Joy of the Season

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Happy Friday!!   Just a quickie today … I’ve spent most of the day organizing my supplies.  I’ve been losing tooo many things and decided it was time!   Found lots of things I forgot I even had!  So that’s a good thing.

This card is made using a stamp by one of my VERY favorite artists – Tara Reed.   She does some amazing work AND, she’s super nice – she even takes time to comment on cards made using her stamps!   How cool is that?! 

I love the simplicity of this stamp and the fact that it is large enough to be the central image for a Christmas card.   I’m always looking for ideas for quick and easy cards that can still be personalized for a handmade touch.    This Stamps Happen art stamp, Joy of the Season, is available at Janlynn Memory Stamps.  

I also thought the stamp went perfectly with this VERY cool paper from Creative Imaginations.   The fabric brads are from Spare-Parts, and the ribbon is actually white ribbon that has been colored with Copics!  

Thanks for visiting today – TGIF!!

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Copic Creations ~ Copics & Pencils

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  What is a Flower Fairy? Flower Fairies are tiny creatures (the biggest is only 20cm tall) that live in the bottom of gardens, the middle of grassy meadows, and on the edge of distant marshes. Wherever and whenever a seed sprouts, a Flower Fairy baby is born. Each Flower Fairy lives and sleeps in their chosen flower, plant or tree, and as this grows the fairy grows too. Each and every Flower Fairy is in charge of looking after their flower or plant; keeping it strong and healthy by making sure it has plenty of sunshine and water to drink, sweeping away dead leaves, and polishing flowers and stems … taken from Wikipedia

Yay!   Copics Creations Challenge No. 12 ~ Using Colored Pencils and OMS with your Copic Markers.   Our challenge is being sponsored by one of my very favorite art stamp companies, Janlynn Corporation.   Each DT member received a beautifully illustrated Stamps Happen Flower Fairy  stamp from Janlynn Corp. for this challenge.   My stamp is called Candytuft Flower Fairy, found here.

 

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I really think I NEED to start collecting these stamps, I just LOVE them!   Each of the FF stamps are the product of English illustrator Cicely Mary Barker, you can read more about her here.  The DP used for my card is from the Basic Grey lemonade collection.  Along with my usual Copic Markers, I used two Prismacolor pencils ~ Dark Brown for the flower centers and the background and Spanish Orange for sunlight in the upper right corner. 

You MUST check out all the other Flower Fairy cards on the Copic Creations blog ~  It’s really cool to see all the fairies in a row, colored, of course, soooooo well by the entire CCDT!    You also MUST join us for this challenge!    Another awesome prize is being offered by our sponsor, Janlynn Corporation.   All the details can be found here.

Thanks for stopping in today!    It’s a short week for me, we’re off tomorrow to Minneapolis so I can FINALLY become officially CERTIFIEDin Copics by the one and only Marianne Walker herself!    YAY!

 

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Copics Used:   E000, 00, 01, 11, 21, 33, 50, 51, 53; R20, 81, 83, 85, 89; RV10; YG93, 95, 97, 99; YR23, 24, 31; Y17, 28, 38; W1, 3, 5

Seasons Greetings! :)

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Nope, I really haven’t lost my mind! 🙂   

Maria Bell, an amazing design artist and one of my favorite blogging buddies, has a weekly Christmas Card challenge, called Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long, that I think is such an awesome idea… especially for those of us who should be starting to work on their Christmas cards in January!  Unfortunately, this is the first time I’ve had a chance to play along.   The challenge this week is to use eyelets on your Christmas card.  I used black eyelets for the buttons on one of the snowmen.  (only 3, hope that counts!)

Smooch Snowmen

Smooch Snowmen

I’ve had this idea to use Smooch paint (in moonlight) for snowmen for quite awhile and thought this was the perfect stamp!  The application brush for the Smooch paint works so well for the smallest, tinyest details.   [Updated to add this card, also done with Smooch paint.]     

I just want to give you fair warning….I think these amazing little bottles of paint (Smooch) will be the “hottest” item for Christmas cards!   🙂    

And, this sooo fun craft stamp is by one of my all-favorite artists, Tara Reed, of Tara Reed Designs.   (Tara actually takes the time to comment on cardz that I’ve done using her stamps!!   How cool is that??!!)   This craft stamp is distributed by Stamps Happen, Janlynn

Seasons Greetings

Thank you for your visit today~  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Copics Used:  R17, 46, 59; C5, 7; YG63, 67; G85, 94, 99; E37, 57; YR07, 16, 68; Y38

Supplies Used:  Tara Reed Designs, Stamps Happen, Cheerful Snowmen; PTI Kraft cs; Basic Grey, Wassail DP; Bazzill, red & green; Memento, black; Distress, old paper; Spellbinders Nestabilities, tag die; Smooch, Moonlight & Siren; Gina K. Designs, ribbon; Candy Dots self-adhestive dots; Liquid Applique; Signo while gel pen; Black eyelets

 

 

A Chick rules this Roost! (temporarily!)

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I just LOVE this craft stamp from Stamps Happen by the amazing artist Tara Reed!  It’s so perfect for a few of my friends whose husbands are either deployed or in transit and not home at the present time.   Sometimes, it helps to add some humor to a very difficult situation.  How perfect is this craft stamp?!!
 
A Chick rules!

A Chick rules!

I can’t give away too many details about who this particular card is for!  {Shhhh ..I think she visits my blog pretty often.}   

Needless to say, she currently “Rules her Roost“!    at least …

for a couple of months ...

for a couple of months ...

(her husband is due back to the USA in September!!)   Yay!

This stamp is by Stamps Happen, Janlynn, ….but, did I mention  the words    SALE…SALE….SALE?????!!     🙂

Janlynn is having a SUPER sale….please check out the details here.

Thanks for your visit today….I appreciate it!    🙂

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 Stamps:  Stamps Happen, Chick Rules;     

Paper:  PTI, Natural white cs;

             Graphic 45 dp;

            Bazzill, red & black  cs               

Ink:     Memento, black;

            Distress, tea dye, Vintage photo 

Accessories:  Computer generated sentiment;

                      Spellbinders Nestabilities, Square scalloped,

                      Rectangle scalloped, large deckled mega

                      Rectangles; PTI rustic button twine, jute;

                     BG brad; HL Ribbon FX, ribbon

Copics:     Hen & heart – R46, 59, 89, YR07, E31, 33

                      Eggs – E50, 51, 53

                      Straw  – Y17, 21, YR23

                     Basket – E33, E50, C-7, 100

                     Outling – E31, 33

Happy Mother’s Day!

Distressed Irises

Distressed Irises

Happy Mother’s Day to you!   Just a quickie today…I’m taking the day off!   As I’m hoping YOU are too!   🙂   

Irises

Irises

The stamp used for this card is by Stamps Happen from Janlynn.  I LOVE these stamps!   You really need to take a peek at their amazing selection of stamps!

I thought this Iris stamp would be a perfect image for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

 Take care and have a great day!

Spring flowers

 
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Garden Flowers

How’s this for a bright and cheery spring card?  I just the love all these cute little flowers along with the words on this Stamps Happen stamp from Janlynn called Garden Flowers.   I can’t tell you enough how awesome these stamps are to work with…they stamp out a very nice crisp impression every time.   Please take a minute to see the huge selection of amazing stamps from Stamps Happen.  

Thank you for stopping by today….hope you’re having a great week!   🙂

Friends & Family

Family & Friends

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Supplies Used:   Light pink cs; Bazzill red; Imaginisce Twitterpated Lady Bug Ball dp; MS border stickers; ribbon; flower button; sewing machine;
Copics – Y17, Y38, R17, R27, R29, RV21, Rv00, G14, G21; Pop dots

Attention Wine Connoisseurs!

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Friends of ours are real wine connoisseurs….wine of the month clubbers,  wine cellar in their home ~ the whole nine yards!  Soooooo, when I found this awesome set of stamps by Stamps Happen from their new line for 2009, I couldn’t resist ~ especially since the stamps produced by this company are always very detailed and so well-made.   (Here are links to a few other cards I previously made with Stamps Happen stamps… Guess How Much I Love You, True Love & Don’t Worry…Bee Happy!)

You can check out the ENTIRE collection of Stamps Happen  rubber stamps at Janlynn ~ they have an amazing selection of stamps and accessories!  

As you can see, I put each stamped and Distress ink colored image (Distress ink  coloring tutorial can be found here) into a frame for a collage grouping as a gift for our friends.   Here are some closeup views: 

Cabernet

Cabernet

 

Merlot

Merlot

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

I also made a set of blank note cards using the same stamps to go along with the framed images…

Merlot card

Merlot card

Here’s the entire gift set, along with a bottle of vino’, of course!   I’m planning to get a basket with a few other treats to present the gift package.  🙂

Gift set

Gift set

 

I hope you can take a peek at these stamps at Janlynn’s site, they have a HUGE selection…I know you’ll be impressed! 

Thank you for dropping in today!   And, as always ~ TGIF!!!!!!    Woooo Hooooo!!!   (It’s been ANOTHER long week!)

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Supplies Used:   Stamps Happen Cabernet, Merlot & Chardonnaystamps; Versifine black pigment ink; Tim Holtz Distress inks; Watercolor paper; Watercolor brush; Bazzill cs; Green Tree Gallery frames

Guess How Much I Love You…Again! :)

Big Nutbrown Hare & Little Nut Brown Hare

Big Nutbrown Hare & Little Nut Brown Hare

Yay!  I finally had an opportunity to color these guys.  A few weeks ago I had mentioned that one of my favorite books to read (to my grand-kids) is Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney.

My DD, Jessica (who was formerly known as Jessica G. before she was married, and swears she comments every day on my cardz!!  I think the REAL Jessica G. had better set her straight!)  🙂    Anyway, my DD found this stamp from a company called Stamps Happen.  It was a perfect match to the characters in the book.  The sentiment, from PTI, is also from this book.

I Love You

I Love You

 
Thanks for stopping in today and as always ~ TGIF!!!    Hope you have a great FRIDAY!!   🙂
 
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Stamps:  Stamps Happen, Proud Mother Rabbit;

    PTI, Out on a Limb Sentiments

 

Paper:  Basic Grey, Bittersweet;

             Pebbles, My Girl Stripe & Sweetheart True Love/Swirl;

             Bazzill, green & pink

 

Ink:     Memento, Tuxedo black;

            Colorbox, Rouge & Warm Red;

            Distress, Worn Lipstick & Broken China

 

Accessories:  Spellbinders, Nestabilities Labels Two die;

                       Dots & Dashes, green ribbon; heart brad;

                       Pop dots

 

Copics:  Rabbits – E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E53, RV10 & R85;

               Flowers & Hearts – RV10 & R85;

               Leaves – YG63, YG67, YG91 & YG95;

               Outlining – W2 & W4

 

 

True Love

You may wonder why I title this post “True Love“?

I’m always amazed when I read stories about couples who have been together for sooo many years, through good times and bad, through sickness and health …  and suddenly one of them passes away ~ shortly thereafter to find out that the other remaining partner soon “joins” the other.   These stories amaze me.   I think it refers to a true love that few really know.

A very, very close person in my life lost his father in November;  We have found out that his mother now has cancer and has been given a life expectancy of three months to two years. This card is for him.   It’s so hard to find words to express how you feel at these times.

I'm here for you!

I'm here for you!

I really tried to keep the card as simple as possible as far as embellishments.  I do, however, tend to use LOTS of marker colors when I’m feeling pretty intense about a particular subject.  Well, this one is probably the highest number of colors I’ve used yet!! 

The stamp is from the company Stamps Happen, Inc., by D. Morgan, and named Through the Storm

Someone had previously left a comment to me that the stamps by this company are very detailed…I totally agree!! 

Thanks for listening to my long-windedness.   My thoughts and prayers are with my friend, John, on the long road ahead.

Copic Colors Used:

Sky:  C1, C5 & C7

Water:  B93, B95 & B97

Sand:  E31, E33, E35 & E51

Grasses:  G21, G94, G96 & G99

Lighthouse:  C1 & C5

0 Colorless Blender throughout

Inks Used:

Memento Tuxedo Black

Uni-ball Signo White Gel pen for rain, seagulls, whitecaps & lighthouse

Papers Used:

Neenah Solar White cardstock

Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock  

Update to “Guess How Much I Love You” post! :)

UPDATE:   Yay, my Darling Daughter was able to find a stamp that looks VERY much like Big and Little Nutbrown Hare!!!   The  stamp is from a company called Stamps Happen. Yep, it’s ordered!  🙂    Here’s the stamp (how cute is that???)  …  I can’t wait till it comes! 

  

Big and Little Nutbrown Hare

Big and Little Nutbrown Hare

 

 

Don’t worry … Bee happy!