Monday, August 30, 2010

SCS Swap Forums......Just Lovin' them!

I mentioned yesterday that I would post about a neat way to get images to color with my Copics, so this is the post for that.

I've been visiting quite a few forums to get ideas but hadn't really looked much at SplitCoaststampers because it seemed a bit intimidating to me.  All of the members have such gorgeous, gorgeous cards and papercrafts, that I just didn't think I would be able to "fit in".......just yet, anyway.

On Saturday morning, I decided to look into the SCS swap forums.  They have all kinds of swaps from cards, to recipes........but, what I didn't expect was finding the Products & Images swap.  This was like hitting a gold mine for me.  I now have a good amount of copics......about 35, but I don't have stamps that are made to color in.  I mostly have sentiments and this was perfect.

I joined 2 of the swaps because I didn't have many image stamps to swap out..........but, I will soon.  All I have to do is stamp my images w/ good ink and on good paper and mail them to a hostess.  She in-turn combines mine with all of the other participants' images.  She then mixes up baggies for all of us with different images and sends those images in place of the ones we sent her.............TAAAAAA DAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! ...........Lots of images to color.  It will take a few weeks as there is a deadline for everyone to meet.  Then I can start coloring and creating more cute cards.

This is such a fun way to get images that you don't have stamps for.......then, if you really have fallen in love with one, you can buy it to use over and over again.  I just think this is a great, great opportunity for a newbie card maker and for anyone looking for new images that doesn't want to buy more stamps.

Thanks SCS for your wonderful forums and swaps.  I'll be frequenting them often!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Birthdays, SCS & Penny Black Challenges

September is a big birthday month for me.  I usually have to buy 10 cards this month for family and friends.  This year, obviously, I'm going to make them.  Not sure what I'll make for the male birthdays, but I'll find something.  ;-)

Today I started 2 of the cards I needed.  I got more Copics this week and some more Penny Black stamps.  She has the cutest little stamps that I can color.  I only got to make 2 because I was doing some stamping for a swap (which I'll post about tomorrow).  Anyway........while making the cards, I made one to fit the SplitCoastStampers & the Penny Black Challenges.

The Penny Black Challenge was simply called: Summer Lovin'  Any card made with any of her images depicting a summer, flowers will work!  Since both of the cards use her Betsy Bluebell stamp set......I'll link this post to her challenge.

The 2nd challenge at SplitCoastStampers used this sketch for this week's challenge.

The card above will hit both challenges!!!  For this one, I used my Big Kick machine to emboss the PTI cardstock in Smokey Shadow with a Cuttlebug folder called Organic Flourish.  Then I colored Patty Black's Betsy Bluebell image with Copics and mounted it on PTI's Ocean Tides cardstock.  Stamped one of the sentiments from Sizzix's Birthday Phrases set and then added the orange flower embellishment from Michael's.

This next card will only work for the Penny Black challenge.  I did it for another birthday this month.   This will be the one we send to Mike's sister, as he liked this one a little bit better than the first one I posted.  It's the same image, just colored differently.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blue & Brown Autumn

I think this card is my absolute favorite so far.  I just love, love, love the color combination and the fact that I only used 1 orange leaf to draw the eye. 

I have to admit, I'm so bad at making bows.  At one time I bought this huge bowmaker thingy w/ 2 posts that stuck up in the center and you wrapped the ribbon, this way and that...........well, my bows looked like a glob of rolled up tape when I was done, so I just settled with the fact that I could NOT make bows and that I would have to buy them.

But, in making cards and looking at blogs, everyone has such pretty bows, so I thought I'd try again.  This bow was my very first using the Bow Easy that I bought from Gina K.'s site.  Once I got it, I followed video tutorials by both Gina K. and Suzanne Dean (there was no way I could have done it with just the directions they provide in the packaging).  It was soooooooo easy using that little piece of plastic!!!  I don't think I'll ever make another bow without using this clever little tool.

Materials Used:
DCWV card base & cardstock for mounting
PTI - Falling Leaves stamp set, 
PTI Ink - Terracotta Tile and Deep Chocolate

I don't want to give this one away!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CPS-Card Sketch Challenge #181-Part 1

I've been looking at challenges to give me some ideas, yet allow me to use some creativity with the new stamps I've gotten.  This challenge is sponsored by CPS.  They post new challenges on Sunday, I figured I'd play along!

I just loved the CPS sketch this week: #181.  It's clean and simple.

Anddddddddddddddddd..........Since I just got my PTI Take Three: Fall stamp set, it worked perfectly for this challenge.  I love how it turned out.

Materials Used:
DCWV card base & decorative paper
PTI - Spring Moss card stock
PTI Ink - Orange Zest
Martha Stewart Gold Embossing Powder
Danelle Johnson "Thinking of You" stamp

Monday, August 23, 2010

When you think you can't...........You CAN!!!

I was so upset yesterday because everything I created, I pitched in the garbage can.  I just couldn't get the colors to look right, have the right embellishments to go with the card or find the perfect ribbon to accent anything.  I was so frustrated that I honestly gave up and stamped a flower from Stampin' Up's Doodle This stamp set (a neighbor let me borrow this one. Thanks, Lisa!!!!) to color with my Copics.  The coloring came out great but I just couldn't chance putting together another card that I wouldn't like, so the rest of the evening I perused blogs and forums.

Today, I got home from school (my first day.....students arrive on Wednesday) and my order from PTI had arrived.  I ordered a bunch of stamp sets for fall and thought I'd do something with those.  But, when I went down to my scrapping room, the colored flower was sitting out for me to see first.

Then I remembered that I wanted to make a card for secretary at school.  She does so much for all of us, yet, I'm sure, is not told "Thank-you" nearly enough.  Wouldn't that flower look gorgeous on a card???  Instant idea and perfect card made.  The mojo was back!............Thank goodness, because I was beginning to think that even being new to this that maybe I was getting in over my head.

Materials Used:
PTI cardstock in Terracotta Tile for the base  
PTI's Inside & Out: Thank-You stamp set w/ Terracotta Tile ink  
Pure Luxury 80lb. paper stamped with Memento ink. 
Stampin' Up - Doodle This stamp set
The flower is done in Copics: YR02, YR07, YR09

Toss in some DCWV cardstock for mounting from JoAnn's and a little ribbon from Ollies and you have a great card!  ;-)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Busy! Busy! Wine Bottle Tags and Journals

Well, I've been busy at school getting my classroom ready, but then when I come home, I've been busy crafting.  I'm having so much fun making a "little of this and a little of that."

I wanted to make some wine bottle tags (since I just got home from a wine festival).  I took a look at some regular gift tags and then came up with my own.  I think the little stamp I found for $1.00 in the Michael's clearance bin will come in handy!!!  I'll just add some curly ribbon and tie them to the neck of the bottle.

Next, I came across this tutorial by Gina K. of Stamp TVJournal and Pen Set  WOW!  She has the greatest ideas!  I didn't have all the materials she had, but I adjusted to make one of my own.   I'll be giving these as Christmas presents.  This came out soooooooooooo nice.  And, since WalMart has the composition books on sale for $0.25, they won't be too expensive to make.  Gotta love a deal!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the {stamps} of life "red" challenge

I had ordered some stamps from "the {stamps} of life" from Stephanie Bernard and I just love them.  Well, she posted on her blog that her design team has bi-monthly challenges and that readers could "play along." 

The challenge:  Seeing Red

Using 2 of her sets of stamps (Swirls2build and Thanks2you), I came up with this card.

Of course..........I had to add some bling!  LOL  I think this came out adorable

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fall cards for swap

I joined a card swap for the first time and have committed to sending 5 "Seasons" cards and 5 "Holiday" cards to the person organizing the swap.  In return, I will get 5 different season and 5 different holiday cards for myself.  I can't wait to get them and see everyone's techniques.

I'll be sending 5 of the Snowflake Christmas cards that I already made.  And, these are 3 of the seasons cards I'm sending along with this one.  I have one more fall card to make and off they'll go!  ;-)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Congratulations, Tiff!!!!

I have such a dear, dear friend who finally landed a teaching position that she has wanted for a long time.  She's bubbly and hip and loves bright colors..........I mean, that girl can rock a pair of pink heels!  So, I wanted to create something bright and fun that screams "Tiff" when she reads it.  I just love it.  Clean.  Simple.  A little bling.  Perfecto!

One of the reasons I was so excited to make her card is when I got home today, my "{stamps} of Life" stamps had arrived.  The inside sentiment is from one of those sets.  WOW! Can I tell the difference between these stamps and my cheapy Michaels, JoAnns and AC Moore stamps.  The stamp just really lets the ink adhere and makes such a clean, crisp stamp.  I think I'm going to count on these and PTI's stamps for my collection.  It truly does make an incredible difference.

Materials used:  PTI True Black & Raspberry Fizz cardstock
Stamps: the {stamps} of life - "youare2kind"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The organization begins...........................

No stamping/creating for me tonight.  Instead, I've started my stamp organization.  Finally, everything has arrived in order for me to start condensing my single packs and instead using a binder that snaps shut.  I got the idea from this blog:  Stamp Organization Idea  You'll have to scroll down a bit to get an idea.  I love how easy it will be to just go to a category on the rolodex and look through them until I see the stamp that I want.  I already noticed how nice it is to see the image stamped instead of looking through the plastic sheets.

I did have a difficult time wrapping my head around what I was doing (long day, I guess).  I started out putting each stamp in the container matching the "category" it should belong in.  It was taking forever and I was using the binders up like mad.  Then I realized...........If I'm labeling the binders to match what I'm putting on each Rolodex card......the stamps can be all mixed up.  Oye!.......That definitely took me a  But now, I have 4 sets of stamps all in one binder and I have at least another sheet to put in it.

I just love how convenient this will make my stamping!  Yay!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fall blending with Copics

As you can see, I'm still coloring!!!!  I wanted to try some blending in a fall leaf.  I used R29, YR09 and YR07.  One of the leaves also had some E97 in the center.  Once again, I love how nicely these blend to give you such natural coloring!

I love the brads on this one!

Stripes, anyone?

My favorite of the three because of the heat embossed, copper stripes.

I did not add any stamps as I wasn't sure if they were going to be Get Well, Sympathy, Thank-You or a "just because" type card.  The stamps will be easy to add at a later time.

Oh, I also added a very cute lightly colored patterned paper on the inside, back flap so that my writing will shop up nicely.  Just the little touches that make a card special.

Copics Arrived!!!!

Saturday morning, my mailman came early!!!!  He must have known that I was eagerly waiting for my Copic markers to arrive.  I couldn't wait to put all of Suzanne Dean's tutorials to the test.  I don't have many stamps that create just an outline, so I went and bought a few for $1 at JoAnn's the night before.  I knew I had ordered 3 hues of orange because of the autumn season, Halloween and, I found a pumpkin that would be just perfect.

I started by stamping just one pumpkin, but it looked a little lonely.  Since I wanted to add 2 more, I also got to try the technique of "masking."  It wasn't as difficult as I had expected.  You basically cover your image with a piece of paper and stamp over the image that was made first.  The paper provides a shield, or mask, so that the ink doesn't touch the first stamp.

First of all, coloring for me is soooooooooooo theraputic.  It is so calming and creative and just what I needed to do this weekend.  Secondly, I loved seeing the hard lines of the two colors used side-by-side totally disappear as I blended with the lighter color.  I was amazed.  So much so, that I had to show my neighbor (who loves scrapbooking) and my

This card is my very first one made with blending the Copic markers.  I can readily admit that I see many more Copics in many new colors coming my way for future cards!  ;-)

Copics used:  YR02, YR07, YR09 & G99

Card Sketch Contests........How FUN!!!

I have been hunting all kinds of blogs and information to teach myself new techniques........Of course, using Copic markers was one of the things I was VERY interested in.  I was wondering how so many people were coloring their stamped images with such pretty colors.  Then I ran across Suzanne Dean's blog.  OMG, I knew it was true love.  The free tutorials she offers via YouTube, amazed me.  She explains so, so well and you actually see the magic happen right before your eyes.  As you can imagine, I subscribed to her blog and Color Me Creative blog immediately.

Fast forward a few days later and I get an email because she posted to her blog.  In it, she had a "sketch" challenge.  I had never heard of one of these as I had only been card making for a little over a week.......but, I thought, "What the heck.  I'll try."  Since I just stopped at JoAnn's and bought some beautiful fall paper, I was thrilled to see that one of the themes you could use was "All About Fall."  That was all the incentive that I needed.

This was what I created based on her sketch:

I was so proud of myself because I actually did this on my own.......No tutorials!  No set stamps to use!  Just my own creativity.

I chose to heat emboss the little blue and green circles at the bottom and a touch of ribbon to finish it nicely.  I'm pretty proud of this one.

Finding the perfect Christmas card

I decided that making Christmas cards was going to be my task through October.  I began looking through galleries and websites to find the "perfect" card.  I stumbled upon Papertrey Ink and have not looked back.  I've already placed 2 larger orders and will be purchasing another very soon.  All of their products are of such high quality that I will limit myself to buying from the local retailers.......they just can't compare.

Soooooooooo, I found this card done by Heather Nichols and I fell in love.  Of course, when you look at that link, she so very kindly listed all of the items needed to replicate it.  I ordered what I could and purchased a few other items and created my own, based on her design.

This is what I came up with and now have 60 of them made and ready to mail!  The main difference is that I used a snowflake punch for the edge, but I also used a different stamp for the outside and different ribbon.  It is basically the same, but I thank Heather so much for posting the materials, because for this beginner, I could never have done this on my own.

Inside view

My 2nd card!!!

Wanting to have many cards on hand, this was my 2nd card.  Unfortunately, I've been having to run to get sympathy cards way too often.  Having them created will help when that time comes again.

My very first card!!!

So, this is where the addiction begins (originally made this 7/26/10)!!!  I bought several stamps and some decorative paper at Michael's and made my very first card.  Little did I know that I would only want more stamps and begin craving every too out

My First Post and attempt at blogging

This new found hobby of mine has me wishing I had more time for "stampin'." This will just be a blog documenting my own creations, as well as some projects that other great designers have created.

I look forward to sharing with you!
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