Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happy Birthday- MicheleRDesigns New Release

Happy Tuesday!  I am here to share a new digital paper collection by
 Michele R Designs called "Shabby Pink Charms".

Michele has added some new items to the collection. This collection features
an additional "Scrapbook Kit", frame and new sentiments, one of which I included on 
my card for you today. As with most of her collections, you can add on
"elements", inserts for the inside of your card and the 12x12 papers!
For my card, I used the 6x6 papers and used one of the "inserts" as a focal point on the top layer of my card. I love using the doily design paper on which I placed my sentiment and wood frame.  
These papers are layered  with Core'dinations Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Cardstock. 
 I love, love, love this color because it is such a beautiful soft pink yet has a touch of peach in it. Truly unique and my go-to layering cardstock for dp's that have those peachy pink colors.


 I added pink velvet lace is from The Ribbon Girl along with Pearls on a string. The Kort and Godt rolled roses are from Live and Love Crafts and the curly, pink Wild Roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I mounted the sentiment on a two-layer sign frame from Scrapiniec  but now they will be available from WHS Marketplace here in the United States!  I painted the sign with white acrylic paint and then added some glitter for "bling". All edges of my dp were distressed with Brushed Corduroy distress ink.
Last, I added some Prima die cut leaves, pearls and little porcelain roses from my stash.   

Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, for your kind comments!  Have a great day! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Eggs-tra Pretty- Saturated Canary Easter Card

Woo Hoo and Happy Friday. I am here today to share a card I made just because...love making "just because" cards- this one is just because I loved the image and had to color her up!  She is one of Krista Smith's newest Saturated Canary digital stamp additions called "Eggs-tra Pretty" and you can find her here.

 I was aching for something "spring time" and so I chose bright yellows and complemented them with the beautiful blue greens- all copics.. well almost all. My "hair" copics need a good cleaning and that combined with having a heavy hand when it comes to coloring hair, I had to bring my Polychromos pencils to the rescue! I distressed all edges of the paper with one of the newer Ranger Distress Ink colors- Fossilized Amber.

   I used several Sizzix border dies and Spellbinder die to frame the image as well as Wild Orchid Craft flowers to embellish her. Lace and yellow flower ribbon are from WHS Marketplace.   You really should check out her "shop" as she has so many items that are from Poland and Sweden and now they are right here in the USA where shipping isn't so expensive! I added some pearls and glitter to the bow on her dress and eggs in her basket as well as areas of light on her hair. It is more visible in the pic above.
 The design paper is digital paper from Raspberry Road Designs- such  breathtaking collections! This is from the "Oh So Shabby Collection" and you can find that here.   How beautiful are they!!  Last I embellished my card with ribbon, pearl  on a string and pearl/rhinestone from The Ribbon Girl.   Thanks so much for stopping by and for you kind comments! Have a great weekend!  This card, along with other items I have created, is available in my ETSY shop (see sidebar)!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Taylored Expressions - Share the Joy Challenge #26
The Ribbon Girls- Easter or Spring
Deep Ocean Challenge - Easter
Color Throwdown ctd 383- Color Challenge


 

Monday, February 29, 2016

You Make My Heart Smile

Good Morning! Oh Mondays...they have such a bad reputation LOL! 
 Hoping this post brightens the start of another week and makes your heart smile! 
Today I am sharing my make as a design team member for
MicheleRDesigns using her digital paper collection, "Coral Chic"!
It is such a vintage collection that says "springtime" to me
with beautiful blooms and butterflies and so much fun to work with-
the collection features 6x6 Design Paper, Elements of pretty bows
and tags as well as lovely coordinating inserts to complete the inside of your cards!
You can find this digital collection HERE.
My card features a Ppinkydoll stamp called, "Miko with Flowers".
She is beyond adorable and so much fun to color, which I did with my copics.
Thank you Alyce at Kit and Clowder for offering a great tutorial
 on coloring Pre-Shaded Skin in your Skin and Hair Copic Coloring class.
Also thank you to my friend, Linda Levoir, SWG Designs, for her great tutorial 
on making these shaped cards!!
The lovely sentiment is from Create with TLC.  I think this one was a "freebie" which you 
should check out, but here is a link to all the digital sentiments about a "smile"! 
I used a Spellbinder oval to cut out my image and then layered her onto 
a Gina Marie Pierced Nested Ovals ....You must check out her dies-
 affordable, wide variety, and unique! The cut beautifully too!
  The card is embellished with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, 
lace and twine from Live and Love Crafts and the velvet ribbon from The Ribbon Girl. 
The porcelain flower in the middle of the Cheery Lynn die cut butterfly was part
 of a set I purchased online.  I added a bit of Stickles to her little bouquet.
All papers were distressed with Ranger's
Brushed Corduroy and Rusty Hinge distress inks.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. Have a great day! 






Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love is a Moment - MicheleRDesigns Design Team

Happy Sunday... I am back to share my design team card using MicheleRDesigns digital papers, called "Treasure My Heart".. they are vintage, shabby and beautiful and they are immediately available as a download on her ETSY store.!

The papers are available in 6x6 inch, 12x12 inch, and matching card inserts and elements! 

 For my card, I printed the 6x6 papers onto Neenah Bright White 65lb cardstock, available at Office Max.  I layered the papers and stuffed some shabby rose ribbon in soft peach between the torn and distressed  design papers.


 Last I added Prima Vintage Christmas flowers, twine, a small wooden heart and  a pretty porcelain pin along with a computer generated sentiment printed on vellum.  Thanks so much for stopping by. Hoping you make time to create some LOVE-ly Valentines Day Cards!  Have a great day!



Monday, October 12, 2015

If the Broom Fits, Fly It!

    Happy Monday!  It's "happy" because I am off- Columbus Day here in the USA so schools are closed. I had a choice today to make a card or to grade papers so you can guess from the post which choice I made. Seriously, I will be sitting down to grade those papers in a bit but I so needed to take a break and spend time in my craft room!

     For my card, I colored up a new Mo Manning digi image called "Hold on to your Hat".  You can find her here at Mo's Digital Pencil store.  I fell in love with her from the second Mo posted her, and what fun to color!  Since it is a black and white ink drawing, it really helps with those of us who may struggle with shading!  I also am a sucker for all things Halloween so she was perfect for my card.


      I decided to try using Polychromos pencils with my copics, and so while the image is largely colored with copic markers, I did use my pencils to shade parts of the image, especially the cape. To achieve those dark shadows, I did use BV29 under the darkest shade in each color family to achieve the deepest color shading. I applied the BV29 where I wanted the darkest shading, then the darkest color used in each color family blend and then my other dark to light shades. I am sorry I did not save colors as I am often a madman with markers and use so many at a time that I do not chart them.

       Since I printed the image rather large, I kept the embellishments to a bare minimum. The design papers are from Michele R Designs- Halloween 6x6 papers and Halloween Inserts. You know I just love the inserts for the inside of my cards!!  You can find these papers here on her ETSY store. These papers are gorgeous and are perfect for your cards, layouts and Halloween projects. Along with these two sets, there are matching 12x12 size papers and "Elements" that feature banners, bows and die cut sentiments!

My bats are cut from a MS bat punch and I dotted on eyes with my Sharpie fine point marker. The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Great Impressions that I have had for years! Last, all edges of my design paper were distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink.

            

That's all for now...thanks so much for visiting and for all your kind comments here and on my facebook posts. This card is available in my ETSY shop!  Have a great day!  


I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
That Craft Place- Halloween
The Stamping Boutique-  Halloween
DP2 Challenge 256- Anything Goes with a Mo image - Option Fall Colors
Whimsey Inspiration- Anything Goes Halloween
Addicted to Stamps- Color Challenge

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sweet 16 Vintage Style

   Just a quick post to share my latest make ... a commissioned Sweet 16 Shadow Box featuring a sage green dress to match the party girl's dress, and some vintage embellisments as her theme will be vintage. She wanted sage, gold and white colors.  I so love making these special keepsakes!  This shadow box is a 10x10 inch size. I get them in white and black at Joanns and the do feature a glass cover with the frame.
     Once again, as in my other Sweet 16 Shadow Boxes, HERE I began with a Sizzix Bigz Gown die cut (5.5 inches long) using thick chipboard, and painted it to match the color of the dress. Then I add gathered tulle, satin and lace on top and secured it to the chipboard form. I also did the same for the top of the dress. I especially love this little vintage necklace and earring set I bought from an Ebay store who makes jewelry accessories for Barbie Dolls! I cut the clasp off the necklace and the post off the earrings and used the necklace for the drop waist sash and the earrings as dress embellishments in both front and back of the dress.
     Once again, I used Tim Holtz mirror paper and cut out a mirror oval with my Spellbinder oval dies and used another Sizzix ornate frame die on which to mat the mirror. As I use dimensional adhesive to secure the dress to the background, it allows the back of the dress to be viewed in the mirror creating a cool effect. I also used a Spellbinder border die to cut the 10 inch border attached to the inner frame.
     The design paper is from Maja, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima and the lace and bit of pearls on a string in cream color are from Live and Love crafts.
     These are custom made shadow boxes and they are available for special order in my ETSY shop.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and, as always, for your kind comments.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Little Mermaid- Michele R Designs Design Team

     Happy Sunday.. we're having a heat wave here in New York but I will take it! Hope you are enjoying sunshine wherever you are!  As you know, I love, love, love mermaids. This one has just been added to my collection.  That combined with the fabulous Michele R Designs digital papers made for a fun & colorful card for my Michele R Designs dt post today! Warning: Photo intense post!
     Where to begin...first, I fell in love with these digital papers from Michele R Designs called "Designer Grunge". You can find them HERE.  I so love the collections Michele creates, not only for the 6x6 and 12x12 designer papers, but also for the  Inserts and Elements coordinating collections (see pic below). The best part is that you never run out of them. Here are some of the printed papers from the collection (which I print on 8.5x11 inch, Neenah Bright White 65lb paper which I get at Office Max and print on an Inkjet printer.) The "doily" print is one of the "inserts" which are used to decorate the inside of my card..love them!
  Right about the time I decided on these papers, I saw a blogpost by Patty Sue Chapman of Ink it Up where she colored up this absolutely adorable new mermaid digital stamp, "Little Mermaid" by Raul Guerra.  It is available HERE at his new ETSY shop. I HAD to buy it and color it up the same day!
      The image was colored with copic markers (see colors below) on Make it Colour cardstock.  I cut her out using Spellbinder grand ovals & grand scalloped ovals using Bazzill Swiss Dots cardstock in turquoise as a mat.  I distressed the edges of all the design papers with the new Tim Holtz distress ink called "Mermaid Lagoon" which is a perfect match for those bright BG copics.  (BG 000, 00, 02,05, 09 and BV29 for deep shading). While the image comes with hair drawn on, I embellished it further with C9,7, 5 and 3 to make it pop!
     The sentiment is a digital sentiment from Create with TLC Artfire HERE, called "Serenity of the Sea."  I love to incorporate them when using digital images-  just size and merge with digi image and print out.
      Last, I added some cream mesh, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and in between the flowers I added tiny pools of glue and poured on multi-size pearls.  Beneath the pearls, I used a fun die cut from Memory Box, "Sketchy Rings"
  
Here are papers from the same collection which I used to decorate the inside of my card. The doily is part of the design paper, not separate, and you can stamp a sentiment or merge one from a digital collection right onto the paper!  Each insert collection comes with several different inserts all using a match to one of the design papers. Both the top gingham and the bottom doily with flowers are part of this "Designer Grunge" collection. 
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        Thanks so much for hanging with me for this looong post, and as always, for your kind comments. Have a great day! This card is available for purchase in my ETSY shop! SOLD


I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
The Outlawz- At the Beach 
Color Q- Color Inspiration
Deep Ocean Challenge- Maritime
Pile it On- Bright Colors

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