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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sending You Oceans Of Love

Hey all and Happy Hump day!

I'm on a roll inking up new stamps that I received recently. This one is another SugarPea Designs set. So, so cute and again, super fun to color. This card uses Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 232. I rotated the sketch to accommodate the image.





I stamped the image on XPress-It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored it with Copics. The sand castle and crab are fussy cut and added to the scene. The photo frame is from SU cut from the patterned paper and the banners are Die-namics.

I'm entering my card in the SPD08 Monthly Challenge, which is "anything goes."

Supplies
Stamps: Seaside Wishes set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, and Echo Park Paradise Beach pattern papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: SU photo frame die, Die-namics banner dies, white gel pen, pink Stickles, Doodlebug enamel dots, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking,
Colleen

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You Can Tackle Anything

Happy Tuesday,

Here's a card that I made this past Sunday using another new SugarPea Designs set. The layout is the SPDSS09 from the SugarPea blog.



I made this card for my cousin Brenda who recently broke her leg. After reading some of her recent FaceBook posts, she needs some cheering up, so I'm hoping that this little fishing beaver will help.

I stamped the image on XPress-It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored her with Copics. I paper pieced the hat and the vest. I made a mask and used my cloud stencil to add the clouds in the background and hand "painted' the grass with my Copics. I stamped the sentiment one word at a time so I could wrap it around the oval. The image was layered per the sketch using patterned papers from Doodlebug Designs.

I'm telling you, these SugarPea sets are a blast to color with Copics and I'm enjoying getting more practice using them.

Supplies
Stamps: Great Catch set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Early Expresso and Whisper White card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock and Flower Box by Doodlebug Designs patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana
Other: classic oval and scalloped oval Nesties, Fishtail Flags STAX die, Glossy Accents, MME and Dear Lizzy enamel elements, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks for looking in today,
Colleen

Monday, August 18, 2014

Puff the Magic Dragon

Well Hello all,

My oh my it's been awhile since I've been on my blog! For that matter, it's been awhile since I've done any stamping.

We were gone for a little over two weeks on vacation, and had a glorious time. We rented a vacation house on Cape Cod with friends. Nothing but relaxing. Reading, hiking, beaching, dining out, dining in, happy hours each evening on the porch. You get the idea. And boy, it's been hard to get back into the work groove again. Can I say I'm counting the years until retirement. In the scheme of things, it's not too many years away.

On to my card. Yesterday I got out my stamps, paper and ink and made a card for LeAnn's CAS challenge for The Paper Player's . LeAnn's challenge is to make a CAS children's birthday card. (happy 4th birthday to Cassidy) Before we left on vacation, I received some new stamps from Sugar Pea Designs and I had ordered this super cute dragon set. I knew it would be perfect for this challenge.




I stamped this little dragon onto white card stock with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored him with Copics. I moistened a textured paper towel with Colorless Blender and blotted the dragon's body to make the skin bumpy like "scales". I masked him and stamped the dashed border three times, once each in red, yellow and orange. I trimmed the image, rounded the corners and added the baker's twine, then used some dimensionals to adhere to the card base, also in white. The sentiment comes with the set. Lastly, I added some yellow Stickles to the flame on the cake and some glossy accents over his eyes, toes and cake icing.

Supplies
Stamps: Blow Me Away set by SugarPea Designs and Hearts and Stitches set by MFT
Paper: XPress-It blending card stock- white
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU real red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Copics
Other: Fiskers large corner rounder punch, baker's twine, yellow Stickles, Glossy Accents, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Soak Up the Sun

Hello,

How was your holiday weekend? I hope you had a great one. The weather couldn't have been better here in San Diego county. Nothing but sun, sun, sun! It was a perfect beach weekend and great inspiration to create a card for The Paper Player's "Let's Go To the Beach" challenge.





As you can see, I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 226 for my layout.

The papers and wooden embellishment are from the Taylored Expressions July Key Ingredients kit. The stamps are also Taylored Expressions.

After stamping the chairs and coloring them with Copics, I make masks, then used my Copic Air Brush system to make the sand, sea and sky. The umbrella is paper pieced and popped up with dmensionals. The wooden beach ball is colored with Copics too.

Supplies
Stamps: A Day In Paradise set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: TE red, light blue and Choice Snow white card stock and Echo Park "Summer Bliss" patterned papers
Ink: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice and Copics
Other: Copic Air Brush system, Queen and co wooden beach ball, dimensionals, SU glue dots

I hope you all have a great work week. Mine will be super busy.

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Life Is A Journey

Hi all,

The Crazy 4 Challenge has a fun sketch this week, so I thought I'd play along. This is another birthday card that I needed this week. (lots of friends with birthdays in June).




I mixed up some different stamp sets from two different manufacturers and I really like the way it came together. The recipient did too.

Supplies
Stamps: "Bikes and Trikes" set by Taylored Expressions and LLD "Border It- Modern Borders" set by My Favorite Things
Paper: Orange, blue and white card stock by Taylored Expressions and Simple Stories "DIY" patterned paper
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink by MFT, Copics, SU Island Indigo
Other: TE Grass Border die, oval Nesties, SU corner rounder punch, enamel dots, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks all,
Colleen

Monday, June 23, 2014

Surf's Up!

Happy Monday afternoon,

I hope the start of the work week was good to you. This weekend I had lots of stumpy time and I needed to make two birthday cards. For this one, I took the theme from the current Catered Crop Summer Lovin' challenge and used the sketch from The Paper Players challenge.


                                         

The birthday girl is an avid boogie-boarder and this PI stamp set was just the thing to make her card with. She is stamped with the new Black Licorice MFT Hybrid Ink pad and colored with Copics. I used the Florescent Orange and Green markers to color the wetsuit. After coloring the images, I used some Crystal Effects over the entire boogie board and on the green inserts in the wet suit for a "wet" look.

Here is the inside:



Supplies
Stamps: Pure Innocence "Surfer Girl" set by My Favorite Things
Paper: Taylored Expressions orange and blue card stock, XPress-It Blending white card stock, Echo Park "Paradise Beach" patterned paper
Ink: MFT Hybrid ink pad, Copics, SU Island Indigo and Riding Hood Red
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags &TE Wave border dies, SU flower punch, yellow enamel dot, sewing machine, Crystal Effects, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Thanks for looking,
Colleen

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sending Big Hugs

Hello,

Late night stamping resulted in a card for today's Sweet Sunday Sketch # 224. I saw this week's sketch after Karen posted it to FB yesterday evening and decided to use it to make a birthday card for a friend who lives far away on the east coast in Mass.

I received my latest order from MFT on Thursday with this cute new PI set.




I stamped her with my new Black Licorice Hybrid ink pad, (love the way it stamps, by the way) then colored her with Copics. I paper pieced her dress as you can see. I added pink Stickles to the heart in her hair and Crystal Effects to her shoes to make them look like patent leather. Also in my new order, the Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags dies. Of course, I needed to use them! I cut the image out with my square Nesties. I didn't want to cover up her legs with the horizontal element, so I just added the enamel hearts and dots. The sentiment from the stamp set is stamped with the Hybrid ink.

Here's the inside:


The birthday sentiment is from a SU set.

Supplies
Stamps: Pure Innocence "Sending Big Hugs" by My Favorite Things and "Happiest Birthday Wishes" by Stampin' Up
Paper: Taylored Expressions Choice Snow white and XPress-It Blending card stocks and Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss" patterned papers
Ink: MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Copics
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags and Pierced circle dies, classic square Nesties, Taylored Expressions Scalloped border die, Dear Lizzy enamel hearts and dots, pink Stickles, Crystal Effects, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday. We are headed to the beach later this afternoon for another friend's birthday celebration. Should be fun, fun, fun!

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen