Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Snowflake Wars

Happy Tuesday,

Another quick card for you today.  I really like the layout of this card, but wasn't sure what colors to pick.  I started off making this card in brown.  Connor (hubby) thought it looked drab.  I went back my paper box and pulled out some blues.   I'm still not sure which one I like better.  I'm tempted to make a few in pink and maybe purple.  What colors do you think would work best?

 No Copics today!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snowman Hugs

Hello all,

I hope you are recuperating from the holiday madness.  These guys are here to wish you a few more warm days spent with family!


No copics!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Where Did The Cookies Really Go

Hello all,

I have been dying to share a some photos of this project.  I decided to wait until I had delivered all the gifts before posting.   I really enjoyed coloring the tags, but making the cookies was painful.   Anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm no Betty Crocker.  I'm pretty sure I make my husband nervous when I cook.  Suddenly, he wants to hang out in the kitchen.    

Thinking that I had things under control, I baked the cookies while he was still at work.   Several hours later, I had burnt half of them.  I really tried.  I just do not have any talent in the kitchen.  If you want me to color you a cookie.  Call me.  If you need help making actual cookies,  I should only be asked as a last resort.   I burnt so many that I didn't have enough cookies to fill the glasses, Connor was kind enough to bake more.

In the end, I think the concept turned out really well.  I found these cute glasses, filled them with cookies.  We decorated them with ribbon and hand colored tags.

Copics used:

Cat: T0, T1, T3, T5, R11
Dog: E55, E53, E51, E50, E25, W1
Table: E44, E43, E42, E41
Red: R08, R05, R02
Cookies: E30, E31, E33, E25
Milk: E50, B000
Collar: BG02

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jeweled Christmas

Merry Christmas,

I wish you a day filled with family and good food.   We will be spending the day with my Grandma, Aunts, Uncles and cousins.   Many of them live far away, so I will soak up every moment with them.

Just a quick post today.  This is the card I sent out this year for Christmas.  When I started, I was hoping this was going to be a quick card to make... but it didn't take long to realize that gluing 450 rhinestones onto 30 cards would take me while.  I hung in there and finished at 4am last Saturday morning.  I think it was worth it.  I really like how they turned out.

Copics used
Green: G43
Red: R27

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Keeping Our Eyes on Noel

Merry Christmas Eve,

Rudolph is helping me keep a look out for Santa.  Originally I wasn't planning on putting Googly eyes on this card, but it wouldn't be the same without them.  I hope Santa arrives at your house soon!

No Copics today!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What Candy Cane?

Hello Friends,

I have another favorite to share with you.  This fat-little mouse makes me smile.  I bet he could help me steal a candy cane or two or the next few days!

Grey: N1, N3, N5, N7
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Pink: R11, R20
Red: R14, R24, R29, R39
Gold: Y17, Y26, Y28
Ground: E81, E84, E50-  My new favorite grounding combo

I cut the sentiment apart and glued it around the edge of the circle.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Tree Girl

Happy Monday,

Christmas is coming! Christmas is Coming!  AHHHAAAHH!!!!  I hope you guys are ready.  I'm going to try to sneak in a few more cards before then.

This card is one of my favorite Christmas cards of the year.  I had a lot of fun coloring her.  I wanted to play around with greens a bit.  I found a new combo I like.   I just wish some one would feed her some Christmas cookies...She is too darn thin!!!

Copics used:
Green: YG03, YG06, YG67, G28
Red: R24, R29
Gold: Y00, Y17, Y26, Y28
Skin: E00, E000, E11, E13
Ground: E84, E81, E50
Hair: E13, E15, E18

I put some glitter on the star above her head.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Peaceful Christmas

Good Morning all!

I was asked by a local store to make some cards with their patrons.  I really enjoy doing this every year. I try to pick a card that will appeal to young kids and another that is a bit more elegant.  This was my choice for elegant.    I love the simplicity of it.

 No copics today!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter's Flowers

Happy Saturday,

I love coloring poinsettias.  They are so beautiful!  What isn't to love?

Green: G20, G21, G24, G28
Red: R14, R24, R29, R39, R59
I used some perfect pearls on the berries.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wreath Surprise

Happy Friday,

Today's card was a bit of a challenge.   We made this in December's Card Lover's Class.  Thank you all who were brave enough to tackle this project with me.  You did great!

Surprise!! There is a hidden wreath!! 

No stamps...just creative stamping! 

Snowbunny Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Happy Friday's-Eve,

I have this really sweet card to share with you today.  I love this cute bunny and his snow-friend.  

I had this really neat die of a snow scene.  It creates a silhouette of houses and pine trees.  I colored the bunny and snowman and cut them out and put them against the silhouette.  It was a little busy, so I cut off a few of the houses and trees.  I liked the simplified look.    I also embossed the top part of the frame to help create a snowy/blizzard feel.

Red: R12, R14, R24
Green: G21, G24, G28, white gel pen for spots
Blue: B00, B000
Bunny:W3, W1
Cheeks: R11
Carrot: YR12, YR14, G24

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hey! I Need That!!!

Happy Wednesday,

I love snowman. They are one of the positive things that come out of winter.  The kids down the street make a small snowman in their yard every time we get a few inches of that white yucky stuff.  It might not be the most structurally sound snowman in history, but he is built with love.  I look forward to seeing him.

This card looks really intimidating.  When you have the blank image in front of you, the first thought is..."Where do I start?".   I started with the deer.  Then did the snowman.    The trees seem hard, but there are no tree-police to come to see if you did it perfectly.  I didn't spend a lot of time I did a lot of scribbling.  You can cover it up with glitter to hide any spots...you don't love.   I did the same with the sky.  I didn't color it solid...just a light scribble.  It looks like clouds.  So take a deep breath and give it a try.

Copics used:

Deer: E30, E31, E33, E35, W1
Trees: G24, G21, W2-glitter
Snow-W3, W1, W0
Cheeks: R00
Blue: B12, B14, B16, B18
Dark Blue: B37, B39
Hat: N9, N7, N5
Carrot:YR12, YR14
Sky: B000
Wood: E44

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Magic of Christmas

Happy Tuesday,

The count down to Christmas continues.  I'm working on getting presents wrapped.  What things do you all have on your "to do" list?

This guy is still watching to see if we have been Naughty or Nice.   You better behave friends....

Copics used:
Red: R14, R24, R29, R39, R59
White on Suit: E40, E41, E43
Black: W9, W7, W5, 
Gold: Y17, Y26
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R11
Beard: C3, C1, 0
Green: G40, G43, G46
Brick: E11, E13, E15, W3, W1
Snow: B00, B000

Monday, December 15, 2014

Forget the Chestnuts, I want a Marshmallow!!

Happy Monday,

Last week I did a craft show and while packing up I found a card I made 10+ years ago.  It was a really simple card with a cute House Mouse image on it.  I used colored pencils to make the original, so I thought I'd make an updated version with copics.

Copics used:
Mouse: E000, E00, E93, E30, E31, E33, E35, BV20
Pine: YG67, YG93, YG99
Wood: E43, E44, E47
Marshmallow: E40, E41, E43, E44, Y21
Sky:G20, YR000
Candle: R12, R14, R24, R17
Glass: B00, B000
Flame: YR12, Y13, Y11
Shadows: W1, W0

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pine Cone Christmas

Happy Saturday,

I have a quick card to share with you today.  I was going to make this my Christmas card this year, but I didn't have enough paper.   I was going to order more, but my good friend Debbi told me that they don't make it anymore!!!  I hate when that happens.  Oh well... I'm just going to have to play around until I find something that works.

I really like the look of the layering on this card.  I hope to try it again with some other images.  It might look cool with snowflakes.

No copics today!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is it too late to be Good?

Happy Thursday,

 I have been sorting through tons of photos over the last few weeks.  I'm starting to make some progress on the Thailand pictures.  I'm still undecided on how to scrapbook them.  I prefer the traditional method, but digital is faster.  My ears are open in anyone has any suggestions.

In the sorting I came across this one.  It was the only photo I took over Thanksgiving.  I think we took so many over our trip, we forgot to get the cameras out for the holiday.  My Mom made a delicious meal.  It was so good!   My picture-finger will be rested before Christmas..

This card is for all my Cat-Loving friends out there!  You put up will all my dog stories...so I wanted to make something special.  This kitty looks like she has been causing trouble...

 Copics Used:

Cat: W3, W5, W7, W9-  I just varied the amount of each color in different sections of the cat
Cheeks: W1
Nose: R11, R20
Red: R24, R29, R39, R59
Green: G20, G21, G24
Blue: B12, B16
Red: R14, R24
Purple: BV00, BV02
Snow: B00, B000
Bell: Y17, Y26- Not sure I love this.  I wish it was more gold.
I used my black multi-liner to draw border around the white card stock
I also put some glossy accents on the bulbs.  It gives them a little shiny look. Very hard to see in photos.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mary and Baby Jesus

Hello all,

The count down to Christmas continues.  I know we say it every year, but where does the time go.  This last weekend was a busy one.  I participated in the Craft show at the Senior Center on Friday.  Then I made cards with the kids at a local store in Corning.  Connor helped with a charity event to help raise money to help hungry children.  We had a great time, but the threat of bad weather kept people at home.  As I type, the TV is whining about the 6-10 inches of snow headed our way. It is a shame Mother Nature couldn't cooperate a little!

I have an unusual card for you today.  It is a new take on scene with Mary and Jesus.  Many have commented that it must have been windy in the Manger.   I agree the hair might be a bit much, but it is SOOOO much fun to color!

Copics used:
If I were to color this again, I might make Jesus's blanket blue.  I went with brown because of the bible verse, but I think blue would help break up all the browns in the photo.
Blue:  B12, B14, B16
Hay: Y21, mix of browns.
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Lips: E04, R20
Blanket: E50, E51, E53
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35
Wood: E43, E44, E47

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Saw That

Happy Wednesday!

When I saw this stamp, I had to have it!  It just made me laugh.  Hopefully you will chuckle a little as well.   I will confess this card design is very similar to the sample made by the manufacturer (SSS).   Why mess with perfection?

Here is my version of "Saw That"

No copics!
I used chalk colored pencils.  Regular colored pencils work as well.