October and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Steampunk Vivian - Sassy Studio Designs 500 Member Progressive Challenge

Below is my entry in the 4th and final step of the progressive challenge at Sassy Studio Designs, celebrating reaching 500 members on Paper Craft Planet with a Sassy Steampunk Party. 

Steampunk Vivian

DCWV design paper was used.  Vivian was colored with Copic markers and accented with a gold gel pen.  The gears and flowers and button are Tim Holtz, Spellbinders and Stampin' Up dies.  Some of them are heat embossed with brass embossing powder. The rest are sponged with Distress Ink.  The gold flower was added for a little extra bling.

A fantastic party and challenge ladies.  Thanks for all the fun and all the super fabulous images.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Steampunk Victoria - 500 Progressive Challenge Sassy Studio Designs.

Below is my entry in the 3rd step of the progressive challenge at Sassy Studio Designs, celebrating reaching 500 members on Paper Craft Planet with a Sassy Steampunk Party. 

Steampunk Victoria

Victoria close up

DCWV Design paper used.  Victoria is colored with Copic markers and gold gel pen accents.  The gears are from Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die and Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies.  They are heat embossed with brass and platinum detail embossing powders.  The other embellishments are: bird cut from DCWV paper, old recycled playing cards and Jolees' mini playing cards - Aces and Eights!! 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks Sassy Studio Designs for a fun and sassy challenge.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Steampunk Amelia - 500 Progressive Challenge Sassy Studio Designs

Here is my entry for the 2nd step in the progressive challenge at Sassy Studio Designs.  They are celebrating reaching 500 members on Paper Craft Planet with a Sassy Steampunk Party.

Steampunk Amelia

Close up of Amelia

Side view of card

Papers used - DCWV and Neenah. She is colored with Copics.  Clock is a Tim Holtz Die. Gears are Tim Holtz and Spellbinders dies.  Clock and gears embossed with brass and platinum embossing powders.

Thanks for looking and thanks for a fun challenge and great images from Sassy Studio Designs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Steampunk Josephine - Sassy Studio Designs Celebrating 500 Steampunk Progressive Challenge

Sassy Studio Designs is celebrating reaching 500 members on Papercraft Planet.  Part of the celebration is a week-long steampunk progressive challenge.   This first challenge - create a project with Steampunk Josephine using metal embellishments. Post and link your creation by Monday, 8 pm PST (tonight) and you will receive image #2 in the challenge. 

Steampunk Josephine

Close up of Josephine.

Sideview showing how the gears and image are popped up.

Close up of the gears and flower cutouts.

Josephine was a fun image to work with.  She is colored with Copic markers and a few dabs of gold gel pen and Star dust Stickles, then popped up with dimensional foam tape.

The gears are made from Tim Holtz's Gadget Gears die and Spellbinder's Sprightly Sprockets set of dies.  These are all heat embossed with PSX Detail Brass and Detail Platinum embossing powders and popped up with dimensional foam tape.  The metal embellishments added are the gold flower and 2 spirals on top of the gears.  I don't know where they came from - they've been in my stash for years just waiting for the right project.  I added a dab of Stickles in the center of each of them.

The papers used are by DCWV - Tradewinds and Textures & Finishes.  The top corner flower is cut out and glued down.  The bottom corner flowers and compass rose are cut with a craft knife, but still attached to the map paper allowing me to insert the piece of design paper with the radiating starburst behind the flowers.  Both papers are sponged lightly around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  These are matted on metallic gold paper from the Textures & Finishes design paper stack.

A fun challenge and great party celebration at Sassy Studio Designs.  Congratulations on reaching 500 members on paper Craft Planet.  Thanks for the fabulous Steampunk Josephine freebie. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Monday.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

First Kiss 69th Wedding Anniversary

This anniversary card is for my in-laws who will be celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary shortly.  That's quite an accomplishment! 

First Kiss!

Inside of card says, "After so many years each kiss still feels like the first."

The front of the card and both sentiments are images from Happileigh Scrappin's "First Kiss" stamp set.  The image on the inside is "Tom and Tilly" from Mo's Digital Pencil. 

The images on the front and inside are colored with Copic Markers. then cut out around the colored halo and matted on Tim Holtz, then DCWV design paper after sponging around the edges with Distress Ink and adding the two colors of  ribbon.  The First Kiss Image is actually 2 layers - the first one is colored and glued directly on the paper.  The second one is popped up on top of the first with dimensional foam tape to give it more dimension.. 

The "Happy Anniversary" is also matted on the same 2 design papers whose edges are also sponged with Distress Ink.  This is also popped up with foam tape.  Both the image and sentiment pieces are added to another piece of DCWV paper and a mottled pink cardstock.  Stickles were added for a finishing touch.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Witchy Mutt M-eats Spider!

Third Coast's Witchy Mutt is up to some mischief again. This time she's out for an evening snack. Poor Spider!!

Stamps used (all Third Coast):
Witchy Mutt AP-522-H (Halloween 2011 new release)
Large Web CH-378-E
Spider Descending - CK-105-A

I stamped this little scene to look like a comic strip and is actually 3 pictures arranged in a series. The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on white cardstock and colored with Copics. The dog tag and buckle on the hat are colored with a gold gel pen. The horizon line in the pictures is drawn with a ruler and Copic Black Multiliner pen. The backgrounds are also colored with Copics, with darker areas for the shadows.

As you can see in the individual picture frames, to add interest and depth to the corners with the spider webs, I cut off the corners behind the webs along the curved edges of the web and added the stamped web on another piece of cardstock behind the first one. All three pictures are matted on black, dark yellow-orange, and black cardstock.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Patches the Ghost

This week's image at Designed2Delight's Friday challenge is Patches the Ghost,  the last image in the progressive challenge for September. 

A quick, simple, but fun Halloween card.  The image and background are colored with Copic markers.  I added some Stickles and orange gems in the corner for a bit of bling.  The image is matted on dark navy and pale olive cardstock.  For a finishing touch, I drew a green border around the outside edge with a G24 Copic marker.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you're having a great week.  The fall colors here are spectacular.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day

It's World Card Making Day and I am participating in an official blog hop sponsored by Paper Crafts magazine.  Here is the link to the blog list. 

Here is my card for the World Card Making Day blog hop.

Getting Ready for Christmas

The little elves are helping Santa get ready for Christmas by hanging up the "Merry Little Christmas" sign and the reindeer is giving one of the elves a boost up so he can reach the words.

All stamps used are from Third Coast:
Reindeer CO-066-J
Merry Little Christmas WS-091-B
Stardust Starry Corner Ch-92-G
Edward Elf ES-086-B
Edwin Elf ES-088-B
Edgar Elf ES-087-B

I stamped the sentiment first with Memento Ink, then colored with Copics. Stamped the reindeer and elves on a separate piece of white cardstock using a stamp positioner, colored with Copics and cut out. Stamped the starry corners also with Memento Ink and colored with Copics. Sponged the snowdrifts with Stampin' Up Baja Breeze Ink using a Post- It Note for a mask. Glued the elves and reindeer in place. Brushed Stickles on the snowdrifts and green areas of the starry corners. Matted the main image on dark red then light olive green cardstock.
I hope you got a chance to have some fun and make a card on this World Card Making Day.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Autumn Mums

This is my card for this week's Friday challenge at Designed2Delight - Autumn Mums.  What a beautiful image.

I used it to make a birthday card for my sister-in-law. I've had it almost finished, except for the sentiment and photographing it to post, for several days, but haven't been home much the last couple of days to finish. On top of that, it's two weeeks late for her birthday. The story of my life lately. :)
Wer're having a nasty, cold, rainy, high wind day here in Michigan's U.P., so perhaps I can get a bit caught up indoors.

The images and background on the main image are colored with Copics.  The sentiment is hand drawn.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween Class Cards

Below are the cards I designed that we'll be making at a Halloween card class I'll be teaching on October 15 at the Ben Franklin in Petoskey, a local craft and stamping store.

With the exception of the star stamp from Hot Off the Press in the top card, all other stamps are from Inkadinkado.  The Skull and Crossbones punch is by Martha Stewart.  The design paper used in the middle card is from - their Midnight Dreary series.

Thanks for stopping by.