Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Copics, Copics Everywhere!

For those of you who like Copics... with a Copic addiction OK! who are totally OBSESSED!!! with Copics like myself...hehehe...here is what I have been up to since my Copics came from the Sweet & Sassy Stamps Copic Club.

This little Easter Anya from The Greeting Farm is soooo cute, that I could not do just one. I had to do a bevy of beauties! I colored all with Copics and detailed with a Sakura Gelly Roll Med white pen. This is the first one, she is a blonde bombshell and she is just too sweet for words.

Here is my Red-Hot, Red-Head Anya! They say (and just WHO are THEY anyway?) that red heads should not wear pink, but I think she is ROCKIN' that hot pink dress! hehehe

I really like the way this one turned out, not really brunette, more of a "bronde", if you know what I mean...She has a real 'girl next door' feel to her.

Last, but certainly not least! Here is a card that my DD and I made together during some much enjoyed mother-daughter time.

I think she did a great job and she really has taken to cardmaking since she realized how much fun it can be. She is a very creative young lady and this is just another extension of her many talents...(not proud of her, am I? hehehe)

Well, let me know what you have been up to so far this week! I love to hear from you all, I am trying my best to visit all the blogs of my 92!!!!! followers! but it is taking me a bit to do it. (my boss actually wants me to WORK, how rude!)


Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Monday!

Well, this weekend was busy, as usual. Two birthday parties, a wedding shower, church and yardwork! Whew! I am tired all over again just thinking about it! hehehehe
I DID get to do some crafting, though. Here are a few new things....

This card was inspired by a lady that came to look at my cards at the Library Fund Raiser. She asked if I had anything with Lighthouses. I remembered this stamp set by Our Daily Bread Designs and thought it would be perfect! I used my MS Picket Fence Border Punch to accessorize the look. The CS is corner punched with the Fiskars Heritage Corner Punch.

Here are the Copic colors I used to create this image. I was going for a night-time look, not sure if I pulled it off, but I think it looks nice.

I layered the image with soft grey and royal blue CS and some soft blue/green DP from my stash...not sure what the name/maker is. I used paper flowers and gemstone brads from Spare Parts to embellish.

Don't you love this scripture? I know I do...it reminds me that no matter what is going on in my life, God is present and in control. I can rest in His peace knowing that He takes care of all my needs.

I followed the theme from the front to the inside and used my MS Picket Fence Border Punch again to just give it that little extra "something."


Thursday, March 26, 2009

None of that 'Sissy Stuff' here!

Are you tired of those Sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality? Well, Let's try this my way, Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.
1. When you are sad, I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!
2. When you are blue, I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile, I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in, hehehe.
4. When you're scared, we will both high tail it out of there.
5. When you are worried, I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!
6. When you are confused, I will use little words.
7. When you are sick, Stay the heck away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall, I'll pick you up and dust you off-- After I laugh my butt off!!
9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask; -- because you are my FRIEND!

Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
but only YOU can feel the true warmth.
Try sending this to 10 of your closest friends...
Then, wrack your brain trying to think of more than 4! hehehe


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Oh My Oh My!

So many good things going on around here! This last weekend, I sold several cards (yayyy me!) and a couple I did not even get a chance to take a picture of! I can show you the images I colored for one of them, because I DID take pictures of the images. This WOJ Henry image is one of my all time favs. I really like the color combination on this one.

I also just found out that a card I submitted for the Christian Paper Crafts Magazine has been accepted!!!! It is a new publication and the first issue is due out in May. Here is the card I submitted...

look familiar? I am very proud of this card and so happy that they chose this one to be in the magazine.

Here is a new card I made with two of the stamped images my friend Cindy E. at Heart's Delight Cards sent me. She is a sweetie and you really should check out her blog...she is super talented!

I made this while I was sitting at a table in our Community Center, selling cards to raise money for our local library. It was colored with Copics, and I have included a pic of the colors I used.

The CS is from a Joann's Valu Pack, the DP is Flair Designs - Amazing Grace pack - The Lord's Prayer, the ribbon is Basic from Michael's, the sentiment is from a ColorBok Vellum Quote Pack called Everyday Blessings, the brads are from my stash.

On the inside, I used my EK Success Photo Corner Punch, more of the Lord's Prayer DP and some Strathmore Bristol Smooth white paper.

Hope you are all having a fabulous week, I am trying to get caught up on all my "to-do's," the most important one being getting my taxes filed. This is the first year that I have taken so long to do this. Usually I am done by the middle of Feb. and have my refund by the end of Feb. My DH has issued an ultimatum of "NO MORE CRAFTING!!" asked me very sweetly to put off making more cards until I get the taxes filed! (hehehe, he did not say no more blogging!)


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Boys will be Boys! and Color Create Week 7!

This week, I needed some cards for my brother and nephews. All three of them have birthdays this month. Is is just me? Or is it hard to make masculine cards? Well, here is what I came up with... (scroll down for Color Create #7)

This totally adorable little Skater Ian from TGF seemed like the perfect match for my youngest nephew. He also seemed like the perfect card for Cupcake Craft Challenge #31, which is to use brown + either blue, pink or green. I chose green. I colored him with Copics and used DP from a DCWV stack called "The Green Stack." It is 70% recycled and has the coolest colors and designs! (being green is a plus!) The CS is from my stash and the brads are Basic Grey Urban Prairie.

I had no idea for the sentiments, so I turned to my trusty friend, Mr. Google, to help me out. I googled, "Skater slang," and found a website (http://punkskateboarders.tripod.com/id73.htm) that gives all the current skater-speak and the translations for yoinkers like me! hehehe (you will have to check the site to get the meaning!)

I trimmed around Ian and popped him and the sentiment up on foam dots. The sentiments were generated on my computer and printed out.

Here is second Ian I made while I was on a roll! All the supplies were from my stash and I (of course!) colored him with the W1-7 Copics and R27 Cadmium Red.

Isn't this guy just beautiful? I found this stamp on sale at Joann and HAD to make him mine! I am a MAJOR dragon fan! My oldest nephew and I share a love of reading, especially stuff like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, so I thought this would be just right for him. I am also using him as my entry for the Color Create Wk 7 Challenge. The colors are red and green, and the option is to put something with wings. He works well, don't you think?

I colored this handsome guy with Copics and cut him out. The CS and DP are all from my stash, the brads are Basic Grey Urban Prairie again, and the ribbon is from the clearance section at Michael's.

The matting under the sentiments were corner punched with the Heritage punch by Fiskars and the sentiments were punched with a corner rounder by Marvy. (I did not like the way the matting looked with the coloring on the edges, so I went back and colored the whole matting with my E37 Sepia marker. It looks better, but I did not get a pic before I mailed it.)

Here is the sentiment on the inside. These sentiments were found by googling "dragon related quotes." I thought these were too funny and I know my nephew will like them as well!

I popped him up on foam dots for a 3-D look. Now, I just have to make an envie to fit him! I made this a slightly larger card (5x7) to fit this very large image. Sorry for the bad lighting in my pics! I will try to take them earlier in the day next time.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Winner, Winner...Chicken Dinner!!!! hehehehe

The winner of my Awesome Blog Candy was chosen using Random.org's random widget. I had a total of 158 comments! WooHoo! You guys ROCK! Without further ado, the winner is......

Stephanie said...
Thanks for the chance to win some candy! Here is a link to my post about your candy: http://stephieree80.blogspot.com/2009/03/want-some-crafty-candy.html
March 14, 2009 8:47 PM

Stephanie, send me your snail-mail addy and I will get this out to you ASAP!!!!

Thanks to every one that joined in! Last time I checked, I had over 1,380 hits! So, that meant another draw for a MS border punch, also using Random.org......

Margarita (Scrapy33) said...
Thanks a lot for this awesome
Blog Candy

March 16, 2009 5:52 PM

And, even though we did not reach 100 followers, the 80 or so that I did get are just out of this world! There are so many talented people out there and I am loving that this Blog Candy let me find you and you find me! So, I am gonna do one more draw for a MS border punch, just for the heck of it!

debra said...
Hi Shannon great candy and what better day to end on happy paddys day. pic linked you on the right on my blog thanks for the chance to win Debra xx
March 15, 2009 5:27 PM

Debra and Margarita, send me your snail-mail addies and which Martha Stewart Border Punch you would like, and I will get those out as soon as I track them down!

If I do not hear from the winners by 11:59 on Friday (03/20/09), I will choose again.

On a personal note, thank you all for your many lovely comments on my blog and my work. I am going to start visiting you all, one at a time, so you should see me lurking on your blog soon! Again, thanks for making my first ever Blog Candy such a big success!


1,000 1,250 Hits Blog Candy Extravaganza!!!!!!!




I have had such a great response from my blog candy! I am up over 1,053 hits now! Unfortunately, I am not at home, so......that means you still have time to enter! In honor of my Irish Heritage, I will extend the Candy until:

St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2009!

In addition...if I reach 1,250 hits and/or 100 followers, I will draw one more random name for each of these milestones and the winners will each receive a Martha Stewart Border Punch of their choice! (provided I can FIND it here where I live, hehehe, they can be hard to find!)

"If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough!"

Here is the awesome BLOG CANDY I am giving away when I hit 1,000 1,250 hits! All you have to do to play along is post my candy on your blog (please!) If you would like a second entry, you could follow me (no pressure! hehehe...) Then come back to me and leave a comment, with a link to your post. If you choose to follow, leave a second comment. My DH will draw a random winner after my counter hits 1,000 1,250! (I am currently at 879 1,040 . . . just FYI!)

There is a lovely album for you scrapbookers, along with tons of stamps(new, of course!)

I have also included a rather large selection of paper, different kinds, different makers.

There is a MS starburst punch(my 4yr old chewed on the box so I threw it out! ewww!), embellies, ribbon, and some beautiful watercolors I won in another Blog Candy, but (shhh, don't tell anyone!) I don't know HOW to watercolor! *sigh* There is also a super-cool tool called a "Scraparatus" that I am including. I found these on sale and bought every last one! I love mine, you use it to make these itty bitty die cuts (dies included) or set eyelets, punch holes, etc.

Don't forget to leave your comments! I look forward to choosing a winner soon!


Monday, March 16, 2009

Inky Impressions 1st Design Team Call

Here are two of my fav cards that I am entering in the Inky Impressions DT Call.

There are a whole bunch of really talented ladies trying out for this. I hope that I am chosen to be one of the DT members....what a blessing that would be!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Some new cards, and a Surprise to Come (scroll down for info!)

Hello All! Just when I was enjoying the lovely spring-like weather, Texas sprung! It is about 50 degrees outside, wet and nasty! Oh well! Here is a bit of Springtime Loveliness to cheer your heart!

I was not following a sketch with this one, I actually colored the image first. This is another free image like the last one. (look at the previous post to find the link) Aren't these birdies just too sweet for words? The card itself is a lovely olive CS. I used a plain, cream CS that I border punched with MS Lace Scallop border punch and the same green CS and my image. I corner punched both with the Heritage 3 in 1 Border Punch from Fiskars. The ribbon is from Wally-world craft department and the cross with dove is Blue Moon.

I love this sentiment and thought it would be just perfect for my two little birdy friends here. Is is a sticker that I mounted on the same green CS.

Here is a shot to show how I cut them out and popped them up on foam dots to add dimension. They were, of course, colored with Copic markers. I will have to show you the colors I used later.

I just got this new MS leaf punch and I thought it really made the Spare Parts flower and gem embellies stand out. I can tell you to expect to see a LOT of this in the future! LOL
Here is the inside of the card, I have pretty much just carried the theme from the front inside.
And here is a gusset fold envie that I made all by my little self to put it in and not smush the pretty embellies. You can see in the first photo how thick it is. Want to try it? Just let me know and I will tell you how. I used a band of a matching green CS that is border punched to finish off the look and hold the envie shut. I don't have time to post the recipe today, but I promise I will.
And now, the surprise....
I am gonna give away some BLOG CANDY when I hit 1,000 hits! I am talking some SERIOUS candy, not just a little bit...check back later for a pic and all the DEETS! All you have to do to play along is post my candy on your blog (please!) If you would like a second entry, you could follow me (no pressure!hehehe) Then come back to me and leave a comment linking your post. If you choose to follow, leave a second comment. I will draw a random winner the day after my counter hits 1,000. (I am currently at 879...just FYI!)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge #30 & DT Call

Isn't this a lovely image? For this week's challenge at Cupcake Crafts, Springtime is our inspiration. It is such a peaceful image, I immediately thought of this beautiful swan .jpg that I downloaded from a gallery of free images on the web. Thanks to Enfys at Going Buggy for the link! Here is what I came up with...

I printed out the image on Strathmore Bristol Smooth (300 series). It is really heavy weight and the Copics love it! I did not even heat set the ink and there was no smudging when I colored. When I showed it to my DH, he remarked that it looks kind of like stained glass.

I layered on CS and DP that I border punched and used a vellum sentiment that seemed to go with the image. The pretty little Celtic cross has the same feel as the border on the image so it was perfect to complete my card.

Here are the Copic colors that I used...I am up to 39 pens now! I see these really becoming an addiction!

CS: soft grey, yellow and white from a multipack I got at Joann, DP: a green flourish that came from a HL Greetings of the Seasons pack, RIBBON: yellow floral ribbon from Joann and white from Walmart, BORDER PUNCH: Lattice from the Paper Studio, EMBELLIES: Spare Parts flowers and brads, Blue Moon Celtic cross.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar #41 - Torn Edges

The challenge this week over at SoS is to use torn edges in your work. This is kind of outside my comfort zone because I am kind of OCD when it comes to things lining up and being straight...LOL! I used this card by Camilla on the DT as my inspiration.

I had this lovely little Cheer Anya just waiting to be colored so I pulled out my new Copics and here she is! I have placed the markers I used in the photo, except I forgot the colorless blender I used to bring out the highlights in her hair. I trimmed around the image and popped her up on foam dots.

CS: light blue that I had stashed away. DP: Cloud9Design double sided Chocolate Swirl & Chocolate Chalet, Kelly Panacci for SandyLion Atomic Turquoise & Turquoise Mini Squares Ribbon: Michael's $1 Bin "Friends" Embellies: Gemstone Brads are Spare Parts, Paper Flowers are Spare Parts and the sentiment is from a Joann's vellum pack called "Friends"

Inspite of myself, I like how the torn edges look and the layers give it lots of depth. Here is a shot of the layers and the image popped up.

This is a shot of the inside of the card and the sentiment that I chose to complement the sentiment on the front. I thought the Cheer Anya was especially appropriate for a friend card, because our friends are often our biggest cheerleaders!

I really like this color combination and can see this becoming a favorite very soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Top Five List...

Where have I been the last week?
#5: I got tired of blogging and decided to quit! (like that will ever happen!)
#4: I could not pay my internet bill because I spent all my money on Copic Markers! (hubby would KILL me! hehehe)
#3: I joined a "scrapbooking group" that turned out to be a cult, got brainwashed and have spent the last week being "de-programmed!" (the flowers and tambourines should have been a clue...)
#2: Got abducted by aliens! (It could happen!)
#1: Been so overwhelmed with self-inflicted injury (see previous post here), sick children and out of town husband that I have had ZERO time to do ANYTHING!

If you have not guessed, it was #1, although 2 or 3 sound like more fun to me! hehehe So, now I am jumping back in with a new card, some great news and a question for all of you...
First of all, the card:

This is actually one of the FEW things I was able to do this last week. Not the card, I made that today, but coloring the image. I think it turned out good, then I got a little happy with the white gel pen...oh well! The umbrella turned out especially nice!

CS: Cream colored CS that I had stashed away
DP: foof*a*La Paper Pad, blue is from the Summer Ete collection, cream with text is from the Thrift Shop Boutique D' Occasions collection, pink DP is DCWV.
Lace Border Punch: MS
Image: this Willow with Umbrella image was sent to me by Cindy E. She is stamped with Versafine ink and embossed with clear EP.
Markers: Prismacolor and Tria
Embellies: White gel pen, blue brads,
pearl stickies, paper flowers from stash.
Ribbon, silver plaque from Joann's and
gemstone brad is Spare Parts from HL.

I planned to use this one for the High Hopes "warm fuzzy" challenge. I am LOVING this MS border punch! It gives such a romantic look to the paper. This image makes me think of being lonely, so I thought it made a great "Miss You" card.

Now for the great news.....
Lookit what I got!!!!!!!!!
Aren't they just delicious???? I got them from someone else, never been used! AND....they were free!!!!! YAAYYYYY!!! (you KNOW I lurve a bargain!!!!) There are 21, yep...count 'em, 21 of these little beauties here. And they color like a DREAM...I was actually somewhat skeptical that Copics were any better than Prisma. BOY, WAS I WRONG!!! The colors blend so nicely! I had not bought any because HL is the only place around here that sells them and they are $5.99 each!!! (strike that, they just went up to $6.49, ouch!!) I did find a cool place online: http://www.carpediemstore.com/
that sells them really inexpensively so I will probably stock up on them thru that store. It is cheaper if you buy more because the shipping is pretty stable, so the more you buy, the less the shipping is per pen. And, if you buy $50 or more, the shipping is free!
Now, my question...
Would anyone be interested in going in with me to buy copics? I know there are lots of "Copic Clubs" but they charge way more than I think we could get using this store. Right now they are on sale for $3.95 each, so if we can order $50 or more, the shipping will be free and then you can just pay the actual shipping from my place to yours, which should be minimal. What do you think?