Saturday, December 30, 2017

You Crack Me up!

When I saw this "Giggles" digital stamp by Bloobel Stamps I had to have it!  I had to add the little skulls to the dress of course.  Its my wild hair and my unlaced black boots that has "me" written all over it.  There is a retirement sale going on for a limited time...digi stamps for a buck!!   You can still get this and a few (around 50) of the other images...better hurry!  You can find them HERE.  After the beginning of January they are gone gone gone...yes, that is just days away!  

Retired Skull die from CCDesigns

E50 E51 E11
BG11 BG34 BG45 BG49
C1 C3 C5 C7 C8 100
E04 E93 R11
E42 E71 E74 E77
BV20 BV23 BV25

Friday, December 29, 2017

Long Time...

How about a little giggle?  I almost went with "Do these spots make my butt look big" but I went with a short quote instead.  This digital stamp is another new fun one from Craftin' Desert Divas.  I had to color it up seeing as I colored the rest of the Safari images.  No animals left "behind"...(get it?).   I crack myself up.   You can find her HERE.   

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Confused Chameleon

I forgot to post this fun little guy from DoodleDragon "confused chameleon".  It was cool making the colors blend into a rainbow.  You can find him (and many more super cute digitals) HERE in the store.  It took a little playing around on a scratch piece of paper to get the blends right and not muddy but I think I got it.  Can't wait to see what you do with this one!!

G21 G24 G28 G29
BV20 BV23 BV25 BV29
R24 R27 R29
YG07 YG09
T1 T3 T5 T7
B66 B12 B14 b16
V15 V17
Y08 Y17
YR04 YR07 YR09

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Great Seeing You!

How about this guy to make you smile?  He is one of the digitals from Craftin' Desert Divas called Safari Zebra.  I saw him and HAD to color him up!  A hoot right?  He is so perfect for so many different sentiments.  "Here's Lookin' at Yah".

Craftin Desert Divas has not only adorable digitals but clear stamps and dies too...careful its all have been warned!!

E40 E41 E42 E43 E44 E47
T8 T10
E04 E93
R81 R83 R85
C1 C3 C5 C7

Monday, December 25, 2017

You ARRRR Great!

Yes, YOU are great and don't your forget it!!  I swear I ain't Lion!  Here is a fun digital stamp from Craftin' Desert Divas shop.  I had fun playing around with the fur on his mane.

You can pick up your Safari Lion HERE...but while you are there you have to check out the Safari Zebra and Giraffe too.

Karen Burniston Die - Chicken Wire (might be discontinued)

Copics used:
C1 C3 C5
E44 E47 E49
YR21 YR24

Monday, December 11, 2017

Stuck On You

I colored up this classic DoodleDragon Studios image today.  I love how it can be an everyday card or a fun Christmas card.  I added the stripes to the light pole with my markers for a more holiday look.  Adding Nuvo Crystal drops for the snow is a perfect added dimension to a mainly "white" card.  It was super quick and fun to do.  Dries quickly too!

Colored with Copics
C1 C3 C5
BV20 BV23
E81 E84 E87 E89
R24 R29
BG0000 BG10

Sunday, December 10, 2017

My Fantasy World

Combining Dustin's (DoodleDragons) stinkin' cute Fairy Llamacorn and a fun sentiment I came up with, I created this card. 

...are you laughing yet? 

I thought I would use more pastel-like colors for this one.  I love how it turned out and went nicely with the pattern papers I found in my stash.  Topped off with a few buttons and of course some bling, because what is a fairy Llamacorn without bling.  I might have to come back and spill some glitter on it later.  

Here is the sentiment I came up with.

This Fairy Llamacorn digital stamp is now available in the NEW Doodledragon store.  If you are looking for older Doodledragon you can find them in the Etsy store.

T1 T3 T5
BV20 BV23 BV25
RV32 RV34
G40 G43
Y11 Y06
B41 B32
BV000 BV11
E40 E41 E42 E43

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is It Over Yet?

Are you feeling it?!  Are you over it?  Well Merry flipping' Christmas!  Ha ha...I just had to do it! This image by Bloobel Stamps, teamed up with some Tonic goodies it worked out perfectly to create this hilarious card.   As soon as I saw the image I had to have it!  This year we are keeping it very simple and it has been such a stress free time.  A little 4.5 ft fake tree decorated with a dozen or so special ornaments and nothing underneath...not even a tree skirt...yet...I'm sure a couple little goodies will show up after Santa crawls through the RV fan opening on the roof.   Putting away the whole Christmas thing will be simple too...YAY!  I love stress free...just like making this card...well almost.

Did you know Tonic Studios has Glimmer Paste, Stencils as well as the loved Nuvo drops?  For this card I used Beautiful Bokeh stencil with the Garnet red Glimmer Paste.  Using a craft knife I spread the Glimmer Paste over the stencil and then gently removed it.  The great thing about this Glimmer Paste is it dries quickly allowing you to continue working on your card... UH OH...dries quickly?    Better get the glimmer paste washed off the stencil and quit my fussy-farting around.  I won't do that again....stencil cleaned well after a little scrubbing though.  WHEW!  After I was done assembling the card I added a little Woodland Green Crystal Drops to the red Bokeh background and accented a few white spaces.  I think its perfect!.  The shimmer is amazing but of course photos don't pick it up will just have to trust me.

If you need some personal spoiling for Christmas how about treating yourself to a few days of coloring, knowledge and fun in Phoenix, Arizona?!

This is a little reminder that if you haven't registered for the last of the Copic classes and workshops that are being taught in Phoenix in January you should get signed up right away!!  The link is HERE. I will be teaching at these events as well as Debbie Olsen and Cindy Lawrence.  They are going to be FABULOUS!!

Ornament - G00 G02 G03 G05 G09 G19 G28
Shadows - BV20
Shirt - R24 R29 R59
Skin - E50 E51 E21 E23 R20 E93
C1 C3 C5 100
Pants - B91 B93 B97 B99

PS...Thanks to Rhea for the quote idea.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rumors, Rumors, Rumors!

Are Copic Classes Really Ending?  Well yes they are, but there is still time to get in on the last Copic certification classes and workshops hosted by Imagination International Inc that will be held in January in Phoenix.    There will be three of us instructors teaming up to teach these final classes.  If you ever have had a class with Debbie Olson and Cindy Lawrence  you will know that this is going to be amazing...and of course I will be one of the teachers too.  WOW... all of us in one place and in all the classes to give you personal assistance!  Get ready to have a fabulous time!!!

Once these last classes are over the certifications will no longer be available, so dont wait to sign up!!!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW

So what is next you ask?   Certification classes and workshops through Copic are ending but they have passed the blessing on to us 4 teachers to continue teaching in whatever capacity will best serve our Copic enthusiasts.  This means classes, retreats and customized Copic events will be opening up around the states,  possibly even in your area and taught by THE certification/Workshop instructors, Debbie, Cindy, Michelle and myself, Jennifer Dove.   

We all can't wait to bring these event to your area and can guarantee that there is lots of things going on in the background in thoughtful preparation to knock your socks off with Copic fun!You can follow their blogs to hear about upcoming classes in your area, as they now have the freedom to empower your creativity.
As most of you know I host one or two 4-day Copic "Boot Camp" events in Phoenix every year.  This intense (intensely fun) event will be held November 1-4, 2018 so save the dates.  Registration will open in January so be sure and keep an eye out on my blog or the Copic Boot Camp Event blog HERE.  Check out the other amazing instructors and subscribe/follow so you can be the first to know of the events that they will be hosting! Debbie OlsonCindy LawrenceMichelle Houghton 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stocking Stuffer

I took a moment to do some therapy coloring and play with an idea that has been rattling around in my brain.  OOOOOh you are going to love this!  First I colored up this adorable digital from Bloobel Stamps.  If you know me you know I love quirky.  I just thought this one was just the sweetest quirky stocking stuffer.

Okay check this out....I have done this a few times now but haven't mentioned it.  How many of you have stash or rhinestones, pearls, beads and misc doodads laying around ?  Check our how your can embellish your embellishments...add a little something to the already yummy Nuvo Crystal drops.  SAY WHAAAAAT?!!  I know!!  The possibilities are endless.  I placed a slightly larger amount of the Nuvo Crystal Drops then I normally use so that when I placed the gem, it encompassed the bottom making a bezel.  Cool Huh?!  With all the Nuvo color choices you can have so much fun with this concept.  I can't wait to see this idea take off!

BV20 BV23 BV25
R05 R24 R29 R59
BG32 BG45 BG57
E50 E51 E21 E13 E93

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sitting Pretty

One more fun card we will be creating next month at class.  This adorable little Gorjuss Girl - The Collector is the perfect size to sit in the center of a MFT Thank You circle die.  This will be a super fun card to make.  The hair is such a good design for flick blending too.  Did you know these stamps are only $2.60?  That is unheard of!!  
Remember when you are coloring images and are using lots of black to color the lighter portions first as to not "drag" the black into the lighter colors.  

E50 E51
R81 RV34
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 100

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Simple and Sweet

How adorable is this image?  I was recently re-introduced to these adorable stamps from 7Kids Online store.  I am having a ball coloring them up.  I also used a favorite die for the "thanks" that was a gift to Boot Camp attendees from the generous Taylored Expressions.
For this image I wanted to keep the image simple with a little white nighty.  Just by adding gray in the shadow areas allows for the impression of a white garment.  Yes, simple and sweet!!

E50 E51
R81 RV34
E31 E35
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 100
Blender Solution and Terry cloth

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bunny Hugs

These Gorjuss stamps are just asking for fun coloring.  I used a large Gorjuss Girl set for this card.  The stamp is called "hush little bunny".    I had fun matching my coloring to the pattern paper.  I added fun "bunny" texture on the stuffed bunny just by placing small dots in the shadow areas with the gray markers.  Quick and easy texturing.  I do not normally like images with only eyes and no face but these are an exception.  Simple and sweet (with a bit of quirk)!
I added the "embellishment" using Tonic Studios Essentials - Buttons and Stars die set.  I colored the strip of buttons and added stitches to compliment the paper and image.  Such a simple add to any card.

R81 RV34
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 100
Multiliner .3

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Everyone Needs a Hug Sometimes

How fun is this card.  This will be one of the cards we will color at the December class in Arizona (Class info HERE).  I had gotten a paper pack that I just fell in love with from Doodlebug called Kitten Smitten and have been holding on to it for the perfect images.  All the different colors used just seemed to come together with this paper line
For this card I used one of the large set of Gorjuss girls - The Dreamer with this cute fox.  I textured up the fox using a rag and blender solution.  The image comes with a cloud with rain but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use my cloud die from Lawn Fawn - Puffy Cloud Borders.  I love how it frames the image.  I added a peek-a-boo window so I could incorporate more of this fun paper pack.  I added a little pink hair because I love to do things a bit differently.

To top it all off I grabbed my Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black from Tonic Studios and added a little dot border.  You all know how much I love my Nuvo!  It needed a little color break-up in the "cloud" so I die cut a sentiment from My Favorite Things - Words for Friends "HUGS" and added it to the top corner.  I think it turned out adorable...and isn't your normal card layout.  What do you think?

E50 E51
YG04 YG17
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 100
Blender Solution an Terry cloth texturing

Friday, November 3, 2017

Get Your Game Face On!!

Lets FACE IT...we don't all have time to add faces to our images, but sometimes we just need a little extra character to those dot-eye images don't you think? I right?  Well Little Miss Muffet has created the perfect stamp set for every little expression and more.  You must check out the Add-on Faces clear stamp set.  I used one of the more goofy faces for my card.  I will post colors below at bottom of post.

These adorable and quirky faces are designed to customize your Polka Dot Pals rubber stamps. The clear stamps also make it easy for placement. This set features 32 high quality photopolymer clear stamps of faces and glasses sized for both the large and small Polka Dot Pals....I bet they fit on other images too though.

I am super happy to be a guest designer for this release and we're celebrating this release with a grand sale! Visit each of the four days for inspriation and get your Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces today.  Let's celebrate! 

During these four days ... 

Buy the new Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces and you'll also receive the Little houses clear stamp FREE!

15% OFF all Little Miss Muffet brand stamps
(Check the Make it Crafty section too for some holiday sales)

Lastly, you'll get FREE US shipping on mailable orders over $35.00 or a $5.00 shipping credit for International Order. There's no better time to shop for rubber stamps at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. Oh yeah!

All promos are automatically added to the cart during checkout - no coupons needed!

If you haven't already joined these amazing two LMM groups you must check them out.  

New LMMS Facebook Group:

LMMS Challenge Blog:

Be Inspired by today's posts and be sure and checkout the posts over the 4 amazing release days!

Jennifer Dove (Guest) you are here...

Copic Colors Used:
YG03 17
B24 B28
B34 B37
E50 E51 E21 E13 skin
E11 E15 E19 hair
Y08 Y15 shirt
C1 C3 C5 
BV20 BV23

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Let the Fun Begin

I always love a fun challenge!  Even though I am in time-crunch mode for Copic Boot Camp I just couldn't resist this!  Thank you to Janice for thinking up this bit of fun.

What was the challenge?  The challenge was to take her card of inspiration and create it again with more dimension, anyway we saw fit.  She challenged Barb with Little Miss Muffet (Using one of her Polka Dot Pal - Kacee) and then in turn Barb "made" me do it too.  We didn't get to see the other's creation until it was all done.

Here is mine...I wanted to add a bit more of a realistic spider and web.  Googling images online for reference really creeped me out (hate spiders and googling spider on nose was even worse...don't do it)

Polka Dot Pals are image with just dots for eyes...leaving lots of space for being creative.  So cute even as they are, but for me it's an empty palette waiting to be colored!

Here is Janice's original card which brought on the challenge.  I love what she came up with and it filled me with inspiration and fun ideas.  How clever to add a spider to the nose and fun little mesh stockings.  I really loved the fact she stayed away from colors and only added a color pop of red!

You can find the info for Janice's card HERE

Barb, being the queen of Creative Color placement added her special touch and stayed a little more true to the "face painting idea Janice had with the spider webs.  I love how she added blue eyes that stand out.  I also thought that adding a shadow of the dress in the X-ray was clever!  Once again...never disappoints!

Info on Barbara's card HERE.

As an added Bonus Barb challenges you to turn this little cute into whatever you want by adding a little Creative Color Placement.  This digital is on sale for a limited time HERE.  Go grab Kacee from the Little Miss Muffet store and I challenge you to get creative.  You can show off what you created on the LMM blog HERE

T1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 100
(I think and mostly because some of them were getting dry and sticky...time to refill)
R24 R29
Multiliner .005 and .3

Can't wait to see what you create with a Polka Dot Pal...make sure you show me or tag me on Facebook!!!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Cork It! - Copic Must Haves

I love cork paper and Imagination International took it to the next level with Cork Deco Tape.  I used this 1" wide Cork Tape and my Fence Border Die to create this scene using stamps and dies from Crafting' Desert Divas (one of our amazing Copic Boot Camp sponsors). 

I used a bit of glossy paper and used alcohol ink to create the sky.  Using a second piece of glossy paper I airbrushed some random green colors and ran it though my die cut machine using Craftin' Desert Divas Fall Border die.  This die comes with hilly trees, hilly houses and a another fun hilly stitched border.  Once I had it all cut out I stamped on Hammermill paper the cute little Barnyard animals from Crafting' Desert Divas.  These little 1" cuties are a quick color.  I cut out some of the cows and placed them on the hillside.  Using the fence die I placed it over a strip of the Cork Deco Tape and ran it through the die cut machine.  The deco tape has a protected adhesive on one side of the cork so it works nice in a die cut machine without making a mess.  You just peel and stick on your project.  The Cork tape can easily be colored on using Copics (can you see I added a fence shadow with a brown marker?), I also wanted to add a complimenting banner using the cork paper.  Using Versafine ink I stamped the sentiment from an old sentiment set from Stampendous (SSC1203), that went with it perfectly. 

I love how sturdy the Cork Deco tape is.  The roll of Cork Deco Tape comes with 1 yard total to play with.  I am looking forward to my next project because the possibilities of stamping and coloring on it are great ;)  I think it would be perfect for a woodland scene.  The Cork Deco Tape is available now.  What are some ideas you can come up with using Cork Deco Tape?  What kind of crafty goodness will you use it for?

Cows R000 R11
Cows C1 C3
Fence E44
Sky Refill B21
Trees YG13 G46

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Glitz and Glam - Copic Must haves

I am so super excited to tell you that Copic now has 1" wide Glitter Deco Tape!  Are you aware of all the things you can do with this stuff?  This is a great size spool of the yummy shimmer and glimmer, 30 feet to be exact.  It is acid free so you can use it in your scrapbooking, its perfect for shimmer without the mess of loose glitter in your journaling, and large enough to use it with die cuts.  This is just how I decided to use it.
I used a wide strip of the Glitter Deco Tape under the sentiment directly onto the card front and placed a small piece onto lightweight paper and used a leaf punch.  I then glued the leaves around the giraffe using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive craft glue.   Placing a long piece of the Glitter Deco Tape onto some wax paper and I used a large grass punch to punch out the lower grass strip.  I peeled it off the wax paper and stuck it straight over the lion.  

See how well it shimmers.  Wow!  I love this wide size!  The Glitter Deco Tape comes in 4 colors, gold, silver, black and copper, so you have lots of options.  I bet you can airbrush them to change the color of the tape to match your project too.  Oooooh, more ideas running through my head already!

For this card I used one of my Copic Boot Camp wonderful sponsors My Favorite Things stamp set called Wild About You.  They spoil us rotten, and I love their products and am super proud to represent! 

 I cut out the card front with the Lawn Fawn rectangle stitch die.  When I had the card assembled I added some decor to the cute giraffe using my favorite Nuvo Crystal drops (Tonic Studios is another super amazing Copic Boot Camp sponsor, of which spoils us!  I love their products and look forward to using them every chance I get).

If you love shimmer, glimmer, bling you will want to get yourself hooked up with this 1" of yumminess!  I can't wait to see how you use it!


YR21 YR14 YR27 RV69 RV99  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Sinew Sailor - ARG!

Ahoy ye Halloween lovin' scalleywag!  

Sum Scar'y loot be happenin'!  Read On Matey!!!  Don't ye be skeerd!

I thought I would have some fun with....Tommy paint and some garbage this week.  Yes, garbage I say!

First I took a box that my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform came in, (by the way it comes very nicely packaged), and decided to use it as a frame for my project.  I needed brown paper so waited for Amazon to stop by and drop off a package knowing that there would be packaging paper inside...and yes it did!  I gathered some of my gaudy bling and buttons.  Got out my Tonic Silver Nuvo Gilding flakes and Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.  I got one of my favorite metal stencils from Stampendous, .  I grabbed my Air Compressor, black Copic marker and Ruby red Tommy chalk paint and got to work!

Here are some of the gruesome details.  I honestly didn't know what I was doing and the whole project was a big crafty, messy, mysterious project of which I had no clue of the results with a vague idea of what I was doing.  I was totally flying by the seat of my pants of this!

I literally started with a roll of scotch tape and some brown paper and the bottom of a box.

After I laid out something that resembled a skull...kinda sorta...I grabbed the hot glue gun and started attempting to glue it together (as the tape wasn't holding.  It sorta worked.  The messy project was taking shape.
Once it was all holding together (more or less) I grabbed my Ruby Tommy Chalk Paint and proceeded to paint the whole thing in red.  The one thing I love about the Tommy chalk paint is the vibrancy of the colors.  I also love that a little paint goes a long way.  After the Tommy Chalk paint quickly dried,  I got out my black (100) Copic marker and Copic Airbrush machine and covered the whole thing in black...crossing fingers my experiment would work.  Taking rubbing alcohol I started wiping off as much black as I could to allow the red to show through.  It worked!

I rubbed the cardboard frame with Black Ash Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and let dry.  I decided to top it off with the Silver Bullion Gilding Flakes, just a thin layer of adhesive I rubbed on the flakes and brushed off the excess.  Next I and added a design on the frame with the Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse, the stampendous stencil and a palette knife.

I glued on a bandana, pirate earring, made a eye patch and glued on some pirate loot!  What a fun spooky decoration.  Maybe he needs some lights to light up his eyeball socket.

 For all those who love the spooky side of things...what do you think?  See you can create fun stuff out of garbage!