Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Frozen Fellowship

Good Afternoon! from chilly Annapolis. 

 Frozen Fellowship is the name of the stamp set I colored last Thursday in my class at Photoscraps with Nancy Sheads of Row House Greetings. Frozen Fellowship also describes the day, as it was a super cold day with friends!  

We started three cards in class, (I had to slip out early to pick up my hubby from the airport) and I have two to show you. Only two, you ask? Yup! I totally screwed one up at home.  




I love the classes where we not only practice our copic skills, but ones where we create a background and use fun new products.  

The backgrounds on these were done by blending Tim Holtz Distress Oxides to make the gradient blue green shade.  We used three colors: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio. Blending was done with a Nuvo blending sponge. (For you make-up people, they look just like those foam rubber foundation blenders!) The first base was then stamped with Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflake Bold stamp and  Versamark, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. My goofed up one was also done that way.  My second card was done by using Tailored Expressions Snow Flurry stencil and Nuvo Glimmer paste in Moonstone.  Fun stuff!  

I take classes with Nancy at both Photoscraps in Eldersburg, MD and The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD.  if you are in the area and are interested these are both awesome stores.

This is the third card!  Colored wonderfully by my friend Ramsey, who graciously let me use her photo!

I hope you all are staying warm, and creating a lot!  

Product List
STAMPS
Newtons Nook Frozen Fellowship stamp
Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold
Greeting Galore by Stampendous
DIES
Selfie Frames by Lawn Fawn
Triple Tear Die by Spellbinders
Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders
INKS
Memento in Tuxedo Black
Versamark
Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio
EMBELLISHMENTS
White embossing powder
Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Dew Drops in Water Lily by Honey Bee Stamps
Wink of Stella in clear
COPICS
snow: BG0000, BG000, BV000
vest: B11, BG32, BG15
hat: C1, C3, C5, C7, RV14, RV17, RV19, R59
carrot: Y38, YR09
shadows: BV20




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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Long Time No See!

Hi Everyone.

As you can see I have taken a little, ok looonng break from blogging.  Let me tell you why....

First off I travel with my husband when I can, and generally we are away at least once a month. The Holiday Season was very busy for us, as we were lucky enough to be able to sail around the British Virgin Islands the week prior to Christmas.  Let me tell you, it was fabulous! 
the sky and water almost look fake!
Secondly, I have been focusing on my Copic coloring skills.  As you know I went to Copic Boot Camp in October. I learned so much and found that my favorite part of card making, aside from mailing them out to make a smile really is the coloring! My mantra for the last couple of months has been Practice, Practice Practice! 



I think my practice skills are coming along! 
Thirdly, I have discovered SO many wonderful stamping companies whose products I love. Don't get me wrong, I love Stampin' Up! I just don't want to be limited to them.  For now I will continue to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. But, will be using and showing items from other companies. I will provide you with links to those products also.

 I will continue to show you the cards I am making and selling in my Etsy Shop.

I hope you all will continue to come back and check what I have been doing and use it as inspiration for your own creations. That said.......  Thanks to all of YOU! Go, be creative and don't forget:
Touch Means SO Much





Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Good Morning!


I am sure some of you have noticed that I have skipped blogging for a bit.  Honestly I just needed to take a break and catch up on some things. I will more than likely not blog again for a couple weeks. 

I had a fabulous time Learning at Copic Boot Camp 2018. I have to admit, I love to color!  Boot Camp was fast paced and full of fun and knowledge. Jen Dove is amazing as well as all her "Minions! 
Here are some pictures from camp, and some things I colored! 
My Boot Camp Boots!
Because how else would you round out 4 days of Copic Boot camp than
by coloring some BOOTS!





Jen in the center, and her Fab team!

Yes! they actually dressed as minions! 
I am seriously embarrassed by day 1! but look what I was able to do by day 4.







I hope you enjoyed a little peek at what I was able to accomplish.

for continuing to stop by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

More of This Little Piggy






I know!  I feel the same way!  
Let's get to it.

This Little Piggy 

Found on page 33 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog or Online .

As Usual the Annual Catalog has some great idea samples:



This stamp set is also part of the You Can Make It series.  What this means is: you can get everything featured above by using one item number #149034.  Great right?  Takes away the guess work of what to order.  There are quite a few of these in the catalog, and I am hoping they continue in the next Catalog!  ( I'll let you know in November 😉😜)



I just really love the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has been popping up on a lot of my cards.   The circle was cut using The Layering Circle Dies, that layer was also mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added three embellishments Silver Metallic Thread, Faceted Dots, and Rhinestone Basic Jewels. NOW, check out that cool "texture" on my piggie! When you color with the Stampin' Blends you can then take a textured piece of fabric, like a towel and dampen it with a little alcohol (of your choice, hahaha) and dab it lightly to create the effect.  Neat, right?!

This one is pretty straight forward layers and a "fussy cut (read: Brother ScanNCut)" piggy. He is the cutest  happy dancing guy! I colored him with Stampin' Blends and stuck a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the flower. Sweet and Simple. 
That piggy with the flower made me so happy I used him again!. Piggy number one is stamped flat on the card front and my happy piggy was fussy cut and placed with Stampin' Dimensionals

I saved this one for last, because honestly it is kinda my favorite. Not only for the saying: She Believed She Could.... So She Did. the last part stamped on the inside. The second reason is because I got to use Wobbles! They are a cute little gadget that makes my pig do exactly what it says....WOBBLE or FLY in this case.  

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pals Blog Hop October 2018 "Wicked Folds"



Welcome to the Pals October, 2018 Blog Hop. 
It’s a spooky time of year so watch out for “Wicked Folds” 
while you hop from blog to blog. We promise not to be too scary.


You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Say Hello to This Little Piggy!


Doesn't look much like a wicked fold does it?  
Well it is!  
Technically it is called a 
peek-a-boo card.




 I totally have to work on my video skills!  Here is where I got my idea from:


I cut and scored my paper like this:






I will admit I found the first try to be time consuming! 
And I did get just a tiny bit frustrated, but the end result was gratifying.
 I will definitely be doing one again now that I know I can! 





Today's stamp set is This Little Piggy. The base of card is all Whisper White Thick Cardstock. That is my "go to" as I prefer a card with some substance. The ring on the front is Granny Apple Green Cardstock. It was created by making a circle using the 2 1/2 Inch Circle Punch and the scalloped Layering Circle Dies on the outside of it. I also used this punch to cut the circles in the base of the card.  The little tag on the inside was done with a retired Stampin' Up! punch. My Piggys were colored using Stampin' Blends. The large green areas were created with Tim Holtz Distressed Oxides. 



Now it’s time to use the Blog Hop Line-up below to see what the rest of my Pals have created to inspire you.. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 for the next Pals Blog Hop. November is time for “Anything But a Card” where the Pals will feature creations suitable for holiday gifting. Don’t miss the fun.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wishing You Well




Good Morning, These little birdies have a classic multi use stamp set for you today!

Wishing You Well

Available on page 35 of the 2018 Holiday Catalog or Online.

Look at the elegance of these images.
Ideal for projects no matter the season.
These Distinkive stamps are simply for the heart.



You haven't heard about our Distinktive stamps?
check out this video!


Pretty darn cool. 
The Stampin' Up! home office has these simple samples for you.




I made as usual, four samples for you! I am a creature of habit.
I CASE'd four wonderful stampers for todays post:
Peggy Noe of Pretty Paper Cards
Sue Hammond Donald of Pootles
Livia Lau of Stamping For Good
Karen Farquhar

Please take some time and check out these wonderful ladies. 


The bouquet and the flowers were each stamped off before stamping on the card.
Check out how nice the Metallic Pearls work here.


I love this Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper. I matched my inks to the colors in the paper and added the bow made with some retired ribbon. 
My Cajun Craze layer was embossed with the Tin Tile Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder and distressed along the edge. I also distressed the edges of the next layer. My wreath was stamped repeatedly in Cajun CrazePumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry and added some Metallic Pearls. I confess I did not "fussy cut" my bow. It is way easier to use the Brother ScanNCut. the stamped off images in the background were made with the Timeless Textures stamp set. 

Share What You Love Designer Series Paper worked so well with this set. The dark layer on top of the Crumb Cake is Black Foil, it really is a super pretty paper. 

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Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or let me know if there is something you would like me to showcase!