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I BROKE MY LAPTOP

Sunday, June 19, 2016

I somehow managed to break the hinge on my almost brand new laptop. It has been shipped back to Lenovo and will hopefully be fixed soon but until then no blogging.  Look for some sneak peaks on instagram!
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THE AMAZING JENNIFER MCGUIRE, 3D BACKGROUNDS GALORE!

Monday, June 13, 2016

If you saw Jennifer McGuire's post recently here maybe you were as inspired as I was to try faux dimensional stamping.  Well I loved it! It was like magic and I couldn't stop myself and I made a bunch and then I made more and then I made two scenic ones.  This has never happened to me before, maybe I need an intervention. These were all made using stencils, distress inks on Neenah 110lb cardstock. Only one is made into a card  but my plan is to add a die cut sentiment on top and maybe some embellies as needed.  The scenic ones I have plans for as soon as I can manage some coloring time.  Tell me what you think, I would love to hear from you.


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For some reason I could not capture the depth of color on this card and it is so beautiful in person.





a masculine birthday background, at least that is the plan


I thought this was a good idea but really for this technique to work you need an overall design 

Can you see this with some cute Lawn Fawn or Mama Elephant Critters?


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HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW YUMMIES FROM SIMON SAYS STAMPS?


Waffle Flower UP AND RUNNING Dye Ink Pad SET 121000

Simon Says Stamps And Dies HAPPY DAYS Set258HD
Simon Says Stamps And Dies FLORAL SHAPES Set259FS


I really love those yummy colors from Waffle Flower!
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30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE #thedailymarker30day.

I am so happy when I am coloring so I am thrilled to bitty wits about this 30 day coloring challenge. Unfortunately, I am out of town BUT, I did bring watercolors (Peerless), 72 Copics, and some prestamped and printed images.  Woohoo, I even remembered my magnifying glasses! I am posting using only my ipad so it is a little tricky and I have done no editing. This is my image for today in watercolors.

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RAINBOW CARD CHALLENGE - WINNIE & WALTER SO TWEET CARD AND ONESIE

Saturday, June 11, 2016

UPDATE:  Since this post is now a part of Sandy Allnock's Rainbow challenge, I thought I would update you all with this info and a link to the other bloghop members.  See the end of the post for the link to the other blogs.


I love this Winnie & Walter stamp and since two of my co-workers are pregnant I knew it would get immediate use. I stamped in Simon Intense Black Ink on Neenah Solar white 110 lbs. using my MISTI to help with the masking.  That was a challenge, deciding on the birds position and then stamping and masking accordingly.  Thanks again MISTI !  I colored with copic markers which have been ignored lately in favor of watercolors and used the sentiment from the stamp set.  I mounted the panel on MFT stone gray cardstock

One of my favorite way to make a gift totally unique and special is to make a matching onesie using transfer paper (Avery).  I love the all cotton onesies that I get on Amazon and I copy and print the card on that in order to iron onto the onesie.  Really fun!  I hope you like this card and onesie and give it a try yourself.  



winnie & walter, rainbow, baby card, copic markers



The little onsie looks very dark here and that is something you need to watch out for but it actually isn't as dark as it appears.  





Winnie & Walter stamps, Baby Card, Copic Markers



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TIME FLIES.....

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I cannot believe it is already mid May and I have been so crazy busy that I haven't had a chance to post since February.  I was travelling in April to Virginia and New York to visit lots and lots of family.  In Virginia I had the pleasure of meeting and having lunch with the wonderful Suzanne Dean. You can still follow her on Pinterest and see all of her wonderful copic coloring tutorials.  So my calendar looked like this from April 30 to May 13; anniversary, birthday, birthday, mother's day, birthday.  Yikes!   Here, finally, is the card I made for my Grandson whose birthday is the day after mine.



birthday cards, Paper Smooches

I have been wanting to try tone on tone die cutting which I did with all the numbers but I inset die cut the large number 10 and used a balloon die cut for the zero. The cute little bird is from Paper Smooches.






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EXPERIMENTING WITH BLENDING SOLUTIONS FOR COLORED PENCILS

Wednesday, February 17, 2016



As much as I love using my copics and feel very comfortable with them, I am a relative newbie to colored pencils.  I have had my Prismacolors for a long time but other than sharpening them I had not really done much with them.  I think I was intimidated by seeing what professional artists can do with them which seems almost magical.  But I have been trying.  The adult coloring book craze has been a major aid in motivating me to use my pencils.  Having read so many different articles on blending options I decided I needed to try them for myself.  Let me say first off that I had only ever tried a blending (or burnishing) pencil and may not have been using properly but I didn't get great results.  I then watched a YouTube video about using vaseline but when I tried it I found that, for me, it was hard to control and I got big clumps of vaseline on my pencil or blending stump.  Gamsol I was familiar with but after spilling the container and getting the smell everywhere I decided it wasn't for me and I again, wasn't loving the results.  Next up, Baby Oil.  Who would have thought that this would give both lovely results in a controllable manner and NO SMELL!
I also liked that I could go over the area that I had already blended with the baby oil and add more color which I did in both the rose and the flower.

First layer

ALTENEW PEONY BOUQUET, PRISMACOLOR PENCILS

Blended with additional layers


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