Thursday, October 28, 2010

CPS # 190 - Taylored Expressions

Hello!  I have another CPS sketch project to share with you today.  This week's sketch sponsor is Taylored Expressions.

Christmas Carol
I had a BLAST creating this project.  I just love penguins.  I can't be sure if it's the way they waddle along, they way they always look happy or the fact that they're just such snazzy dressers... but penguins make me smile!

I stamped the penguins for this card twice... once on cardstock and the second time on my Nestabilities rectangle.  Both were colored and the first set was trimmed out carefully with precision scissors.  Before adhering the penguins over the Nestabilities rectangle, I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink over the image to give a lovely glow of color to my little scene.

As an added detail, I filled in a few white spaces with White Enamal Accents (on the hat) and added a bit of Stickles to give a bit of glimmer.

To dye my seam binding, I used a bit of water and Tumbled Glass Distress reinker.  I started with a bit of white seam binding and added to a zip-top bag.  After spritzing with a bit of water and dye ink, I smashed it around a bit and then pulled out to air dry.  When I'm in a bit of a rush, I use my heat gun and scrunch to dry.

I'd love it if you stop by the CPS Sketch blog for more designer inspiration and added details on how you can try your hand at the sketch of the week (you'll be entered to win a Taylored Expressions prize package, if you join the fun).

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Penguin Pals by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Tumbled Glass and Black Soot Distress inks by Ranger
Paper: Teal by Bazzill, Natural White by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Jolly by Golly by Cosmo Cricket
Embellishments: Enamel Accents by Ranger, Christmas Red and Diamond Stickles by Ranger, seam binding
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, precision scissors, sponge
Copic Markers: R20, R22, R24, R27, YR00, YR04, BG10, BG13, E31, E35, W1, 0

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Clean and Simple Roses

Hello!  I posted a project on the Stamp N Plus Scrap N blog today.  I'd love it if you stopped by to check out the details!


Monday, October 25, 2010

CPS # 189 - Kraftin' Kimmie

Hello!  I thought I'd posted this already... where is the time going?

Last week's CPS sketch was sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie.

The CPS sketch for the week was # 189:

Gift for You

Isn't this image too cute?  The paper I selected is a bit bright, but I think it works for our sweet little mice.  I pulled colors from the Snow Day Crate patterned paper for my Copic marker selection... and had a ball coloring!  I carefully trimmed a snowflake from a piece of patterned paper and layered it on snowflakes (cut from white cardstock with Nestabilities).  I had also glittered my snowflakes... because I could.

You can find my card and other designer inspiration at CPS Card Sketches.  And be sure to check out the other great images available at Kraftin' Kimmie.

Thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Solar White by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Snow Day Collection by Crate Paper
Other: Liquid Pearls by Ranger, Nestabilities by Spellbinder, glitter by EK Success
Copic Markers: RV91, RV95, R20, R22, R24, R27, Y23, YR12, BG10, BG45, BG49, N1, N3, N5, N7, 0, YG91, YG95, YG99, E40, E42, E44

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Under Your Spell

Hello!  I have a new project posted with a mini tutorial posted on the Stamp N Plus Scrap N blog today.  I'd love it if you stopped by to visit!


CPS Sketch # 188 - In Style Stamps

Hello!  I have a CPS Sketch project to share with you today!  This week's sponsor is In Style Stamps.

Glamour Girl

Isn't this girl just gorgeous?  I would love to go shopping with this darling gal!  I thought I'd add a bit of retro flair to this sweet girl.  Her top is paper-pieced and I used the colors of the Togetherness patterned paper to color the rest of the image.  I colored her glasses and to add a bit of shine with Glossy Accents. 

I'd love it if you stopped by the CPS blog for more designer inspiration and details on this week's sketch.

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Suzie Q stamp by In Style Stamps
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Kraft and Cream by Bazzill, Solar White by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Togetherness by Cosmo Cricket
Embellishment: Button, Atyou Spica glitter pens by Copic
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, corner rounder by Zutter, Impression plate by PTI, Glossy Accents by Ranger, airbrush system, Quickie glue by Sakura, precision scissors
Copic markers: BG10, BG72, BG75, BG78, R00, R02, R08, W1, W5, 0, E40, E42, E44, E00, E02, E50, E53

Friday, October 8, 2010

JiFFy Challenge!

Hello!!!  I'm SO glad to be joining the JiFFy (Just For Fun) challenge this month.  If you've not seen the usual crew's projects each month, I'll fill you in.  These lovely ladies (and I mean SUPER talented ladies) get together and make a project using the same basic supplies.  No one knows what the combination of paper and stamps are going to be until it arrives in each other's mailbox.  It's always a ton of fun to see what everyone creates!
Ms. Carole sent the paper this month - Noodle Soup by Jillibean Soup.  Crossing paths in the mail from Ms. Julie were the darling images from the So Thankful stamp set by Hero Arts.

So, here's my creation...


Aren't these pilgrims just darling?  I colored each carefully with Copics.  Liquid pearls replaced the little boy's buttons on his shirt.  I also colored the turkey, adding a bit of sparkle to the tail feathers, and carefully trimmed with precision scissors.  While I love to stitch on paper, I decided to add faux-stitching instead.  I'd say it's because I wanted to do it that way... but to be honest, I was afraid I'd mess up the patterned paper...   There's confidence for you!  Hah!

(Sorry for the quality of this picture... I just couldn't get the balance right in editing...) My little turkey is popped up on the front panel with dimensional tape.  He's too cute to be dinner, isn't he?

And while I don't always finish the inside of my cards, I really wanted to do something to make this card special.  I added a few bits of the patterned paper and my sentiment, off-center, to complete the card.
I'd love it if you'd visit all my friends to see what crafty goodness they've created:

Michele Boyer
Julie Campbell
Carole Burrage (she'll be posting a bit later in the day with her project)
Ali Miles
Kim Hughes
Lori Craig

Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: So Thankful by Hero Arts
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento by Tsukineko
Paper: Kraft and Suede Brown by Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Chicken Noodle by Jillibean Soup
Tools: ruler by Tim Holtz, micron pen, rick-rack die by PTI, precision scissors
Embellishments: Liquid Pearls in Opal by Ranger, clear and gold Atyou Spica pen by Copic
Copic markers: YR16, YR18, 0, W1, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, R20, R22, R24, R27, E00, E02, E21, E25, E27, E29, E40, E42, E44

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I've posted a new project on the Stamp N Plus Scrap N blog... I'd love it if you stopped by to check it out.


CPS Sketch # 187 - Flourishes, LLC

Hello!  It's time for a CPS sketch project again.  This week's sketch is sponsored by Flourishes, LLC.  Here's my take on the sketch...


I stamped the lily directly on the central circle panel and lightly colored with pink.  I used a sponge to ink over the lily with Broken China Distress ink to give the illusion of water.  Stamping the lily again on a piece of cardstock, I colored in detail with Copic markers and carefully trimmed out with precision scissors.  I also stamped one of the lily pads, colored with Copics and trimmed from cardstock.  I adhered it over the center waterlily to peak out of the bottom.  This trimmed waterlily was popped up with dimensional tape over the central image.

Tip: To give added dimension, gently bend the tips of the flower upward from the surface of the card.

For more inspiration on this week's sketch, be sure to visit the CPS blog!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Waterlily (set # 54) by Flourishes, LLC
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest by Neenah
Patterned Paper: A Walk in the Park by Echo Park
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, precision scissors, sponge
Copics: Y21, Y23, YR14, R83, R85, 0, G21, G24, G28, Atyou Spica glitter pens

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CPS Sketch # 186 - Flower Soft

Hello!  I'm behind in sharing my CPS Sketch project last week, so I thought I'd post today.  You can see more inspiration for the sketch HERE.

Here's sketch # 186...

And here's my take on the sketch...

Blooming Beauty
I love using Flower Soft!  Ultra Fine Raspberry and Sweet Pea were used for my flowers.  Filling in the blanks, I used Ultra Fine Sage.   It adds a wonderful dimension to my project.

Thanks for visiting,
Embellishments: Sweet Pea, Raspberry Fizz Ultra Fine and Sage Ultra Fine Flower Soft
Stamps: Vase by Karen Lockhart
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Paper: Kraft by Bazzill and Natural White by Neenah
Patterned Paper: Restorations by Crate
Other: Nestabilities by Spellbinder, Glossy Accents by Ranger
Copics: R20, 0, W1, YG21, YG25, BG10

Monday, October 4, 2010

Iris Fold Dress

Hello!  I'm behind in posting a few projects...

I posted this Iris Fold Dress on the Stamp N Plus blog and I'd love you to visit for the details!

Thanks for visiting!