Sunday, March 29, 2015

MarkerPop Guest Designer - Week #2

Hi, everyone! It's exciting to be back again this week as a guest designer for MarkerPop. This card definitely gave me Spring Fever, featuring the Spring Fling and Bee Mine stamps and dies from Paper Smooches.

The spring icons are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Cryogen White cardstock, colored with Copics, and then cut with the coordinating dies. I used my Spellbinders A2 Curved Border dies to make the rolling hills out of green cardstock. The top layer is mounted with foam tape to give the card dimension. The flowers and bumble bees are secured with micro glue dots.

Copics Used:

Flowers: YG-25/17/67, B-02/04/06, Y-19/38/68, RV-13/14/17
Bees: Y-11/13/15
Hive: Y-15/19/38

The dashed loop-dee-loop behind the bee in flight is from the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamp set. To finish off the card, I added Glossy Accents to the bees' wings and to the little heart in the sentiment.

It was lots of fun putting this bright and cheerful card together for you. I want to give a big shout out to MarkerPop and to Valerie on the DT for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be featured on their blog these last two weeks. I'm still in shock that I was selected to be their very first guest designer for 2015. Thank you SOOOO much!!!

And I want to encourage all of my fellow crafters out there to give it a shot when MarkerPop puts out another guest designer call -- I can't wait to be inspired by all of that crafty goodness that awaits!!

If you would be so kind or interested in my work... please like me on Facebook or follow me on Pinterest. Thanks again for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered

Supply List:

Stamps: Paper Smooches Spring Fling, Bee Mine
Dies: Paper Smooches Spring Fling Icons, Bee Mine Icons, Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders
Copic Sketch Markers
Cardstock: Cryogen White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Glossy Accents
Adhesives: Foam Tape, Micro Glue Dots

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Guest Designer for MarkerPop!!

Hi, everyone!! I'm excited to share with you today some wonderful news I've been keeping hush hush for a while now... I've been selected as a guest designer for MarkerPop this month!! This is my first of two posts with the next one debuting one week from today.

My first card for MarkerPop uses the new Three Amigos stamp set from Mama Elephant. This set is SOOOO adorable and comes with so many mix-and-match sentiments.

I added a layer of pink cardstock to my Cryogen White card base and die cut two squares slightly off each edge using the MFT Dynamics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Square STAX. Before I adhered it to the card front, I penciled in where the squares would be and then stamped the two critters directly onto the white card base in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

After coloring the critters with Copics, I created two square frames using the same dies with pink foiled polka dot patterned cardstock from my stash. Check out that shimmer!! Also, the tiny little hearts on the congrats sign came from the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamp set.

Copics Used: C-1/3/5/7 and E-21/23/25/27

To finish off the card, I added a baby bow to each frame and coated them with Wink of Stella - Clear.  A few assorted sequins topped with glossy accents round out opposite corners.

MarkerPop is also home to bi-weekly challenges and today's the last day to submit entries for the current Anything Goes challenge. You have until Noon CST today to enter this challenge before a new one begins on Monday.

I do hope my card has inspired you to get crafty today. It's been fun sharing some of my MarkerPop goodies with you and I look forward to featuring another card next week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:

MarkerPop Challenge #64: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Lions & Lambs

MarkerPop Supply List:

Stamps: Three Amigos and Bear Hugs (ME)
Dies: MFT Dynamics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Square STAX (MFT) and Baby Bow (PS)
Other: Wink of Stella - ClearMemento Tuxedo Black Ink; Cryogen White Cardstock
Copics: C-1/3/5/7 and E-21/23/25/27

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hi, everyone! I hope you remembered to wear green today for St. Patrick's Day! Here are a few cards I made recently to celebrate the holiday.

I used my Heidi Swapp lattice stencil with white pigment ink layered with dye ink to create the awesome background piece. A fun technique to try thanks to this awesome tutorial by Jennifer McGuire. You should really give it a go sometime!!

Each card is different just by slightly adjusting where you place the stencil when you lay down the die ink over the pigment ink.


The sentiment and shamrocks are from the Lucky You stamp set by Verve. They have awesome stamp sets, sentiments, and style!

So in honor of St. Patrick's Day today and always… "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow."

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Viva la Verve Sketch - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi, everyone! I have a quick card to share with you today that I made over the weekend. I am entering it in the Viva la Verve Sketch challenge for March - Week #1.  Here is the sketch…

… that inspired my very first St. Patrick's Day card of the season. I purchased the Lucky You stamp set from Verve about a year ago and I finally got around to using it.  Hahaha!

I stacked the shamrocks with foam tape and added some green glitter with my spica gel pen and a few sequins to give the card some sparkle. Here's a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Super Hugs

Hi, everyone! Today I have another card to share that I made couple of weeks ago for a friend who is battling cancer using the Super Duo and Tiny Heroes sets from Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamp.

I just love the big red satin bow and the CAS design of this card.

I also stamped the coordinating envelope in a rainbow of colors.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Watercolor Wonder

Hi everyone! These last few weeks have been crazy with the back-to-back snow storms and missed days of school. Believe it or not, I have been busy making birthday invitations and greeting cards but I just haven't found the time to put them up on the blog.  I promise to share them all very soon.

I finally purchased my first package of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock. I've been wanting to try it out for some time and finally bit the bullet when I saw Kristina Werner's card here.

Talk about lots of fun, using my distress inks for this technique! My daughter even made this birthday card for her friend, Evie.

 And here are a few more that I made:

I stamped the sentiments in Versamark ink and then heat embossed them in white. Both top panels are secured with foam tape.

If you haven't tried water coloring with distress inks, you should definitely try it.  Every creation is unique and the technique is fool-proof!

Thanks for stopping by!!