Friday, April 18, 2014

You've been egged

After I designed this chic/rooster guy to sell as a digi stamp I was really wishing he was a clear stamp.  I think he'd make a great mini stamp set. So I enlarged the original image "Egg-scape" and removed all the background stuff and used him as the main focus of the card.

 These little goody bags were fun to make.  I usually hate making the same card twice but when it comes to production type work I actually enjoy the challenge.  I made 25 of these little bag of goodies for my co-workers.  I bought the brown candy bags at a local supply store. Now I have 985 reasons to find something else to do with them :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Seas the Twine

What an exciting month it's been.  I just released a new stamp set called "Seas the day" at Jillian Vance Designs and I made The Twinery design team.  So I combined both products to make some cards. I was happy with how my first card turned out that I tried to make a copy, but alas I could not. I started out will all the same elements but then started thinking "what if I do this" and well here's what happened.
What if I use the blow fish?
What if I just use the crabs?
What if the blow fish was peeking out of the water.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'm entwined in some exciting news.

I've been waiting a while to announce this!!  Now I can officially tell you that I made the Design Team for the Twinery.

I saw an adorable bag on Pinterest and just happened to have some burlap. 
1. I used the bunny cut files from Whimsie Doodles and enlarged it to 4 inches and cut it from vinyl.  I figured the vinyl would be great because it's sticky. You want the bunny to be completely cut through.
2. Stick the stencil on onto the burlap bag.
3. Use a stiff brush and white acrylic paint to fill in the "blank" area of the bunny.
4. I started from the outside edge and worked my way in.
*make sure there is a scrap of paper under the burlap because paint will leak through.
5. Then peel off the stencil
6. I was impatient so I used my hair dryer to dry the paint. Or you can just let it dry on it's own. Acrylic paint doesn't take very long to dry.  
This is a photo of the back side, some of the thicker areas of paint came through the burlap.
7. I picked up some pink Gelato on my still wet with white paint brush (just scribble some pink on the backing -slippery side of the vinyl stencil)

and rubbed it in a circular motion to create blush.
I used Strawberry Solid twine to decorate this bag.
Die cut a tag, stamp sentiment and wrap the Strawberry twine around the top to finish it off.

Now repeat these steps on kraft cardstock to make bunny cards.  Make sure the vinyl stencil has lost most of it's stickiness so that it won't pull the cardstock.

I made these adorable pom pom tails with Solid Strawberry and Caribbean Solid twine from the Twinery

Materials
Twine-Caribbean and Strawberry Solid:The Twinery
Cardstock-Kraft, baby pink, and blue: PTI
Tag Die:Spellbinders
Bunny SVG: Whimsie Doodles
Burlap bag was hand stitched because I couldn't find the cord to my sewing machine :

Why not meet the rest of the team??
Denise Hahn
Jen Cuthbertson
Christine Meyer
Rebecca Grecco
DoBea Alberts
Rebecca VanDeMark
Andrew Roberts
Melyssa Connolly
Suzanna Lee
Tobi Crawford
Jeanne Jachna
Stacey Schafer
Anita Mulcahey
Melania Deasy
Katarina Damm-Blomberg

Returning Designers for 2014

Monika Wright - Sr Designer
Jamie Cripps - Sr Designer
Ashley Bores - Sr Designer
Amy Crockett
Tifany DeGough
Jaclyn Miller

Monday, March 3, 2014

Z Becky Brown and Card Marker Magazine


Card Maker  Magazine and Z Becky Brown are hopping together.

If you’ve come from Kristie Hartfeil's blog you are in the right place! If not head on over to the Cardmaker Magazine Blog for the start of the hop.
Make sure and comment on EVERY blog along the hop for a chance to WIN! The giveaway will be Z Becky Brown‘s best selling handbag 003- Black lid, Black solid handle and nickel hardware, with one package of Ziva papers!

I was inspired by this quote (my new moto)
And this mixed media canvas found on Pinterest
The result is this...



Now it's time to hop on over to Kristine's blog to see what fabulousness she has to share.

I used MME's Lost & Found Heirloom designer pad.
I will take
2 sheets Grey Polka dot
2 sheets Pink & White strip
1 sheet of pink polka dot cut into strips 1.25" x 6 (x4)
Sticker letters
teensy type- Doodlebug Design
Black gelato

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cat is coming up Daisies

I've been experimenting with acrylic painting and mixed media lately. I"m really getting into Gelato's by Faber-Castell. Today I'm sharing my latest painting, I started by painting a purple background with some flowers, flowers as best as I can anyway.

Then I thought it needed to pop so I tried to some Gelato's to outline the flowers in black and to create a vignette around the painting. I thought it also needed more flowers.  Still it wasn't "right".
See the giant gap between the flowers?  It NEEDED something but what?  A bird house?  hummm maybe something bold so the flowers don't overpower it, maybe a cat, a black cat, tall and skinny with bright yellow eyes to match the daisy centers?
Here's a before and after



Naughty Pi

The Trouble makers started up a new challenge blog and it's going to be epic!! I mean how could you not want to participate in a challenge that's called Naughty or Nice??
You decide weather you want to make a nice card or a raise some eyebrows.  It's up to you.  This is gonna be fun ;) So here's my first submission for the challenge....Look very closely, do you get it?  Do you see my message?  
Answer: Pi Eyed over You
yep I'm "drunk in love"
How did I make this card well...
1. I Googled the Pi equation and printed it off, twice
 2. Then I hand drew the Pi symbol on one of the sheets and cut it out and matted in black.
3. Circle punched 4 circles going up in size for each one.
4. (the hard part) I used my Copic markers to make the blue eye. Basically I drew lines from the centre out like cutting pie wedges. Glue the pupil and add white gel pen highlights.
5. Stamp YOU and add a felt heart.

Now go ahead and show your nice/naughty side and play along with the

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bee Mine

This year I decided I was going to make little Valentine gift bags for whoever I meet on Valentine's day and that I better make a bunch.  Making a lot of one thing is not really something I'm good at so I knew that had to be quick and easy.  So I created some cutting files and set my Cricut to work.  While it was busy cutting I started cutting up some scraps and start gluing them to some little glassine bags.  Now I just had to fill them with goodies.

You can get the cutting files I used to make these bags by visiting here and downloading them.

Friday, January 31, 2014

trick or treat :)

A few months ago there was a design team call that I just knew I had to be on,  The only snag was that you had to use their products  when submitting and the only supplies I could find was a scrapbook kit.  Personally I find the patterns on scrapbook paper to large for cardmaking but I wanted to make this team so I purchased a kit and gave it my shot.  I have to admit it was my first ever kit and I LOVED using it.  It seemed I could find a place for everything. I honestly couldn't stop till I ran out of supplies (stickers) or ones I wanted to use anyway :)
here are the card samples I submitted for the DT application.  BTW I didn't make the team :(  BUT that's OK I know something else will come along.




Heart Veneers: Studio Calico
Cloud die: Memory Box
Circle, scallop and star dies: Spellbinders

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lollipop Treat Covers

I just love 3D stuff, especially if it's paper pieced.  I love paper piecings, packages and presents! Did I tell you I've been playing with some new SVG's (and JPEG's) and absolutely love putting them together.  They're like cute little puzzles that you can decide the colours for.  Here is what I put together using the newly added Lollipop Treat Covers from Whimsie Doodles.

Here are some Valentine Treats for school aged children....
 You can't have a school theme without a pencil.
Sweet baby shower favors
Stamps-Carriage: PSA Essentials 
 Don't forget your furry friends, or friends with fur babies!!
I made these for my Vet and her staff

Hint: If you don't have the right colour card stock just cut everything out in white and colour the individual pieces.  I did this for the glue bottles, pencil and baby bottle images with my Copic markers.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fall Apart

You know whats awesome about digi stamps?? You can re-size, flip and even delete bits.  No masks, no fuss no problem. I wanted a pair of bears so I used the digi stamp Healing bear then flipped him so that now it looks like they are leaning on each other. One supporting the other no matter how ragged they feel. They look like they could use a vacation. :)
Digital stamp- Healing Bear: Whimsie Doodles
Copic Markers: Bears: E23,25 and E25,27 + a blender pen to lighten the bears.
BG11:background
R22,20: ears
Chalk: Blush on cheeks
White gel pen: Uni-Ball (best pen ever)
Paper- Be. Loved: Fancy Pants
Divine Twine-Bubblegum: Whisker Graphics