Friday, July 29, 2011

Tiffany Doodles releases 4 new Sea Life digital sets

You'll love these new digital sets from Tiffany Doodles:  Seahorse, Dolphin, Pelican and Sea Turtle.  All of them come with sentiments as well.

I tried my hand at the first three ... Turtles seem to laugh at me when I sit down to color them, but I WILL prevail (some day, snicker). 

My first card is Tiffany's dolphin.  I printed him on same piece as the sentiment and colored him with Copics.  I started with a B91 layer to give it that hint of blue before shading with the C's.  I added a spot of glossy accents for his eye before cutting him 'out of the box', matting on navy and popping up on dimensions.  The background is digital paper.  The waves are created with the Creative Memories wavy cutting board.  I took some green and blue prisma colored pencils to create the swirls and smudged them up with some Gamsol before tracing over them with clear glitter gel pen ... difficult to see in the photo, but adds just that right amount of sparkle.  A Marina Mist ribbon finished it off.

My second card is the Seahorse image - I added a second smaller image and then colored them with Copics.  Glossy accents dots their eyes.  The background paper is from unknown source.  I used a QuicKutz corner flourish and cut pacific corners to match the mat and corner rounded the image panel.  I added some diamond Stickles to the flower and leaves.  The sentiment is from the seahorse set and I rounded the top corners.  Finally, took a piece of white and border punched both sides before adding some Marina Mist ribbon.  I wanted to bring some of the seahorse color, so matted base with some tango.

For my third card, I used the pelican and flipped it before coloring with Copics.  He, too, got his eyes glazed over.  I used the same water paper as the second card, but this time, I took diamond Stickles and traced over some of the swirls to give it a bit of sparkle before wrapping some blue bakers twine.  The sentiment is from the Pelican set, all matted on Pacific Point.  I finished the image panel with a slot punch and a knot of Marina Mist ribbon. 
Lastly, here's what the turtle image looks like - One of these days, you'll see it here, so be sure to check back. 
In the meantime, head over to Tiffany's Store to see what other goodies she has.

I'm going to enter some of these cards in the following challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes challenge
For Fun Challenges - Ahh the Sun of it All - beach, sand, etc.
Operation Write Home's Water challenge
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Clear It Out - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by - always look forward to your comments.

Stamps R Us Birthday Blog Hop Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our Birthday Blog Hop over at Stamps R Us:
Tammy’s winner – Gemma - Sponsor – Whimsy - $15.00 gift certificate
Collette’s winner – Kimberly - Sponsor – The Stamping Boutique – 5 digi images winners choice
Marilyn W.'s winner - Carolina Girl - Sponsor - K 'n K Designs 4 digital stamp sets winners choice
Kathy’s winner – Pat - Sponsor – Oozak - $10.00 gift certificate
Lynn’s winner – Meagan - Sponsor - Inspired Stamps – Acrylic stamp set winners choice
Jan – Sandi De Falco - Sponsor - Clear Dollar Stamps - $10.00 gift certificate for digital stamp sets only - winners choice
Carol’s winner – Billie A - Sponsor - Squdgi Digi – 4 digis of the winners choice
Marilyn S.’s winner -Renee - Sponsor - Through The Craftroom Door magazine, 1 year subscription
Paige's winner - Georgia - Sponsor - Michelle Perkett Studio one pre selected digital birthday image
Shannon's winner - Carol - Sponsor - Cardmadfairy's 5 digital images winners choice
Joe-Anne’s winner – Stephanie - Sponsor – Bizzy Bec’s – 10 digis of the winners choice

We will be in contact with our winners soon!
Again congratulations!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

SplitcoastStampers Ways To Use It Challenge - WT333

Today over at SplitcoastStampers' Ways To Use It, the challenge is:

Chose your favorite ribbon, twill, seam binding - ANYTHING that comes from the ribbon section of your LSS or craft store (not twine, tho) ... and ALTER it - You can take great liberty with this - either dye it, stamp it, distress it ... color it with Copics (or equivalent), airbrush it - The sky's the limit.

I chose to dye this seam binding from Stampin Up by dragging the ribbon over my Pacific Point ink pad until it was fully saturated.  (You don't want to see my hands - although at least it's not like the time I did the same thing with Rose Red ink ... looked like I murdered someone.)  I still haven't gotten it through my thick skull, however, to use the dollar cheapie plastic gloves when I'm doing this - Go Figure.  Anyway, after saturating it with the Pacific Point ink pad, I set it aside to dry overnight to avoid transfer where I didn't want it.  I put a piece of sticky tape (red stuff, lol) and pleated the ribbon down a strip of coordinating Blueberry Crisp designer paper from Stampin Up before matting on crumb cake. 

The image is a digital bluebird from Tiffany Doodles that I printed onto crumb cake and then colored with Copics.  I love the way these Copics seem to watercolor the absorbent crumb cake.  Trick is lighter touch - you don't want to saturate the paper or it will bleed.  I added some glossy accents to his eye and some highlights with white gel pen before matting onto Navy.  The sentiment is unknown stamped in Pacific point & punched with oval before matting onto Navy scalloped oval & popped up for dimension.  I finished with a pretty corner flourish in Navy from QuicKutz.

I love the way this beautiful bird turned out - Hope you do too.  Head over to SplitcoastStampers with your ALTERED RIBBON project.
Thanks for stopping by - Always grateful for any comments.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Stamps R Us - Enjoy the Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Stamps R Us Birthday Celebration Blog Hop!

If you've arrived here from Carol's, then you're in the right place.  If not, you should head over to Stamps R Us to check out the celebrations.

We have some WONDERFUL prizes that have been donated to us and at least one prize will be given away at each stop.  The trick is, you have to leave a comment at each stop along the way to be eligible to win them.

Meanwhile, for this fortnight's challenge, Whimsie Doodles  is our official sponsor.  Make sure you check out their store - lots of super fun digital images to choose from.  To help us celebrate our birtday, Whimsie Doodles is offering our fans a 10% discount, good for 30 days from the start of the challenge (today).  To use the discount, make sure you enter SRU10 when you check out at Whimsie Doodles.

This is my sample for the Birthday Celebration Blog Hop, using one of Whimsie Doodles images, Pig-Kini.  As soon as I saw this, the song "She Wore an Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" kept playing over & over in my head.  I colored her with Copics then added some glossy accents to the polks dots and her snout.  I skewed the image that was die cut using one of the Spellbinders Label dies then stenciling inside the frame for a layered look.  The background papers are digital, matted on either Tango or Daffodil.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I thought it was kind of funny to "X" off the "itsy bitsy, teeny weeny" part of it.  I finished with some pretty yellow grosgrain ribbon with orange stitching.  Hope you like it!

Here's hoping that you enjoy our Birthday Celebration Blog Hop ~ Good Luck in winning some of the wonderful prizes donated by some great companies, among them:  Inspired Stamps, K 'n K Designs, The Stamping Boutique, Cardmadfairy's Card Creations, Squidgi Digi, Michelle Perkett Studio, Tiffany Doodles, Clear Dollar Stamps, Bug A Boo Stamps, Through the Craftroom Door, Color Me Creative Classroom, Bizzy Bec's, and Oozak.

Your next stop is at Jan's She's Gone Digital.

Hoping you have a WONDERFUL day and have time to check out our blog hop!  Remember, to leave a comment to be eligible to win some wonderful prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tiffany Doodles New Release - Bloom Tree

Another beautiful digital image being released today over at Tiffany Doodles is this Bloom Tree.

I printed this onto Cryogen irridescent and colored with Copics.  I sponged the sky with Bashful to create some clouds.  My papers are from Basic Grey's Hello Luscious paper pack with Stampin Up's pretty in pink and garden green.

I used the pretty in pink to border punch both sides of this vertical strip before placing a thin strip of the background paper in the middle (but you can barely see it behind the image panel.)  Finished off with a pretty pink satin ribbon and 3 pik pearls.

Head over to Tiffany Doodles to see what else she has in the store.  This image is available for one week only at 10% off, so make sure you take advantage.

Thanks for stopping by again,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ways to Use It Challenge WT332 at SplitcoastStampers

Today, Hannah challenged us to with Heavy Metal.  Check out SplitcoastStampers to see what everyone else came up with ...

I've had this image printed for several weeks, if not months, sitting in the front to be colored, but keep moving it.  When I heard "Heavy Metal" ... thought of a manly card - then I forced myself to color this one up.  The thing is, the dirtier the better with this 4x4 digital image from Tiffany Doodles.

I didn't want to go with the standard brads or whatnot, so I found a piece of screening in the garage and decided that'd be the way to go.  I seriously distressed the layers then sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye.  The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm not often found creating a masculine card, but I'm quite pleased with the way this one turned out.  What do you think?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Stamping Boutique's Challenge #11 - Cool Colors

For the next fortnight, The Stamping Boutique has a challenge up to create a project using ONLY cool colors.  If you don't remember from art classes what's 'cool' (I say purple and green combo, but I think I'm using the word 'cool' differently) ... Here's a color wheel to help you out ...

(Hey wait a sec - My 'cool' colors fit into the cool side of the color wheel!)

I chose this Journal Cynthia and colored her with Copics with purple and blue hues.  The papers are digital papers from Bearly Mine Designs.  I can't believe how hard it is to find some purple designer paper in the stores - what's up with that?!

I used clear glitter gel pen, Purple Stickles and some irridescent shimmer paint for the clouds.  I tried 6 different pics and just couldn't get it to show up - trust me - they shimmer with a little bit of blue hue to them.  I tied some eggplant grosgrain ribbon to 2 of the corners.  The image panel was cut with my Creative Memories oval system & then "out of the box" for the clouds.

Hope you like it ... Make sure you give it a try and submit your entry on The Stamping Boutique's Challenge Blog for a chance to win.

The winner will receive 3 digital images of your choice from The Stamping Boutique.
The top 3 will get to display The Stamping Boutique's Top 3 badge.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Color Me Creative challenge

This was a tough one ... Color Me Creative has put forth the challenge to use our favorite Copic skill/technique this month.  I love to feather, air brush, experiment with hair colors, well, just about everything.  One of my new favorites tho is to color with my Copics onto Kraft.  I like using the softer colors here because they blend so well - trick is you have to have a much lighter touch than with the Cryogen or X-press blend it papers.

I chose this digital image from Tiffany Doodles entitled 'Pear Blossom' and printed it onto kraft before coloring with Copics.   My papers were Stamping Up (cherry cobbler and daffodile) as well as Basic Grey (Hello Lucious paper pak).  I used the cherry for a flourish and a border punch for the daffodil strip which I tied a red ribbon around.  Finished off with a few white gel pen flicks and some distressed red Stickles.

Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

TSB is sponsoring Quirky Crafts challenge & Stamptacular Sunday challenges

Today over at Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog, they've challenged us with puzzles - any kind.

The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring them for this 2-week challenge.

Don't know why - I certainly don't miss them, lol - but the puzzle that came to my mind immediately was those tiled puzzles where there's one piece missing and you have to slide them around until you get the picture right.
I used the Poppies digital image from The Stamping Boutique and colored it with Copics before cutting it into 1-inch pieces, leaving one out.  I sponged the edges with some Tim Holtz Antique Linen to give it a bit of a 3D effect before matting onto some cherry cobbler.

Cardstock used was certainly celery, cherry cobbler and garden green with some Basic Grey designer papers.  The mat for the sentiment was cut from this same designer paper.  Finished with a gold trimmed ribbon and some gold stickles.

In addition, The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring the "Animal Antics" challenge over at
I colored this 'boo-boo bear' with Copics and used Basic Grey's Max 'n Whiskers designer paper.  The sentiment is included in the Get Well Bear set.  The card measures 5.25 squared.
This challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge runs for the next week.
Hope you like them both. 
Head over to the Quirky Crafts AND Stamptacular Sunday blogs and try your hand at a project with their themes.
Love to hear what you have to say, so please leave a comment.

Splitcoast Featured Stamper TeriStampsAlot

Today, Teri Anderson was the featured stamper over at SplitcoastStampers.  She's got loads of cute, clean cards in her gallery.  I chose these two to be inspired by:

Aren't these cute?  I love the bright whimsical papers she chooses.  For my card, I chose a digital image from Some Odd Girl, Big Pressie Tia, and colored her with Copics.  I cut out the present part and stacked some papers behind.  I carried these same papers into the background where I stacked strips again.  I added the scalloped white panel to keep it crisp.  Do you know how hard it was for me NOT to sponge around the edge of this Hero Arts sentiment to keep the image looking crisp?  (very!)

Hope you enjoy ... If you'd like to see more of Teri's cards, you can check out Teri's TeriStampsAlot SCS Gallery here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Inspiration Challenge at SplitcoastStampers

Today's challenge over at SplitcoastStampers Insipration Challenge came from
Holy cow - some absolutely gorgeous cakes she's done.  I can't even begin to imagine the amount of time and patience it takes.  I couldn't figure out how to capture the photos for the 2 cakes I chose to be inspired by, but they're the Lavendar Anemones and the Purple and Yellow Pansies cakes.

I took this image from A Day for Daisies, "Pansy Fairy", and colored her with Copics.  I added a thin ribbon of diamond Stickles to the perimeter of her wings to keep it light and soft.  I then sponged some clouds for the background.  I used my Creative Memories circle cutting system to cut an arch out of the image & mat.

The background papers are digital from Two Peas in a Bucket's "Dreams 'n Hopes" paper set.  I stamped an additional flourish in garden green on the green paper before matting on garden green.  Finished off with a Hero Arts Sentiment, circle punched, and popped some pearls on the open pansies and the sentiment then a pretty purple bow.

Hope you like it!

Friday, July 15, 2011

SplitcoastStampers' Free 4 All Friday challenge - Twine

Today's challenge over at SplitcoastStampers' Free 4 All Friday is to use twine on our projects.

Here I have a digital image from The Stamping Boutique called Sunflower Frame that I colored with Copics.  The background is a piece of Basic Grey designer paper that was matted onto garden green then run through the Checkerboard embossing folder.  I then sponged the raised areas with Tim Holtz' tea dye to bring out the embossing.  On this is a square of newsprint designer paper with distressed edges and sponging (tea dye, again), set at a diagonal.

For my twine layer, I wrapped chocolate Bakers twine crossways then wove it vertically.
I keep accumulating twine - just need to use it more.

Thanks for stopping by ... Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WT331 Crazy Collage

Today's Ways to Use it challenge over at SplitcoastStampers is to create a card with a collage. 

Not everyone knows how to do one, so here's a very rudimentary description:

1.  Normally, first I stamp 2-3 script, typed, newsprint images randomly on a diagonal.  I try to cover all the background without overlapping the script images.

2.  Next, I'll stampe 2-3 images of silhouette or sketchy type images like single flowers or butterflies, insects, etc.  Not alot, but I do like odd numbrs.  Sometimes I'll stamp these images in same color as script, sometimes I'll add another color.  You can make it as colorful as you like - the skies the limit.

Basically that's all there is to it.  I like the old-world/vintage feel it gives.

For my card, I did exactly what I said above, only this time I stamped a flower & clear embossed it before anything else.

Kraft, chocolate and mellow moss were my colors of choice for today.  I love my Copics, but I really enjoy making cards with my stamps & stamp pads, too.  I'm happy with the way this one turned out.  Hope the above hints helped you out.

Let me know what you think.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Stamps R Us Challenge - Through the Garden Gates

Welcome!  Stamps R Us is having our next challenge with the theme, Through the Garden Gate.  Our generous sponsor is Heart Song Design Shop.  They have a wonderful selection of digital images.

I chose this Picket Fence Tulips image and colored it with Copics.  After sponging the sky, I spritzed it with some Shimmer Mist & looks just like the Cryogen irridescent paper, just enough sparkle but not overkill.

I used some papers from October Afternoon (look out Basic Grey, they're catching up on my DP list, lol), some navy and ruby red.  I added a strip punched from my new EK border punch as well. 

Check out Stamps R Us to see what the rest of the design team came up with and to post your rendition of Through the Garden Gate.

Thanks for looking!

Lexi's Creations Challenge - Beach themed

Today over at Lexi's Creations blog, she's got a Beach themed challenge going, and guess who is sponsoring?  That's RIGHT, The Stamping Boutique.

I've been doing a few beach cards lately, so I took this challenge from the Beach-goers view - what does he see when he looks out to sea?  Why, a sailboat, of course!

I doubled the waves for a wider sea and colored them with Copics then sponged the sky with broken china for clouds.  The sentiment and sailboat were colored separately and cut out before popping up on dimensionals.  I cut the top of a stretch of waves so I could slip the sailboat behind the waves.  I added some clear glitter gel pen, white gel pen and some glossy accents here 'n there.  Mats are turquoise and navy, as is the grosgrain ribbon and flourishes added.

Head over to Lexi's blog today to see what all the fuss is about!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Having some fun with Tiffany Doodles

Just some "for fun" cards I made today - both with digital images from Tiffany Doodles.

This first one is obviously an owl, lol, that I colored with Copics then sponged the cloud background using Broken China.  I don't know the designer papers, they came with a Unity order, probably from last year, but I like them.  The sentiments are computer generated.

My second card has been a bit of a nuisance for me ... I colored this a couple of months ago and just couldn't come up with anything.  Loved the coloring on it, but had trouble with my High Hopes sentiment: Guess What?  ... Chicken Butt ... So, after many hours (believe me!) of thinking about this, I finally just said what the heck.  Just cuz the image is a photosketch, doesn't mean I can't have a laugh.  So, went in search of something besides my chicken butt slogan, lol.  Found this a bit humorous, so went with it ...

Hope you like them both ... Think either one of them can double for male or female.
Love to hear what you have to say,

Inspiration Challenge at SCS - Posh Phishies

Today's Inspiration challenge at SplitcoastStampers takes place at Posh Vintage online. I picked this Italian Riviera dress with the red & white stripes & knew I immmediately wanted to use this flotation & fishies image from The Stamping Boutique.

I colored the images with Copics and used my xacto to cut out the flotation/fish before popping up for dimension on this water designer paper.  I double popped the larger fish for even more dimension.  Just their eyes were coated with glossy accents (they're not 'googly eyes', lol).  I finished with some red stitched ribbon and used Pacific Point and Cherry Cobbler as mats.

Head over to SplitcoastStampers' Inspiration challenge to see what everyone else has done.

Thanks for stopping by.
Love to hear what you think.

Friday, July 08, 2011

New Releases at Tiffany Doodles - 3D heart and Sweet Butterfly

Today, Tiffany's released the following 2 images - SO very sweet.

This first one is the Sweet Butterfly set.  As you can see, there are 3 pieces, the 2 butterflies and the sentiment.  Until July 15th, you can get this image at 10% off regular store prices.  Check it out at Tiffany Doodles today.

I also put this in the SplitcoastStampers gallery for today's Free For All - make a project reflecting something you loved/love for the summer.  (I used to love hanging out with the butterflies.)

I used the profile version and colored it with copics.  I also used the Label 3, found in Tiffany's store, and put the sentiment inside, coloring the frame with Copics as well.  I love this Paper Trey designer paper from the Guidelines paper pack.  Hopefully this card inspires you to check out Tiffany's store for this and other amazing images.
Second up, Tiffany is releasing this 3D heart image with 4 sentiments. 

I put the sentiment on the same panel as the image (and will admit I wish I had placed it a little bit lower to center it more), before coloring with Copics.  I added some glossy accents to all the hears to make them even more "3D" before cutting it out with my xacto.  The papers I used are from Stampin Up and then finished with a few pearls and some pretty in pink ribbon knots. 

Hopefully I did Tiffany's images justice.
What do you think?  You know I love your comments, so leave one if you have time.
Thanks for stopping by!