Friday, April 3, 2009

Miss Bryony and Miss Willow

This will be a bit quick, but I wanted to get these sweeties up. I've had Bryony since before Thanksgiving and have just had the guts to attempt to present her. I saw her sweet little face and fell in love! She's just sitting there, sweet as can be, keeping watch over her domain. I see a sweet, strong, silent nature to her and she so reminds me of my great niece, Madeline. She's quiet because she can't get a word in edgewise with our Paige, but she's very strong in her will and personality. I wouldn't try and take one of Madeline's toys no more than I would try with one of Bryony's mushrooms!

She's stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with my copics. I used this gorgeous paper from the Fantasy Paper pack from Dovecraft (Exclusively sold at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design!), outlined a bit of it with my Spica Glitter pen and used some Bella Baubles on the corners. I wanted to give her a softness so I rounded a couple of Bryony's corners. The ribbon is of my own making - using my copics on white satin ribbon! Suzanne, you'd be proud of me! I made my own ribbon when I was working with Cindy Lawrence at Stamp New England and loved the effect it had. Plus I get whatever color I want that way! And Christine, I popped her wings up!

Miss Willow kept calling out to me and I found this paper and knew it had found it's place on this card! I love the red and yellow on the blue background. So soft and delicate, but not fragile colors. Willow Kneeling is from the Spring Whiff of Joy Collection and her face so reminds me of one of the kids here at school. I love this kid and she's the sweetest thing. I'm thinking about giving her this card just because every time I look at it, I think of her. I colored her with my copics and cut her out with my oval nestibilities. I used my dotted swiss cuttlebug embossing folder and SU ticket punch for the corners and added some baubles in the corner and some ribbon and a hatpin. I adore her!

Hope you enjoy these two as much as I enjoyed presenting them. I'm off to finish up some scheduling and then to work for a while at the bowling alley. I'm off to get a new cell phone, a Blackberry so I can text. My kids say my old Razor has to go! Hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll be back tomorrow with another card. . I think I feel a Bella or Hanna or Shy Bear coming on!
Card Ingredients:

Bryony from Faerie Song Art, Bella Baubles, Fantasy Paper from Dovecraft, copics, nestibilities, ribbon, hatpin, Atyou Spica Glitter pen in clear, stickles, SU ticket punch.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Best Blog Candy!

Who doesn't love blog candy? Well, I know where there's some really sweet candy that won't give you cavities or assist in you gaining weight! Elisabeth Bell Blog Candy is coming to Susana’s (SCACD) store blog, Follow Your Heart on April 6th – 13th!!

Everyday a puzzle piece of the prize will be revealed! What’s up For Grabs?

A signed print by ©Elisabeth Bell of a “NEW Upcoming Stamp to SCACD”!!

You'll have to head over to the store blog, the “Follow Your Heart” Blog for all the details!, to enter. Keep checking for the details. This is something you won't want to miss!

While you're waiting, stop over at Susana's store and check out her new Spellbinders Impressionabilities and Shapabilities! And she's also carrying Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for those of you who are using copics. It's the greatest ink!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Willow With Sunhat

I've been in a soft color mood lately. I think it's all the wishing for spring weather that's doing that to me. When I received my Spring Collection from Whiff of Joy, I fell in love with Willow With Sunhat. She looks so pretty with her hat with the fresh spring flowers on top and her satin bow. I so wish I could wear hats but if it's not a baseball hat, I can't carry it off.

I stamped Willow with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with my copics. I added some Bella Baubles to the corners and to the middle of the Prima flowers and spacers. This background paper is one of my favorite pieces and I must have 5 or 6 sheets of it. I'm stingy when I use it and it only goes on my favorite cards! The ribbon is from my stash. For the ribbon on her hat, I used some Glossy Accents to make it look smooth and shiny. Her flowers are highlighted with my clear glitter pen. I think she looks very fresh and springy.

This Willow image is so beautiful on it's own that it doesn't take a lot of doctoring to make her stand out. Sometimes I think less is more and this is one of those cases. I so wish for spring weather and that's what I had in mind when I was putting Willow together. Yep, less is more and I want warmer weather!

Card Ingredients:

Willow with Sunhat from Whiff of Joy, Bella Baubles, copics, Prima flowers, spacers, ribbon, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Atyou Spica Glitter Pen

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday 12 - Gift Pack Set

This is going to be quick until tomorrow morning. Suzanne, our super talented Design Team Leader for gave us the challenge of creating a carSusana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD), d and a gift set. The first thing that popped into my mind was a candle and bookmark! We've lost power here twice for a significant amount of time and so I thought it would be great to receive a candle and book mark and a great book. That way I've a bit of warmth, light and entertainment!

I picked out Daphne in her Floaty Bear from Eat Cake Graphics from Susana's shop and she just yelled to be put to paper! I colored her with copics, cut her out using my nestabilities and used Glossy Accents to make the floatie look like plastic and stickles for the water. The Retro paper from Dovecraft is perfect for this cutie!

I thought I'd snaz up a plastic container that holds Crystal Light Packets because it's the best thing in the world to drink on a hot day! I accented the top with a few Bella Baubles and ran some ribbon around the side. As for the book mark, I glued Daphne to a coated paper clip. Nothing like a good book and cold drink on a hot day. I'm reading the Harry Potter series right now, but I can feel a few romances coming on! Sorry these last two pictures are so blurry. I'll try and retake them tomorrow after I get new batteries.

Make sure you stop by our Follow Your Heart blog and take a look at all my other Design Team Buddies projects. I just know they'll be fabulous! And I'd like to say "Good-bye", to Lynn who's been so fun to work with this past month and welcome Karolyn who has decided to stay a month longer with us! Lynn, it's been so great creating with you!

Card Ingredients:

Daphne in her Floaty Bear by Eat Cake Graphics, Stickles, Copics, Nestabilities, Bella Baubles, Retro Paper Pack from Dovecraft.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Roses on Paper Design Team Challenge - Stamping on Candles!

Today is the day for our Roses on Paper Design Team Challenge and it was issued by our very talented and inspiring Iris. She did a great tutorial on stamping on candles which you can see at our Roses on Paper Design Team Project and Tutorial blog. She gave us the picture above and challenged us to stamp on a candle. I love doing this and had such fun with this challenge!

I thought Angel Anya just needed to be on a candle! She's so angelic looking and with the Easter season approaching, I think so much about our heavenly hosts and the influences they have on our lives and how they protect and look out for us. I colored her with copics and used some stickles on her halo and wings and just a bit on her dress.

I thought the sentiments in my new "Life" stamp set that PaperTrey Inc., so graciously donated to all of us at Stamp New England last weekend, was so appropriate for the upcoming holiday. We should celebrate life and live it to it's fullest every day. It's a gift and we shouldn't take it lightly.

Here are a couple of pictures of the sides. I used Prima flowers, spacers and brads and you know me, it's got to have stickles on it somewhere! I added some branches using my Martha Stewart punch. Love that thing!

I love this gold ribbon from my stash. I think it makes Anya look like she floating on a cloud of gold. And the hatpin is because I love pearls!

I hope you enjoy her and will give stamping on candles a try! To me, it's much easier than doing a card! Make sure you stop by our Design Team Blog and see the gorgeous candles that my inspirational and creative designing sisters came up with. They're stunning!

Candle Ingredients:

Angel Anya by The Greeting Farm, Prima Flowers, Stickles, Martha Stewart branch punch, candle, tissue paper, copics, ribbon, hatpin.

Stamp New England

I finally have had a chance to organize myself and get some pictures up from our Stamp New England event I attended with my friends Lynn and Molly. What a blast we had! I've not laughed so hard in such a long time! We all met and got on the road and talked all the way to Portsmouth, NH. We were early enough to make a couple of shopping stops and had some lunch at Ruby Tuesday's (yum!). Then we went off trying to find a scrapbook store called Wholly Scrap. Well, we got lost and spent about an hour and a half driving and even went back into Maine to find the store that we were just two minutes away from it when we started out! The lady working the store was great and friendly and helpful on our way there and laughed so hard at us as we stumbled in and said "Wholly Scrap! We finally found you!"

Here's Lynn and Molly, my good stamping buddies in our conference room at the Sise Inn, a beautiful Inn that Stamp New England was held at! Hey guys!

Stamp New England was the first organized stamping event where we got to meet other stampers and learn from some of the best in the business! So many people contributed products for door prizes and I was so proud to design for Susana at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design and Summer at Roses on Paper who were very generous with their donations! Thanks you two! Now on to our projects! This is the cutest sketch book that we made. We were late for the beginning of the class but we caught up! Karen Moltz helped everyone with the Bind-It-All (I need to get me one of these!) and conducted the Make and Take. Most of us brought sketches and voila, you have your own book dedicated to sketches for cards! Too cute and I loved it! And yep, that's a Bella there! Then we were off for the evening. Molly was trying to get over pneumonia so the three of us kind of laid low and go ready for the next day and boy, did we need our energy!

This is my name tag I made (It was done out of my favorite paper (Euphoria by Basic Grey. I'd stamp with it every day if I could!), had Euphoria buttons and my Scrapper's Floss and Metallic Dew Drops (two of my favorite embellishments!), and I stamped my name with an alphabet stamp that my son-in-law Chris picked out for me himself at Christmas. Some of my favorite things! And then we got to make a box out of one of Lauren Meader's templates! What a sweet person she was! Love the box because not only was it cute, but we all received the "Life" set by PaperTrey Inc that had been sold out! And our box got filled with chocolate so what's better than that?

This is Lauren teaching the class. Great templates she has!

Then came Cindy Lawrence and water coloring. Aren't these cards just beautiful? I love water coloring (so much like using my distressed inks that I love so much) and the colors were so beautiful and springy! I was so excited to have a class with Cindy because when I started stamping again, I was drawn to looking at flowers and watercolors, which I used to be pretty good at, and Cindy is one of the best with this technique! We were in the back of the class and she kept checking to see that we had copics, brads, ribbon, reinkers, made sure that everything made it back to the corner to us. Thanks, Cindy! What a talented stamper she is!

Then we had a break for lunch and took a quick break and checked out of the Inn. Here's Molly with her pillow. It always feels best to have your own pillow when you're not feeling well!

The one class I didn't know how I was going to take to was distressing and working with wood. Talk about being out of your comfort zone and my gosh, I LOVED it! Julie Masse did such a great class on working with wood and distressing paper and painting and sewing a bit. What great fun this was! And I got to do three step stamping and love it so much, I bought this Easter chicken set from Kitchen Sink Stamps and have to try it again!

Here's Lynn working on her chick!

And then came Joanne Basil from MFT, one of the companies I love and adore! She taught us the fine art of paper piecing and what a great time we had with that! I never thought about the logic with paper piecing. I've cut out a skirt or dress but that's about it. I'm going to be doing a lot more of this now that I've done it properly!

This was such a great event and all the great projects we got to work on was so worth everything. All three of us are looking forward to the next stamping event and we're bringing more people with us! Hope you enjoyed my rendition of Stamp New England. It was so much fun, and time spent with good friends is time very well spent.