Monday, January 26, 2015

Best and Warmest of Wishes

Hi friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. For those of us on the West Coast, we're enjoying much warmer than normal temperatures. But I know most of the East Coast is gearing up for quite the snow storm. Stay warm and safe!

I'm sharing a card today that I'm quite excited about! I asked my husband to buy me the Copic Online Card Class for Christmas. I've been watching videos ever since. My Copic collection isn't large and I've been so frustrated trying to learn the techniques. But the classes are really very helpful. As is true for everything else in life, the more you practice, the easier it will become. And I'm enjoying coloring more and more. So, although I'm no expert, I'm thrilled to share a card using my Copics!

Here's my card:
I stamped the image using Memento Black ink and the stamp is from Penny Black. I colored in the image using Copic markers. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp! (Apothecary Labels). I trimmed down the image panel and added some black strips just to add some interest to the card. The card was then adhered to red cardstock (Hero Arts) and the card was done. I contemplated adding gems and Wink of Stella...but I decided to just leave it alone and let the coloring take center stage. Sometimes, less is more.

If you want to learn how to use your Copics, I highly recommend taking the Online Card Class offered. I've watched the videos many times now and even my 10 year old son is learning how to blend and shade because of the videos.

Here are the websites I'll be entering the card in:
Word Art Wednesday--"Anything Goes" challenge
Cute Card Thursday--"Colourful" challenge
Runway Inspired Challenge--Carven (see image below for the inspiration. I used the bright colors with black as the inspiration.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Celebrate...a baby!

Hi friends!

I'm not sure if you all heard me squeal when I realized I could slip away for an hour and work on a card in the middle of the week! :) Today, I'm sharing a special card for a special baby. One of the moments I love most in life is when you realize someone has sneaked into your heart and you didn't even realize it. The little baby boy that this card is going to is just a little over 2 weeks old. He's a preemie and he's been working hard to gain weight and come home to his loving parents. He's named just like my oldest. Although I don't know him--or even his parents--he's become special to me. And he's perfectly cute, too! You are all welcome to join me in praying for baby Sammy, too.
Here's my card:

The design of the card is based on a sketch (see below) from Freshly Made Sketches. I changed the design just a bit and added the twine to mimic the space between the papers. I knew that I wanted to use hearts and I remembered a small stamp set that I got for $1 at a local craft store. Those three hearts come as a little border and it was perfect for the card! I chose blue and red and just stamped the border over and over. I then stamped the sentiment (Hampton Arts) and wrapped the baker's twine. The onesie die cut, although hard to see in the picture, is from WPlus9 and I stamped the large heart from that same $1 set. Because every baby should be celebrated, I did add some shine to the inside of the hearts with some Wink of Stella. Super easy card...but I really like how it turned out!

Here are the sites where I'll be entering the card:
Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday challenge--use hearts
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes!
Freshly Made Sketches--see picture below for the sketch.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!

Monday, January 19, 2015

You're an 11!

Hi all!

After quite the break from crafting, I'm here to finally share a card. Although I haven't been making many cards, I have been taking the Copic marker class from Online Card Classes and having tons of fun coloring. Here's my card:

Today's card has tons of color and a couple techniques, too. First off, the background. I used several different distress inks to make the background. I used the ink pads to smear some color on my nonstick mat and then sprayed the ink so that I could use the colors as a watercolor wash. The colors, though, weren't as deep as I wanted them to be. I'd pounce the paper back into the color but I wasn't getting the deep blue I had hoped for. So, once I did several watercolor layers, I added some dark blue distress ink with the blending tool on the corners. I also wanted to tie in some red since the bird has some red so that was done with the blending tool, too. I then cut out a circle using a die cut and positioned the sentiment where I wanted it. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp!'s Apothecary Labels.

The bird was colored in using Copic markers. Like I mentioned, I have been taking the online class and I've loved it. There were some images provided so I fussy cut the bird and used the image. I used dimensional tape to adhere him and added some navy blue strips along the background paper, too.

Such a fun, inky, colorful card to make!

Here's the sites I'll be entering the card in:
Word Art Wednesday--"anything goes"
Send A Smile 4 Kids--a great site that provides handmade cards to kids--"anything goes" challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Season's Tweetings! :)


With Christmas quickly approaching, I'm popping in to share a card that was quite fun to make. It's a different style for me but that was part of the fun. Here's my card:

Where to begin? The background panel was made with a faux letterpress technique. I had tried this technique years ago and the idea popped into my head to try it again. So, I used my Sizzix folder and inked up one side of the embossing folder with Salty Ocean distress ink. I then squeezed the cardstock into the embossing folder and ran it thru the embossing machine. This is the look you get! It's not a perfect letterpress--which is what kind of annoys me--but it works on cutesy, artsy type cards. The center panel has the dies and stamps from Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows set. I've been using my inktense watercolor pencils a lot lately and that's what I used to color in their accessories. I added some stickles to the branches for the "snow" and also some Wink of Stella to the top of the yellow hat. Super easy card to make and these birds are just so cute! :)

Here's where I'm entering the card, too.
1. Simon Says Monday Challenge--an "anything goes" week.
2. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Winter
3. Cute Card Thursday--Sparkle
4. Word Art Wednesday--always "anything goes".

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a new year filled with many, many blessings from Above.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Glory to God in the highest....

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I'm popping in quickly to share I care I made over the weekend. Here's the card:

I love the simplicity--and truth--of this card! The angel is from Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is from a wood mount stamp that I received as a gift many years ago. I believe it's from Stampin' Up. I stamped the angel in gold and then heat embossed it. I layered the image on black cardstock and the card was done...I contemplated adding gems or sequins...but chose, instead, to just it let be. This is one of those great cards to mass produce! Super quick and easy...yet lovely.

I'm entering this card in a few different challenges.
1. Party Time Tuesdays--"Anything Goes" challenge.
2. Inkspirational--use gold on a project.
3. V's Sweet Ideas--Holiday Card theme.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Beary Christmas! :)

Hello friends!

I'm popping in again to share a card I made with one of my favorite images! I believe this is a stampin' up image that's retired and I got it from a friend. Love the teddy bears! :) Here's my card and the challenges will be below, too.
Aren't these little bears cute?! I began by die cutting the two panels with the Lawn Fawn large, stitched rectangle dies. Then, I stamped the image with versafine ink. I then used my distress ink (broken china) to stamp the snowflakes (from the dollar bin at a local craft store) on the main image. After that was stamped, I inked the background and masking the main image so that the ink wouldn't get on the bears. The bears were colored in with inktense watercolor pencils. I added some slight shading once the colors had dried. Always easier to add color once that initial layer has dried. I did add some Wink of Stella to the hat of the bear wearing a green sweater so there's a shimmer on the card, too. I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts)  and added the faux stitching using the distress ink/marker also.

The sketch I used also wanted an element on the outer panel. I chose to extend the snowflakes in white from the side and LOVE how that looks! Such a great sketch...may use it again for a birthday theme, too! :)

Here are the challenges and sketch:
1. Virginia's View Challenge--use distress ink
2. Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday Challenge--make a Christmas/Holiday card
3. CAS(E) this Sketch!--see sketch below. Great sketch, by the way!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Celebrating the Greatest Gift

Hi friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I had a bit of time to play in my room tonight and wanted to share a card. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our house--and I love that--but it always makes me wonder if I'm forgetting what Christmas is really all about. Sure, presents are fun...but this season is about remembering the greatest gift of all--the gift of Jesus! So, here's the card I created to celebrate this season.
This image is from Penny Black and I LOVE it! Mary holding baby Jesus and Joseph alongside them is just such an angelic image. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then used my inktense watercolor pencils to color in the image. Some of the colors weren't quite as deep as I wanted them so I did use some distress markers, too. I love that you can use both these mediums so easily. I then used rubber cement to cover the image completely so that I could then color in the background and not worry about messing up the image. This works great as a mask! You just wait for the rubber cement to dry and then rub it off...super easy! As a final step, I spritzed the whole image with pearlized water so there's a soft shimmer to the image, too. I didn't want to detract from the image with a sentiment so I stamped it on the inside. It reads, "Celebrating the Greatest Gift of All" from Hero Arts.

I'll be entering the card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp! Monday Challenge--create a holiday card.
2. Cute Card Thursday--the theme was "Little Angels"...again, it's open to interpretation but I'm sure there were tons of angels watching this scene and Mary looking at baby Jesus is so angelic, too.
3. Word Art Wednesday--an Anything Goes challenge. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by. And remember...Jesus is the Greatest Gift!