Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Christmas in February

One of my goals this year is to have all my
 Christmas cards ready by December 1st.
(A few days late as I was to celebrate on the 25th
 of each month....don't tell Santa!)

As February is the month to celebrate Love and Kisses.
What is better than to kiss under the Mistletoe!



Copic Sketch Markers; G40, G43, G46 and R24, R27,R29


Meet me under the Mistletoe!
(This card is meant for my husband, Ed!)

Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft; Speckletone, Shades of Green: Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso stamped on Classic White  - Flourishes, Distress Ink - Barn Door
Stamps: Flousishes: Meet me Under the Mistletoe
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: G40, G43.G46,R24,R26,R29,E0000,Y28
Embellishment: Red Twine - Baker's Twine, Uni-ball Signo Pen - White Ink
Tools: Adhesive: Tomboy,  We R Keepers - Corner Chomper


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Third Thursday Tools!

 Blogs! 
It is true story time!

Almost 2 years ago I had a terrible cough. The cough was so severe my Doctor treated it as whooping cough. For 4 weeks I was held captive in my home for fear of infecting small children, which I would never want. 

Laying in bed I had my Ipad and was just searching and playing. Somehow I came across a blog page with beautiful flowers colored on it. That webpage was Out to Impress by Julie Koerber. Then I started linking the blog pages for Flourishes designers. While viewing the blogs, I felt better by all the flowers stamped and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.


Next I started searching more blog sites; Card Creme, Madison Avenue, Thinking InkingI Like Markers, Think Fast, Inspired By and Paper Trufflez. The blog list kept growing!

Then it started! My craft days were back!

First I had 10 Copic Markers and a few stamps. Now, my office is turning into a craft coloring studio. Filled with stamps, many more Copics, inks, colored pencils, chalk, cardstock, dies, embossing tools, ribbons, embellishments. The list is so long.

One of my favorite parts of stamping, coloring and creating cards are the Blogs! Yes, I sit with my coffee early in the morning and look at the blogs. I enjoy viewing the crafting of amazing women. The color selection, placements, layering and the different ways stamps are presented. Also, the blog friendships that are beginnning!

So... enjoy a cup of coffee and link on a few of my favorite blogs!
Please share your favorite blogs!

Imagination!
-Elaine



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gift of Time!

February is the month of Love.
 There is one day in February that is special to me.
February 14th - Valentine's Day!


This Valentine's Day I am going to give my husband Ed, a gift that represents time.
A pocket watch that was his Grandfather's which I had restored and cleaned.
(He doesn't even know that I have it).

I am hoping that it represents the time that we have shared.
The time that we have today, tomorrow and year's to come.

This stamp from Hero Arts was perfect for his Valentine's card!

Stamped only one of the hearts from the Heart Trio stamp.

Spend some time with the someone you love!


Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Color Box Warm Red
Stamps: Hero Arts Watch Gears, Northwoods Rubber Stamps Heart Trio, Inkadinkado Love
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - RV25, RV29, R37, G82. G85
Tools: Thermo O Web Foam Squares









Saturday, February 11, 2012

Butterfly Times Three

 A magazine and a On-Line Card Class provided me
 with the idea to re-use a stamp!

Paper Crafts Magazine - Stamp It! 3 ways
It was fun to sit with my cup of coffee and
 look at different ways to use a stamp or stamp set!


While reading this magazine I thought what stamp would I enjoy stamping 3 times?
And how would I create it to look different from the first 2 times I stamped it?

At the same time I was enrolled in the Clean & Simple On-Line Class.

This was my 4th on-line class which was a fun way to start the new year!

So... are you wondering which stamp I choose?
Hero Arts - Artist Butterfly Stamp!

First time I stamped and colored in July 2011!
For our Granddaughter, Hailey!

Second time was using a color combination from  Summer Card Camp!
On-Line Classes taught by Jennifer McGuire  and Kristina Werner.

 For the third time using the Hero Arts Artist Butterfly stamp
I choose to go Clean & Simple.

Just colored the butterfly, one layering cardstock and one sentiment.
The fun was what colors I choose and the layering cardstock.



All new colors of Copic markers for 2012.
Of course blended!


Layering Cardstock is Embossed Resist.
This technique was taught in the Inspiration Showcase - On Line Class!

The Butterfly stamp is one my favorites to color!
Maybe you will see it a 4th, 5th or 6th time!

Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Flourishes White Basic Cardstock
Ink: Adirondack Espresso 
Stamps: Hero Arts Artist Butterfly, Amuse Happy Birthday
Coloring: YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, BG53, BG57, RV55, RV56, V22, V25,V26, E84,E89, G43, G46, BV31,BV34, RV32, RV52
Embossing: VersaMark,Stampendous Embossing Powder Pearl White, Distress Ink -Vintage Photo
Embellishments: Sakura Gelly Roll Marker
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile, Adhesive - Tomboy, Fiskars Paper Cutter



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Swirls and Flourishes

Flourishes is releasing new stamp sets for Spring!
One of their challenges was a to create a card that is
Black and White with a pop of color!


Flourishes Primrose stamp -  A Year of Flowers was perfect for this color scheme.
The stamp has the image shaded on it, when stamped with ink gives a dark effect.
I choose Memento Tuxedo Black for a rich and dark shade of black.


The swirl paper was perfect for Flourishes!


My pop of color was a soft shades of pink! One of my favorite colors for Primroses.
What color do you like to add to Black and White?



Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Soft Pink and Black - Bazzill, Swirl -  Elegance by Creative Imaginations  
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo
Stamps: Flourishes - A Year in Flowers 1 Stamp Set
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers: RV00, RV32, RV34, YR31, YG63, YG67
Embellishments: Ribbon - Offray, Pearls - EK Success
Tools: Adhesive - Tomboy, Fiskars Paper Cutter        
             

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Copic Colors for 2012!

Beautiful shades of Violets, Reds, Yellow-Red, Blue-Greens, Greens and Browns.

When ever I get a new color I play with it.
 Compare it to other shades and blend with the new color.
Look at each colors intensity.




New Copic Colors
BV34, V22, V28, RV52, R56,YR27, BG57, BG90, G43, G46, E84, E89


Now, it is time to color!

Imagination!
-Elaine



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Calendars!

For years I had a pretty calendar on my desk, until "technology" came into my life. 
 All my appointments, dates to remember and schedule are electronic.

I love looking at a pretty calendar each morning when I sit down at my desk.
Why not have both! Now on my desk is a calendar...a pretty one!

February is the month of Flowers and Love!



January is the month filled with Celebration of Life!


Why the number 6?
The sixth anniversary of surviving a serious life threatening health crisis.
Miracles do happen!



I enjoy tying holidays and special occasions on the calendar! 

Imagination!
-Elaine

Supplies:
Calendar: Paper Source
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Red and Periwinkle - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack - Espresso, Distress Ink - Barn Door. Color Box - Bronze
Stamps: Heart Vase and Sentiment - Peddler's Pack, Number 6 - Paper Source, Borders - Making Memories
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - February: R24, R27,R29, G43, G46, E43, E42, E44, E47
              January: B60, B63, B66, R12, R14, R22, R24, R27, R39, R59, YG61, YG63, YG67
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter, Adhesive Tom Boy