Sunday, October 31, 2010

Groovy boots, baby!

Mischelle Smith, CEO and owner of The Angel Company™, has a great website where angels and TAC™ stamp lovers can share their projects.  It's called TAC's Paper Crafting Community and you can find it HERE.  She had a challenge recently for a "groovy" picture and this is what I came up with to answer her challenge.

Isn't this Cowboy Boot wild!!!  I used Lilly Anna SWIC and matching cardstock along with White Caboodle paper since I used my Copic markers (YG06, N4, T2, R85, YG03, B45).  I also used Fiskars Treading Water border punch on the blue layer at the top.

I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the spur.  And, in case you're wondering, that is my blue suede cowboy boot  that the card is propped against in the first picture.  I had a horse for 22 years that trained, showed, rode, and loved.

Tomorrow I'll be getting a new internet provided. Hopefully my internet speed will pick up a lot since I'm switching from broadband to dsl.  I may even be able to watch some YouTubes on Copic markers and learn more!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

I Thank my God....

Mischelle, owner and CEO of The Angel Co., is having another blog tour!  Click HERE to see all the fabulous fall/Thanksgiving projects!

Since I have posted some autumn projects I've decided to do a "thankful" card that can be given to someone this Thanksgiving season!  I'm thankful to God for all the blessings, family, and friends that He has given me during my lifetime.  My card uses some "autumn" colors, Orangerie and Sunflower PH inks.

The flower stamps I used are from the Blossoms & Blessings and Baby Blossoms LE sets.  (The Baby Blossoms is the October Limited Edition special and only available through Sunday.)  The text is from the Keep Blessing Me hostess A set in the Fall Supplement.  02

 I colored the white ribbon with my Copic markerYR07 and used the Stardust Clear Gel pen to add a bit of bling to the flower center.  I also used my cloud scissors to trim the white and orange card stock edges.  I also followed a sketch challenge with this card from Paper Wings.

Enjoy your tour!! Leave a comment or rate the project when you visit!  The place to click to leave a comment is below the 3 pics of other projects you might like.  And you can rate my project right below that!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Autumn leaves are falling....

The Ink Spots meet tomorrow night for our monthly meeting and each month we have a themed ATC swap. This month the theme is Autumn Leaves. I have a lot of paper left over from various classes at the local scrapbooking store and need to use them so my ATCs involve some of the scraps.

I used the Delicious Fall set for the text (kinda obvious, wouldn't you say?) and some cool Prima leaves.

Susanne and I think the leaves are skeleton leaves that are adhered to a paper leaf. The veins are amazing! I also used Fiskars Treading Water border punch. I have to admit that these 10 ATCs did not make a dent in my stash.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An "Angel" technique swap

A while back I posted that I was in a technique swap with other angels.  Remember this little sample??  And remember I used my Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug to create these cool "dots" on my card.

My technique was using Radiant Pearls and VersaMark ink.  Well, now that the swap is over and I have about 60 cool card fronts showing different techniques, I can share my card with you!

I used the set Cowboy Boots and Noble Notes for the stamped images.

Can you see the great shimmer!!  This technique is SO easy!!!  Just stamp your image using VersaMark ink then lightly brush (either with a cotton ball or clean paint brush) the Radiant Pearls (or Pearl Ex) over the ink.  Carefully brush off the excess and voila!!  I also used my Giga Scallop Circle punch and Mega Circle punch along with Burnt Umber PH ink for the text and around the edges of the card front. 

Have you been enjoying the blog tours?  I hope to be in another one this weekend if I can get my projects done in time.  I have a class to teach tomorrow at the AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ and the Ink Spots meet Friday night.  Saturday night we're going to Red Lobster to celebrate my mom's birthday and our anniversary a bit more.  Gotta hustle this week as I also need to finish my samples for a Christmas gift class next month and get a big order separated and ready to deliver to my customers! Never a dull moment!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's another Blog Tour!!!

We're having another Paper Wings blog tour!!  This time we had to make a card that wasn't the standard A2 folded card so I chose the Accordion Zig Zag card (that I learned through Technique Junkies) with a Christmas theme.  I used the great set Jingle Jolly stamped with Noir PH ink and Cha Cha SWIC and matching cardstock.  I also used the phrase from Noble Notes for the greeting and stamped it in L'Amore PH ink.  I used my Scor-Pal to assist in the folding.

I used various matching Copic markers to color the images.  How do you like the deer?  After coloring I put a couple drops of the Blender on a piece of paper towel and dabbed at it to get the texture.  I used the Stardust Clear Gel pen on all the stamped images.

Please visit the following angels and check out their cool cards!


Please leave a comment on our blogs as to what you think of our projects.  It's real encouraging to hear from you!

Blog Tour!

My scheduled post will be going live at 6 pm (Mountain Standard Time) tonight as I take part in another Paper Wings blot tour!  I know you'll enjoy it so please come back!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Colorful hummingbird...

Again I played with a sketch challenge on Paper Wings.  I love the inspiration as there are times when I can't think of what to do!  And seeing a sketch helps a lot.  I used a hostess set called Swirled Spring Life which can be earned with a $100 net order.  I also used Angelee SWIC and matching cardstock.  If you look closely at the center panel you can see that I embossed that piece with the Flowers Impressability by Spellbinders and I used my Wizard to do the embossing. I sanded it to bring out the white core.

I colored the bird and flower with Copic markers RV21, V12, and YG93. I had white satin ribbon that I also colored with the pink and lilac Copics.  And I still have quite a stash of white scrappers floss and found the cute purple button.  Oh, I did use the Stardust Clear Gel pen on the wings and tail of the hummingbird. Have I told you recently that it's my favorite bling maker??

Did you know that you can click on what you think of my projects?  Just look below my signature for the "reactions" and you have 3 options!  If you don't want to leave a comment please leave a reaction!  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas is getting closer...

Next month at AZ Scrapbooking in Green Valley, AZ we instructors were asked to teach easy Christmas gifts. Well, I think mine are rather easy yet cute. I'll be teaching wine glass charms, a photo holder, and a candy bouquet. I got the first 2 done but I will post the photo holder now using the cool Christmas tree from our Jingle Jolly set.

The cutie in the picture is our middle granddaughter, Rylie.

Here's a close-up. The paper is by Basic Grey. I stamped the tree with Noir PH ink and colored with Copic markers Y35, R37, and Y06. I also used Glossy Accents on the ornaments and the Stardust Clear Gel pen on the star. I painted a 1 1/2" wood block with white gesso and some green paint then drilled a hole with my Dremel. I did change out the tree for a stamp purchased at the store since I have to use their products in my classes. I'll post it when I do a "group" photo.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Oh deer....

I like to give cards to my customers when they order.  And I try to use stamps that they purchased.  Well, recently a customer order Forest Friends and I used this set for a sketch challenge over on Paper Wings.

I think this card is a hoot! And the sarcastic comment came from the Laugh Lines set.  Don't you love the paper?? I used the Winchester SWIC and matching cardstock.  I used my 1/4" circle punch to make the little corner circles. I like doing that as it's a cheap and fast way to add an embellishment when you forget to put the brads in before attaching the pieces together.

Here's a closeup of the lower right corner.  I punched a bunch of leaves and adhered them to a 3/4" circle.

I used a bunch of Copic markers, too..
Bushes: G19, YG09, &YG06
Deer: YR24, E55, E57, & E74
Outline: B41 & the Blender
I used a black glitter gel pen on the eyes and noses.

Here you can see that the "deer circle" is raised with a single layer of foam mounting tape but the leaves are raised with a double layer for more dimension.

Did you enjoy the Wicked Good blog hop Saturday?  There were sure a bunch of angels taking part. I'm still looking at all the great projects and leaving some "love" with each one.  BTW, there's another coming up the end of the month!!! And us Paper Wingers will be having one next weekend!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's getting spooky around here....

We don't really celebrate Halloween but our granddaughters do go Trick or Treating and dress up oh so cute! Well, I try to send cute treats to them and cards to our children to keep in touch.  I seen these cool coffins at Michaels and the wheels started spinning! I painted the coffins with black gesso then added the retired paper from Too Spooky and images from the Spiders Are Seen set.  All was colored with Copics.  And the Rice Krispie bars are wrapped in a very shimmery tissue paper. I stamped the phrase from Bone Appetit on white cardstock then layered on purple before adhering over the ribbon onto the paper.

Here's a closer view of the coffins.

I "painted the inside and out (before adding the cute images) with a decoupage finish which gave them a little shine.  Looked LOTS better than not doing it.

And here's a close up of the wrapped Creepies.  Don't you love that tissue paper??  I used French Lilac PH ink and stippled it around the words then swiped the white cardstock on the pad for more color. The purple cardstock edges have been distressed as well as the coffin images.

Today is the TAC™ Wicked Good Blog Hop!  Just click HERE to see all the great projects!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wicked Good Blog Hop - Tomorrow!

I plan on joining in this cool Halloween blog hop!  Come check it out HERE but ya gotta wait until tomorrow!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happiness is....

Have you, as a child, ever caught butterflies and kept them in jars?  Or even fireflies?  TAC™ has the cutest little hostess set called Happiness Is that brings back such fun memories.  I used Lily Anna SWIC and matching cardstock for this card and a technique from the Technique Junkies called Clipped Corners.  I also used Flowers Impressability & the Wizard by Spellbinders to create the texture on the blue paper then sanded to make the flowers pop. 

I used assorted Copic markers to color after stamping using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

How do you like the jar and the little hearts? I added some bling from the Stardust Clear Gel pen on it and the butterfly.  I have a little heart punch (which is getting dull) and added some Glossy Accents for more dimension.  I have used this set in a previous post but needed this technique to send for a 1 on 1 swap though a Yahoo group and Technique Junkies.  I hope to do this technique again, it's pretty cool!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sweet Nativity

I still have some "virgin" stamp sets, you know, ones that haven't been used yet. So, I used the set Sweet Nativity and Angelee SWIC and matching cardstock to do a sketch challenge over on Paper Wings. I also played with quite a few Copic markers to color. Here's what I came up with (is this a dangling participle?).

I still need lots of practice with the shading and shadows.  The tan floss is left over from something, I found it on my worktable and its color matched wonderfully with the pattern paper.

Here's the design on the other Tshirt I bleached last week. I was still getting the hang of how much bleach to use and had trouble with the fur under the bear's head. Oh well.  I still really like how this turned out.  Hopefully in the next week or two I'll get some more done.  I'm not going to show the whole design as this is a Christmas gift and I'm not going to take any chances that the recipient will figure out that this is their shirt. So, you'll just have to wait, too!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Learning a new hobby...

 Can you believe it! I'm learning something new!  My friend, Susanne, in Green Valley, AZ , sells these cool Tshirts and she's teaching me how to make them!  This little shirt is for a "gift shoe box" that we're making for children through the Assembly of God church in Sahaurita, AZ.  The church handed out 100 shoe boxes to be filled for Christmas gifts for children in another country.  I'm doing a box for a girl age 6 - 7 or so.  What do you think? 

Here's a close up of the design.  Not too bad for a first attempt.  I hope the little girl will like it.  I may have to do more of these....   Can you figure out how I did this??

And did you notice that today is 10/10/10??? 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bless You...

I've had this stamp set for a while and just had to use it!  I LOVE how this turned out!  The cool bear is from the Forest Friends set and I colored him with Copic markers. And the phrase is from Tag Tidbits, a much-loved set.  The "sketch" is by my friend, Christine, another angel.  I've used her sketches quite a few times and have given a link to her blog in previous posts.

I used Amelia SWIC which is retired but I'm trying to use up my stash - beautiful paper!  The dots are made using my 1/4" hole punch then adding a dab of Glossy Accents.  Here's a close-up of the bear's body...

 Doesn't he look kinda fuzzy?  This was done using a textured paper towel and the Copic "blender" fluid.  Oh, and I used the following markers: E55, E57, E59, YR24, T2, T5, G14, YG09, and G19.  I also used the Gray Tombow marker to outline this cool guy.  All stamping was done with the Momento Tuxedo Black ink and White Caboodle cardstock (a paper recommended by Copic).

What do you think of my "dots"?  I often use the hole punch and Glossy Accents/Crystal Lacquer to embellish when I don't have a brad or something that I like.