Sunday, October 31, 2010


Amazing that I would be able to put out a second post today! I created a new card this afternoon and am so excited I have to go ahead and post it. As many of you know I love Our Daily Bread Designs stamps. And I love to participate in their challenges. This week the challenge is to create something combining their top three challenges. That wasn't hard for me considering I really love bling! So creating a glitzy card with die cuts and punches was a delight for me! The bling on this card is very subtle. You will have to look close to see it in the photos. But when you see the card in person it really pops! It was cool to use non-traditional Christmas colors too! I mean, who normally thinks of pink and white at Christmas? Maybe I will try purple next? Thanks to those who read and comment. I appreciate your feedback!


Card Design

5 X 6 inches

Card Stock - Bazzill - White and Pink
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Flurry
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Ink - Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp - Image and Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Blessed Christmas
Die Cuts - Nestabilities - Fancy Tags
Punch - Ionic - Ticket Punch
Pearls - Scrappers Must Haves
Stickles - Ranger - Diamond
Smooch Spritz - Vanilla Shimmer
Ribbon - Offray - Swiss Dot Light Pink


The second layer of white card stock was embossed with the Flurry folder and the image was reversed (placed upside down) before adhering.

The Fancy Tag die cut (under the image) was split in two and then applied to the bottom. It makes the tag appear to be the full length of the image!

The poinsettia colors are very simple.

Petals R20, R22
Centers YR15
Leaves - YG07

The entire poinsettia was covered with a light layer of Diamond Stickles for shimmer. The other "shimmer" is the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz applied to the embossed underlayer.

How did I create the ribbon? I placed scor-tape on the the card and then folded the ribbon onto the card. I placed a small glue dot under each "fold" to help it hold! Voila! I also highlighted the tags with Stickles!


Stickles have taken over my life! I find myself plastering them on everything as of late. Can you use too much? HUMMMM...... NAH! There is something about bling that just rocks! I don't know that you can have too much of a good thing. So on today's image, I took time to cover the ground with Stickles and everywhere that snow might have fallen. I also highlighted the icicle edging and the snowflake cutout. The result are so cute! I can't wait to send it. I can definitely wait for snow (big goofy grin) however! It looks so much better on paper! Blessings to you and yours.


Card Recipe

6 X 6 inches
Card Stock - Bazzill - Pale Lavender
Card Stock - Bazzill - White Swiss Dot
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Bo Bunny - Winter Joy Snow Fall - Reversible
Image - Stampavie - Rose Cuddling the Winter Bunny by Sarah Kay
Sentiment - Clear Dollar Stamps, LLC - Heartfelt Sentiments
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Grape Jelly
Ink - Sponging - image and sentiment backgrounds - Memento - Lulu Lavender
Paper Edger - Icicles - Martha Stewart
Paper Punch - Snowflake - Martha Stewart
Stickles - Ranger - Diamond
Ribbon - Offray Satin Fringe (adhered with Scor-Tape_
Ribbon - Stampin Up - Lavender Grosgrain
Embellishments - Pebbles by SMH - Egg Hunt

Copic Colors

Hair - E29, E25, E35
Hat and Sweater - V01, V12, V15, V17
Jeans - B000, B41
Skin - E00
Blush - R20
Leaf - YG25
Boots - C1, C2, C5, C7
Bunny - C1, C2, C5
Gloves - C0, C1
Wood - E39, E37, E99

Friday, October 29, 2010

Coloring poinsettias with Copics

I'll start out with a warning. Today's post is long! Several folks have requested information on coloring poinsettias. With the holidays coming up, it seemed the perfect time to tackle it. So let's dive in!

Today's stamp set is from Gina K. Designs (Festive Frames by Melanie Muenchinger). I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the image on my favorite Copic compatible paper by Gina K. Designs (Pure Luxury).

The first Copic I would use is R46 (Strong Red). I use this to color in the edges. If you notice I cover quite a bit of the image but will use the next color to shade in.

The next step is to take Copic R29 (chisel edge) and color over the previous color plus lay down a light layer filling in more of the image.

At this point pull out the R22 which is Light Prawn (yes, it is pink) and color in the remaining white spots taking particular care to blend over the remaining inks.

Then I used the R29 to color my berries and YG67 (Moss) to color the evergreens.

Now layer E29 on the dark points of your pinecones. E39 fills in the lighter spots nicely. I then topped off the image with Y17 (Golden Yellow) in the center of each flower.

I then went back and colored in the trim with the same reds used previously. I just didn't like it looking so plain Jane. Here you see R46, R29 and R22.

The finished card design is 5 X 6 inches.

Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill - Red, Black
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Embossing - Provocraft Cuttlebug - Tartan Plaid Folder
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Blakc
Ink - Coloring - Copic (colors above)
Ink - Embossing - Versamark
Embossing Powder - Ranger Embossing Tinsel - Red
Stickles - Yellow (Poinsettia centers)
Smooch Spritz - Vanilla Shimmer - sprayed over image after coloring
Bow Easy - helped me create the fun bow
Ribbon - Offray - Black Satin
Pearls - Kaisercraft - Red

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It's that time again! Mojo Monday is back and I am proverbially late in participating... (lol) What else would I expect? The sketch this week was pretty tough. I really wanted to create a round card. I have had this Fluffles image for at least a year. I love Fluffles! Please don't tell my St. Bernards. They would NOT understand my love of cats! So to satisfy this deep need I colored one! (And I even used my Cricut and Gypsy again! Are you proud of me? (wink, wink) Enjoy!


Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill - Yellow, Black and White
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Adornit - Spider Webs
Stamp - Image - Stampendous Cling - Fluffles Broomstick
Stamp - Sentiment - Studio G - Series 34
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black (image and sentiment)
Ink - Coloring - Copics (colors below)
Cricut Cartridges - George, Mini Monograms
Embossing - Provocraft Cuttlebug Folder
Die Cuts - Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large
Plaid - Paper Tearing Ruler - Water
Ribbon - Offray - Purple 5/8 inch satin

Copic Colors

Fluffles - C0, C1, C2, C5, C7
Cheeks - R22
Frog - YG23, YG25
Broomstick - E35, Y17, YR15
Hat - V01, V04, V09, V15
Background - BG0000, B41

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Coloring Pumpkins with Copics

As promised, I am posting a mini tutorial on coloring pumpkins with your Copics. Try coloring some. They are really fun to do!


Stamp - Inkadinkado
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Card Stock - Gina K. Pure Luxury

First stamp your image using a Copic compatible ink and paper.

Next color the edges of your pumpkin or pumpkins with YR07 (Cadmium Orange).

Next color a little more in with YR04, taking care to color OVER the YR07 you have already put down.

Next, color in with YR15. On this step it is crucial to use the CHISEL edge of your Copic. This will blend the layers of orange and make the color transition seamless.

Next fill in the highlight with Y21. Again use the CHISEL edge at this stage for the best results. I went back in with the brush side of my YR15 and lightly blended upward into the Y21. (This is not shown in the following photos.) It makes the pumpkin have a more "rounded" look!

The greenery was colored with YG23 and YG25. I then lightly highlighted the coloring with my atyou Spica pen in Olive for some bling. Stickles would work well also. Again don't forget to blend up with the brush side of the YR15 into the Y21 for a nice subtle look. (Sorry this photo would not post! :-( But feel free to check out yesterday's post to see a pumpkin colored with this technique! Happy coloring and we will do a poinsettia soon!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Breaking out the Cricut...

A while back, I finally broke out my Cricut and Gypsy after a LONG sabbatical. It's not that I don't love my dear friends but it seems my time is so limited. Just like a teenage crush, my attention turned to my new love, my Copics. And unfortunatly just like the sad mop (in the Swiffer commercials) my old toys were left behind. That commercial just cracks me up. Not sure why, but it does! (LOL)

Anywho... I decided to rekindle the romance after seeing a post on the Cricut Messageboard about the Heritage cartridge. Let me confess... I have tons of cartridges and some I have never (GASP) used! There must be a twelve step program for this, right? Thanks to whoever came up with this brilliant idea! They used the wrought iron gate welded together 4 times to make a fabulous background. They used it on a scrapbook page which undoubtedly was much easier to cut. I tried to do this for a small card and was left punching out lots of little hanging chads.... ARGGG...

But the results were well worth it. I especially love the details added by paper piecing the headband and dress. I used a little Chatterbox paper snippet I had to add a little pizzaz! It turned out so cute! I hope you find it beautiful too! Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!


P.S. Watch my blog in the next few days as I am going to post instructions on coloring pumpkins! I have had quite a few questions on that and my poinsettias. I plan to do both this week!

Card Recipe

Finished Design
6 X 5 1/4

Card Stock - Bazzill, dark brown, cream, black
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Autumn Sweetwater Paper Collection (out of my way back when stash)
Designer Paper - Paper Piercing (headband, dress) Chatterbox (unknown pattern)
Stamp - Image - C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps - Pumpkin Emma
Stamp - Sentiment - Studio G. - Series 20
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black
Ink - Image - Coloring - Copic (colors to follow)
Ink - Edges - Memento Rich Cocoa
Ink - Sentiment - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper Punch - Ionic Ticket punch
Die Cut - Provocraft - Heritage - Iron Gate (welded on my Gypsy at 90, 120, 180, -90 degrees) Size - 4.98 Width x 4.92 Height
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Eyelet Circles, Standard Circles Large
Ribbon - Offray - 7/8 Grosgrain Brown
Pop Dots

Copic Colors

Hair - E25, E27, E33
Skin - E000, E00, E21
Blush - R20
Shadow on Apron - C1
Shoes - E25, E27
Wagon Handle - E27
Tires - C5, C7
Pumpkin - YR04, YR07, YR15, Y38
Stem - YG03, YG23

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A message in a bottle...

Well the weather in Kentucky is just not cooperating! It is late October and the high will be 79 degrees today! Makes it a little hard to think about making Christmas cards. The mild weather is wonderful, though. I enjoy having a few more mild days to get things done in the yard and just plain play! The last few days my house had remained neglected... :-( but I have been prolific. So I thought you might want a sample of some of the things I have been up to. For those planning on doing some Copic coloring on their Christmas cards check out the final of my two cards today for some Copic color suggestions! Have a wonderful and blessed Sabbath with yours!


Card Design

Finished Design
6 X 6 inches

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Chatterbox (from my very old stash)
Ink - Image - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Image - Coloring - Copic (numbers to follow)
Ink - Sentiment - Close to My Heart - Autumn Terracotta
Ink - Background - Memento - Summer Sky
Stamps - Image & Sentiment - Papertrey Ink - Friendship Jar & Friendship Jar Fall Fillers
Ribbon - Unknown
Button - Unknown (clear one in my stash, glued matching designer paper to back and pulled jute string through)

Copic Colors

Jar - BG0000, BG10
Shadow - C1, C2
Red Leaf - R00, R02, R27, R29
Yellow Leaf - Y17, Y38
Acorns - E11, E13, E18, E29, E33
Stems - YG07, YG17
Pumpkins & Fabric Top - YR04, YR07, YR15, Y21
Tie on Fabric E33

And now for a Christmas design...

Finished Design

5 X 7 Inches

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Maple Grove - Cedar - We R Memory Keepers reversible
Image and Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Blessed Christmas
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Lady Bug
Ink - Image - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Image - Copic (colors to follow)
Embossing - Provocraft - Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots Folder
Pearls - Kaisercraft - Basics - Red
Ribbon - Offray 5/8 in Satin Red

Copic Colors

Poinsettia - R46, R27, R22
Color with R46 around the edges, fill in with R27, leaving a small area blank, fill in with R22 and blend with this color all over...
Leaves - YG25, YG67
Center - YR15

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Time for another challenge! I entered today's card over at Inspirational Card Sketches. This one has been modified slightly. I took my ribbon north/south instead of east/west. Have you ever created something and thought "yikes, that wasn't what I wanted to do?" LOL... Well that's exactly what happened there. I knew what the design was supposed to be but my creative side thought better of it... So hopefully this will work!

Thanks as always for looking and have a wonderful day!


Card Design

Finished Size
5 X 6 Inches

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K.
Designer Paper - Unknown (a scrap, I had on hand)
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black
Ink - Image - Copic
Ink - Sentiment - Memento Rich Cocoa
Stamp - Image and Sentiment - Justrite - Autumn Blessings
Ribbon - Offray - 7/8 Satin Sherry
Dies - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Ovals Small, Ovals Large
Ranger Ink - Diamond Stickles - (berries)
Scotch Brand - Foam Tape

Copic Colors

Apples - R02, R29, R46, R59, Y38
Greens - YG23, YG25
Basket - E33, E35, E39
Berries - YR18 (light coating of Stickles, see above)
Acorns - E33, E35

Friday, October 22, 2010


Happy Friday! I am so glad to have another work week behind me! I intend to do some serious crafting but my house demands otherwise! LOL... What a wonderful problem to have though. In this time of job cuts, recession, families struggling to make ends meet, it humbles me to know how truly blessed I am. I know most families struggle in some way and mine is no exception. However, it is important to remember that there is always someone worse off. Unfortunately there is true pain and suffering in our fallen world! Praise God that when this time on earth is over we have the hope of eternal life with Him. No pain, no sorrow... Truly, what a day that will be!

Blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend!


Card Recipe

Finished Design
5 X 7 Inches

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Gina K. Pure Luxury
Designer Paper - Flair Designs - Autumn Harvest
Stamp - Image - Whiff of Joy by Elisabeth Bell - Fall Willow Catching Leaves
Stamp - Sentiment - Hero Arts
Ink - Image - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic
Ink - Sentiment - Close to My Heart - Autumn Terracotta
Ribbon - Stampin Up
Punch - Martha Stewart
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Scalloped Ovals Small, Classic Ovals Small
Adhesive - Dotto, Scotch Brand Foam Tape

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anything goes!

I love a challenge where anything goes, don't you? This week at Our Daily Bread Designs participants can use any theme and/or ODBD stamp of their choosing. I love anything patriotic and with Veteran's Day coming up in November, I thought I would get a jump on my card making!

Thank you to all of those who have served our country in times of war or peace! Freedom is a precious gift! Blessings to you and yours!


Card Recipe

Card Stock - Bazzill
Card Stock - Image - Neenah Solar Crest
Designer Paper - We R Memory Keepers - Old Glory - Pennant, Freedom
Stamps - Image & Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - God Bless America
Ink - Image - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ink - Image - sponged over coloring - Memento Desert Sand
Ink - Markers - Copic
Ink - Sentiment - Close to My Heart - Moonstruck
Ribbon - Offray - Satin - 5/8 Royal


Field of Blue - B32, B34, B37
Red Stripes - R29, R59, W3 (tone reds down)
Shadows in white - C1, C2
Memento Desert Sand sponged over entire image after coloring

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hooray! A layout!

I have a confession to make! I am a procrastinating scrapbooker! Yes, it's true. I have TWO years worth of photos to work on. And let's be honest here... I have all the toys to do it... but I have just slacked off! I really got into making cards a few years ago and let my scrapbooking suffer. So here is my New Year's resolution... (not sure if I am REALLY late or REALLY early on this...) I will do more scrapbooking! Yes, you heard it here first! LOL...

Hope you enjoy browsing. I have decided to share everything I am creating. For those of you who follow my card making I hope you can find some of these layouts applicable. Thanks as always for following along and have a wonderful day!


Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Karen Foster
Die Cuts - Provocraft Cricut
Title - Country Life
Grass - Plantin Schoolbook (modified slightly on my Gypsy)
Barn and Cow - Create a Critter

Notice how I cut the barn doors? I backed them with black cardstock. I hope to slip a photo in there! I also cut a second blackout layer in black so I could give my barn a black roof!

Bessie looks pretty cool, huh? My family milked holsteins growing up so my cow had to be black and white! I did not do the shadow feature on this (leaving off the horns). Who would "milk" a bull anyway? LOL (insert big goofy grin here...)

Friday, October 15, 2010

ODBD Challenge

The last few weeks have been chaotic. So crazy in fact that I have had zero time to participate in some of my favorite challenges. This week's challenge at ODBD was to use something involving leaves. I found this cool designer paper from We R Memory Keepers and decided to put it to use. Fall colors are my favorite. I find myself drawn to bolder patterned paper lately. It was not so long ago that I was TERRIFIED of using "wild" paper and would never dream of mixing bold colors! Boy, I'm glad I got over that... lol...

For those of you who do not use Copics this card should be a breeze. It has ZERO coloring! Sometimes I find myself just wanting to get a card done quickly! And this design fit that bill perfectly! Thanks as always for reading and hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Card Design

Finished Design
5 X 7 Inches

Card Stock - Bazzill
Sentiment - Our Daily Bread Designs - Scripture Series
Ink - Sentiment - Memento - Rich Cocoa
Designer Paper - We R Memory Keepers - Maple Grove - Birch
Ribbon - Gina K. Designs
Punch - Martha Stewart
Die Cut - Provocraft - Cricut - Just Because
Adhesive - Scotch Brand Adhesive Foam

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