Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Hug & A Squeeze From Me


Hello! I have another card made with another Lili of the Valley stamp! Am I hooked or what? This stamp is called "Kitten Cuddles". I just love that sweet kitty face! Lots of die cuts (clouds, grass, oval opening) made this card come together fast. The slowest part of making this card was the fussy cutting of the girl in the swing...I had to leave 2 small white areas uncut, as I didn't want to make the image too vulnerable to tearing. Below is a close-up photo of the popped up clouds behind the popped up girl in the swing.


Below, are the Copic Sketch Markers used in this image.
I also used a few Prismacolor Colored Pencils
to highlight and deepen the overall image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior
with coordinating papers, layout & design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley "Kitten Cuddles", Stampi' Up! Exterior Sentiment, Stampendous "Squeeze from Me" Interior Sentiment
Papers: Lili of the Valley Nitwit Collection "Promises" Designer Paper Pad, Docrafts Papermania "Capsule Collection" Designer Paper Pack, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Oval Die, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Dies, EK Success Scalloped Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Embellishments: The Twinery Baker's Twine, Doodlebug Button, Jolee's Boutqiue Flowers

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

So in Love with Annabel


Hello! I have another card that I made with a Lili of the Valley (United Kingdom) stamp set, called "Posey Trio". I am so in love with Annabel Spenceley's illustrative style...she is the illustrator of so many of the Lili of the Valley stamps. I'm convinced that you cannot make an ugly card with Annabel's stamps! I am also in love with the NitWit Collection of designer papers that Lili of the Valley sells, as well. I have grown so tired of the dark, dreart and large print designer papers that have been on the market for the last couple of years. So, when I found the NitWit Collections of designer papers with the sweet dainty floral papers and coordinating solids, I was sold! Below is a photo of the card interior with coordinating papers, layout and design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Posey Trio, Lili of the Valley Scroll Sentiments
Papers: Lili of the Valley NitWit Collection "Country Meadow" Designer Paper Pad, Michael's Pink Cardstock, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, Spellbinders' Large Scallop Border Die, My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 Dies, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolors, Zig Millienium Fine Tip Marker
Embellishments: Doodlebug Buttons, The Twinery Pink/White Baker's Twine
Techniques: Machine Stitching, Copic & Prismacolor Coloring & Blending

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Frustrated, So I took a Photo...


Hello! I am very frustrated today, trying to Copic Color 3 Bears, in an attempt to try a new technique to make them look dimensionals, fuzzy & furry and this girl is not having much success. So after 2 days of coloring, waiting for the layers to dry in order to add more depth, only to screw things up, I put it down slowly and walked away from the table. LOL! So, I decided to share one of my Christmas presents with you. I have been wanting to complete my Copic Marker Refill supply and find a suitable storage container for them, since they are uniquely shaped refill bottles and after searching high and low for the perfect storage container, I found this great polystyrene bin, which is part of the Like-It Bricks System from The Container Store. I purchased the 11" Wide Tall Tote with 4 flexible polystyrene turquoise dividers.There are various products available and they can stack to create flexible organization for storage. You can slide stacked bins for easy access and use repositionable dividers and labels to further organize your goodies. The dividers come in different colors and the only reason that I purchased turquoise ones, is because my craft nook color theme is lime and turquoise and white. But that's more information than you want or needed. Here's a link if you're interested in purchasing the Like-It Brick Tote for your Copic Marker Refills. It's not exactly rough and tumble for travel but I don't travel with my refill bottles so it worked out perfectly for me...and there is still room to enable me to buy more marker colors and refills!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Spotlight on a Fantastic Designer


Hello! Today, I am sharing a card that I made that is a close replica of the supercute card that Mary J, a designer for Lili of the Valley stamps made with this cute Annabelle stamp. Check out Mary J's blog here...she is fantastic! I fell in love with Mary's design, layout and had to buy this Annabelle stamp from Lili of the Valley. So my card is not my original design, although the card interior is, but rather a spotlight on the fantastic creativity of Mary J.

Below, is a close-up of the image that I colored
with Copic Sketch Markers and Prismacolor Pencils.


The card interior, below, is my original design,
carrying over the card front design and coordinating papers.


Pictured, below, are the Copic Sketch Marker colors
used to color the main image.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Annabelle Stamp, Paper Trey Ink "Everyday Button Bits" Front Sentiment, Kolette Hall "Joy" Interior Sentiment
Papers: Lili of the Valley Nitwit Collections "Petal Fresh" Designer Paper Collection, ColorMates Spring Green Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Dies, Spellbinder's Circle Dies, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor Pencils.
Embellishments: Jolees' Boutique Bees & Interior Flower, Paper Trey Ink Polka Dotted Satin Ribbon
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Machine Stitching

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays


Hello! I needed to stock up on my birthday cards as there are birthdays, birthdays, birthdays coming up. I don't know why I don't ever have many on hand...I guess, it has to do with the fact that I enjoy making everyday cards, for some reason. Don't know what that's all about, lol. The cute image that was used in this card is from Lili of the Valley in the UK, and I don't know the name of it, as it is a retired stamp...sorry. I just love whomever illustrates these cutie pie images at Lili of the Valley.

Below are the Copic Sketch Marker Colors that I used on this image.
I also used Prismacolor Pencils on this image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior with coordinating designer papers and layout/design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley
Papers: Lili of the Valley Nitwit Collection "Always & Forever" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Scalloped & Regular Rectangle Dies, EK Success Small Scalloped Corner Punch & Small Flower Punch,  Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor Pencils, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Sewing Machine, Thread, Crochet Thread
Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon Crochet Ribbon, Paper Trey Ink Polka Dotted Satin Ribbon, Doodlebug Button, Basic Grey Self-Adhesive Pearls
Techniques: Machine Stitching, Out of the Box Die Cutting, Copic & Prismacolor Coloring & Blending

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thoughts & comments.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

For My Brother


Hello, and Happy New Year! I'm sharing a card that I made for my baby brother's birthday. He was the only one in my immediate family that I had not ever made a card for and I thought it was way past due. I used Gina K's "By the Sea" stamp set to create a masculine card. The photo below is the close-up of the main image.


Below, is a photo of the Copic Sketch Marker colors
that were used on the main image.


I used coordinating designer papers and design
to create the card interior, pictured below.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Gina K "By the Sea", Lili of the Valley Sentiments, Clear Dollar Stamps "Smooth Sailing"
Papers: Carta Bella "Ahoy There", Maja Designs, "Life By the Sea", Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Blueprints 21 Die, EK Success Large Corner Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Doodlebug Enamel Dots, The Twinery Baker's Twine, Brass Seashell Charm
Techniques: Machine Stitching & Copic Coloring

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Be Merry!


Hello! I whipped a quick card today which is a rarity for me, lol. What made it quick was a few dies: the My Favorite Things Snow Drift, Blueprints 21 & Fishtail Flag dies. Not much coloring involved in the little penguin which also added to finishing the card quickly. I realized after I photographed the card, that my little tree row shifted upward, over the snow drift on the left, but didn't have time to reshoot. The flaw is proof that this card is handcrafted...LOL! Below is the card interior with coordinating papers & design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Winter Penguin" & "Snow Day", Stampin' Up! "Be Merry" Sentiment
Papers: Doodlebug "Frost Friends" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Glorious Green
Accessories: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Snow Drift Dies, Blueprints 21 & Pishtail Flags Dies, EK Success Small Oval Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: The Twinery Lilac Baker's Twine, Theresa Collins Enamel Dots, Dress It Up Button Snowflake, KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Pearl

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