Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to You!!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas today!
My card today for One Crazy Stamper celebrates this wonderful season of family celebration.

The image is from Stampendous and is entitled Winter Birds.  I have colored the image with Copics, then added Liquid Applique to the branches of the tree, and several sizes of snowflake dies (Memory Box and Joy Craft) covered with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel to add glimmer.
Card Recipe
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Greens - G94, G99
Beaks - YR23, YR24, YR27
Branch - E35, E39
Birds - E30, E31, E34, E43, E44, E47
Reds - R24, R29, R39
Blues - B23, B24, B26
Enjoy the day with family and friends!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Colour Your World

Welcome to my Thursday post for One Crazy Stamper, and today I have a quick and simple tutorial to share with you using your Copic Markers.  Back when I first started my Copic addiction I remember someone telling me that you could use the markers to add color to photographs, so today I played and LOVE the finished result.  Amazingly easy to do and the results are gorgeous.  Here's the before and after photos.
The photos were printed on pearl (matt) paper.  Start with lighter colors - you can always add a darker color after.  The colors do not blend so just start light.

Adding more colors.

The above photo is the finished product, while the below photo shows the original with no retouches.

Below is the same photo printed in full color.


Now that I have tried this technique I think I can see more black and white photos in my future!  Love the finished look that highlights just the items that are important in a photo and it was so quick and easy to achieve.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Countdown has begun

So today I have something a little different to show you for my One Crazy Stamper blog post - this is one of three advent calendars that I completed last month for friends and family.  I apologize for the poor quality photo, but I needed to get this one delivered before the end of November so that it could be mailed out, and as usual I didn't finish it until the last moment.

The base of the calendar is an older Kaisercraft kit, that you assemble and then decorate with your choice of paper, ink and embellishments.  After painting all of the pieces I choose dp from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas collection to decorate all of the boxes and the sides of the calendar.  All of the edges were inked with  Versafine Vintage Sepia, then the fun began.  I used a mix of embellishments to decorate the individual boxes including ribbon, brads, charms, buttons, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Countdown Charms, while the center scene was built with Tim Holtz bottle brush trees, and a bird bath ornament.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let It Snow Greetings

Hard to believe but there are only 20 days left before Christmas arrives, and I don't know about you but I am not even close to being prepared.  Somewhere I need to find more time in the days!  I did finally get the chance to color and today's card is the final result.

My card features another adorable image from High Hopes stamps entitled Hope For Peace Snowy that I have colored with Copics.  Lately I have been seeing cards on Pinterest and blogs that show the image with white lines, so after I finished coloring the image, I took a Sakura white glaze pen and traced over all of the black lines - the finished result really gives a different look to the image.  The image was fussy cut, then adhered to the card front along with the sentiment that is a beautiful Tattered Lace die Liquid applique adds detail to the snow around the snowman base, and glitter added to the snowflakes of the sentiment add another element.  Dp is from Simple Stories.
Card Recipe
Snowman - BG0000, Y0000, R0000, Colorless Blender
Reds - R27, R29, R39
Greens - G21, G24, G28
Nose - YR04, YR07
Blues - B21, B24, B26
Hat - T6, T8, T10
Scarf - YR23, YR24, YR27
Make sure to hop on over to the One Crazy Stamper blog and check out the rest of the design teams wonderful creations and then get creative and enter the challenge to win a fabulous prize from One Crazy Stamper.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Snowlady Greetings

Welcome to the first day of the last month of 2014, and to welcome in the new month it is time to show a card for this month's challenge at One Crazy Stamper.  The theme this month is ANYTHING GOES and I have stamped up a cute High Hopes image entitled Snow Sweet Snowlady.

The image is colored with Copics and then I have added Judikins Diamond Glaze to the candy buttons for dimension, as well as added gold pearls with a Viva Décor pearl pen.  After fussy cutting the image I popped it up using 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesive on the card front made from dp and ribbon from my stash.  The sentiment is also from High Hopes.
Card Recipe
Snowlady - BG000, E40, BG000
Nose - YR04, YR09
Hat - E30, E31, E34
Greens - G40, G43, G46
Reds - R29, R59
Bird - BG000, BG10, BG11
Beak, Feet - Y19, YR09

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jolly Santa Hugs

Well, the weather outside is frightful, so the time to craft is delightful, and create I did - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!!  We are in the middle of a major blizzard here in Alberta ( and I do mean all of Alberta!!!! ), major snowfalls, extreme winds and sooooooo cold ( with the wind chill it has been hovering around -36C all day ).  Brrrrrrr!!! Time for an adorable card to warm us up.

This is a delightful image from Penny Black that I stamped on watercolor paper and then painted with inks from Tim Holtz distress reinkers.  The die is from Memory Box, and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Very Busy Guy

What - no Christmas card today!!  Nope, I decided to showcase a non holiday card today for One Crazy Stamper.

My cards today showcase a great image for that special guy in your life - it's Stamping Bella's Uptown Guy Calvin Loves Computers.  I stamped the image on Copic Xpress It cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copics.  The sentiment comes with the image, and the dp is from my stash.
Card Recipe
Skin - E01, E11, E13
Book Pages - E40, E42
Clock Face - B0000, 000 /Trim - C7
Blues - B24, B26, B28
Reds - R29
Yellows - Y13, Y19
Greens - G07, G28
Desk - E44, E47, E49
Hair - E07, E09, E19
Computer - C2, C5, C7
Shirt - B21, B23, B24

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jingle Bell Pup

 Okay it seems that this month I am on a jingle bell theme, so in keeping with that theme here is my card.  Today I have colored the High Hopes image Jingle Pup with my Copics, then fussy cut it and mounted it on dp from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas  Basics collection.  The jingle bell die is from Memory Box and the sentiment is from my stash.  
Card Recipe
Greens - BG93, BG96, BG99
Face - E40, E42, E43
Body - E44, E47, E49
Golds - Y21, Y23, Y26
Reds - R56, R59, RV99
Boots - W6, W8, W10
Silver Sakura Metallic pen

Here's the same image and paper, just moved the die and sentiment.

Check out the rest of the design teams wonderful projects over at One Crazy Stamper.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jingle Penguins

Have I mentioned that I simply adore penguins, and as soon as I see a new image featuring these adorable critters I just have to add it to my collection.  Well guess what?!!!!  Stamping Bella recently announced their newest images and one of them just happens to have my favorites - this is Christmas Penguins!!!  So cute, you can just imagine them strutting their stuff to some Christmas music.

Here's another angle of the card so that you can see the acrylic.
For my One Crazy Stamper card today, I have colored the Penguins with my Copics, then fussy cut them and adhered them to the front of an acrylic and cardstock card.  The inside of the card features dp from Carta Bella's All Bundled Up collection, the twine is from my stash and the bells are from Marianne Designs.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mr & Mrs

Where do the hours of the day disappear to - I fully intended to post this earlier today, but I was having to much fun painting the kits for three advent calendars!!  Almost finished the painting, so tomorrow will be spent cutting paper to wrap the drawers, and then on to the embellishing of the entire kits.  I will post photos when I get them all finished, but for today I have a beautiful version of one of my favorite Lili of the Valley images.  

I have colored the image with Copics, then matted and mounted it on papers that have been inked with Antique Linen distress ink.  A gorgeous Memory Box heart die with added Prima flowers and glitter enhances the card front, and a simple sentiment completes the card.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Merry Christmas Savanna

Welcome to my first weekly post for One Crazy Stamper and since Christmas is fast approaching, my card today is the first of many Christmas cards to come.

This gorgeous image is from Stamping Bella and is entitled Savannah Has a Star, and I have colored her with Copics, then used a Sakura white glaze pen, a gold metallic pen, and some clear Smooch to add glitter and shine to details on the image.  After fussy cutting the image I mounted in on the card front that features the Memory Box Snowflake Arch, the Impression Obsession Merry Christmas sentiment, and dp from my stash.
Card Recipe
Skin - E00, E01, E11, R20
Reds - R29, R39, R59
Greens - YG95, YG97, YG99
Yellows - Y15, Y17, Y35
Champagne - Y23
Glass - B0000
Hair - YR23, YR24, E59, E09
Hop on over to the One Crazy Stamper blog to check out the other wonderful projects from the design team, and then check out the online store here.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Santa Stops Here

The snow has finally stopped today, leaving a white glistening blanket everywhere, which has put everyone is the festive mood already!  Hard to believe that it was a beautiful +10 on Halloween, but now the push is on to get those Christmas cards made and ready to send out.

This sweet image is from Lili of the Valley - I have colored it with Copics ( using the terry cloth technique to get the realistic fur ), then matted it on the card front that features paper from my stash (meaning it's an oldie from Making Memories).  Some ribbon, Polar White Flower soft, white liquid applique, and the Merry die cut finish off the card.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I'm Back!!!!!!

It's official, as of today I am back on the One Crazy Stamper design team, so every Thursday I will be posting a creation featuring products from the store - if you haven't checked it out yet head on over to the online store here, or if you are fortunate enough to live in the Bolton, Ontario area you can get your fix at the retail store. The challenge theme this month is "Anything Goes".  You can use any stamp except for digital images.  You have all month to join in the fun for a chance to win a fabulous prize from OCS.

For today's post my card features an adorable image from High Hopes Rubber Stamps entitled "Frosty's Friends, which I have colored with Copics, then added Polar White Flower Soft to the hat's pompom, and white Liquid Applique to the snow.  The dp and twine are from Doodlebug's Frosty Friends collection, while the sentiment and snowflakes are from my stash.
Card Recipe
Coat - B23, 24, 26
Scarf - V12, 15, 17
Reds - R24, 27, 29, 89
Nest/Mug - E55, 57, 59
Hot Cocoa - E47
Inside of Mouth - C1
Snowman - BG000, Y0000, Colorless Blender
Beaks - Y19
Tongue - R20
Marshmallow - B0000

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Holiday Cheer

It's time to show off another companies gorgeous image, and the image today is from Sugar Nellie.  I have colored the image with Copics, used Smooch over the wings to add glimmer ( which does not show in this photo ), then added touches of blue glimmer with a Sakura Metallic Gel pen, before using a Spellbinder die to cut the image and the surrounding mat.  The dp is from Simple Stories Handmade Holiday collection, the corner snowflake die is from Memory Box, and the sentiment and frame are from Whimsy Stamp.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holiday Greetings

Once again my card features an adorable image from last year's Lili of the Valley's Christmas release.  Image was colored with Copics, snowflakes have Stickles to add glitter and the penguins hat trim is soft and fluffy with the addition of Polar White Flower Soft.  The dp is from Carta Bella All Bundled Up collection and the sentiment is from my stash.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

Today's card features another Lili of the Valley image from last year's Christmas releases - and yes it does have an adorable penguin!!  I have colored the image with Copics, added Stickles to the snow, then mounted the matted image on dp from Carta Bella's All Bundled Up collection.  A couple of Memory Box dies and a Lili of the Valley sentiment complete the card.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Skating Penguin

Another day, another penguin, but this time it's an adorable image from Wild Rose Studios by the name of Pickles.  I have used Distress Inks to color this cutie then cut it out and matted it with a Spellbinder die.  The edge of the mat was highlighted with Stickles, and then placed on dp from my stash.  The gorgeous dies are from Memory Box, and the sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Silent Night

Another gorgeous Lili of the Valley image for my card today.  I have colored her with Copics and added some depth with Prismacolor pencils, then double matted the image before placing it on dp from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas collection.  A Lili of the Valley sentiment and a beautiful Memory Box die complete the card.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Under the Umbrella

Switching up today by not posting a Christmas themed card, instead I have this stunning card featuring the Stamping Bella image "Uptown Couple Emily and Ryan Under the Umbrella".  The image was colored with Copic sketch markers then matted and placed on a card from featuring paper from Prima. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Frosty Fun

Be prepared to see lots of penguins in my next few posts - this little cutie is another Lili of the Valley from last year's release that I just never had the chance to color, but here it is now!!

After coloring the image with Copics and putting Stickles on the snow drops, I cut the image out with a Spellbinder die and mounted in on paper from Carta Bella All Bundled Up collection.  The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps, snowflake die is from Memory Box, and the ribbon is from my stash.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Snowman builders

  Anyone who knows me knows that I adore penguin images, so when Lili of the Valley recently came out with some new images featuring my favorite little birds I just had to order them.  This sweet image is entitled "Penguin Pals" and I have colored it with non traditional colors using my Copic markers.

The image was cut out with a Spellbinder die, then mounted on paper from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas collection.  Ribbon from my stash and Stickles covered snowflakes help finish off the card, while the sentiment is also from the Simple Stories collection.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blue Christmas

Wow, it has been awhile since my last post - school is now finished and I finally have some time to get back to coloring and creating.  Truth be told though, the card today is one that I completed earlier this year just haven't posted it until now.  But I have finally returned to my craft room, so expect to see more creations from me in the future.

I love monochromatic color schemes and pair that with a gorgeous Sugar Nellie image, you get a wonderful Christmas card.  The image entitled "More Hands Make Light Work" has been colored with Copics, then cut out and matted with a Spellbinder die.  The dp is from Carta Bella, and the funky parenthesis are a Simon Says exclusive Memory Box die.  The sentiment and snowflake die around it are from Whimsy Stamps.