Smile!

I’m over on the LDRS Inspiration Blog today with a new project created with new released available at LDRS Creative. Sometimes I challenge myself to create a card without using my Copic markers. This particular card was made entirely from patterned and coordinating solid papers and die cuts. I used red foil paper for the word die and the hearts for added interest.

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Daisy Daisy 6×6 Paper Pack(*) by Polkadoodles; Bazzill Cardstock in Fussy; Bazzill Red Foil
Dies: Dotty Doily Die Set(*) by Polkadoodles, Basic Stitched Flags(*) by Creative BasicsSmile Word Die(*) by TLC Inspired Crafting
Embossing Folders: Picnic Quilt Embossing Folders(*) by Creative Basics

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Penny Black Critters

Just a quick update! I’m going to be at Photo Scraps tomorrow demonstrating Copic coloring on two cards featuring Penny Black stamps.

Supplies

CARD 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Snake Skin (*) from the Zoo Crew Collection by Belle Blvd; Progressive (*) from the Homestead Collection by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Whirlpool (*)
Stamp: Bubbly by Penny Black
Dies: Tagged by Penny Black
Copics: C0, C1, C6, E02, E93 (cat); B0000, B000, B00, BV00 (bathtub); B000, B00, BV000, RV10, BG10 (bubbles); E30, E31, RV10 (mouse)

CARD 2
Paper
: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Little Chickadee (*) from the Celebrate Easter collection by Echo Park Paper Co.; American Crafts cardstock in Grass(*)
Stamp: Critter Time by Penny Black; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black
Dies: Fancy Rectangles and Squares Die Set (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: C0, C1, C6, E02, E93 (cat); YG06, YG09, RV52, RV55, Y06, R05 (flowers)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Inspired Edge – Grow

Showing off a new card featuring some of the new products now available from LDRS Creative:

Inspired Edge – Grow by TLC Inspired Crafting
Daisy Daisy 6×6 paper pack by Polkadoodles
Dotty Doily Die Set by Polkadoodles

I colored the image with Copic markers using Copic X-Press It Blending Card. I usually design A2 cards (4.25 in. x 5.5 in.) but for this one, I bumped up to A6 (4.5 in. x 6.25 in.). I backed the front of the card with a design paper sheet from the Daisy Daisy 6×6 paper pack by Polkadoodles. I love this paper – the designs are colorful and cheery.

I backed the image with a coordinating solid green cardstock and attached it to my card base with foam dots to give it some dimension. I used the Dotty Doily Die Set to cut a paper doily which I then cut down to size and tucked in behind the image. The result is a simple card that is quick and easy to put together and color.

Hope my card gives you some craft inspiration!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Daisy Daisy 6×6 paper pack (*) by Polkadoodles
StampInspired Edge – Grow (*) by TLC Inspired Crafting
DieDotty Doily Die Set (*) by Polkadoodles
Copics: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, E30, E33, E35, R20, R05

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass by Power PoppyYo! It’s the 5th of the month so that means another digital release from Power Poppy! And this one is a beauty – Hyacinth Bulb in Glass.

Here are some thoughts from Marcella: Let’s zip back to the 18th century Holland, when Hyacinth bulbs were quite the rarified rage. People could not get enough of the beautiful scents and rich colors, helping to drive the business of professional flower growing hot on the heels of the Tulip. Soon folks were forcing the bulbs into bloom indoors to brighten their windows when it was too chilly for anything to flower. Hyacinth glasses and vases were designed to cradle the bulbs and hold them just above the water, roots were coaxed from the bulbs down into the water, sending the bulb into bloom soon after. In a nostalgic nod to these wonderful windowsill displays, we have Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, so that you can have blooming hyacinth whether or not you have a bulb and a glass!

This digital stamp set includes a sentiment by the visionary Coco Chanel handlettered by a reverent Marcella Hawley 🙂 as well as a no-line coloring version of the image.

And while you’re here – take a look at these new die sets from Creative Basics! For the base and image layers of the card, I used the new Allifair Build-A-Card Die Set. You can use elements of this die set as I did here or a combination of dies to create a beautifully crafted handmade card. For the sentiment, I used one of the dies from the Fancy Circles Die Set. This set consists of 4 nested circles and 2 half circles with a beautiful stitched edging to give your cards a finished look.

I printed the image on X-Press Blending Card by Copics and colored the image with Copic markers. For the base layer, I cut a piece of 12 in x 12 in design paper in half and folded it at the 6 inch mark. I used the largest die in the Allifair Build-A-Card Die Set to die cut the base. I used the second largest die to cut the image layer and adhered it to the base. After printing the sentiment on white cardstock, I used the second largest die in the Fancy Circles Die Set to cut both the sentiment and a coordinating solid to layer underneath. I used foam tape to pop the sentiment up from the card and add some dimension.

Be sure you take a look at what the Instant Gardener team has done and stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Cheryl Scrivens
Nancy Sheads (me! — and I’m also over on the
Passionate Paper Creations blog today too)

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Limeade Swiss Dot from the Petite Prints collection by Doodlebug; X-Press Blending Card by Copics
StampsHyacinth Bulb in Glass (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Alifair Build a Card Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Fancy Circles (*) by Creative Basics
Copics
: V01, V04, V05, V06, V09, BV00, BV01, BV01, BV04, BV08 (flowers); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); E40, E41, E43, E44, BV00, RV10, Y000 (bulb); BG0000, BG000, BV00, RV10, Y000 (glass)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

A Little Bit Scenic – French 50s Cafe

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils available from Crafter’s Companion. Both are easy to work with and the colors are gorgeous. I’m really a newbie at anything involving a brush, but I felt like a pro using these markers and pencils.

I stamped my image on Ranger Watercolor paper using Stazon ink by Tsukineko. I used the smoother side of the watercolor paper for best results. Rather than coloring the image directly with the AquaBlend pencils, I laid down layers of color by swiping a water brush along the tip of my AquaBlend pencils to pick up the color. I used the Aqua Markers in the areas where I wanted more control, applying ink by coloring directly on the watercolor paper and blending it out with a water brush.

I think the results are pretty spectacular for a first attempt! I hope you think so too!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger
Stamps:  A Little Bit Scenic – French 50s Cafe (*) by Sheena Douglas for Crafter’s Companion
Ink: Stazon by Tsukineko
Markers:
Aqua Marker 12 pc – Primaries (*) by Spectrum Noir
Pencils: 
AquaBlend 24pc Pencil Tin – Primaries (*) by Spectrum Noir

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.