Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brighten Your Day

I've been having fun coloring the girl image from TAC's new stamp set Brighten Your Day. It's part of the Stamp Spree promotion. You can find all the details here  At first, I wasn't sure about this set but after playing with it I love it. The images are so fun to color with copics ( as I did in these cards) or any other medium. For my card I added the heart ballon from the Artsy owls set and a sentiment from one of our purchase with purchase stamps sets.  There is also lots of stickles!! What do you think?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Masculine birthday -Ship collage

My Dad celebrated his birthday this month and I wanted to create a special card for him. I love the ship collage stamp from TAC and wanted to use it. I stamped it with Prussian Blue palette ink embossed with clear embossing powder. I "aged" the image by distressing the edges and sponging a light and green ink over the front very lightly, blending as I went.

I had some funky green ribbon that I used as an embellisment. The ship is on pop dots and the jute cording was added for a more masculine touch. The sentiment is from a retired TAC set stamped with white stazon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I love snowmen!

One of my absolute favorite stamp set in Inspiration Avenue is Merriest Wishes. I just love these snow people! They are so much fun to color. I stamped out several with tuxedo black memento ink and colored them in with my new set of Copic Markers. I love how the colors blend so nicely with the Copics. I've scoured the internet for coloring tutorials and have learned a lot. If they intimidate you just jump in and play with them- it's only paper and a bit of ink....I promise the more you play the better you will get. My first attemps were terrible but after a little rearch with the online tutorials I improved a lot. I hope to get certified at some point when my health is better. I'm excited to let you know that TAC will continue to carry the Ciao Copic sets in our new catalog so stay tuned for ordering info.

These two cards were made for a couple of dear friends. Do you like them??

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Paperback flowers

I came across this tutorial ( thanks for sharing Dawn!) on making flowers out of old paperback books a while ago. I've seen version of these flowers on several blogs. I decided to give them a try and just couldn't stop playing. Our super jumbo and extra jumbo flower punches work perfectly with this technique. I colored the various flowers with different palette inks. They all are held together with brads-some also have an added button in the middle. I've got one drying now that I added stickles to- turned out so pretty. I plan on using it on a card I have in the works and will share it with you soon.


Hi everyone,

I'm finally able to post again- I had scanner/camera trouble and couldn't get pictures to post of my creations. My health is still on the mend too so that has me a bit slowed down but getting better every day! I've got a few cards to share with you that I will space out over the next days. The first is one of the cards I made for Christmas- it uses the Peace stamp set which I really love. I stamped gold snowflakes on a retired color of cardstock TAC used to carry with gold specs in it. The bird is stamped in Burnt Umber Pallette ink. I stamped it twice so I could cut out the wings and pop it out on the image. I added some bling with gold Stickles on the feathers as an accent. I really like the way it turned out. I did another version in teal which was nice too. Hope you enjoy!