Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mayzy Art Stamps May Flowers Challenge

I actually got to do a few crafty things over the long weekend.  I made this card is for the Mayzy Art Stamps 1st challenge.   The theme was May Flowers.   The digi image is called Natsuko.  

Stamp- Natsuko Mayzy Art Stamps
Paper- Rhonna Farrer Follow Your Heart, Authentique Carefree,  Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Accessories- Petaloo Flowers, Want to Scrap Pearls, Glitz Design trim, Stickles, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Copics- R01 R02 R05 B04 YG97 YROO YR20 YR21 YR24 E00 E11 E21 E31 E27 E57 E29

Monday, May 21, 2012

Basic Copic Colors -Starter Suggestions

Happy Monday!  I was cleaning up my craft area yesterday and found this chart and decided to have some fun coloring it in.  I can't remember if this was one I shared before or not but here it is.  These are the starter colors that Copic Instructor Colleen Schaan recommends. 

This color palette is a nice set of basic color combinations.  I like to have lots of options when I am trying to find combos to match all the different patterned paper I am hoarding.  I generally start a card by selecting the papers I want to use first and then coloring the image to match and these charts come in handy for that.  I have included a blank copy below that you can probably print and play with. If the blank copy does not print well for you, leave me a comment so that I can try attaching it a different way.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Smash Saturday

This is my Smash Page for the 24 Hour SMASH Challenge on Facebook.  The challenge was to use Washi Tape, Fabric, Flowers, Stamps, Stickers, and date stamp.  I've got all that on this one.  This page has been started in my SMASH Journal for a while.  I saw the title in a the Sunday Parade Magazine insert a few months ago and snipped it out just knowing that saying would come in handy.  I glued it onto this page and forgot about it for a while.  When I was cleaning up I saw this image I had colored when I was testing my Basil Smooth Cardstock and had a lightbulb moment. Still I stuck the image in the book loose on this page and forgot about it again.  Today when I saw the challenge I just immediately knew what to do.  Some die cutting and sponging with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink later, I had my layout mostly done.  I stuck on some Petaloo glitter flowers, a Glitz epoxy sticker, some washi tape and fabric washi tape.  I finished it off with a Hampton Arts Ditto stamp I found on clearance at Michael's and viola!

Annabel stamp by Kanban Crafts Copics: E000 E00 E21 R20 YR23 YR20 Y17 E31 E33 E35 B000 B00 B12 B14 T0 T1 T3 T5 T7 T9

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday, A Day To Celebrate!

Happy Wednesday!

Just checking in with a quick card. No- I repeat no Copics were used in the making of this card.  This past weekend, I have been trying to get up to speed with Distress Inks. 

Let me preface this next statement by saying that I have always hated the way sponging of any kind looks when I do it.   I had also decided many moons ago that I didn't like the way the two measly Distress Inks that I have looked when I used them.  The only time I would drag them out would be to ink the edges of my paper by swiping the paper on the ink pad.  After seeing the pretty new colors that Tim Holtz came out for Spring, I decided I needed to take some time and investigate the techniques people were using with Distress Inks.    After doing some YouTube tutorial viewing, I realized I have been using them with the wrong type of applicator for years!  I was using the felt pads that go with alcohol inks instead of using the foam pads.  Well what a difference a foam pad makes.  I love Distress Inks now!  I got 11 more colors and I am ready to use these babies more often!

I made this Birthday card for my Dad! I like how a little Distress Ink really plays up the papers from the Up Up and Away collection. 

Stamps- Hero Arts Birthday Messages
Paper- Stampin' Up! card stock, Kaisercraft Up Up And Away
Ink- Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Accessories- Recollections embellishment, Pop Dots

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Motherhood Looks Good On You

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers out there. 

I made this card for one of my favorite best friend Gina.  She is a mother of one and essentially a mother to 3 more.  She is an amazing woman and amazing Mother and I hope she is having a wonderful day being pampered and appreciated by her family.  This card was inspired by Splitcoast Sketch # 384. 

Stamps- Moka Margo set by Taylored Expressions
Paper- Bazzill Smooth Cardstock, PTI Cardstock, Glitz Design Pretty In Pink Patterned Paper
Accessories- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Blossom Twinery Bakers Twine, Recollections embellishments
Copics- E00 E57 E31 E35 E21 E29 R81 R83 R85 R89

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tulips for Mommy

I made this card for my Grandmother because she is one of my best friends.  The sentiment at the bottom says "First my mother forever my friend". I wrote in the "Grand" over the "Mother".  Happy Mother's Day Nani!

Stamp- Tulips For Mommy by Mayzy Art Stamps
Paper- Xpress It Card, PTI Cardstock, Glitz Design Pretty In Pink Patterned Paper, Kaisercraft Chanteuse
Accessories- Recollections, Twinery Blossom Bakers Twine, Want to Scrap Pearls, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Smooch Paint
Copics- RV00 RV52 RV55 RV66 G40 G43 G46 E13 E35 E31 E37 R43

Friday, May 11, 2012


I am celebrating Mother's Day early tonight with my Mom.  I am taking her out to dinner at a nice restaurant in NYC.  This is the card that I made for her.  It was inspired by an inside joke where I call her "SuperCurl".  We are very into superheros so I made up a superhero alter ego for her one night when she ran out to the curb to put the trash out before the garbage trucks came.  She was in her rollers and her bathrobe was flaping in the wind like a cape. 

Stamp- Supermom by Mayzy Art Stamps; Sentiment- Stampin' Up!
Paper- Xpress It Card, PTI Cardstock, ATD Momenta Superhero Pad
Accessories- Momento Danube Blue Ink, Stampin' Up Twine, Stampin' Up die
Copics- Skin E33 E37 E39 Hair T1 T3 T5 T7 Other R43 R46 R59 B21 B23 B24 B26 Y19 YR20 YR23 YR24

Thursday, May 10, 2012

One of A Kind Mother

This is the Mother's Day card that I made for my grandmother.  I wanted to do a Queen for a Day sort of theme.  When I looked through my stamp collection I found this White Queen stamp from Spesch Designer Stamps and thought this would be perfect for my card. 

Supplies- White Queen digi stamp from Spesch Designer Stamps
Paper- Boise HD Color Copy Cover, PTI Cardstock, All other elements are from the Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection
Accessories- Angel Pink Momento Marker, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Recollections Pearls, Diamond Stickles
Copics: Skin E13 E15 E17 Dress R81 R83 R85 R89 Hair E29 E35 E49 E27 Crown Y28

Monday, May 7, 2012

Flourishes Copic Color Combinations Chart

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  Saturday was jam packed for me.  I went with my Mom to see the Avengers, then we had lunch at On the Border to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and then she took me to my local Scrapbook store...Scrappers Cove.   I picked up a lot of beautiful papers, embellishments,  and a Memory Box die. The owner was so nice, she gave me a little discount on my die!   By the time I finally got home I was too tired to make anything!  I needed a nice long nap.

Once I finally rested, I started on my Mother's Day cards and colored up a whole bunch of images.  I never got around to making any cards because I got sidetracked with a project.   I decided to make an updated Flourishes chart now that they have added more color combinations to the Copics that they sell at their store.  When I first started buying Copics I used their color combinations as a guide.  In the last two years they have expanded their collection and it is twice the size now.  The ladies at Flourishes thought long and hard and came up with some really great color combinations that work well with their stamps. If you haven't checked them out, they have some nice tutorials on their blog like this one.   The majority of their stamp images are floral and classic in style and the names of the collections really compliment that theme.  I don't have every single color that they sell so you will notice some of the circles or boxes are left uncolored.  As always, I hope these charts help you with choosing color combos to use or which Copics to invest in.  Sometimes it is nice to see what the end result could look like before you buy. 
Below are blanks for you to print if you like.

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