Copic Creations ~ Favorite Paper for Copic Coloring

 

 

Hellooooo out there!    I hope there are a few of you who still remember me.   🙂     I know it’s been ages.    We’re finally all moved into the new house … not necessarily all unpacked, but we’re getting there!      Now, I’m dealing with over 2,000 emails from the past month and a half!!    Holy moly, I’ve missed a lot.    Hopefully, anyone waiting for a response will have a little patience with me since I’m moving very slowly.    

I’m happy that my first post after this long absence is for today’s Copic Creations challenge.   I think we’ve got a great one today too!     We even have a poll on the blog for you to vote for your favorite paper.

The Design Team was provided with one of the newest Copic papers  — Cryogen White  — from the Paper Temptress, our sponsor this week.   

I must tell you …. I LOVE, love, love this paper!    It’s like coloring on butter!    LOL    All the details AND a chance for you to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to try this paper for yourself can be found at the Copic Creations challenge blog.

 

 

In addition to ALL that I’ve missed over the last couple of months during our move, I also missed several birthdays — soooo, I thought this ADORABLE  image from InStyle Stamps would be perfect for a belated birthday card.   

Isn’t she the cutest?    This is, of course, Alice (from Wonderland), part of the new Fairy Tales Collection from InStyle Stamps — you can find the whole set HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ I’ve missed you all!   I hope you have a few minutes to check out our Favorite Paper challenge at the Copic Creations challenge blog and all the awesome sample cards from the Design Team.

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Copic Creations Challenge ~ Reflections

 

Happy Sunday!   Today is a DOUBLE-POST day, so I hope you will stop back later for my Sundays with Crissy challenge card which will be posted at 11:00 CDT.

We have a new challenge for you today at Copic Creations ~ Reflections.    It’s a tough one, but actually fun once you give it a try!     This really adorable image is from my old stomping grounds ~ InStyle Stamps.   She’s called Dance Girl, part of their new A Day In The Life series.   Isn’t she just gorgeous?!    I’ve actually cut the image down a little to fit onto my card – the original stamp has some very pretty flowers drawn in the lower right corner.   

 

 

The best part is that our challenge is being sponsored by my friend Suzanne Dean and her Color Me Creative Classroom ~ one lucky participant will win a FREE Copic class!!   All the details can be found on the CC blog, and if you have the time, you really must stop over at the Copic Creations Challenge blog to check out the amazing creations from the awesome DT!     Very inspiring!  

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Happy Birthday Virginia Tag Blog Hop!!!

 

 

It’s a surprise birthday party and you’re invited!!   How exciting!!   

Janelle and the Design Team gals over at InStyle Stamps are having a surprise birthday tag blog hop for the one and only Virginia – the owner and genius behind InStyle Stamps!!   I was super excited when asked to join in since I love Virginia ~ she is one of the nicest people I’ve met in my cardmaking journey and it was always a pleasure to be on her Design Team!   I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Virginia a wonderful birthday today . . .  and many, many more!!    🙂

Each hop member has been assigned a letter from the sentiment . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NENANE!!  

(which is Virginia's nickname!  I'm sure there's a story behind that - I will have to check into this!)

If you’d like to play along, all you have to do is begin at the InStyle Stamps blog.   AND,  since this is a Birthday Blog Hop, we can’t leave you without a chance for a party prize!  Here are the rules.

  1. Start at the beginning of the blog hop with the letter H. 
  2. Comment on each Design Team’s blog because they need a little love and this will increase your chances at the party prize.
  3. Go to PaperYumness and wish Virginia a Happy Birthday. 
     
    The deadline to win a digital image is Sunday, July 18th at 8:00pm Pacific Time.
     
    That’s all you need to do!   The prize????   Not one, but two!   You might win either one by commenting on a blog.  Good luck and hope you have fun all along the way!

My letter is the Y in birthdaY.    I’ve used one of my favorite anime images from ISS – Sitting Kylah for my Y tag . . .

 

 

One final thing ~ we are to name a place in our town that we would take Virginia to if she were to visit on her birthday.   hmmmm, I think I would take her to several places . . . for a proper girls’ night out!   She deserves to be wined and dined on her birthday, plus a little shopping of course on State Street;  I know several places in Madison that would be perfect!!    🙂

If you’ve arrived here from the letter A, then you’re at the right place

and YOUR NEXT STOP IS THE LETTER N.

(If you have just happened to stop by today and would like to join in the fun, you can start at the InStyle Stamps blog for the letter H.)  

 

Don’t forget to visit Virginia’s blog to wish her a VERY happy birthday!     Thanks for stopping by today!

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InStyle Stamps Blog Hop!

 

Yay!   It’s time for another InStyle Stamps Blog Hop!!   Our theme this month is VALENTINE HEARTS!    For my project, I used one of the newest ISS Anime images – Valentine Ava.    Don’t forget, click on this link to receive a 5 percent discount on your entire InStyle stamps order ~   INSTYLE STAMPS. 

I made a Valentines Day treat gift/pocket card using this awesome tutorial from one of my stamping idols, Rachel Jakes.  

  

 

  

Here’s a side view …

  

 

  

and the inside  ~   Surprise!    🙂

  

 

And,  now on to all the details of this month’s Blog Hop ~  PLEASE be sure to check out ALL the awesome VALENTINE HEARTS projects from the ISS Design Team… 

We are, once again, having a contest ~ make sure you head on over to the InStyle Stamps Blog to vote for your favorite project!   The DT member who gets the most votes will win a prize … and YOU can WIN A PRIZE JUST FOR VOTING!!   The contest will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, January 30th, and winners will be announced on Sunday.  

Here’s a list of the blog hop participants in order:

Jodi S
Genevieve
Cyndi
Lana
Maylee
Virginia
Cabio
Angelique
Mary  (me!)
Linda
Joy
Janelle
Judy
Raquel
Margie
Julie
Lysa
Piali

 So, if you’re following along  …   your next stop is LINDA’S  awesome blog.    And, don’t forget to stop back at the ISS blog to vote for your favorite DT member project!    

Thanks for stopping by today!    Hope you’re having a great day.

 

 

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Copics Used:   RV00, 11, 29, 32;  R000, 01, 20, 30, 37, 39;  E00, 01, 11, 29, 31, 37, 39, 43, 47, 50, 51, 53; B23; W1, 3, 5

Special Delivery!

 

[Sorry this posted so late!   I had the wrong time scheduled!!!]

It’s time for a few sneak peeks of some new images at InStyle Stamps.   This super cutie is Kristina!   And, she will be available tomorrow at the InStyle Stamps store!   Be sure to check out the ISS blog to see all the new images and all the GORGEOUS cards from the ISSDT!    Here’s my card with Kristina and her VERY special Valentine’s Day delivery …

 

 

I have to tell you, I couldn’t bear the thought of making another RED or PINK card!!     I’m a little Valentined out.    🙂    So, I thought this new paper from Basic Grey’s Sugar Rush collection was just what I needed to take a break!      I did add some little red heart brads in the corners and used some Martha Stewart polka dot red paper which has been punched with ~ what else? ~ a Martha Stewart heart edge punch!    The sentiment is computer generated and cut with a Spellbinders tag die.

 

 

Thanks for visiting today!    Hope you’re enjoying the heat wave ~ We actually reached 30 degrees here in Wisconsin!!    Woo hoo!

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Copics Used:   RV000, 09, 29; R000, 11, 20, 30, 81, 83, 85; YR21, 23, 24, 31; Y00, 11, 21; E000, 00, 01, 11; B21, 23, 60, 63; T1, 3, 5; W4; C10

 

I just called to say … I love you! :)

 

 

Sing it with me!   I’ve been singing it the entire time I was working on this card and can’t get it out of my head   … Smiley from millan.net

We had another Color Challenge today for Club Anime ~ using pink, hot pink and red

 

For my card I used Tracy, one of the newest Club Anime images from InStyle Stamps.   How could I resist this sentiment?!    Be sure to stop over at the CA blog to see all the gorgeous Color Challenge cards!

 

Tracy was colored with Copics and attached with dimensionals.  The sentiment is computer generated.   I promise to do a tutorial showing how I do this yet this weekend.  It’s really pretty easy ~ so, please stay tuned!  

Thanks for stopping in – Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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Copics Used:   RV10, 13, 14, 21, 23, 25, 29;  R11, 20, 30; E000, 00, 01, 11, 50, 51, 53; B93, 95; W0, 1, 3; T1, 3, 5

Club Anime Sketch Challenge ~ Plus two of my favorite words (Shoe Sale)!

 

Time for another Club Anime Sketch Challenge!   

Living in Wisconsin in January is NOT a lot of fun — except for all the After-Christmas Sales, of course!    There are a few things I tend to collect, Copic markers, SHOES!   🙂    So I thought this image from InStyle stamps would be perfect for any fellow shoe shopper …

 

 

This cutie is Kylah – Trying on Shoes and is available as a digital image on the InStyle Stamps webstore.   Don’t forget if you’d like to order any images from ISS – be sure to use this link to receive your discount.  

Here’s the sketch we were to follow for this challenge, which I flipped for my card …

 

The DP is from Bo Bunny and the tag is my first try with the Spellbinders Shapeabilites Fancy Tags – I love em!  

I hope you can join us for this challenge ~ all the details can be found on the Club Anime blog.   The prize for this month’s sketch challenge is a “Family” chipboard album from Bo Bunny.  (wish I could play along!)

 

 

You have until 11:59 pm PST, February 1st, 2010 to submit your card.  The winner will be announced on February 2nd.

Thanks for dropping by – hope you’re staying warm, it’s a whole SIX degrees here today!   We’re having a heat wave.    Smiley from millan.net

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Copics Used:   YR00, 20, 21, 23, 24; R20, 30; YG23, 93; B01, 02; E000, 00, 01, 11, 25, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 47, 49; T1, 3, 5; W1, 3, 4

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop

 

Welcome to our monthly InStyle Stamps Blog Hop.  Our theme this month is Love & Romance.    For my card, I used one of the newest ISS Anime images – Vanessa.    Don’t forget, click on this link to receive a 5 percent discount on your entire InStyle stamps order ~   INSTYLE STAMPS. 

 

 

I had colored Vanessa awhile back for this tutorial  and thought this was the perfect time to include her on a card.   I also finally had the opportunity to use the Spellbinders Ric Rac Scalloped Border Piercerabilities and really loved it!

And,  now on to all the details of this month’s Blog Hop ~  PLEASE be sure to check out ALL the Love & Romance projects from the ISS Design Team… 

We are, once again, having a contest ~ make sure you head on over to the InStyle Stamps Blog to vote for your favorite project!   The DT member who gets the most votes will win a prize … and YOU can WIN A PRIZE JUST FOR VOTING!!   The contest will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, December 19th, and winners will be announced on Sunday.  

Here’s a list of the blog hop participants in order:

Kim   http://www.craftsbykim.blogspot.com/

Mary  (me!)

Jodi S.    http://jodimommyto4.blogspot.com/

Melissa   http://mmedesigns.blogspot.com/

Joy   http://daiseyfreak.blogspot.com/

Maylee   http://mayleescreativecorner.blogspot.com/

Julie   http://www.creationsbyjulie.blogspot.com/

Raquel   http://raqode7.blogspot.com/

Linda   http://lindaspysselblogg.wordpress.com/

Janelle  http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com/

Genevieve   http://scrapmuscade.blogspot.com/

Lysa    http://lysaq.blogspot.com/

Virginia   http://paperyumness.blogspot.com/

Margie   http://ohbumbleismemargie.blogspot.com/

Piali   http://touchofcreation.blogspot.com/

Lana   http://sweetpeaspapercreations.blogspot.com/

Angelique   http://www.scrapping-angel.blogspot.com/

Cyndi    http://www.scrappychickcyndi.blogspot.com

 So, if you’re following along  …   your next stop is JODI’s  awesome blog.    And, don’t forget to stop back at the ISS blog to vote for your favorite DT member project!    

Thanks for stopping by today!    Hope you’re having a great day.

Happy New Year!! :)

 

Yep!   It’s a Happy New Year card!    🙂     Our theme for InStyle Stamps Over the Hump Blog Candy Giveaway (held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month) is NEW YEARS!     I thought this InStyle Stamps Ava (Ava laying down) would be perfect for the top of the 2010.   I colored Ava with Copics, cut her out and mounted her to the cardstock with dimensionals.

  *** Don’t forget – To receive a 5 percent Discount on ANY InStyle Stamp order – Be sure to click HERE ***

 

 

The 2010 and sentiment were computer generated and the DP is by TPC Studio, called Winter Blues Swirl.  I also used some silver foil cs, silver Stickles and added some silver swirl clips in each corner.   THIS was a hard one to photograph!!

 All the details on today’s Over The Hump Blog Candy Give Away can be found on the  InStyle Stamps blog.   Better check it out to see what Virginia is giving away today!    

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  Copics Used: B21, 23, 32; E000, 00, 11;  YR23, 24, 32; R20, 30; Y21; C0, 4, 7

  

 

Club Anime Color Challenge

  

 

Happy Saturday!   Hope you’re having a good weekend so far.   It’s the second Saturday of the month and time for another Club Anime Color Challenge.   And what a great color combo it is this month ~  very appropriate for the season!   The colors we were to use are red, green and brown . . .   

    

   

For my card I used the adorable new fairy image ~ Sitting Kylah from InStyle Stamps What’s New section.  And, don’t forget if you click on the link above, you’ll receive a 5% discount on your entire order from ISS!!   

I really had fun coloring Kylah, I love her curly hair style.   I shouldn’t be admitting this, but I actually pulled up my own tutorial for coloring Brunette Hair ~ it’s been awhile and I couldn’t recall all the Copic colors I had used!     

    

   

  

I hope you will join us for this challenge . You have an entire month to submit your card ~ the winner will receive THREE Rubber Stamps of your choice from InStyle Stamps!! You can read all about it here and see all the other amazing Club Anime Design Team cards!   

Thanks for taking time from your day to visit today!   

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Copics Used:   R20, 30, 35, 39, 43, 59, 89;  E000, 00, 11, 20, 30, 31, 37, 39, 43, 47, 49, 50, 51, 53;  YG03;  W0, 3, 5

Club Anime Sketch Challenge

 

Yes, another challenge!   I’m your challenge gal.   This one is for the InStyle Stamps Club Anime.   This darling little Club Anime angel is called Kimi.   Don’t forget to receive a 5% discount on any InStyle Stamps order, use this link.

And, if you would like to have the chance to be a Club Anime Guest Designer for the months of December and January, be sure to hop over to the CA blog for all the details.

Here’s this months sketch …

 

And, here’s my card using Kimi …

 

Sorry the color is a little off  – I used way too much silver and kept getting a flashback on the pictures!   Unfortunately, in order to get a decent photo, I’m afraid the color is a little too bright!  

So, be sure to head over the Club Anime blog to see all the other DT cards and enter for a chance to be a Club Anime Guest Designer.

Happy Wednesday — getting closer to the weekend!    🙂

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Copics Used:   B93, 95, 97; R000, 01, 11, 20, 30; E000, 00, 11; YR24, 31;  T1, 3, 5

 

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop ~ Ornaments

 

Welcome to our monthly InStyle Stamps Blog Hop.  Glad you could stop in on this most famous shopping day! 

Our theme this month is Ornaments.    The above ornament was made using Sandy, my favorite holiday image from InStyle Stamps.   She was printed on acetate and colored with Copics and moonlight Smooch paint.   Don’t forget, click on this link to receive a 5 percent discount on your entire InStyle stamps order ~   INSTYLE STAMPS. 

 

 

 

My second project features Christmas Tree Chick.   My twin granddaughters LOVE candy canes and they include them with the ornaments on their tree each year.   So I thought it would be fun to give them a pre-holiday gift of some candy canes – for eating AND decorating!     

I used one of the holiday boxes from the dollar section at Target and added my image.

 

 

And for my final ornament project …

 

My granddaughters, who LOVE pink and purple, have a small Christmas tree that they decorate in their room.  I found some pretty pink and purple smaller sized ornaments that were perfect for their tree and added them to another box from Target, also with Christmas Tree Chick.

 

 

And,  now on to all the details of this month’s Blog Hop ~  PLEASE be sure to check out ALL the Ornament projects from the ISS Design Team… 

We are, once again, having a contest ~ make sure you head on over to the InStyle Stamps Blog to vote for your favorite project!   The DT member who gets the most votes will win a prize … and YOU can WIN A PRIZE JUST FOR VOTING!!   The contest will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, November 28th, and winners will be announced on Sunday.  

Here’s a list of the blog hop participants in order:

Cyndi  http://www.scrappychick.typepad.com/

Lana  http://sweetpeaspapercreations.blogspot.com/

Piali http://touchofcreation.blogspot.com/

Kim http://www.craftsbykim.blogspot.com/

Janelle  http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com/

Raquel http://raqode7.blogspot.com/

Melissa http://mmedesigns.blogspot.com/

Lysa http://lysaq.blogspot.com/

Joy http://daiseyfreak.blogspot.com/

Maylee http://mayleescreativecorner.blogspot.com/

Angelique  http://www.scrapping-angel.blogspot.com/

Linda  http://lindaspysselblogg.wordpress.com/

Margie  http://ohbumbleismemargie.blogspot.com/

Julie  http://www.creationsbyjulie.blogspot.com/

Jodi S.  http://jodimommyto4.blogspot.com/

me!  https://mycardz.wordpress.com

Kimmi  http://poppy-petal-designs.blogspot.com/

Genevieve  http://scrapmuscade.blogspot.com/

Virginia http://paperyumness.blogspot.com/

So, if you’re following along  …   your next stop is Kimmi‘s awesome blog.    And, don’t forget to stop back at the ISS blog to vote for your favorite DT member project!    

Thanks for stopping by today!    Hope you’re having a great BLACK FRIDAY!

Steps on how I cut out and highlight images for my cardz

I’ve been asked by several people about the steps I take to both cut out my images and how the highlighting is done behind the images and on the edges of the die cut background.    Soooo, here you go!    🙂

I’m probably including too much information, but I have this ritural I follow for most of my cardz and thought I would share each step.    Hopefully, you can just skip over the unneeded info and find what you might be interested in.   AND, I’m asking Santa for a video recorder for Christmas!!   I think it will make these tutorials VERY much easier!!   

1.   The first thing I do when creating a card is to choose my papers, so I can match the colors in the DP to the Copic markers I use.   Obviously, this isn’t a necesary step for this tutorial.  

This little cutie is Vanessa from InStyle Stamps Club Anime – already colored with Copics.   I’ve printed the image twice – once to color and the other will be the mounted background shape.  

(I generally use a Spellbinders Nestabilities die  for my background shapes, but unfortunately, I really wanted to attach Vanessa to a heart shape and she was a bit too large for the Spellbinder hearts, so this heart shape will not have any embossing on the edges.)  

2.  The other supplies needed are a good pair of scissors  (these are very cool Squishy Scissors from Marvy Uchida);  Ink for highlighting – I generally use Tim Holtz Distress inks;  a small rectangle – about 1 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch piece of  Inkssential Cut-n-Dry Stamp Pad Felt from Ranger   (This really is my FAVORITE material for a smooth, even highlight); and a permanent black marker.  (Since the marker is used for the edges of the cut image, I don’t use my Copics for this part.  I’ve found out the hard way that it can damage the tips!)

3.   To make my detailed cutting a little easier to get to, I cut roughly around the image about a  1/4 to 1/2 inch.

4.   I guess  because I’m right-handed, I always begin cutting on the right side of my image, always beginning with the most difficult cuts. 

 

5.  I cut as close to the outside of the black line as possible, moving both the scissors and image as I’m cutting.   This always reminds me of peeling apples for PIE!   I usually end up with one long connected piece –  since you are never really taking a full cut, just moving the scissors around your image.    (Yikes!   I hope that makes sense!    Once I get a video recorder, I will try to redo this to actually show you this “in motion”!)

6.  Now, time for that black permanent marker – Carefully run the side of the marker around the edges of the entire cut image.   This just makes your cutting look cleaner –  yes, there is a word for people like me!   🙂 

7.  On to uncolored background image.   My first step is to use one of the Gray Copics to add some shading around this image.   I used W3 here.

I usually take my Colorless Blender pen to soften this line so it doesn’t appear too harsh.

8.   Since I will be attaching the cut image with Pop It!  Dots, I color the outer sections so that when the card is viewed at a side angle you will see a colored image rather than the white uncolored one.   (yep, that word again!)

9.   Finally time to sponge the background of the shaped image.  

I do this in a light circular motion – I start out directly on the image – since the first touch to the paper generally is darker.  

Just keep lightly going around the image always starting from this point – always in a circular motion, until you achieve the desired level of color.   If you need to pick up more ink on your piece of felt, start again from the center of the image.     

If you look closely, you can see the darker “starter points” on the center of the image –  Don’t worry, these will be covered with your cut image!

10.  And  to add color to the edges of your shaped image –

If I’m using a different color, I just use the other end of my piece of felt.  

It’s best to have a piece of scrap paper under your image for this step. 

This time, I begin my ink actually on the scrap paper, holding my shaped image tightly with my left hand.  

Put your inked felt straight down onto the scrap paper and pull it up and over onto your shaped image, continuing around the entire shape in this same motion.   Again, always starting lightly and going over the area again if a darker color is desired.   

I always keep turning my shaped paper rather than the inked felt around the edge, so the ink impression flows in the same direction.     (Somebody REALLY needs a manicure!) 

11.   That’s it for the highlighting!   

Now, just apply those Pop It! Dots to your cut image and stick it onto your highlighted, shaped image.

12.   And she’s ready to be made into a card!!      Pretty easy, right?!    

Here’s a link to the completed card.    Thanks for stopping by for this lonnnnnnnnnnnnng tutorial!   If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to ask.    And, hopefully, if Santa brings me a video recorder, I can redo this whole thing and it might make more sense!!    lol

Club Anime Color Challenge

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Happy Saturday!   Hope you’re having a fun weekend.   It’s the second Saturday of the month and time for another Club Anime Color Challenge.   The colors we were to use are coral, chocolate and kiwi  . . .

 

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For my card I used cutie Mieko from InStyle Stamps  Anime Digital Download section, and she’s ON SALE!!!    (love those two words!)  I do love this color combination, but really struggled making a card with them.   I hope her hair can be considered coral!   

 

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I also hope you will join us in the challenge.    You have an entire month to submit your card ~  the winner will receive a $20.00 Gift Certificate to InStyle Stamps!!   You can read all about it here and see all the other amazing Club Anime Design Team cards!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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Copics Used:   E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25, 27; R00, 01, 11, 20, 22, 30; YG03, 91, 93; W0, 1, 2, 3, 4

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

PLEASE NOTE:   Earlier today I had the wrong information listed to receive a 5% discount on any InStyle Stamps purchase.   The link has now been corrected below.   Sorry about the confusion. 

 

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No, I really haven’t lost my mind!   Our theme for InStyle Stamps Over the Hump Blog Candy Giveaway (held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month) is SNOW!   … not one of MY favorite things!!   But, when your skiing outfit is as colorful and InStyle as Suzette’s, you definitely want it to keep snowing!  

 

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Suzette is one of the newest digi images available from InStyle Stamps.   If you haven’t tried digital images yet, Suzette  is the perfect image to give it a try – she’s LOTS of fun to color and can be done pretty quickly.   Believe it or not, this card took me less than an hour to make!   Now that’s a record for me!!     🙂

*** For a 5 percent Discount on ANY InStyle Stamp order – Be sure to click HERE ***

All the details on today’s Over The Hump Blog Candy Give Away (say that 10 times fast!)  can be found on the new InStyle Stamps blog.   Better check it out to see what Virginia is giving away today!  

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Copics Used:   E000, 00, 11, 13, 15, 17; BV00, 02, 13; B21, 23, 24; R000, 20, 30; C0, 1; W2