Wednesday, April 30, 2014


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.

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.

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.

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.