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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Faery Ink DT Submission

Well hello y'all,

It has been awhile since I applied to be on a design team but its time to take something on with a little zest and ping!!  I was looking for a DT call and came across Faery Ink...well the cute name alone would pull me in. If you have a minute and go check out the DT Call  for yourself.   I have been a lover of all things fae for many years.....and years.....and years...well let's not exaggerate too much.....I'm not that old...... I can remember building a fairy house when I was 7 or 8 and watched everyday to make sure the fairies and gnomes had a place to live when I was away at school or sleeping....alas I digress.....back to the regular scheduled programing.

Well let me tell you if you  are looking for some cute and whimsical stamps or something with a little twist definitely check out Amanda's (owner of Faery Ink) blog here. There really is a wicked bunch a stuff going on....its a busy place.  I found my image for Mixed media project here.  There is about 10 different images there to choose from.

Anywhooooooo.....I have never used Pan Pastels and decided to give them a whirl!  WHAT FUN- oh my gosh the back ground was completed in about 25 seconds as far as vibrant color goes.  Then I moved along into sealing the pastels- I put some Golden gel medium on my Gelli plate and just allowed the paper to sit on top for a few minutes so it could soak the gel up.  After it dried then I used a Hexagon Stencil from Crafters Workshop and zentangled to my little hearts content.  I, like many mixed media artists adore Golden and I have not gotten a chance to use the newly found liquid ink so Round 2 for new things- dribbles and splotches a great success!  I used yellow and teal both colors found in the background.  I added a few embellies like the butterflies, a few ink splotches in the opposite corner for balance and called that good- plus by that time I was covered in ink, goop and such and felt maybe a handwashing might be of use.

I turned to the main image next.  I started with Caren D'Ache crayons- I mean really if you have not tried these puppies out they are an absolute must- ADORE them!  (side not: Dear Santa, can I have the full set of these crayons?  A grown child who still believes)   I added acrylic and watercolor pencils (Derwent Inktense) to get the various shades.  I loved the bee in the hair and also the "bee hive" hair doo so as I was creating and some stuff I did lately and thought.....I am still myself no matter what so the title was born "BEE YOURSELF"- really you can't be anyone but yourself but be the most like yourself as you can.  Like many mixed media artists its all about the mess.....lol.  I added come quick copic blending for the wings to transition from blue to pink. 

I used gel medium on the image to paste it down.  I allowed it to dry at lest 2 days before attempting anything else as there were many layers that were on the layout.  I used a Sharpie fine tip to add the lines back into the main image.  When all was dry to add the third element to draw the eye I added some flowers and I really didn't want the fairy to be floating around with nothing to ground her....its all perspective....lol.  I thought her wings needed a little something so they got a good coat of diamond dust and I pretty much finished off on that point. 

So after a long winded explanation of what I did to come up with my unorganized thoughts- this is the end product.  I also added some pearls to her hair because she just looked like a fairy who could rock the classy yet a little attitude included....lol

A little bit about me is simple- I was a teacher, I am a wife, I am a mother (to one little sweet girl- age 5- she is my pride and joy.  I can't think of anything else I have every loved more than her), I am super chatty and if there is anything else you wanna know ask- I'm open to anything:)  As far as what I like to use- anything that allows me to work while having fun- I love all mediums- watercolor, acrylic, pencils, crayons, paint, ink, glue, scissors......whooooo I just had a artflash.....too many supplies need to cool off....

well that's all folks
happy craftin' y'all

Monday, 8 December 2014

C.C. Designs Christmas Tags no. 8

Holy moly this month is flying by! I have completed a few more quick tags for C.C. Designs and I only have a few more days to get them completed.  Well this little tag started with one thought in mind and quickly evolved into something else but I really think it's cut throwback to poleroids was a quick,and simple coloring mass production tag.  

It opens like a small card measuring 3 x 4.  I used copics to color this little scruffy rascal. Of course this stamp can be found at All that Scraps where you can find all kinds of goodies for the crafter in your world, yourself or someone you love.  I also used a sentiment from Amy R that can't help but make me giggle. 

Happy scrapping y'all 
Hope you enjoy your day:)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

C.C. Designs Christmas Tag no.7

I really have to say I ADORE  the dies from C.C. Designs!  They do a perfect job every time and they are extremely versatile, if you like to think outside the box!  I started this tag (and no.6 too) by cutting the tag with the clipboard of the school supplies die. Then I used one of Amy R sentiments (from the Happy Holidays set) to stamp the sentiment on the bottom of the tag.  I used the holly die from C.C. Designs as well to add a bit of decoration.  I used distress ink ( frayed burlap) to ink the edges...that's it folks;)

Have a super great weekend with all your family that ya can't choose and your friends that you have chosen as family!  Happy crafting y'all!

C.C. Designs Christmas Tag no. 6

OH MY GOSH!  Have you been to the store?  It's Thanksgiving weekend in America and they are celebrating in style!  Loads of sales all weekend!  It starts Friday- www.ccdesignsrubberstamps.com it's a great time to get the gift your hubby just might forget about.....just sayin;)

Now onto another tag....  This stamp is from the Christmas trio pack called Vintage Winter.  I stamped it with Staz-On and used watercolor paper.  I watercolored it using Distress Markers.  Then I masked the image using post it paper tape and used a crafters companion stencil. I love Golden products and I used their moulding paste to create the circles.  I then covered the "snow" with Diamond Dust glitter and I peeled the mask off.  I set it aside to dry and it was certainly dry enough in about 20 minutes (I had enough time to fold a basket of laundry and create the red snowflake tag). I also used copic cardinal red to color the cranberries.  While I had the paste out I also added a bit to the branch, creating the perfect Christmas feeling!

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving to one and all!  I know I have a ton of things to be thankful for!  Happy crafting y'all!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

C.C. Designs Christmas Tag no. 5

Well since I took awhile to post the last tag I thought .....WHAT TA HECK - let's post another one for a bit of inspiration.  For this tag I used Rhea's stitched circles.  I cut 2 circles from the same cardstock and used the scoreboard to crease a 1/4 inch folding top.  Then using  Scotch quick dry wet glue pasted the top onto the creased section thereby creating a top folding tag.  I used a Snowflake die to decorate the front; adding a large pearl from my stash to liven it up a tiny bit.

This would be another easy mass produced tag as it is just a matter of getting your paper and die cutting machine ready for mass production.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and get loads of family time in with your loved ones.  I'm heading outside (with about 50 layers on) to play in the snow with my 5 year old!  Happy crafting y'all!

C.C. Designs Christmas Tag 4

I've been missing in action because of a strep throat and infected ears...groan!  I LOVE winter...,not. Well I'm slowly getting back around and feeling like I should be posting again.  Today's tags were by far the easiest and simplest to mass produce. I used White cardstock and Doodlebug Designs doilies to create these. (Did you know the doilies are on sale now...oh gush they are soooo stinking cute!).  I used scotch quick dry adhesive and cut them out using Rhea's stitched circle dies. I chose ink from a bunch of old cat eye and Momento ink spots to closely match the color and added a bit around the edges.  I used some doodlebug twine from a 4th of July package I had bought when it was on sale (C.C. designs has a great clearance section) to create the string hanger and viola another bunch of tags all completed and ready for Christmas action!
Have a Craft Happy day folks!  
Ps I made a third one that was purple however my cat, Nemo decided he liked the purple best for a toy!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

C.C. Designs: Christmas Tag Clue No.4

Simple is good!  I bought many of the doodlebug doilies and tomorrow's Christmas tags will include a doily ..so come and play with paper, scissors and dazzling dies!

Have a craft happy day!

Monday, 17 November 2014

C.C. Designs: Christmas Tag No. 3

Today's tag is one of my favourites so far!  I loved getting the watercolours out and coloring this cute Holiday Penguin.  Ok,ok I was wanting to try a easy travel watercolour and used the Crayola markers that are my daughters.  They worked perfectly and are so easy to paint in a hurry.  I just colored on an acrylic block- used a water filled brush Faber castell, which of course I got from C.C. Designs and colored away.  I added some Christmas Red Stickles to his Rudolph nose and a little Glossy Accents on the bell.  I used a light blue to create the cool shadow around the cute little penguin and Pumice Stone for the ground.

I actually used dies from stamping up to cut the stars out.  I used Recollections school bus yellow cardstock and artist's Loft watercolour paper.  I wanted to use a thinner watercolour paper to create the tag because I already had a child's gift in mind for this cute little addition to my Holiday tags.  I hope you are ready for some stamping fun!  If you create any tags be sure to post them on the C.C. Designs Facebook Page so we can all see your fantastic work!  I look forward to any and all your creative work!

Don't forget to share the love!
Happy crafting y'all

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Tag No. 2 for C.C. Designs

Did you ever wonder just how something is done and then blam-o your brain figures it out.  I have watched a few videos and thought modelling paste looks fun but can I really make it look nice- Answer is Yes You Can!  The white paste spreads like gritty butter and gives a wonderful texture to any project I have seen or used it on. 


I used Rodney's Ride to create this tag which can be found at C.C. Designs.  He has got to be the cutest reindeer!  My mind immediately went to a sentiment for a card- Got Keys?.......Will Travel!  I was lucky enough to grab the Doodlebug Designs: frosty Friends Paper Pack which I used to paper piece Rodney's Car.  I Copic coloured the image on C.C. designs 110 lb paper and popped it up on dimensionals for added punch and pizazz:). I just used a sponge dauber to add some color to the background and used Amy R's Freezin' Season to stamp the sentiment.  I used Doodlebug Designs Lily White Sequins to add a little bling. I think this little guy would capture the heart of any present lover:)

  This was an especially fun tag to put together because I loved paper piecing the reindeer car and it was fun to play with stuff I had kinda forgot about (modelling paste). I hope you too get to grab a product that has been sitting in a drawer and dust it off.  Have a Crafty day folks and remember to come back tomorrow for the next clue in our 12 Days of Christmas Tags. 
Cheers :)

C.C. Designs: Tags Challenge Day 3

I bet your wondering what Tuesday will being?  But first, Monday is meant to dig out the watercolors and a sweet little C.C. designs Image and paint it up!  Yes any image, any watercoloring medium, any paint brush your comfortable with and bring on the Water!  

I can't wait to see your images on a card, tag or scrapbook page- any project that makes your heart sing!  Thanks for stopping by- make sure you share the C.C. designs page because another coloring contest is just a few peeps away to getting to the goal!  

Friday, 14 November 2014

C.C Designs: Tag Challenge #2

This tag challenge is open to anyone who wants to create using C.C. Designs stamps and dies.  Tomorrow's challenge will have modelling paste..so that's your challenge to use modelling paste.  Of course you can create a card or any other project if you would like to play along.  So happy you stopped by. Have a super weekend! 
Happy crafting y'all

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Tags Galore: Santa's Pouch

Hello out there in craft land....
Is this not THE best time of the year?  Really though, a person digs out the glitter and glue and perhaps a little paper, Okay maybe a lot and presto bamo you have some homemade items to give away at Christmas.  Loooove it

There is so many new things in the works at C.C. Designs!  Eeeek let me tell you that between the new creations, new store and newness everywhere there are great things a happening.  Today I decided to use one of the cutest dies ever....this die was created by Christine (owner) at C.C. Designs.
Santa's Belt is just too cute to pass up. I grabbed the idea from Pinterst but  wanted a tag that had a present inside- sometimes the little ones forget to read the tags....and sometimes even the adults are just as excited and they don't either....but if there is yummy incentive who wouldn't want to have a little chocolate to start holiday mornings off with a bang?!!

If you are following along with us at C.C. Designs then you knew the tag would be red...and I sure do hope you want to play along.  This is just for fun and no pressure on who has the best.  Please be sure to post your creation. 

I started this by creating a pattern because I wanted to ensure my cuts would be even.  After creating a pattern then I used a scallop punch for the upper neck cuff or the end of Santa's beard....wherever your imagination takes you.  I had Recollections black buttons and used some Glue Dots to secure them onto the paper.  Next I used the Fairwee Tiny Boarder Die for the bottom cuff and then die cut the belt.   I used Velcro to fasten the belt to the back because I did not want to see a giant bump on the front- even though it may have been easier to open....but it does make it sweeter if you have to struggle a tiny bit. 

The inside was created using Big Christmas Wishes from Amy R.  She has lots of Christmas and Holiday stamps to choose from and they are super affordable.  I used a doily inside to have a pouch for the candy or treat to stay in; however, if I was creating many of these I would choose a paper that is more hardy and perhaps use the edge to decorate the pouch.  A personal note can easily be added to the left hand side of the tag.  I hope you enjoyed this tag for the first day of Christmas tags at C.C. Designs. 

You can find C.C. Designs on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ccdesignsrubberstamps/
hope to see you there...psssst .....did you know that if we reach 1500 members we will be having another party ....woot woot ...happy dance.....woot woot....
Happy crafting y'all

Friday, 7 November 2014

Friendly Winter Wishes

  I love Wee stamps and when I seen the DT call I thought self- just maybe you should give it a try....so here I am- giving it a try.  I have scrapbooked for almost 12 years but just in the last three or four years have I started making cards.

I started by using Friendship is the Greatest Gift and I used stitched circles from Rhea's Diezyne Dies (C.C. Designs) and cut the stamped image out.  Then I coloured the image.......which took two days between loads of laundry, sick kids, Sparks and school stuff ....oh my....lol.  Then I used Doodlebug and Authentic papers to add some color.  I love the Maya Road Wrinkle Ribbon and just had to use it on this card.  After cutting out some snowflakes and burlap I decided the bow needed a pin with a bit of decoration (prima flowers, sparkly gems and a bit of Golden paste for fake snow).  I added icicles to the background, glued it all together and Bob's Your Uncle (where I come from that's slang for it's done)!

The inside of the card is completed with 3 snowflakes falling from the side.  I wish I was the type of crafter who loved to put a lot of "stuff" on my cards but generally they are a simple version of me...lol
Happy crafting y'all

Reindeer Love

I started this card by coloring with copics.  I love coloring with copics because everytime I pick them up I learn something new! I dotted the image for texture and I have to admit that the dots do,create loads of visual interest.  

I used some digital stamps fromWhimsie Doodles whom I have been a huge fan of for a long time :). The artist is Canadian and whoooo-ra for Canadian talent.  

I used Doodlebug Designs Christmas Cheer 6 x 6 paper pad.  I freehand cut the snow mounds and inked the top with ice blue.  Then I used a signo gel pen to create stitches around the edges.  Using a 1 inch circle punch and a heart punch I created the center sentiment.  I used Staz-On to stamp the Amy R sentiment and then glossy accents to cover the entire circle.  
The sequins are blue jeans from doodlebug designs.  Christmas love is all around and reindeer are no exception, after all even Rudolph had parents...lol. Hope you enjoyed another copic coloring and card making by moi!  Happy crafting folks! 
Cheers ;)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Weekend Blitz

I adore C.C. Designs and everything they make!!  Why you may ask....well really it is simple.  The owners Christine and Eric Wooden have built their business to a kind and caring place where they understand that you just love and want to spread the word about their sweet products!  Now that the gushiness is over I MUST tell you about the recent events....happening RIGHT NOW.

A brand spankin new die designer is on the scene!  Rhea Weingurd (i prolly spelled this wrong) is such a sweetheart and her dies are simply wonderful.  If you are a cardmaker really.....you must try them out.

There are prizes galore!!  Everything from copic to dies to stamps- really who wouldn't love a little of that?  And before Christmas too.....Eeeeek Christmas is coming and that is a whole other kettle of fish but EEEeeeeeekkkkkk I just love that jolly fat man (psst....my dd does too...heeheheh)

Well fellow crafters if you miss out on C.C. Designs your missing out on some very serious prize packages- Come one come all!  Hope to see you there.
have a craft happy day

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Spooky Emma

Its getting closer and closer to Fright Night.....whooshahahshahsa.....I absolutely love Halloween until it gets too dark then I'm a big frozen chicken.  This challenge has been an obstacle for me to finish- I started 4 nights ago and between bad dreams about police chasing her and family drama....phew I am so glad to have a crafting studio to come and get some R-n-R from.  Now I am sure you are wondering where the toot toot is this creation is and STOP chatting already....well I now present you with the big reveal. 

This challenge is based on using sequins and or beads. 
For this card it just seemed natural to use sequins inside the shaker because let's face it.....eeeek it is just FUN.....really I wanna say funner but sooooo many teachers would not be Impressed with that misuse of the English language! 
I loved coloring Witchy Emma from C.C. Designs.  I dug out some copics because I have not used them in at least 3 weeks and felt like I left them alone.  Well after some swishing and marking all over scrap paper I decided on a bunch of colors to use on this sweetie.  The copics I used on this project are:
Skin:                                         Hair:                                    Clothes:                         Sign:
E000                                            E19                                        C5                               YR 04
E00                                              YR 18                                    C7                               YR 09
E04                                                E99                                       C9                                YR 65
E11                                                E33                                       BV01
R20                                                                                             BV13
After coloring Witchy Emma, I moved along (at a snails pace) to the inside of the card.....another eeeeeekkkkkkkk- Using dies from C.C. Designs, especially new ones always makes my day soooo much brighter.  I got to cut the spooky tree and bats  using my Big Shot and those OH SO ADORABLE dies from the cutest shop around.....giggle.  I used various Washi tapes from various stores; however, my fav came from C.C. Designs last year during the fall collection.  All I remember is it might have possibly came from the Doodlebug collection....but I really am not 100 percent sure....maybe just 85 percent sure.  Alas, I digress.  I used C.C Designs Copic Quality 110 lb paper to create the sign "Happy Halloween", which I printed from my computer.  I love using Maya Arts wrinkle ribbon because it is just so easy to use so I added a bow with tails that needed to be glue dotted to the corners.  Last but not least, I used the prima flowers I have been hording for years.  I thing I really need to dig those flowers out more often.  I love getting some old product used up...frees up loads of space for new .....yipee.  I must add a photo of the haul I got today. 

I was so stinking lucky to get all these wonderful treasures.  I must admit, I think I have a problem.....I LOVE CC DESIGNS.....really though, I really get like a school aged gal getting her first kiss when new rubber arrives.  If you haven't tried any really you need to because it is soooooo worth exercising your card.  After all this explaining I think I am ready to learn something new......how in the world does one add the linky things to the bottom of the posts...a new quest for the next post.  I hope you enjoy another installment of How this squeaky mouse rolls. 
I hope to see you at the challenge for C.C. Designs because fun begins when you have friends that understand your nuttiness (F.U.N.).  So come on over and join the fun....you know you wanna:)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

C.C. Designs Challenge One: Olivia's Apple

So this is my first blog post to my “new” site. I feel that it is time for me to grow as an artist and to do so means I have to be proud of the work I do. I will still post cards that I am just trying to figure out or am still learning how to do a technique or just want to play (on my old blog- www.scrapshackanyone.blogspot.com) but for now this is my new stomping ground!

I am proud to say that I was asked to help manage the
C.C. Designs Digital Challenge Site. This is a huge honor, not just for the obvious reasons, but also because I have followed this site for a very long time and LOVE Amy R’s videos. She has inspired me to look into creating videos myself….stay tuned for that endeavor…lol

My baby starts school this year and I am sad that she is going to school because that is one more year closer to growing up…sniffle sniffle. This lead me to the first Digital Challenge….Back to School. I loved using Olvia’s Apple because she is just darling. The sentiment was perfect for the image and they were instantly paired.

I used a bunch of supplies to complete this card and loved that the color combination is not always found together(orange, brown and red with a touch of yellow). I used a stencil and ink to start the burst on the card base then, I got to work using my copics to color Sweet Olivia. The colors I used are as follows:
Hair: E11, E13, E15, E18
Skin: E04, E11, E00, E000, R20 (cheeks)
Clothes: YR14. YR24, YR27
Shoes: E13, E15
Apple: R22, R24, R46, R39, YG06, YG17
I used a paper pad I have had for awhile and paper pieced the headband bow and shirt. The brown circle was dry embossed with a cuttlebug folder. I wanted some dimension but felt that dimensionals were not quite enough….so I thought about the rosette being dimensional and cute. To finish the card for the teacher I placed a few red sequins, layered some flowers and punched a butterfly. I printed the sentiment from the computer and used gelatos to feather or lightly color the paper to match the rest of the card. I had used Stickles on her dress and thought the star bursts would be cute if they matched the middle flower. I love the Maya Road Wrinkle Ribbon that I purchased from C.C. Designs (Loooove it), I tied a simple knot around the ribbon and poked a white heart pin for the middle and Voila….Bob’s your Uncle (from where I’m from that means your done)…no offence intended to the Bob’s of the world…Not even Bob the Builder.
Inside Card

Outside: A Good Teacher Deserves an Apple
Inside: But you deserve an entire Tree.
Happy Teaching in 2014!
List of Materials
  • Olivia’s Apple Digital Image from C.C. Designs
  • Recollections Card Stock (card base)
  • October Afternoon 9 to 5 Paper Pack
  • WRMK Sweetheart Orange ink
  • Crafters Workshop Burst (TCW287)
  • Stampin Up Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Starbursts
  • Stickles: Orange Peel. Yellow and Christmas Red
  • Stampin Up Doily Die
  • Maya Road white pearl stick pin
  • Maya Road Brown Crinkle Ribbon
  • Tombo Mono-multi
  • EK Success Foam Adhesive
  • Scotch Tape Runner
  • Recollections Gems
  • Doodlebug Sequins- ladybug
  • Prima paper Flowers
  • Metal yellow flower
  • Colorbox white ink
Please feel free to join us at C.C. Design Challenges. We love to meet new people and see beautiful work created by none other than you!