Monday, December 28, 2015

Warmed by Friendship

Hello all,

It is so weird not to have class today.  I always look forward to seeing the ladies at the Senior Center, but we decided not to have class this week because so many of us were busy with Holiday activities. I hope everyone has a safe and stress-free holiday.

It has been really warm in New York this December.  It hasn't felt much like winter.  I love the warmer I'm not complaining.  With the lack of snow...we have had to make our own winter.  I love the simplicity of this card.   I hope you enjoy it too!

Copics used:
Purples: V09, V06, V04
Orange: YR04, YR09
Grey on Snowman: C01

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Peace of Santa

Hello all,

I've saved the best for last.  This is my favorite Christmas card of 2015.   This bald little Santa has stolen my heart.   I hope you all have a great Holiday season.  Hugs to you all!

Copics used:
Red: R59, R39, R29, R14
Black: N9, N7, N5
Green: G46, G43, G40
Beard: C3, C1, C0
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Fur: E40, E42, E43, E44

Monday, December 21, 2015

Peace on Earth

Hello all,

I have recently fallen in love with this Peace die.  When I first purchased it, I wasn't sure what images I wanted to pair with it.  Once I started I couldn't stop playing with it.  On Wednesday, I'll share the second card.

I gold embossed this beautiful dove on white card stock.  Then added the die cut "Peace" and gold cording.  I love the gold and red colors together.

Love the detail in this stamp by Stampin Up.

No Copics today

Friday, December 18, 2015

Dare to be Unique

Happy Friday,

I love snowflakes.  Well... I love snowflakes when they are on paper.  I'm not sure I can say the same about ones that pile up in my driveway!   I usually grab blues and purples inks/paper when I start making a snowflake card, but a friend (Amy) a few years ago make a green snowflake card.  It was really pretty.  It inspired me to branch out and try a few other colors.  This year, I thought I'd try using classic Christmas colors.  I love the red, green and gold together.   It has a very elegant feel to the card.

No copics today

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Walk in the Woods

Hey there!

I have a fun card to share with you.  This is from the December Card Lover's class.  I know this month is crazy busy, but if you can make it to class... you should come learn how to do this technique.  It take a little practice, but the results are stunning!

No copics today!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter Getaway

Hello again,

I have a fun winter card to share today.  I wanted to create a winter scene to create a masculine birthday card.  I put a choose a cat to put in the little cart.  It was the perfect size image. I'm wondering if I should have put a snowman or penguin.  What do you think?

Copics used:
Grey: C3, C1, C0, R20 for cheeks
Blue: B04, B02, B01
I put some glitter on the snow

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Go Go Grandma

Hello all,

Just wrapped up another crazy week.   The weather here has been crazy unusual.  It was 62 degrees today in New York.   We took advantage and headed to the lake.   Connor and I met my Mom and sister there and spent the day raking leaves.  I never look forward to that job, but it was nice to get it out of the way.  Hopefully opening the cottage in the Spring will be much easier!!!

The dogs were so happy to be at the lake.  Christmas must have come early for them.  I wonder what goes on in their little heads.  I'm sure it was up them they would be there everyday.

Today's card was inspired by the sentiment.  I really wanted to put the sentiment on the front of the card, but it is huge.  I had to make adjustments to make this card work.  I might at a sentiment to the outside of the card at some point...but for now I left it blank.

Here is the inside sentiment.  I really wish this would have fit on the front with Grandma!

 I like how it looks like she is popping a wheely.  It was a total accident, but it worked.

Copics used:
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, R14
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13
Shoes and Bag: E21, E23, E25
Hair: E40, E42, E44
Wheels: N9, N7, N5, N4
Grey: C5, C3, C1
Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
Blue: B91, B93, B95, B97
Cat: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27

Monday, December 7, 2015

Bright and Beautiful

Happy Monday!

I admit, I'm still plugging away at my Christmas Card list.  Every year I swear I'm going to finish them before Thanksgiving.  Someday, I will meet that goal.   I'm working on some quick cards to help catch up.

No Copics today!

Friday, December 4, 2015

It's Christmas


I just got home from the craft show at the Senior Center.  It is always a pleasure to see what all those talented ladies are making!   I made a list of things I hope to complete by next year's craft show season.  I'll be happy if I can accomplish three things off of it.  For Christmas, what I really want is more time!

This cutie polar bear has been waiting patiently for his turn on the blog.  I love how he has this itty bitty present balanced on his nose.  The penguin looks like he can't wait to open it! Isn't Christmas exciting??

Copics used:
Bear: E50, E51, E53, E55
Green: G43, G46
Red: R29, R39
Black: W9, W7, W5
Blue: B00, B000, 0
Orange: Y17, YR12
I put glitter on the snow

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Flower of the Month: Holly

Hello friends,

Can you believe it is December already?  My goal today is to get the Christmas decorations out.    I feel like I'm already behind.  How is that possible?  Each year there seems like there is less and less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.    I think everyone is feeling a little overwhelmed, so I wanted to make a some cards that could be done quickly.

Today I used the Holly from the Flower of the Month Series by Lila Grey.   I kept things really simple this month.  I wanted something I could color quickly and get the in the mail.  This will help chip away at my Christmas Card list.  I colored the Holly leaves with G40, G43, G46, G28.  I added some shadows in with W5.   On the berries I used R02, R17, R29, R39.   I used a pair of fine point scissors to cut out the Holly.  Then attached it to the card using a dimensional glue dot.    The background was created with a stamp from Impression Obsession and the embossed sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.

I think the Holly pulls this card together.  My eyes are drawn to it immediately.  Thanks Lisa for designing such stunning stamps!

Copics used:
Green: G40, G43, G46, G28, W5
Red: R02, R17, R29, R39

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Mints


I'm back on US soil.   Some of you know that I was traveling abroad with my Mom and sister for the last few weeks.  I didn't want to post a formal announcement for safely reasons on the internet.  We got back on Saturday morning at 4am...and like a fool spent the entire day working a craft show.  I just can't stand missing a thing!   I need to send a big THANK YOU to my husband who made all of this possible.  He did everything from take card of the house/dogs, to fill orders while I was away, to helping me all day at the craft show.  He is such a good sport.

I hope to get some photos around to share with you from our trip, but I'm still trying to adjust to this time zone.

Check out this cutie. I made him before I left...he is still on of my favorites.   I mixed dots with stripes.  Something that I wouldn't normally do.  I tried using striped paper, but it didn't look right.  What do you think of the dots?

Copics used:
Mouse: E000, E00, E93,  E30, E31, E33,
Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
Grey: C1, 0
Ground: W3, W1, 0

Monday, November 23, 2015

Melt My Heart

Happy Monday!

Thanksgiving week has finally arrived.  Connor and I are getting ready for his parents to visit.  It has been a while since we have seen them, so it will be nice to catch up!  What are your plans for the holiday weekend?

These two are so sweet!

Copics used:
Black: N9, N7, N5,
Orange: Y27, YR12, YR14
Grey: W3, W1
Lt Blue: B02, B04
Dk Blue: B34, B37, B39
Purple: BV00, BV02, BV04
Red: R24, R29
Green: G46
Snow: B00 and glitter

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Opening up Christmas

Hello Friends,

I love unique cards.  I'm always looking for new ways to spice things up!  I love that this tree will fit in a standard envelope, but opens up to a stand up card.

No copics today.

I used a gold pen to add some color to top of each ornament
Christmas Tree Fold-A-Long

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Milk and Cookies

Hello friends,

Last year, I bought a bunch of milk glasses and filled them with cookies.  I wrapped them in cellophane bags.   Each glass was decorated with a tag with these furry friends on it.  I had an extra tag and thought that I could turn it into a card.  It was a fun challenge.  I should use tags on cards more often!

Copics used:
Dog: E50, E51, E53, E55
Cat: C5, C3, C1, C0
Red: R14, R24, R29
Table: E40, E41, E43, E44
Milk: E50
Cookies: E21, E23, E25

Monday, November 16, 2015

Decorate The Season


I love this little guy.  He looks so serious about getting ready for the holiday.   It is time to start thinking about getting out the tree.  I admit, last year we never managed to get it out.  I'm determined as this little bear to bring a little Christmas into this house this year!

Copics used: 
Bear: E000, E00, E93, E30, E31, E33, BV20, BV23
Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
Green: G46, G43, G40
Gold: Y26, Y17, Y00
Ground: BV23, BV20, 0
I used a black pen to deepen some of the features on his face

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Christmas Stocking

Howdy friends,

A few months ago, I went to a stamping garage sale.  I love those things! I managed to find a few treasures to add to my collection.  I was really excited about this Christmas Stocking die.   When I got home.. I realized I bought the die twice.  I wish I could say I didn't do that often.. but I'm guilty. Apparently, I like things so much I buy them twice!   Thankfully one of my stamping buddies also wanted it and was willing to buy one off of me.   I thought that I should finally put the die to use. This way I remember I have it!

My favorite part of this card is the ruffle.  So darn cute!!

No copics today!