Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dancing Snowmen

I had some time to play last night and I created two more Christmas Cards.  This time I used a digi image from There are some really cute images there.  I found these three little happy snowmen there.  

I pulled out some watercolor paper and Tim Holtz distress inks.  I did a dark purple and dark blue sky background with the inks and some water.  After I dryed it, I then used the Simon Says Stamp's "Falling Snow" stencil and added the snow with texture paste.  I then fussy cut out the snowmen and added them to the background.  I loved how it turned out.

Below is close up of one of the snowmen.  I used glossy accents on his hat, nose and buttons.  I used a white gel pen to add the polka dots and stripes to the scarf and hat.  

Next I used the second panel I had printed and colored it slightly different than the first.  I add a punched border at the top and bottom and adhered it to the card front.  

Here is a close-up of one of the snowman.  I used Wink of Stella clear on all the snowmen on this card.  I did a few extra touches with my white gel pen as well.  

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bovine Betty

My second Christmas card of the season.  I used another image.  This time it was Bovine Betty. What's not to love about a Christmas cow?  Look at her beautiful eyes.  

Bovine Betty --

I loved the image so much I wanted to keep my card very simple.  I used a stitched rectangle to cut out the image and then a frame from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.  

I used Wink of Stella clear on the white trim of her coat for just a little shimmer.  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas Moose

I started working on Christmas cards last week.  I found some cute digi images at  I downloaded the Christmas moose and sized him up.  I then colored him with my Copics.     

Christmas Moose -

I used some Glossy Accents on the bulbs.  The paper is from a new Christmas 6 x 6 paper pad and the enamel dots are from Your Next Stamp.  I really like the enamel dots they have.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is a steel die from Simon Says Stamp.  

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Piles of Smiles

Moving past Halloween cards and on to Fall.  I recently discovered My Next Stamp and the adorable set Piles of Smiles.  I think the squirrel holding the nut is so cute.  Of course, I used my Copics to color him.

I came across a folder in a drawer with some backgrounds that a friend had given me a few years ago that she had stamped.  I wasn't really making cards then, just scrapbooking so I put them away. Well the pumpkin one was perfect for the squirrel I stamped.

I used the My Favorite Things stitched squares and the elegant edges cartridge to cut the dots borders.

Your Next Stamp - Piles of Smiles

Sorry, the picture isn't as clear as I had thought. I used glossy accents on his nose and enamel dots for his eyes.  

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turkey Time Freebie

Watch out.  I found another site of great digi images...  I picked up this cute Tom Turkey for free from her site yesterday.  I colored him with my Copics.  I then used the My Favorite Things pierced square to cut him out, and then used my Cricut machine to cut the frame.  The elegant edges cartridge has an endless selection of borders and frames. I used the stamp setting and cut the frame for the turkey.

My papers are from a paper pack that I got at Michael's probably five or six years ago.  The sentiment is from the Your Next Stamp set "Piles of Smiles" and the enamel dots are also from Your Next Stamp.  I just love all the colors and how they tied together.

Turkey Time Freebie -- Karen Doodles digi image

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stella and Stu

In all my coloring of images for Halloween cards, my favorite has been Stella and Stu from Meljen's Designs. I made two cards and have been waiting to mail them last.  I decided I needed to color these two characters for myself. 

I used some the techniques I learned in the online Copics card class that I just finished.  Like hiding mistakes or when color bleeds outside the lines.  

I am really enjoying digi images and how I can make a scene with them.  This time I added in Nibbles the Zombie Cat and love how it turned out.  

Meljen's Designs - Stella, Nibbles, and Stu

I am not going to make this into a card, but instead use it in my scrapbook for my girls on their Halloween page.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

One Strut Closer

I don't like to do special request cards. I didn't like it when I did other crafts either.  I prefer to just do my thing and go with it.  That being said, I have a very dear co-worker and her daughter has purchased several cards from me.  Helps to fund my new toys for craft time.  She wanted a girly, girl card for a friend as a congratulations card. 

I had this beautiful high heel silhouette image from Bugaboo Stamps.  I re-sized the image in Microsoft Word and created the phrase that she wanted.  I used the stitched ovals from My Favorite Things and cut the image and sentiment out.  I used my Circuit and the elegant edges cartridge to cut the frame for the image.  I inked the edge of the oval before adhering it to the frame.

I blinged it up with clear Wink of Stella and some rhinestones and ribbon from my stash.  The papers are from Stampin' Up and Creative Memories.  Happy to use more paper from my stash.  I hope she likes it.

Bugaboo Stamps - High Heel Silhouette

Close up showing Wink of Stella 
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Going Batty

I used an image from my Copics class day 7 practice sheet to make another Halloween card.  The little robot guy and bat were too cute not to make into a card.  

I used paper from the Doodlebug Ghouls and Ghosts 6x6 paper pad.  I love all those papers and have used half my pad with all the Halloween cards I have done so far this year. 

The sentiment is from a sheet for sayings that I did up in Word using different fonts and saying and just printed them on cardstock.  I didn't have a lot of Halloween sayings, and decided to try out my own homemade sayings.  It worked really well.

You can see my Copics and other markers storage in the background. Day 12 of the class discussed how everyone stores their markers and how to care for your markers.  I have these great cubbies from Studio 3 and I have all my markers in them.  I have two, but am in need a third one since my marker collection has grown.  I have all my Creative Memories, Tim Holtz, Wink of Stella, and other brands in the bottom two rows.  My girls know which ones they are allowed to use, and which ones they have to ask me to use.  They are already addicted to Copics.  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Trick or Treat

Copics classes have been great.  I have learned so much.  I did another Halloween card.  This time I used the Simon Says Clear Stamp Treat or Trick.  I was really struggling when I made this card. The first cat I colored did not turn out well at all. The second one was okay, but then I dropped the sentiment stamp on my card and ruined it. I was trying to do a one layer card.   I then decided to cut the second cat out and put him on an inked background.   I used distress inks to do the background.  I used my copics to color the adorable little cat.  I fussy cut the cat out and used a black marker to hide the white edges.  I did a little gray shadow shading under the cat on the inked background. I then embossed the greeting from the same stamp set. 

Close up of cat.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Copics Class - Day 7 Part 2

Needed to post a part two in order to link my robot vampire.  

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Copics Class - Day 7

Day seven was all about difficult colors.  I used the same colors (as close as I could get) as the instructor and then did my own as well.  I really like the yellow flowers, but then again yellow is one of my favorite colors.  I love the robot vampire. He's just such a cute image.

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