Monday, 7 December 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 43

I was quite tickled when I was invited to be a guest designer for the Copic Colour Challenge Number 43.

For those who know me, this is my favourite time of the year. I can't get enough Christmas music and the sights and sounds of the season. I love the weather, the fairy lights on the tree, the uplifted moods, and time spent with family and friends.

Considering my love of Christmas, I was happy to see that the chosen Copic colours were very much indicative of the season, namely:

The Copic shades above lend themselves very well to creating Christmas cards, which I have done for this challenge.

My first card features Stampin' Up's Silent Night. In addition to using the challenge Copic colours listed above, I also used a wide array of harmonic shades. The sky was created using the markers, a sponge and the Copic blending pen.

The Warm Winter Wishes card features a sentiment from Inkadinkado and a gorgeous robin stamp from Craft UK. Copic markers bring out the beauty of this winter friend in our English gardens.

And lastly, I have a multi-textured snowman card, which began with a simple and humble snowman from Inkadinkado. He was colored with a selection of Copic markers, including the shades of this challenge. But that was only the beginning. I've used quite a few techniques and products to create this card, including gesso, glimmer spray, heat-set embossing, glitter and H20s. I'll leave the tutorial for this card for another day!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Yummy Gingerbread Card

I recently bought some of Martha Stewart's felt gingerbread garland. While the box recommended edging your holiday table with the garland, I immediately thought: Christmas cards!

I used a matching gingerbread man from a Martha Stewart clear stamp set. The Be Merry sentiment comes from imaginisce. The snowflakes stamped on the red background paper are from Stampin' Up! The snowflakes are actually a jumbo wheel stamp, which I removed from its wheel to use as an unmounted stamp.

Very simple card, but the felt gingerbread really make it special.

I've attached two photos -- one with the flash and one in natural light. Hope you are enjoying the prelude to the holidays!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

AWS Stamping Class on Nov. 11

Below are the three cards we'll be making during our stamping class on Wednesday. There are two holiday cards and one birthday card.

The first Christmas card features three triangular trees that have been textured and distressed with gold ink in the Cuttlebug. You'll also be punching a border with a Martha Stewart snowflake edger. The sentiment stamp, 'A Very Merry Christmas,' is from the SU Punches Three. After stamping, it was punched out with an SU scallop square. The SEI red glitter paper makes a stunning background!

The holiday card was made with the SU Season of Joy Christmas tree, which was stamped in Wasabi ink onto Whisper White card stock and then trimmed out. Happy Holidays sentiment stamp is from SEI, and it was stamped with Memento Lady Bug Red onto a gorgeous Bazzill gold toned cardstock. In addition, a Spellbinder ribbon buckle in gold adorn some double dot BoBunny green ribbon. Creative Imaginations whimsical Christmas paper creates the background.

The quirky and fun birthday card features a QuicKutz die and DCWV Green Woodlands Bird paper. The sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Santa Calling!

This latest card features BoBunny papers and their sweet nostalgic Santa Dear collage stamp, as well as a Stampin' Up sentiment stamp.

After Santa Dear was stamped in memento ink, I then colored him using Copic markers. The paper was then torn and antiqued using Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distressing Ink. BoBunny dotted red ribbon was used an embellishment, and a green button was sewn on. The Stampin' Up sentiment, 'a very Merry Christmas to you,' was stamped, and several oval punches were used for layering. The BoBunny snowflake trimmed paper was punched with a Martha Stewart lacy punch.

The inspiration for this card came from BoBunny.

We will be making this card at our upcoming Wednesday Rubber Stamping Class.

Monday, 28 September 2009

BoBunny's Falling 4U Clear Stamp Set

I knew I was going to love this stamp set the first time I saw it used on the BoBunny blog spot.

The owl is really cute and quirky . . . and I love that the leaves and the tree are two stamps, so that you can use different ink colors. Very clever the way the leaves looks like a chrysanthemum.

Around the time I received the Falling 4U stamp set, I had a mingle card to make for an art swap with our England Stampers Yahoogroup. The theme is trees of any type. Also at the same time, I saw two Michelle Zindorf projects that featured a similar tree, but from Stampin' Up. If you go to her blog, you will see the two tutorials I used to create the two cards attached.

Direct to Paper Mountain Scene

In addition to the BoBunny Falling 4U stamp set, I also used the sweetest SU set called, Best Yet. I love this set of six sentiments, which include this stamp that says, "So Glad We're Friends," and another that says, "Just Because I Care." These are perfect sentiment stamps when you are mailing a note, card or small gift to a friend.

Windy Tree

I plan to offer to teach the card above to my rubber stamping class on October 7.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Scary cat & pumpkin

In the UK, they call these stamps Stick Leg Chicks; in the US, they are known as Karen Stolper's stamps. Whatever you call them, I am sure you'll agree that they are quirky, unique and worth a giggle!

I used Karen Stolper's scary cat and pumpkin stamp to create these very spooky ;-) cards for an art swap with my friends in the England Stamping yahoogroup.

In addition, this will be one of the cards available to make at my October 7th Rubber Stamping class for American Women of Surrey.

For those of you planning to attend the class, you will have a chance to color with Copic markers and cut out and antique a die cut pumpkin.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Autumn Notebook

There's a change in the air and the kiddos have returned to school . . . enter my favorite time of the year: autumn

With that in mind, I decided to create an autumnal notebook. This will be the free make-it-and-take-it project that I will demonstrate for my Introduction to Stamping Class, which I am offering through the American Women of Surrey.

I've used Inkadinkado clear stamps, Bazzill Cardstock, and Stampin' Up ribbons to create this easy-peasy book.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Elzybells Challenge 26

Elzybells Blog Challenge 26 is to create your own stamped patterned background paper.

Yesterday, I ordered some of Elzybells brand new stamp sets, which feature my favorite things: stamping and crafting! I had to have them (especially the stamp that says: My husband lets me have all the craft supplies I can hide). I was thrilled when they arrived in the post this morning -- all ready! Yippee!

As you can see, I used Elzybells new stamp sets to create this card. I love the manic crafter!

The patterned background features Nancy Judd's Scrappy-Spots technique published in Techniquejunkies newsletter, and it is a type of masking.

The primary colors used are Stampin' Up's Barely Banana, Really Rust, and More Mustard. A selection of Copic Ciao markers were used to color the Elzybells image.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

More 3 by 3 Cards!

I've been working on projects for my autumn paper crafting classes.

Here are three 3 x 3-inch cards, which come with handmade envelopes, that are using some brand new Imaginisce clear stamps. In particular, I love the little polar bear!

I used Copic Ciao markers to color the images. As you can see with the polar bear, much of the coloring is a slight shade on the edge. Very easy.

I cut out all the pieces for my future students; these cards with envelopes will be a snap to put together.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

New Magpie Storage System

My stamping friend Beckie of Lilac Lemon Designs sent me a link for the Magpie Nesting Storage System, which I wanted to use some of my heavy punches and a selection of ink pads.

I purchased these early in the week from Crafts U Love and received them a couple of days later. I'm thrilled with the units, which are a heavy-duty wood, which should last forever and withstand lots of crafting abuse!

These (grainy, sorry) photos show my workspace. I use some wooden craft crates and the new Magpie storage system to hold a number of my tools for quick access. I also have a bookshelf in back of me that holds other items, such as ribbons, die cutting machines and dies, stamps, embellishments, and lots of other products. It's too messy to photograph right now!

The Magpie Nesting Storage System comes with handy nesting tins that are suppose to hold 2x2 inch Quickutz dies. However, as you can see, I've adapted the cubbyholes for other purposes. I'll use my nesting tins to store embellishments.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Pumpkin Patch

I realize that the sun is still shining and the summer is still in full force. However, I decided to break out some autumn stamps to prepare for some classes that I hope to teach in the Fall.

I love Karen Stolper's Stick Leg Chick Stamps, and I purchased a dozen of them recently from, which is based in England.

I used the Pumpkin Patch stamp to create this card, which features Stampin' Up designer paper and cardstock. The image was stamped with Memento rich cocoa and colored with Copic Ciao markers.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Caroline's Cupcake Card

Caroline, a fellow stamper, celebrated her birthday this past week. Happy Birthday, Caroline!

Here is the cupcake birthday card that I sent her; it features Stampin' Up's Crazy For Cupcakes stamp set.

I have a few different versions of the cards, as you can see. The designer papers are from BoBunny.

The cupcake was made by stamping onto an ivory cardstock using a Chocolate Chip SU ink pad. It was heat set with a pearlescent embossing powder. A second cupcake was embossed onto the coral colored BoBunny paper. I cut out the bottom of the cupcake from the coral colored paper and glued it onto the cupcake stamped on the ivory paper; I then cut out the cupcake.

Creamy colored Copic Ciao markers were used to color the cupcake icing. A selection of other Copic Ciao markers were used to color the candle, sprinkles and flame.

The circular cutout was made from ivory cardstock and a Spellbinder's Nestability die. I used Stampin' Up Groovy Guava to distress a Cuttlebug embossing folder, sandwiched in my die cut circle, and ran it through the Cuttlebug.

The Make a Wish stamp is from Woodware. It was inked with Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink and heat set with a pearlescent embossing powder.

BoBunny gingham green ribbon was used on one card; the two other cards have Stampin' Up Groovy Guava ribbon.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Lady Bug Card

This is one of Elzybell's latest clear stamp sets, Spring Cubes. I adore this set! It has great sentiments, too.

The white card stock was first run through the Wizard with a small square Spellbinder's Nestability die to create a peek-a-boo window.

The image was stamped inside the card, so it would show through the window. It was colored with Copic Ciao Markers.

Then I made a curtain template and used designer paper to cut out pretend curtains. I thought that red polka dots would complement the little lady bug.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Copic Colour Challenge - Guest DT Call

I can't stop coloring! I just can't stop!

Pleaaaazzzzze help me!

Fortunately, I am not alone. Yes indeedy, there are other coloring fanatics out there who are addicted to Copic Markers. You can find a lot of them posting their artwork on the weekly Copic Colour Challenge blog.

Currently, they are seeking out a talented and enthusiastic crafter to be a Guest member of their Design Team. To be considered, we have been asked to link our fave Copic Marker creation. Here is my latest, which features a Craft UK stamped image that has been colored with a myriad of Copic Ciao markers.

I'm very happy with the way the coloring turned out on this project. First of all, I wanted the door to have a feeling of 'life,' showing reflections of light and weathering. In such a situation, you wouldn't want to just stick with red tones. The door was colored by strategically applying a pale yellow (Y11) and then a golden yellow (Y17). Then, the two reds (R17 and R27) where used to color the door, with the darker tone used for creating shadows. Finally, I ran the Y17 yellow back over some spots to create even more of a highlight, or light bouncing off the door.

Here are some other images I've recently colored with my Copic markers:

This mermaid comes from Fred-She-Said, and it is absolutely perfect for coloring. You can do a lot to create tones in the tail by using yellow, turquoise and pink.

And here is something completely different! This is a photo stamp of an angel that I used on a card for a recent art swap. I used a Memento ink pad, the photo stamp, and glossy paper. Since Memento ink does not smear when using Copic markers, I was able to take some of my paler tones and tint this image. Using alcohol markers is a much easier and subtle way of coloring photo-realistic stamped images.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Dressed to Impress

The latest mingle over at England Stampers is Dressed to Impress, incorporating a die cut dress into our card layout. This is the type of card that can be really frilly and girly and summery!

The template used on this card was inspired by Patty Bennett at Patty's Stamping Spot. You can find her tutorial for the dress card here.

To begin with, I used the largest scalloped circle die from my Spellbinder's collection, and I ran through my colorful pink Prima paper to create a scalloped circle. Then I used Patty's dress shape to cut out my dresses.

The stamp is from Stampin' Up . . . the little rose and the designer patterned paper is from Prima . . . isn't the paper GORGEOUS?! It's their flirty collection.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Shimmery Mingle

I love shimmery things! I use my glimmer mists a lot when I create cards; in particular, I like Lindy's Moon Glow Glitz Spritz products.

Jan of Persnickety suggested doing a shimmery card for a summer artwork swap, and I had to play!

The rust brown cardstock was first sprayed with a gold glimmer mist. Then the butterfly or dragonfly stamp was dipped into a diluted bleach mixture and stamped on the shimmery paper, while it was still damp. It was over-stamped in vanilla pigment ink, while the paper was still damp. This technique makes a subtle shadow, creating a dimensional final image. Other colors of glimmer mist and pigment ink can be used.

I used these dragonflies and butterflies on an earlier art project a couple of weeks ago. The stamps are "On Gossamer Wings" from Stampin' Up.

The friends stamp is from Inkadinkado; it was stamped onto a gold embossed domino game piece.

These cards will be sent to my stamping friends Phyllis, Barb and Sue.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 21

We are having an art mingle on our yahoogroup, England Stampers, and it requires using our alcohol markers to color images. I had been sort of stuttering and stumbling with this project . . . I had something in mind, and it was just not gelling. So I finally tossed that idea aside -- along with all the scraps of paper and images -- and started over.

Ahhhhhh . . . I feel much better now. I reached for my trusty Elzybells Art Stamps, which work wonderfully with alcohol markers.

Then, I popped over to the Copic Colour Challenge to see what colors they were suggesting this week. I then discovered that Elzybells is the sponsor of the Week 21 Copic Color Challenge!

Here are the recommended colors.
Yes, I really had ALL of them, and used them in my artwork. The Smoky Blue is one of my favorite Copic blue shades, and I use it all the time.

In addition to the Elzybells Art Stamp, I also used Creative Imaginations gold embossed tea party paper, Prima flowers, and Stampin' Up ribbon.

I'll mail the cards to the mingle recipients tomorrow, and I'm so much happier with the results!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Dragonflies, Damselflies, Butterflies

Here are two different Artist Trading Cards that I made for the Dragonflies, Damselflies and Butterflies Mingle of England Stampers.

Enjoy the Simple Things is a sentiment stamp from Elzybells. The rest of the stamps are from Stampin' Up, including Botanical Blooms and Watercolor Minis.

The other artist trading cards feature Stampin' Up's On Gossamer Wings retired stamp set, which has always been one of my favorites. It is one of the most realistic and amazing sets for capturing the spirit of real-life butterflies and dragonflies.

This ATC was made by first spritzing rust-colored textured cardstock with gold glimmer mist. Bleach and vanilla pigment ink were used to stamp the images. The word stamps are from Inkadinkado Inchies collections.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Chocolate Bar Sliders

This coming Friday, my dear teenage son Branduff will finally be free for the summer! I'm sure he is very relieved to have a break! He is wrapping up his first year at City of London Freemen's School in Ashtead, Surrey. Next autumn he will return to Year 10 (or Lower 5) to begin his GCSE coursework.

For now, it's time to say good-bye to his teachers in Upper 4.

In England, you can buy really HUGE and chunky Cadbury chocolate bars, which are perfect gifts to wrap up and turn into 'sliders.'

A decorative ribbon serves as a pulley to slide the chocolate bar up and out of the wrapper.

While usually I would stamp images, I had some really cute summer stickers that I've wanted to use for a long time. They worked perfectly to adorn the wrappers of the chocolate sliders.

I hope all of you have a great summer, too!

Friday, 3 July 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 20

Above is a card that I made for my friend Cheryl's birthday and the Copic Colour Challenge No. 20, which is featuring these Copic Colours:
As usual, I seem to be missing the key colours noted in the challenge, but I was able to use many of the related colours to create this birthday card. Some of the Copic ciao markers that I used were YR23, Y21, Y17, Y15, Y02, Y00, R02, R05, E00, E02, E08, E31, E35, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG93.

The stamp is Zinnia from the Flower Fairies collection that is based on the works of Cicely Mary Barker.


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Copic Colour Challenge #18

This week, I made a birthday card for my stamping friend, Linda, of Linanna Designs. I had in my mind exactly the Elzybells stamp and the BoBunny patterned cardstock that I wanted to use.

However, I also wanted to play the Copic Colour Challenge #18, and although this week's colours were close, they didn't quite match my cardstock.

They suggested using the following colours.
In the end, I used the Y15 Cadmium Yellow, but I used different blue tones -- B12 Ice Blue and B93 Light Crockery Blue. I did use a touch of the R85 Rose Red, but I also used RV42 Salmon Pink and some other pink shades that I forgot to record!

I pulled out my Wizard and Spellbinder's Nestabilities Circles to create the interlocking circles on the birthday card. The birthday circle stamp is from Inkadinkado.

While I was making cards, I also made a few spares with Elzybells sentiment: May all your days be filled with flowers.