Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Simple Things

 Hello friends, 

 This is one of my favorite house mouse stamps.  Do I say that every time?  I love house mouse.  I made a card like this about 10 years ago.  I found it as I was rummaging through some stamping stuff.   I've grown so much  in my coloring skills, I really wanted to remake the card.   Ah... I'm so glad I did.  I'm smitten. He is just so stinkin' adorable!  I might also be a bit jealous.  Floating on a leaf.. sounds relaxing. Where do I sign up?

Copics used:
Fur: E30, E31, E33
Skin: E000, E00, E93
Water: B000, B00, B01, B02
Leaf: R05, YR12, YR02, Y13

Monday, October 19, 2020

Thanks and Giving

 Welcome friends, 

This little girl has her arms full.  The image had a lot of colors, so I wanted to keep the rest of this card simple.  I hope you find her as sweet as I do.   

Image is from Stamping Bella

Copics used:

Black: N10, N8, N6, N4
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Orange: Y17, YR02, YR04, YR07
Red: R37, R35, R32
Yellow: Y35, Y32, Y13
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00
Green: Y11, Y13, Y17
Green: G40, G43, G46
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Grey: W1, W3, W5, 
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27
Leaves: R05, YR12, Y13

Friday, October 16, 2020

Turkey Die Cutting Card

 Gobble, Gobble, 

I wanted to take a break from coloring.  With the help of my wonderful husband we created used some die cuts to create this turkey face.   He looks a bit worried.  What does he have to be worried about? Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. 

No copics today

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Rainbow Thanksgiving


We have been having so much fun with watercolors lately, I wanted to try my hand a rainbow Thanksgiving card.  It is a little untraditional, but I really like it.  What do you think?

No copics today-- watercolors today

Monday, October 12, 2020

Winnie and Piglet


A little while ago I found someone who is selling their vintage stamps.  I was able to snag a bunch of them.  It was a great find because companies generally do not feature licensed images anymore.   It was a lot of fun to color up Winnie and Piglet.  They seemed to be enjoying the windy fall day.    Stay tuned to see what other cartoon stamps I picked up.  I can't wait to show you!

Copics used: 

Winnie: YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20
Red: R29, R24, R14
Piglet:  RV13, RV14, RV17, RV19
Leaves: R05, YR12, 
Grass: G43, G46, E21,E00

Sunday, October 11, 2020

So Full of Thanks


This weather this weekend was wonderful!  We took full advantage of the sunshine and went to the pumpkin patch and took the dogs for long walks.   It was a wonderful combination of warm weather, pumpkin, corn mazes and donuts.  What did you do on this warm fall weekend?

I love the new creative touches companies are adding to their dies.  The dies cut out the bears hands so they can hold their Thanksgiving treats.

Copics used:

Bear: E51, E50

Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02

Red: R37, R35, R32

Turkey: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Giant Boo


As many of you know, I enjoy scrapbooking as well as card making.  I love when I can pull in some scrapbooking supplies to make cards.   I used my giant alphabet to die cut "BOO" out of a stamped background.   This card was simple to make, but I love the impact of the large sentiment.  It is a nice change from having a large image as the focal point.  

Copics used:

Orange: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07
Green: YG11, YG13, YG17
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Black: N3, N5, N7, N9
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Lt. Grey: C1, C0
Brown: E23,
Purple: B60, B63, B66

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Give Thanks

Hello all, 

I love Penny Black's hedgehogs.  They are so adorable.  I was able to find this old retired stamp in a stamp sale this summer.  I was so excited to add this guy to my collection.  Just love these two little guys.    Below you can find a few photos of my little guy picking apples.  It was a beautiful fall day!

Copics used:

Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Fur: E21, E23, E25, W1, W3, W5
Red: R39, R29, R24, R24
Green: YG67, YG63, YG61
Ground: W5, W3, W1

Photos of our Apple Picking adventure:

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Adult Halloween

 Hi friends, 

It is officially Halloween season.  We hung up a few Halloween decorations around our house this week.  My son loves Halloween and delights in seeing the decorations in people's yards.    It is wonderful to experience holidays through his eyes.  

To bring a little humor to Halloween season I created this fun card with the art impressions witch stamp.  I hope you get a chuckle out of it.  

Happy Halloween!

Copics used:

Green: YG11, YG13, YG17, YG67
Black: W10, W8, W6, W4,
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Chair: E42, E43, E44, E47
Orange: YR02, YR00
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Nature's Gold (Easy Watercolor)


Fall has officially arrived in upstate NY.  The leaves here are colorful and dancing in the wind.  I'm sad to see summer fade, but the beauty that fall brings is spectacular.  I wanted to celebrate that color in today's  card. 

I used dye ink pads to watercolor this pumpkins.  Any dye ink pads can be used they do not need to be this brand of ink.   


You can watch how I made this card here.  If you reading this in your email they video will not play.  You need to go to youtube or the blog to watch. 


This is the card I made with the more red mixed into the orange. 

This card features the more orange pumpkins. 

No copics today

Monday, September 28, 2020

Hi Pumpkin!

Welcome back!

 I've been alternating between Fall and Halloween cards. I've been having a blast making both. Today's card features an old Penny Black stamp. Sadly, I think it is retired. You might have some luck on ebay. 

 I sponged some black ink onto my orange cardstock. I'm not sure I would do this again if I were to remake this card. Originally, I thought the orange was too bright and wanted to make it feel a little spooky. It did make the cat the focus of the card.  In the end it looks okay. I'm still debating if I liked the bright orange or the dusty orange. What do you think?

Copics Used: 
 Grey: C0, C1, C3, C5, C7 
Purple: BV01, BV02, BV04 
Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02, YR00 
Yellow Y17

Friday, September 25, 2020

Hello pumpkin


I'm back to day with my favorite pumpkin stamp.  It is a layering stamp from Strawberry Jude.   I seem to drag this stamp set out every Fall.   If you want to see the cards I've made in past years, you can click on the links below. 

Birthday Pumpkin

Pumpkin Patch

Check out how awesome this pumpkin looks!  I kept the card really simple, so the focus will be on the pumpkin.   I'd love to hear what pumpkin card is your favorite of the three times I've used this stamp. 

No copics today

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Batty for You


I almost skipped out on making Halloween cards this year.  Thankfully my students knocked some sense into me.  I don't know what I was thinking, I love Halloween.   I had a totally different plan in mind when I was planning out this card...and none of it came to fruition.  This mischievous elephant had different ideas.  What can I say...he was right.  his way is better.  😆

Copics used:

Grey: C5, C3, C2, C1

Green: YG17, YG13, YG11

Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02


Pink: R30

Monday, September 7, 2020

Flowers Fill Our Lives...

Hi there! 

I found this card stuck between some books on my desk.  I thought I'd share this cutie with the world.  It has been long overdue. This is such a sweet image.  It is a digital image from A Day from Daisies. 

Copics used:

White: W0, W1, W3, W5

Pink: RV00

Blue: B01, B00, B00

Green: G46, G43, G40, YG67, YG63


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Birthday Showers


This is a fairly new stamp by Purple Onion Stamps.   I wanted to create a rainbow shower.  It would be really time consuming to do this with copics.  It is a perfect excuse to break out the watercolors.  A friend of mine (Lisa) told me the trick to getting them to create a perfect blend between colors is to not skimp on the water.  She was right.  They blended together wonderfully.   Thanks so much for the tip!  

As you can see, I created two different samples.  I watercolored the monkey on the bottom one.  I wasn't sure I liked the "messy" look.  On my other sample (top picture) I  used a dye based marker to color the monkey.  I think I like that one better.  What do you think?

 No copics today

Monday, August 31, 2020

Layers of Hugs


I wanted to try a new color combo with Birch Press layering dies.  These dies create such a cool effect.  I love how this card turned out.  I can't wait to make a few more! 

No copics today

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Elephant Cupcake -- With video

 Hello friends, 

Whipper Snapper stamps is preparing their new release.  I'm so excited!  I love their stamps.  My favorite of the bunch is this elephant named Hanno.  He is carrying a delicious cupcake.    I made a video showing you how I colored up this cutie.   

Below you can find the list of copic colors used to create this project.  

Materials used:

Elephant stamp (Hanno)

Dotted Argyle

Lawn Fawn : zig zag square die

My Favorite things: Safari Friends (discontinued)

Copic storage box

You can watch the video by clicking here.  You need to be on my blog or youtube to watch the video.  It will not play in your email. 

Photos of card:

Copic colors used 

Gray: C0, C1, C3, C5, C7
Ears Pink: R30, R00, R000
Pink cupcake- RV52, RV55, RV66
Green G46, G43, G40, YG67
Blue: B04, B02, B01, B00
Purple: V12, V15, V17

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Birds of a Feather


I've been pushing myself to use my stencils a little bit more.  They are really easy to use, but for some reason I just don't think to use them.   I love how the fun background it created for these two crazy birds.  What do you think? 


Stencil is from Taylored Expressions

Birds and Sentiment can be found here. 

Copic colors used:
Blue: B06, B04, B02, B01, B00
Yellow: Y38, Y35, Y15, Y13, Y11
Green: YG09, YG06, YG03, YG01
Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02
Shadows: W5, W3
Background C2, C1
White gel pen

Monday, August 24, 2020

Time to Jingle ?

 Hello all!

Is it really that time a year again?  I see so many social media posts about people starting their Christmas cards. YIKES!  I admit, I joined in on the panic and dug out this cute image and colored it up.  The elephants made it a bit more playful for me. one done.   I don't want to think past that! 

Copics used:

Daddy Elephant: C7, C5, C3, C1 and tusks: E50, E51

Mama: W7, W5, W3,W1

Baby: B66, B63, B60

Toy Elephant: W7, W5, W3

Bells: Y35, Y15, Y13

Hat: R39, R29, R24 and E40, E41, E42, E43, E44

Snow: B01, B00, B00

glitter on the snow

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

A Slice of Happy


I went a little old school today with my card.   I think this embossing folder (by cuddlebug) might be 15 years old.  I think it has held up over time. I'm glad I can still get some use out of it.    The cake is from IO.  You can see it by clicking here.  It is a really nice stamp to have in your stash.  I often stamp it on envelopes when sending out birthday cards.   

Copics used:

Cake: E50, E51, E53
Icing: RV66, RV55, RV52
Plate: C3, C1
I added wink of stella to the icing on the cake. The photos don't pick that up at all. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Life is Better...

 Hello friends, 

It has been almost a month since I've posted. YIKES!   I know I've said some of this before... but here is what I've been upto:  I've definitely been busy spending as much time as possible outside.  I was going a little stir crazy in the house during quarantine.  Once summer arrived, I took every advantage of going outside.  We still have been quarantining, but we moved our family to the lake.  It has slowed my card making process down considerably, but it is a small price to pay for some sanity.   I hope you are soaking up the sun and finding ways to keep your mind and body healthy.  I will do my best to not let another month creep by without stopping in and sharing something crafty. 

I made this card about a year ago, but it was another one that slipped through the cracks.  I love summer cards. This fox has looks about as comfortable as you can get.    I used one of my favorite stamp sets to create the water in the background.  This set makes creating water scenes a breeze.

Stamps used:

Ocean and sentiment

Animals stamps

Copics used:

Fox: E99, E97, E95, E93

Coconut: E71, E74, E77, 

Towel: BV04, BV02, BV00, BV000

Red: R29, R24

Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02

Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11

Green: YG09, YG06, YG03

Blue: B02, B01, B00

Purple: BV04, BV02, BV00

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,