Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sweet Angel Tilda

Hello friends! When I saw this weeks Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast I just had to play! I love cutting out my images! I've had the face colored on this gal for awhile now and was just waiting for the right inspiration! I've also been wanting to use this We R Memory Keepers paper called Merry January. It has great colors and patterns! You'll be seeing more of it, I'm certain! The stamp is called SITTING ANGEL TILDA (#3070) from Magnolia-licious. I think it's only in stock in mini form at the moment. You can email Diana to see when it will be back in stock. She'll help you out! I also used a Doohickey die for the leaves.
I don't know if you can tell in my photos, but she is quite 3D-I colored an extra face and used silicone gel to raise it. Then I colored TWO extra arms to raise her arm higher than the face. Then the main part of the stamp is raised on SU dimensionals. I really like how this one came out and as I look at it now I think I could even put a sentiment on the front by her feet.

Here she is close up and the colors I used are as follows:
skin E000, E00, E11 and R30
dress Bg10, Bg72 and BG78
tan E42 and E30
Yellow Y21, YR21 and YR24 with a touch of E99
Hair Y21, E99, E25 and E29
Thanks for stopping by to look! I really appreciate it!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Simple snowflake cards

Hello! Do you need to send out thank yous? I do! After a busy holiday season I wanted to make something simple (but elegant) to send out. This first card is a square (4.25"). I used the SNOWFLAKE from I Brake for Stamps as my focal image. I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it with white filigree embossing powder. Then I used my aqua stencil brush and Adirondack ink (Stream) to swirl color around the snowflake. I wiped the embossed part off with a tissue. I cut and dry embossed the square with my spellbinders and mounted it on 'Taken with Teal card stock. My card base is Shimmer from Papertrey Ink. I added Ice Stickles and the pearl in the center to finish it off. I made a set of these and packaged them in a clear box as a hostess gift for a holiday party we were invited to.
Yesterday, I decided to try the idea in another color- Adirondack Butterscotch and Cranberry. It matched Berry Sorbet from PTI.

Finally, here is another standard A2 card made into a Thank you by adding the sentiment in Taken with Teal ink. I also did the card in green with a little aqua that I'll show you on another day!
Now to get my notes written!
Please use my code to get 10% off your order at I Brake for Stamps! (This stamp is only 2.00 unmounted, but you're sure to find more in the store!)
Thanks so much for visiting!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Tag with Tilda!

Hello! Hope you are enjoying your day!
I made another tag last night. This one is more of a Christmas tag, mostly because of the Mini Christmas Tree (#443). I also used Unwrapped Tilda (#3002). Both are from Diana's Magnolia-licious store. The tag is cut from a Vintage cream card stock-the heavy one with the small flecks in it. Mine is either SU or Papertrey. I stamped the tree right on the card stock towards the left. Tilda is stamped on XPress IT card stock and, yes, she has been cut out after I colored her! I had to cut the curl (of her hair) off. :( I tried to draw it back in, but I'm no Pauline!!

Anyway, Tilda is colored as follows. Skin E000, R30, E11
Clothes and wrapping R81, R85, R87, and R59. the box is E42 and E43.
The tree is colored with G40, 21, 85 and 99. I just tried to fill the tree in with shades of color.
I wanted the tree to look different than the sparkle on the wrap and her dress so I used Diamond stickles on it and Stardust on her. The Diamond sparkles in yellow highlights like candlelight. Makes me happy! Here's the link to Magnolia-licious Mini World
I sponged the edges of the tag with Vintage Photo and then scribbled stitching on the edges.
That's it!
I'm off to begin some reorganizing-either the kitchen or studio-not sure which!
Best wishes for your day and thanks so much for the nice comments you leave!
p.s. You have until TUESDAY EVE to enter your name over on Jacque's blog to win a 25.00 gift certificate from Diana!! It's called the Sunday Sensation and you can enter each and every Sunday!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Day After!

Oh, well, I had plans to post yesterday, they just didn't work out! I finished this tag early in the morning, 'cuz I get up reeeeally early (not just Christmas, every day off!). Then I didn't get it photographed until company left just a bit ago today! These mini images are lots of fun to work with. This is #3060 SECRET TILDA from the collection. You can find her (and many others!) here at MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS.
I cut my tag using the Doohickey vintage tag die.
I cut it from some cardboard that comes with your paper so it is thin chipboard weight! We crafters don't waste a thing, do we?! You can see it's a little thick for the small holes to punch out, but I like it anyway! I stained the edges with a sponge and vintage photo ink. I stamped an old SU snowflake image around the edges in Fresh Snow ink. Then I used a black thin marker for fake stitching.
I use my Cutterbee scissors to cut out small images and that's how I cut Secret Tilda out of the Xpress card stock that she was colored on. She's colored in Blue Violet shades of copics with r81, R83 and R87 on her package.
I think she would be a great tag on a gift for a January birthday!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas day and weekend with your loved ones. It's a little sad for me when it's over. I better not dwell on it though, because with the week off I want to do some organizing at home!
Hugs, Cheryl

Friday, December 24, 2010

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Hello and happy Christmas Eve day! I hope everyone is ready for the big day tomorrow! I'm sure many are already visiting with family! I wish everyone safe travels! I have many stamps I didn't get to use this holiday season, but couldn't resist coloring up this Holiday Square hat from I Brake for Stamps in a different color! (See below for the traditional red hat!) I used copic markers in the RV family to color and hat and then accented the image with BG (my most favorite!) I used some papers from the scrap pile to mount on and the Baja Breeze base with Papertrey Pink were perfect. I used Spica Pen on the letters and glitter on the hat to finish off the card.
Here it is close up and below is the other version I made last week. You can click HERE for the post. This image is part of a set of 4 from I Brake for Stamps. Please use my code SAVE10CHERYL for a 10% discount if you order.
I expect I'll be using the snowman and snowflake in the new year!

It is my plan to be back tomorrow with another holiday card, so if you get a minute I hope you'll check back in!
Until the next time!~ I wish you all the best that this wonderful season can bring!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snowy Hug-Mini style!

Hi stampers! I have another Christmas card made! My pile is growing yet I still don't have even one mailed! I admire people who get their Christmas cards out early! I long to be one of them! Oh well, I am enjoying the process tremendously when I have images like this to work with! I had my Snowy Hug (mini) colored and the Featured Stamper on Splitcoast this morning fit the bill to help me finish it! I love Red and Aqua as Christmas colors and decided the dark color (black) would really set off the image and the Basic Grey (Curio) paper! I also used my Magnolia lace doo hickey die and a page from an old dictionary for the border beneath the ribbon. Can you see it? Hope so! (Sorry, it doesn't seem to be available right now). This card is only 4.25" square! Love that!
Another thing I love is that I was able to keep two of the outside edges of the dp and make the other two (cut) edges match by using some walnut stain distress ink AND my black copic marker! Of course, the snowflakes were made Anna Wight style with Martha Stewart punches and glitter glass. My image is pretty sparkly with Diamond Stickles, but it didn't photograph too well.
My reds are R22, 24 and 29 and my blues are BG10 and BG72. for the tan snow I used E42 and then the 0 blender to keep it light.
Now I want to give you a link to win a GREAT PRIZE from Diana at Magnolia-licious! She has teamed with the glorious Jacque to promote Maggies by giving them away! 25.00 worth EVERY Sunday. All you have to do is leave a link on Jacque's blog! Eeeeeasy!!
Here's the link to #3071 SNOWY HUG
but while you're there please consider checking out all the other new minis! The Mini World collection is growing! LOL!
Okay, enough for today! I'm off to get my card entered in the FS gallery on Splitcoast and then on with this busy Sunday.
Hope you are enjoying this joyous season in some way today!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho Ho Ho Hello! I've made another Christmas card with the Holiday Squares set from I Brake for Stamps. You can find the set of 4 here at I Brake for Stamps. Please remember you can use my code SAVE10CHERYL to get 10% off your whole order.

For the hat I used R22, R24 and R29. I didn't have quite the blending I was looking for so I used a dark red Prisma pencil to get a smoother blending for my colors from light to dark. I need to do this more! I'm lovin' the aqua, red and green for Christmas this year so AFTER I'd colored the hat I went looking through my stash and found this Bo Bunny paper from a year or two ago. It was perfect. I picked up the River Rock color for my card base and did a little stitching. I love mailable cards! This one is 5" square.
Even with the snow day, it's been a loooong week! But, it's Friday! We are in desperate need of food so grocery shopping has to take precedence over Christmas shopping this weekend! I hate grocery shopping!
Well, for now I have a snack to make for work today, 'cuz teachers eat like fiends! I'm making that yummy Chicken Wing Dip! It tastes so good at 8:00 am! You gotta love the holidays!
Wishing you a yummy day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Copic Creations with SPARKLE

Hello! Well, I tried to use my snow day wisely and did get quite a bit done. I thought there would be more time at the end of the day to just color imges! Sadly, the day was gone too quickly! JustRite is generously sponsoring our Copic Creations Challenge (sparkle) with a great prize! It's TWO stamps sets and a storage product! There's also some copic glitter pens being given by Marianne Walker! We'd love to have you enter your creation!
I used Christmas ornaments to create my vintage looking card. I used glitter glass to give that old fashioned sugared look to the ornament. I also used Diamond Stickles instead of my usual Stardust. It reflects in golden colors.
My ornament is colored in the BG family and the tans are E42, 43 and 25.
Please head over to the Copic Creations Challenge Blog to see the prizes and the other designers fabulously sparkly examples to inspire you!
Thanks for coming by! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Tilda Ornament

Hi! I've just been given the gift of a SNOW DAY! I'm thrilled and I have so much to do as everyone else does! I decided that the first thing I would do (no, I never go back to bed!) is to get a blog post up with one of my beloved Maggies! This is an ornament I made using a chipboard coaster cut with one of the Ellison dies at school! It is perfect for sitting little Tilda on. She is from the Christmas collection last year and I don't see her in stock. (so sorry!) Here's the link to the greatest store (and store owner!) in the world though~ MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS
I give credit where credit is due-I have Suzanne Dean to thank for the copic color ideas as she used them last week and I loved them!! I'll relist them below for you here.
And, here she is in the tree! That's shimmer paper from Papertrey ink and lots of stickles! Then I ran it through the CB snowflake folder and sponged it with Blushing Bride ink. There is Fun Flock on her hat brim and ball.
Thanks so much for coming by! I'm off to get started on more Christmasy things!
Wishing you a great day!

Copics used BG10, Bg11, BG15, RV10, RV13, RV14, RV17
Her hair is E51, Y21 and E35
skin is E000, E00, E11 and R30

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Big Smile!

Hi! Isn't time flying quickly by! So much to do, so little time! Here's another Christmas card I finished last week. I used the reindeer from I Brake for Stamps Holiday Squares. If you order,please use my code SAVE10CHERYL to get 10% off your order!
You get the four squares I've linked and they are big than you think! Over 2" square so they really 'make' the front of your card. I decided on this Basic Grey plaid from the Max and whiskers collection (I think). I think my dad had a flannel shirt like this so maybe Santa does too!
An angled close up so you can see some of the glitz! There's stardust stickles and glossy accents on his nose and spica pen around the antlers and, of course, sparkle on the snow.
He looks like a reindeer ready to party after a long trip!
DH and I both gave in last week and went to the doctor's! We both had infections so are on antibiotics to take care of it! Good thing, too, 'cuz I wasn't getting much accomplished! We're on the mend now!
I hope you are well and enjoying the day and season!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Loving Christmas Wishes

Hi! Thanks for dropping by! So happy you're here! This 5.5" card features Vintage Tilda (#3063) from Magnolia-licious. I colored her with my copics and cut her out because I wanted to feature her on a creamy (vintagy) background to match the papers I'd chosen. Yep, it's Basic Grey Jovial AGAIN!

I colored and cut out one of the Magnolia-licious benches for her to sit on. I don't see this one is my search for 'bench', but there are others and there are lots of things for our favorite kids to sit on in "furniture" I REALLY want the bench with the holly! (Next order, it's mine!)
The ticket stamp is also from Magnolia, but I don't see it in inventory. You could check with Diana if interested.
I stamped Tilda twice and cut out a separate arm/ornament. I also colored a second face and raised that with Silicone gel. There are stickles on her lace and spica pen on the ornament for some shine.

Her close up-the 'chin' didn't glue down well this time. When I get the edges glued down her face has a nice rounded appearance. It's tough to get glue in there afterward so I just left it this way.

Several have asked, so here is a picture of the Dimensional Silicone that I use under images. I get it from Buffalo Stamps and Stuff (my LSS).
Guess I've said enough about this card!
Enjoy your day! Wow! Thursday already! I'm grateful that the roads should be passable again today!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tiny Treats Box!

Hello! Well, we've had snow, snow and more SNOW! Monday was terrible and we had school anyway! I think there were many unhappy parents because yesterday we found out EARLY that school was canceled for the day! (DH Dave calls me from the radio station as soon as he gets the call!) Love that guy! I didn't have quite the day I'd planned on when I heard the news but I did manage to get this box made for a friend of mine. She ordered it on Monday so I think she'll be surprised when I have it for her today! This box was created by my friend Tracy Harp for Cornish Heritage Farms. You can travel to her blog entry where she has the link to the tutorial for this cute box that holds one of the 8oz. canning jars. Those jars can hold so many goodies!
I used Papertrey Ink's 2009 Autumn tags (wreath) and Tiny Treats Christmas (snowman) for my front medallion. The paper as you probably recognize is Basic Grey Jovial (looove it!)

The string on top is tied through a large red button which is adhered with Scor tape. And to create the box itself I couldn't be without my Scor-Pal!
(I just heard there is a new one coming out soon with 1/4" marks!!)
Congratulations to Diane Zechman (cookie stamper) who has just been named to the Scor-Pal design team!
Have a great day!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Snowman Quartet

Hello! I didn't mean to be absent for so long! I'm coloring all the time, but lately I'm "layout challenged" so don't seem to finish anything! I used a terrific stamp from Whipper Snapper called Snowman Quartet for this card. I love, love snowman so this is FOUR times as nice as one! The paper from Basic Grey (Olivia) seemed to have gray in it so I used that for my card base. It's hard to tell, but the next layer is Blushing Bride from SU to coordinate with my coloring. That gorgeous Grey satin ribbon came free in my last package from Ellen Hutson!
Here's a close up. I used BG10 and T3 for the 'sky'.
There's a little E42 on the faces.
The greens are G40, G24, and a little G29
The pinks are R22 and R24
Greys are T1, T3, T5 and then C1 for blending and C7 for darkening.
We're getting some of the snow today that we didn't get in the snow storm last week. This is the first year that I have to drive in it in 7 years. At about 10:15 I have to leave one school (near our house) and drive to the other elementary. Today is the first day I dread that drive. I'm trying to remember not to rush it!
I hope whatever challenges you face today that you prevail over them! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sweet Holiday!

Hello friends and thanks for visiting! We have a new Copic Creations challenge for you! Mary posted it yesterday on our Blog so you can find all the details by clicking the link! Our sponsor is Whimsy Stamps and you can win a great gift certificate the their store! Our challenge is to really focus on those hightlighting skills with your copics by making a definite light source on your image. Not sure I'm saying that well! I sometimes hightlight where I feel like it! I think it's very important to have light, medium and dark contrast when you color an image. But, to do it really correctly you have to think of a light hitting your image from a particular vantage point and let that drive your coloring, shading and highlighting. So this time I really focused on light from the upper right and how the image would look. What you see is the result.
Once again I chose colors from the Basic Grey (Olivia) collection to drive my coloring of this Christmas Cupcake by MelJen from Whimsy. If you visit the store take a look at all her designs. They are wonderful images to color!
All that's left to say is that I used the following copics to color my image:
Pink/red R30, R32, R35, R37 and R89
Greens G40, G12, G82, G94 and G99
Yellow Y21 and YG24
BG10 on the swirls and T1 and T3 around the image.
Just want to say sorry about the poor photos-seems like it's always dark now!
Have a wonderful day! Make it a great one!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

JOY frame

Hello and Happy, happy December! The Magnolia-licious team has our monthly project challenge for you as well as some inspiration which may help you get started! You can find all this on the Magnolia-lcious Highlites Blog
If you hang around just a few minutes I'll show you a little of my process as I approached this "new to me" project!

Here's the finished frame! Sorry that I couldn't get a good photo.
I decided on a short word-JOY-first. I bought a 5x7" picture frame at Kohl's. Then I cut 2 sizes of letters from construction paper at school (from the Ellison machine). I had NO IDEA what kind of layout I would be using!
Next I chose a couple of stamps from the Merry Christmas 2010 collection. I TRIED to arrange my letters and the stamps to work in the frame. No luck! I just couldn't get any balance to my design. It had to be one stamp centered. I hope everyone can tell the word is JOY!
The photo above is the paper that comes in frame and it gave me the idea to do a border.
I decided that the outside would be one inch strips and measured all accordingly. I knew where to place them because I had take the glass out of the frame and traced the size the piece needed to be on Kraft card stock.
Once the pieces were laid on I KNEW I had to sew them in place and would have a patchwork quilt!

Here is my colored image (beautiful Tilda with hanging star- #3083). she is place with the trial construction paper letters.
I finally cut the letters from banana card stock, stamped them in banana ink with the linen background stamp from SU and did fake stitching on them. No way could I stitch them for real!

And a finished close up so you can see that she does have some sparkle!
If you got through all this, Thanks!
Have a great day!


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