Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Birthday Hugs

Hello all,

As you know, I'm always looking to try something new.  I stumbled upon a card showcasing this technique on pinterest.    I thought it looked interesting and I happened to have the stamp...so I had to give it a try.   It has a really cool look to it.  What do you think?



Copics used:
Green: YG09, YG06, YG03, YG01

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cat Sympathy

Hello all,

I got a little behind in blogging last week.  Connor was traveling for work last week and I was managing the munchkin on my own.   We had a good time together, but he slows down the card making process.

Unfortunately,  I had to come up with a cat sympathy card.  My Uncle's cat passed away unexpectedly.  The vet said he had heart disease.  It is really hard to detect in cats.  His loss was very sudden.  Oleo was a handsome ginger kitty.  He was very playful and the only cat I know that could poop in a toilet.    He will be missed.

Here is the card I made for my Uncle.  Hopefully it serves as a reminder that we are all thinking about him.




No copics today.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stamping Poem

Hello friends.

I found this posted on social media. There was no author.
I've been struggling to find time for housework....so this was perfect.
It will just have to wait... I've got some stamping to do!
Hugs to you all,
Chris

She learned to stamp on Monday
Her embossing was quite fine.
She forgot to set out dinner,
So we went out to dine.

She brayered backgrounds on Tuesday
She says they are a must.
They really are quite lovely
But she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday it was birthday cards
She says that chalking's fun.
Shading, blending and watercoloring...
But the laundry wasn't done.

Her card swap was on Thursday
Using green and blue and red;
I guess she really was engrossed,
She never made the bed!

It was shaker cards on Friday
Using techniques she just adores,
But she never seemed to notice
The crumbs on all the floors.

I found a maid on Saturday!
My week is now complete
My wife can stamp the hours away;
The house will still be neat.

Well, it's already Sunday,
And my forehead's feeling damp.
I cursed, I raved and I ranted....
The MAID has learned to stamp!

Monday, August 7, 2017

I'm so Jelly

Hello friends.

Interactive cards are really popular at the moment.  I'm having a blast figuring out these designs.  This one is definitely one of my favorites.    It was a little tricky to put together, but I think the end result is worth the hassle.

Here is a little video showing how the card moves.  Just a reminder...the video won't work if you are looking at this in email.  You need to go to the blog or you tube to watch.


Here are some photo close ups. 






Copics:

Purple: BV01, BV00, BV000 and glitter  and B66 for spots
Orange: YR12, YR14

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

You're a Treasure

Hello stampers,

How ARRrrr.. you?  Recently Ryan (my son) was gifted a pirate outfit.  It is a little big, but he will grow into it soon.  I'll be sure to share some photos of him in it.   It was a really nice gift.  I wanted to send a thank you card that reflected the gift.    





Copics used:
Red: R39, R37, R35
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Green: G00, G02
Blue: B91, B95, B95
Black: N9, N7, N5
Brown: E31, E33, E35
Dk. Brown: E37, E39
Gold: Y17, Y26
Sand: E50, E51, E53, E55

Monday, July 31, 2017

Let Your Light Shine

Hello all,

I'm so excited to share this card today.  It was my favorite from the July Card class.  You might be surprised...no copics were used.   It was so much fun.




 
One of my favorite things about this card is how you each one is truly unique.  Here are some photos of the Brockport classes' cards.    Each card is different from the next, but they are all beautiful.






No copics today

Friday, July 28, 2017

Misson Impossible

Hello all,

Today's post is more about life than about crafting.  I've always been a "project" person.   Once I finish a project... I already have three more to take its place.  I like this about myself.   I'm never bored or wondering what should I do today? I like to be busy.  It works for me.  However, sometimes the projects pile up.    My craft table is groaning under all the piles of "projects" to be finished.    

I only had one class this week, so I decided to declare war on the mess.  Most of the cards were cards that were left unfinished from previous classes.    I'm really proud of my accomplishment... I had to share.

I made 6 of these...


I made 15 of these... I thought they might sell at a craft fair.  Does anyone need a Panda Party Card?

I made 12 of these.   I was supposed to use them for a class that got cancelled, but I had already cut the paper.  Hopefully, I can sell them at future craft fairs. 

Lastly... I made 4 of these.  Leftovers from July's Card Lover's class.


It felt so good to put all of those dies/stamp sets away away.  I wish I could tell you that I found my craft table.  I have a ways to go.   I'm just thankful that I made some progress this week.  I can't wait to get back to crafting ( and probably adding some new project piles) next week.

Hugs to you all,
Chris

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Swinging Mouse

Welcome,

I can't believe that July is coming to a close.  Where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that we were watching fireworks.  I'm so glad that we have one more month before Fall starts creeping in.

I love these playful guys.  This image was so much fun to color.  I hope you enjoy.



Copics used:
Flower: R20, R21, R22,  Y13, Y11
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67, G99
Mouse: E000, E00, E93, E30, E31, E35
Rope: E31, E33
Seat: E43, E44

Monday, July 24, 2017

Adore Lions

Welcome Stampers,  (there is a baby video below)

African animals have really popular in the stamping world at the moment.  I love it!    It has inspired me to get out some of my older stamps and maybe add a few new ones to my collection.  This is a new one by Unity stamps.

This is a great way to show someone you care...without having to lick them in real life.



Copics used

Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35,
Green: G46, G43, G40
Red: R35, R32

Speaking of wet faces...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Watercolor vs Copic: The Battle of the Waterlily

Welcome friends,

I started creating cards for this month's class.   I stamped out this waterlily scene.   I wasn't sure if I should use watercolors or copics to color the scene.   I went back and forth and finally decided to do both.    I like them both for different reasons.   What do you think?  Which do you like better?

Watercolor:


I used distress inks (abandoned coral and mowed lawn) to watercolor these.  I added the water droplets with salty ocean.  I spayed this with some glitter.  It doesn't show up in the photos.  In truth, I don't think it shows up real well in real life.

Copic

Copics used:

Pink: RV17, RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10
Green: G28,  G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y15, Y17, YR14
I used distress ink to create the water drops

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Well Hello there, Hello, Hi, Hey There

Oh, Hello there!

So one of my most favorite purchases over the last year or so is my MISTI tool.  I use it all the time.  It have become so popular that stamp companies are now designing stamps that work best when used in the MISTI tool.  This is my first attempt, but I love it.



No copics today

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thinking of you- bird

Hello,


Check out this simple cad.  I love this little bird.  I'm thinking about making these in a few other colors.  What colors should I try?

I have the Brockport class tonight.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.


Copics used:
Blue: B02, B01, B00, B000
Bird Belly: E50, E51
Flower: BV23, BV21, Y13


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Congrats Grad

Hello friends,

Ryan and I spent a few extra days at the lake this week.  I couldn't resist the weather has been perfect.  He seems to love the lake.  He learned to say "fish" this week.  So cute!   The rain has returned so we came home so I could sneak in some crafting time.  

I know I'm a little late posting this.  Graduation season is coming to an end. I just had this idea and needed to get it out of my head.





Copics used:
Black: N9, N7, N5, N3
Gold: YR23, YR21, YR13, Y11
Skin Tones
1. E43, E42, E41
2. E11, E13, E15
3. E000, E00, E11
4. E25, E27, E29
5. E13, E34, E31
6. E31, E34, E35
7. E53, E51, E50
I put glitter on the "Congrats".  It doesn't show in the photos.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Panda Party

Hello Party People!

If you follow my blog...you know that I can't get enough of this Panda set.    I combined with a few other stamps in my stash to create this party scene.  These guys look like they are ready to celebrate.   I think I might make a few more of these in a variety of colors.



Copics used:
Grey: W3, W1, W0
Red: R00, R11
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gentle Bird

Hello,

Today's card was requested by Kathy.  She sent me a photo and asked me if we could make something similar.  It was beautiful,  how could  I resist?

I had to change a few things.  The original was made using pencils and I wanted to use copics.  I had to get creative with the inks to get the same soft look.  This was a lot of fun to make.  Thank you Kathy for the suggestion.



Copics used:
Grey:  W7,W5 W3, W1, W0
RedL R24, R14