Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This week's challenge cue card is; CHOCOLATE!  Yum!  I used my Gruffie dreaming of cake stamp and Prismacolor pencils to color him in.  There are some colored sprinkles on the cake but they don't show up well.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Well, on my coffee blog hop I came across a fun blog candy give away.  Stop on over to Fit Kitty's site and join as you wish her a Happy 50th. birthday, October 25th.  The deadline to enter is the 24th.

It is so much fun to see everyone's creativity!  
Happy National Coffee Day!  There is a blog hop over at Cuts, Crops & Creativity.  Here is the link..Coffee Lovers Bloghop
I am entering Maude from Art Impressions.  I love her even though she looks noting like me in the morning!  I am the exact opposite from Maude.. I wake up with a smile on my face and happy, happy, happy for a new day!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

I love this stamp set.  I think it is a Kristina Werner set and every set she does is awesome.  I had a big problem stamping the sentiment so I used my label maker and put, Boo!  Before I could do that I had to cover up the mess and did that by covering the word balloon with black enamel.

This card went through two days of changes... I wonder if I will use it again?  LOL!!!!!
        I am entering this in this challenge, to celebrate National Dog Week.
                                                CCE Stampers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 2 of Copic's Online Class included some tips and tricks of blending and clearly I need all the tricks I can get because it is hard!  I am feeling better with it today and more natural as I hold the copic's and flick and feather.   Bob keeps reminding me to write down the color combo I am using and I have remembered a few times.  I can see that practice is necessary and I consolidated all of my markers into a plastic box so that I can experiment.  So far.. FUN!

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's is hard enough to shade with copic's... try taking a picture of the shading.  Oh my!
Today begins the first copic's class.

I began buying copic markers a couple years ago.  I still have no real clue as to how to use them so this class will certainly be a learning experience.

As you can see I have lovely storage for my Copic's, but so far they have been mostly nice to,  look at.   My skills, as evidenced by Tilda here, are a bit on the iffy side.  Hopefully I will learn to give this poor girl some color!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This card I worked on much too long for such a simple card.  It is for a Splitcoaststampers Challenge #144.  Maureen Merritt put up this sketch
 and since I usually can't do anything but follow a sketch exactly, I felt pretty good about changing things up a bit.  Mo has given the best explanations of sketches and I think that if I keep working at it, I will feel more natural using them.   This one came apart five times before I finally decided on this design so ... I will say that I did not give up.   I love the papers... so pretty.  The foliage stamp is Wplus 9 and the congrat's is from an old set I picked up 20 years ago.  
    Of course I want every stamp set I see, but luckily have Bob here to say, (an occasional) no.  LOL!!!  I am wanting the thin stripe IO background stamp.  So, I had to make do.  I used my paper crimper and crimped some off white paper then took a light gray ink pad and very lightly washed over the hills of the crimp.  I have fooled even me into thinking I can make do without that giant thin striped background stamp.  Well, for today.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is my second submission to the Addicted to CAS challenge.  
I love this image but it is an old one and I kept no records back then.  I seem to recall that it was designed by a women whose first name was Michelle and I also think she was on the craft show with Carol Duval at one point.  I'd love to have a name so if you know please leave me a message.

I used Adirondak Raspberry dye ink to stamp the image and then copic's to color in the umbrella's.  The tiny butterfly was stamped in a lime green pigment.  CAS is not natural to me yet... a work in progress, but I feel that I have left white space and kept the image as focal.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Addicted to CAS  is having a challenge; Oriental.  I have quite a few oriental stamps so I will enter a few.  Sadly I want to add so much when I start to stamp with them but I am giving CAS my best shot.

I used an image by Melanie Sage, Vickie Enkoff's daughter.  Vickie was the source of many of my stamps before she passed away suddenly a few years ago.  Their stamps can now be found at Vickie Enkoff & Melanie Sage Stamps Alluring Impressions.  When we lose an online friend the loss is as profound as if you were neighbors.  I look at the stamps I have from Vickie, with great love, and miss her inspiration and guidance and online presence.

I used alcohol ink to stomp out a background and stamped the image with Stazon.  There is a strip of embossing paste colored with some pearl powder. This is my first time using embossing paste.  YUM!  

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