Monday, December 31, 2018

Saying Goodbye to 2018

Happy New Year!

This has been another full year.  Writing this post has become one of my favorite things to do on New Year's Eve.  I sit and look through photos and cards I made during the year.  It is good to pause and reflect on what I have accomplished in the last 365 days.  It is always more than I thought.   It helps energize me to learn and do more.   It always reminds me how each day is filled with blessings. 

Thank you all for being part of my artistic adventure.  I'm looking forward to another year of challenges and growth.

Here are my favorite projects from 2018 (no specific order):

Lights were Hung

Happy New Year's Eve!

Where does the time go?    I wanted to sneak one more Christmas card in.   This card is so simple but it was one of my favorites that we made this year.   I added some wink of stella and glossy accents to the bulbs.  It doesn't photograph well, but it adds a real shine in real life.

Copics used:
Red: R37, R35, R32
Blue: B02, B01, B00
Green: G03, G01, G00
Yellow: Y13, Y11
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR00
Dk. Green: G28, G24
Grey: C3

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Yikes! and BlueBird Buddies

Hello friends,

It has been far too long since I've sat down and shared some cards ideas with you.  This fall/holiday season has been crazy busy.   Last year I did 4 craft shows, this year I signed up to do 10.  It was ambitious but I'm glad I did it.  I learned a lot.  I met a lot of really nice people.  It kept me really busy making cards. 

I'm looking forward to having my weekends back and getting back on more of a regular schedule.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. 

I want to sneak in a few Christmas cards before the New Year.   This is what we were busy making in class just before Christmas. 

Copics used:

Blue: B02, B04, B06
White: E50, E53
White: E40, E41, E43,
Green: G21, G24, G28
beak: Y17, YR12
Red: R27, R14

Monday, November 19, 2018

Buckle Up Santa

Greetings friends,

I have a Christmas buckle card to share today.  These cards are pretty easy to make, but they are so neat when they are finished.

No copics today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pilgrim Mice

Hello friends,

I was asked to make a card with pilgrims. I'm not sure that this is what they were thinking but mice can be pilgrims, right?  I thought they were cute, so I went with it. 

If you are looking for the mice stamps they can be found here .  
The sentiment stamps can be found here
More details at the end of post.

Stamps Used

Copics used: 
Grey: C5, C3, C1
Black: N9, N7, N5
White: E50
Green: YG67, YG63
Red: R24
Yellow: Y17

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Season of Thanksgiving


Today is Veterans Day.  I wanted to first thank all the men and women who have and are protecting our country.  We don't say it enough, but we are thankful for all that you have sacrificed.   THANK YOU!

This is the month of the year that many of us stop and remember all the things we are thankful for.  This year, I've tried to get more cards in the mail to let the people I love know that I'm thinking of them. 

Here is the one of my first Thanksgiving cards.  

You can get the sentiment stamp here.

Brown: E55, E53, E51, E50
Silver: C5, C3, C1
Red: R17
Shadows: W3, W1, W0

Friday, November 9, 2018

Pink Ribbons


This post is a going up a little late.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Sadly, so many women are affected by cancer.  My grandma battled and won last year.  I think it is important to show support.

No copics today

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Fluffy Hugs


Today's card was CASED off of the Hero Arts blog.   I saw it this card there last winter and I put on my "to make" list.    It is such a peaceful scene.  Thank you Hero Arts for making such a beautiful stamp set.

 Copics used:

Greens: G46, G43, G40
Brown: E37, E35, E33, E31, E30
Grey: C5, C3, C1
Shadows: W3, W1, W0
White: E50, E51, E53
Red: R29

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

You Taste Good with Video

Happy Halloween!!

I'm looking forward to taking the little one out trick-or-treating tonight.   I'm sure there will be plenty of photos and I'll be sure to post a few. 

I do have a dragon card to share with you.  I love the sentiment it is from Blue Knight Rubber stamps (the castle is from there too) .  I colored these up a while ago, but it never made it on the blog.  I think the blue dragon is my favorite, but I wanted to make a purple version too (photos below). 

If you like to see how I colored this card, please click here. 

Do you want to see the video?  Click here


Dragon Sentiments: Blue Knight Rubber stamps
Castle: Blue Knight Rubber Stamps
Dragon: KatzleKraft

Copics used: You can find a good deal on them here
Blue Dragon:  B06, B04, B02, B00, YG06, YG03, YG01
Purple Dragon: BV08, BV04, BV02, BV00, RV13, RV11, RV10
Ground: W3, W1, W0

Monday, October 29, 2018

Witchy Owl

Boo!    Did I scare you?  Probably not... we are way too cute to spook.  

This card was a special request from my sister's co-worker.    I love special requests.  They push me to try something that I wouldn't have done on my own.   I really like this card.    What do you think?

No copics today

Friday, October 26, 2018

Candy Corn petition

Hello friends,

I have an unusual card (well for me) to share today.  I used colored pencils (weird, huh?) to color up these candy corn.  I colored them on black card stock.  It has a cool effect.  It almost if they have a glow.   It is perfect for Halloween.

Before we get to the card.... can we talk about Candy Corn?   How is it that we can make pizza flavored potato chips and toothpaste that tastes like cupcakes (Yep...real thing google it), but yet candy corn tastes awful.  It is such a colorful and cute candy.   I can't think of a more iconic fall treat.   Shouldn't it taste as amazing as it looks?  Can we start a petition or something?

Well... now that I'm off my soap box I'll share this card with you.  I'd love to hear what you think

No copics today

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Are you ok?

Welcome friends,

I hope today's card puts a smile on your face.  I love this sassy squirrel and this is such a fun twist on a thinking of you card. 

Copics used:

Browns: E11, E13, E15, E17, E19
Lt Brown: E50, E53
Black: N10, N8, N6
Red: R32, R30
Green: G40, G43, G46

 Here is an alternate version.... for those special friends.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Watermelon Tilda


It has been a while since I've colored up Tilda stamps.  When I saw there new release, I had a quick favorite.    I didn't want to pair this with the traditional "One in a Melon" stamp.  I wanted something different.   What do you think?

 Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Red: R35, R32, R30
Hair and Shoes: E47, E44, E43, E42,
White: C3, C1,
lt Green: YG13, YG11
Dk Green: YG17, YG63
White gel pen

Friday, October 19, 2018

Itsy Bitsy Purple Spider


I'm not a huge fan of real life spiders, but this guy is adorable.  I usually color spiders black.. but it didn't seem appropriate for this stamp.  I debated some color ideas, but ended up with purple.   I'm so glad I did. He looks a little less spooky in purple.

Copics used:

Purple: BV08, BV04, BV02, BV00
Orange: YR18, YR16, YR12, E13
Black: N9, N7, N5, N3
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
black pen.
white gel pen
I just picked single colors for the candy in the bucket.  If this is too intimidating, I recommend using colored pencils/gel pens for the candy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Thinking of You- Leaves

Hello all,

Another rainy day in NY.   It is better than snow.  I'll take it.   

I'm really loving the leaf background by Concord and 9th.  I couldn't resist inking it up again.  I liked stamping on colored card stock. I usually stamp on white.      I made a video using this stamp on a fall card.  I hope you will check it out.  Click here to see video.

no copics today