Thursday, February 27, 2014

I Love You More Today than Yesterday

Hello all,

It is no secret that I love Tilda.  When I saw one of the artists at "Simon Says Stamp" share a creative idea of masking this image of Tilda holding stocking.  They completed their card using Distress Inks. I wanted to give it a try with Copics.   I love how it turned out!   Here is my take on their idea. 

In the original stamp, Tilda is holding a stocking.  I used a piece of paper to "mask" or cover up the stocking while stamping.  I die cut hearts out to replace the stocking.  I used a black pen to draw in the stings. 
I used white embossing power to stamp the sentiment.

Copics used:

Black: W4, W5, W7, W9
Red: R14, R24, R29, R39
Green: G43, G46
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Hair: Y21, E31, E33
White Gel pen to create faux stitching look

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It Mouse Be Love

Hello all,

This past weekend was Connor's Birthday weekend.  We planned to go out to dinner with my family and then go out on the town.  Sadly, our plans were hijacked by an illness and a little car trouble. Friday evening, Connor started feeling poorly, by Saturday evening he was in rough shape.  He woke up with a fever of 103. I'm so thankful for Tylenol.  What a wonderful thing that stuff is.    He went to the doctor yesterday and is on the mend.  He is anxious to get back to a normal.   I haven't had a good night sleep since Connor has been sick, but thankfully I've managed to stay healthy.  

We did make the most of our visit.  We had a nice dinner and cake with my Mom, Sister, and Grandma.  We did manage to sneak in a visit with my Dad's new 9 week old puppy.  He only weighs four pounds.  He is a rescue dog part Jack Russell and part Beagle.  My Dad fixed our car in the freezing cold.  I'm forever thankful for getting us home safely and saving us money.

My dad fixing the brakes on our car.  Thank you!!

I colored this image a while ago.  I love house mouse.  This image is so sweet.  I decided not to put a sentiment on the front.  This card would make a nice wedding card, anniversary or thinking of you card.  This way I can taylor the card to your own needs.  

Nose to Nose in Flowers

 Copics used:  I colored this awhile ago.  Here is what I remember and a few guesses

Green: YG03, YG06, YG09
Pink: R81,R83,R85
Yellow: Y15
Skin: E000, E00, E11 (I think)
Grey: W0, W1, W3

House Mouse Nose to Nose in Flowers

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chill of Winter

Happy Friday,

I love snowman.  They come in every shape and size and each one is cute in their own way.  This chubby guy will melt your heart.

Copics used:

Black: T3, T5, T7, T9, 100
Blueish Purple: B60, B63, B66
Cheeks: R20
Orange: YR04, YR07
Snowman: C1, C3
Wood: E33,E35
Bird: B12, B14, B16, B18, Y15, Y19
Snow: B00, B000

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Seeing Double

Happy Wednesday!

I'm a late in posting this week.  My husband celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday.  I have been a little distracted getting the festivities organized.   We didn't have a formal party yesterday because of Zumba.  However, Zumba is a party in we brought the party to class.   A friend made Connor cupcakes and I brought some simple decorations to class.  Connor surprised us all with a special Birthday song.  We had a good time.   Tonight we are having dinner with some friends...and then this weekend we are celebrating with family.  

I have two cards to share today.  They are two different takes on the same layout.  I love this stamp set called "Thoughts and Prayers" by Stampin Up.  The tree is beautiful.  I found a couple ways to dress up the tree on the card.  The first card is the easy method.

A while ago I purchased a bunch of "Smooch" it is a liquid paint that comes in small bottles. They look a lot like nail polish.  I put a little of this metallic green on each of the leaves on the tree.  It was an easy and fun way to dress up this stamp.

I love Flower Soft and wanted to see how it looked on the leaves.  I used the same layout and added the glue to the leaves and sprinkled the shamrock Flower Soft on the leaves.  I found that the Flower Soft sticks to itself.  I had to go over each branch and use my tweezers to remove all the excess Flower Soft.

 In the end the effort was worth it.  The card looks good, but it was much more tedious than the Smooch method.  I love the texture and look, but it took a while to get to this final step.

Friday, February 14, 2014

You Had Me at Merlot

Happy Valentine's Day!

There are rumors that a chubby little cherub is flying about shooting arrows.  I haven't seen him myself, but BEWARE he is out there!   Connor and I don't have special plans for Valentine's Day.  I think we are content spending a quiet evening at home.  What about you?  Any creative, fun plans for tonight?

 Here is the last of my Valentine's Card for this year.   I made a bunch of these this year.  They were fast and fun to make.  The sentiment uses a classic line from Jerry McGuire.  The famous line is "You had me at Hello" ....and we've twisted it into You had me at Merlot!!!

I made these cards in two different color variations one in red and the other in more of a purple.  I liked the purple ones better because they were closer to the color of Merlot.  I sent them all here are the photos of the red variation.

Copics: None

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On the Move

Hello friends,

The local news station just did a story about people who are allergic to cold weather!  Is that really possible?  Maybe that is my problem.  LOL...     As the snow falls, I sometimes dream about moving closer to the Equator.   I don't think my husband will ever agree... so making cards about moving will have to do.

Some of my students requested cards for either New House or Moving.  They are good to have on hand. I thought this could be a good card for the young adult going away to college or getting a first apartment.

I love the finished accent at the top.  I threaded the string through the button and then glued it to the ribbon.  The ribbon is just folded in half and glued.    I also used a brown marker to make the faux stitching around the edge of the card.

Copics used:

Bear: E30, E31, E33, E35, R00
Mouse: C1, C3, C4, C5, R00
Rabbit: T0, T1 and R00,  R11
Grass and Plant: G40, G43, G46
Pot: E95, E97, E04, E07--I had to play with this a lot.
Lamp: YR00, YR01, Y21, Y23, B12
Cups: YR00, YR01, YR02
TV: T4, T5, T7, T9   Screen: T0, T1
Red: R24, R29, R39
Couch: B00, B21, B23, B24- this is a little challenging.  You can pick easier colors if you like.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Russian Dolls

Happy Monday,

I'm not a sports nut.  I couldn't name more then 10 professional football teams.  When a sporting event is on TV... my eyes get heavy and shortly after I'm asleep.  That being said, I LOVE THE OLYMPICS!   I love watching all the different sporting events.   I love cheering on Team USA.  I think it is so cool that the World gets together and celebrates such an old tradition.  I think it is special thing.

I have been so engrossed, that I wanted to make an Olympic card.  When I started thinking about it...and ultimately concluded that was a little silly.  Who do you send an Olympic card too?   Magnolia recently released a collection of stamps called "Little Moscow".  Clever on Magnolia's part... I never occurred to me that the Olympics were in Russia when I bought the little Russian Doll (Matryoshka Tilda) stamp.  I really liked her, but hadn't a clue what I'd use her for.  I dug through my stamps and found some sentiments that worked well together to create this cute "friendship" card.

inside sentiment

Copics used:

Hair: Y21, E31
Blue Dress: B41, B45
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67
Red: R05, R08, R14, R24, R39
Skin: E00, E000, E11, E13
Apron and lace: R000, R11
Building: E40, E41, E43, E44 accents with E81, E84  Also deepened shadows with W2
Windows: W0, W1, W3,  W5
Blue on building: B93, B95, B97, B99
Shadows with C1, C0
White gel pen on cheeks
I used glitter pen to put some glitz on the accents on the building and apron.  Sadly this doesn't show up in the photos that well :(   Trust your judgement...and add some bling.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Classy and Fabulous

Happy Friday!

I had a chance to play with the new Tilda collection.   I love this new image of Rose Scent Tilda. She is pretty cute!   This was a lot of fun to color.   I hope you enjoy...

Copics used:

Pink: RV13, RV14, RV17, RV19
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R00
Light Pink: RV10, RV11
Hair: Y21, E31, E33
Wood: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Gold: Y17, Y26, Y28
Mirror: B000, C1, C0, 0

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

UR the Bomb

Hello friends,

I love science.   If we are being honest... I'm kind of a nerd.  My family is full of nerds.   When I saw this stamp set by "There She Goes Stamps" I had to have it.     Sadly, the company recently went out of business.   You could always count on them to offer unique stamps.  They will be missed.


Copics used:

Yellow: Y02, Y04, Y06
Green: YG03, YG06, YG09
Red: R14, R24
Brown: E33, E39
Grey: W3, W1
Glass: B000

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sending Love Letters

Happy Monday!

I hope you are recovering from a late night watching the Super Bowl.   I didn't watch the game last night.  I managed to hide from all the football madness with girlfriends.  Our husbands all crowded into the next room and from the groans we could guess it wasn't going well.   I think they were just hoping for a good game, but this was rather disappointing.    I'm just glad the season is over.  :)

Today's card was really hard to capture with photos.   In real life, this card is very elegant.  The white on white look is subtle, but looks sharp in real life.  It is an unusual shape but it is cut to fit in a business sized envelope.   The idea is I wanted it to look like the letters were falling from the top of the card into a pile at the bottom.  I randomly selected the letters and glued them to the card to create the look.  This card is unique because I didn't use any stamps.  NONE!   I cut the letters out using a die and then hand wrote the message.    

Copics:  NONE!