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

Monday, April 20, 2015

HB2U ...

Good morning! Last week was all about celebrating my daughter's 23rd birthday. That being said I created a birthday card to share with you today.


This lovely lady is College Chic' Angelica and I printed out only a portion of the image for today's card. She was colored with my trusty Copic Markers, cut out with my Nestabilities Circle Dies and layered onto my design based on the sketch for the Crazy For Challenges #282.

I really love the simplicity of this card, and will be adding it to my collection of cards for Operation Write Home.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin), E53, E55, E57, E59 & Y21 (hair)
B21, B23, B24, B26, B28, R24, R27, R29 & R39 (clothes)

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

Challenges entered ...
 - Crazy 4 Challenges #282 ~ Sketch











 - Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #89 ~ Use a Die Cut
 - Creative Corner Challenges ~ For a Child
 - Fantasy Stampers Challenge #34 ~ Clean and Simple

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


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertry Ink Soft Stone, MFT Wild Cherry, AMS Petite Polka Dots Navy
 - Other: MFT Tag Talk Die-Namics

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thinking of you ...

I'm back again to share the card I created for Aurora Wings Facebook Daisy Elf Coloring Contest. I'm so happy I got a chance to join in the FB 2,250 Members Celebration.


This beauty was FREE for a limited time over in the Aurora Wings FB Group. Now she can be found in the Aurora Wings Etsy store here. Copic Markers is the medium used for coloring this beauty, and the background was created with distress inks.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin); YR12, YR14 & YR27 (hair)
B000, B00, B02 & B04 (clothes/wings/butterflies); Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen (fairy wings)
Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, YG61, YG63 & YG67 (flower)

Challenges I'd like to enter ...
 - Aurora Wings FB Daisy Elf Coloring Contest
 - Aurora Wings Challenge #13 ~ Anything Goes
 - 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #242 ~ Fairy
 - 2 Crafty Girls Challenge #1 ~ Spring Time
 - Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #136 ~ Wings

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, MFT Lemon Drop
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT LJD-47 Spring Tulips (sentiment), Mini Glue Dots, Dauber

Sami Stamps Spring Umbrellas Release ...

Good morning and Happy Friday! It's Release Week at Sami Stamps today, and the new collection of Spring Umbrellas is perfect for this time of year.


This lovely girl is an older image called Umbrella Splash and you can find her along with the New Spring Umbrellas Release under Flowers and Spring in the store. The image was colored with my trusty Copic Markers and distress ink was used to create the sky. I paper-pieced and popped up the umbrella, and added a FUN sentiment on the bottom.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin), YR09, YR61, YR65 & YR68 (umbrella/boots)
YG61, TG63 & YG67 (dress); GF70, BG72 & W0 (puddle); C00, C0 & C1 (ground)

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. Don't forget to check out Challenge #24 AND then hop on over to store to grab some of these lovely images for yourself!

Challenges I'd like to enter ...
 - Addicted to CAS ~ Showers 











 - Artistic Inspirations Challenge #129 ~ Anything Goes with a Twist of Spring
 - Make My Monday Challenge ~ April Showers
 - Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #102 ~ C.A.S.
 - Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge ~ April Showers

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, Papertry Ink
 - Other: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampendous K115 Let It Rain sentiment

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Inky Impressions April Release ...

Good morning all! It's Release Day over at Inky Impressions.


My card features the lovely Mocha Time Aria and Bar and Stools Background. Copic Markers were used to color for both images. I printed and colored four (4) copies of the background, and layered the rails and chairs together to add dimension to my CAS design. A bit of distress ink along the bottom for flooring and a framed picture was added to my cardbase prior to adding the background and Aria.


I hope you hop on over to Inky Impressions Challenge Blog to check out what the rest of the Designer's created with the New Release, and don't forget to pick up some of the new images in the Inky Impressions Store.

Challenges entered ...
 - Sentimental Sunday Challenge #254 ~ No Sentiment

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



Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink 
 - Other: My Favorite Things, Xyron Sticker Maker, 3D Foam Squares

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thinking of You ...

Good morning! Spring is in the air here in Northern Illinois and I'm truly enjoying the lovely weather we've been having.


This lovely is called Cherry Blossom is one of many beautiful images available in the Artbymiran Etsy Store! I fell in love with this young lady when I saw her in the store. She is such a beauty, and it was a blast coloring her with my Copic Markers. 

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 & R21 (skin); E04, E09, E11 & E21 (hair)
R12, R02, R00 & R000 (clothes/flowers)


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

Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink, AMS
 - Other: MFT Spring Tulip stamp set (sentiment), Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holz Wild Honey & Tea Dye Distress Ink

You are my hero ...

Good morning! Baseball season is in full swing, with both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox having their home openers in the past week. So here is one for all of those baseball fans ...


Today's card features the adorable Baseball Nicholas from Inky Impressions. Copic Markers is my medium for coloring Nicholas. Since I was raised on the North side of Chicago my color-choice represents the Chicago Cubs. Gelatos and a stencil were used for the sky. Now the clouds are blueish in person, but unfortunately they look greenish in the photo. Boo! The grass was colored in with pencils.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin), YR21, YR14, YR24, YR27 & E08 (hair)
T0, T2, T5, T8, B21, B26 & B28 (outfit/helmet); E31, E33, E37 & E39 (bat)

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

Challenges entered ...
 - Come and Get It Challenge ~ Make a Card for a Child

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


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertry Ink Soft Stone, Bazzill Breaker Bay
 - Other: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mama Elephant In My Heart Stamp Set (sentiment), MFT In&Out Diag Stchd Rec St, Memory Box Modern Cloud Cover Stencil

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter Train ...

Good Evening. I finally finished my Grandson's Easter card for this year. Late I know, but he's been sick and I won't see him until next weekend. So hear goes ...


This was so much fun to create. I used the Linking Train Engine and Linking Train Easter stamps from Little Miss Muffet. Now I don't own the Train Engine, but I received a Linking Birthday Train which I'm looking forward to creating a card for my grandson's 1st birthday (the Linking Birthday Train contained the Engine). However, I do know that I'll be buying the Linking Train Engine, Caboose and Passenger Cars to go with the other sets I've purchased.

Copic Markers were used to color the train, fussy cut out, and then they were connected together. I used distress inks to create the ground and sky, and Memento London Fog to create the engine smoke.



My card won't fit in a #10 envelope so I'll be making one to put this card in.

Challenges entered ...
 - Little Miss Muffet FB Challenge #108 ~ Anything Goes
 - Addicted to Stamps Challenge #139 ~ CAS
 - Pattie's Creations Challenge #109 ~ Easter
 - Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #101 ~ Bunnies
 - Sweet Stampin' Challenge ~ Children's Cards

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


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Paperty Ink Soft Stone and Tropical Teal
 - Other: Tim Holtz Distress Inks ~ Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Antique Linen & Tea Dye

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Let it rain! ...

Good morning! I hope you had an amazing Easter weekend. I know I did!


Today's card features the lovely Lili with Umbrella from Inky Impressions. I combined her with an AI Clear Door stamp with a sentiment from Stampendous. Copic Markers were used for coloring Lili and the door. Distress inks were used to create the sky and ground, and Glossy Accents was used to create raindrops. The raindrops are a little hard to see, but they look awesome in person.

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

Challenges entered ...
 - 613 Avenue Create Challenge #118 ~ Anything Goes
 - Just Us Girls Challenge #287 ~ Word Week

 - Melonheadz Spring Challenge
 - Without Words April Challenge ~ Under my Umbrella

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


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bazzill
 - Other: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks ~ Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Antique Linen & Vintage Photo, Glossy Accents

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sami Stamps Easter Egg Fairies ...

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 April.

This week's collection is so much FUN and it's called Easter Egg Fairies!


This adorable stamp is called Hide and Seek Easter. Once the Fairy and flowers were colored with my Copic Markers, I paper-pieced the egg together. My design is based on the current Sweet Sunday Sketch #262.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin), E15, E17, E19 & Y21 (hair)
BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18 & Y21 (clothes/flowers)

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 #24 AND then hop on over to store to grab some of these lovely images for yourself!

Challenges I'd like to enter ...
 - 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #240 ~ Easter 
 - Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 13 ~ Ovals/Easter 
 - The Paper Shelter Challenge #197 ~ Easter Time 
 - Sweet Sunday Sketch #262 

I appreciate your stopping by today, and your lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing Easter weekend.
Until next time ... Enjoy!


Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bazzill Deep Sea, MFT Lemondrop Yellow, AMS Petite Polka Dots Blueberry
 - Other: Avocado Arts March 2012 Springtime Collection, Memento Tuxedo Black, YNS Blueberry Gumdrops

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

House of Cards April Challenge ...

Good Morning and Happy April Fool's Day! It's the 1st of the month, so I have a new House of Cards challenge to share with you!

For the month of April we have a combo challenge for you!


~ Butterflies and/or Color Challenge ~
You get to choose.

I decided to try my hand at water coloring this month, and created a couple of Butterfly cards.



I pulled out my AMS Papillon Stamp Set and stamped with Staz'on Black Ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. Faber-Castell Art Grip Acquarelle Pencils were used to color the first card, and Gelatos were used to color the second card. To apply the water I used some water pens that I've had for a long time, and it was a LOT harder to use than say a paint brush. Once both designs were dry I added the sentiments from the AMS Wild Rose Stamp Set, and layered them on my card base.

I found that coloring with my Copic Markers is so much easier, and that creating these cards taught me that water coloring is hard work! I need a LOT more practice using this medium.

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 ...
 - Lacy Sunshine Challenge #55 ~ Butterfly Kisses & Springtime Wishes
 - Try it on Tuesday Challenge ~ They who have Wings
 - The Pink Elephant Challenge #TPE292 ~ Anything Goes

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


Products not listed above:
 - Paper: MFT Lemondrop Yellow & Cherry Blossom
 - Other: Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls