Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Sweet Holiday Season

 Hello friends, 

You know I couldn't let the holiday season go by without coloring up a House Mouse card.   It is FREEZING cold here in NY.  This guy has the right idea.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.   

Stamp: House Mouse Warm Cocoa

Inks:
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Stardust Pen: Amazon

Glue:
Bearly Art Glue- Amazon --best glue ever!!

Paper:
Neenah: solar white card stock
Red Card stock from Stampin up




Copics used: best price I found

Mouse: E000, E00, E93 and E30, E31, E33
Cocoa: E25, E27
Grey: C5, C3, C1
Red: R29, R24
White on candy cane: C1
Yellow: Y13, Y11, Y00
Ground: W3, W1, W0


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Happy New Year

Hello!

Today I stepped (more of a creep than a leap) outside my comfort zone a little.  When I think Navy I usually think silver.   I've seen a lot of other card makers using gold with Navy.  I was inspired to give it try.  I have to say I LOVE it!  What do you think?  Do you have color hangups?

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  We had a great visit with my family.  I wish we were able to see each other more.   It is hard when we are scattered across so many States. 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%: Hello!
Happy New Year:
Beaded Curtain

Ink-

Copics: http://shrsl.com/3grm1 (I always post this)
Versamark: Scrapbook or Amazon

Other:

Bearly Art Glue: https://amzn.to/3LXS2CW
Gold Embossing Powder: Scrapbook or Amazon


No copics today

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Oh Christmas Tree

 Hello!  

How are all of your Christmas preparations going? I just wrapped up my last craft show for the year.  I need to start focusing on wrapping presents and making some Christmas treats.   I've still trying to sneak in a few more Christmas cards in before the season escapes us.  

I used these stamps by Technique Junkies to create this silly card.  This cat stamp has been a long time favorite. It paired perfectly with the new Christmas tree stamp.  Just to spice up the layout a little I used the vertical Merry Christmas.  I like that you can see it when the card is closed and open.  What do you think?

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%: 
Christmas Carol Kitty

 Inks:
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Stardust Pen: Amazon

Other:
Bearly Art Glue: https://amzn.to/3LXS2CW
Neenah: solar white cardstock







Copic colors used: best price I found

Grey: C7, C5, C3, C1

Red: R39, R29, R24

Hat: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44

Pink: R30

I used Tombow markers to color the tree and gel pens to color the packages. 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Santa (Then and Now) Part 2

 Hello! 


Here is another one of my favorite Santa images (also from Whipper Snapper Designs).  I first colored this 10 years ago (bottom image).  I thought it was time to give him a makeover.    I always recommend to my students to color and image and date it.  This way in a year or more... you can color it again and see how much you've grown as an artist.  

 Happy coloring friends!  I hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. 

Inks:
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Stardust Pen: Amazon
Wink of Stella:  Scrapbook or Amazon

Glue:
Bearly Art Glue- Amazon --best glue ever!!

Paper:
Neenah: solar white card stock
Red and Green Card stock from Stampin up

Copic colors used: best price I found

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, R14
Green: G46, G43, G40, or G28, G24, G21
Black: W10, W8, W6 or any grey series
Grey: C3, C1, C0
Fluff: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Gold: Y15, YR23, YR24
Dog: E53, E55, and the spots- E57
White gel pen:  Scrapbook or Amazon
Wink of Stella:  Scrapbook or Amazon
This is the colored pencil version. 
This is the original card that I made 1O YEARS AGO!






Thursday, December 1, 2022

Santa (Then and Now) Part 1

Hello! 

This Santa images is one of my favorites.  He is from Whipper Snapper Designs.   I used to make a lot of square cards, but stopped because the postage system charges extra to mail them.  Early this year, I was introduced to the book-binding card.  I love this layout because it has the feel of square card, but meets all the USPS requirements.  

If you are interested in trying a book- binding card.. You can cut a piece of cardstock to 4.25 by 11 inches.  You will score at 4.25 and 5.5 inch along the long side.  I'll make a video on this very soon if this doesn't make sense. 

 Inks:
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Stardust Pen: Amazon

Glue:
Bearly Art Glue- Amazon --best glue ever!!

Paper:
Neenah: solar white card stock
Red and Brown Card stock from Stampin up




Copic colors used: best price I found

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, R14
Green: G46, G43, G40, or G28, G24, G21
Black: W10, W8, W6 or any grey series
Chimney: E18, E15, E13 and W3, W5
Grey: C3, C1, C0
Snow: BG00, BG000
Fluff: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Gold: Y15, YR23, YR24
White gel pen:  Scrapbook or Amazon
Chunky Glitter

This is a close up of the card I made about 5 years ago. 



Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Powerful Force

 Hello!  

Are you afraid of white space?  It makes me uncomfortable.  I struggle with leaving white spaces on my cards.  I like to challenge myself and push boundaries.    I tackled this by making my mat on the card smaller than I normally use.  It is 3 3/4 by 5 inches.  Then used some powerful colors in the middle.  I think the white tames them a little.   This stamp was perfect for this type of layout.  I love how she breaking her boundaries and pushing her way out of the center box.   It is a little detail... but it makes me happy. 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%: 
Determined to Rise

Ink-
Mermaid Lagoon: Scrapbook or Amazon
Mustard Seed : Scrapbook or Amazon
Versa clair: Amazon

Other:

Bearly Art Glue: https://amzn.to/3LXS2CW

No copics today.


Saturday, November 26, 2022

All About Winter

Hello!

That white, cold stuff is falling from the sky.  It may be cold, but it does make everything look beautiful.  This penguin seems to be enjoying herself.   She is from a die set called Winter Squad.  I placed her right above the word "Winter" to highlight the word.  I used sparkle gel pens to add polka dots to her scarf.   I love all the sparkle.   These new background stamps make perfect backdrops to these characters. 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%: Hello!
All About Winter

Purple ink-Stampin Up

Other:

Bearly Art Glue: https://amzn.to/3LXS2CW
Penguin Die- Taylored Expressions

No copics today

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Festive Season

 Hello!

I'm loving these bookbinding cards.  I used to make square cards, but stopped because they cost more to mail.  This allows me to work in the square format without having to deal with extra shipping.  

Inks: Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook Paper:

Neenah: solar white cardstock



Copic colors: best price I found
Green: G28, G24, G21
Dog: C3, C1, C0 and C9, C7, C5
Kitty: YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20
Red: R29, R24, R14
Fuzzy: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Snow: B02, B00, 0

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Maid Sucks (Haha!)

Greetings!

Housework is never fun! Why do housework, when you can make cards, right?  Well I couldn't escape it forever, so we had a clean-a-thon this weekend.  The only dog hair in our house is on the dog at the moment.  I love this new stamp from Technique Junkies.   It fits me perfectly.  

The top card reminds me of when you wash the windows and it leaves streaks.  At least when the sunshines it creates a beautiful rainbow.  😂   The second card was a "mistake" when I was trying to make a coffee background (video here) I thought it looked like hair.... so I used it for this card.   

I hope they give you a chuckle! 

 Materials: (use code TJ10Chris to save 10%)


Inks:
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook

 
Paper:
Gold Foil- from Michaels

Other:


No copics today

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Double Flap Christmas Card

 Hello, 

I know many of you are making Christmas cards. I know that I am. I love this design because it has a WOW factor and is EASY to make. As a bonus it uses up decorative paper in an efficient way. I also love that you can incorporate a gift card or another decorative panel. I hope this helps you tackle some of those Christmas cards. Happy Crafting!

You can watch the video here.

Materials: STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%: Merry Christmas: https://techniquejunkies.com/embellis... Believe: https://techniquejunkies.com/believe/ Ink- Copics: http://shrsl.com/3grm1 Memento Ink: https://amzn.to/3vkAR86 or http://shrsl.com/3grmo Hero Arts Ombre Pad: Paper: Neenah: https://amzn.to/3E5SnAE Other: Bearly Art Glue: https://amzn.to/3LXS2CW

You can watch the video here




This is what the card looks like when it opens


You can watch the video here
No copics today

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Pinkies Up!

Hello friends, 

The flu and other germs are making the rounds.  I've had a some requests for Get Well and Thinking of You cards to send to sick friends/family.  I love this background stamp.  It is hard to find good tea themed stamps.  

Materials:

Tea Collage  (use code TJ10Chris to save 10%)

Inks:
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Cajun Craze from Stampin up
Sand Dunes from Altenew
 
Paper:

Dies:
Tea dies my MFT- discontinued
Feel Better by Simon says stamp

Other:







No copics today

Monday, November 14, 2022

Moo-velous

Hi! 

I love cards that make people smile.  This cow from Stamping Bella has the perfect expression.   I colored this weirdo up with prismacolor pencils on Kraft cardstock.  I love the way white almost glows.  Just to switch it up, I colored the cow's spots blue to match the paper.  I wish I thought to do these things more often I really like how it came together.  What do you think?



Colored with Prismacolors

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Short Girls

Hey hey! 

This is new stamp by Technique Junkies.  It is perfect.  My sister is short.  Everyone in my family has several inches on her.  It has been a long running joke.  She is short, but she is mighty.  You will hear her before you see her.  She is strong and fierce... all packed into a small little container.   I made her this card with the new stamp.  I'm sure she will get a kick out of it. 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10% Short Girls

Inks:

Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook

I bought the washi tape at Hobby Lobby



 

No copics today

Monday, November 7, 2022

Extended Warranty

 Hello all, 

This is one of those cards that has been stuck in my head for a long time.  I saw another crafter Chris Dayton make a card using Charlie Brown and the sentiment.  I had those stamps, but I put my own twist on it.    Good Grief.. he makes me laugh!

Inks: Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook Paper:

Neenah: solar white cardstock




I used this lady awhile back to make a card.   I thought she would also work for this sentiment. 


Copic colors used: best price I found

Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Blue: B12, B14, B16
Pink: R17
Skin: E000, E000, E11, E13
Brown: E44, E42
Red: R35
Coffee: E23, E25

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Hold On

 Hi! 

Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh.  The copyright expired on him and so many companies are releasing their version of Pooh.   This one is from Impression Obsessions.  It was only available for a short time, but they have several other sets that are adorable!  They all are so sweet.  More Pooh cards are coming... 

Inks: Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook Paper:

Neenah: solar white cardstock

Copics used:

Pooh: Yr27, YR24, YR23, YR21
Piglet: RV14, RV17  and RV13 and RV11
Grass: E31, YR31, E33, 
Tree: E44, E43
Yellow leaf: Y15, Y13
Red: R17, R14
Orange: YR04, YR02

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Thankful Season

 Happy November!

With Thanksgiving coming up, we are reminded to be thankful for all the gifts life gives us.   Today is release day at Technique Junkies.    There are a lot of awesome stamps in this release (you can see them at the bottom of this post), however this sentiment captures what November is all about.  

Materials:

Eat, Drink and Be Thankful Stamp  (use code TJ10Chris to save 10%)

Inks:

Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
 
Paper:

Neenah: Other:



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



Tracy F



Here is a whole November Release.  Do you have a favorite?

No copics today

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Going For Gold (video tutorial)

Hello,  

Creating the look of Gold with alcohol markers has always been a challenge. I spent some time playing with my markers to find a combination that was easy and looked like true GOLD. As a bonus stay tuned and see how easy it is to make the bells chime (swing) on the card.  Click here to watch video

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10% Christmas Bells: https://techniquejunkies.com/christmas-bells/ Bells Chime: https://techniquejunkies.com/bells-chime/

Inks:

Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook

Dies:
Circle Dies- Amazon or Scrapbook

Paper: Neenah: Other:

Click here to watch video




Click here to watch video
Copics used: Buy Copics here

Gold: YR27, YR23, Y15, Y11, Y00
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, R14, R00
Green: G46, G43, G40


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