Friday, May 24, 2013
Hi everyone!! Well, I'm back with another of those adorable images from The Paper Nest Store This time I'm using, "Bedtime Ellie" in my design. I couldn't even begin to resist that rolled up hair! Hee
Of course I colored my Ellie with Copic markers. I used my Blender Pen a lot on this image. After coloring her robe, I dotted it with the Blender Pen which, as you may know, removes color. It gave me just the texture I was hoping for on the robe. You may also know there are several ways to achieve "texture" on a Copic colored image such as... putting Blender Solution onto a dish rag and pressing it to your colored area. LOVE that look as well.
After I colored Ellie I then roughed up the edges for a bit of a distressed look and added some Tim Holtz Distress ink, "Vintage Photo" as well.
My DP is from the Prima "Romance Novel" pack and the coordinating flowers. LOVE that paper pack!!! I added a bit of lace along the edge of my image and a simple cameo stick pin which I THINK might be from Websters Pages.
I really like how this turned out. A bit muted but still with some beautiful color. Oh yes... not only did I "dot" with my Blender Pen... I also dotted the bunny with different Copic colors to get texture on him as well. ;-)
The Paper Nest images are so much fun and it seems she adds tons and tons more every week!! Stop on over and check out all the fabulous Ellies along with even some the cute Owen images.
It's Friday!!! Hope you can go out and enjoy the weather and that wherever you are, if you have the rain and thunderstorms you stay safe!! Thanks for stopping by, as always. *HUGS*
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Hello everyone and welcome to the MarkerPOP! + Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop!!!
MarkerPOP! is the home of premium markers plus lots more!
Perfect Paper Crafting provides innovative tools, like the "Perfect Layers (tm)" border making tools/rulers, for all types of paper crafting.
Today we are teaming up to share some amazing projects using some of the awesome Perfect Paper Crafting Tools along with some of our favorite coloring tools from MarkerPOP.com.
If you are just joining us on the hop, you are going to want to start back at the beginning of the hop list which can be found at the end of this post!
My project today uses one of the cutest Saturated Canary images, "Princess Peanelope". I used my Copic Sketch markers to color it along with a ShinHan Touch Twin Brush marker. But, it also included using the Perfect Tears Tool! I admit I have used "tear tools" before, but this tool by Perfect Paper Crafting was soooo awesome to use!! First, it comes with a water bottle which give you a way to add water to your paper which in turn makes it sooo much easier to tear!
When you first add water to the bottle, you will need to "plunge" the tip a bit to get the water flowing through.
Once you see a spot of water showing up on your paper, it's good to go.
Decide where you want to make your tear... lay your Perfect Tears Tool down and simply run the tip of the bottle down the rulers edge. Now, I ran my down a few times because I REALLY wanted my tear to look more "ragged" to match my distressing on my image. WOW... was I happy with how it came out!!!
It not only tore perfectly, it even raised the edge a bit after it dried and I LOVED that!!! If you simply go down the edge of the tool a few times to dampen your paper, your tear will be much smoother. Again, I really wanted the fibers to show and look ragged so I went down my paper 3-4 times. Here's a close up of how it looks.
LOVE, LOVE the end result!!! I know you will love this tool and with the option adding a bit more water to it for a different look other than just a simple wavy tear, it just adds to the awesomeness of this tool compared to others.
And, of course, there are more than enough options as to which style of tear you want. You MUST give this a try!!! :-)
Prize #1 - Sponsored by Perfect Paper Crafting: $50 Gift Certificate to the PerfectPaperCrafting.com store!
Prize #2 - Sponsored by MarkerPOP!: Set of Perfect Tears Tools
HOW TO WIN: Visit the blogs on the hop list below and leave a comment on their Blog Hop post. TWO winners will be randomly selected from all comments left. The more you comment on, the better your chances of winning!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Do you know me??? If you do... you KNOW I'm all about my colors!!! AND... PURPLE is the highest on the list! Hee And last week... I found FILOFAX!!!! YES, that's it... YES it's PURPLE!!! Ok, well it's really called "Raspberry", but how much closer can you get?? :-P
So some of you may know about Filofax... it's a planner, organizer. My question is... "WHY didn't you tell ME about them???!!!" OMGosh when I stumbled across these yummy planners on Instagram I couldn't wait to grab my Macbook and BUY!!!
The good news..... I did so BEFORE Mother's Day! Sooooo... when "what can I get you for Mother's Day, mom?" came along... woot!!! SCORE!! LOL Let's just say hubby bought me a BIGGER purse... my son got me some fabby gel pens I wanted and my daughter grabbed up some to cute Swarovski pencils and paper for me!!! Oh ya... I was one happy momma!!
So.. let ME share this delicious little treasure with YOU! THIS is how it arrives... all boxed and pretty...
Now I got the Pocket Filofax which is a tad smaller than I anticipated and depending on where you purchase yours, sometimes they don't actually give you the size. So I guess if you're new, I'd suggest you search a few sites. My PAGES are approximately 4" X 3.5". A bit small... but I have used planners before and I really thought this would be better since much larger use to be (in my opinion) way more weight than I wanted to carry. And honestly... now... I DO believe next year I'll grab a Personal size. Which is about the size of a 5" X 7". Just head over to Instagram and search for #filofax... you'll be confused WITH me. LOL But for now... I'm LOVING the creativity and fun in setting up my Filofax.
I noticed lots of people use Washi tape on their pages. Easy enough.. I LOVE Washi tape and have more than enough! First things first... I decided to find a way to carry some with me. Then whenever I have a moment.. I can "play". I used an old iTunes card to wrap my tape on. This is perfect because my Filofax has slots for credit cards. I would suggest trimming it down a bit first. I didn't do that to my first card and though it fits... I do have to wiggle it a bit to get it in the slot because of the tape. The others I did I trimmed a bit off first and they slide in and out easier.
Next... I made an old "find" in my desk. A Buxton brand post it/flag holder in pink leather I had purchased many moons ago and forgot about. It's small enough to just throw in my purse.
Now... the fun began! I started planning my weeks.
Here is just a small sample of how much FUN I'm having with my new Filofax! Of course, yours will be what YOU want and what you want to add in it. It allows for financial information, addresses, notes, diary section, weekly calendar, etc. I threw out a few sections I KNOW I won't use.
Here's a look at the inside were I have my Washi tape stored....
And under that... there is a zippered compartment for change or stamps, whatever.
And if that's not enough... the whole "covering" around the back and front opens for an easy place to add tickets, money or receipts, etc. I HAVE slid my iPhone 5 into the front part of that "wallet" area when I was just running a quick errand and it was perfect!!
I kid you not when I say there is a TON of bling, goodies and "stuff I DON'T need" for sale out there for these fab organizers. So.. I'm going to start this little journey and see where it takes me. Share my pages, my fun finds, and even show a few pics of others and how they use their Filofax.
Yes, I have an iPhone 5 with all the apps one could ever want to keep them organized. And yes, I DO use it... now and then. But I find that sometimes I forget to set the "alarm" reminder... or I enter something and don't change the date. And to be honest, I LIKE writing. I LIKE putting a pen to paper. Don't look at my writing on the pages above but, most of the time... I don't do to bad a job with my penmanship. Ha!
I hope I've peaked your interest just a bit and if you have a moment, stop by and see what other fun things I'm adding to my Filofax!! NO.. I'm NOT an enabler. ;-) Have a great day!!!!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Are you a music lover? Do you like Blues or Jazz?? Well, I do! And I LOVE that my son decided to take saxophone lessons!!! He's been a piano player for ten years and has played the clarinet for seven years so when he told me he wanted to be in Jazz Band at his high school last year, my husband and I were thrilled to go saxophone shopping! LOL But I admit, this year he's decided to play piano for Jazz Band and that's fine as well. But I'm just happy he's continuing his sax lessons. :-)
La La Land Crafts are some of my favorite images to color. Not ONLY can you get adorable Saxophone Luka as a digi stamp, you can hop over to MarkerPOP! and get him in rubber as well!
I colored my Luka with Copic Sketch markers and mounted him to my card base using Pop Dots after cutting around him. My musical paper is from the Carta Bella, "So Noted" paper pack. I never miss an opportunity to buy a paper pack that has anything to do with music in it!! My "vintaged" paper is from my older paper stash, sorry I can't remember the name.
I added some paper roses which I colored using some Heidi Swapp Color Shine "Mustard" and Mr. Huey's "Overdue Real Red". These are some of my favorite mists for coloring flowers!! They dry nicely and are the perfect saturation every time! A few rhinestones for "sax air" (ha!) was added behind my image as well as an SRM Sticker for the sentiment.
I created this card for one of my son's band directors, Mr. Stegemann, who, I admit, I give more than enough razzing to all school year long. (I know, I know, those of you who know me can HARDLY believe I'd do such a thing, right? Bwahahaha! *wink*) Last week was "Teacher Appreciation Week" so I decided maybe... just maybe... poor ol' Stegemann deserved a bit of a thanks. Last year I was part of the Band Boosters and this year my schedule just didn't allow for it. I KNOW it takes a LOT of work, coordinating, and hours to get a marching band like ours to all the competitions, rehearsals and concerts all year long and I think Mr. Stegemann probably doesn't get near enough thanks for all he does. Their other band director is Mr. Bartacheck and yes, I made him a little thank you as well. I'll share that with you another day. Together they are quite a team and through all the grumbling and whining and headaches, they make one hell of a band that our high school is VERY proud of!! And yes, I'm biased! It IS my alma mater as well. Hee
I hope you find a little music in your heart that keeps you smiling and I hope that when you hear it you think of all the work and dedication the performer puts into it to get it just right for all to enjoy!
As always.. I thank you for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!!! *HUGS*
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Happy Saturday everyone!!! I hope you're having a nice relaxing weekend. I had to get up EXTRA early this morning to get my son to school. He's heading to Kansas City with the Jazz Band to perform one last time this year. Then.... off to Worlds of Fun, Crown Center, Arthur Bryants BBQ and the Jazz Museum!! Fun fun!! I thought I might go along then I rethought... teens, coach bus, late night pizza party in rooms... nahhh. I NEED my rest at my old age! LOL
This weeks' challenge at Color Me Creative is "Anything Goes with Coloring". Always a fav since the sky's the limit!! This week we used the fabulous Chelsea Le Designs images. OMGosh her girls are so so darn cute!!! I love every one of them!! You'll want to make sure you enter the challenge for a chance to win FIVE of them!!! Trust me, you to will love them al!!!
I stamped my image on Cryogen White card stock and colored her with my Copics. I mounted her on my card using Pop Dots. The patterned paper is from Carta Bella, "So Noted". I added a few crystal buttons I found in my stash and put a tiny rhinestone in the middle of each that I colored with my Copics to match my design. My butterflies were given to me long ago by a secret sister swap I was involved in. I LOVE this fun package of all different shapes, sizes and patterns of butterflies and for the life of me I can't remember which swap it was from or who! Sad, I know. But if YOU sent them to me... thank you!!!! I LOVE them!!
That's it for me today. I'm going to try to get some creating done in my Heidi Swapp Memory File Album and maybe even do a bit of Smash booking!!! Have a super Saturday!!! *HUGS*
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Hi everyone!!! I'm so happy to be sharing my card with you all and truly appreciate Christine asking me to be a guest designer for her today!
Today I'm sharing an adorable image by the The Paper Nest. This little cutie holds a special place in my heart as Christine drew it especially for my drummer daughter... "Rockin Emily"!! And trust me... that she does!! Advil... take me away!! LOL But seriously, she does fabulously after only two years of lessons.
My image was colored with Copics and I added a bit of Memento ink around the edges. I mounted it with some Pop Dots to give my card a bit more dimension. I have a few different designer papers here, some from my personal stash and another from BoBunny.
My adorable ribbon, which I can't seem to get enough of, is from the Paper Temptress. Not sure if it's still available but I have tons so I'm set for a while! Ha!
I added a few paper roses to my card and the teal one is sprayed with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I can't remember where my crystal flowers came from but I only had a few and thought they would be perfect here.
My card was created for my daughter's drum teacher. She loves blues and purples together (a lady after my own heart) and that was my inspiration for my design. I admittedly, didn't use the sentiments which came with my image but my daughter's teacher is always telling her this so I felt it fit for me to just write it in. Hope Christine will forgive me on that. ;-)
There are so many adorable images at The Paper Nest and I've found myself looking through the store instead of getting busy with this write up.. hee. So, when you've got time... so browse all the fab images and if you're like me, you'll fill your cart QUICKLY!!!!
Have a fabulous Friday and remember to *HUG* those you love today!! Thanks again, Christine for allowing me to share my work. *HUGS*
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Hello everyone and welcome to the MarkerPOP! + Tiddly Inks Blog Hop!!! MarkerPOP! is the home of premium markers plus lots more!Tiddly Inks provides cute and quirky stamps---both digital and clear---plus some digital papers; all are illustrated by Christy Croll! Today we are teaming up to share some amazing projects using some of the adorable Tiddly Inks images along with some of our favorite coloring tools from MarkerPOP.com. If you are just joining us on the hop, you are going to want to start back at the beginning of the hop list which can be found at the end of this post!
My project today uses the cute, "Aida - Gonna Miss You". And... BONUS... Aida comes with the suitcases she's perched on my project. Nice, right? I really like that she comes separate from the suit cases as well and can be perched on something else in a whole different setting. ;-) I colored her with my Copic markers and did a bit of distressing around the edges along with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink, "Vintage Photo". My paper is from the Teresa Collins, "Memories" paper pack.
PRIZES: We have TWO awesome Tiddly Inks stamp sets up for grabs! One sponsored by MarkerPOP! and one from Tiddly Inks!
HOW TO WIN:Visit the blogs on the hop list below and leave a comment on their Blog Hop post. TWO winners will be randomly selected from all comments left. The more you comment on, the better your chances of winning!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Today Paper Temptress's Design Team is blog hopping with Heartfelt Creation's Design Team members combining products from both Heartfelt Creation and Paper Temptress.
I used "Twining Roses" from Heartfelt Creations for my card today. I colored it with my Copics then cut it out and added Pop Dots to the back to raise it up a bit off my card. I also paired up my image with the "Garden Romance" die set. I cut the "fence" three times an added it to the front of the archway. I also used the little butterfly and bird from this set to add to my card. My image was stamped on White Cryogen paper from the Paper Temptress as well as used on the fence. I just love how Copics take to this paper and it is the ONLY one I use for all my Copic coloring. And... as an added bonus, it has just a slight sparkle/glimmer to it which I adore!!!
Paper Temptress is donating a $25.00 gift certificate and Heartfelt Creations is giving away the whole new (and fabulous) Sun Kissed Fleur Collection so make sure you leave a comment on each of the PaperTemptress’s DT’s blog and a message on Heartfelt Creations blog to enter to win. These are fabulous prizes so make sure you follow directions carefully! You could be one of the two winners. Winner’s will be selected on May14th so be sure to check back to see if you won!
Hope you enjoy what both teams have designed for you. Now head on over to your last top, the Paper Temptress Blog.
Thank you for visiting and hope you had fun with the hop. Don't forget to leave a comment the each Design Team members blog.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Do you know this beautiful person????
Oh wait... ooops...wrong one. Sorry. Do you know THIS beautiful person????
Arrrrghhhh... that's NOT her!!!! Wait wait... let's get this right!!!! Do you know HER?????
THAT'S her!!!!!!! YES!!! The BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!!! Oh and honestly... yeah... those pics above... yep... those REALLY are her too!!! If you know Suzanne J. Dean... you KNOW this!!
Today is Suzanne's birthday and well, we ALL KNOW, Suzanne would NOT want to celebrate a birthday any other way than with her favorite country star AND a favorite sports star!!! Right???!!!
Today, Suzanne's, Color Me Creative Design Team wanted to take a little of her time to show her how much we enjoy, appreciate and love her by hopping along to share a little birthday fun and creativity with her. Join us in wishing her that the next year is filled with even more memories and love than anyone could ever hope for!
The design team went with a "Teal/Aqua" theme today. Suzanne had mentioned her desire to "look like a mermaid"... LOL... so heck, we'll play along. (Old age is old age, peeps... just smile and say... "that's nice, honey." LOL)
My card today uses a Sherri Baldy image... isn't she adorable?? I LOVE all things dealing with rain, umbrellas and spring and this image fit the ticket!!! I have to admit... I'm being a little brat using this for Suzanne's card because I KNOW how much she thinks I'm nutters for loving rain. Hee Hee But... then too, I think an umbrella does just what it's suppose to.. protect you. And so I'll get a bit "mushy" here, ok? ;-)
Since I'm Suzanne's DT Coordinator, I admit. I feel a bit "protective" of her and as often as I can, I like to think I'm helping to keep her sanity in check from time to time. Being miles apart isn't always easy when you want to do all you can to help someone and so I do what I can to, hopefully, lessen some of her work load. I hope she knows I am always here for her even if just to have someone to complain to at 2:00 AM when you need to unload your mind and end the day.
I can think of very few who have done so much to help me improve in my crafting abilities and to attain the few goals I've had in my crafting career and Suzanne is one of them. I cannot begin to tell you how much more I enjoy using my Copics and I TRULY can attest to how much I learned in her Copic classes.
But more than anything else... I believe I have found a fabulous friend for life. Suzanne and I joke that sometimes we could be sisters. Ya... we kinda have that same sick sense of humor. LOL But I will NOT claim to having any of the "accident-prone" Suzanne in my blood!! Ha!! And I am sure the world is soooo happy that we aren't together near as much as we think we'd like to be at times! LMBO Oh lord... we'd be kicked out of every town in the country, I'm sure!! We've laughed together, complained together, whined and yelled together and I'm sure we've ran away from home a few times together too! ;-) And... I can honestly say, even if it's only by way of texting, we have had some truly fabulous fun together! That's what friends do, right? Stay close even when they're miles apart.
So, my friend, I hope your day is fabulous and I hope that you have lots of wonderful memories to last a lifetime. *BIG HUGS*
Now hop along with us to enjoy more of the Design Team's creations for Suzanne.
Thanks for sharing Suzanne's day with us!! We KNOW you all love her as much as we do and we couldn't be happier to be working with such an awesome lady!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUZANNE!!!!!
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