May 25, 2015

A Sweet Bouquet, just for you....



Wow, the time is passing me by....  I've been keeping busy, but I feel like I'm so behind on so many things.  It's time for a new challenge over at Elisabeth Bell's World.  This month it's so simple.... All you need to do is add "Flowers"  or maybe color flowers, or do both.....

I've used Rosie's Posies for my card.  This adorable little girl was a freebie in Elisabeth Bell's very first edition of an Ebook.  Isn't she the cutest little thing?



In trying to keep my post short and sweet, I've listed the items I've used below

  • Coloring Medium: Copic Markers
    E00, E50, E53, Y0000, Y21, YR23, YG03, YG67, RV0000, RV21, RV34, BV0000, BV20, E25, E33
  • Papers: My Minds Eye - "Lost & Found"
  • Flower/Leaf Dies: Poinsettia Die from Gina K Designs, and Leaves are Lavish Corner by Memory Box
  • Sentiment: Tim Holtz


The Challenges I am entering are:


Apr 25, 2015

We're Celebrating Spring....




Wow, it's time for another fun challenge over at Elisabeth Bells World again.  Time sure does fly by.  It will be May before you know it.  Spring has Sprung, and our challenge this month is simply "SPRING"

I couldn't resist using one of the free digi's that I received in the "Creative eBook" that Elisabeth Bell has so graciously given. If you're interested, it is still available, but ONLY until April 29th.  Click here to sign up for the news letter and take advantage of Elisabeth Bells Generosity.  You won't be disappointed. 


This sweet girl is called "Dragonfly"
She's just the perfect little girl for this months "Spring" Challenge, don't you think?




It's been a while since I've used these two fabulous colors together, and I thought it was a perfect time to use them.  My papers are from Maja Designs and DCWV. The shabby flower is made from my McGill paper punches, some cheese cloth and topped with a cute little button.  I colored the paper with Copics  and stamped it lightly with a wordy background stamp.  I decided I would not color my Memory Box Lavish Corner die cut, I liked the way it looked being left just plain white.

I have used Copics for coloring this cutie pie, and only added a couple of Prisma colors to her sweet skin.



Challenges I'm Entering:



Thanks so much for stopping by

Apr 24, 2015

The Digi Bells Blog Hop for April - Featuring Elisabeth Bells "Tilly's Flower Cart"



It's blog hop time again!
I absolutely love the Digi Bells blog hops, don't you?

Have you been hopping along with us?
If not, you can get started by visiting
The Digi Bells Blog
I promise....You won't be disappointed.

If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from sweet Sebrina's Blog.

As you may have already seen, today we are showing off Elisabeth Bell's adorable "Tilly's Flower Cart" digital stamp.  She is available for purchase in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection today.  But you may also have a chance to win her for yourself, just for hopping along and leaving comments along the way.  

I thought she would be an adorable doll for a mothers day card.


I've also done a tiny bit of "masking" with some Elisabeth Bell stamps inside the card.  Once belonging to Belles 'n Whistles "Change-a-Belle" collection.


I've used strictly Copics for coloring this sweet image. (many of you know I usually also use Prisma Colored Pencils)

My Copic colors are listed below.

The floral paper and green gingham papers were found in my scrap drawers, and the pale pink background paper is from My Minds Eye (Lost and Found)  
My flower is punched using a McGill flower punch, and is also colored with Copics.
I've used my Memory Box "Lavish Corner" die, as well as my Martha Stewart Rose leaf punch for the leaves behind my flower.

This brings me to Your Next Hop Stop....  
It's time to go and see what kind of magic our sweet Pauline has created for you today.
But before you leave, 
don't forget to share a comment here for a chance to win sweet little "Tilly's Flower Cart"


Challenges I've Entered:


Copic Colors Used:
{Skin} E0000, E00, E11, E33, R20
{Hair} E0000, E29, E33, E50
{Clothing} R0000, R81, R83, G0000, G94, G99
{Cart and Flower Pots} BV0000, BV01, BV20, BV25, BV29, E07, E09, R02, Y17, Y38, YR04, R05, YG03, YG67


Thanks so much for stopping by.....

Apr 19, 2015

My Creative Why....



“Have you ever stopped to consider your creative Why?”

These were the first words I read when I opened an email from a very special friend and my favorite artist – Elisabeth Bell.
That question got me thinking…  

WHY do I enjoy being creative?  
WHAT is it that I enjoy doing the most?  
WHY do I enjoy working with paper crafts???

I just had to share this fabulous Digital Stamp that Miss Elisabeth Bell gave to me when asking if we, as crafters, have ever stopped to consider our creative WHY?




First and foremost – The reason I didn’t “Create” something with this amazingly cute image, is simply because I wanted to share my very first love in my creative mind.  COLORING!!!  I absolutely LOVE to color, and the stronger/bolder the color, the better.  I have ALWAYS loved coloring, for as far back as I can remember in my life.  The funny thing is, I recall that it was ALWAYS the crayons that were vibrant in color that were always either worn down, or broken from me using them so hard.  LOL    I have always felt that coloring was very therapeutic.

WHY do I craft???


When I was younger, my mother always used to get annoyed with the papers that I would cut… I always seemed to leave scraps wherever I was….  What was I doing? Being Creative, of course….  
I always found ways to make things.  Going back to when I was a child, I can remember finding a scrap blog of wood, and using crayons to draw on it.  It ended up looking just like a little TV, my Barbie’s used to watch that little TV.  LOL  Did you know that my Barbie’s also went to school, and had their own Barbie sized books?  I made those too.  (I think it might have been scraps of paper from making those that my mother always had a fit about having to clean up) ha ha….

Now that I’m older, I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE repurposing things!!!  If I can find something laying around that doesn’t seem to really serve a purpose, believe me, I WILL find a new purpose for it.  

Many of the cards that I create have some of the strangest things that most people wouldn’t think to use on a card.  But I always find a way to be creative in my own way.

A Special Thank You to Elisabeth Bell, for always sharing your creativity and talent with others.  I am truly blessed to be able to work with and be inspired by your beautiful artwork.

We ALL have a WHY inside of us.... Have you found yours?
 



Apr 14, 2015

Lots of Kisses



Hi there.... I've got another darling digi by none other than Elisabeth Bell to share with you all today.

It was my turn to share some inspiration over on The Digi Bells Blog today, and of course I'm sharing it on my own blog as well.

I never get tired of coloring this little doll.  I've used "Pati's Kisses" from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.    I absolutely adore this one.


All of my coloring was done with Copic Markers (Colors listed below)  And my papers as well as my paper flowers were taken from my scraps stash. (I seriously love that I can use up my stash) I can't remember when the last time was that I actually cut into a "new" paper.  LOL.... No no, okay, I lied!
The light blue striped background paper wasn't in my scraps.  That is from a 6x6 paper pad from "My Mind's Eye" (Lost & Found)

But believe it or not, the paper flowers were something that I had punched out a couple of years ago when I had first gotten a new punch, but I never used them.  I stuck the punched pieces in a baggy and away they went into my stash...  I recently came across them, and thought I should maybe actually put them to use.  LOL

Here are the Copic Markers that I used for coloring this cutie pie!


Have you heard that Elisabeth Bell has created an eBook which also includes 2 free Digi's???
and it's FREE....
To find out more about it, and get it for yourself, visit my post over on The Digi Bells Blog today.


Challenges I have entered:






Mar 27, 2015

The Digi Bells Blog Hop Featuring Elisabeth Bells *Easter Cuties*



Hi there!  Welcome to this months Digi Bells Blog Hop!  
We are showcasing the re-release of Elisabeth Bells *Easter Cuties*.  Some of you may have seen her a while back, I believe she was once upon a time licensed to SCACD, and sold in Rubber.  But to me, she is brand new never before seen.

If you have hopped with us before, then you know the routine.  If not, then hopefully you have come to my blog directly from one of our newest GDT girls, the  Lovely Lisa's Blog.  
Was her work incredible or what?
Just in case you have randomly arrived, why not join in, for your chance to win this Darling Easter Cutie, by jumping over to the Digi Bells Blog and get started.
All of the information on how you can easily win is also listed there.
But I can tell you it's VERY simple...
All you have to do is hop along, and leave a comment.

Alrighty, enough of my babbling...

I have decided I would go for a mostly "White" card for this one.
I really wanted this sweet digi to stand out.
She's absolutely perfect!


I guess you could say that I HAVE NOT used ANY designer papers here.  All of it is just your basic white cardstock.  The Digi of course was not printed on ordinary cardstock.  I use Neenah Solor White cardstock for my digi printing.

The flower is made from a Martha Stewart (lattice heart) punch and a Poinsettia die.  I really had fun putting that together.  =)

The image (and sentiment) were colored using Copic markers with a few coordinating Prisma Colored Pencils too.
These are the colors used on this card.


Your next stop along the way is another one of our lovely GDT's.  Hop on over Marvelous Maya's Blog and see what gorgeous work she's done.  But before you go, make sure to leave a comment here for your chance to win this little Easter Cutie.

Challeges I'm Entering:




Mar 25, 2015

Li'l Montana's Birthday Wishes



I have a little cutie to share with you today.  I made this one for the "Pearls and Lace" challenge over at the  Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  =)  Could it be any easier than this?

Of course it helps that I have such an adorable Stamp to play with!  She is called "Li'l Montana" and you can find her at Whimsy Stamps.




As you can see I've don't a tad bit of distressing to my papers edges.  The papers I've used are from Stampin' Up (found it in my stash) and I wish they still made this pink floral paper.  I love it.  and the green paper, as well as the pink polkadot paper are both from DCWV.  

I've layered my butterfly a few times, giving the wings a lifted "fluttery" effect, and of course topped it off with some little pink pearls.  My image was colored using my Copic markers.  Sorry, no list of colors this time... Because silly me started coloring just for fun, and never wrote the colors down.

I've decided to enter this card into these challenges: