Monday, December 15, 2014

Lia Stampz: Choose Your Style

 Hello Crafters!

I am still recovering from my two weeks of training (with one day off and then back to regular work . . .oh joyous day) so I'm way far behind. With that being said there will NOT be a CASEing Genius this week. I probably could have rushed through and created something but I think that's unfair to the cafters I'm trying to showcase. They are wonderfully talented and I want to give them 100%. 

Fortunately, I created the card I'm sharing today weeks ago :) 

Today starts a new (and my first!) Lia Stampz Challenge. The challenge is Choose Your Style. Simple enough right :) 

You just pick two squares off the grid the get to crafting. They don't have to be in the same row or touch or anything! 

I used the Christmas Snowmen digi and paired it with pastel colors and a sentiment. I did some copic coloring and then added some snow with a white gel pen. The image was popped up on some teal cardstock with the white heat embossed sentiment. 
Aren't they darling? I know it says "Christmas" Snowmen but I think they'll be cute all winter long :) 

So how do you play?
 Just create a project using the above theme and link it up at the Lia Stampz blog. You don't have to use a Lia Stampz image to participate you can use anything. BUT if you do use a Lia Stampz image you can enter twice AND you'll get a free digi in your email. Pretty cool eh? If your project is selected you get a $10.00 gift card to use in the store. Whoop Whoop!! If you'd like to peruse her adorable images you can check them out here. 

Thanks for dropping by!
Hopefully I'll be back in a routine soon!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop: The Holiday Version

Hello Crafters!

The lovely Amy Tsuruta has put together another Coffee Lover's Blog Hop for us. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the last one. It's so nice to just go to the inlinkz and peruse. 

Lia Stampz recently came out with a digi called Cozy Christmas and I knew she was perfect for this hop. Plus it let me use my copics. I'm kind of obsessed with them lately in case you haven't noticed. I'm still working on the coloring of people but with cute images like this I don't mind the practice :)

One of my biggest struggles with copic coloring is trying to figure out a card layout once the coloring is done. Anyone else have this problem?!
After I was done coloring the image, seriously how cute is she?!, I trimmed down the panel and stamped my sentiment. It's from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. Don't you just love when your sentiment seems to exist only to be paired with your image. I do :)
I added some glossy accents to her mug (yes I know it's tea but we'll forgive her because she is so darling) and a little bit of glitter to her headband. 
I added some pattern paper (weird!!) at a couple of different angles to add some interest to the edge. I saw this awhile ago on someone's card . . .Maile Belles maybe . . .and thought it was adorable. 

Thanks for dropping by!!


Doilies For Christmas

 Hello Crafters!

I'm just popping in real quick to let you know I'm over at the A2ZScrapbooking blog with 3 cards.

I used the Floral Lace Die from Hero Arts as a stencil for two of them. 

This card is what I created with the die cut when I was all done stenciling. It's nice when you get a two for one right?

I hope you'll stop by the A2ZScrapbooking Blog to see the other two cards. While you're there why not play along with our current challenge? This month it's watercolor and you could win a $25.00 gift card to the store!
I hope to see you over there!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Create A Smile: December Release

 Hello Crafters!

How are you doing? Hopefully good. The weather man said it was supposed to snow today. I hope all you folks in the Northeast are staying warm and safe!

Last week Create A Smile released some really fabulous stuff for December. If you read this post you know I'm a mad procrastinator so it's not surprising I did not post for the card I shared on the blog last week. So I though I'd take care of that now :) I'll also be sharing another card I made for a post today at Create A Smile. 

I used the new set Balance for both cards.

I think this set is so versatile with all those little images. And how sweet are those sentiments? I think this will be super popular for Valentine's day. 

Let's get to the first card . .

I used the pile of hearts included in the set to create an ombre background. I started with my lightest color and the colorless blender. As I moved down the card panel. I used the darkest color from the one before it and the next darkest color.  . . .that sounds confusing . . .example time! 

I used 0 + R10 for the first row. 
I used RV10 + RV11 for the next row
 I used RV11 +RV23 for the next and so on. Make more sense? 
Once my background was colored I die cut a heart from white card stock and then backed it with vellum. The sentiment was stamped in black on top of the vellum. I added a bit of white gel pen to the YOU so it would stand out. I adhered it with dimensional adhesive.
Can you tell I was channeling Valentine's when making this?

Here is the second card I created with this stamp set

You can head over to the Create A Smile blog to read all about how I made this one. 

Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, December 8, 2014

CASEing Genius: Deepti Malik

It's time! It's time! 

This week's Genius is the supremely talented 

I've known Dee for awhile now. She is such a talented crafter. I absolutely adore her style and while I love all of her cards I'm always stunned by her watercoloring. Legit, knockout. Even more fabulous than her talent is her sweet disposition. She is always out and about in blog land encouraging others with her genuine comments. Her blog is called Dee's Art Utopia and you won't be sorry you visited. 

Let's get to know a little bit ore about her 


1. Who are you and where do you live? 
I am someone who is happy and content with all that I have, except for crafty supplies (there always seems to be something missing in my stash, LOL). I love to spend time with my husband, watch movies... eat drink and be merry :) I moved from India to Cleveland, Ohio in 2011 after getting married. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to pursue my passion for arts and crafts which was left out because of work.
2. How would you describe your style?
 My style is Clean and Simple, although I love experimenting with different styles :) I enjoy making meaningful, unique and thoughtful cards.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now? 
Distress inks!! No doubt about that... I am going crazy over them, they are always there on my cards in some way or the other

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was patterned paper, that too from Big lots!! I was so very new to card making and my designs involved cutting patterned paper in stripes and making a design out of it. You should see my initial cards... they were such a mess. I hate to say but they were terrible. Now I can say that I have evolved a lot and kind of more satisfied with what I make. And I don't buy that stuff anymore. I still have to learn to work with Patterned papers :)

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song? 
It's a sing from a Hindi Movie called Wake up Sid and song title is "Ektara" , I am sharing the link for you guys :)
It's all about how you feel when you are in love :)

6. Who would play you in a movie? 
Even though I watch a lot of movies, I haven't found anyone yet who could play me... It's hard to play me after all ;)

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
Hmmmm... I am an organization freak... I am highly organized in the way I keep stuff in my home and also equally organized and planned in the life and my blog :) 
I wish there was an IKEA and a Container store in Cleveland ;)

While I highly doubt she ever made anything hideous I'm sure we can all sympathize with those first crafty purchases. Please ignore me while I kick that old big lots paper under my desk . . .

and let's see her talent at work

Sweet and simple. I love how the bee is abstract. That sweet vellum heart as wings is complete genius!!

See what I mean about the watercolor?! I love the flow of the color in the background. I'm a big fan of black with bright colors. An emboss resist is perfect to add some interest. 

Ahhh. Seriously?! Serously serious?! Those flowers are incredible. White watercolor is no easy task and she nailed it!!


First of all . . .how dark does my photobox picture look next to her natural sunlight photos?! Yikes. 
Okay so I loved her white flowers. I wanted to recreate the flowing background from her second card. The soft vellum from the first card felt like a perfect way to carry the sentiment. I recently purchased my first Clearly Besotted stamps (their flowers. I die) and I thought the lily of the valley was just made for this card recipe. I stamped the flowers onto watercolor paper and heat set in white. I should note I only partially inked the stamped for the flowers in the middle. For the one on the far right I straightened the stamp on my block. I watercolored the image with distress inks including Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss. Once dry I did draw in a few random with flowers into the background. 

This really felt like a sympathy card to me. While I loved Dee's bold black sentiments I thought it would overpower my soft image. Instead I opted to heat emboss it on white and wrap it around my panel. 

Thanks for  visiting! I hope you'll go over and visit Dee's blog. She has so much more than just what I showed you here!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

This is the best I could do . . .

 Hello Crafters!

Long time no talk . . .
I feel like it's been forever since I posted. 
I know I did post last week for the PC&S blog hop but that post was awful. 

In my defense I was posting from my phone on sketchy wifi without all my pictures. See I had to go out of town for training last week and I get to do it again this week. Lucky me. That's sarcasm in case you couldn't tell. 

Want to see what I learned last week? 

Yes, I am a woman in her thirties. Yes, I doodled the whole day. 
Despite the evidence I did actually listen to the people talking. Some of it was interesting, some of it wasn't. I survived it. 
While I was off living in the land of high school girls who doodle in their margin during history class my poor husband was a single dad all week. I came home and they were both alive. AND they didn't have any noticeable injuries. That husband of mine is pretty awesome. 

Why was the blog so scarce last week if I knew I had training?
That's easy. I'm a procrastinator. I plan ahead for pretty much nothing. ever. I run late to everything and I'm hardly ever prepared. Keeps like interesting ;) 

Need an example?
I had several cards to create on my weekend home. One of which was for my church. We are sponsoring a family for Christmas and I volunteered to create a card to go with the gifts. I made the card on Friday night. I then made seven other cards. I didn't want to have to move all my crap around to take a photo for one card so I just kept telling myself I'd take a photo of it when I did the rest. Yeah, Sunday morning came and I still had not photographed it. So it's gone. AND I had intended on entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge to use stencils. Bummer. 

However . . .I wanted to emboss the sentiment onto my card but wasn't sure about the placement so I did scan it into the computer. Dawn Woleslagle once told me to do this so I could printout out some copies to practice on without ruining my original image. Brilliant idea by the way. Also comes in handy when you never photograph your card. You know for people who do things like that . . .

So here's the scan. It's not as rich as the original but I really loved the card and wanted to share it. As you gathered from the title this is the best I could do :) 

I used the Nativity set from Simon Says Stamp. First I stamped Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. I masked them and stamped the manager. I wanted a little more of the background to show through so I added some beams to the manager to make it an open structure. Recently Sandy Allnock did a video where she talked about coloring a night time scene and I knew I wanted to try that. Go look, it's a little elfin masterpiece! I used Simon Says Stamp Make A Scene Stencil for my hills. I did my copic coloring on the ground, hills, manager, and people. I'm no Sandy with knowing where shadows are supposed to go so I cheated :) I masked the people and then created my sky with distress inks. Since I didn't mask off any other areas it gave everything a blue night time glow. I added some details with my copic multiliner and a white gel pen. The sentiment is from the same set and was heat embossed in white. 

In an effort to be a little more forward thinking I have several things scheduled for this week. Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to visit any of you this week :( Damn wifi. 

See you soon though!!
Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts Blog Hop

Hello Crafters!
 Welcome to the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking blog hop! As I'm sure most of you know they recently announced the closing of this incredible magazine. It is sad to see this staple of our industry go although I'm sure that God has bigger and better things in store for those losing their jobs. We wanted to let them know how much we will miss them! 

You should have arrived from Jill Norwood's Blog

Well I wasn't published frequently, nor did I have the relationship with some of the girls that others have had I did love that magazine.  It was my go to for inspiration.  I couldn't wait for it to arrive every couple months so I could peruse it's beautiful pages. It was on my bucket list from the very beginning to get into that magazine and I finally did! Thank you to all those who worked tirelessly to bring these spectacular projects to crafters every where.  Please know during this difficult time you are thought of and prayed for ♡

Originally, I had intended to post a photo of my first ever published card but . . .I'm out of town and it's on my home computer so I'll just be showing you the remake of it.

and . . I'm back home and have access to that picture

 and here is the remake

Thanks so much for hopping with us! 

Your next stop is Lesley Croghan