Monthly Archives: September 2014

Copic for Card Makers

occcopics1_3I am participating in the copic for card makers class.  I did not get much done last week, apart from watching all the videos, so this week I am doing a little bit of catch up.  There are some great ideas and techniques from each of the different teachers and I am learning a lot. COPIC_participantWe are actually up to day 7, which is coloring difficult colors, i.e. the reds, whites and blacks.  There are some really lovely print out sheets for the class as well…  here are a few of the ones I’ve managed to do today.  Sorry the pictures are not as bright as I had to take them in the artificial light rather than the natural light today…occcopics1_1This gorgeous ballerina – I was having a lot of trouble with the black ink bleeding as the lines on the image are very thick, but she’s a cutie!!occcopics1_2Red and white flowers – I tried a couple of different red combinations and also tried cool and warm greys for the shading on the white flower.    These are the ones I liked best.occcopics1_4Oh boy, were these fun to color – so cute!!  I did a couple of different backgrounds for them – this one is a fun speckled background – it looks like it is raining halloween candies.  The first dracula in my post has a super bright sunset background.

These next tags are lunchbox notes for my kids.  I purchased some lunchbox notes for them a while back and keep forgetting to put them in their lunches.  They had some little facts on them and a special note about how great they are, or a bit of a pick me up note.  The kids spotted them and would remind everyday not to forget their lunchbox note.  So, I thought I’d make some myself and used some basic coloring and blending that we’d been learning in class.  I also found a website with some fun facts for kids and I put these on an excel spreadsheet and printed them out.  I’ve stuck the facts on the back of the notes.

Notes for Jorja (my daughter)

Notes for Jorja (my daughter)

Notes for Xavier (my son)

Notes for Xavier (my son)

The facts on the back of the cards

The facts on the back of the cards

They got their first home made lunch box note today and they loved it!!

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Shiny Pink

fusionsept1_1This is my card for the Fusion challenge this time around.  This is the sketch and inspiration and I tried to combine the two.  Shiny Pink

fusionsept1_2I used some pink paper for the background and I used silver embossing powder for the sentiment and stars (from Mama Elephants Make a wish stamp set).  For the frame, I embossed a large square of paper with silver embossing powder and cut out the frame from the largest two dies in My Favorite Things Pierced Square Cutz.  The flower and the silver border under the frame is from Altenews Hennah Elements stamp.  I colored the flower with copics and covered it with glossy accents for that touch of shine from the inspiration photo.

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Paper Piecing

The challenge over at Mama Elephant is Paper Piecing and Thank You. PaperPiecing+ThankYouI made a few cards with paper piecing, some are thank you cards and others are not.

This next card I am entering in the Virgina’s View challenge which is to use your patterned papers.  watercolor9I’ve kept this card very clean and simple using black and white patterned paper for my frame and the letters and added a pop of color with the boy who is paper pieced.mesept1_5mesept1_7I used Mama Elephant Inline letters die for the thanks.  I cut it out 3 times with white card stock and once with colored/patterned paper and glued them together with tombow mono multi glue, so they really stand out.  The  little boy is from the In My Heart stamp set and was paper pieced.

Here are a couple of other cards I made. This is using the same In My Heart stamp and die cut, the bow is also a Mama Elephant die.  The cloud paper was from a studio calico kit and I thought it was just adorable. mesept1_1mesept1_2My last card uses the Up and Away stamp set.mesept1_3mesept1_4

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Lemon and Lime

altenewsept1_1I love the inspiration photo from the Altenew challenge, with the white, lime and lemon colors.from-the-craft-roomI  started by re-creating the distressed wallpaper background by painting on some lemongrass twinkling H20 watercolor paints.  It has a really beautiful shimmer to it, which is hard to capture in the photos, but it’s just lovely.

I used the Hennah elements Altenew stamp set and colored the flowers with copic markers.  I used the sentiment stamp from the set, but made my own banner and hand drew the black lines to ensure the banner stood out and tied in with the white and black leaves.  I have put a little white cotton behind the flowers and banner.altenewsept1_2And, before you go, I have to share a funny story with you.  My kids (6 and 8) were talking in the car on the way to school today about their special talents with school work.  Jorja (miss 6) said “Xavier, you are smarter than me”.  Xavier replied “Yes, I would be the smartest, if Mum wasn’t in our family”.  Hehehe, they crack me up.  I had to laugh, that was just the sweetest thing ever and poor Dad didn’t even get a look into that conversation and he’s the one with multiple degrees…

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and checking out my creation today…



I am so happy to be getting some time for crafting again.  We have just moved house and now I am so much closer to the kids school, to the gym, to everything, so I spend less time traveling and more time crafting. I’m loving it!!  I’ve been doing an online coloring course through Kit and Clowder and this was some of my “homework” for long hair coloring.  This image is “Poppy” from Tiddly Inks.  I based this card on the sketch at feeling SketchySKETCH

I thought I’d enter it in the the feeling sketchy challenge and the following challenges.

Maker Pop #51 which is anything goes

Cute card thursday which is rainbows as I used many different colors on the card – blues, green, yellow, pink, red – I’m just missing the purple, oh well…  (Oooopps, I just missed this one as I was having trouble with my Inlinkz – anyway, you can still check out the challenge!!)

Tiddly Inks Challenge which is Pop of color. I’ve used the reds, pinks and yellows and hey, there is some green in the leaf!!Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 1.22.45 PM

My card was colored with copic markers.  My background was done with twinkling H2O’s, a beautiful water color paint that has a really lovely shimmer to it.  mp51_2I like clean and simple cards, so I cut out a frame with some nesting rectangles in blue, then used some of my ever growing stash of patterned papers for the thanks, banners and the mat behind my coloring. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

Old door charm

fusionaug_1I got my inspiration for todays card from the Fusion challenge and the Inkspirational challenge #64.  I really like the fusion challenge and I try to fuse the two styles, but today I just loved the photo of the old door with the word “hope” inside, so I decided to do my own door style card with the word “love” and I based the colors on the inkspiration inspiration – blues and greens from the peacock and the ladies dress.Old Door Charm528af58819a0ea00c800837be1d45aecI started out by using my t-ruler to rule up where I wanted my die cut to go. This was the smallest nesting die from Lifestyle crafts nesting rounded squares.  Once I cut out all 6 squares, I distressed the “door” with SimonSaysStamp (SSS) fog ink and pumice stone distress ink for the touches of grey and stamped a few stars and swirls on the door.

I used Mama Elephant Inline letter dies for the letters.  I used, memento paris dusk on the “L”, peacock feathers distress ink on the “V”, evergreen bough distress ink on the “O” and salty ocean distress ink on the “E”.  The little girl is from the Mama Elephant In my heart set.  The “you” and the stars are both from a SSS die.

I also used a My Favorite Things brick stencil for a really subtle tumbled glass distress ink background (maybe it’s a little too subtle as it’s hard to see in the photo)…fusionaug_2I am also putting this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is anything goes.  Thanks for stopping by.