Apr 18, 2014

It's another Digi Bells Blog Hop featuring Elisabeth Bells "Dolly's Picnic"

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!!!
Today is blog hop day for The Digi Bells.  If you are here for the blog hop, that's awesome.... In order to make sure you're on the right track, you should have arrived from our Marvelous Mary Lou's Blog  If not, hop on over to the Digi Bells Blog, and get your hop on the right track?...

If you've arrived without realizing that there was a blog hop in progress... Please feel free to join in on our hop.  A great digi is up for grabs, and we'd LOVE to have you along for the hop.

Before I get to my creation for this months adorable "Dolly's Picnic", I thought I'd just spread the word a little bit, that we are also holding a GDT call.  Anyone interested in joining our team for the next 3 months can check out the details and how to enter by clicking here.

Alright, what do you say, we get on with the show?  lol

I have created a bright, cheerful, and FUN birthday card with this months adorable new Digi.   We all need a little "Bright cheery fun" don't we?

I've used Copics, and just a couple of Prisma Colored pencils for this card.  My banner die cuts are from Whimsy Stamps, and the little tulip cut outs are from a tiny punch that I had laying around.

The  tag sticking out behind my image is a Magnolia Doohickey die.  My birthday sentiment was created on the computer, and the flowers....  Well you must know that I love to make my own flowers...  I've used my EKSuccess Retro flower punch for the center flower, and my EKSuccess Gardinia paper punch for the others.
Yes I know my gardina flowers look a smudged... I did it that way on purpose.  LOL

If you are interested in a tutorial, I actually just posted one on how to make those flowers not long ago.

What more can I saw about this card, other than I REALLY had a lot of fun creating it, and using these very festive, and fun colors.

Your next stop along the way is our beautiful Julie's blog....  But before you go, don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win "Dolly's Picnic" for yourself.  =)

*** The Digi Bells have a Guest DT Call going on right now.....  How would you like to join our team for the next 3 months???  You can find out all the details and enter over on The Digi Bells Blog.

Challenges Entered:

Copic Colors Used:
E00, E0000, E29, E33, B41, YR02, R81, R85, YG03, YG17, YG67
Prisma Colors Used:
943-Burnt Ochre, 1101-Denim Blue, 922-Poppy Red, 1034-Golden Rod

Apr 15, 2014

Spring is in the air...

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I can not tell you how happy I am that Spring has finally decided to show up.  Living in NY State, I was beginning to wonder if we would ever see Spring...  but ahhhh, finally it has arrived.  So this months challenge over on the Elphine House Australia Challenge Blog, couldn't be more perfect.

So here I am sharing my little rays of Sunshine for this months challenge.  =)

I've used the darling "Daisy Scattering Love" stamp from Elphine House Australia... I thought it would make an adorable stamp for the spring.  And sure enough, I was right.
I've colored her using both Copic markers as well as Prisma Colored pencils... if you're interested in what colors, they can be seen at the bottom of this post.

All of the elements of this cards are my own creation...  I created the digital papers especially for this card, since I really wanted something fresh and new.  The Sun, the Sentiment, the clouds, the flowers, grass pieces etc...  were all done either by hand or by punches.

Challenges that I have decided to enter:

(Colors Used)
Copic - E00, B41, YR0000, YR21, W1, W3, YG17, E25, E33, R08
Prisma - 943-Burnt Ochre, 1040-Electric Blue, 917-Sunburst Yellow

Mar 25, 2014

A Little Wish for you

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
I have a new card to share with you today, It seems like it's been ages since I've used this stamp. 
This one used to be licensed to Belles 'n Whistles, she is called "Wishes".  As far as I know, she is back in Elisabeth Bell's archives.  What a shame, because she's absolutely Gorgeous, and tons of fun to color. 
Today begins a brand new challenge over on the
Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.

We sure hope to see lots of people playing with us. The challenge is "PRETTY PASTELS", perfect for this time of year.  It might be a Birthday Card, but it screams Spring, don't you think?
I would like to be SCREAMING for SPRING right about now, I am sooo tired of winter. 

I've colored sweet "Wishes" with Copics as well as Prisma Color Pencils, the Colors are listed below.
I've used some papers from my scraps for this card,
I've created my own flower using EKSuccess Retro flower punch,
I've also used my Memory Box Lavish Corner die to go along with my flowers.

Challenges that I've entered:

Colors Used:
Skin- E00, 943-Burnt Ochre (Prisma)
Hair- E50, E53, YR23
Clothing- V0000, 1008-Parma Violet (Prisma), 932-Violet (Prisma)

Wishing Well & Grass- E29, E27, E33, W5, W1, YG03, YG17, YG67

Mar 21, 2014

Elisabeth Bell's March Digi Bells Blog Hop

Welcome to this months Digi Bells Blog Hop.
I'm sure if you've been hopping along, you've already seen some amazing creations using this months FABULOUS new Digi by Elisabeth Bell.
Even though this months digi may not appear to be "new" since this sweetie and her adorable K9 friend was once licensed and released in rubber by SCACD. It has been dusted off, and brought back to us as a Fab new Digi. I don't know about you, but I LOVE IT!

If you are here for the blog hop, You should have arrived from my sweet friend,

I'm sure you loved visiting her blog, and seeing her darling creation. =)
If not, why not join us, by starting out over on the

You never know,
YOU might be one of the lucky winners of "Giddyup Pony"
if you just can't wait to see if you've won or not,
"Giddyup Pony" is now available in
I've used both Copics and just 2 Prisma Color pencils.  Colors are listed below.
The papers that I've used are from my own digi paper creations called "Howdy Cowgirl".  You can find these papers here if you are interested.  The flower was made using EKSuccess Retro flower punches, these seem to be my "Go To" punches for creating flowers.  I don't think I could live without them.
It's time for you to head on over to our amazing girl Carla's Blog.... she has something adorable to share with you today. =) But before you go, don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win this little sweetie and her K9 friend.

Challenges I've entered:
Copic Colors Used:
{Skin} E00, 943-Burnt Ochre (prisma)
{Clothing} E31, 946-Dark Brown (prisma), R81, 929-Pink (prisma), BG0000, E37, E29

Mar 18, 2014

Charms and Pins

Greetings everyone.  I've been busy crafting again, doing lots of different projects, but today I am here to share my creation for this months New Challenge over at Elphine House Australia's Challenge Blog

We would love it if more people could join in our challenges.  I mean really WHO DOESN'T LOVE Elisabeth Bell's stamp designs?

The challenge this month is "Charms & Pins"....  So I have used EHA's "Laura-Flowers for you" stamp for my creation.  You can find her and many other darling clear polymer stamps by artist Elisabeth Bell by visiting Elphine House Australia's online shop.

I've used a combination of Copic Markers as well as Prisma Color Pencils for coloring this little sweetie. 

The charms are just odds and ends I had in my stash.  Diging into my trinket box is the most fun of all. I love to save such odds and ends, because you never know when you could use them.

Challenges I've Entered:

 Copic and Prisma Colors Used:
{Skin}E00, 943-Burnt Ochre
{Clothing} YR00, 936-Slate Gray, BG0000, BG02, E0000, E42, E43, 941-Light Umber
{Flowers} R05, Y17
{Kitten} W1, W5{Grass} YG03, YG17, YG67

Mar 2, 2014

My Tutorial on Creating Rosebuds

I thought it was about time to share a tutorial on the flowers that I've been making lately.
If you've seen any of my recent creations, you will know that I've been having way to much fun making my own flowers. 
So before we get started, I thought I'd share of couple of my creations featuring these handmade flowers.
Upon receiving a few messages asking "how" I do it, I thought it would be a good idea to create a step by step tutorial.  So grab a cuppa... and get ready to watch as I do my best to share with you my "How To" in photos.  
Here we go!

You will be amazed at HOW EASY it really is.
Creating Rosebuds using an EKSuccess Gardinia Paper Punch.

Step 1.
In this photo, you find everything that was used to create these types of flowers.
Pretty simple really.
Step 2.
I used basic plain white cardstock.  I usually only use 7 of these petals, sometimes I may feel that I need just one  more.  But 7 usually does the trick.

I randomly ink them on both sides with the lighter color copics, nothing fancy.
You'll see why later on.
Step 3.
Here I took the darker Copic marker and just put a few random strokes of ink on the petals,
Only on one side though, when rolled, these darker inked sides will be rolling inside the petal.
(Petals are usually darker on the inside, right?)
Step 4.
Now I cut them from the paper strip, leaving my bottom edges pointy.
You can see where my scissors are pointing, this is where I cut on an angle, and leave the points on the flower petals.
Step 5.
Here I have all 7 petals cut, and ready to begin the rolling process.
I then use my tweezers from my McGill tool kit.
At this point you can roll them with an embossing tool on a mat, just to give them more flexability.
I have skipped this step this time.
It doesn't make a huge difference, but usually just makes the paper a little easier to work with later.
Step 6.
Aiming the point of my tweezers toward the bottom of the petal point, I begin to wrap the petal around my tweezer.  No need for perfection, you just want a little bit of a cone shaped petal at this point, which you will see in the next photo.
Step 7.
This is what your petal will look like as you wrap it around the tweezers.
Step 8.
Continue rolling up each petal...
Step 9.
Once all of my petals are rolled, I take a piece of wire, and curl it so I have a base to build my flower.  You can usually find this type of wire in a craft store.  It doesn't have to be this type of wire, it can be anything that is thin, and easy to work with.  You usually do not see this once you're finished.

Step 10.
I have chosen to use a Hot Glue Gun, simply because it takes hold immediately.
Here I have put just one dab on the inside of the first petal.
Step 11.
And this is why you need that wire, and that dab of hot glue.
Attach your wire to your first petal.
Step 12.
Now wrap that petal around the wire and loop you've created.
This does not have to look perfect, but should be wrapped tightly, as this is going to be the very center of your flower.
Step 13.
From here, you will begin building your flower
Add a dab of hot glue to the next petal, and position it to the left or right of your center petal
being careful to leave enough room for curling your petal edges.
Step 14.
Repeat the previous step, adding the next petal to the opposite side. 
I usually build my flower this way, leaving the front of the flower more open,
And then ending with just one lower set petal.
(You will see later on)
Step 15.
Here you see all of the petals have been added
Notice that the sides and back have more petals, with the front having only the one that sits a little lower.
Step 16.
Here is where the flower starts to take shape.
I use my little pair of pliers and begin curling back the edges of each petal.
If I'm able to, I will reach in with the tip, and curl the side edges of the petals too.
Step 17.
Once you're satisfied with how the edges are curled and shaped,
you can either leave the flower as is, or you can define your edges a little more with the darker color.
Step 18.
I have decided to add that darker color Copic on the edges. 
Still I was not very careful with my coloring, because what I do next will help blend it all together.
Step 19.
Once I have added my Darker Copic marker on the edges (above)
I held my flower over the sink, and literally poured a bit of Rubbing Alcohol down into the flower.
I have saturated the rosebud pretty well.
Now I have to treat the flower carefully.

I have touched up the curled edges gently,
and then set the flower down to dry.
Here is another photo of this flower as it dries.
I have tried my best to photograph every step that I have taken
I'm sure that there could be many different takes on this idea,
But I just had to share the simplest version I have done.
I always clip the metal stem low, unless of course I feel I'm going to need it.  But usually for cards, I clip it off completely, that way you just have the rosebud and can place it on your card or project directly without extra wire hanging around.

Feb 25, 2014

Birthday Wishes over at Elisabeth Bells World

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I have a new card to share with you today, this was so much fun to color.
Today begins a brand new challenge over on the Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.

We sure hope to see lots of people playing with us.  The possibilities are endless, a birthday challenge is probably the simplest of all challenges.  I hope to see you joining us.  I've used "Sophie's Birthday Balloon" from Elphine House Australia, and that just so happens to be who is sponsoring our challenge this month.  Not to mention a couple of Elisabeth Bells Digital Images as well.  Sounds like a great prize to me.

I've colored sweet Sophie with Copics, the Colors are listed below.
I've used some papers from my scraps for this card, I just thought they fit perfectly, leaving this darling stamp as the main focus. 
I've created my own flower using EKSuccess Retro flower punch, and adding in a little bit of the cheese cloth that I've used under my image.  I really like the effect that it adds.
I've also used a Martha Stewart Leaf, and my Memory Box Lavish Corner die to go along with my flower.

  Challenges that I've entered:

Copics Used:
Skin- E00, E11, R43
Hair- E50, E53, E27
Dress- B95, B21, BG0000

balloon- RV0000, RV21