Thursday, June 7, 2018

Prima Princess Sydney - Copics and Prismacolors

๐Ÿ‘‰    “I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by ‘the joy of strife’. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” Anne of Green Gables



Hi Everyone,

Celebrating  my birthday with my darling family last week was such a pleasure and I feel truly privileged and blessed.  Now I'm  eager for another year of creative fun.  Coloring has been my obsession since I was a very little girl so "adult coloring" is absolutely blissful for me. These gorgeous lady images call to me from my craft room, begging to be beautified with colorific brilliance and adorned with dazzling, glittery accents.  

I colored lovely Sydney with copics in bright primary shades and then added some detail touches with my Prismacolor pencils.  I've been watching some YouTube videos while on my treadmill lately and have learned some really good coloring tips from some of my favorite paper crafters.  I would highly recommend the YouTube/treadmill thing!  It's a very delightful twofer.

As a birthday gift from my husband, I ordered several Spellbinder frames in sizes that would fit these larger images.  If you don't already buy your own birthday gifts, why not???  I'd much rather have die cuts than jewelry or new shoes.  

So... Copics, Prismacolor pencils, silver Spellbinder frame, glittery bow and rhinestone...that's it!  This Prima Princess steals the show. 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Sending Hugs and Love - Lori Whitlock Papercut Floral Card

๐Ÿ‘‰    “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley


Hi everyone,

One of the most incredible people every born, and a dear cherished friend of mine, recently lost her battle with ALS at just 50 years old and I am heartbroken.  Her best friend and three rambunctious young  boys (who had moved in with her after a difficult divorce) are left to grieve the loss of the woman who rescued them when they had no place else to turn.  Together these two amazing young women rose above their circumstances and created the most lovely home for everyone who lived there.  

In this situation, I didn't want to send the usual sympathy card to my devastated friend.  I just want her to know I am thinking about her with love.  I created the floral cut base for this card with a Lori Whitlock SVG in Cricut Design Studio and then added  layers of die cut and punched flowers.  I embellished with a vellum and gold butterfly and clear rhinestones for the flower centers.  The sentiment is embossed in white on black cardstock and the word "Love" is die cut from a Karen Burniston die.

This card was quite simple to put together but it says exactly what I want to say.  I made a couple of extra cards for my stash because I find it's hard to gear up my mojo when I'm sad!

There is a rainbow in all this, however. I'm excited and thankful to be celebrating my birthday this weekend with my adorable, fun loving, goofy family.  Getting older is a good thing!!!!   

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.
Nancy

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Conie Fong Butterfly Wishes - Digi Stamp with Copics

๐Ÿ‘‰ Treasure the things about you that make you different and unique.



Hi everyone,

Etsy is a fabulous place to find digi art and I was excited to discover another amazingly talented artist. Conie Fong's images are absolutely stunning and their beautiful detail is a dream to color with my copics.  I chose this darling image for my dear creative friend's birthday card.

One of the many things I love about digi's is their flexibility. I can size them perfectly to fit any card or frame.  This lacy frame is die cut with glossy gold card stock.  My printed image is colored on Xpressit Copic blending card and then die cut with a square pierced frame.  Instead of embellishing the corner of my card with the usual cluster of paper flowers I used some almost forgotten Sue Wilson ribbon dies.  I'm happy I did, because I really like the simpler look.  It was a little sketchy gluing the bow ends to the center because they kept popping up, no matter how long I held them or what glue I used. 

My husband wandered into my craft room and when he witnessed my struggle he suggested that I use a stapler to hold the ends down.  What an ingenious idea! My Tim Holz Tiny Attacher  worked perfectly.  Doug (who worked his way though college as a florist) told me he had tons of experience stapling bows many years ago. Who knew??? Sometimes seemingly worthless bits of antiquated knowledge come in handy when you least expect it!

So I discovered two treasures I will be using enthusiastically in the future...Conie Fung digi's and bow dies.  Isn't discovering (and rediscovering) new crafty gems the best?  

And another fun revelation I happened upon...Conie Fong and I live in neighboring cities.  I like it when brilliant people live next door!

Here's what I used:

       This Conie Fong digi stamp
        Strathmore Bristol cardstock for 6 x 6 card base
        Gold glossy cardstock, black card stock, blue glitter paper
        Spellbinders Square pierced frame die
        Square lacy frame die (brand unknown, sorry)
        Sue Wilson bow die cut
        Copic markers
        Xpressit Copic blending card
        Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (Yay!!!!)
        Ribbon flower
        Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on butterflies

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stamping Bella "Charlotte Loves to Shop" - Anna Griffin Fantastic Flips Cricut Cartridge

๐Ÿ‘‰ When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

Hey there,

I just can't resist choosing sweet, stylish Stamping Bella images for my birthday cards.  I was excited when I realized the size of this darling shopping Uptown Girl fit perfectly on the front panel of my flip card.  I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the Anna Griffin Fantastic Flips card base in Design Space.

The pretty bright colors on this patterned paper guided my choice of Copics for coloring Bella.  It's always a challenge for me to limit the number of colors I use because I'm often tempted to use "every crayon in the box."  For this image, I kept it to red, blue and green to keep my image from looking too busy.  




There are so many ways to use Anna Griffin Fantastic Flip cards.  Several different elements come with the Cricut cut so it's fun to mix and match. I cut an extra card base with the designer paper so I could layer some of my panels.  I kept the front panel of my card solid for my stamped image.  I  cut this tag shape in Xpressit Copic Coloring paper on my Cricut and then stamped and colored it before attaching it to my card.   Voila, perfect fit!




 I like these flips so much because there is plenty of room for creativity!  I embellished my die cut flowers and the flowers on the dp with Elizabeth Crafts Peel and Stick gems.  And, as is my habit lately, I used gold shiny metallic card stock for a couple of my frames and my sentiment.  No card is fully decked out without some sparkly accessories! 

Here's what I used:
        Stamping Bella "Charlotte Loves to Shop" stamp
        Anna Griffin Fantastic Flips cartridge in Cricut Design Space
        Copic Markers
        Gold Metallic, white and designer cardstock
        Happy Birthday to you die
        Elizabeth Crafts Peel off Gems
        Die cut flower embellishment 


Thanks for dropping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Silvery Floral Natalie - Prima Princess Stamp


๐Ÿ‘‰ Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. 


Hey there,

I just discovered these amazing Prima Princess stamps and I'm positively hooked.  I already have seven of these lovely ladies and I'm not going to stop until I have the whole collection.  They're absolute heaven to color with any color medium but, of course, I choose copics. This bewitching lady is called Natalie. I colored her gorgeous locks blue, just like they were on the package she came in, because I would never have thought to color them that way myself and I love the look.

The stamps are big and are meant for larger cards (5 x 7ish) so I needed a frame large enough to showcase the whole image. I found this notched frame in Cricut Design Studio and I did end up cutting her down a bit to fit, but I like the way she fills the frame.  My embossed silver metallic frame is okay, but I think it's a little overwhelming and distracting for my image.  I'm going to use this same design for another image, but next time I will use softer colors to frame her and some soft paper flowers for more texture and interest, maybe even adding some to her hair.

I have several of these marvelous Prima Princesses already stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink just waiting to be changed from black and white to copically brilliant!  I'd love for you to visit again and see what I come up with.

This is what I used:

       This Prima Princess stamp
       Elizabeth Crafts leaf and flower dies
       Eliabeth Crafts green Mylar Shimmer Sheets for leaves
       Silver metallic card stock
       Sizzix large embossing folder
       Copic Markers
       Mounting tape for frame
       Notched frame sized to 5 x 7 in Cricut Design Studio
       Memento Tuxedo Black Ink


Thanks for dropping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Birthday Cards Part Two - Copic Markers, Cricut and Stamping Bella

๐Ÿ‘‰  Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.  Booth Tarkington



It's raining birthdays for my friends lately and I have been having such fun creating cards for these amazingly talented crafty ladies.  We are celebrating two birthdays in my card crafting group this week and I wanted my cards to coordinate a little because I'm that obsessive.  This is the card I made earlier for one of my friends.  Not to be outdone (by myself๐Ÿ˜€),  I chose another darling Stamping Bella stamp for this card and stuck with a pink and blue color palette.  I've really enjoyed adding shiny gold card stock accents to my cards lately because I think they add a dressy look, kind of like  a touch of jewelry.


I think a pop up is always a delightful surprise in any card and, since some colorful birthday gifts leap out of my first card,  I just had to add a festive cake pop up to this card.  Both images came from the Anna Griffin pop up cartridge in Cricut Design Space.  They were a little labor intensive but actually very simple to make using my Score Pal to crease  the pop ups and I think they add  a lot of "bang for the buck." 

Here's what I used:
  1. Cricut Design Studio card base and frame
  2. This Uptown Girl Stamping Bella stamp
  3. This Anna Griffin Cricut Cartridge pop up in Design Studio
  4. Metallic gold card stock
  5. Happy Birthday die cut sentiment
  6. Flower die cuts
  7. Copic markers
  8. Gem stones
  9. Score Pal
Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shapely Chocolate Bunny - Lori Whitlock Cricut SVG


How can it be Easter already? I always send some Easter goodies to my daughter in Monterey and realized this weekend I had very little time to pull it all together.  Lori Whilock and my Cricut to the rescue!!!  I downloaded this darling shaped chocolate bunny card (5 x 7) in Lori's Shop and cut her out on my Cricut. I  layered  her on a  soft blue gingham background, gave her a Nuvo drop eye,  added a pretty blingy flower to her bow and some grass for her  to bounce in.  I would classify this as a clean and simple card, which is not usually my style, but I think it works well for this soft card.  I was very tempted to add a sentiment to the clean background space but I sat on my hands until the urge subsided.  I actually love CAS cards.  I plan to make more of them.


A simple Easter greeting and a See's gift card tucked inside was all I needed to complete this fun envelope full of happy mail.  Whew...just under the wire.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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