Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Fun!

In honor of Memorial Day and the unofficial start of Summer, I decided to use a red, white, and blue color combo for this project.  The digi image is Sugarplum Polka-Dot Emma by C.C. Designs.

Here's a close-up of the sentiment using SP & Company's Summer Fun Sentiments stamp set.  Pop dots also add dimension to the card.

Copics: E25/E31/E50; E00/E11/E13; B99/B97/B93/B91; R29/R27/R24
Paper: Navy blue card base; Red print from My Mind's Eye; Cryogen White
Embellishments/Accents: Red Ribbon; White Gel Pen
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Under the Weather

Here's another design for my greeting card assortment... a get well card, using the My Creative Time, I'm Here for You Rain or Shine stamp set.  I love how it includes various size rain drops and such an assortment of sentiments.  The one I chose for this card says, "Sorry to hear you're under the weather."

Copics: BG0000 (raindrops); BG72/BG75/BG78; R81/R83/R85; Y000/Y11/Y13; C5 (umbrella handle)
Stamps: I'm Here for You Rain or Shine (My Creative Time)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Textured Cardstock; Print from Echo Park "Here and Now"

Treasure Friendship

I may have mentioned this before, but I'm building up an assortment of greeting cards for my Mother-In-Law.  She lives in Canada and we're visiting again in early July so that is my deadline for getting this set done.

I'm also taking a Color Me Creative Classroom Beginner Copics class and I used this stamp from The Greeting Farm for my hair coloring homework.  I thought it turned out well considering it was my first attempt.  I feel like the clothes and skin tone came out much better.  My daughter decided what colors to use.  I love how the pink border with white gel pen stitch marks frames out the image.  I really like how simple this card is --- the main focus is clearly on the image.

Copics: E31/E35/YR20; E00/E11/R20; R81/R83/R85; Y11/Y13/Y15
Stamps: Miss Anya Dressy (The Greeting Farm); Sentiment from Gill Roberts Collection, Friends Forever (SP & Company)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Curious Skin Pink; Cryogen White; Kraft card base
Embellishments: Lemon & Lollipop Twine

Friday, May 24, 2013

The More Candles...

My inspiration for this card came from the SP Color Combo #142 Challenge.  I'm also entering it in two more challenges: CMC Anything Goes Challenge #68 and MarkerPop's Party Time Challenge #23

I just love this color combination!  It's perfect for a birthday card and it gave me an opportunity to practice my Copic coloring technique.

When I chose to use the sentiment from the SP&Co Bold Sentiments III - Birthdays set, I knew the main image of the card had to be candles... and lots of them!

The candles are from a stamp set I had in my stash.  The candles and sentiment are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

There wasn't enough room to put two rows of candles without cutting off the image so I had to stagger them slightly.  To fill the void, I added stars from the SP&Co Ornamental Trees set, stamped in SP In Color Ocean Waves and Avocado Green (hint hint... see color combo above), and Versa Magic Sea Breeze chalk inks.

I used the following Copics to color in the candles: Y11/13/15; BG10/11/32; R81/83/85; YG03/25; and V12/15/17.

To give the card dimension, I raised the sentiment layer with pop dots and added two SP In Color buttons in ocean waves and flamingo pink.  White gel pen stitch marks finish out the card.

I really like how this card turned out.  It's cheerful and happy, no matter what the age.  Here's another close up...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Just In Time for Mother's Day

It has been quite busy the last two weeks and I am way overdue on publishing this post.  Two weeks ago this Friday, my sister had her baby five weeks early.  Blake Walter came into this world weighing a hefty 6 pounds, 8 ounces... a great size for being a preemie.  It took everyone by surprise and it made this past Mother's Day extra special for everyone in my family.  My sister became a mother, my mom and dad celebrated the addition of another grandson, and I became an Auntie.


Isn't he a cutie?  Everyone is doing really well.  The night Blake was born, my Mom and I went back to my sister's house and spent the next morning getting their house ready for their arrival.  They did not expect to have the baby so soon so they didn't even bring the car seat with them to the hospital... it was still in the box from the baby shower!  I surprised them with this "Welcome Home" message on the chalkboard wall in their kitchen.

I somehow managed to get two Mother's Day cards done that same weekend, although the one for my sister was sent a day or two later.  Can you figure out which card was for her?


I used mostly Echo Park paper from my SP & Company monthly kits and the All Around Everything and Accessories stamp sets (and coordinating die tools) from My Creative Time.  The ribbon was in my "Moving Box" of supplies from SP & Company.  I used Memento dye ink in Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, and Bamboo Green.  I colored the flower with Copics and used the Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop for the scallop border.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sharpies & Smarties Teacher Gifts

To recognize the good work of my kids' pre-school teachers, we created handmade gift jars for teacher appreciation week.  I originally saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I would have to make them.

I filled pint-size mason jars with Smarties candies and then tied two Sharpie markers to each lid with ribbon.  The label on the front reads, "Thank you for helping us become "Sharpies" and "Smarties" this year."

To personalize each gift, I also made tags using the Spellbinders Labels Eight and twine.  I added a "Many Thanks" stamp and colored the pencil with Copics.

I also added Waterfall stickles to add a little sparkle to the heart on the pencil.

Dies: Spellbinders Labels Eight, My Creative Time Scalloped and Stitched Circle Die
My Creative Time Stamps: All Around Everything & Accessories Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Copics: Y11, Y13, Y15, R81, R83, R85, E50, E53, B24, C3, C5

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Swinging By to Say Hi

This weekend, my husband took the kids to Canada to visit his parents and relatives.  It's the end of the Spring semester and Commencement is next weekend so I couldn't miss time off from work.  I took the opportunity to sleep in on the weekend, catch up on my TV shows, and I also had LOTS of time to get crafty!

I mostly worked on my Beginner Copics class through Color Me Creative Classroom. Today however, I did create a card using the new Swinging Girl stamp from the Gill Roberts Collection at SP & Company.

After first stamping/coloring my image, I then picked out the cardstock colors and decided on a layout that would work.  I used the clouds from the Sunshine Emma die tools set to give the card dimension.  For the cloud on the right, I used the die to cut a cloud in the blue layer.  The top layer on that cloud is raised with pop dots.  The other cloud was also made using the die tools, but the bottom layer is laying on top of the stamped image.  The top white layer is raised with pop dots too.  If I had more room on the card, I probably would have added at least another cloud to the layout.

In the photos below, you can see the dimension and also note that the white cloud layers are embossed with polka dots.

To add interest, I added stickles to the butterfly, bumblebee, flowers, and leaves as well as white gel pen stitch marks to frame out the image.  At the very end after I put the entire card together, I managed to squeeze in the sentiment on the front of the card.  At first I thought I would have to put it on the inside but it's nice to be able to include it on the card front.

Ranger Stickles: Yellow, Orange Peel, Lavendar, Eucalyptus
Paper: Cryogen White; Colorbok Textured Cardstock "Earthtone Cool"
Cuttlebug: Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Skin: E00, E11, R20
Hair: E50, E53, E57
Shirt/Shoes/Headband: V12, V15, V17
Shorts: B91, B93, B97
Grass: G21, G24
Flowers: YR16, YR 68, Y21, Y23, Y38, V12, V15, V17
Butterfly/Bumblebee: Y11, Y13

This week, I'm entering this card in the SP & Co. Trends Challenge using Dies or Punches and the MarkerPop Challenge #22: May Flowers.  Wish me luck!!

UPDATE 5/20/2013: My card was chosen as one of the "Top 3 Picks" for the MarkerPop challenge!!  I'm proudly wearing my badge (to the right -->)!

Friday, May 3, 2013

An Appreciation for Teachers & Educators

My former co-workers at the School of Education at the College of William and Mary kindly invited me to attend a celebratory lunch yesterday for the Dean (and my former supervisor) who is stepping down from the deanship this academic year.  They asked me to create this card for everyone to sign.  Not only was I more than happy to do it, but it was nice making this card in honor of her to share in our appreciation for everything she has done for the School of Education.  She is truly a remarkable person!

I thought the paper was too cute with the owl sitting there on the branch of the apple tree full of letters.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out --- with the banners and the color combination.

Not only was this card perfect for this particular occasion, but it could easily work well for other teachers and educators out there.  Coincidentally, next week also happens to be Teacher Appreciation Week!

Here's another close-up:

Entered in the SP & Company Trends Challenge: Using Dies and Punches

SP & Company: Big Build a Banner 2, the Timeless Typewriter Alphabet, & Just a Note stamp sets, Big Build a Banner 2 Die ToolsClown Fish Button
Memento - Tuxedo Black, Dew Drop - Tangelo Inks
Other: Green Satin Ribbon and White Gel Pen