Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Arms Full of Love Memories ...

Good morning. Sami Stamps is Sponsoring this weeks Tuesday Morning Sketches #299, and since I absolutely love to work with sketches I decided to play along. 


This lovely image is called Arms Full of Love and can be found under the Baby and Parents Section at the Sami Store. I created a Mother's Day card for my daughter-in-law who is celebrating her 1st year as a mom to my adorable grandson. The bookmark I made last week for the Release/Challenge #25 will be accompanying the card. Now to finalize a personal note for the inside.

I didn't put "Happy Mother's Day" on the front of the card, because I found the "Memories" metal sign in my stash from a swap. The sentiment perfectly fits with holding your child, and experiencing motherhood for the first time. 

Copic Markers are the medium used for coloring the image with distress inks applied around the image.

How about a look at the Sketch I got to work with ... 



Make sure you hop on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see what the other Designers created with the Sketch. Don't forget to hop on over to grab some of the lovely images available at Sami Stamps Shop ~ Sami Stamps Etsy Store.
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bazzill, AMS Toffee
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Ink, MFT Pcd Rectable STAX & In and Out Diag Stchd Rec STAX, AMS Vanilla Twill Ribbon

Monday, May 4, 2015

Graduation card ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Art by Miran Blog today. Our "Theme" for the month of May is to add "Twine/Fiber" to your project.


This lovely is called Graduating Kim! One of my nieces is graduating from High School later this month so I created the card in her school colors ... hunter green/white. Kim was colored with my Copic Markers, and then fussy cut out and put on the side. The design of my graduation card was inspired by Sketch Saturday #359.

My "Fiber" is embroidery thread (DMC 500) from my stash. I used the thread to create the lines in the sketch, and attached it with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher along with some tape along the back of the cardstock. I created a layered backdrop for Kim using my MFT Pcd Rectangle STAX die, layered it on my design leaving the background white. It looked a little blah at this point so I stamped a couple sentiments sporadically around my design. It still needed more so I daubed a kleenex with the same ink used for the sentiment, and just blotted it on the background.


Here's a closer look ...

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 & R20 (skin); YR21, YR23, YR24 & E09 (hair)
G20, G24, G28 & G29 (cap & gown)

We would love for you to become a follower of the Art by Miran Blog, along with visiting our shop to see all of the wonderful images Art by Miran has to offer. If you have time we would also love for you to join our FB Fan Group & Challenge Page, where you can chat with Mi Ran and the rest of the Design Team Members. Don't forget to check out our Art by Miran Challenge Blog also ... LOTS of FUN happening here!!










I appreciate you stopping by today.
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink White, Bazzill 
 - Stamps: Clearly Whimsy Say What (CWSS121)  
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Cottage Ivy Dew Drop, Clear Star & White Gelly Roll Pen
 - Other: 3D Foam Squares

Friday, May 1, 2015

House of Cards May Challenge ...

Good Morning! It's the 1st of the month which means that I have a new House of Cards challenge to share with you! This month we are challenging you to try a technique called the Bokeh Effect!


There are a lot of Tutorials on YouTube that shows you the different ways to create a card using the Bokeh Effect. After watching several of them I created a couple of cards to share with you today.


I tried a couple different mediums to create the background and chose the ones I created with Distress Inks. The sentiment was FREE from Clear & Simple Stamps ... a Customer Appreciation stamp that I received this year. So happy I used it for my cards this month since these are going into my Operation Write Home Box. As for the Bokeh effect ... I had issues with the ink, and plan on trying again with another ink soon. Practice makes perfect!



Make sure you hop on over to the House of Cards Challenge Blog for all of the details for entering our Monthly Challenges! I can't wait to see what inspires you this month!

Challenges entered ...
 - Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #127 ~ Dots
 - Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #17 ~ Stripes and/or Polka Dots
 - House that Stamps Built Challenge ~ WIW April Anything Goes
 - Simon Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate your stopping by and your comments.
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, Papertry Ink White
 - Ink: StazOn Jet Black & Opache Cotton White; Time Holtz Distress Inks for the background ... Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge & Crushed Olive for one, and Ripe Persimmon, Tumbled Glass, Storm Sky & Faded Jeans for the other
 - Other: Teresa Collins Enamel Dots, Simple Stories Enamel Dots, 3D Foam Squares, 1/4" Scor-Tape, Dauber

Sami Stamps Release and Challenge #25 ...

Good morning and Happy Friday! It's Release Week at Sami Stamps today, and we also have a NEW Challenge for you to play along with for the month of May.

With Mother's Day fast approaching this weeks Release is perfect for the Mom's in your life or soon to be New Mom! It's called A Mother's Sweet!


I created a bookmark for my daughter-in-law, who is an avid reader, and she is also celebrating her 1st year as a mother to my adorable 7-mos old grandson. Copic Markers were used to color the beautiful image called Holding my Sweet, and distress ink was applied to the background after creating the bookmark with my YNS Die. I pulled out some of my old embroidery thread to create the tassel for the bookmark.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin), YR21, YR23, YR25 & E09 (hair)
YG21, YG23, & YG25 (dress), B21, B24 & B26 (baby blanket)

Now lets look at all of the images being released.

Make sure you hop on over to Sami Stamps Blog to see what the other Designers created with the New Release and for Challenge #25 AND then hop on over to store to grab some of these lovely images for yourself!
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Ink, YNS Bookmark/Tag Die Set (YNSD32), Needlepoint Thread DMC 703 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Mother's Day ...

Good morning! Mother's Day is fast approaching so I'm sharing a card for that special day today.


This adorable guy is called Christopher with Heart that I matched up with the Happy Mother's Day Sentiment from Inky Impressions. Christopher was colored with my Copic Markers, fussy cut out and added to my design over the ground created with Distress Inks. Once both images were attached to my card, I created the hearts background with a stamp from my stash.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin), W3, W5, W7 & W9 (hair)
B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, W1, YR61, YR68, G00, G02 (clothes);
R29, R39, R59 & R89 (heart)

There are tons of awesome image in the Inky Impressions Store, and I hope you'll hop over and check them out.

Challenges entered ...
 - Crafting By Design Challenge ~ We Love Mom
 - My Sheri Crafts Challenge #155 ~ Happy Mother's Day

I appreciate your stopping by!
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertry Ink Soft Stone

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ladybug friendship ...

This is my second post today. If you'd like to see my previous post, please scroll down. :D


This lovely image doesn't have a name so I call her Ladybug Friendship. She is a Freebie that I received for being a member of the A Day For Daisies Community on Facebook. Isn't she lovely! Copic Markers were used to color the image, and distress ink was applied for the background sky. My design is inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch #183.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin); E23, E25, E27, E29 & Y21 (hair);
W1, W4, W6, W7 & W9 (dress); R00, R02, R12 & R24 (wings)
R29, R39 & R89 (ladybugs)

Challenges I'd like to enter ...
 - Freshly Made Sketch #183











- Brown Sugar Challenge #143 ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate your stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink White, AMS Petite Polka Dots Cherry, Paper Studio Heavy Weight Black
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Ink, Want2Scrap Bling

Thank you ...

Good morning. I spent some time coloring and crafting just for FUN this past week, and it reminded me of how much I just love to "just create". I picked up several images from Make it Crafty when I applied for their CAS Design Team last month. Even though I didn't get picked for the DT I am still in love with the images, and plan to create and share what I make with all of you.


This beautiful stamp is called Roses of Love, colored with Polychrome Pencils from Faber-Castell that I recently got. This is my first time coloring with these pencils and I still have a lot to learn. It was fun, and I'm looking forward to working with these pencils more in the future. The sky background was created with distress inks. Once done I layered the design on my cardbase, added the sentiment and enamel dots.


Challenges I'd like to enter ...
 - Art Impressions Challenge #158 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers 
 - Just Us Girls Challenge #290 ~ Photo Week 










 - Naughty or Nice Challenge #14 ~ In Bloom
 - Paper Creator's Craft Challenge #37 ~ Flowers

I appreciate your stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, MFT Wild Cherry
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, AMS Hand Scripted Sentiments, YNS Cherry Gumdrops