I live in Idaho with a great hubby and two sons. I love the fiber arts and papercrafts. I have started running and recently completed a FULL MARATHON. If you want a glimpse in to my life, this is the place for you. Hope you enjoy your time.
As a hair twirler myself, I absolutely love that about Pinkie!! She works so well with the "I Love You" vertical sentiment from one of the image plates. I adore vertical sentiments and love that Sweet Pea Stamps has two entire sheets of them here.
I have loved this image since I first saw it so it was all printed out and just waiting to be colored. I grabbed my K& Company Sweet Nectar paper pad. I used a different sheet from the same pack and cut out the flowers to add. I used my Taffy Smooch on the hearts and her boots, then created some pearls in the corner with my Viva Decor pearl pen. Love the colors, love the image, I love the way the card turned out!
Oh my! Aren't they just wonderful? These are only four of the many that are available and even better, they are in deep etched red rubber so you will actually get clear lines and a good image. I have been eyeing up this artist, Sue Coccia, for years. I have seen her coloring books, drooled at her website and wished to be able to own something just like these stamps for a LONG time. Now I can and so can you!!! I can hardly even believe the price. They are only $11.99 each. For all this detail! Can you tell how excited I am? I am just rambling, and rambling. Trust me, there are cartwheels happening here!!! (lucky you, not able to see them)
I think this new release image named Kim's In Awe and drawn by Elisabeth Bell exclusively for SCACD is so adorable! How many of you have ever had the chance to see a daughter, niece, neighbor, granddaughter, etc. in a similar position. I love the after, when the butterfly has flown away, and they are just so excited by the experience.
We were provided with a sketch this week for TIOT and it really was a wonderful starting point. I pulled out my Kaisercraft Seaside papers to work with. I love the color themes in this pack. The photo doesn't show it well at all, but the butterfly is highlighted with sparkles by using my Viva Decor glitter liner in hologram. I love the super fine tip on the liner that lets me work in small spaces like this butterfly.
The flowers on the middle strip are by Petaloo. They actually started out white, but with the help of the same marker used to color portions of Kim's dress, they now match exactly! How fabulous is that? I love white flowers.
Be certain to swing by the SCACD Store Blog- Follow Your Heart sometime soon to see what the other members of this amazingly talented DT have created. I promise it will inspire you.
This is one of the new images by Karen Middleton called Fairie Friends. Every time I look at it I think of the saying 'a little bird told me'. The sheet has this and three other adorable images. I am so glad I don't have to pick only one, because I am not certain I could! The colors of the Basic Grey Romani (aka Gypsy) paper collection seemed perfect for a cheerful fairie setting. One day I am going to use up all of this collection I have and be very sad, but no sense just having it sit in the drawer either!
I had a difficult time deciding if I was going to go all bright, muti-colored and funky or something more subdued. I ended up someplace in the middle by using the bright green. The background paper is from the K& Company pack Sweet Nectar and the entire pack is bright and fun. It will be great to use with this image again and again. Speaking of wonderful papers, SCACD has in several of the new Prima 6x6 packs (please leave one Moulin Rouge pack for me!) as well as a bunch of the 2011 Prima flowers.
I debated several times about using my Viva Decor Pearl pen on the polka dots on the top middle layer. I ended up not, but am still waffling. What do you think?
I love all of Plate #76 drawn by Meredith Dillman for Sweet Pea Stamps. Each one of the faries are stunning and have fabulous details. This image is one called Blue Fairy. I needed a little bit of a Spring is coming reminder with the new snow we got this week. Butterflies, for me, are always helpful for bringing cheer and a reminder of warmer days.
Go green as in recycle. I actually ended up re-purposing, but I figure that is close enough. I used the new image Cameo Rose drawn by Elisabeth Bell exclusively for SCACD
I knew that I wanted to have some of those gorgeous prima roses on this card. I had the perfect blue one and then I had a light grey and a dark grey one and that was IT. Now, I know you are all cringing, I was too, but the grey had to become pink. I know, I know, grey roses are hard to find and usually would be perfect for what I make, but not this time. (by the way- SCACD does have grey roses and they are on SALE)
Out came the Smooch Spritz in Pink Sparkle because really, what could I lose? Might as well give it a go, right? 30 seconds later I had this:
WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! PINK roses!!!
I left them to dry and began assembling my card. I used another of the fabulous new embossing folders by Craft Concepts called Stately. I inked the embossing a bit to give it the 'aged' look. Anyone else have the white bed with the gold paint to 'antique' it or am I the only one that old?
I arranged the now perfect colored roses below the image with some die cut leaves. Then, feeling the need for just a touch more, I grabbed two of the new Smooch colors Lettuce and Shabby Pink to highlight the leaves and roses.
I received some FUN new goodies in the mail from SCACD and decided that I needed to grab one of the new release stamps drawn by Carmen Medlin and PLAY~
The image is called Fresh Picked. I used the brand spankin' new embossing folder called Garden Swirl by Craft Concepts. They have some wonderful designs and they don't make more. When they are gone, they are gone. So glad I have mine :). That gorgeous flowered paper in the circle and paper piecing her skirt is from the new Memory Box collection Brioche. This is probably one of my favorite cards I have made recently. I just love the flowers, colors, and the way everything works together.
Ok, now it is time for a confession. Do you see that stitching on the bottom part of the patterned paper? Guess what? It is actually hand stitching, not faux. Guess what else? I enjoyed doing it! I know. Ok, are you picked up off the floor and back in your seat? I have to let you in on a secret. I used the new Sew Easy and it really was. I went from someone who said they would never take the time to hand stitch to someone who wants more of the attachments. Yep, that is me! My friend Danni has a fabulous tutorial for using these,HERE, that you really should check out. I used the darkest brown in the brown floss pack.
The flowers in the corner are from a pack of Petaloo Velvet Hydrangeas and the colors were just perfect!
Next time I think I will color in more of the map background as well, just for fun!
Valentine's Day- a day for all the mush and love and gunk. Yep, I do enjoy that part of it, but at our house we do not celebrate Valentine's Day. My DH said many, many years ago that he thinks it is stupid. If you love someone no one should have to remind you with a special day to tell them. Now, this only works because he does do things other days, if he didn't, that would be another story. He really is a great guy!
In keeping with the anti- Valentine's Day process and as a challenged for those funky gals at Smeared & Smudged, where we take great pride in being just a bit different, we are doing a special Valentine's Day hop for you Smeared & Smudged Style. The challenge part is NO red or pink, NO hearts and nothing CUTE, unless of course you make it uncute.
In case you missed it last week, there was a great big release of new exclusive stamps at SCACD. There was an entire sheet drawn by Carmen Mendlin. Since I already played with the lovely fairy Lilia , I pulled out this image called 1st Signs of Spring and she just screamed TAG! When things scream at me I find it is usually in my best creative interest to listen.
It looks pretty simple, but there is actually a LOT going on with this tag. I started by spraying (ok soaking) the tag with Smooch Spritz in Pink Sprinkle. After it had dried, I stamped the image with Momento ink and then also stamped the image with Momento ink on the SEI Velvet Paper in red. I cut out the dress and flowers from the velvet paper and glued them onto the image stamped on the tag. I used Copics to color the flower leaves, her hair and the flowers in her hair and on her shoes. The headband, shoes and stripes in the dress were all colored with Smooch in Taffy. The flower in the upper left is a Petaloo velvet hydrangea and the pearl center is one I actually made with my Viva Decor Pearl Pen in cream. The pearls down the right side are Bella Baubles. I swear there are like seven gazillion pearls in that little bag. I use them, and use them but the bag is still full! Maybe it is a magic plastic bag?
Well, the lovely lady 1st Signs of Spring is no longer screaming at me. She and I are both please with the finished product.
I hope that you have arrived here from Kim Dello's Blog. If not, you should start at the Store Blog where you will find not only the complete list, but also a chance to WIN the release. Don't worry about ordering though, if you order and turn out to be the winner, Susana at SCACD will take care of things!
I get to share Lila by Carmen Medlin. Isn't she just the best fairy?
I have used the Smeared Ink digital image Scientist. I would have followed the sketch that is the CHALLENGE this week, but I forgot!!!
My twisted sense of humor was around though. I kept thinking about the commercials 'there's an app for that' about all the smart phone applications available out there. I figure that long before smart phones there was some mad scientist in a room someplace saying "There's a potion for that!".
Be sure you check out what everyone else created!!!