Monday, July 20, 2020

Life lessons


Ryan has made friends with the caterpillars at the lake.  We have a bunch of them crawling around looking for yummy leaves.  Occasionally, they get lost and climb up onto our porch. He loves enticing them onto a stick and moving them back to one of the surrounding trees.   When he is finished he throws his hands up in the air and exclaims "I'm a hero".   Right you are... buddy.  I'm sure the caterpillar appreciated the assistance.   We can learn a lot from kids sometimes. 

Hugs to you all..

Copics used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Grey: C3, C1, C5, W3, W1
Pot: E99, E97, E95, E93, E91
Catapiller: YG67, YG17, YG13, YG11
Pink: R81, R83, R85
Grass: G40, G43, G46
Glitter on the flowers,

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Woot! Woot! It Your Birth-YaY!

Hello friends,

We are having a party today!  I love these types of cards.  There is a little something special about the continuous theme throughout.   I made a video on some finishing tip I put on my cards and how to put this together.

Here is the link to the youtube movie.  If you are reading this in your email the movie will not play.  click here or go to the blog to watch.

Materials used:
Birth-Yay dies
Woot Woot Stamp
Woot-Woot dies 
Birthday Buds: 
Birthday Bud dies
Pop Up Lawn die:
Grass die:
Glitter Pen:
Copic Storage box: 

This are photos of the card I made in the video.  Scroll down to see version 2

Copics used:

Pig (pink): RV21, Rv23, RV25 or RV34, RV32, RV10
Rhino: C5, C3, C1  Horn E50, E51
Monkey: E31, E33, E35
Cake: E50, E51, E53 or E21, E23, E25
Turtle (Green): YG67, YG17, YG13, YG11. E15
Toucan: B60, B63, B66
Red: R35, R32, R30
Blue: B04, B02, B00
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV01
Orange: YR04, YR02
black glaze pen
white gel pen
colored gel pens by gelly roll
Wink of stella or spectrum noir glitter pen

Pictures of original card:  They are mostly the same- just played around with some color options

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

All the Good Things


One of my favorite things about summer is watermelon.   Who wouldn't want to steal a slice?  I came up with this idea for a family member with a summer birthday.   I think they got a laugh out of the card. I wrote inside that "I hope their birthday was a picnic". 

Stamps used:
Summer Stamp
Summer Dies --I didn't use them, but they exist

Copics used:

Red: R37, R35, R32,
Green: YG67, YG17, YG13, YG11
Ground: W3, W1
yellow glitter

Monday, July 13, 2020



It is hard to believe that it is almost mid-July already.  This summer is going by so quickly.  I should start to think about holiday and maybe some Christmas cards... but I'm not ready just yet to put away my summer stamps.  Just look at this guy!  How could I resist him?  Just look at those leaves on his head and sweet overalls. 

Copics used:

Mouse and stems: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Red: R29, R24, R14
Orange: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
Blue: B04, B02, B00
Purple: V17, V15, V12
Pink: RV25, RV23, RV21
Blue: BG11, BG13, BG15
Grass: YG67, YG63, YG61
White Gel Pen

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Purple Hugs

Hello friends, 

Sympathy cards are always hard to make, but they are so necessary to have on hand.  I wanted to play around with purples.  I also chose to de-boss rather than emboss.  I could be my imagination, but I feel like it gave the card a softer look.  What do you think? 

Copics used:

Purple: V09, V06, V05, V04, V01, V00  or BV08, BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00
Green: YG67, YG63, YG61
White gel pen

Monday, July 6, 2020

Friend with Chocolate

Hello strangers, 

Surprise!  I'm popping back on the blog today.  I realize I've been MIA for awhile.  The weather in NY has been amazing.  I've been doing my best to enjoy every second of it.  We have been trapped at home for months...and sadly it doesn't look like the pandemic will end before the cold weather returns.  I hope that wherever you are, you are able to enjoy some sunshine. 

I made this during the quarantine, but it never made it off my desk.  I LOVE this cuties.  Has anyone ever explored jumping into a bowl of chocolate?  It might make it all better.  I feel like this is an option that we should at least explore.  

There is a house mouse challenge going on this week.  I hope you will stop by and check out all the cards from the talented crafters. 

Copics used:

Chocolate: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
Mouse: E000, E00, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, E93
Glass: B00, B000, C1
Ground: W3, W1
Sun: E35, E38

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A Waterfall of Dogs

Hello friends,

A while back I made a waterfall card for my Mom for Mother's Day.  I wanted to revisit the format and make a birthday card.  If you'd like to see how I made it you can see the video here. 

Materials used:
Dogs came from limited Edition Lawn Fawn Howlidays
Lawn Fawn Howl-o-ween
MFT- paw prints background stamp (retired)

Copics used:
Dogs: E31, E33, E35, E37, E39
Red: R32, R35, R37
Blue: B18, B16, B14, B12
Green: G40, G43, G46
lt Green: YG01, YG03, YG07
Bone: E51, E50
glaze pen
white gel pen

Monday, June 15, 2020

Party Like No Tomorrow

Hello friends, 

I'm sorry, I've been a little distracted.  We had a few HOT days.  I thought it would be a good time to be outdoors.  Ryan and I went to the lake and splashed around a bit.   The water is still really cold, but that didn't stop a little boy for making the most of it.    In true NY fashion the temperature has dropped again and this week.  I'm hoping to play a little catch up in my craft room this week. 

This guy is one of my favorites.  I love when the image is strong enough to carry a card.  He doesn't need any bells and whistles  He just is so darn cute all on his own.

Inside says:

Copics used:
 Dino: E15, E13, YR27, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20
Blue: BG13, BG11, BG10
Brown: E21, E23, E25
Purple: BV02, BV01, BV00
Green: G46, G43, G40, YG67, YG63
gel pen

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Sitting Here


Welcome back to our normally scheduled blog posts.  Thanks for hanging in there with me last week.  I don't participate in many coloring challenges, but I thought it would be a positive distraction from all that is going on in the world. 

Today's cards comes from a Stampin Up stamp set.  I like that you can switch up what is sitting on the swing.  I chose to use the cat in this example.  I thought it brought a bit of life to the card.  I felt like the pillows alone were too lonely.   I added the robin to help balance out the design.  I just felt it needed something. 

I hope you are finding some calm in the storm.  Remember if you need anything, I'm just an email, text or phone call away.  Hugs to all. 

Copics used:

Wood: E70, E71, E74, E77
Blue: BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07
Cat: YR20, YR21,, YR23, YR24, YR27
Robin: E44, E43, R05, R02

Friday, June 5, 2020

Favorite Flower

Hello....and goodbye,

This is my last card for the coloring challenge hosted by Krista Smith.  I'm sad to see the week come to an end.  I love coloring her images.  Krista you have a gift.  Each image captures a human quality that speaks to so many crafters out there.   Thank you for sharing your gift with us. 

I leave you with another one of my favorite images. I love the roses in her hair.  They are so sweet.

 Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, R20
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35
Blue: B04, B02, B01
Orange: YR04, Y15
Black: 100, C9, C7, C5, C3, B41
Green: G40, G43, G46
Purple:V12, V15, V17
Pink: RV34, RV32, RV10

Seeds of Tommorrow

Greetings friends,

Today is the final day of the Krista Smith coloring challenge.  She asked us to pick our favorite image.  That is like trying to pick you favorite flower out of a garden.  That thought got me thinking and I landed on this image.  I love her cute little freckles and hair dancing in the wind.

I went a little nuts on nuvo drops.  If I color this again... I'd leave them off.  Oh well... you can't win them all?

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Shoes: B99, B97, B95,
Yellow: Y13, Y15, Y17
Pots: E99, E97, E95, E93, E13
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, E49
Pink: RV00, RV02, RV04
Green: G21, G24, G28

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mermaid to be Friends

Welcome fishy friends,

Krista Smith's challenge theme today is "Together".  I know cards are not magic.  HOwever, kindness does work magic.  I'm doing my best to spread a little extra kindness these days.  Hopefully it will bring us all together.

This image was my first choice.  When I sat down to color, I wanted to to do something different with colors.  I was drawing a blank.  As I was coming up with a plan a tricolor kayak passed by (I was having a crafting day at the lake).  I decided to use the colors for card.  There is a photo of the kayak at the end of this post.  Let me know how I did.   In the end, I really like it.  Next time, I think I will choose a lighter shade of blue for the water.  I think the final product came out a little dark.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Whale: C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Aqua: G00, BG32, BG45, BG49
Pink: RV00, RV02, RV04
Purple: V09, V06, V05, V04, V01
Water: B18, B16, B14, B12
Bubble: B00, B01

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Shell Phone


Today is Day 3 of the coloring challenge.  The theme today is "Under the Sea".  My first thought was to grab a mermaid, but then stumbled upon this cutie.  She is perfect in every way. 

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Pink: RV06, RV04, RV02
Yellow: FY1, Y35
Orange: YR04, YR02
Blue: B000
Green: YG67, YG63, YG17, YG13
Water: BG09, BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Best Chapter

Hello again,

I liked this theme so much I thought I would ink up a second "thinking of you" card.  Do you ever with you could crawl into an image and join in the fun?  Sitting in the hammock and reading a book sounds delightful. 

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Red: R39, R37, R35, R32
Green: G28, G24, G21
Blue: BG05, BG02, BG01
Pink: R81, R83, R85
Brown: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44

Thoughtful Fish

Hello there,

Today is day 2 of the coloring challenge.  The theme is "Thinking of You".  There was something about the look on this mermaids face that made me think she was thinking of someone special.

I pushed myself with the colors a bit.  I usually choose bright colors for mermaids.  This time I picked a more muted color scheme.  I thought the fish looked a little bit like koi.  This was my first time trying to make this marbled look.  I love how it turned out and I think I might try to do this to a mermaid tail soon.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Purple: RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99
Teal: BG70, BG72, BG75
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E27
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR00
Gray: C1, C0
Water: B66, BV04, B12, Blender pen

Monday, June 1, 2020

Mermaid Magic

Hello again,

Okay, Okay... I couldn't do it.  If you know me, you know I had to ink up a mermaid.  She is not only one you will see this week.  It is a weakness. 

 This image is special to me.  Krista Smith drew this based on an idea I sent her.  I caught myself wondering one day if a mermaid and a fairy had a conversation, what would they talk about?  I still don't know the answer... but I bet it happy things.  Now that I think about it... do you think mermaids and unicorns have zoom (internet) meetings? 

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Aqua: G00, BG32, BG45, BG49
Grey: C9, C7, C5, C3,
Blue: B63, B66, B69
Hair: RV69, RV66, RV63, RV52, RV10
Green: Y17, YG13, YG11
Sky: YR02 and R32-airbrushed