Friday, March 30, 2018

Whatzup Buttercup

Sometimes we just gotta say "Manure Happens".  I am still on a cow kick if you couldn't tell.  This sweet bovine is from Whimsy Stamps and is called "Hay, Whatzup, Buttercup".  I love the name of it.

I have a pile of images on my desk to create with and I have to say I totally spaced writing the colors down for this card.  I can only I will, because that is fun.

Copics Used...I think
YG03 YG17 YG67
ummmm...Some blues
E40 E42 E43 E44
R81 RV34
C1 C3 C5 C7 C9 C10

You can find this stamp HERE at Whimsy Stamps
and the sentiment came from the clear set HERE

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bugs and Kisses

Here is another stamp I had to color up off the Ladybug Garden clear stamp set.  I can tell I am gonna use this set a ton!  It has the cutest little bugs and things.  
I used Th CDD Fancy Frames Die (that I use a whole lot) to create the white image background and then ran it through my die cut machine with a cuttlebug folder giving it more texture.  I topped it off with the In Line die to give it a sweet banner look.  This was super fun and would give a nice cheery feeling to anyone who receives it.  I had fun matching the paper on this one too.  I am a huge Doodlebug paper fan and tend to use a lot of their papers.  Here are the links so you can get your dies and stamp set too.

Craftin Desert Divas - 

Lawn Fawn - 

BG53 BG57 BG75
E50 E51 E21 E33
BV20 BV23
E43 E44 E49
YG03 YY17 YG67
R02 R05 R24

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bug Love

Sending out a little bit of Craftin' Desert Divas love today.  This sweet set of bugs and bears are really full of cuteness.  This clear set Ladybug Garden has so many different stamp options to color up.  For this one I thought I would keep it simple and use one of the cute flowers as the background stamp as I didn't have any white paper with black dots and that is what I had envisioned for this card.  How easy is that?!
After doing a little fussy cutting I finished it off with a few little red Nuvo Crystal Drops to bring all the colors together.

B01 B04 B06
R24 R27 R29
E50 E51 E21 E33
C7 C8 C10

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cool Dude

This cool penguin is hanging with his chicks.   Not just one chick on his arm, but a whole bunch.  What a dude!  This is one of this years releases from Whimsy Stamps.  I had a couple of hours to play with a friend the other day, and this is what I colored.  It is nice to take a break every now and then and just color because you feel like it.  So this was my "feel good" image.

Y11 Y15
YG03 YG17 YG67
C1 C3 C5
YR04 YR09
B000 B00 B02
R81 RV34 RV19
Texture rag/Blender solution

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Little Love

I know its been a while since I shared something from one of my favorite companies, Power Poppy.  Crazy how life gets in the way and then their always seem to be more important priorities or you just forget to get back in the groove.  Well here I am grooving' it.  (Sorry sweet Marci for being a slacker and depriving the world of your amazing images)
This is the newly released digital image "Cup of Columbine" that is now available.  This release has a couple different digital options.  One has a bird and egg and the other does not.  For this card I enjoyed coloring the image with the bird.  I wanted to keep this image very light and spring-like so I used brighter colors.  I added one of Zoe's Chipboard words.  I love how dainty they are and still leaving a strong statement.  Of course finishing off the whole project with some sweet little Bubblegum Nuvo drops.

Flowers Y04
R000 R00 
R81 R83
RV34 RV19
Leaves YG03 YG17
G43 G46 G85
Cup YR14 YR18
Bird B000
B21 B24 B26
W1 W5 W10
Egg B21 B23
Shadow BV20 BV23

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Nobody's Perfect

I just got a moment to play with this stamp set I received Heartfelt Creations Booth.  I saw it and knew exactly the creation I had in mind.  It was hard for me to step away as I kept wanting to add more.  I just love this You're a Hoot stamp set don't you?
I was super excited to get to look around the Heartfelt Creations booth at CHA in Phoenix this past January.  Talking to Emma Lou and the team just reconfirmed what a wonderful company this is.  So dedicated to their customer and products.   Very genuine in all that they do...real people!   You can see the love in the cards they display and the products they release.  If you haven't joined their facebook yet you really must.  It is so inspiring!  

I tried keeping the overall color choices simple created this fun card.  Check out all the layers!  Be sure and grab your stamp set while they are available.  Whooooo doesn't like sweet funny owls?

E40 E41 E42 E43 E44 E47
B32 B000 B0000
W00 W1 W3 W5
E30 E33 E35 E37
YG03 YG17 YG67
BV20 BV23
E31 E35 E37
YR12 YR18

Tonic Quatrefoil Die (discontinued)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hop Hop Hop Shimmer

I have some super fun new products to show today.  I got a chance to color up the new Easter Bunny Chibi from Bloobel.  She is just the cutest chibi spreading Easter cheer dont you think?  I wanted to create my own background to match my project so I chose to give the NEW Nuvo Shimmer Powder a try.  Oh my gosh what a fun medium!!!

The Shimmer Powder is a very rich mica dust in an easy to use bottle.  I sprinkled it on a white background and then using the Tonic Light Misting Spray Bottle I spritzed water and watched the magic happen.  Its softens the mica and the shimmer explodes on the paper.

As you can see I used very little of the Shimmer Powder and it still gave it a fantastic coverage.  The paper did curl while wet but quickly flattened out.  If you ever have the page curl and want to make sure it curls back you can heat set it.  Heating the back of the paper causes it to curl the other way more quickly.

Once it was dry, I die cut the piece out with a small stitched rectangle and fussy cut my bunny to be the focal point of the card.  After assembling all the layers I added the Make It Crafty coolest chipboard sentiment colored in black.  I glued it to the front of the card on a popped up layer to add more dimension.  Finishing it off with the Nuvo Crystal drops in Carnation Pink and Ripened Pumpkin to bring it all together.

I wanted a very small dot pattern on the little girls shirt so I shaded it first with the markers and then used a .05 pink multiliner to do some simple dots.  I love the results...simple!

Eyes B21 45 97
Shadows BV20 23
Basket E40 42 3 44 47
Pink Ears R11 E04 E93
Oranges YR02 04 07 09
Pinks R55 RV09 RV19
Shirt shading N0 1 3 5
Ruffle and shoes N5 7 10
Hair C5 7 9 100
.05 pink multiliner

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Clean Kitty

Ever wash a cat?  For most this is not a pleasant job...including this little disgruntled cat.  I just love the look of annoyance on his face.  This stamp is from Whimsy Stamps "Bath Cat".

The Clipboard die is discontinued from Tailored Expressions - sorry.  

YG03 YG17
E31 E33 E35 E49
Y15 YR68

Saturday, March 10, 2018

With Love

Another cute Whimsy Stamp "Little Lion" all colored up with Copics.  For this card I used 3 different techniques, flicking, blending and texture rag and some dotting to complete this image.  Great practice for my students after we practice all three techniques in class.  This class is being taught in Phoenix, AZ in March and Oakhurst, CA in April.

Copics Used:
YG03 YG17
BV20 BV23
YR23 YR27 E59 

Friday, March 9, 2018


Here is another cuteness "Baby Words" from The Paper Nest Dolls.  I had fun using all the different colors to create this card for a sweet little one.  

For the buttons I used some black enamel dots I had in my stash and the tiny dots are Nuvo Crystal drops from Tonic.  I love how the lack accents the card and is a bit different then your normal baby card.

This is part of the new released stamps and can be purchased now in the store.  Everyone needs a sweet image for that baby that pops into our lives.  This one can be used for both boy or girl...and if your expecting twins just stamp twice and cut out a second bunny.

E40 E43
R81 R83 R85
C1 C3 C5
B12 B14
Y21 Y23

Monday, March 5, 2018

Autumn Fox

I am doing a class in Oakhurst, California and we are doing some different ways to color fur.  Here is one of the fun images we will be coloring and its called Autumn Fox Kit.  This is a really simple way to get a nice texture for fur using blending solution.

You can find out all the class info and locations on my blog under Class Schedule in the tabs above.

YR23 YR27 E59 
YG03 YG17
C1 C3 C5 C7
Texture Rag and Blending Solution

Sunday, March 4, 2018

You Mooooove Me

A while back I did a piece of artwork of a cow for a friend...Something about cows that are just so intriguing...when I saw this image with the cows face tilted at an angle I had to have it!  I have been using a lot of black card stock or pattern paper lately as I love the pop and frame it gives an image.  I thought I would keep with the black and add a little color so I brought in the pink from the nose.  I know all cows noses aren't pink but this cows is. 

My artwork.

We are parked on a ranch right now and today a baby calf was born...yes its nose is pink!  Photo below.

Baby heifer born today
I have been wanting a good image for the Cheery Lynn Barbed Wire die I have, and this is definitely it!  I added the die to the image and then colored the bell a second time and placed it over the top.

Copic Colors:

C00 C0 C1 C3 C5 C7 C8 C10
RV32 RV34
YG03 YG17 YG67
B24 B26

Hop, Hop, Hop Like a Bunny

Jumping into March with this cute "Easer Bunny Hopping"from Whimsy Stamps.  Who doesn't love a happy bunny.  I actually messed up on coloring the eggs...meaning I didn't like the colors I chose.  What did I do to fix it?  I colored them black and added details with a gel pen.  

 I added the Sweet Lilac Nuvo Crystal drops but couldn't resist adding a little bling to the centers so that the Nuvo became a the crystals bezel.  I think its another fun way to use the Nuvo.  What so you think?

C1 C3 C5
V22 V25 V28
R20 R21 R22
YG03 YG17 YG67
E41 E43 E44

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Spring Fairy

Spring Fairy is now in the Whimsy Stamps store.  She comes with a cute little bunny but I decided to not include the bunny for this card.  I love the color combo I ended up going with.  Do you notice that by placing a hard shadow under her skirt it made the skirt pop off the page?  Don't be afraid to go dark with your shadows.  I added a little gel pen to add some more fun to the image.  
Of course I had to add crazy Nuvo drops to it for added dimension and because of the wide variety of colors I can keep with the color palette.  To finish it off I added some of the delicious Make It Crafty chipboard dimensional words.  Coloring the bottom layer black and the top layer blue makes it stand out even more.

I used the Whimsy Hand Stitched Nested Rectangle dies to frame the different layers.  I love the fact that the stitches aren't straight.  It adds some extra fun to the card.  You can find them in the store at the link below.  Here are the colors I used to make this card.

B00 BG10
B01 B02 B04
C5 C7 C9 C10
YG11 YG13

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Manure Happens

Yes, I went there!  We are currently stationary on a ranch in our RV,  I get to enjoy everything about cows.  This was perfect timing for this fun clear set to be released from Whimsy Stamps.  I enjoyed making this card and love the layout.  I kinda have a soft spot for farm animals.   I needed a little chalkboard so I created one using some recycled Starbucks stir sticks to make this "chalkboard" frame.
Whimsy now has some AMAZING background stamps that are HUGE.  They allow you to create backgrounds for 6x6 card sizes.  I used Shiplap background for this card and used my water alcohol brush and Copics to create the vintage distressed look.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock and added the little frame.  I stamped the jar, colored and cut it out.  After adding it to the card I stamped the dried flowers partially in the jar and out and added Nuvo Crystal drops to add dimension to the tops of them.  That little cow didn't need much but I added a shadow and fussy cut it out, popping it up off the card.  Of course shabby isn't complete without some vintage buttons and dyed cheese-cloth.  I hope you are inspired by this fun card.