Monday, March 30, 2015

Springtime Smiles

Hello friends,

It wanted to dedicate this card to a Connie.  I met Connie and her Mom three years ago.  I invited Connie to join my Copic club.  She and her mom started attending the Monday group.  She quickly became a regular.  Connie loved to color.  I really enjoyed watching her grow over the last few years. Her art work was improving all the time.  Recently, she framed one of the cards she made because she so proud of how it turned out.  Connie had a kind, warm heart. She brought joy to so many.  A few weeks ago, the doctors discovered a tumor on her pituitary gland.  She went in for surgery to have it removed.  Unfortunately,  she died shortly later from complications from the surgery.   Our hearts go out to her Mom, husband, and 3 boys.  Connie loved them all so much.  It was clear from all the stories Connie shared with us in class.  We will miss her.   Monday's will not be the same without her.

This card is one that she would have loved.  She loved Tilda.  It has been a long time running joke about Tilda's lack of mouth.   "Where did it go?" she'd ask in a silly way.  I hope she is smiling down on us now.  I will smile every time I think of her.

This card was inspired by some happy memories.  Connor and I used to go see the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C when we lived in Delaware.   I love life in NY, but I do miss the going to the cherry blossom festival.   I can't make the trip to D.C. this year...but I can still enjoy them in my craft room.

Copics used:
Hair: E40, E41 E43, E44, E47
Pink: R20, R22, R32
White: W0, W1, W3, W5, W7
Green: G40, YG61, YG63, YG67
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13
I added gel pen and multi-liner to add details in the eyes.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Playing Hide and Seek

Hello friends,

I like exploring some different card formats.  I found these really cool patterns for Easter cards. I shared the Chick card with you last week.  With my husband's help we made a bunny version.  I hope you enjoy...

I thought this would be perfect for a younger kid,  they might appreciate this over a colored card. The bunny can double as a bookmark.

No copics.
I used a copic multiliner to add spots to his bunny face.
I used a white gel pen to add marks to his eyes.
I used brown and pink ink to sponge the pieces to add some dimension to the bunny.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Flowers from the Heart

Hello friends,

Spring is finally here!!   I'm so ready to wave goodbye to the snow.  Last Friday, we had to cancel class because of the weather.  I'm hoping that is the last time for a long, long time!

Here is one of the cards we were planning on making last Friday.  Hopefully we will find a way to squeeze it into a future class.  This is one of my favorites styles of cards.  It is a center step card.  I love that the card sits perfectly on the table so the image can be easily enjoyed.

Copics used:
Red: R14, R24, R29, R39
White: N1, No
Green: G40, G43, G46, G99
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
Black: 100, N9, N7, N5, N4
Brown" E50, E51, E53
Skin: E00, E000, E11, E13  (R20 for cheeks)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Little Heros


We all have heroes in our lives.  The person that is always there when you are at your worst.  This project is dedicated to those people who manage to bring joy in those dark moments.

Skin: E00, E000, E11, R20
Red: R14, R24, R39
Blue: B12, B14, B16
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
White: C1, C0
Dog: W7, W5, W3
Cat: YR21, YR23, YR27
Black Hair: C9, C7, C5, C3
Brown Hair: E30, E31,E33, E35, E37
Blonde Hair: Y21, E31, E33

I didn't fussy cut these out.  Just cut out with a white border around the edges.

Friday, March 20, 2015

No day for a Sliver

Happy Friday,

My family has celebrated a few birthday's this month.  I needed to get some birthday cards in the mail.   I found this cute little bear in my stash.  I made this card a while ago, but he never made it on the blog.  I thought it was time to share him with the world.

My favorite part is the popped up balloon. I colored it twice.  I cut one out and used dimensional adhesive to make it look 3D.

Copics used:
Bear: E30, E31, E33, E35, W3
Nose/Feet: E42, E43, E44
Blue: B21, B24, B26
Yellow: Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15
Orange: YR04, YR07
White: C1

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What came first, chicken or the egg?

Hello friends,

I love shaped cards. They are so fun to make!  I'm so lucky to have a husband who is willing to help me with these.  It wouldn't be possible without him.  So a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to Connor for helping make these happen!

This cute little chick will fit in a standard envelope.  To add some depth to him I sponged some orange ink on the chick and blue ink on the bow.  I also use a white gel pen to add some details to the bow and eyes.

No copics today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tropical Tilda -makeover

Happy Wednesday,

Every once in a awhile I like to remake a card to see how I've improved over time.   I went through some old cards and found this one and decided that I wanted to give her a makeover.  You can see the original card here.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99
Red: R24, R29
Wood: E40, E41, E42, E44
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35
White: W3, W1
Shoes: E30, E31
Added some details to the eyes with gel pen and multi-liner
Water: B01, B00, B000
I added some glitter to the butterflies

Monday, March 16, 2015

Going Places

Happy Monday,

What a busy weekend! We celebrated both my Dad and Sister's birthdays.  I also had a great class Friday night with the Brockport ladies.  Then Saturday I enjoyed welcoming some new people into the world of copics.  I love seeing people discover the magic of these wonderful makers.  I look forward to watching them grow and learn over the next year or so.   What did you guys work on?

Here is a little inspiration to start your week off...

Copics used:

Pink: R81, R83, R85
Blue: B91, B93, B95, B97
Grey: C7, C5, C3,
Green: G20, G21, G24, G46
Red: R12, R14, R24, R29, R39, W5
Skin: E00, E11
Black: C9, C7, C5
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35
Grass-random greens
gel pen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Delicious Donuts

Hello Stampers,

Let me apologize in advance....this post might make you hungry!  The stamping companies have been releasing donut dies and stamps like crazy.  Who can resist this delicious trend?   I admit I caved into my craving and bought a set.

I look forward to playing more with this set, but I found this idea on Pinterest.  I changed and added some details to make it more my own.

I'm off to make a donut run... Nom..Nom...Nom..

 Just a touch of glitter on the sprinkles.

No copics today

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy Bird-day to You!

Happy Thursday,

I have a silly one for you.  I'm always looking for cards that make people smile.    What do you think? Are you smiling?

Copics used:
Blue: B12, B14, B16
White: C3, C1
Grey: C3, C5, C7
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E79 for shadows 
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Ground: W3, W1
Orange: YR12, Y13
I put a little glossy accents on his goggles.  It doesn't show up in photos.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Growing an Old Friend

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have another challenging card to share with you.  This image has lots of detail.  It was a lot of fun to color and discover all small details hidden in this image.  My advice is if you are going to color this. Take your time.  If you get tired, take a break and come back to it.   You can do it... just take it slow.

On the inside, the card says " It takes a long time to Grow an Old Friend"

Copics Used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Lips: RV52, RV55
Eyes: B01, B04
Dress: BV20, BV23, BV25
Scarf: BV23, BV25, BV29
Hair: 100, C9, C7, C5, C3
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99
Wings: B00, B000
Brown: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79
Red: R14, R24, R29, R39, R59
Spots on Mushroom: E50, E51, E53
White: C3, C1, 0
gel pen

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happily Ever After

Hello Stampers,

Spring is coming!  Fourteen more days until it is officially Spring!!!  I can't wait to hear the birds sing and see butterflies dancing on the flowers.  It is almost here!    Here is a sneak peak in anticipation of SPRING!!

 No Copics Today

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Udderly Addorable

Happy Hump Day,

I wish I had a camel card for you today... the closest thing I could come up with is this Udderly Adorable cow card.  

Copics used:
Grey: N3, N1, 0
Pink: R20
Nose: E000, E00, E11, R20, gel pen
Bell: Y26, Y28
Horns: E31, E33
Clouds: B000

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tulip Blessings

Happy Monday Friends,

Have you ever heard the saying "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a Lamb"?  I really hope that is true!  Winter is still raging but I'm dreaming of Spring.   Hopefully tulips will start popping up in the garden soon. 

I love this photo. What a contrast? winter vs. spring

Copics used:
Purple: V000, V01, V04, V06, V09
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67, G94,G99
Yellow: Y13, Y17
Blue: B95, B93, B91, B00, B000

I didn't airbrush the background.  It would have been really hard to mask this image.  I started at the bottom of this card with the darkest and blended up towards to the top of the flowers.  It is important to work while the ink is wet.  This will help avoid streaks.