Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Good Friends and Good News

Hello Crafters! 

So today I'm sharing  some exciting news  . . . .

I'm joining the MarkerPOP team! 

I've ordered from them for quite some time. They have super awesome prices on Copics and carry a lot of my favorite stamp companies. Their DT is just so talented and I'm thrilled to be working with them. 

Can we just talk about how I bombarded you with videos. Ha. 
I made them all separately with no intention of posting them all in 48 hours but life happens. I post every Tuesday for Create A Smile. i also posted on the 10th and 25th of each month for A2ZScrapbooking. 
The 25th was a Tuesday. Chaos ensued. 

Okay I'm exaggerating but you get the point. It was a lot. However, you all have been so supportive. I can't believe how many of you watched that 40 minute video. gah! If you liked the video or have something you would like to see or even constructive criticism I'm all ears. Note the word constructive please. I feel like it's sad I even have to mention that. 
Anywho . . .
I haven't had a chance to play along with challenges in ages. I'm so stoked to have the time to do it. This time I'm using CAS(E) this Sketch's current sketch. 

So cute right? 

I used the "hill" die from WPlus9's Landscape Borders die to cut the top edge of my polka dot paper. To create the side I just lined up my paper trimmer and cut it on an angle. Don't ask me where that paper came from. I'm not that organized. I found it on the floor of my craft room. No, seriously. 

It was only a matter of time before this cutie from Party Animal got together with that handsome fella from Unforgettable. I copic colored them and fussy cut them out along with the balloon. 
The sentiment is from Party Animal too. 

Aren't they the most adorable little guys? 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'd love to Sea you again

 Hello Crafters! 

Back again!

I'm sharing another card today this time it's over at the Create A Smile blog! 

Did I make another video? 

You bet I did. 
Sweet Lord Jesus help us all. 

It's only 11 minutes. 
I'm getting better :) 

You can see it and all the details over at the blog
Sidenote: I already have 35 subscribers. Whaa? I'm going to keep making videos if only to entertain myself. If you prefer the unedited rambling . . . which seems to be popular. why? got me. you have to let me know. Also what do you want to see?
Thanks for all your encouragement. You guys are rocking my world .  


Rainbow Resist

Hello Crafters! 

So did you see that video yesterday? 


Probably because I couldn't even post it right. It's so terrible. My husband and I watched it (yes all of it!) and laughed at what a giant dork I am :) Hysterical. 

Oh You're looking for a good laugh. Allow me to help you. 

Not enough laughter? 

 I'm sharing this card over at A2Zscrapbooking blog . . .

I feel like now is a good time to inform you that I've decided to leave the A2ZScrapbooking team. Linda and the girls are so lovely and I will miss them terribly but I just feel like it's time to go. 

Want the good news? I did a video for this one too. 

It's like I had to prove I could make a decent one!! 
This one isn't quite as long I promise :) 

Thank you so much for visiting! 


Monday, August 24, 2015

CASEing Genius: Lin Brandyberry

Hello Crafters!
It's Monday which means there is a new Genius!
This week it is . . .

Sidenote: If you came back strictly for the video I fixed it. Link at the bottom. :)

I have been an admirer of Lin's for quite sometime. I first saw her gorgeous work in the Hero Arts Flickr group. Through all these years she is still producing beautiful cards. I have had the pleasure of meeting Lin in person and she is just as delightful in person as she is online. You can see all her spectacular designs at her blog Sending Hugs.
Let's get to know a bit about Lin
The Interview:
1. Who are you and where do you live?
     My name is Lin Brandyberry, aka quilterlin on Flickr.  My husband and I have been married for 44 years now, and we have 2 sons and 3 adorable grandchildren!  We live in NorthEast Ohio, not far from the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
2. How would you describe your style?
    I am all over the map, depending on my mood.  Being a former quilter, I love lots of pattern, and frequently use design papers along with my stamping, but I have also come to love the CAS style.  Above all, stamping is my thing and flowers are my favorite subject. 
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
     Multi-step stamps!  Altenew's Painted Flowers and Vintage Roses are so fun to create with!  And they just released some more multi-step florals that I can't wait to play with!
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
     I've been stamping seriously now for about 10 years, so I don't remember exactly, but I'd guess it was a Hero Arts flower stamp.  And YES, I would still buy it!
Fun stuff:
5. What is your current favorite song?
     I'm not much into current music, but a song that really helped me through a rough time was "You Raise Me Up", as sung by Josh Groban.
6. Who would play you in a movie?
     I've been told years ago that Anette Bening looks like me (I'm older by about 9 years)'s the short hair and, I think, the "chipmunk cheeks".  
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
      My major was Math in college.  It was a toss-up between that and music (I played flute).  Now I can't even remember what calculus is, but I still love anything number related.  And I still love classical music.
Math major? God Bless her. I add 2 +2 and get 5. :/
Here are her beautiful cards. . .

These flowers are just beautiful. I love the colored matting and the texture Lin achieved with her dry embossing.

The gorgeous script sentiment is stealing me heart. Her flowers look amazing with the second popped onto the first.

Hello pattern! How incredible is this with the pink on pink? Her builder flowers are such a beautiful focal point.


Before I get into the CASE I made my first video. It's excruciatingly long and I ramble the whole time. I figured I'd share it here for your enjoyment but certainly don't expect you to watch it. I learned a few things I don't know my left from my right, I have a potty mouth. Legit. Don't let your kids watch this if s**t is not a word used in your house ever. :) Also I can't remember the name of my stamps.

For those of you who want to spend your day doing something besides watching me be ridiculous I typed on the post like normal :)

I loved Lin's layout on the first card but wanted mine to be one layer. The colors of her flowers were just beautiful so I used those too. The polka dot pattern in her third card was so striking I definitely needed that in my card. Of course the card wouldn't be complete without a script font :) Oh all the products are WPlus9 except for the stencil which is My Favorite Things.

I started out by stamping and masking all my flowers and leaves. Once those were done I masked my center with a rounded rectangle die mask. I laid down the stencil and used Twisted Citron Distress ink to create the background. I removed all the masks and used copic markers to color my flowers.

I added some shading to the outside of the flowers before stamping my sentiment in the center. Lastly I outlined all the images with a journaling pen and of course a bit of wink of stella. The panel was then mounted on a bit of pink and that finished it.

Here's the heinous video. I talk like the whole time hahaha. In fact it might not even play. I can't get it to but I'm at work and have zero time to mess with it. If it doesn't work don't worry. It really is terrible :)

Thanks for stopping in!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make It Crafty: Pictures Galore

  Hello Crafters!
How's it going?
Good I hope.
It's been a bit crazy around here. I had some training for work Monday then when I went to work Tuesday someone called off sick. Hello unscheduled 16 hour shift. ugh.
At least it was Day shift into Afternoons. Nights into Days is the worst. It's like you're a happy little vampire thriving in the dark and then someone tells you that you have to spend eight hours in the sun. AND drive home after your sixteen hour shift when other people are on the road which is the worst thing ever. Ever.
I'm going to stop chatting now because there are a ton of pictures in this post and you don't want to spend sixteen hours here.
Make It Crafty does these month long challenges which are really awesome for people who like to color. I am people who like to color. I also just finished three coloring tutorials that the owner Zoe created. I bought the coloring techniques, light source and techniques behind creases and folds e books. I loved them. They are so reasonably priced and I really learned a lot.
The other thing I wanted to talk about is background with Zig Clean Color markers. A few of you have emailed me regarding them so I wanted to share how I used them.
For this piece I wanted my light source to be at the top center.

I put my markers direct to paper concentrating my lightest colors in the center working out in a triangle. I added a bit of darker color onto the bottom and a lot of it onto the top sides. I added water in a downward stroke from top to bottom. After each swipe through I rinsed my brush and picked up clean water for the next swipe through. These clean colors run like crazy because of that your brush soaks up tons of pigment. If you didn't clean your brush in between you will transfer all that dark pigment up to the top making your entire background one shade.

I dried the paper after I added the water but wasn't happy with the result. It's pretty but I wanted something more vibrant. I decided to layer the color and use less water.

Scribble it on again. Swipe it in a downward motion cleaning the brush in between strokes.

Yes! Finally happy with it.

I had some images I practiced some techniques on already colored so I turned them into three cards.

I'm playing along with the mixing color families challenge using this card. Side note: I used this as a practice piece and THEN decided to put it on a card. What does that mean? I fussy cut it. FUSSY. CUT. Freakin' nightmare let me tell you. Don't do it. Do. Not. Just recolor it. It will be better for your card and that bleeding ulcer you don't yet have.
Other than ripping my hair out of my head and saying every word that makes you super unlady like in the best kind of way I really love the way the card came out. The sentiment is from WPlus 9's Happy Mail.
The next two are some simple coloring for the Crop It challenge. Enjoy!

Of course if you have any questions about the last two let me know. I just know this is already super long. I'm happy to answer your questions if you either email me or them in the comments :)

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Christine Blog Hop

Hello Crafters! 

I have a bit of fun for you guys today! Welcome to Christine's Birthday Blog Hop!
Didn't know you were participating in a hop? It's cool I'm the first stop. You haven't missed anything :) 

As most of you know I'm on the design team for Create A Smile. Christine Drogt is the owner and she is a very dear friend. Christine was the first person whoever sought me out to be on her team. Talk about a giant boost of self-confidence. She didn't stop there either. Over the years she's given me advice, talked me off the ledge when I wanted to quit, asked my opinion and straight listened to me complain about the most ridiculous stuff. Because that's what she does. 
Being on a team with her isn't like having a "boss" it's being part of a family. She includes us in so many thing she doesn't have to and values each of us along with the things we have to say even if it's not what she thinks. 
I'll cut it off here because it's a long hop but Christine please know I am so blessed to have you as my friend. I'm sending love and hugs xoxo. I hope you have the most wonderfully fantastical day. P.s. I'm pretty sure I made that word up. 

Alright yo, it's going down for real . . .the idea behind this hop is that we all chose a card of Christine's to CASE. 

That watercolor background makes me weak in the knees. I love how she cut around it to pop it up on dimensional adhesive. The umbrellas floating down are adorable and I'm always in love with white embossing on black. Always. 

I used Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire distress inks to create my background. Once the color was added I laid the Swirly Stencil on top and covered it with a large acrylic block. Then I added like 4 heavy books and let it dry. Once it's dry you can see the subtle pattern and I love it. 
Why the books? Watercolor paper tends to warp and if the stencil isn't making contact with the paper it can't leave an impression. I cut around the background. I have no idea how she does this so perfectly all the time?! It was hard! Watercolor paper is thick dude. 

I colored some balloons from Monster Party and the submarine from Underwater Love using my copics, I fussy cut them out and adhered them to my watercolor panel. The sentiment is from Make A Wish. I couldn't figure out a way to make it work with the black embossed sentiment grrr. Finally I just accepted it and stamped them in black. A few sequins finished it off. 

Alright the stop on the hop is Marina. There's also a complete list if you get lost along the way. While you're out hopping around you could head over to Christine's blog and wish her a happy birthday too. I mean if you wanted . . .   :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 17, 2015

CASEing Genius: Thordis Dogg

Hello Crafters!

I'm back with our regular Monday post. And by regular I mean the most awesome post of the week, every week on this blog. 
I just love doing these posts. It seems like you guys love them too and that makes me uber giddy :) 

This week's Genius is the phenomenal 

I first saw Thordis's wonderful work on Flickr. She'd pop up in different groups I was a part of and I always loved her stuff. Her style is all over the place. She's elegant and then cute, layered and then clean. I love how versatile she is. I'm always so amazed by people who can do that :)
She's such a sweet person I hope you'll head over to her blog, The Creative Corner, and see just how multi-talented she is. 

 After you read the interview of course . ..Don't go rushing off without me!

The Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Thordis Døgg Audunsdottir, I was born in Iceland, but I moved to Denmark in 1998, where I live in a small town called Randers with my dog Polly.
2. How would you describe your style?
I can’t say that I have only one style. I love to experiment, but for the most it’s clean and simple.
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
My Distress Inks. I am experimenting with watercoloring, and it’s such a big trend now.
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first purchase was some used stamps, and all kind of inks. I wouldn’t buy so many inks again, if I knew what I know now ;)
Fun stuff:
5. What is your current favorite song?
I’m really loving the songs “I’m not the only one” and “Stay with me” by Sam Smith
6. Who would play you in a movie?
This is a tough one, but I would say Gwyneth Paltrow.
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I’m super shy…
Polly isn't that the cutest name for a dog? I might be a bit biased since mine is Molly :) 
Ready for some eye candy?
Of course you are!!
Can you say perfect? This is the perfect masculine card. I love the tone on tone stamping. It adds so much interest without any competition. 

Rainbow watercolor on a blackground?! Oh sweet Lord I'm in love. It's stunning. The soft vellum and those gorgeous sequins really finish it nicely. 

Talk about a simple design with tons of dimension! I love the white on white. Gorgeous coloring!


I loved the watercolor mugs and definitely wanted rainbow watercolor in the card. How could I resist? I couldn't. It's that simple. I adored the tone on tone stamping from Thordis's first card and incorporated that into my mug. Of course the gorgeous tag layout couldn't be forgotten as well as her geometric die cutting in the third card. I stole the sequins from the second card and the scripty font from the third. This card really is pieces parts from all the inspiration cards!

I started by laying down clean clear water on watercolor paper. I used my Peerless Watercolors to add bold bright rainbow colors. While that dried I stamped the large coffee cup from Coffee First from Create A Smile in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The stamp has some lines already in the design but I wanted to add to it. You guys know I love doodling (plus it means I can play along in Kathy's Pop-Up-Challenge cause I'm sneaky) so I added my own lines to the design and then colored them alternating dark to light. I also added a few white gel pen dots and fussy cut it out. 

Now that my background was dry I stamped my sentiment before die cutting. If you die cut before you stamp you can get weird gaping. I forget and do this all the time :/ I die cut my tag from Simon Says Stamp Large Tags. I also used a small circle from spellbinders to mimic Thordis's small squares in the third card. I added some twine to my tag and some sequins to the background to finish the card off. I think I may have been a little heavy handed with the sequins but too much shine isn't the worst mistake in the world :) 

Thank you so much for visiting me!
Don't forget to head over to Thordis's blog to see all kinds of goodies :)