Monday, March 25, 2013

Marker Pop and C.C. Designs Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the MarkerPOP! + All That Scraps Blog Hop!!!


MarkerPOP! is the home of premium markers plus lots more! 
All That Scraps is the home of C.C. Designs stamps which we all know and love! 

Today we are teaming up to share some amazing projects using the new C.C. Designs release along with some of our favorite coloring tools from If you are just joining us on the hop, you are going to want to start back at the beginning of the hop list which can be found at the end of this post!

I was so excited to have been invited to take part in this hop along with the uber-talented Marker Pop DT! I used the cute Beautiful Lucy and Butterfly Labels stamps by C.C. Designs for my card. Isn't she just the most adorable little butterfly you ever saw? She is, of course, colored with Copics. The designer paper is called Garden Party by Dovecraft and the leafy flourish die cut was made with the Fanciful Flourish Die from Cheery Lynn Designs.
Now, onto the giveaways!  We have a couple awesome prizes up for grabs! 

PRIZE #1 - SPONSORED BY ALL THAT SCRAPS: The adorable new C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixie Beautiful Lucy Rubber Stamp AND the C.C. Designs Butterfly Labels Stamp Set  

PRIZE #2 - SPONSORED BY MARKERPOP!: The new C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixie Fairy Abigail   Rubber Stamp

HOW TO WIN: Visit the blogs on the hop list below and leave a comment on their Blog Hop post.  TWO winners will be randomly selected from all comments left.  The more you comment on, the better your chances of winning!

Hop will run through Sunday, March 31st at 11:59pm EST.  Blog Hop winners will be announced Monday, April 1st!

Happy Hopping!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Tilda Mini Album for Spring

Good Sunday morning, everyone! Easter is only a week away already and Springtime has arrived in Southeast Texas already. We have already had to cut the grass, for heaven's sake! It didn't even seem like we had a winter as I only had to turn on the heat a handful of times and, of course, there was no snow to be seen anywhere close to here.

If you recall, I am a guest designer for Marker Pop this month and today I have my second project ready for you. I made a cute mini album with several Tilda stamps and some paper towel rollers that I flattened and cut to the size of toilet paper rollers. There are 14 pages in all and each of the 7 tubes holds a tag that can be used for photos, journaling or additional embellishment.

The Tilda on the front of the mini is from a stamp I bought at Marker Pop called Tilda with Little Pocket. Isn't she a cutie? The other Tildas were stamped and sent to me by my card-making friend and colorist extraordinare, Tracy Valure, about a year ago. I used some of the ones she sent me on cards and other projects but I still had a few left over and thought this would be a great way to use them up and make something really cute while I was at it. WARNING: There are a LOT of pictures... even more than I normally post. It is a mini album after all! LOL So here we go!




The products I used in the creation of this little mini album are listed below:

Designer Paper – Garden Party by Dovecraft
Kraft tags – Creative Tags by Recollections
Front Cover Stamp – Tilda with Little Pocket by Magnolia
Die Metal Cutting Adaptor Plate by Cheery Lynn Designs 
Stamps colored with Copic Markers
Butterflies – Martha Stewart Punch
Flowers – made with the petal-shaped punched out pieces from the doily die listed above
Glitter on butterfly wings – Opal Glitter Glue by Craft Essentials
Rose – Wild Orchid Crafts
Large White Eyelets – Recollections
Postage Stamp Embossed Die Cuts – Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Ribbons, trims, buttons, netting, stickers and binding rings– from my stash

I am entering this project into the following challenges:


That's all for now! Please stop by Marker Pop's Blog to see my post there and I'd appreciate it very much if you'll leave a comment on their blog. They're also having a blog hop tomorrow with C.C. Designs that you won't want to miss! Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful week and a blessed Easter next weekend. Until next time...

Happy crafting!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Something Special for the Ladies...

Hi there, crafty peeps! The time has come again for Team A of Kenny K's Krafty Krew to "shock and awe" you with our renditions of some of Kenny's cool images. A new challenge begins today and this time the theme is "One For the Girls". Before I go any farther though, I need to tell you who our sponsors are this week. First up is our own incredibly talented Kenny K.

with 5 free digis of the winner's choice


with a $20 gift voucher for her shop!!!

Now that's done, let's talk about the challenge and my inspirational project for it. When one of my close girlfriends has a birthday or some other auspicious occasion, I tend to create a special card for her like one I would want to receive. Now, how I design it depends completely on the recipient's personality. Most of the people I gravitate toward are a bit on the quirky side, mostly personable and outspoken, somewhat artsy fartsy and a tiny bit mischievous (okay, yes... like ME)! I knew you weren't going to allow me to cop out on that one! Sooo... anyway, the card I made for this challenge is definitely one I wouldn't mind receiving.   

I used one of Kenny's very sexy men in the Heartbreakers Collection called "Romeo". This dude is one hot hunk, let me tell ya! As a wise woman I once knew used to say, "He can eat crackers in my bed any time!" That wise woman was my lovely mom. Right again! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Heh heh!

So without further ado, here he is... the beautiful, sexy Romeo!

Just look at those pecs and that six pack!! Whew!

And the eyes! I don't know about you but the eyes are what always get to me!

I purposely kept the design simple as I didn't want anything to detract from the focal point... (as if anything could!). In case you're a newer follower or for some other reason aren't familiar with my work, I colored this glorious digi with my Copic markers.

And a closeup just to tease you a little!

And here's the unfinished inside. I'll put a sentiment of some sort in here when I decide who the card is going to and for what occasion.

Okay, ladies (and gents too if you're of the persuasion)... tell the truth! Raise your hands if you wouldn't mind having a boy toy that looked like this guy! Of course, I'd be hard pressed to keep up with one like him these days but I'd sure love to give it a go just once! LOL! I'm probably a lot more talk than action but a girl can dream, can't she? 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Cards by Lady Anne - #6 Anything Goes (must use a stamp)
The Crafting Cafe - Favorite Color (I used teal)
NanaVic's Challenge - #4 Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge - #220 Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts - March Challenge - The Color Blue

also this Linky Party:

Sarah Hamer Designs - Link Up Tuesday

I hope you'll visit the Krafty Krew blog to see what my very talented teamies and our lovely guest designer, Mandy of A Sprinkling of Glitter fame, have created to inspire you and we'd all love it if you find the time to join the challenge this week! Thanks for stopping by today. I always enjoy reading your comments. Until next time...

Have a wonderful week, be sweet and find time for your family and friends. They're what's most important in this life and once they're gone, you can't make up for all the special moments you may have missed. 

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

She's All That for WOW Embossing Powders

Hello, WOW fans! Today, I have a cute birthday card for you that I made for the WOW Embossing Powder Blog. It can be used for either a male or female birthday, which in my book, is always a good thing. The image I used is called "All That" by Kenny K and she can be purchased in Kenny's online store. The WOW Embossing Powders  I used were Cable Car Red from the Suzy West By The Bay Collection and Earthtone Blueberry from the Suzy West Pantry Collection. I also created the sentiment with a stamp from WOW's stamp set called "Everyday Sentiments". All of these items are available for purchase through many local scrapbooking stores as well as online. Amazon has them for a great price right now.

You can see the Cable Car Red powder around the outer edges of the yellow patterned paper as well as on the checked pattern on the banner. I used the Blueberry powder on the sentiment and outlined it with white gel pen to make it look hand painted (sort of graffiti-like) and also to make it show up better.

I didn't know if I would love the primary color palette but after I put it all together, I really did like it. Most of you who follow me know that I do love bright colors but I normally steer clear of the primaries with very few exceptions. I may have to rethink that approach now! LOL 


I haven't finished the inside of it yet as I was up against a deadline that I didn't want to miss.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (with optional sketch)

Crafting When We Can - #39 Earth, Air, Fire & Water (the colors in my card represent fire- those colors present in flames)

I hope you enjoyed my little WOW project and that you'll stop by the WOW Blog and leave a comment if you have a few minutes. Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be back soon with another new project. Until then...

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Another Quick Post...

Hello again! You might recall that I posted a card a couple of weeks ago called Valentine Hat using an image by that same name by Rick St. Dennis. Well, today I have another version of that card that I made for my dear sister-in-law for her birthday tomorrow. She has already received and opened it so I'm free to post it on my blog now! LOL I colored this one all in red, the traditional color for Valentine's Day.

I really liked the purple one but when I finished this one I loved it even more. 

Here's a closeup of the image. She was, of course, colored with Copics, my medium of choice. I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sparkle and Glitter - #11 Spring Is In The Air

That's all I have for you for now but come back tomorrow for another birthday card I made for the WOW Embossing Powder blog. If you love red, you'll love it too! Until then, be nice to one another, tell your loved ones everyday how much they mean to you and find time to do something creative.

Hugs to all, 

Monday, March 11, 2013

1890s Hat (Rick St. Dennis)

Hi, all! Well, we've all survived another Monday it seems. I'm going to keep this short and sweet as this card is made specifically for the final challenge at Sparkle and Glitter, the Rick St. Dennis Challenge Blog. Such a shame too because I had intended to apply for the design team next time there was a call. It's apparent that there are some exciting changes to come but what they are hasn't yet been revealed. Anyway, I am posting this card late in the evening so I can get it entered into the challenge before it closes on Wednesday. I may have one more entry tomorrow night. The theme for this last challenge is "Spring is in the Air". This fabulous hat as well as the colors I used just says Springtime to me.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Sparkle and Glitter, the Rick St. Dennis Challenge Blog - #11 Spring is in the Air
That's it for right now. Check back tomorrow for another of Rick's pretty ladies. Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll come back soon. As always, your comments are both welcome and very much appreciated. Until next time...
Happy crafting!

Snow Queen

Holy moley!! It's Monday again already!! Where is the time going? Since I started working again, it seems to be whizzing by faster than ever and there just isn't enough time to play anymore. But don't get me wrong... it's wonderful to be earning a paycheck again after so long a time but I sure miss spending as much time as I wanted in my craft room.

Today, I have for you a card I made a few weeks ago using a digi stamp by Rick St. Dennis called "Snow Queen". This is actually the second of 2 cards I made using this lovely image. The first one was done all in pink. In case you missed it, you can find it here. I love the ornate costumes that Rick incorporates into his designs as they are so much fun to color, even though they can present some challenges coloring all the tiny details (that's the part I like most about them). So I changed up the color scheme on this one and used violet as my primary color. Although I really liked the first one, I think this is my favorite of the two. I'd be interested in knowing which one you prefer if you'd care to tell me.

The angle in which this photo was taken really shows the metallic gold ink I used on the "embroidery" work of the costume. 

Purple has long been the color associated with royalty because of its rich hue. I can't help but wonder if the dyes used back in those earlier eras was more expensive to produce and perhaps that's the reason for this association.

I love the pairing of violet and green, or in this case teal. I think I used nearly every marker in the BV family in coloring the beautiful Snow Queen. 

I added a strip of sequin ric rac to give the card a little extra sparkle. You can never have too much bling!

A closeup showing the detail of the image.

And here's the inside of the card. As you can see, I have not yet added a sentiment as this kind of card can be used for a number of occasions or just as a note card for a special someone. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge - #169 All That Glitters
Crafting When We Can - #39 Earth, Air, Fire & Water (I chose to represent AIR with of the color choices  and the butterfly) but it could have represented Earth as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit and that you'll come again real soon. I'll be back on Wednesday with a new DT project for WOW Embossing Powders. Until then, have a wonderful week and ...

Happy crafting!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thinking of You for Marker Pop

Good morning and happy Sunday!! Today I get to post as a guest designer on the Marker Pop blog and I am so excited I can barely sit still to type this! If you're not familiar with them, Marker Pop is an online store and a great resource for all of your alcohol ink marker needs as well as a supplier for craft supplies by several major manufacturers. They have great customer service and fast shipping too.

Today, for my first project as guest designer, I have, for your viewing pleasure, a card I made using an adorable, recently released Magnolia stamp called Tilda with Little Pocket and a lovely paper collection called Garden Party by Dovecraft. I'll cut right to the chase this time but I'll post the Copics I used as well as a list of other supplies I used after the photos of my card.


This card is 6"x6".


Above is a closeup of adorable little Tilda with her adorable little pocket. LOL


And here's the inside.

Skin: E00, E35, E95, R02, R20
Hair: Y17, Y21, Y38, YR02, YR68, E08, E35, E37
Clothing: RV02, RV10, RV32, RV34, RV42, YG41 and G05
Cardstock - The Cardstock Stack (Brights) by DCWV
                     Life is Special by Stampabilities
                     Thinking of You by WOW Embossing Powders, Inc.
Ink pads - Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalk Inks (Pink Cheeks and Green with Envy)
                      Memento - Tuxedo Black
Ribbon, butterfly, rhinestone flourishes, cream colored cardstock from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (with optional sketch)
Challenges 4 Everybody - #15 Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations - #201 (see image below)
Lovely hAngler or sweet Magnolia - #64 Ribbon or Trim
No Matter Which Challenge -  #7 Anything Goes
Opus Gluei - #152 Spring Has Sprung
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - #134 Pastels
Allsorts - #197 Springtime

I hope you have enjoyed my project. I'd love for you to visit the Marker Pop Blog and leave me a little love so I'll know you were there. I'll be back later in the month with another project. In the meantime, have a great week and don't forget to do something creative! Until next time...

Happy crafting!