Monday, September 26, 2022

Bring on the Color

 Hello friends, 

I always hate to see summer fade.  At least fall takes the sting out of it by giving us beautiful colors to admire.  The leaves are just starting to change here.  I'm doing my best to get on board! This stamp is called Soft Seedling by Stampin Up.  It didn't catch my eye right away, but after seeing so many wonderful cards made with it. I had to have it.  I inked it up as soon as the UPS guy dropped it off.  

What is your favorite season?  Do you have a favorite part of Fall?



No copics today

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Don't get Spooked

 Hello!

I love experimenting.  I did this technique about 5 years ago.  I forgot how addictive it is.  I made a video to show you how I did it. 

Stamps: Spooky Frame: Wicked- Spider Web- Haunted House- Skulls- You can save 10% with this code: TJ10Chris Inks: Memento Ink: https://amzn.to/3vkAR86 or http://shrsl.com/3grmo Alcohol Inks:http://shrsl.com/3o7v5 or https://amzn.to/3wsJ9vT Tools: Watercolor mat- Paper: Neenah: Other: Bearly Art Glue:







Click here to watch video

No copics today

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Never Too Old

 Hi! 

You know I can't resist a card with a little bit of Sass.    I used a red marker to make her lips red.  I love the classic look of the red, white, and black card.  

Materials: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%



No copics today

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

So Sweet

 Welcome, 

Once of my favorite parts of summer is watermelon.   It is so refreshing on a hot day.   I created the background with a stencil from Taylored Expressions.  It came with a funny saying (see bottom photo), however, I couldn't resist inking up Watermelon Tilda.  Don't they look good together? 




Copics used: 

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Red: R29, R24, R14, R02
Lt. Green: YG13, YG11
Dk. Green: YG17, YG13, 
Brown: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
White: C2, C0
white gel pen



Monday, September 12, 2022

Sit and Back and Relax

Hi!

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite card layouts.  I love how it breaks up the card. It is also really easy to do.  It is called a book fold.  

I didn't put a sentiment on the gray shark.  I wasn't sure what kind of card I wanted it to be...yet.  What kind of sentiment would you put on it?  I used the second for a retirement card.   Hopefully she loved it.  We miss her at the senior center.  

 Materials:

Inks:

Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Stamps:  Sharks

copics listed below




Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I found:

Shark option 1: C5, C3, C1, C0
Shark option 2: B66, B63, B60
Brown 1: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Brown 2: E44, E43, E42, E41, E40
Green: G46, G43, G40
Green 2: YG67, YG63, YG61
Water: BG02 BG01, 

Glitter pen on details

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Greatest Oak

 Greetings, 

Encouragement cards are some of my favorite to make and send.  It is nice to send little reminders that we are thinking about our friends and family.  These two stamps combine together perfectly.    

I used the tombow markers to give the acorns a two-tone look.   

Stamps: Autumn Background Greatest Oak You can save 10% with this code: TJ10Chris Inks:

Brown Memento Ink- Scrapbook or Amazon

Paper: Neenah: Other: Bearly Art Glue:



No copics today


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Pumpkin Spice Season

 Hello!

Well it is no secret.  I'm a summer person... but if it is going to go at least we can replace it with something nice.   Are you a Pumpkin Spice person?  Are you headed out to get a sweet treat?   Pumpkin donut?  Pumpkin ice cream? Pumpkin latte? 

Stamps:




Check out all the cards made by other members of the design team:

Pam







Here is a quick look at all the stamps releasing today:






Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Balance...

Hello! 
 
Check out these cuties.  They look like they have been ready for Fall.  I had this funny sentiment from Taylored Expressions  .  It paired perfectly with the squirrel from Whimsy.  I tried to keep the cards very simple so they could work for men or women. 

I'm going to color these live on Sept 7th at 6pm (pencils) and 7pm (copics).  If you like to join...contact me ASAP. 

Materials:

Inks: Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook






 Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I found:

Squirrels: E18, E15, E13, E11, E00
Bottom of Acorn: E30, E31, E33
Top of Acorn: E44, E43, E41
Basket: E47, E44, E43, E42, E41
Grey ring on Basket- C3, C1
Ground: W3, W1
Green: G46, G43, G40
Apple: Y15, R29, R24, R14, R02
White Gel Pen


Monday, August 29, 2022

It takes a long time to Grow...

 Hello!

I love this new sentiment from TJ Designs.    As you get older you realize how true this sentiment really is.  I embossed a white piece of cardstock with the daisy embossing folder.  Then is used my blending brushes to apply a soft coating of ink.  The ink did create a soft halo around each daisy... but that doesn't bother me.  I think it adds to the look.  What do you think? 

I finished the card off with some yellow stickles. Do you remember those? I haven't used mine in a while. 

Materials

You're Vintage by Technique Junkies
use code TJ10Chris to save 10%



No Copics today




Saturday, August 27, 2022

Adding Spice to a Traditional Card Design

 Hello! 

I'm always looking for ways to add a fun twist to the traditional A2 card format.  I love this design, because it is easy and just adds a bunch of interest a project.   What version of this card is your favorite? I always love to hear your thoughts.  

Click here to watch video

Stamps: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Inks: Black Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook

Dies and Tools Butterflies-









Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I found:

Dog:  E30, E31, E33, E44, E43, E41

Slippers and scarf-  R81, R83, R85, R89

Skin: E00, E000, E11, E13

Hat: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39

Gray: C5, C3, C1, C0







Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Are you too old?

 Hello!

I'm so excited to share this with.  I love fun folds, but some can be really confusing and hard to make.  This fun fold is SO SO EASY and fits into an A2 envelope.   I made an video so you can follow along.  I added a bunch of tips to help make the process even easier. 

Video Link

Stamps:  use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Inks: Black Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook

Dies:
Circle Dies- Amazon or Scrapbook


I'd love to know what version you like better.  These stamps are perfect for this type of card.  Isn't this old lady hilarious?






Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I found:
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Glasses: B000
Hair: C5, C3, C1
Shirt: C10

Here are the measurements for the card- 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Perfect Flower

 Hi!

I've been inspired this month to dig through older things and use them.  I have an older stamp set by Altenew called Garden Treasures.  I used Pearl-ex or Perfect Pearls to make it look nice and shiny.  




No copics today

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Shaky Snowman

 Greetings, 

How can it be this time of year already?  Christmas is just a few short months away.   My mom suggested that we start making a few Christmas cards to get ahead of the rush.  As much as it pained me to think about snow it was a smart idea.  

We made this card into a faux shaker.  It is a silly name because it is still a shaker, it just means that we use a cello bag instead of foam to create the walls of the shaker.  They are a lot easier to make than traditional shakers. 

Materials: 

MFT Sending Christmas Joy Die





Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I found
Gray: W2, W1, W0
Green: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y17, Y15
Red: R29, R24, R14
Orange: YR07, YR02


Monday, August 15, 2022

The Coolest

 Greetings! 

It has been HOT HOT HOT here in NY.  We don't have air conditioning...so we have pretty much living in the lake or camped out in front of a fan.   It is hard not to dream about ice cream!    

Since it is frowned upon to eat ice cream... for breakfast... lunch... and dinner.  I decided to ink up one of my favorites. I wonder if she would mind sharing? 

Materials:

Inks: Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook




Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I found:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Hat: E50, E51, E53, E53 E57
Blue: B18, B16, B14, B12
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
Hair: E49, E47, E44, E43
Green: G40, G43, G46
Strawberry: RV52, RV55
Vanilla: E40, E41
Chocolate: E25, E27
Cone: E30, E33
White Gel Pen

Friday, August 12, 2022

You're Not Old...

Hi! 

Masculine cards can be such a challenge to make.  These new vintage stamps make them really easy.  I used a spotlight technique to highlight the man in the collage stamp.   I used the sentiment strip to ground the image.   It makes for a really fast and easy card.  This would be a great card to mass produce to have several masculine cards on hand.  

Stamps:  use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Inks: Black Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Brown Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook

 

No copics today

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Modern Grunge with Video Tutorial

Hello!

Is modern grunge a thing?  Well... it might be now.   The theme this month at Technique Junkies is vintage.  If you follow me... you know that is a tough theme for me.   Sometimes that is the best... it challenges you to think outside the box.   I love this card.  Check out the video to see how I made it. 

Materials:
Stamps: Queenagers- Vintage Ads- Miami Vice spray- Flamingo Spray- You can save 10% with this code: TJ10Chris

Inks: Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook Dies and Tools Butterflies- Watercolor mat


These are the 8 panels with sparkle splatter


Which one do you like better?


 No copics today

Monday, August 8, 2022

S'Whale

Hello!

Doesn't it feel good to use a stamp set that has been sitting unused for a long time.   I've been making an effort to chip away at my unused list.  I don't know why I waited so long to ink this guy up!  He is just so cute.   

I added bubbles with my stardust pen.  It added the perfect amount of sparkle to the card. 




Copics used for this project:  If you are looking to shop- best price I foundGray: C5, C3, C1

Blue: B66