Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Therapist

Hello!

If you know me at all, you know I'm a dog person.  I love my four-legged therapist.   There is nothing better when you are feeling out of sorts of sitting down and cuddling with a warm ball of fur.  

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook


Other:



Copics used:
Brown: E47, E44, E43, E42, E41
Pink: R81, R83, R85

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Disco Ball

 Greetings!   

I love encouragement cards!  Adulting is hard and I think we need than more than ever before.  I was so excited to see this new sentiment from Technique Junkies.  

To make this card I used mirror card stock and glitter card stock.  I wish the camera could capture the sparkle.  I love the mix of texture between the mirror and the glitter.  I used a round circle for the sentiment because disco balls are round.  Simple, but I thought it was the right choice! 

I hope you feel inspired and you remember that you are a a bright light... don't be afraid to shine!

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook


Other:





No copics today

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Sunshine

 Greetings!   

This is a shout out to all those people who make others feel warm and fuzzy inside.   It is so much easier to tear people down and pick at their flaws.   This process doesn't make anyone better... it just brings people down.   I'm thankful for all the people who have built me up and helped increase my confidence.   It is because of them, that you are reading this blog post.  I probably wouldn't have been brave enough to be on a design team.   I hope your day is filled with sunshine! 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook


Other:


Copics used:
yellow:Y35, Y15, Y13, Y11
Brown: E21, E23, E25

Friday, March 1, 2024

Finding Zen

Hello, 

It is March 1st!  (How is this possible?).   Are you looking for a little zen?   I know I get the winter blues. I miss the sunshine.   Doodling or Zentangle is a great way to relax and focus your mind on something positive.  Sometimes, I like to use my tangles on cards.   If you don't like to tangle or don't have time, check this out.   Technique Junkies released a background that can be used in lots of different ways on your cards.  That is why I think this is brilliant.  It is nice to have this in your stash to get the zentangle look without the work. 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook


Other:


No copics today


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



















Thursday, February 22, 2024

Nom Nom!

 Hey Hey! 

Check out this cutie!  This stamp is from Mama Elephant. I paired it with a chocolate candy stencil to create this yummy background.    This cheeky little monkey seems to have stolen himself some chocolate chip cookies.   He is clearly going to devour them.   

The inside of the card says:  "Every time I say the word "diet", I wash my mouth out with chocolate. "

Hopefully you got a good laugh.  Have a crafty day


Copics used:

Money: E57, E55, E53, E51
Cookies: E33, E31, E37 for chips
Ground: W3, W1, W0

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tiny Sociopaths

 Hello, 

What could be more fun than this background?  When I first saw it... I swear a squeal escaped my mouth.   I'm a dog person at heart, but these cats are so so stinkin' cute.  

Materials:

STAMPS and Dies:  use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Copics  are listed below (if used)


Other:

I wanted to try the black and white card with a pop of color.   It doesn't matter what color you use these stamps are ADORABLE!

No copics today

Monday, February 19, 2024

Monograms?

 Hey all!

How do you feel about monograms?  I've never really had an opinion about them until now.  Spellbinders came out with a set of letterpress dies.  I think they are so pretty.  I also love how they paired them with sentiments so they can be used in alternate ways.   

I'm in a penpal group and I thought that I would make each of my friends a card that showcases their first initials (don't worry they should have already received them by this posting).  

I letter pressed each letter and then used perfect pearls to color the flowers yellow.  They have a real soft shine to them. I used diamond dots to accent the center of the flowers. I felt like they needed some extra shine.  I'm not sure I'm in love with the black but I tried silver and gold and wasn't sold on those either.  I'll have to keep working on it.  

I hope the girls love their cards. I really enjoyed making them for our team.   Do you guys have penpals? How long have you been writing? 






Thursday, February 15, 2024

All of the Hearts

Hello! 

Taylored Exressions had a great Valentine's release this year.   One of my favorites is this hanging string.  You can hand whatever you like from the string.  My mind just went wild with ideas.    Obviously the best place to start for Valentine's Day is hearts.  I used the new textured heart dies to create a bunch of hearts and placed them on the strings.  It is a simple but elegant card for the season. 

 Materials:

Copics are listed at the bottom of post
Glossy Accents-- great post as of posting



No copics today

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Diving Deeper

 Happy Valentine's Day, 

This card has been sitting on my desk since the summer.  I made this card with a kit from Spellbinders. You can see the card here.   I love the bottle card, but I wanted to make a simpler version of the card.  I tried to put together a few elements to make the cards below.    I did get stuck on the design for a bit... I couldn't figure out how to dress up the embossing folder.  It just felt flat.   In the end I went with ink blending a dark blue ink on the bottom and splattering some ink to create bubbles.  I think that made all the difference.  I love that when I have time, I can pull out the full kit and have a die cutting party.  When I'm short on time I can make this version.  

As always, I love to know what you think!





No copics today

Monday, February 12, 2024

Tilda has a Heart

 Hello!

Don't worry,  taking a little break from gnomes if you are all gnomed-out.   I went back to an old favorite; Tilda.   The card sketch was inspired by Lori B.  in the Brockport class.  She had a gnome on her card. I thought this would be the perfect backdrop for Tilda.   Do you like her better in red or pink?





Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Red: R29, R24, R14 or R377, R35, R32
Hair: E23, E25, E27 or E43, E44, E47
Pink: RV55, RV52, RV10
Blue: B91, B93, B95, B97
Gray: W3. W1, W0
Shoes: C3, C1, C0 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Glazed Donuts

 Hello!

I have a funny birthday card to share with you today.  I found this fun donut designer paper at Hobby Lobby. I was determined to make something with it.   I found this handsome police office gnome and sentiment from Technique Junkies. 

Materials:

Stamps:
Stamping Bella- police gnome
Glazed Donut Sentiment -  Use code TJ10Chris to save 10%
Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up and Hobby Lobby

Other:
Copics are listed at the bottom of post
Glossy Accents-- great post as of posting




Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B12, B14, B16, B18
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Gray: W3. W1, W0
Donut:E53, E51- with Glossy accents and fine glitter sprinkled on it. 
Pink frosting on Donut- RV55, RV52
Beard and white: C3, C1, C0 or YR31, YR30, and Y23


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Margarita

Hello all! 

I love making shaker cards.  I think all the moving bits just adds an element of fun.   I used a die set from Picket Fence stamps.  This die made it it really easy to create the glass.  I filled it with two different colors of glass beads.  The top of the glass has chunky white glitter glued to the top.  I thought it kind of looked like salt.  What makes this card special is the sentiment.   Have you ever wondered if there is a margarita out there thinking of you? 

Materials:

STAMPS and Dies:
Margarita Sentiment use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:

Blending Brushes: https://amzn.to/3rkTBD4   

Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Copics  are listed below (if used)


Other:




No copics today

Monday, February 5, 2024

Love Like Gnome Other

Greeting, 

I can't believe that Valentine's Day is just 9 days away.   I've been feverishly making Valentine's day cards.  This guy is just so sweet with this heart shaped flowers.   I used Glossy Accents on the flowers.  This is a detail that doesn't really show up in the photos, but it is makes a big impact on the finished card in real life.  It gives the cards a shine that is just stunning. 

 Materials:

Stamps:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Other:
Copics are listed at the bottom of post
Glossy Accents-- great post as of posting

Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B12, B14, B16, B18
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Shoes: , E71, E74, E77
Green: Y17, Y13, Y11
Ground:  W5, W3, W2, W0
Red: R29, R24, R14
Beard and white: C3, C1, C0

Sunday, February 4, 2024

You make me so

Hello all, 

I'm still working my way through my gnome series.  This card was inspired by a MFT card designer.  This is my take on it.   I wanted to switch up the gnome style a little bit today. This gnome is from My favorite things.   He is currently out of stock, but they bring him back often.    To create this card you will want to do all of your coloring first.   Then I layered the blue letters off set on top of the black letters.  I used a thin foam tape to pop up the letters to give the card some dimension.    I hope you love this one!

 Materials:

Stamps:
Gnome- My Favorite Things

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Other:
Copics are listed at the bottom of post

Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B91, B93, B95
Shoes: , E35, E37
Brown E23, E25, E27
Green: G46, G43, G41
Ground:  W3, W2, W0
Red: R29, R24, R14
Beard and white: C3, C1, C0

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Cheers and Beers

 Hello!

I've got another fun gnome to share with you today.  This guy is just so perfect for masculine cards.  I can see making a bunch of these for Father's day this year.    I think he looks quite proud of himself sitting in this mug!  

On the foam in the mug I used some pearl drops that I bought at Michaels to give some shine.  I didn't put them on thick.  Just little swipes of it here and there to add texture. 

Materials:

Copics are listed at the bottom of post




Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
foam: Y21 and W1
Beer: YR24, YR23, YR21, Y15, Y13
Hat:  B95, B93, B91 and W1, W0 on band
Red: R37, R35
Beard: C3, C1, C0

Friday, February 2, 2024

A True Treasure

 Hello! 

I loved the idea of this gnome popping in on someone looking at this vintage map.  It just seemed like a pirate-y thing to do.   I'm still loving these playful gnomes.  Their antics are just so fun. 

To finish this card off I used some chocolate brown ink to sponge the edge of the card.  I thought it aged the map a bit.   

Materials:

Copics are listed at the bottom of post



Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B16, B14, B12
Green: YG13, YG11
Orange: YR04, YR02
Metal: W5, W3, W1
Hat:  W9, W7, W5, 
Red: R39, R37, R35, R32
Beard: C3, C1, C0

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Lick the Spoon

 Hello! 

This guy is making me hungry! That cupcake looks delicious.  We colored this guy up as part of our Zoom class this month.  I was so proud of how adorable everyone's gnomes turned out!  

Materials:

Stamps:
Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Other:
Copics are listed at the bottom of post

Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B16, B14, B12
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Shoes: E71. E74, E77
Icing: E50, E53
Chocolate: E23, E25, E27
Hat:  W3, W2, W0
Red: R37, R35
Beard: C3, C1, C0

This bottom one was colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol


Sisters

Hello!

It is another month and time for a new Technique Junkies release. This release is full of humor. I have a sister and could immediately could relate to this stamp. I love my sister, but we drive each other nuts.

I wanted to create a modern look for this card. I stenciled a square, off center to create a focal point for the card. I placed the elements on either side to balance off the design.

I hope you will stop by and check out all the other talented designers (linked below). All the stamps are on sale until the 8th. There are some great images and sentiments to add to your collection.

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Copics  are listed below


Other:



Inside of the card sentiment is below

No copics today!


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










This is the entire February release:



 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

On Par

 Hello all, 

I've been trying to write this blog post for days... every time I sit down the phone rings, or a toddler beckons.   For those of you who have been waiting patiently for this I thank you!  I wish my life was a little calmer, but I'm trying to embrace the chaos.   

This is one of my favorites of the gnome series.  I have no clue why.  I don't really enjoy golf but this guy is just so stinkin' cute.    I colored this up two versions.  Which color combo do you like better?

Materials:

Stamps:
Embossing folder is from Stampin Up
Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up


Other:
Copics are listed at the bottom of post

Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B06, B02, B01
Dk. Blue: B37, B34, B32
Lt. Blue: B00
White: W2, W0
Red: R37, R35
Beard: C3, C1, C0
Golf Club: C7, C5, C3

Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B06, B02, B01
Dk. Blue: B37, B34, B32
Orange: YR02, YR04, YR07,
White: W2, W0
Red: R37, R35
Beard: C3, C1, C0
Golf Club: C7, C5, C3

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

What Little Girls are Made of...

 Hello! 

I love this new stamp "What Little Girls Are Made of".  My dad had two girls but he was determined that we were going to be able to take care of ourselves.  He used to wrestle with us, teach us to use power tools, and change the oil in our cars.  He said we could be anything but fragile.   At the time, I didn't really think anything of it, but now as a grown woman I appreciate all the things I can do.  Mostly, I'm thankful that I'm not afraid to try.  I'm glad the words we use to describe women are changing.   Look out world... a new generation of strong, talented, and confident women are on the way... 

Materials:

STAMPS: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%:

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up

Ink:
Versa clair: Amazon
Memento Ink: Amazon or Scrapbook
Copics  are listed below


Other:
Frame die is by Our Daily Bread



Copics used::Click here for the best  Copic prices
Skin: E34, E13, E11, RV34
Hair: E44
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11

Monday, January 22, 2024

Bee my Gnomie

 Hello, 

I can't believe how fast Valentine's day is creepin' up.   Can we vote and push that back a month?  I'm not going to lie.  I still have Christmas stamps on my desk.  I'm trying to wrap up unfinished projects.    The probably will finish themselves up, right?   

Well to take my mind off of the mess, I decided to create a new one.   My friend (Kimberly) and I noticed that all of sudden bees are everywhere.   Bees seem to be a trending for Valentine's day.  How could I not jump on the band wagon.  I have planned out a few different bee cards to share with you before Feb 14th!  My first card features a gnomie from Unity.  This little bee keeper is enjoying a sweet treat.  I colored the pots in 3 different colors.   Do you have a favorite?    Did you know at the bottom every blog post, I share all my copic colors if I used them?

Materials:

Stamps:
Sentiments from Honeybee stamps
Dies:
Hexagon cover plate - very similar to what I used. 

Paper:
paper from Stampin' Up
Yellow polka dot purchased at Hobby Lobby

Other:
Inka Gold to add some shine to a few of the honeycombs.  They no longer make Inka Gold... it is called Solar paste.  Same thing
Copics are listed at the bottom of post

I wasn't really sure where I was going from here.... but I kept on the bee theme.  Here is how they turned out.  I made 10 cards in total.  


Close up of the Inka Gold-  just adds a shine.  Solar paste will do something very similar






Copic colors used: Click here for the best  Copic prices

Skin: E000, E00, E11
Blue: B12, B14, B16, B18, W6
Teal: BG72, BG75, BG78
Red: R29, R24, R14, W6
Shoes: E70, E71, E74, E77
Beard: W3, W1, W0
Wings: B60
Bee: Y15
Hive: E13, YR24, YR21, Y35 (I played around with this as I kept coloring.. this was my favorite combo)
I also used Y38, Y35, Y32
Honey: Y23, Y21