Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mystica knows all ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Artbymiran Blog today.
Our "Theme" this month is Fall Colors.


This beauty is called Mystica!
I loved her from the moment I saw her. However, I have
to admit to being a wee bit intimated by all of those pleats!
It took me over a day to color Mystica with my Copic
Markers, and it was truly worth the effort!
I love how she turned out!

I printed several copies of Mystica, and did some fussy cutting
to add a bit of dimension. Once my design was complete I
applied glossy accents to her crystal ball.

I followed a sketch for my design, but for the life of me
I can't remember what Challenge it was for. Oops!

The sentiment, written by my hand, on the bottom has to do with
 being a gyspy as they are all seeing!

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin)
W3, W5, W7, W9, B24 (hair)
YR21, YR24, YR27, E99 (skirt)
YG61, YG67, YG69, G99 (shirt & scarf)
C3, C0, E81, BV01, BG90 (bubbles, crystal ball, floor)

We would love for you to become a follower of the Artbymiran Blog
 and Artbymiran FB Page, along with visiting our shop to see all
 of the wonderful images artbymiran 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 Artbymiran Challenge Blog 
also ... LOTS of FUN happening here!!

Challenges entered ...
MarkerPOP Challenge #53 ~ Anything Goes

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


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, A Muse Studio Authentique 6x6 Bundle - Seasons: Autumn
 - Ink: Copic Markers, White Chalk Pencil, Tim Holtz Antique Linen & Tea Dye Distress Ink
 - Other: A Muse Studio Washi Tape, Bella Blvd Polka Dot Designer Tape, Simple Stories Sweater Weather Enamel Dots,  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Read me a Story ...

This week our Challenge is "Love of Ribbon" and
our Sponsor
 is ...
Sami Stamps

Today's project is not a card! Say What! I know!
This creation is going to be part of one of my scrapbook pages.


This beauty is called Read Me A Story and is one of many lovely stamps
that you will find over at Sami Stamps.

Copic Markers were used to color the beautiful scene, which I fussy cut.
I remember sitting with my son and daughter, a very long time ago,
and just reading as we cuddled.
The sentiment explains it all "Good Times"!

Now you might be wondering about where my ribbon is.
The checkered background was created with ribbon, and the rug
that they are sitting on is frayed canvas ribbon.

Here's a collage of pictures showing a couple of the steps taken
to create my checkered background/wall.


Once the ribbon wallpaper was finished I layered several pieces
of cardstock together to which I applied Walnut Stain Distress
 Ink to create a chair rail. Next step was to add the frayed
 canvas ribbon along the bottom, and add my image.

Now for the big job ... finding the perfect pictures to scrap
with my project! Wish me luck!

Make sure you hop on over to the Love to Create Blog for all of the 
challenge details, and to be inspired by the amazing projects
created by the rest of the designers made.

Challenges entered ...
Sami Stamps Challenge #17 ~ DT Call
Treasured Times Stamps Challenge #25 ~ Anything Goes

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


Products used:
 Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink Soft Stone
 Stamp: Technique Tuesday (sentiment)
 Ink: Copic Markers, White Gelly Roll Pen, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Walnut Stain Distress Ink
 Other: Yellow & Blue 1/4" Ribbon from Ellen Hutson, Paper Studio Canvas Frayed Ribbon 2" Kraft, 1/4" Scor-Tape, EKS Punch, Mini Glue Dots, 3D Foam Squares

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello, Sunshine ...

Good evening! Today is the first day of Fall, and here in 
Northern, IL mother-nature is truly showing her colors. 
Goodbye shorts and walking around without a 
jacket. So today, I decided to bring out the 
sunshine in the card I designed for the 

I pulled out my Sugar Pea Hello, Sunshine stamps 
for today's card.


I only used a portion of the main image featuring this 
adorable little girl. There are several other adorable 
critters and a variety of sentiment in the set.

Copic Markers were used to color the cutie, which I cut out 
with my circle Nestabilitie dies. It's a little hard to see in
 the photo, but I stamped the umbrella a second 
time, colored, and then popped up the top of 
the umbrella with 3D foam squares. 


I pulled out my Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine DP, as they
seemed the perfect match for this sweet stamp set.
White Opal Liquid Pearls were applied to the
white of the flowers.

This card will be going to Operation Write Home, in the hopes
 that it will bring a little sunshine to a child's face.

Here's a look at the sketch ...


I hope you enjoy my Sunshine filled day!

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Fussy Cutting for Love to Create ...

This week our Challenge is "Fussy Cutting" and
our Sponsor is ...
StampArt Design by Kathryne


This beauty is the NEW Maggie, and is one of the newest
images by Kathryne over at Whismy Stamps.

I printed about 4 copies of Maggie, colored different sections
with my Copic Markers, and then paper-pieced the image
back together including the butterflies.


You can see the dimension better in this photo.

Love to Create Challenge is having a Design Team Call.
We are looking for 2-3 talented crafter's to join our Team!
Hop on over to the LTC Blog for all the details!

While you are there make sure you check out the challenge details,
 and the amazing projects created by the rest of the designers.

Challenges entered ...
Alphabet Challenge Blog ~ P for Pretty Petals

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


Products used:
 Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Bazzill Purple, MME In Bloom DP
 Ink: Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Ink
 Other: White Opal Liquid Pearls, W2S Wild Plum Finesse Pearls, 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Loving Autumn Annie ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Artbymiran Blog today.
Our "Theme" this month is Dies and/or Punches.


My card features Loving Autumn Annie!
I colored Annie with my Copic Markers, and fussy cut her out.

I've had Faber-Castell Gelatos for a couple of years now
and just recently learned how to use them. So I decided
 to try creating the background sky and ground with
my Gelatos vs distress inks.

I'm glad I took the chance as I really LOVE
how the background turned out!

Once the background was dry, I layered it on my card base.
Next up was to add my Flutter Tree and  Annie


I need to send out a BIG Thank You to my girl Tiffany (shown below) 
for showing me how to use my Gelatos when we met up last month!


We would love for you to become a follower of the Artbymiran Blog
 and Artbymiran FB Page, along with visiting our shop to see all
 of the wonderful images artbymiran 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 Artbymiran Challenge Blog 
also ... LOTS of FUN happening here!!
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink White
 - Other: Faber-Castell Gelatos ~ Steampunk, Orange & Yellow, Spellbinders Flutter Tree Die-D-Lites (S2-083), TomBow MonoLiquid Glue, 3D Foam Squares

Wild Flower Beauty ...

Good evening. Fall has arrived here in Northern, IL and
I'm not really ready for it. So I have a lovely Spring
card to share with you.


This beauty is called Wild Flower Beauty, and she is part
of the Spring & Easter Collection over at Sami Stamps.

I bought this beauty back in July, and knew that I would
use her for the current Sami Stamps DT Call

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20 (skin)
W3, W5, W7, W9 (hair); RV00, RV10, RV13 (top)
BG11, BG15, YG11, YG13, RV10, RV11, RV13 (flowers)

Challenges entered ...



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


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Recollections Heavy Weight Black, Prima Pixie Glen 6x6 DP
Other: Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ellen Hudson 1/4" Ribbon, White Opal Liquid Pearls

Monday, September 15, 2014

LTC ~ Add Some Lines ...

This week our Challenge is "Add Some Lines" and
our Sponsor is ...
Stitchy Bear Stamps
featuring stamps from several artists
My Heart PiecesReece's Scrap PiecesAlipeeps Art
and Stitchy Stamps

First up is an adorable image called 


I thought I would try a different coloring medium for this beauty
so I pulled out my Faber-Castell Art Grip & Pastel Pencils to
color her up. It was a bit of a challenge for me, but I like
how it turned out. My design is based on the
  Seems a Little Sketchy Challenge #73.

Next up is Goth Prom Queen by SS.


I thought I challenged myself with my Pencils on Birthday Time,
but this Prom Queen was a true challenge!
I pulled out my trusted Copic Markers and went to town.

Love to Create Challenge is having a Design Team Call.
We are looking for 2-3 talented crafter's to join our Team!
Hop on over to the LTC Blog for all the details!

While you are there make sure you check out the challenge details,
 and the amazing projects created by the rest of the designers.

Challenges entered ...

Seems A Little Sketchy #73


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