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 sirstampalot.co.uk, 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.