Viva Las VegaStamps DT Tryout

I’m trying out to be a part of the Viva Las VegaStamps design team. Viva Las VegaStamps offers a plethora of images that are generally on the realistic or artsy side. I’ve been looking at them for some time, but since none of the stores I frequent sell them, I have yet to try them out. So, I thought if I was part of their design team, I could try them out and, if I like them, which I am 99.9999% sure I will, I can look into bringing them into Capture-A-Memory.

As part of the application process, they asked for three projects that showcase my style. So, I pulled out a few of my favorites to share …

These photos were taken the morning before my son left for Guam. He joined the Navy, and Guam was his first assignment after school. I used several Tim Holtz stamps on this page. I love working with stamps on scrapbook pages. It is always a bit of a challenge to fit stamps often designed for cards onto 12×12 paper, but I enjoy it and I am always pleased with the results. I often use stamps on my journaling blocks or as tiny accents. Background stamps are also great for adding layers without bulk. 

This is one of my favorite cards. It is a stamp from Northwoods, colored with Copic Sketch Markers. A little distressing, some quick stitching on the side and a bit of twine and it is done. Simple, yet beautiful. Exactly my style!

Finally, I am showing this one. I made it for an aunt who was in the hospital. I colored the Magnolia stamp with Copic Sketch Markers and used Distress Ink around the edges. Then, just for a little something special, I added some Liquid Pearls to her sweater to serve as 3D buttons. Cute, eh?

So there you have three of my favorite stamped projects. Wish me luck!


Get Well Soon

I am not sure if it is the recent return to reality by Mother Nature or just a bad day, but I was feeling gloomy and could not seem to shake it. So, I did two things that I knew would help — making something for someone else and coloring — and came up with this:

I used papers from Little Yellow Bicycle and X-Press It, stamps from Magnolia (the girl) and Kaisercraft (the saying) and some ribbon from my stash. I used the following Copic Sketch markers to color it:

After I colored it, I added a bit of sparkle with the At You Spica pen and then added some buttons and dots with Liquid Pearls.

I am sending it to an aunt who is ill in Florida to brighten up her day, now that it helped to brighten up mine!

The Unloved Colors

This week’s challenge on the  iCopic Blog is to use unloved Copic colors.

For me, choosing the colors I rarely use was easy. I only had to look at one section in my Copic holder — Violet.

I have nothing against violet, or any shade of purple for that matter. It’s not like certain shades of green that I just plain do not like. But, for me, violet is a shy color. It never asks me to play. It doesn’t call my name. I don’t crave it.

I tend to like the warmer shades — yellows, browns, oranges and reds — along with blue, blue and more blue. Those are the colors I tend to reach for. And, they are the ones that catch my eye.

So, while I don’t dislike violet, I don’t love her, either.

But, since I was challenged to make something I liked featuring her, I went for it. This is what I came up with … (click on the image for a better look)

The stamp is from Magnolia and the word stamp is from Studio 490. Papers are from DCWV and gems are from KaiserCraft. The ribbons were in my stash and the cardstock is from American Crafts.

I stamped the image on X-Press It! and used these colors to color the image:

Then, I added a bit of Distress Ink to the background and colored the purple parts with atyou Spica in lilac. I love the sparkle it provides … not too much and not too little, but Just Right!

What colors do unlove?

A New Toy For Christmas

Merry early Christmas to me! Santa Matthew bought me an air compressor!

Now, some of you may wonder why I would be excited about receiving such a “guy” gift. And, I will admit that it looks a little odd sitting on my crafting table. But the compressor, when combined with Copic Sketch Markers, opens up a whole new crafting world for me. In fact, this card is the first thing I have made using my new toy …

This card features paper from DCWV, a stamp from Magnolia, a metal die from Cheery Lynn Designs, and, of course, Copic markers in the following colors:

I stamped the image on X-Press It! paper and colored it in as usual.

Then, I took another sheet of X-Press It! and ran it through my Big Shot with a metal die. However, rather than use the part of the die I cut out, I used the leftover portion of paper, which I then used my new air compressor to airbrush with both colors of olive used in the card. I applied several coats and I love the look and the sheen it gives off.

I added a few brads from my stash, but the card just didn’t feel “done.”

So, I pulled out my atyouSpica clear pen and added a bit of glitter to Tilda’s dress, ribbon and balloon.

You may have to click on the image to see all of the glitter, but I think it just makes the card.

Happy holidays to you all!