Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Meowy Christmas!

It's just beginning to get a tiny bit cooler here in SC and yet it's time to get started on those Christmas cards.  Today I want to share with you the latest card I've created for Createful Heart Digi & Designs.

This beautifully detailed image is called Christmas Eve Kitty and is available at the Createful Hearts Zibbet Shop. (Click here)

For my card I printed the image on Neenah 110# card stock and colored using Copic Markers.  I used a simple Rounded Stitched Rectangle die from Pink & Main and then mounted the image on the green Christmas tree paper, and a white card base. 

After adding the "MEOWY Christmas" sentiment, then I added Stickles Diamonds to each of the tree ornaments to complete the card.

With this nice Christmas scene, no ribbon is even necessary. However did you see the names on the stockings?  Yes, even the Kitty has a stocking. 

Thanks for stopping by today to see what's on my desk.  Your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior,

Monday, October 14, 2019

Good Friends Are Like Snowflakes

Today's card is made using Unity Stamps' Christine Girl by designer Angie Blom.   

For this card I started in reverse order by finding a piece of paper I liked then matching my Copic markers to the paper for my coloring. I chose not to ground her in snow since we don't usually have the beautiful wintry mix.  Instead I used W3 closes to the image and W2 out just a little, giving her shadow grounding.  

I used the Gina Marie X-stitched rectangle die for both the mat and the image.  I also used Gina Marie gray enamel dots.  A matching organza ribbon was added to complete the card. 

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I've been working on.  Your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Believe ...Who Gives Me Strength

I'm back today with another Guest Designer card for Brutus Monroe. I am using their Flutter background stamp.  After my first card using Copic Markers with this stamp, I wanted to try something different. 

Stamping with this Brutus Monroe stamp is amazing!  Completely  clear and crisp ~ 

I pulled out my Zig markers and went to work.  After finishing the water coloring, I started adding Stickles glitter glue, although any brand would work.  

I used the following Stickles: Blueberry Ice, Sunburst, Lavender, Cherry Ice, Lime Ice and Star Dust, matching each to the color of the butterfly.  

Only wanting the 'Believe' of the sentiment, I positioned the stamp to put the word where I wanted then added a strip of washi tape over the "in" on the second line.  Carefully, I inked the word Believe, then discarded the washi tape and continued stamping "Believe" in the center.  

Next I added the scripture address "Philippians 4:13".  This will lead the receiver of this card to the scripture, " I can do all this through him who gives me strength."   

This background stamp is quite large and I needed this card to be a bit smaller.  I cut a black mat using Tattered Lace Nested Beaded Chain Square (discontinued) die that was about 5 1/4" square. Then cut the colored image to fit just inside the framed edge, leaving the appearance of another black mat.  I selected a deep grey card stock piece and made the card base. For the final touch I added three small diamond like dots randomly around the card and one for the 'dot of the i". 

Glittered cards are hard to photograph, as was this one.  The entire card is a lot more sparkly than it appears.  I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you like today's card.  Your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

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Sweet Pumpkin Surprise

In honor of Whimsy's 31 Nights of Halloween, I've done today's card using Kitty 'n Pumpkin, by artist Krista Heij-Barber.

I used my Copic Markers to color the image and then die cut using the Gina Marie  Designs Wonky Stitched Square die.   The sentiment is from Polka Dot Orchard's Halloween Luck Digital set.  I matched an orange and yellow striped paper to the pumpkin's colors and mounted it on a standard A2 card base.  Then  I added a gray mat to both pieces for contrast, and added them to the card base to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I've been working on.   Your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Composition Books ~ From Plain to Awesome!

When everyone arrived at the For Keeps Sake Retreat several weeks ago, they found a blank Composition Book at their seats.  There were many questioning looks directed towards Bette and Stacey as everyone couldn't imagine what these two had up their sleeve for this project.

But the "aaahhhs" and smiles came quickly as everyone gathered around for Stacey to watch her demonstrate the directions for the first project of the weekend. 

 The project was to:  Prepare your artwork for the front of the book and then to cover (front/back & inside covers) using pretty papers and Modge Podge.  The completed books were gathered on the last day of the retreat weekend and numbered.  Look at all the different books!

The room was filled with excitement as each lady drew a number and received that book to take home! It was especially nice to see the originators signing the books for the receivers.

Here is the reference measurements for a standard size composition book, if you'd like to try this project. 

Many thanks to Bette and Stacey for a great project that everyone treasures!

Thanks for visiting today ~ your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Copic Moments at the Fall Retreat

Ever since my friend Jennie and I began our Copic coloring adventures, the ladies at my retreats always want a Copic lesson.  This year Jennie took the extra steps to get permission to use one of Rhea Weigand's lesson instructions to use as her guidelines.
We used DoveArt's Honey Run Bridge for this project. 

With a full table of Copic loving ladies, and a few standing spectators, 

Jennie stepped everyone through the areas of the image and demonstrated the different techniques we had learned from Rhea this past May at the Whimsy Stamps Retreat.

Not everyone finished their images, but here's the ones that did.

Everyone enjoyed this project and we are grateful to Rhea for allowing us to use her instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today  ~ your comments are always welcome. 

Serving a Risen Savior, 

Monday, October 7, 2019

If the Shoe Fits...

Time for a super cute Halloween card - perfect for your girlfriend who loves their shoe collections.  This card is made using Polka Dot Orchard Best Witches Digital Stamp set. 

I did a little layering to make this card, using Photoshop Elements 12.  Moving objects around, adding the sentiment, and hiding mistakes is so easy when you are using a digital image.  Once I had the hat where I wanted it on the boots, I then added the sentiment.  I printed the image on 110# Neenah and colored with my Copic markers.  Then I added Diamond Stickles to the laces and the two spider webs.  The purple cut die is Pink & Main's Cloudy Frames.  

Thanks for stopping by today. Your comments are always welcome.

Serving a Risen Savior,

Friday, October 4, 2019

Believe in Yourself Every Day

I'm totally excited to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for Brutus Monroe.  I can't wait to show you what I've been working on.

My first card is using the Brutus Monroe 'Flutter' background stamp and Copic markers.  Here's my completed card and then a few details about how I created it. 

This background stamp is quite large - measuring 6" square.  I stamped it on Neenah 110# card stock and started matching Copic markers in monochromatic sets of Purples, Greens, and Blues.  Alternating colors as I worked around the card, the light and dark shades started really working together and the butterflies seemed to begin to come to life. 

 It's hard to see, but I also added Wink of Stella to different spots on each butterfly.  I grabbed a couple of the larger square Tattered Lace Nesting Beaded Chain dies (discontinued) and die cut the image, and a galaxy background paper.  I wanted the image to have a different edge, so I carefully cut the top part of each chain off, leaving a new edge without actually having a new die.

When completed, I stamped the sentiment in the center using Versa Fine Black ink and added a few enameled dots randomly around the card.  

I used a 6" white card base and added the background paper. Then I applied foam tape around the edges and across the middle on the back of the colored image. With an image this large it's especially important to apply plenty of foam tape to ensure the top stays flat and pretty. 

Once that was added to the card base, I positioned three coordinating enamel dots around the sentiment to complete the card. 

Thanks for stopping by today - your comments are always welcome.  

Serving a Risen Savior, 
Copics Used:
Top Left coming down outer side.  Butterfly: BG02, BG05, BG07
Going down left : 2. B60, B63, B66
Below that one: B12, B16, B06
Top: B11, B34, B13, B49
Bottom, BG11, BG23, BG13, BG49
Top Right coming down outer side: Left B91, B93, B85, B87
Center, BG15, BG53, BG57
Bottom: B01, B02, B05

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