Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Button Bear is in da hauuuuse!

Oh gosh Emma has done it again with her adorable Buggy Designs Button Bear!!! Here he is on my card, wearing his hat and mittens from the winter accessories die (sold separately) and holding a snowflake from the Winter Wonderland release.

I've used liquid embroidery around the hat and mittens and for the pompom on top. I love that stuff! It looks just like a soft fluffy trim, doesn't it. :)

For this mini book I used the Winter Wishes Gift Set, snowflakes, and the English Rose alphabet.

This keyring mini book is perfect for grandma's purse with pics of the grandkids.
Trading size pics fit great in this one. It's the smallest of the four sizes in the set.
I hope you're staying warm where you are. We are definitely in for a white winter in our area. It's beautiful but it's sure cold! ;) Thanks for stopping today.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Today I'm sharing a card I made a while back ... before we actually had snow. We are covered in white now with snow in the forecast every day for the rest of the week. Apparently up to 7 more inches by tomorrow. Wanna come over and play? I'm sure the skiers are ecstatic! {I'm NOT a skier, just to be clear. ;) }

I used the Cottage Cutz skiing penguin for this card. For the snow, I used the water from the otter die and the message tag is a nesting bracket by Spellbinders.

I embellished with ink and fabric paint, then cut a shadow all around the image after it was all put together. Isn't he adorable!

Stay warm, winter peeps! :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Blessings on Thanksgiving

1. a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity
2. the property of being extremely abundant

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving abundant with blessings.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beautiful Dancer Fairy composition book

This month I've had the pleasure of working with the Beautiful Dancer fairy stamp by Amy Brown, from Queen Kat Designs, http://www.katstamps.com/ I've used her here on this altered composition book. She's so beautiful in shades of pink. Her dress looks yellow in the photo, but it's actually green. In addition to copics, I've also used stickles, glimmer mist and i-rock bling.

Other materials on this project include ribbon, lace, and prima flowers. The background paper is Making Memories, the measuring tape paper is Life's Journey, and the dictionary paper is from an old dictionary I picked up at the thrift store for a quarter.

To get the old, used look on the dictionary paper, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it, uncrumpled it then sprayed with glimmer mist; crumpled again then opened it up to dry. I helped it dry with a heat gun then gently rubbed an ink pad over the crumpled texture.

The beaded stick pin and dictionary paper flower are my own creations.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Party time

or パーティ時間 in Japanese! I'm sharing with you more of my new crafty love today - copic blending markers! When I saw this adorable (and free!!!) digi stamp, I knew I had to use her with the lanterns and branch.

In addition to copics, I've added texture with stickles. The Rev. 0158 lanterns hang from a branch from the 3-pc. branches border set.

This week, make a project with a die you haven't used in a while. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Happy birthday to Emmy, our last grandbaby, who, as of today, is no longer a baby. sniff, sniff! Sweet Emmy turned 3 today.

Coloring with copic markers and stickles. Free digi stamp (see links in sidebar).

Thanks for looking. :)

Beary special birthday

I know teddies are generally used for kids cards, but this guy is so cute I used it on this card for my friend, Connie. While she is definitely young at heart, she's not a little kid, but she liked him anyway. :) Teddy is a free digi stamp I found online (see blinkies on sidebar for free digi stamp links).

Balloons and flower are QuicKutz; present is also a QK die but I trimmed it quite a bit so teddy could hold it.

I printed a mini version of teddy for the inside message. Here he is holding the strawberry from the Buggy Designs build-a-cupcake die. The ovals are Spellbinders, message is computer generated, and the dots and hearts are actually cupcake sprinkles also from the cupcake die.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Get well

Bitten by the copic bug! Isn't he a sweet little guy, all cozy in his bed. See his rozy cheeks? Hope he feels better soon....and I hope he'll cheer up my friend who is still recovering from surgery.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Copic Coloring

Look at this sweet little girl! She was so much fun to color. I've used her on this card with the Spellbinders nesting ovals and scalloped ovals, Quickutz branches cookie cutter borders, and for the blossoms, the Tinker Fairy die by Tinker & Co.

I think I'm improving with my copic coloring and I'm sure enjoying it. For this one little image I used 16 colors, plus the colorless blender. And stickles. Her pretty kimono needed stickles. :) I added a pretty blossom to her hair because she's a girl and it's cute!
I'll have more copic projects to share this weekend. Sunday is Emmy's birthday and I'm working on a card for her, as well as another copic card, so be sure to stop back in for those. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Let it snow

Are you having cold weather where you live? Cold weather is here and, in my neck of the woods, that means snow will soon be here as well. Every year but one that I can remember we have had our first snow the week of Thanksgiving. Temps are indicating we could be right on schedule this year too, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. I love it..... from the warmth of my cozy little house, that is. LOL

So with snow not far off, I decided to use the cute snowman doll from the Scrapping Cottage-Peachy Keen collaboration release. He looks so cute on this bookmark I made for one of the grandgirls. I love the snowman's cute chubbyness and sweet little face. The scan isn't the best but you can see the full project this way.

I used my white pen to add snow to the trees, and topped it with Martha Stewart coarse crystal glitter. I used the glitter on the trim of his hat too. And for final touches, I used my copics to add a little more depth and shadow, and for his rozy cheeks!

Bookmarks are a quick and easy stocking stuffer, gift enclosure, or just a great way to use up scraps. Go on and give it a try. :) Thanks for checking out the studio today.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fairy Sparkle

Welcome to my first projects for Queen Kat Designs! I'm so honored to be part of this distinctive team. Thank you Vicki and crew for the fabulous opportunity. :)

For my first assignment, I was lucky enough to work with these beautiful fairy dies by Amy Brown. This first card is made with the Beautiful Dancer stamp. Isn't she amazing.

I colored her with copic markers and added stickles for extra fairyness. I love her.

Card #2 stamp is called Nature's Dreamer. She's so pensive, lost in thought on this leaf.

Again, she is colored with copic markers and sprinkled with stickles. I'm considering renaming all my stickles fairy sparkle....what do you think? :)

I added a touch of bling to the bow to match her star design stockings, with a sprinkle of stars below. Sort of looks like a charm hanging from the bow.

Thank you for stopping by the Studio today. You'll be seeing a lot more in the way of stamping and coloring in the future. Practice makes perfect, they say. I have no expectation of reaching perfection, but I'm hopeful I'll at least get better. LOL

For more gorgeous fairy designs and hundreds of other stamps and accessories, be sure to stop by Queen Kat Designs, http://www.katstamps.com/, and take a peek.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sweet little lovebug

This is Brielle, my great-niece. You may remember a couple of years ago I made all the invitations and favor boxes for my niece, Ali's, wedding. Well, this sweet little buggy is Ali and Tommy's sweet dolly. :) She looks so much like her mommy's baby pictures it's just amazing.

For this layout, I used the LC/QK Winter Wishes gift set, QK scallop border, and how could I possibly scrap this photo without using the scrapbuggy exclusive ladybug border die!!?! So I did. :)

Winter Wishes alphabet

Pocket and insert from Winter Wishes gift set.

I hope you've enjoyed meeting sweet Brielle. :) Thanks for visiting the studio today.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Learning to color all over again

I've gone and done it. Yep. Jumped into another addiction! Copics -- oh my. These awesome markers are way cool to color with but they do require a LOT of practice. I'm loving finding tutorials online and great blogs with tips and ideas to make your images look way better than my monkey, here. LOL It's really fun learning to make my images look better than my crayola pages in Gracie's coloring book, but I've got a long way to go, of this I am well aware!!!!

I found this digi image online today looking for something to color. He turned out cute enough for this card I think. I needed a man card so I used Man of the House papers by Bella Blvd, masculine colors for the monkey, and screw brads to add more guy-ishness. Dies I used are the QK Maddie Anne font, the diamonds are pieces from the large snowflake from the new QK release, and the mat dies are by Spellbinders.

At some point in the future if I get good at this, I'll try to remember to make note of the colors I use on the image. LOL

Many thanks to my friend, Molly, for the great tips and tricks necessary for this addiction, and without whose help I would still be thinking about stamping and coloring instead of finally actually doing it. XO, Molly!!! Your work is amazing. I'll try to make you proud. ;)