Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tea Party and a cool new Embossing Folder!

I love all things to do with tea parties!  I think I'm making up for when I was a little girl.  All I wanted to do was be a boy lol!  I wanted to play with 'boy toys' having nothing to do with dolls or dresses.  Well, you'll still find me in pants most of the time, but instead of my favorite color being blue, I adore pink!  I also love tea cups, teapots and pretty, frilly things : )

Sylvia Zet's newest release, New Adventures of Loli and Poppy is wonderful with oh so adorable images!!!  This is one of my faves in this collection : )  Here's
Daphne's Tea Party.

Of course I had to use pink!!!  She's colored with copics, which is no surprise...  Here's what I used:  Hair - E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Skin - E11 E00 E000; Clothes/Furniture - R39 R85 R83 R81/E57 E55 E43 E50 C4 ; Teapot n Cups - R83 R81 R11 R000; Kitty - C9 C5 C4 C3 C2 C1.

A few Opal Paper Pen pearls in the corners which tie in the pearl heart brad on the tag : )  I've had this gorgeous flower for quite some time and I decided that I could part with it (I still have two left in the package which you'll have to pry out of my hands lol!).  They are both lacey and of course pink!!!

Here you can see the dimension.  I used dimensionals to pop up the image layer.  I dug out my QuicKutz dies and squeeze punch to create the tag.  The sentiment is from My Time Made Easy.

OK... here's the cool new embossing folder part - really!!!  It's Brocade by Craft Concepts.  I started with a 2 inch strip of white cardstock.  This embossing folder has an opening in the 'fold' which is 2" wide and fits a strip of cs in.  I was able to make a continuous embossed strip of 11.5" which I trimmed to fit.  After embossing, I used an MS punch on both sides to make it more girlie : )  I'll try to get photos to show you in detail soon - just in case my description doesn't help hee hee!

A final shot which shows a little of the shiny dp which is Sweet Nothings (look at the top) and all the shiny and sparkly areas - love that shine and bling!

Thanks for stopping by!!!  I hope to visit with you soon ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A New Technique!

I've been wanting to try out different techniques for awhile.  How 'bout you?  There are so many creative geniuses in the world for which I am grateful!  That makes my job a little easier when it comes to trying to figure out a particular look I want for a card.  I don't remember where I first found this idea (or even if I followed the instructions!).

I wanted my mermaid to have the look of being underwater.  I didn't want to use Diamond Glaze or a similar product this time, but instead choose to use the cellophane that one of my stamps came in.  I could have glued it down as is, but I decided to create some 'waves.'

It actually was very easy...  I used my heat tool to distort and melt the cellophane until it looked 'done' to me!  Here's the result:

What do you think?  I hope I achieved my desired look...  The image is Elania by Sylvia Zet for SCACD.  I've used the following copics to color her:  Hair - E35 E34 YR21 YR20; Skin - E11 E00 E000; Fin/Top - BG18 BG13 BG11 BG10 BG01 BG000 RV10; Rock - C9 C7 C5 C4 C3 C1; Greens - YG67 YG63 YG 61, YG11; Browns - E55 E53 E50/E37 E33 E31 E30.

Sorry...this is a terrible photo : (
For the background, I used a new stencil from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design called Fish Scales, which was designed by Victoria Case!  I simply laid down the stencil on a piece of white cardstock, sponged Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage Distress Ink over the entire area, and then trimmed to size.  Voila'  

I didn't have totally clear baubles for the 'bubbles' but you can find them (clear) *Here.*  A little bit of Stardust Stickles and a frame of Glamour Dust around the image for a bit of bling adds to the water theme...

...and what would a card be without my paper pens?  lol...  I've used Graphite Paper Pen on this one.  The fish charm is from my sweet blog friend Kelly (you ROCK girl!).  It's attached with jump rings and a brad.  A simple sheer black bow ties in the black pearls and rock... this one's already out the door for sale!

I even got in some sewing - yay!!!
Candy News
Do you love Cricut Cartridges?  If you are interested in WINNING, check out my post *Here.*  Ends February 29!!!

Tutorial News
Check out the Store Blog!  Lorraine has an awesome tutorial on stenciling!!!

What's New

New BoBunny *Here*

BoBunny Trinkets *Here*

New Kraftin Kimmies *Here*

New Pink Pearl Pen : D *Here*

Thanks for visiting today!  See you soon with another cutie by Sylvia Zet!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lovable Avie is So Sweet!!!

Happy day after Valentine's Day!!!  I say why not extend the holiday?  That goes for birthdays especially : D  I may have overdone it a bit though.  My whole family (hubby and two sons + puppy dog!) was together for dinner.  Yes, that is something that is rare these days.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I love my sons' sense of humor - they just make me laugh...

Anyway, I baked cookies for dessert.  How can I not test each batch to make sure they are presentable?  Oh well.  Back to my 'diet' tomorrow.  I'm hoping to be able to tell you soon that I've lost 20 pounds.  After tonight, that may be a little longer than I expected hee hee!

Well, Chelsea's done it again.  Oh yeah... not only does she come up with the best sketches, but today's card features one of her newest images, Lovable Avie!  I adore her!!!

This month at CLP Sketch Challenge the sponsor is Pretty Little Stamps (formerly known as Gurlee Girl Stamps).  Join us!  You could win 3 of the newest girlies in digi format.  How cool is that?  You have until the end of the month!

Here's what I came up with for CLP Sketch Challenge #44:

This is Lovable Avie...  Isn't she darling?  I just love her to pieces!

Avie is colored with my fave copic markers, of course : )  I've used the following colors:  Hair - E49 E59 E25 E53; Skin - E11 E00 E000; Pinks - RV34 RV32 RV11 RV10 RV000; Greens - YG17 YG05 YG03 YG01 YG00 w/R00 on top; Bunny/Shoes - E55 E53 E51 E50 w/R20 for inside ears; Background - BG000.

In this photo, the stickles haven't dried completely... it's still liquid-y and the sparkle hasn't shown much yet.  That's what I get for waiting until the last day!

This card is actually a hybrid project!  The image is layered on a piece of digi printed paper and cardstock.  The background layers were created in Photoshop Elements and printed as one layer.  I'm sorry I don't have the information to give credit for this paper : (  If you know, please advise so I can update!

The sentiment is from My Time Made Easy from the Well Preserved Stamp Set and the rest basically from my stash... well except for the two top corner 'pearls' which I created using my Opal Paper Pen.

Challenges Entered:
Digital Tuesday - Use Your Stash #147
Creative Craft - Valentine's
ABC Challenge - Jazz It Up
Bling It On - Love is All Around
By the Cute and Girly - Love is in the Air

Btw... Cheryl has won the Rose Paper Pen and has contacted me, so I may soon have to give away an Opal Paper Pen : D  If you know me, you know that my Paper Pens are one of my 'must haves!'

I hope that you are having a wonderful day after Valentine's Day ♥

See you soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Friday, February 10, 2012

Winner Time!

Just a quickie post to let you know who won the Viva Decor Rose Paper Pen...  Cheryl was quick on the draw as the first one to leave a comment.  I've tried to find you, Cheryl, but I don't think you have a blog.  I'll give you 24 hours to reach out to me with your information so I can send it off to you.  Otherwise... I'll pass it on to the  second person who left a comment : D

Update:  More New Products Available at SCACD!!!

  • Check out the yummy new pins *Here*
  • Fabulous new papers *Here* and *Here*
  • Awesome DIES and stamp sets *Here*

My wishlist is waaaaay too long lol!  So much to drool over at SCACD... Susana ROCKS!!!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Do You Love Shoes?

Hello sweet friends!  I'm so glad you're here : D  It's been a very rough week...  One thing I've learned though is that no matter what we go through, there is ALWAYS something we can smile about.  Maybe I'm not happy at the moment, but if I look hard enough, I will begin to see that I am truly blessed.

How 'bout you?  Are you making a conscious choice to treat yourself as you would treat others?  I know that sounds backwards, but aren't we usually harder and more critical on ourselves than we are on others?  How many times have we gone out of our way to help a friend?  Let's begin to be more kind to OURSELVES : D

I declare today to be...  'Be Nice to Yourself Day' ... and the next one.... and the next one... and the next... hee hee!

Do you love shoes?  Does the thought of going shopping for shoes bring excitement?  Be nice to yourself today!  Is shoe shopping not in the budget?  Window 'shoe' shopping is free... and then maybe lunch with a friend is in the budget : D  As for me... I pretty much wear the same shoes everyday.  I begin the day going to the gym, so more times than not, you'll find me in a pair of sneakers!  But I do love getting together with a dear friend every day for coffee/tea/friendship ♥

Today's image is 'If the Shoe Fits' by Victoria Case for SCACD from The Fairylicious Collection.  You can find her, as well as her fairy friends *Here.*

She is overjoyed that her new shoes fit... and who doesn't love a comfortable pair of shoes???  She's stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with the following copics: RV34 RV32 RV11 RV10 RV00; G24 G21 G40 BG000 BG0000; W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W1 E50; E11 E00 E000; E49 E59 E25 E53.

To achieve the transparent, but sparkly appearance to her wings, I used Transparent Gloss Gel with Glamour Dust sprinkled on top.  Both sets of eyes, shoes and bottom of the shell also received a nice coat of gloss gel.  One thing I like about the gloss gel vs Diamond Glaze is the control-ability.  Both have great applicators, but the gloss gel is thicker and gives a more dimensional quality.  I suppose you could use multiple coats of Diamond glaze, but for smaller areas, I still prefer Transparent Gloss Gel - I really do!

Gorgeous dp is from the Kaisercraft Bonjour paper pad.  The top two layers have been distressed with Spun Sugar Distress Ink as well as the doily peeking out under the tulle I used as ribbon.  I LOVE tulle : D

Guess what I haven't used in a while?  My PINK (Rose) Paper Pen!  I discovered that I have two of these for some reason...  Do you love PINK???  Anybody want to WIN my 'other' Rose Viva Decor Paper Pen?

The first person letting me know by leaving a comment 
on this post only, WINS!  
Warning:  You may have to wrestle it out of my hands first lol!  

Here's a better view of the shiny parts from the gloss gel : )

See that cute lil tag?  I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) with Black Onyx VersaFine Ink Pad, distressed with Spun Sugar, a couple of paper pen pearls and tied on using Sew Easy Floss in 'Princess' Pink.  Can you believe that I actually used my Cricut (woot woot!!!) to cut out the tag?   My dusty old Cricut is seeing more use lately!  Have you entered my Cricut Cartridge Giveaway?  You can find the post *Here.*

Susana has a nice variety of Memory Box dies.  There is a Classic Tags set (currently out of stock *sad face*) one tag is similar to the size and style I used on this card.  You can find it *Here.*  Check out the other cool designs *Here.*

Because the base layer of dp is textured and slick, I've used Scor-Tape to adhere the middle layer to the bottom layer - AND because the tulle makes the bottom layer bulkier, as I've wrapped the ends behind the paper, I've also used Scor-Tape to adhere the layers to the card base. 

New Product Alert!
Crafters' Workshop Stencils (Some designed by Victoria Case!!!)
NEW 2012 Copic Markers - 12 piece set

Thanks for stopping by : D

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~


Friday, February 3, 2012

New Sylvia Zet and Victoria Case Stamps are Here!

*A long post... with CANDY link below : D
(Creative Card Crew... scroll down for challenge card)

Good Morning and Happy Friday!!!  I really am happy today for several reasons... of course, one is that it's Blog Hop Day... but the other reason is that my DH is better!  The other day, one of my lovely followers commented that her DH was also sick.  She called it the man flu (rofl!).  I've used that ever since (thanks for the laugh!!!).

So... you may have stumbled here 'just because.'  If that's the case, you may wish to start at the beginning of the Hop which is Danni's Blog *Here.*  She has the most ADORABLE image to show off!  If you've already been hopping, you should have come here from Elaine's Blog where you've seen more fabulousness!!!

Before I show you two more must haves... I'd like to congratulate all the blog candy winners which were posted on the Store Blog.  Yay!!!  You'll want to check out the Store Blog daily for new products, information and inspiration.  There's always FUN going on there!

And now... I'd like to introduce you to Loli's Dance by Sylvia Zet for SCACD from the New Adventures of Loli and Poppy.  

Such a lovely lady : )  Her friend is happily dancing with joy!  Don't they make you smile?  I've used copic markers for coloring, with Stardust Stickles and Transparent Gloss Gel by Viva Decor for accents.  Can you see her shiny eyes and shoes?  

Another thing I'd like to point out is the lower left corner embellishment.  It was gold, but I painted it with Mother of Pearl Viva Decor Precious Metal Paint.  I love the coverage this paint provides!

Below you can see large pearls on the beautiful lace.  These are self-stick which you can find *Here.*  The smaller three at the bottom are Opal Paper Pen by Viva Decor *Here.*

After stamping with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloring with copics, I used the largest circle in the Spellbinders Classic Large Circle set to die cut the image.  Even the largest circle wasn't big enough to fit in the whole image, so I decided to leave some 'over the edge.'

The two small hearts were die cut with the smallest size heart in the Classic Scalloped Hearts.  The 'xoxo' heart stamp is from a clear stamp set by Hero Arts.  All pieces are distressed using Faded Jeans Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.

This view shows both Aqua Smooch and Smooch Illuminate which I used to color over the flowers and angel's wings on this cut out (which comes with the Sweet Nothings DP by Kaisercraft).  I am in LOVE with this paper pad!!! Note:  I don't see it in the store right now : (

All three hearts have been popped up with dimensionals *Here.*

Challenges Entered:
Bling it On - Love is All Around
By the Cute and Girly - Love is in the Air
Kaboodle Doodles - It's All About Girls
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - Love is in the Air
Craft Room - Valentine's
Creative Card Crew - Fantasy
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
DYSU - Anything Goes
Flutter By Wednesday - Open

My second card features 

Isn't she a beauty?  She's also colored with Copics and accented with Transparent Gloss Gel on her eyes and ladybugs.  After coloring her wings, I used a bit of Gold Glitz Glamour Dust Paint on top.  More Gold Glitz on the butterflies and centers of the black flowers (for even more dimension on the flower centers, I also used Gold Stickles).  For the centers of the butterflies, I used my Graphite Paper Pen.

The fun dp is Little Black dress by BasicGrey *Here.*  The dp directly behind the image is a combination I made using photoshop.  So the ladybugs would stand out more, I topped them with Transparent Gloss Gel.  I wanted just a 'touch' of ladybugs in the dp to peek out : D

I die cut the image using the largest circle in the Classic Large Circles.  This time, I left only her foot to go over the edge.  The pearls around the scalloped circle are from my Cream Paper Pen.  I can't tell you how much money I've saved using my paper pens...  I'm tellin' ya, it's the best thing since sliced bread lol!

More beautiful lace from my stash with Stardust Stickles accents and even a gorgeous stick pin *Here.*

*** International Friends can purchase these stamps at Quixotic Paperie ***

Before I send you off, I promised a link for  BLOG CANDY.  I would love for you to enter my Cricut Cartridge Giveaway *Here.*

Thank you for taking the time to visit today!

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May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blog Candy Galore and SCACD Sneak Peeks!

Yay!!!  It's Blog Candy Day!!!  I'm not sure who is more excited... you or me? lol!  Let's see... I think first, I'll let you know who the Spotlight Designers are for today's Sneak Peeks.  You will soon be drooling over the yummy goodness of what my SCACD sisters have to show you today!

First up we have:
*  Kim  *

Next is:
*  Danni  *

Head on over to their blogs and give 'em some love ♥  I know that you're gonna absolutely LOVE the images and designs they've come up with!


Of course, a little BLOG CANDY doesn't hurt : )  Each designer will have candy to give away - how cool is that?

Come see what's NEW at the Store Blog too!

Now for my Cricut Giveaway...

I feel soooo stupid : (  I can't believe that I forgot I already had this cartridge!  Oh how I hate when I buy something I already have!  Guess I really wanted this huh?
This package has been opened, but the cartridge has never been used, the tape is still covering it.  If you'd like a chance to win, please enter below.  Candy ends February 29, 2012.

the countdown...

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