Monday, August 29, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #37 - Happy Birthday!

It's Chris's turn to host the challenge at Happileigh Scrappin' this week.  Since it was her son's birthday on the 28th, she decided this would be a good week for a Birthday Challenge. 

I decided to try a vintage look for my card this week.

Happy Birthday Tatters

Below is a close-up side view to show the popped up flower vase and how I threaded the cake trim flowers through the punched chain on the side.

Images used:
Tatter's Birthday Cake and Sentiment
Happy Everything Vase

* All coloring on this card is done with Copic Markers
* Print on white cardstock and color - Tatters Birthday Cake and Sentiment - cut cardstock to 5 1/8" W x 5 7/8" H
* Print a second birthday cake, color and cut out just the flowers on the cake trim
* Print, color and cut out the Happy Everything Vase
* Using a ruler and Copic Multiliner pen, draw a line behind the cake and color the backgrounds to make it look like the cake and vase are sitting on a table in a painting
* Punch and color Martha Stewart Bangle Chain Double Edge punch. 
* Thread cut out flower trim through the chain and glue on side of main image
* Bend the vase and flowers slightly to give them shape and pop up the center of the vase and flowers with dimensional foam tape.
* Run a Copic brown marker around the edge of the main image, then mat on pink cardstock
* Mat this on SU green striped design paper and again run the edge of a green Copic marker aound the edge of the green dp

We hope you will join us for a fun challenge this week at Happileigh Scrappin'.  Remember, if you use one of Leigh's Happileigh Scrappin images on your project you will also be entered in a second drawing for just HLSC projects.  We're looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful entries.

Have a great Monday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

They Are Here!!!

The absolutely awesome, brand new Halloween 2011 Third Coast Rubber Stamps have just been released for purchase.  There are 166 fantastic new images.  The artists at Third Coast have done a super fantastic job again with this release.  My hat goes off to their wonderful artwork and to the owner for her hard work getting all these wonderful stamps ready for sale.  I started to make a list last night of the ones I want to order.  There is only one problem, I want them all.  LOL  Decisions, Decisions!!

Below is a card I made with two of the new Halloween release stamps - Witchy Mutt and Tree of Dread Extra Large. 
You've Got Mail!!

I made this scene by working from front to back - masking using both Judikins Eclipse Tape and by clear heat embossing.  To mask by clear heat embossing, I stamped the image using a stamp positioner, colored with Copics, went over the image with a VersaMark marker, then used clear detail powder to heat emboss it.  When I stamped the image behind, the ink did not stick to the embossing and was wiped off. 

Third Coast Stamps used:
Witchy Mutt  AP-522-H  new Halloween 2011 release
Tree of Dread Extra Large  VB-362-R  new halloween 2011 release
Full Moon Extra Large  CM-266-T
Mail Monster  FA-344-H
Flying Bat - Dark Small  CM-279-CC
Sinister Bat - Dark Small  CM-278-CC
Long Stump in Water - CH-191-H
Lily Pad  FA-133-EE
Mushrooms  CH-011-DD
Ribbit  FA-185-FF

Well, I'm off to finish my list from the new Third Coast Rubber Stamps Halloween 2011 release.  Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #36 - Girly Girls

Happi Monday morning. 
This week it was Mandy's turn to pick the challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin'.  She chose "Girly Girls" as the challenge.  "Your project needs to have a girl on it.  Baby girl, little girl, big girl, even a girly bear will do."

I decided to use Leigh's adorable Kasey Dotted Swiss Birthday for my card..

Kasey Dotted Swiss Girly Girl

I colored Kasey with Copics and cut her out.  I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Tag and Bookplates die to make the base tag out of Stampin' Up Always Artichoke cardstock.  I cut 2 more tags out of  green polka-dot and  beige vellum with glittered flowers design papers, trimming them to fit just inside the edge of the Artichoke tag when I glued them on top.  Added some ribbon and fibers and a glittery lime green bow to the tag.  The base of the card is a reddish brown, Always Artichoke, then a dotted olive green cardstock that I distressed with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Added the ribbon with roses and glued the tag on at an angle, then popped up Kasey on the tag with dimensionals.  Added some bling from the dollar bin at JoAnn's to the top right corner and on the buckles of her shoes for a final touch. 

Be sure to check all the other awesome Happi Sisters cards this week over at Happileigh Scraappin' and the great new images Leigh has added to her store this week. 

You may use any image for this week's challenge, but remember, if you use a Happileigh Scrappin' image, your entries will be entered in the regular drawing and a separate drawing of just HLSC image projects.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Six Fathoms Under - Third Coast Underwater Graveyard Scene

I used the same cute little Skeleton With Casket stamp from Third Coast Rubber Stamps' upcoming fall release to make this card as I did in the "Hair-raising! " card I posted a few days ago.  This time I created an underwater graveyard scene.  I came up with the idea of an underwater graveyard scene because, to me, his hair looks like it could be floating in the water.

Six Fathoms Under

I used all Third Coast stamps to make the scene.   Several shell brads, a silver confetti skull and cross bones, some silver and blue-green fibers, and a silver glitter pen were also used for accents to complete the scene.  The water in the background and in the small side panel is design paper. 

Below is a close up of where I stamped the top half of the skeleon a second time.  He is somewhat hidden at the bottom of the side panel.  I used the design paper to give the effect of bubbles in the water rising around him.  It also shows how I cut out the coral and skeleton fish after coloring with Copics, popped up the coral with dimensionals and added the fish to look like it is swimming throught the coral.  

This second close up shows how I cut a slit in the sunken stump and tucked part of the tail of the cut out skeleton fish inside the slit to look like it is swimming out of the stump.  I did the same to the skeleton hand rising out of the open trunk.

This last close up shows how I stamped the sword to look like it is partially buried in the sand by using a torn piece of sticky paper for a mask and stamping part of the sword over the mask.  I colored the sword with a silver gel pen, but dabbed spots of the sword with a reddish-brown Copic marker to make it look old and slightly rusted.  The bottom of the treasure chest and coins are also also masked and stamped to look like they are sitting in the sand.

Thank you for stopping by.


Third Coast Rubber Stamps used in the scene:
Skeleton With Casket - DT-394-J Halloween 2011 new release pg 20
Treasure Coffer  DT-057-D
Open Chest  CH-471-E
Rotted Stump  CM-090-H
Sword  DV-003-A
Pescado Meurto  DF-074-AA
Elkhorn Coral - Large  CO-173-G
Dead Man's Hand  AP-441-A
Pile O' Skulls  CH-693-CC

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #35 - Keep It Cool

This week's challenge at Happilieigh Scrappin' is "Keep It Cool".  It was Starla's turn this week to pick the challenge, and she thought that since it is so hot in August, it would be fun to do a challenge using only cool colors - blues, greens, and purples. 

Here's my card.

Splish Splash - Keep It Cool!

I used two Happileigh Scrappin' images - the water fountain Splish Splash and the flowers from Bee Bounty. The fountain is colored with Copics and matted on a piece of Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Up Cardstock.  I made the frame using DCWV design paper, Tim Holtz's Movers and Shapers Die - Mini Baroque to cut out the center, Stampin' Up's Ticket Corner Punch on the corners, and sponged some Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges.  I popped this up with dimensionals over the image and popped up the flowers in the bottom right corner of the frame. This is matted on Stampin' Up Always Artichoke and Pool Party cardstock.  I added Dark Blue Stickles to the flower centers and Waterfall Stickles to the waterdrops and dragon fly wings for the final touch.

Be sure to check out all of the great Happi Sisters Design Team cards this week at Happileigh Scrappin'.  Leigh has another wonderful new digi this week - and remember you can use any image you want to enter, but if you use a Happileigh Scrappin' image your entries will also be entered in a separate Happi Scrappin' Image drawing.  We're looking forward to seeing your "cool" entries for this week.

Have a great Monday. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Third Coast - New Halloween Stamps - Hair-raising!

Third Coast Rubber Stamps will shortly be releasing some fantastic new Halloween stamps for this fall.  Halloween is my absolute favorite stamping season of the year.  This cute Skeleton With Casket stamp DT-394-J is just one of the fantastic and fun brand new stamps that will soon be available at Third Coast. 


I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp this fun skeleton six times in a row using a stamp positioner, then colored him with Copics.  The finished main image is matted on black, Stampin' Up Real Red cardstock, Martha Stewart design paper, and then black cardstock again.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #34 - Fancy Folds

Good Monday Morning.  This week at Happileigh Scrappin' the challenge is to make cards with more than one fold.  For my card, I decided to make one of my favorites - a tri-shutter card.  I got a little carried away, but sure had fun making this one.  I used 23 of Leigh's cute images to make this little scene.

Dropping By to Say Hi!

      I used navy blue card stock for the base, then matted a sky design paper on light blue card stock.  For the water I used design paper that has light wavy lines and looks a bit like water.  The grass is torn paper layered in three shades of green to give it dimension.  I colored, cut out and arranged in the scene 23 of Leigh's wonderful images to create the scene.  Some of the images are popped up with dimensionals.  Thanks Leigh for the special mention on the challenge.  Be sure to check out this week's gallery of the Happi Sisters special fold cards - all awesome cards.

 For the challenge, you can use any image, but if you use a Happi Scrappin' image, your entries will be entered in the regular drawing and a separate drawing of just HLSC image projects.

Leigh has some great new images this week.  If you buy any one image you get this cute little snail and sentiment for free. 

If you buy any three images, you get a free image of your choice, buy 6 and you get 2 free images. 

We'd love to have you join us for this fun challenge.  Be sure to check out the cute new images Leigh has this week.

Have a Happi Monday and great week.

Friday, August 5, 2011

What's Brewing?

I am excited to be able to share with you one of the projects I've recently created with Third Coast Rubber Stamps.  I used several of their wonderful dragon stamps to create this scene.


Stamps Used: Third Coast Rubber Stamps
  • Dragons Aflight DT-019-I
  • Dragon Witch DT-109-k
  • Dragon Wizard DT-108-J
  • Dan the Dragon DT-011-I
  • Bubbling Cauldron CH-600-I
  • Stone Riser CH-472-C
  • Stone Archway CH-397-L
  • Crenellated Wall CH-657-H
  • What's Brewing WS-135-CC

I stamped the scene and sentiment on Neenah white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Judikins Eclipse Tape for masking.   I stamped from front to back, masking the images as I built the scene.  The scene is colored with Copics, using silver, gold and white gel pens for accents. 

The main panel is matted on black and light orange cardstock.  The sentiment is colored with Copics, matted on black cardstock and "popped" up on the main panel using dimensional foam tape. 

Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge #33 - Anything Goes - Sweet Dreams

Another Happi Monday morning and time for another challenge at Happileigh Scrappin'.  This week's challenge is "Anything Goes".  Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous projects the Happi Sisters Design Team made for this week's challenge.

 There are four great new digis in the Happi Scrappin' Store this week.

All Tuckered Out

Iced Cookie Man

Gingerbread Man

Snowman Circle

It's the beginning of the month too, so there's also a new free image for the month of August when you purchase any one image.


For the challenge, you can use any image, but if you use a Happi Scrappin' image, your entries will be entered in the regular drawing and a separate drawing of just HLSC image projects.

My design team card this week uses the darling new digi - All Tuckered Out.  I also used the adorable Jan With Teddy digi.

Sweet Dreams

I drew the window and floor with a ruler, cut out the window panes and used a star design paper for the sky behind the window. The window frame is sponged with Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.
The moon is a punched circle sponged with Mustard Seed Distress Ink. The blue wall is sponged with Stampin' Up Marina Mist Ink. Everything else is colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment is computer generated.
The two main images are popped up so the outside edges are higher off the paper than the inside edges giving it more dimension. The sentiment is popped up as well.

Have a great Monday.