Saturday, January 24, 2015

Inlaid Dies

The current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throw Down is to create a Christmas card using the inlaid dies technique. 

 this is a great way to have your cards be flat for mailing yet have interest created by use of dies.  I kept mine simple.  I diecut the piece of white paper using the Spellbinders poinsettia die and the Sizzix swirl die.  I then cut those same shapes out of my colored paper.  After gluing the color pieces into the negative places in the white paper, I did add some additional poinsettia layers for some dimension. I added pen stitching around the outside of the card.  The end result is simple yet pretty.
I hope you join us at 52 CCT.  

Card Details:
Sizzix swirl die
Spellbinders poinsettia dies

Entered in following challenges
Cut It Up: Embossing and die cuts.  (The poinsettia is embossed)
Crafter's Cafe: Stitching
Little Red Wagon: No Sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown: Embossing (the poinsettia is embossed)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowflake Thank You

Finally found some time to make my Christmas thank you cards.  Much later than I would like to be but at least they are done and ready for the mail.

Card Details:
Snowflake: When It's Cold Outside Cricut cartridge cut at 3.25 inches
Face Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamps
Copics: YR09, YR14
Sketch: Mojo Monday

Entered in following challenges:
Mojo Monday: Sketch
Paper Minutes: Keep It Simple Card

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Crafting A New Me

I have started a new blog about my journey to find a healthy and happy me.  I have a degree in Recreation Therapy. I always told my clients  to live a well rounded/balanced life. I encouraged them to include activities that allow them to be the best they can be spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. 
 Sadly, I haven't been following my own advice for the last few years.  So now I am starting that journey of rediscovering me.  Want to join me?  

You can find my new blog HERE

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Every Time A Bell Rings

It's time for another challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This is my third Christmas card for 2015.
The theme for this challenge is BELLS.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stop In The Name Of Love

Today's card features stamps from the Magnolia Stamp Club.  When I look at this girl it reminds me of when people used to say "Talk To The Hand"  What an attitude!  It's perfectly paired up with the sentiment stamp included in the kit as well.  
On the inside of the card I used another of the stamps included in the kit.  Love this rose.  I am already envisioning lots of ways to use it on future projects.

Card Details:
Image Stamp: Magnolia stamps
Sentiment: Magnolia Stamps
Hearts: Cottage Cutz dies
Heart swirl: Magnolia Doo Hickey dies
Heart Border Die: Magnolia Doo Hickey dies
Copics:  E00, E11, E04, e13, E21, R20, E57, E35, E53, E50, R39, R81, R83, R85, G99, G85
Shabby White Embossing Enamel

Entered in the following challenges:
In The Pink: Anything Goes with pink
Moving Along With The Times: Die cuts or punches
DRS Designs: color challenge
Addicted To Stamps: Make your mark
Midweek Magnolias: Use some of your new stash (Magnolia Stamps and Doo Hickey)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cowgirl Jessie

Yodel-ay-hee-hoo!  Yee-haw! 

It's time for our ever popular Anything Goes and a DT Call at Aud Sentiments.
We are sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs for this challenge.
Buy Sassy Studio Designs
I hope you join us and we would love for crafters of all types and skill levels to apply for the team.

Card Details:
Image: Cowgirl Jessie from Sassy Studio Designs
Copics:  E00, E04, E11, E21, r20, e08, E09, e19, E18, t4, T7, B93, B95, B97, Y11, R59, R43, r37, E35, E33, 
Barb wire: Cricut Old West cartridge
Paisly: Cricut Old West cartridge
Sentiment: by Ginny for Aud Sentiments.  You can get it free here

Entered in following challenges:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Loves Me, Loves Me Not

I finally had some time to create with the stamps from the last Magnolia Stamp Club and the dies from the Doo Hickey Club.  what fun!  I am not sure if this card will end up in my valentine stash or aniversary stash.  I think it will work for either occassion.  I used the mini heart cutouts from the spellbinders die as embellishments.  It's a great way to use up all those little bits of confetti.

Here is the inside of card:

Card Details:
Image: Magnolia Stamps
Copics: E00, E04, E11, E13, e21, R20, E57, E35, e53, E50, E33, E30, Y21, Y23, Y11, W0, W1, W3, B000, G21, G24, G40, G85, G99
Background shape: Song Bird Cricut cartridge cut at 5 inches
Fence: Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Heart Swirl: Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Heart Doily: Spellbinders die
Sentiment: CTMH stamps
Heart Stamps: Magnolia Stamps
Ink: CTMH bamboo
Circles: George Cricut cartridge

Entered in following challenges:
Totally Tilda: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Dies and Punches
My Creative Moments; Something New (Magnolia dies and Stamps)
Through The Purple Haze: Anything New to you (Magnolia Dies and stamps)
Marvelous Magnolia: Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cleaning Copic Markers

Crafting Temporarily On Hold For Cleaning

While coloring up an image the other day, I realized that my markers were in dire need of cleaning.  The image I was coloring looked horrible so in the trash it went and I got out the cleaning supplies.
The marker in the picture isn't even the ickiest one I had.  This is going to be a long and tedious process but worth it.  I started with the markers I use the most for skin and hair and then recolored the image and Wow! what a difference.  
Cleaning my markers may have to be a regular scheduled event.

 How to clean your copics:

The cleaning is pretty simple.  I placed a paper towel on my counter along with an ample supply of q-tips, cotton make up remover pads and a bowl of rubbing alcohol.  If you want to keep your hands from getting stained, a pair of rubber gloves is also handy.  
Each marker cap went into the the bowl with alcohol to soak while I used the make up remover pads dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the outside of the markers.  
I then used the q-tips to clean inside the marker caps.  Once clean I used a make up remover pad to dry the inside of the caps and placed them upside down to make sure they were fully dry.  You can use cotton balls instead of the make up remover pads but I found cotton balls leave strings of cotton that can get on the marker tips. 
This is also a good time to check to see which markers need to be refilled so you don't have to stop while coloring.
I have now cleaned all my E's, W's, T's and C markers.  Hopefully, will be done with the rest later today.