Monday, January 30, 2012


What a beautiful day we had here in South Carolina.  Sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the 60's called me outside several times.  My post this evening is a water color I worked on today.  This company is located in Devon, England. This was purchased at (one of my top favorite websites).
 I used Marvy Markers with a #5 brush and white palette to color this image.  After I finished it I sealed it with MicroGlaze, a product of JudiKins, which is a jar of waxy substance that is rubbed over the surface and then I use a paper towel or cloth to polish and smooth. This way the water color is protected from any accidental wet splashes. The finished image is 6-1/4" x 4-1/2".
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Stamp:  Joanna Sheen "Kite" FW905
Marvy Markers: 
#2 Red
#12 Grey
#13 Ochre
#17 Steel Blue
#20 Magenta
#27 Olive Brown
#30 Rosewood
#36 Manganese Blue
#45 Sepia
#50 Ultramarine
#57 Rose Pink
#72 Pine Green
#75 Sky Blue
#96 Jungle Green
#100 Sapphire
#107 Eggplant
Watercolor paper Strathmore 140#
Judikins MicroGlaze


This is a Penny Black Slapstick unmounted stamp I was able to get at  Love this website as it has the best prices on Copic Markers and Refills.  Also good prices on everything else they carry along with free shipping when you spend $50 and that is easy to do.  Check them out and tell Rusty I sent you. I have placed multiple orders with Rusty and delivery was quick and efficient.
I loved this stamp because this little girl just has spunk! Maybe even a little sassy, too.  She was fun to color but I did challenge myself on the dress.  I colored the dressed using the BG's and then added in some Greens in different places.  Kind of reminded me of the old taffeta dresses and skirts I wore as a kid. Guess I am dating myself.  Anyhow, I was glad to finally have the time to color this image.  Got a few more waiting in the wings.  Hope to post again soon.....


Stamp:  Penny Black Slapstick “Kisses” 40-097
Ink:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
         Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Copic Markers:  Skin – E000, E02, R02, R05
                           Hair – E08, E25, E29
                           Dress, socks – BG57, BG53, BG32, BG11
                                        G03, G12
                           Flowers – BG11, G12, G12, R27, R05, BV04
Extras:  Glossy Accents (shoes & heart)
Spica glitter pen:  Clear 00, Olive 07, Red
Score pad


Monday, January 23, 2012

Nora Blowing Kisses

I love shopping on line.  The other night I was actually looking at Penny Black stamps but got side tracked (no surprise there) and found this cute stamp.  Whiff of Joy "Nora Blowing Kisses" I purchased from  I couldn't wait to color this up and make it into a card.  So in honor of Valentines day and in memory of a dear friend, Valentine Steele, who was born on Valentine's day in London, England, I hope you like my rendition of this stamp. Any questions or comments will be appreciated and responded to.

 Nora Blowing Kisses
Stamp:  Whiff of Joy “Nora blowing kisses” A259
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
        Distress Ink Wild Honey
        Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Copic Markers:  Skin – E0000, E02, R02
                           Hair- E08, E97, E99
                           Dress – BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, Y23
                           Shoes – E99, E97, R85
                           Hearts – R81, R85
Atyou Spica – Lipstick Red
Spellbinders  Label Seventeen
Punch – Corner heart punch by Punch Bunch 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stamp2Cut Tim Holtz latest release

Have you seen the video at Tim Holtz' website?  I know now why I resisted buying the Cricut, Silhoutte, Cameo, etc. machines.  I just ordered my newest tool addition after watching this video which left my jaw dropping and eyes popping.  It is the Sizzix Eclips and works with the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz unmounted and wood mounted stamp sets. U N B E L I E V E A B L E!!!
Here is what was on facebook the last two lines carefully.  Now all those stamped images can be cut out, shadowed, reduced, enlarged, oh the possibilities!

Well I got my fingers cruising the keyboard and surfing the net and I found this machine at Oh My Crafts and on sale.  Retail price is $499 (don't choke) but at this website it is on sale for $259, includes the starter kit and free cartridge "Hope & Strength" and free shipping!  Go check all this out....asap.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


We are having a solar day here in South Carolina and I am enjoying the warm sunshine.  So I decided to hang out in my stamp room and create an Easter card (taking breaks to go outside and warm in the sun).  I was at the Michaels store last night after dinner with friends and found this stamp set by Inkadinkado..40% off and one that I didn't have but now I do.  Here is my creations...I hope you like it. Please leave me a comment or just say hi.  Love to hear from my cyber friends!
Rejoice front


Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
         Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Paper:  Graphic 45 Renaixxance Faire #4500107
Stamp Set:  Inkadinkado Spiritual Sketches 99548
Spellbinders:  Labels 13 S4248
Punch:  Corner Rounder
             Martha Stewart Scroll Lace 42-40065
Stickles:  Yellow
                Tea Dye (cross)
Embossing Powder Black Fine
Copic Markers:
            B21, B23, B24
            E11, E13, E15

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rainy Day

Today I decided to make a surprise you say? Well if you knew everything I should of been doing you would of said, "Are you crazy?"  Yep..guess I am.  One of the things I try to do here is to challenge myself in doing cards that look different.  I sure hope I do that.  I don't want my blogger guests to be bored and I hope I surprise you every once in awhile. So here is another one....Let me know what you think.

I cut this card base 4-1/4" x 11" on a sherbet Bazzil cardstock and folded it to make a tent fold card.  I edged the front using my Ink Applicator and  Distress Ink Stormy Sky.  The image is from Graphic 45 ABC Primer collection "Happy Go Lucky" #4500388.  I trimmed it out and distressed the edge with Walnut Stain and my ink applicator. Then it was attached it to a piece of dark green cardstock and trimmed the green leaving about 1/16" border. The brown crinkled background was created using Tim Holtz' Kraft Glassine paper.  I spritzed it with water, crinkled it up and then opened it up flat and using a craft iron to dry it.  Don't try using double sided tape to attach this glassine paper.  It won't work. I used Crafter's pick glue to attach it to the card base.  Oh, the floral embellishment was colored with my Copic markers so it would coordinate with the image.  Y38, G29 and W9.  Also I used glossy accents to create rain drops on the umbrella.  Thanks for looking! Any questions leave me a comment and I will reply.

Close up of Rainy Day

Showing markers, distress ink and crinkled Glassine paper
Graphic 45 ABC Primer collection "Happy Go Lucky" #4500388
Distress Ink, Walnut Stain, Stormy Sky
Tim Holtz idea-ology Kraft Glassine papers #TH92916
Recollections Floral Embellishments 191319
Copic Markers:  Y38, G29, W9

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tim's 12 days of Christmas Tag 1

Today I was at a new scrapbook store in Greenville, SC called The Whimsy and it is located on Woodruff Road.  We started doing Tim Holt'z 12 tags of Christmas 2011 and today was tag #1 so I thought I would share that with you.  You can find all these tags on Tim's website  We are meeting there on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Hope you can join us. If you are able you should check this new store out.  Carol used to work at Archivers in Atlanta and she is very talented. You should go by and see her work. She loves doing mini books and altered art and of course anything Tim Holtz.  She is offering classes.
Tue:12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Wed:9:00 am-7:00 pm
Thu:12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Fri:9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sun:1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Here is my attempt at Tim's tag # 1

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Art Impressions Chocolate Shoppe

Good evening blogger friends! The Chocolate Shoppe card is finally finished.  This stamp set has an outside/inside stamps so I had to figure out how I was going to engineer this card.  After a couple of failures I finally decided on this keeper.  I used the Swing card which makes it easy to see both the outside and inside. I hope the scans I made will show this card.
This is got to be a record for the number of Copic markers I used for a single card but because of the stamps used, I felt that many was required to get the shading I like. You can reduce the number of markers by using 2 colors instead of 3 for shading. Just make sure that you choose the markers that give you a greater contrast for blending. Also, remember that Copic markers are translucent and you can layer to get a darker shade.  I hope I haven't made this too confusing.  Any questions, pro or con, please leave comments.  I am no expert by any means....Thanks for looking.

Folded front

Opened panels showing inside card

Reverse of inside
Swing Card Pattern

Friday, January 6, 2012

Zentangle flower

Had a wonderful time at our card workshop at the church today.  With the holidays behind us many stampers that we haven't seen for awhile were able to come.  We didn't meet during December so it was so good to be back together again. I had this last Loralie stamp that I hadn't used yet so it was what I took to work on.  I picked colors that I don't normally use.  I used those blues and greens to pick out the papers for this card. The panel of stripped paper was set off using my Scor-pal.  The four smaller petals were popped up with glue dots.
I created consistency by picking papers that had dots and stripes. I also picked a "hello" stamp that had a flourish font to go with the bling.

Zentangle flower

Stamp:  Loralie Art Stamps “First Flower 701073
             Inkadinkado “Hello” 97221MM
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
         Distress Ink Broken China
Copic Markers;
BG01, BG05, BG09, G00, G05, G09, E95, E97, E99

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thinking of You

It is going on midnight here and I just finished another card sample for the card workshop tomorrow at Powdersville Community Church.  I just love love love the Penny Black Slapstick stamps and I hope you do too.  I also used a new Spellbinder die that I got last month.  This would be a good stamp for Valentines Day.
Let me know what you think and leave me a comment.

Thinking of You

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
         Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Stamp:  Penny Black Slapstick PB40025
Spellbinder “Fleur De Lis Rectangles
Copic Markers:
Skin-E0000, E01, R11, R02, B02
Hair-Y11, Y21, 23
Teapot & Tulips-Y23, Y26, Y28; R21, R22, R24; YG61, YG67
Dress-R20, R22, R24
Table-E31, E34, E37

Monday, January 2, 2012

What in the World have you been up to?

This is a card I did last night.  I used two new stamps from Impression Obesession.  My goal this year is to use my stamps, to at least make samples for each one.  When I saw this chicken on the IO website I had to have it...but had no clue how or what I would do with it.  I used the internet and did a search on colors of chickens and got more than I wanted.  When I saw a picture of the Orpington chicken I liked the colors.

Anyhow, I wanted you to know what inspired me and how I got the colors for this card.  I wanted to add a little humor to my blog.  Hope you like this card...sure made me chuckle!  Or should I say "cluckle"!!

 Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
         Memento Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Chicken #3, E7596
              Impressions Obsession Wheat #1, E2042
              River City Rubber Works "What in the World" 1729-D
              Art Impressions Teeny Tiny Grass AAA-1374
              Art Impressions Grass clump AA-1378
Punch:  Martha Stewart Ribbon Loop, PAP, 42-60053
Copic Markers:
              Chicken:  E41, E43,
                             YR18, R14, R17
              Outline/Shadow:  W0
Marvy Markers;
               No.15 Olive Green
               No. 40 Brownish grey