Friday, August 31, 2012

Fred She Said Surprise Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fred, She Said Surprise Blog Hop! Summer is coming to a close, and maybe we can find a few moments to spend in our crafty spaces!  The FSS team wants to surprise you with the wide variety of great images there are to be found in the store!  We have no idea what anyone has selected to work we’ll be surprised right along with you!
If you have arrived from Carolyn's blog, you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the FSS Blog.
Collect a secret word on each blog along the way, leave us some love on our posts and follow the directions at the end of the hop for your chance to win this FABULOUS PRIZE!
One winner will receive ALL of this:

$25 GC to CropStop (provided by Fred She Said)
$25 GC to
Fred She Said Store
...and a Surprise Goody Bag (photo and list of contents on the first and last stops on the hop!)
We’re hopping for 2 weeks!  Hop ends Friday, September 14, midnight EST.
Fred She Said is having a SURPRISE 2 week SALE ( August 31st - September 14th)
20% off any purchase $10 or over
25% off any purchase $ 20 or over

I have done an easel card for my project using the FSS image called Pumpkins and Sunflowers. This happens to be an image I had purchased quite some time ago, before I became a DT member for FSS, but it still is one of my favorites. I actually did a card club class with this image and I went back and looked at my card and boy have I come a long way with my Copics, both in technique and product.  I believe I had 12 markers at the time and I now am somewhere near the 150 mark. Oh Lordy, I'm addicted!! I have sunflower decor in my dining room off my kitchen and they make me so happy and I thought for today they just might make you happy too! We are having a bit of a heatwave here in Wisconsin, so I wanted to think of Fall & cooler weather so this image just did the trick!
I cut my card base with the Spellbinder Labels Ten to create my easel. I felt the need to gussy it up of course with some handmade paper flowers, leaves, ribbon, rhinestones, glitter........well you know the drill when it comes to my cards!
The Copic colors I used for my card today are:
Leaves & stems- YG97, 95, 91
Sunflower petals- YR24, Y17, Y11
Sunflower centers- E79, 57
Pumpkins- YR07, 04, 02, 00
Shadow under image- E50, 31
Thanks for stopping by and joining the hop today and get ready for some really great surprises from the other girls on my team! Good luck to you all.
Your secret word on my blog is Creativity
Your next stop on the hop is Karen's blog.
If you just got started here, you may want to go back and start at the top of the list.
Here's the list for the other girls in the order you need to collect all the words.
Tracey-Lynn– no secret word this time
Maureen - that's me!
Michelle –  (no word this time)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thank You Card

Here's a card simply made, for me anyway. I love turquoise and black together and I just had to give it a try with this new stamp! It's called Butterfly Flourish from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I cut it out and matted it with Spellbinders Labels Ten. When I bought that crazy thing a couple of years ago I thought I'd never use it and I seem to use it more than any of the others I have. Isn't that crazy?  So many of the designs on today's stamp market are larger than they used to be I think, and many of the regular Spellbinder won't work with them. You have to buy the Mega Dies and I'm not going there! I also used a Memory Box die called Elegant Scrollwork, so pretty & cuts beautifully. The little Thank you sentiment came with the set and I use a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Lg. to cut it out. Papers, rhinestones, glitter, ribbon are from my stash. The rhinestones were a little big but it's all I had to match the colors I wanted.
 I have used some Copic colors that are totally out of the norm for what the Copic company recommends, but I have found you can experiment and come up with some totally awesome combinations.
Copics I used are:
Butterfly wings- B05, BG23, YG06, YG01
Little "eyes" on wings- B05, B00
Stems & flourishes-YG95, 93, 91
Tiny blossoms at end of branches- Y17, 11

I added a little Glossy Accents to make by butterflies really pop!
That's all for me today everyone and thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bugs & Kisses

Hello bloggers. Here's the card I mentioned in my last post using the PRE-COLORED image from the Daisies and Ladybugs set over at Fred She Said. The beautiful thing about Tracey's designs is you can use the pre-colored digi's or color them yourself if you choose. There are Very few companies that offer this option. And you'll never get a badly colored image from this wonderful store!
I, once again, used the digital paper from the previous post and this time used a piece of the co-ordinating paper as the main background. I used my MS Floral Vine punch for the border on the top. And then of course, with my "more is better" attitude I had to gussy it up with glitter, Viva Decor liquid pearl and  ended up not liking it awfully much. But be that as it may it was already glued to my card front, soooooo it is what it is. I fussy cut out the daisies and added a couple of flourishes and added a computer generated sentiment. Oh and I almost forgot. I added Glossy Accents to my little bugs, super cute!
That's all for me today girls, but keep an eye open for the FSS Blog hop on the 31st of this month.
It's Designers choice, so I'm sure the girls on my team will be making some fantastic eye candy for you all!
Thanks so much for stopping by today & be sure to stop in again.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Daisies and Ladybugs

Here's a card I made with one of Tracey's new images over at Fred She Said, called Daisies and Ladybugs.
This image I colored myself, but I am working on another card with one of the pre-colored images offered in this set. VERY COOL!!!
I used some digital papers I have had for quite some time. I believe they may have been a freebie from
Sherry K Designs.
I colored my image and then cut it out with Spellbinders Floral Ovals, added some Tropical Flourishes by Cheery Lynn, ribbon, lace and hello stamp are from my stash. I fussy cut and popped up a few of the little Ladybugs here and there to add interest.
Copics used to color this image:
Stem- YG63, 61, G20
Daisy center- YR24, Y17, 21
Daisy petals- C3, C1
Ladybug wings- R29, 27, 32
Body- 100, C7, C5
That's all for today girls. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Emma, again!

Here's another version of FSS's "Emma & her cool cap" that I posted last month. This one is a bit more feminine with all the pinks & lavender.
I used Spellbinders Labels Fourteen to cut my image and the two smallest Eyelet Squares cut in half to make the embellishments underneath. The Dragonfly, D152,  is from Cheery Lynn and a few of the leaves, B178, underneath the flowers as well. The flowers, ribbon, rhinestone flowers, and scraps of paper are from my stash. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps called Aged to Perfection Notables 3 and I used the matching die to cut it out.

The Copic colors I used for this little honey are:
Skin- E01, 00, 000
Cheeks- R20
Hair- E35, 53, 51
Cap & pants- V28, 17, 15
Band on cap- E43, 42, 40
Dress & shoes- R85, 81, RV000
Touch of W00 on white parts
W3 & colorless blender for shadow around image.
Hope you've enjoyed my post today and be sure to go on over to Fred She Said's store, (link above) and see all the beautiful digital stamps she has created.
Thank you so much for stopping by and come again !

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Can't wait to see you!

Here's a card I did with an old Stampavie image. To tell you the truth I''m not sure what the name is because I received it from a friend across the pond. I did try to research it and came up empty handed.
So for today's post you'll just have to look at pretty colors. :-)
I used some beautiful K&Company Julianne paper, one of my favorites, some solid CS from my stash, oh and I'm not sure if I told you this, but most of my card bases are from Michael's. I buy packs of 50 card base & envelopes for right around $5.00. Makes them 10 cents for each set and they come in white and ivory. They are 5X6 1/2 and the envelope is 5X7 so the added room in the envelope makes them great to accommodate embellishments, which I LOVE to add to my cards. I cut my image on the paper cutter & then cropped the upper corners to match the design of the brick arch (who knows if it really brick, just the way I saw it) LOL.
I used a Magnolia Doohickey die for the flower called BV10 Doily Flowers, & a Cheery Lynn called B170 Mini Flourish One which is a new purchase from Picture This for the pretty swirls at the top & under the flower. The sentiment is computer generated & cut with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, ribbon, twine, brad, rhinestones from my stash & the cute button is from the $1.00 craft bin at Walmart!

Here's the Copics I used to color this image:
Skin- E02. 01, 00
Cheeks- R20
Bags- E44, 43, 42
Dress- R59, 85, 83, 81
Apron & band on cap- B93, 91, C1, 00
Shoes- W5, 3, 00, C7 for soles
Cat- C5, 1, 00
Flowers- RV34, 000
Leaves- YG63, G20
Bricks- E35, 30
Floor- E50, 53
That's all for today everyone & I again want to thank you for stopping by to see my work. I love to share it with you all.