Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Day With Donna Salazar

I LOVE it when I get sneak peeks and get to use new stuff that has just come out!  Today I got to hang out and watch Donna Salazar teach a class using the Zutter corrugated board, the Zutter Distrezz It All and her new Spellbinders dies (they totally freakin rock!!!).... here's the notebook I got to make with everything.  Now, I will say that making the dimensional flower on this project was a bit lengthy with more than a few layers, but I will give it to Donna, she definitely put some thought into the new die shapes and this project that she showed how to make today.  It turned out AWESOME! 

Check out all this dimension!!!!  EVERYTHING is popping right off the cover!  And I am head over heals in love with the gear and butterfly dies!!!  I walked out of that class with more corrugated board to play with as well as an issue of Donna's Crafty Chronicals (photographed in the background as well as used to make the flower).  NICE!!!

I am really diggin all the shapes, colors and textures of this notebook.  Typically I find a nice home for the crafty goodness I create... this time I'm keepin this one for me.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Digi Fun

Ok... quick backstory here:  I was in a discussion with a few wonderful ladies the other day regarding my memories of childhood, one of which was my LOVE for the color purple because the object of my affection at the ripe old age of 5 years old was Donny Osmond (well, until he got married...hahahahahha).  So thanks ladies... this one is for you!  Copics used to color this one:  BV000, B41, C0, C1, C2, C4, E41, E42, R20, V01, V04, V09 and YG05.  I also went in at the end and added some glitter highlights using the purple Spica pen.... LOVE THAT!!!  Both stamps used for this one are digi stamps.  The gorgeous fairy princess is Tiddly Inks, Cast Your Spell and the sentiment is from Create With TLC.

*** Sorry about the lighting on this one folks!  I was trying to get a good angle on this so that the sparkle of the Spica pen showed in the pic.  Unfortunately, I lost some of the brightness on the page that I usually look for in the pics that I post.  I really need a fill light!!!  LOL!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

For My Alcohol Ink Loving Friends....

Ok you guys.... I've told you all that I've labelled myself as an alcoholic because of my OBSESSION with the alcohol inks and the Copic Markers; I've also shared that I am starting a club for us alcoholics, well..... it's official.  Alcohol Inks Anonymous is underway, set to begin next month with a 12 step program to take you from beginner, to novice, to master in 12 easy steps.  While this is geared for Copic marker lovers... we will delve into EVERYTHING alcohol inks!  I'm perfecting the curriculum now and have already set up our "meetings" to take place (ironically) Fridays at Happy Hour!  DON'T LAUGH!!!  Ok, you can laugh... since our meetings will be held at a vineyard... Paper Vineyard that is!  I think it's hysterical that there is a whole "alcohol" theme that is just sort of happening all on it's own!  LOL!  But we are making the distinction that this meeting is Alcohol Inks Anonymous as we don't want anyone to mistakenly show up for support of a totally different type of alcohol addiction.  That would not be good!  But if you're into alcohol ink and would like to jump into a club that will definitely support your habit, check out Paper Vineyard's schedule in March to let the healing begin!!!! hahahahahahaha! Registered & Protected

The club program and publication is registered and protected.


Oh yah... it's been a while folks.  Ever since my niece went into the hospital, I relapsed into a nail biter.  Something I haven't done for MANY years.  Thankfully, a new friend was so wonderful enough to take me to get my nails done.  "Hi there nail art... I missed you old friend!"  And thank you Corrine, I appreciate you new friend!!!

So, a while ago I discovered (on my beloved polish blogs) the AWESOME Shatter polish by OPI and immediately snagged me some.  But my nails were in such atrocious condition, I didn't really have the palette to show you how great this is.  NOW I do!  DRUMROLL PLEASE.....

Is this AMAZING?!?!  I simply did a Color Club Laser Pink base and allowed to dry completely.  After it was dry, I did ONE COAT of the OPI Shatter about an hour before I went to bed.  It turned out GREAT!!!  I can't wait to do this one again with a yellow base!  I might have to just break down and buy me another bottle... clearly I'm going to need it!!!  hahahahahahaha!   For more great "crackling" polishes in more great colors, click HERE to head over to the Born Pretty Store.

**Note:  I skipped the Seche Vite top coat because I LOVE the crackled texture.  Lets see how long this mani lasts!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OOOOO Airbrush

For those of you who know me, you know that I got a new Copic Airbrush system about two weeks ago.  I really HAVE been playing a lot with it, so just about every project I've been turning out over the past two weeks has included me "practicing" with this airbrush!!!  This project that I submitted yesterday for the Burtonesque Dolls is no different.  Since the challenge this week is a red and black color challenge with no theme or sponsor requirements, I decided to pull out my Cricut to create a stencil... and the Indie Art solutions cartridge worked out just nicely!  I then went back through and line-drew the interior of the dragon with my Copic liner pen and finished this awesome dragon off with red Glitter Ritz for the eyes.  Breathe Fire baby!!!  I LOVE the Airbrush system... I can't imagine it without and ability for continuous use that I get from having the Windstorm air compressor.  So, I guess an honorable mention goes out to my wonderful hubby for making this Fire Breather happen!!!  Click HERE to check out the AMAZING projects that the other Dolls created and to get the details for the challenge!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Not Yet Enough

Ok, so I've been up all night working on this!  How sick am I???  I just didn't want to leave this one unfinished.  As a matter of a fact, I think this album is going to be devoted to just all my favorite images.  So I'm thinking that I will simply color my favorites and devote a page in this book of "stuff".  I've even got this INSANE picture in my head of covering one of the pages collage style with Snapple labels (i.e. The Good Stuff... you're welcome for the free advertising Snapple) as a backdrop to one of my favies and then altering one of the caps "Tim Holtz" style.  heeheehee!  We'll see.  This one is going to be a work in progress since there's five pages to complete front and back.  Anyway, it's going on 1 AM, time to hit the hay!

Utterly Charming

Ok, so today over at Paper Vineyard we are featuring projects using metal/charms.... well, I MADE a metal charm/tag to use on future projects using Elizabeth Craft Peel Off stickers with gel pens (water color brush to blend) and the Bow Easy to tie the UBER TINY bow.  But as SUPER CUTE as this tag is, my favorite part of this project isn't the project at all.  Instead, it's the Tonic Studio Glass Cutting Mat that is behind this fun project!!!! 

In case you can't tell, the part on the mat that I'm showing in this pic is actually a degree grid... how freakin handy is that?!?  I've found that the glass surface is PERFECT for stamping (thanx to the rubber feet on the bottom), cleaning up alcohol ink and glue after completing a project and just a great solid surface for just about anything that I'm working on (Copic Markers are "inferred" here... hahahhahahaha).  Yep... I'm loving this new little toy fo sho!  Click HERE to check out what the rest of the design team members created for this fun metal/charm challenge!!!  Oh!  And all the products shown here (except for the tag itself) can all be found at Paper Vineyard... while supplies last of course!  LOL!

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Keep Staring!!!

So, I am COMPLETELY GAGA for these Sugar Nellie Stamps!  This particular stamp is my favorite from the bunch!  It's called Fairytale and I just keep staring at it.  I haven't quite figured out what to do with this just yet, or even decided if it is done or not... I'm thinking not.... but I wanted to share it with a link to where you can find these INCREDIBLE stamps!!!  Click HERE to get your hands on my new favorites!!!

I'm thinkin this one needs stitching... LOTS of stitching... perhaps on a card?  Before I go though (just for you Krista... cuz I love ya!), let me include the colors I used to color this so you can play on your own:
B26, B41, B45, BG01, E00, E02, E19, E21, E41, E57, E59, R83, R85, W1, W3, Y13, Y26. 

For my U.S. friends who want to order these stamps, I just bought two a couple of days ago and paid about $23 (with shipping) for two stamps.... worth EVERY penny!!!  I can't wait till they arrive!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Coming

So I've decided to start up a little Copic club to support all my fellow alcohol ink addicts!!!  I'm calling it Alcoholics Anonymous... perfect huh???  Welp, I have developed a 12-step program to support your habits, walking you through learning the basics all the way to perfecting your Copic techniques and creating WONDERFUL Copic projects. Preliminary sign up is open all through March, and our schedule will be set up based on interest... so be sure to call right away to sign up to let the healing begin!  hahahahahhahaha!  To sign up, call 480-656-2058.  All we need is your name, contact information and the day that works best for you.  Once we've compiled the list, we will schedule accordingly.  Also, during the March Copic Palooza at Paper Vineyard, a sign up sheet will also be available, so if you are planning on attending the Copic Palooza in March, you can just sign up then! :) 

Speaking of the March Copic Palooza.... check out March's super fun project (click on pic above to enlarge)!!!  For those who don't know, my Copic Palooza is a specialized Copic class that focuses on project completion utilizing MY FAVORITE (and rather personalized) technique that will save you time AND ink when completing each monthly project.  It is designed for the most novice to the most advanced Copic users as it's more project driven than technique driven... honestly, there really is only ONE technique used to complete the project pictured!  I SWEAR!!!  The cost is $35** and INCLUDES the featured stamp/stamps to take home and use on future projects!!!  It is a TON of fun and a VERY laid back class!  Everything to make this project is included, all you have to bring is a paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive, glue dots and your Copic markers.  Suggested Copic markers for this project are:  BV23, E43, E50, E51, E57, R20, R22, R59 (or R89), R81, R85, RV32, RV34, YG01 and YG23.  Classes are scheduled for Saturday, March 12th at 1 p.m. and Sunday March 20th at 1 p.m., click HERE for more information.  PSSST... we are also going to be making that GORGEOUS flower embellishment... OOOOOO glittery!!!!

**  skull embellishment pictured is an optional embellishment with an additional fee as some people are not fans of skullies like I am.... hahahahahaha!!!  See you there!

*** Stamp set received with this class:  Kraftin Kimmie  Rebecca Raspberry

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Self Discovery

Ok, so this week's challenge over at Make It Colourful is to create an original project featuring smooth gradients.  Guess what...... I just discovered that I see the world in ultra high contrast, so this one was oh-so-tough for me. I worked VERY hard on this project to really blend and keep lines smooth.... yah, REALLY tough!  But overall, I'm pretty proud of this one!!!!  I used WAY MORE Copic markers than I'm used to and in more consecutive sequencing than I typically do... no jumping four and five shades, well, not too much... OK, I DID A LOT OF JUMPING, hahahahahhaha!   WHAT!?!  I told you it was tough!!!

So here we go:  Stamps I used were Summer Fairy from The Greeting Farm and Make It Crafty's Forest Flower.  The Copic markers I used were:  E35, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E49, E50, E51, R46, Y0000, Y26, YG03, YG63, YG93, YG97, YR12, YR14, YR15, W00, W0,W3, W5

Welp, that about does it for this one.  Good luck to everyone entering this week.  This is definitely not an easy one if your vision is skewed like mine!  Apparently I live closer to the sun than everyone else and everything is either light or dark!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Click HERE for more info on this week's challenge over at Make It Colourful and to see what the rest of the design team whipped up!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Like I Really Need This!!!!

Ok, so this past weekend, Els with Elizabeth Craft Designs paid Paper Vineyard a visit and her visit SURPASSED EVERYTHING I expected.  Not only did we play with the tape/sticker/glitter/Copics, but we also learned how to apply masks to the tape and burnish glitter to it to create patterns..... LIKE THE AWESOME-NESS ABOVE!!!!  Yes, it's worth all caps!  That's how incredible this weekend with Els was.  Aside from her unbelievably charming accent and her ENDLESS compliments to all her students, this woman knew her products rocked and knew just how to demo them.  I spent her entire visit transfixed by the glitter, the stickers and the gel pens (usually with a shocked expression, my mouth gaping open and my eyes bulging out of my head)... I was beyond "wow'd"!  Needless to say, I bought  A LOT!  So guess what you all can expect over the next week or two -

LIKE I REALLY NEEDED ANOTHER OBSESSION!!!  The fact that it also included my beloved Copics, yah, this "Alcoholic" is going to be in trouble for awhile!  Stay tuned for the Copic-Glitter masterpiece!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I'm A Little Late

So sorry about missing the mark on this one gang!  I was supposed to post my project for Make It Colourful yesterday, but I'm getting over being sick on top of a HECTIC and EXCITING work week and then was invited to breakfast yesterday to find out that MY SON GOT ENGAGED!!!!  Yeah, it's been quite the eventful couple of weeks!  So I'm posting my project this morning since.... I start the Master Cleanse today and quite frankly could use a little diversion!  LOL!
So this project features this week's sponsor over at Make It Colourful, Whimsy Stamps.  The stamps I used are Whimsy stamp, Girl With Kitty and Make It Crafty's Crooked Picket Fence.  The background coloring is actually from a "doodle" page that I was doing while practicing with my new Copic airbrush system.  I ended up printing out the Crooked Fence over top of it and coloring in the fence to finalize it.  I think the background really turned out great and created it's own depth for this project!  It looks almost out of focus behind the bright coloring on the Girl With Kitty.  That's what made me think of the sentiment.... it looked like a picture.  Anyway, I'm sure you will get to see more of my "doodles" with my Copic airbrush down the road, as I'm still learning new techniques and experimenting with it.  Hopefully you can tell that the challenge this week over at Make It Colourful is shadows and depth.

Head over to Make It Colourful and check out what the rest of the design team made.  I really am surrounded by the most talented people!!!   Also the challenge prize this week is 5 DIGIS from our sponsor Whimsy Stamps!!!  Good luck to everyone who enters.... let's see what you do with shadows and depth!!!! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Rumor

So this weekend at Paper Vineyard in Chandler, AZ the craft world is getting together to hang out with Els of Elizabeth Crafts!!!  There are some pretty awesome projects planned THIS WHOLE WEEKEND!!!  Projects featuring Gel Pens and Glitter.... ah, the beloved glitter.  But it's ALSO rumored that a particular (and oh-so-popular) demonstration is going to take place:

Els will be demoing the special outline stickers on tape WITH the glitter and.... wait for it, wait for it.....
Copics!!!!  To see more of what I'm talking about, click HERE!!!  A special thanx to Inspiration Blooms for displaying all the pics from Elizabeth Crafts booth at CHA this year (the pic posted above included) on her blog!!! 

So yah, I'm an alcohol ink addict.  I don't need to remind all of you about my alcoholism.  I might just go ahead and form a support group for my addiction.  Anyone interested in joining me?  Please know, that when I say "support group", I mean that I intend on supporting your Copic alcohol ink habit and employ a 12-step program that will ENABLE you further with your affliction!  Anyone want support?  HAHAHAHAHA!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Creepy Cool!

This is my second post of the day.  Scroll down to see Alcoholic.

So after missing the last two challenges over at The Burtonesque Dolls, I jumped back in with a REALLY fun challenge!  So this week's challenge is to create an original project inspired by or featuring Pee Wee's Big Adventure.   This one was SOOOO up my alley!!!  So, it has been a while since I've seen Pee Wee's Big Adventure, but there were two things that INSTANTLY came to mind when I read the title of this challenge:  1) "I know you are, but what am I?"  2) Color, color and more color!  I also VAGUELY remembered the design on Pee Wee's bike, so I had to double check before committing entirely to this totally crazy project.  Yep, I gotta say I love it!  To see what the other Dolls turned out for this incredible challenge, and to get the deets to enter this week's challenge, click HERE.

That's it for this quick post.  I'll have to make up for it later this week.  Thanx so much for stopping by!

**Copics used:  B41, B45, E33, E39, E42, E50, E51, E53, N1, N9, R29, W3, Y00, Y13


The Paper Vineyard's design team is featuring Valentine's Day themed projects and since I just got my Copic Airbrush system (including the AC101 Air Compressor... YEE!), OF COURSE I had to pull it out for this one.  So I used a Cuttlebug and a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create the heart emboss on both the Coredinations paper AND the tin foil I snagged from my kitchen.  I then sanded the Coredinations paper to reveal the pink core of the paper and make the hearts pop.  I also applied Ranger Alcohol inks to the foil... What is it about the alcohol inks???  I'm thinking I might be becoming an alcoholic!  Anyway, I finally pulled out my Copic pens (yes, more alcohol) and my airbrush system to make my flowers match the other elements of my project.  I've been going sooooo crazy with this new toy, I was half tempted to graffiti my living room wall before my husband got home the day I got it.  I can't wait for Paper Vineyard's airbrush system to finally arrive in the store.  We are going to have a blast with it! 

Well, I could really go on about that forever... so better stop.  To see what everyone else on the design team created for this Valentine's theme, click HERE.  Have a great one gang and stay tuned... my second post of the day is right around the corner and it's a CRAZY design I did for this upcoming week's challenge over at The Burtonesque Dolls!!! 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Skullie Suckers Winner!

WHOOPS!  Can't forget the winner of the Birthday/Bloggerversary Blog Hop blog candy... say THAT three times fast!  LOL!  So the winner, chosen by is....


Ashley said...
I love this cute bouquet. I love all the red!!

ScrappinAsh at gmail dot com

Congrats Ashley!!!  I will kick you off an email in the morning.  Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in our blog hop and thank you for all the wonderful comments you all left.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Birthday/Bloggerversary Celebration!!!

WOO HOO!!!  Another blog hop!  I love these blog hops... filled with prizes, fun projects to see and a TON to learn.  This one is NO exception!  By now you should be arriving from Holly's AWESOME creation.  If you are just joining us, you will want to start our hop from the beginning (HERE) so you don't miss any of the blog hop goodness.  The blog candy up for grabs on this blog is TWO of the Skull Flower suckers like the one's pictured in Nicole's arrangement.  Just leave a comment on this post between now and the 7th for your chance to win.  I will pick the winner the evening of the 7th when the hop is over and post it on my blog.  Good luck everyone.

So my holiday themed birthday project is... you guessed it... Valentines.  And I made this for our birthday girl/co-blog organizer Nicole, The Canadian Nickel.  Happy Birthday Nicole!!!  And thank you to my friend Barb for inspiring this blog hop project.  I used lots of goodies from my bag of tricks:  Love Struck Cricut cartridge for the lips and heart charm, Mo Manning's Cupid In Love digi, Dollz Bonez Skull Flower digi, Spellbinders large circle and scalloped circle sets, Stickles, Copic Markers (of course!) and lots and lots of Red Hots!!!  I also used the yellow metallic Sakura Gel pen to highlight the arrow tip and the bow, but for some reason the lighting for the pic was bad and you really can't see how very cool it really is on this project.  DANG IT!!!  Anyway, this is my very first Mo Manning purchase.  I'm always so afraid to work with Mo Manning images due to how strict the licensing rules are on these images.  Hopefully no one will mind that I altered the image with the Happy Birthday message and that I cut out the face of the cherub to pop it up.  I really am thrilled with how this turned out.... I cannot believe that I made that!!! 

Here's a close up of the finished Mo Manning image... STILL can't get the awesomeness of that Sakura to show!
Now I can't end this post without extending a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Meighen for celebrating her Bloggerversary.  You did it girl... and with style!  Can't wait to get to know you and your blog better over this next year!!!

Ok folks, you should now be off to DD's blog.  Have fun with the rest of the hop and good luck to everyone on snagging all of the blog hop goodies!!! 

***Update:  Ok, so I just realized that it is Meighen's Birthday too!!!  YIKES!  Meighan, I'm so sorry..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHICKIE!!!

*** Copics Used:  100, C1, C4, C7, E25, E27, E33, E42, E49, R14, R22, R27, R29, W1, W3

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Revisit

Well, over at Paper Vineyard today I posted a tutorial about creating a leather look on your cardstock.  I featured a card that I made quite some time ago and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit this one.  It features a chalk colored Stampin Up stamp from the Provencal stamp set (retired, sorry) and yes, I colored it with chalks.  Believe it or not, there ARE other mediums besides Copic markers although if you've kept up with my blog for the past year, you wouldn't think so.... me being addicted to Copics and all... hahahahahaha!  But I ADORE this stamp set, so if there is a way you can get your hands on this one, you will thank me!!!   Anyway, the spotlight today is on creating that super fun leather-like background.

Ok, so the background of this card started out as just a plain piece of off-white cardstock. I then dabbed a few drops of three different colors of Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks in warm colors mixed with a few drops of Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution on a piece of felt attached to the Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator (it doesn't take much) and covered the entire surface of the paper using a dabbing or pounding movement. The effect that it gives the paper is that of marble.... and it looks cool!!! The inks, blending solution and applicator with felt are available for purchase at the store. I then spritzed the paper with about 5 sprays of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to give it a sheen. While the paper was moist from the Glimmer Mist, I ran it through the Cuttlebug using a reptile-scale-looking Cuttlebug embossing folder and allowed it to dry. Once the paper was completely dry, I then inked the edges using a ColorBox Chalk Cat Eye in Chestnut Roan to give it a distressed and weathered appearance.... that's it! That's all there was to making this leathery background. I finished off this card with a leather ribbon and some slide embellishments.

I hope you all give this one a try.... it's an easy way to achieve some leather-like results in a matter of minutes.  It's also fun to do with other embossing folders as well as brighter ink colors (purple, teal and gold makes an AWESOME combination!!!)!  Welp, that's it for today... stay tuned.  I have the priviledge of being part of an AWESOME birthday blog hop this weekend.  Be prepared for LOTS of goodies and LOTS of fun!!!

***NOTE:  this exact same look can be created (and was) using the colorwash technique.  In both instances, the paper is damp when embossed.  Using Adirondack Acrylic Pearl paints achieves the same effect as the alcohol inks with the Glimmer Mist, although using the colorwash technique requires a little bit of drying time prior to embossing due to the fact that the paper is sopping wet directly after the colorwash.  You have to let it dry a little till the paper is just slightly damp.  Because alcohol inks dry so quickly, no drying time is required prior to embossing in the tutorial above.

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